Having practiced law in Minnesota over the last 20 years I am dismayed by the nature and extent of legal advertisements which bombard our airwaves. Watching television, listening to the radio or searching on Google, we repeatedly are subjected to ads from lawyers preying on what I would refer to as the “low information consumers”. Unfortunately, with the rare exception, lawyers delivering ads that contain scare tactics or promises of large settlements are not particularly good lawyers and rely upon such advertising to generate their clients when they are unable to do so otherwise through client referrals, reputation, etc. In fact, many ads are placed by Chiropractors who then refer out the cases to lawyers in their “network” with little regard to the expertise and/or experience of the lawyer. Just ask Gary.
Your lawyer should come from a firm that practices exclusively in the area of Minnesota Worker’s Compensation, personal injury and, if you are a member of the police or fire department, PERA. While many cases are limited to one set of laws, an experienced lawyer will determine if there are other claims arising out of your injuries. Let me describe a recent case to demonstrate.