Should You Sue After Trauma?
By Michele Rosenthal
Scott Fischer, one of the dedicated lawyers at personal injury firm, Gordon and Donor, has a wife, two young children and a ten month old Goldendoodle he’s completely delighted by. Clearly, the man has a soft side. But as we heard on the air last night, Scott’s also a tough, very experienced and sympathetic attorney whose passion, persistence and knowledge explain why he’s been recognized as one of Florida’s top attorneys age 40 and younger by Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, and also why he would be an enormous asset for trauma survivors going through the legal process.
As a trauma survivor who had a very strong legal case — and opted not to pursue it in order to solidify my own post-trauma stability — I was very interested in hearing Scott’s opinion on many aspects of the legal process in regard to trauma and the experience of survivors. Topics we covered in our hourlong conversation include:
- What survivors need to know about pursuing a personal injury case
- How to determine whether or not you have a case
- What to expect if you move forward, including financial obligations (Hint: there are none unless you win the case.)
- How to make the legal process as easy as possible
- What survivors and their families can do to minimize the emotional impact of a lawsuit
- The benefits of pursuing legal action
Did you know that only 3% of all cases actually go to trial? That was one of many things I learned last night. And, I had an enormous epiphany as a result of Scott’s insights:
After my trauma I shut down so completely I couldn’t talk about what had happened to me. From my conversation with Scott, however, I came to see that one of the most enormous benefits of bringing a case can be the reinstilled sense of empowerment that speaking out can bring.
A large problem for survivors is a sense of powerlessness and helplessness. What if pursuing a case were to help you regain and reclaim a sense of strength, justice and empowerment. Hmmm…. It’s got me wondering if I might have healed much earlier than the twenty-five years it took me to finally free myself from the past!
MEET MY GUEST:
Scott Mitchell Fischer spent the first few years of his legal career working as a defense lawyer representing nursing homes being sued for abuse and neglect, doctors in cases of medical malpractice, and drivers who caused motor vehicle accidents.
Now a well-regarded personal injury attorney with Gordon & Doner (561.333.3333), Fischer is using the knowledge he acquired while working as a defense lawyer to successfully seek justice for victims of nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice and motor vehicle accidents, as well as all other areas of personal injury law including premises liability and products liability cases.
A graduate of the Frederick G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, Fischer is a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Fewer than 1 percent of U.S. lawyers are members, and membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Mr. Fischer has also been recognized as one of Florida’s top attorneys age 40 and younger by Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite.
Fischer said his success as an attorney is connected to the characteristics that define him as a person.
“When it comes to things that are important to me, I am very passionate and persistent about what I do,” Fischer said. “The passion and persistence I bring on behalf of my clients gives me an edge that helps win their cases.”