OLG LEGAL COMMENTARY:
Attorney Brian Dunmire
I have had big cases before, and, with those, big victories for my clients. But truth be told, as a personal injury attorney, some of my largest victories were on low-value cases.
That, in of itself, can be surprising to people – especially those who might have preconceived notions as to what a personal injury attorney is and does.
It is not glamorous. It is not television. It is not multi-million-dollar judgments day in, day out.
It is real life. It is working for the client, whether for $10,000 or $100,000. It is working for – and protecting – YOUR rights.
Do you want to know what it’s like being a personal injury attorney? Every day, I go to work at The Orlando Law Group and speak with colleagues, staff, clients, insurance adjusters, and defense attorneys about cases, scenarios, and injuries. I coordinate medical care for my clients and make sure that they have transportation to get to their visits. I speak with my client’s medical doctors so that I can understand their injuries better. I speak with insurance adjusters to convince them of the life-changing damages my clients have sustained because of someone else’s negligence. And, most importantly, I fight – I fight for the people who have decided to put their trust in me. Because whether a case is worth $10,000 or $100,000, that trust is something that I never take for granted.
It is a consistent challenge. So often, for example, I am faced with $10,000 in available insurance to cover the injuries that a respective client has sustained in an automobile accident. To my client, and to me, it is obvious that their injuries are worth far more than $10,000. However, seemingly more often than not, I find myself fighting with insurance companies to get them to pay even just that $10,000.
Those are the fights, done on behalf of my clients, that you will never see on a billboard. In fact, I often wonder just how many personal injury attorneys do not even put in the effort it takes sometimes to get even a full $10,000 settlement for a client. Truth be told, there’s no less work to be done on a $10,000 case compared to a higher value case. In fact, there could be more work. I could see where many attorneys may just accept a $4,000 or $6,000 offer since it’s the easy thing to do.
I am proud to say that I put in the effort to maximize settlement value – even if the case is worth “only” $10,000. I am proud to say that, every day, I fight tooth-and-nail for my clients and for the opportunity to help make our community safer. I do this to hold people and companies accountable for their actions. Companies that fail to properly maintain their premises that cause a patron to fall should be held accountable. That company should be held liable as much as the person who runs into the back of your automobile should be held liable.
It is because of my client’s tremendous courage to retain an attorney, and their trust in me and The Orlando Law Group to represent them that only then are we able to hold people and companies accountable for their actions that cause unnecessary harm.
No, it is not glamorous. And it is not Hollywood. But when someone asks what it is that I do for a living, there is no hesitation in my response – “personal injury attorney.” I am here for you, to fight for you, whether for $10,000 or $100,000. Because, quite frankly, when someone places their trust in me to represent them — well, that is truly my biggest victory.
Brian Dunmire practices in the area of personal injury representing clients who have been injured in automobile accidents and slip and falls. Prior to joining The Orlando Law Group, Dunmire represented insurance companies and Fortune 500 corporations in litigation — thus his unique experience and knowledge of how insurance companies and major corporations litigate and value claims. To contact Dunmire, or for more information about The Orlando Law Group, please visit TheOrlandoLawGroup.com or phone 407-512-4394.