It was March of 2008 and I was driving in Tampa coming from a meeting, going to another meeting for work and I was stopped at a traffic light. I looked into my rearview mirror, which I have a habit of doing, and I didn't see anything and then all of the sudden I saw a car coming at me with a gentlemen reaching down for his cell phone on the right side of the car with his foot on the gas and he hit me at about 60 miles an hour.
I've never been in an accident, never experienced it. The seat belt did what it should do and it kind of pinned me back but unfortunately, my neck took the brunt and my neck kind of snapped. And, having had two previous neck surgeries, I knew that was not a good situation and I had grabbed my phone and just remembered my doctor telling me don't move, don't move. So, I called 911 and then the police came and took me out on a board and took me to the hospital.
So, shortly thereafter the accident I had a lot on my mind obviously with the accident, a lot of pain, going to doctors and trying to figure out what the next step was. I actually was relocated with my job in the middle of all of it to North Carolina. So, now I'm in North Carolina, starting a new job in a lot of physical pain, trying to get help from the doctors in North Carolina which was difficult. And, then I realized, through the frustration of that that I needed to get an attorney. This is what I needed to do next, the next step.
So, I really didn't know where to begin for that but I did call Clearwater because I knew I wanted it to be a local attorney. I felt very comfortable with living in North Carolina being able to work with an attorney if it was the right person to be able to do that. So, I called an attorney that had handled some of my personal wills and that type of thing and he gave me the recommendation of Jim Dodson and that's where it began.
Just in that first conversation, I think the reason I gained the trust that I needed to make the hiring decision, was the type of questions that he asked. The questions again were related to me. What my expectations were. What it was I was going to need for support. We talked about how we could communicate and what I could expect because I wasn't going to be face to face with Jim. I was in North Carolina and he was in Clearwater.
Trust is kind of a funny thing. I think sometimes you just kind of know but I also found that he shared with me his experiences and his credentials. I think the thing that made me gain trust was just the type of individual person that Jim is. I felt it. I felt it right away that he was not looking to take on an accident case and get what he could get and then just move on. He took me on as a person as a client first. And then, he expertly handled the situation with the injury.
Each case is different and past results do not necessarily indicate future results.Debbie