Do you remember Regis Philbin’s famous question from the TV show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? You remember, right? The game show from the late 90’s and early 2000’s where a contestant was challenged to select one of four potential answers to questions that get progressively more difficult to answer as the stakes correspondingly escalate all in an effort to win one million dollars.
Prior to answering a question worth significant amounts of money, the contestant had three opportunities to use a lifeline. I always found the phone a friend option particularly interesting. Almost every time a contestant phoned a friend, the friend’s answer was the answer given. I was always shocked at how some people would trust that friend’s intelligence. The contestant picked that friend prior to the show for that 30 seconds spot where the friend would answer a potentially million dollar question. During that 30 seconds, it was pivotal that the friend is not only a good friend, but also a trusted advisor.
After the contestant picks an answer, Regis would always ask the contestant, “Is that your final answer?” Sometimes the answer would be right and sometimes the answer would be wrong, but either way, the answer was final.
It is just as important to pick the right lawyer. Your lawyer is your trusted advisor. He or she should be helping you along the way to make informed decisions. This is likely your one and only personal injury case in your life. This is your one opportunity to phone a friend. Hopefully, you’ve chosen a lawyer who practices personal injury law so frequently that he or she knows how to work up and value your case. And when the time comes for you to phone a friend, you will know that you are making the best decision possible because you trust 100% that you picked the smartest, most skilled friend to help you make good decisions.
Your lawyer is there to help you make good decisions. Of course, you can disregard your lawyers advice and pick a different answer, if you wish. You may be right or you may be wrong. Either way, settlement of your personal injury case is final. You cannot have a do over and you can never recover a dime more for your injuries. Once you accept that check and sign that release, then you are forever precluded from revisiting that cause of action. Make sure that you chose a lawyer that specializes in personal injury cases.
Is that your final answer?
Posted by Brandon S. Osterbind, Esq.