Hey folks, it’s attorneys Russell Button and Ashley Washington here. We have something special for you this month. We’ve joined forces to write this article, and together, we’ll share the story of our firm’s secret weapon for winning cases and securing justice: learning.
Yes, you read that correctly. Learning — or more specifically, studying harder than the most ambitious honors student during finals week — is the secret weapon that allows our team to hold negligent daycares, drivers, and other individuals and companies accountable in court.
48 Hours Before the Evidence Was Gone Forever
If you think we’re kidding, all you have to do is look back at the case we shared in last month’s newsletter about the two children who were hurt on escalators at an amusement park.
Under a court order, we had just 48 hours to get into the building and inspect the escalator before the building was demolished and our chance at collecting valuable evidence was destroyed.
Of course, we set our sights on getting an escalator expert on time for the inspection, but as a backup, Ashley decided to learn everything she could about inspecting an escalator — in one night! She spent every minute of the day before that inspection learning all about escalators: how they worked, what the parts were called, how to disassemble one, where the safety devices are, what causes problems, the regulations, and more. It was a real study marathon!
Fortunately, we were able to fly an expert in on the same morning we had a chance at inspecting. You should have seen the escalator expert’s face when he started speaking in escalator jargon and Ashley knew exactly what he was talking about, where the parts were, and what to ask next! We have always believed this is the only way to handle every case — all in, all the time.
(Not-so-fun fact: Years later, Ashley still won’t ride on an escalator, even in the Atlanta airport! The things she learned about escalator maintenance — or lack thereof — were so shocking that she’d rather walk a million flights of stairs or wait in a long line for an elevator.)
Our Texas Attorneys are Up to the Challenge
As you’ve probably realized after reading our monthly newsletter, we focus on complex litigation cases like that escalator injury case. These cases require hours, days, weeks, or months of diligent research. Many law firms aren’t willing to put in that much time hitting the books. But for us, learning is a passion. We’re not only willing to learn for you, but we’re also very happy to do it!
We Go All In to Learn About Daycare Safety, Truck Safety, and More
Here are just a few of the complex things the two of us — and the rest of our team — have learned about in-depth to help our clients:
• The amusement park industry
• The Texas foster care system (and foster care systems nationwide)
• Cosmetic medical device coding (Ashley read 3,000 pages of documents for a single case, essentially teaching herself another language)
• Nursing best practices
• 18-wheeler manufacturing and operation
The best part of what we do is the fact that no two cases, or clients, are the same. At the office, we keep a library of resources we’ve used for case research. If you looked through it, you’d find nurse’s manuals, cardiac manuals, hospital guidelines, and more!
Texas Daycare Safety is a Focus For Our Texas Law Firm
We dove so deep into Texas daycare negligence cases and the Texas foster care neglect and abuse that they have become focuses for us. We’ve read books on both topics, talked to dozens of experts, and inhaled every court document we can find. Both of us know the foster care and daycare systems inside and out. It’s gotten to the point that even though neither of us has children of our own, we’ve become our families’ go-to people for questions about kids’ daycare needs.
Why do we put in so much effort? Frankly, because our clients deserve it. In order to tell the human story behind a tragedy, we need to know as much as we can about the circumstances. Sometimes, that means Ashley needs to learn to code or inspect an escalator, and other times, it means Russell needs to figure out how an 18-wheeler operates and how to conduct failure analyses on different truck parts.
You Deserve a Lawyer Who Does Their Research
Our clients hire us because we always put in that effort. They deserve a lawyer who will do everything they can to take care of them and their case. The truth is that if a lawyer only relies on experts or bystanders for their case, then they’re not doing their job.
Sure, sometimes we lawyers need experts to help prove our cases in court. But if we don’t do our own learning and our own research into what happened to a client, then we will never know what we need to rely on experts for, what evidence we need to find in order to win the case, or even how the incident or experience changed your client’s life. In other words, we won’t know what we don’t know.
The more we learn, the easier it is to make complex industries and topics simple, explain our client’s situation to a jury, and win justice. That’s why learning is the secret weapon for our Dallas personal injury law firm. We’re looking forward to doing a lot more of it in 2022!