When I was still a child and too young to understand why, my grandfather, barely a senior citizen, died of complications resulting from conditions and injuries suffered while he worked in the coal mines of West Virginia almost 100 years ago. When my grandfather came to America alone as a teenager to find what he imagined was a better life, he didn’t speak the language. Consequently, overworked and forgotten, he was subjected to the dangerously unsafe and unthinkable working conditions. But when he died years later, I was too young to understand why there was not a claim to make my grandmother and family whole again. Consequently, she suffered again – this time financially, because her relatively young husband was taken far too soon. Consequently, she lived a long life, but very poor.
A few years after the death of my paternal grandfather above, my maternal grandfather died of heart and lung disease – the direct result of being a lifelong smoker. In the days before “Big Tobacco” litigation, no claim make made for him either, and my family suffered again. These two great injustices in my formative years were the motivating force for me to become a champion of victim’s right. I knew even as a child that I would one day become a personal injury attorney. It was, at the time, the thing which gave my life a purpose and direction.
Working hard to achieve this goal, I received a business economics degree and later graduated Florida State Law School in 1992 from the Florida State University Law School, where I served on the Law Review (which is a special privilege for high-achieving students). I won numerous accolades while earning the degree of Doctorate of Jurisprudence (J.D.). After law school, the only firms which were hiring (or paid well enough to pay the rent) were large law firms defending the insurance companies or other “big business” interests responsible for injury to other. I later found out why – insurance companies can afford to hire the best attorneys straight out of law school.
But working for the “defense” was never a fit for me -- emotionally or morally. I felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. I truly believed that the law should work FOR THE PEOPLE and not for big defense interests like insurance companies. A few years later, I broke away from doing defense work for ANY insurance or defense interest. Finally, I founded the injury-specializing Romano Law Firm represent only victims – and never insurance companies or big business defense. We represent only plaintiffs. We at the Romano Law Firm represent ONLY individuals. Only you -- so we avoid any possible conflicts of interest.
I became fulfilled when I came to the plaintiff side to champion the rights of victims. However, working for the “enemy” very early in my career made me especially aware of how well-armed, well-prepared and well-financed they are, and just how effective the defense and insurance companies can be at subduing or minimizing legitimate claims – even very serious claim or lawsuits which included broken bones, head injury, loss of use, and every kind of injury or death case.
We sometimes think of insurance companies and their representatives as “friends” (at least when we deal with our own). But we should never be blind to the fact that the moment you become involved in an accident, their financial interests became adverse to yours. Insurance companies do not become multi-billion dollar entities through their generosity. One thing that insurance companies would like you NOT to know is that claims and lawsuits where the injured party is represented by a personal injury attorney result in a higher result than unrepresented injured people or accident victims. This is not speculation, but rather A FACT based on the insurance companies’ own statistic (See also our May 21 blog about the injury insurance industry).
A few years ago, Jesus Christ became a very big part of my life – and so a big part of my law firm. I became a better injury attorney in Oklahoma. Born in a place very much like Tulsa, I see myself and the roots of my family when I walk around Tulsa. This keeps me in touch with my core values—first as a child, now as a proud resident of Oklahoma. I am an advocate for injury victims in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma, as well as other jurisdictions in these United States. I believe in fair compensation for my clients – for both economic damages and personal injuries they may have suffered, whether very serious, involving paralysis, dismemberment, or death. Even though an injury may initially seem to be non-incapacitating, involving “whiplash” or minor property damage, after an accident involving injury, people often need help picking up the pieces of their work, life and family. Often there is a legal remedy which can be achieved without litigation.
If you or someone you know is injured through the fault of another, do not delay to call The Romano Law Firm. Because of the many traps for the unwary victim or auto or motorcycle negligence a delay could make you a victim of your injury a second time. Failure to find an experienced injury trial attorney could jeopardize your claim. Sometimes the simplest solution is also the best one: to use a Counselor who knows the Way. That is why we are here. We want to step into the gap for you and help you find your Way!
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