Admittedly, personal injury attorney's have some of the lowest credibility and professionalism scores of any category of professionals. If more personal injury attorneys were more like Joe, this would not be true.
Several months ago my wife was injured in a boating accident, and once it was clear that responsible party's insurance company was not going to do the right thing, we decided we needed to retain an attorney. We dreaded trying to select an attorney because of some other incidents we have had over the years with attorneys. We cast about on the Internet and found this website to obtain feedback on attorneys.
Based upon reviews here on AVVO, we selected two attorneys to present our situation to. Both made appointments to meet with us very quickly, but in those interviews, we were much more impressed by Joe. He did not pander, over-dramatize, or over-promise, while also impressing us with his knowledge and intelligence.
Once we retained him, he worked very efficiently, quickly, and proficiently to move forward. We engaged the insurance company two times within the first month, and each time they barely gave us the time of day.
We then proceeded to file a Federal lawsuit. Upon doing this, the insurance company offered to settle within two weeks. From everyone that we spoke with, this seemed to be a highly unusual behavior on the part of the insurance company. Generally once an insurance company has decided to deny the claim, they will usually go through with discovery at a minimum.
We are convinced that part of the reason they chose to settle when they did was that Joe effectively applied maximum pressure to them.
Once the insurance company cut the check, Joe tackled my wife's employee insurance company that had covered most of the medical expenses following the accident, and successfully negotiated with them to significantly reduce their claim on the settlement, which really helped us because had they insisted on being fully reimbursed, there would not have been much money left to compensate my wife.
And to top it off, Joe agreed to perform his services for us at significantly less than the going rate, and less than the other attorney quoted to us. It is unusual do get high quality service for less than typical fees.
Joe was aware that the insurance settlement would not fully make us whole, so he was quite conservative in what he asked for in return. I believe one of the reasons that he can afford to work for more reasonable fees than some attorneys is that, as far as we know, he has no employees. He answers his own phone and Emails, and does his own research and filings. This means that everything is handled promptly in a very professional manner.
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND JOE DEGAETANO