We Are a Team of Lawyers Dedicated to Improving the Lives of Injured People.
We fight for people who cannot fight for themselves.
The insurance industry and corporations use their vast resources — money and power — to defend their misdeeds and protect their financial assets. Their money and power influence all aspects of the American media, politicians, and, yes, people’s daily decisions.
The legal and moral battleground, as we see it, is one of corporate greed versus the preservation of core human values. Safety of people over profits. Personal and Corporate Accountability. Valuing each person’s health and personal freedom.
The consequences of corporate, medical, or personal neglect often leave the injured person and their family members with deep, permanent emotional and physical scars. Some scars are obvious, while others cannot be seen by others. Often, it is only when you are able to walk in that person’s shoes, or those of a family member, that you are able to comprehend the gravity of the harm that someone has suffered.
In the blink of an eye, a healthy person’s quality of life can be taken away forever. The only justice that our civil legal system can offer to the harmed, wronged, killed, or maimed, is money. Dollars for justice are a poor substitute for damaged physical and emotional health. A Jury’s Verdict that delivers money damages to an injured person is the only form of justice that our system allows.
One of the most difficult parts of being an injury lawyer is trying to explain to the parents of a brain damaged child, injured by a neglectful doctor, that the only justice available is money. Or, to the family of a man that has lost his hand by a defective machine at work, that the product manufacturer refuses to accept accountability, and we will have a lengthy war ahead to try to get justice. In most cases that we handle, the “defense”, or wrongdoer, wants to either pay the injured person or family nothing, or wants a “discount”. In other words, the defense wants to bargain about the losses it has caused by its neglect or misconduct.
People sometimes ask — what good does a substantial jury verdict or settlement do? A just verdict or settlement will help to make up for a person’s reduced quality of life, pain, mental suffering, and loss of mobility — in an effort to bring solace to the person harmed. A meaningful damages verdict says to the victim that we, as people from your community, understand and recognize the harm caused to a fellow human being.
A meaningful verdict or settlement teaches personal and corporate accountability. A meaningful verdict deters wrongful conduct that may be part of a business or corporate culture. A meaningful verdict or settlement encourages a corporate culture of safety, improving community safety. Finally, a verdict or settlement will help to make up for lost wages, medical bills, future medical and life-care needs for the injured person.
Plaintiff’s trial lawyers and our jury system are peoples’ last and only hope to obtain justice for injuries, deaths, and losses caused by the neglect of another person, business, or corporation. Jurors are regular people, who are forced to give up time from their daily lives, without choice, and serve as the collective voice of our community. By their verdict, jurors have the power to hold a defendant accountable by compensating an injured person to make up for their losses, and promote community safety.
At Shebell & Shebell, we are committed to helping people. Our goal is to obtain full and complete compensation for people injured through no fault of their own. We handle all aspects of injury law, including medical, hospital, and nursing negligence, trucking, car, motorcycle, and bicycle crashes, slip/trip and falls, products liability, negligent security, and civil rights violations.
We care about you, and also work to improve the lives of people in our community by bringing public awareness to dangerous products, medical practices, and other unsafe conditions that have caused injury to people. Our firm’s history of fighting for our community and for individuals like you dates back three generations to 1927.
Listening. In order to understand our clients’ needs in a personal injury case, we LISTEN. Many lawyers talk about their accomplishments and themselves. We listen, first and foremost. How can an attorney understand how another person feels and what they are experiencing unless they listen to and appreciate a person’s true story? Listening allows us to understand you, and also allows us to obtain detailed facts of your potential case, and whether we can be of assistance in the first place.
Understanding. Once we have listened to you — actually listened to what you tell us — we are able to give you our insight into whether or not your circumstances meet required legal standards, and can evaluate whether we can help. Many times, we are unable during a first or even second meeting to determine whether or not you have a valid case against another person or entity. Part of the process of evaluating a case involves investigating all aspects of what you tell us. This may require the use of a private investigator, evaluation of medical records by Isabelle Britton, a registered-nurse attorney who is a member of our team, or consultation with an independent physician or products liability expert.
Acting. We believe that the most effective way to represent you in your injury case is to prepare you and your case for a possible trial from the very beginning. We do that by developing unique strategies, often involving the use of “focus groups” to brainstorm the most effective means possible to arrive at a just result for each client. Our approach to pursuing the case is then tailor-made for each client’s needs. If the corporation or insurance company refuses to accept accountability and provide full and fair compensation for the harm they have caused, we will proceed with trial. Before trial, Tom Shebell is known to spend time at his clients’ homes, to get a better understanding of what it’s like for the injured person to live in his or her home environment.
Our goal by proceeding to trial is to have your rights as an injured person vindicated, by treating you as a human being, who can present the harm that the defendant has caused to you to a jury of your peers. We will ask the jurors, as members of your community, to do what is right and just, based on the evidence, common-sense, and life experiences. We believe that society benefits from a just jury verdict by deterring future careless and unsafe behavior.
At trial, we implement the techniques and strategies we have used since first evaluating your case to present the issues in a simple, but powerful way to the jury.
Our message to the insurance companies and corporations is clear from the time we decide to represent you. We will rely on the power of the jury system to speak clearly by its verdict that the safety of our community and the protection of human values is more important than corporate profit and greed.
Contact us today for assistance with your case.