Dietrich Law Firm PC Show #2 July 2018 Series
I was riding my bike. We were in the car together and we were hit. And it did not stop, it hit me. Pretty much hit me head-on. I got hit from behind. My leg was broken in several places. I had many fractures. And then I get that phone call “he's been hit.” I knew right away something wasn't right. My injuries were getting worse. I didn't know what to do, I didn't know what to expect, I didn’t know what was going on and that's when I knew I had to give you a call. Contact Jed. Hello and thank you for joining us. The next 30 minutes will provide you with important information If you've been injured as a result of someone else's negligence, if you've been injured as a result of a big rig running you down, a semi-truck rear-ending you, contact me at (716)839-3939.
So who can I call to help me again? Jed Dietrich. Oh, that was amazing when I got ahold of you guys and you guys took care of everything. It was almost like I felt led to reach out to you. It's almost like I felt led to reach out to you. And I called you and you handled that thing, I mean you handled it. I calmed right down because you explained everything. You came right to the house. Contact Jed. You guys took that load off of me. What I didn't know you guys filled me in. I knew that I was in good hands and people that I could trust. Contact Jed. When you're suffering to know someone is there for you, that means a lot Jed. Made me feel comfortable that all I had to do was focus on my recovery. You stand by your word. It just felt right. I didn't have to deal with the insurance company anymore. Putting yourself in my shoes and I really appreciated that. I just knew that it was gonna be taken care of. Contact Jed. Yeah, you're a real fighter. The whole experience in general was amazing. It was superb.
A weight off my shoulders. Contact Jed. Above and beyond. That's someone who you should go for. I will only trust Jed Dietrich. Contact Jed. Thank you for joining us I'm here with my good friends Linda and John Nichols who I've known for about thirty years. John's a criminal defense attorney in Buffalo. He also does some other general legal work and his wife Linda was involved in an injury accident and I was flattered to have John and Linda contact me to handle Linda’s case. John tell us a little bit about your practice. Well, I do a lot of criminal work [Music] I do some general real estate. So I've done that for about 46 years. And the other thing that that folks at home may or may not know John, is that John is an outstanding tennis player and has won many tennis tournaments in the Western New York area. The reason I mention that is to talk about the legal business being a competitive business.
It is a business of winners and losers and throughout my career I was 14 time national champion in the rowing world, I always thought that if I was next to someone I wanted to get my nose out in front and I know John you were the same way with playing tennis. You wanted to just win every single game and every single set to win the match, and the reason I mention that for the people at home is you need someone who is driven and competitive to handle your case because there are winners and there are losers and in the legal world we want you to win. You can contact us at (716)839-3939 if you've been injured and Linda had an injury herself. Linda why don't you tell us a little bit about that? I was riding my bike [Music] I don't recall crossing the street where I did. I don't recall any of the accident. And that's an important point to highlight, Linda was on her bicycle. She was crossing Maple Road in Amherst, not too far from our office, and she was struck by an automobile.
So what we did was: we reconstructed that collision through the police report and the witness statements, and we actually sued your case, did your deposition and the deposition of the defendant driver, and put the case together in a way to make the strongest argument on your behalf. And again, John, I'm flattered that you contacted me to handle your wife's case after you've been a lawyer in Western New York for how many years? Well 46, I think, years but yeah you speak about the negligence law per se. I mean, when I was starting out, I was a young attorney. Whatever walks in the door, you tend to think, well gee they gave me a license they made me a member of the bar I can do this. Right. Now so I had a couple negligence cases come in, and I actually carried them through trial. Now they were just minor, you know a slip and fall type matters, but the agony I went through with trying to worry about did I do the right thing? Did I file the right papers? Did I meet a certain deadline? All these things that are probably second nature to you, you know, it was all new to me and and that's the work you had to do but. There's also the responsibility of just knowing that if you mess up something you know you messed up somebody's somebody's life, or a little portion of it.
I’ve got a really great respect for negligence attorneys just in my first few years and and gladly backed out of that practice and let the experts take it over. I appreciate you giving that information to the folks out there because there are so many people that do this type of work it's important to know my firm the Dietrich Law Firm only handles injury cases. We don't handle any other type of cases other than injury cases. If you've been injured as a result of someone's negligence contact us at (716)839-3939. Getting back to Linda's case and and your family circumstances, you have another lawyer in the family. We actually have two lawyers. I'm sorry. Yes, that's right. Our firstborn daughter is an attorney, in Western New York, and our son is likewise an attorney in Richmond, Virginia and does the opposite of. What I do. Right so your son does work for the insurance companies so if someone is involved in a collision, the insurance company hires a lawyer to defend them and your son does that type of work so he's familiar with the other side of your type of case. Correct.
And did you have occasion to speak to your son about how your case occurred and and what you didn't remember about trying to cross the street. When I was first injured, he said to both his sisters, contact Jed. So that that is exactly what we did when I became a little more coherent and could follow. I'm glad you contacted me and I'm again flattered by the fact that your husband's an attorney, you've got two children that are attorneys. I'm sure attorneys know other attorneys. You know many different lawyers in Western New York that handle personal injury cases. Again your son's a perfect example of someone who's kind of stepped back from the personal side of it but again he can say okay if I had a case like this what would I do with it if I was defending the case. Linda had a difficult case because she didn't remember what happened she was riding a bicycle it was not at an intersection she was attempting to cross a four-lane road which is Maple Road out here in Amherst.
We ended up with a result that was acceptable and it was a way to resolve it at a value that I think was appropriate for your circumstances. Did you talk to your son about that? Well, I did and my conversations with my son were a little bit different and it was lawyer to lawyer you know Linda discussed with him what's Jed doing and she would be able to tell you what was going on but I discussed kind of the legal background of the case I don't want to say he said the case was impossible but he said the case was pretty difficult. Well to your credit Linda I know that your injury was quite significant, how much time did you spend in Erie County Medical Center? A month. A month in the hospital as a result of being struck by a car when you were on your bicycle? Correct. And you didn't have a helmet on. So what were your general injuries? I had many fractures mostly from the waist up and I guess a pretty good concussion.
Mm-hmm your recovery was obviously difficult and during that period of time you were trying to put back together in your mind what had happened and to this day you don't really remember attempting to cross the street is that correct? I have no recollection of it at all. Well what we did just so folks at home understand this is we hired a team of investigators in conjunction with the 17 legal professionals in my office and we went back and looked at the police report, we went back and looked at the scene where this occurred where Linda was struck, we went to New York State Supreme Court we sued the case in the New York State Supreme Court, we filed discovery things and we gave them your medical records which is what happens and then we got records from the defendant and also had an opportunity to question him under oath in what's known as a deposition.
A deposition is a sworn testimony under oath there's no judge or jury but it was at that point in time that we elicited information, we got information from the defendant which we believed we could use to argue that he was negligent. He said a couple of things there that were somewhat contrary to him not being negligent so we had the argument that he was negligent and that ultimately allowed us to make this recovery on your behalf. Now some people may think you just get the case, make a phone call and a check comes through, but you can see it was obviously a lot of work and I think the deposition was pretty crucial because of course Linda went into the deposition being questioned by the other side.
She had no idea what really happened but you know you don't want to say the wrong thing either about the injuries and the recovery and and where you stand and and you had met with her and told her what to expect and it was right on exactly the way that that you said was going to be and she fortunately was able to follow through and may add a little bit of that to being married to an attorney. For a number of years I would ask John after a case or a trial what happened and he would explain to me, and I thought I listened, I thought I understood but when you're in the middle of it, when you're the person in the middle of the lawsuit, you have no clue as to what to expect. It is just something that made me tense and thought can I get through this and what do I need to say and we met and I calmed right down because you explained everything right to the last letter of what to expect and what they would question me on and that just calmed me down and made it much more easy to be in the deposition and that's what we try to do.
Number one I personally meet with every client I handle the cases in my office personally and as a result of that it allows us to work together such that you hopefully feel more comfortable so what we're talking about now is the preparation for the deposition which means we bring you in and we say okay this is the general outline of a deposition I've been doing this type of work specifically injury work for 17 years I've been a lawyer for 22 years and over the past 17 years I've handled thousands of cases on behalf of people who are injured like you. I focused on that area to try to become the best lawyer in that area that I can be and to allow my clients to obtain the best possible result that's what we try to do so when we're preparing you for a deposition as you know Linda we talked about the general routine the defense attorney would go through typically they talk about your background your educational experience then they talk about your employment experience and then we talked about how the collision occurred and again I went through that with you and just so folks out there understand how it works then we talk about the medical treatment and obviously the medical treatment is crucial you have to obtain prompt medical treatment there are strict time deadlines involved with bringing injury cases we're here to help people. (716)839-3939.
If you have a question or if you've been injured please contact me. With regard to preparing for the deposition however, we go through the medical and then we get up to the point of the deposition in the timeline and then we even talk about the future so we work with the doctors and we try to determine okay Linda will you need another surgery in the future or will you need more medical treatment so part of our goal is to not only compensate you for your pain and suffering but to also compensate you for your future medical expenses or if you're gonna miss time from work now again you were retired Linda you were a kindergarten teacher for how many years 34 years of teaching 34 years as a teacher and I had just retired in June and the accident was in September Linda again has been a friend of our family for many years she actually taught three of my children kindergarten all three of my kids which is which is nice John let's talk a little bit more about when we work against each other I was an assistant district attorney in the Erie County and you were doing some criminal work at that point in time let's talk a little bit about that you remember that well I do remember I always respected the way you approach the case that's where I first got to know you from a professional basis I've never known you to be anything but upright and upstanding and and that's I call the mission statement of my law firm is to provide the highest level of personal injury service for you we return every phone call within one business day frequently the same day we treat you the way we want to be treated and we work hard on your behalf to attempt to obtain the greatest possible settlement for your injuries thank you for joining us I'm Jed Dietrich I'm with Linda Nichols and John Nichols.
John's a lawyer in the western New York community he's been a lawyer for many many years for decades and Linda was involved in a biking accident as she was attempting to cross maple road here didn't have a helmet on and was not at a crosswalk or the main intersection and ultimately a collision occurred Linda doesn't remember much about that so what we did is we reconstructed that collision from the police report and from the testimony of the defendant and from hiring our investigators to go out and take pictures and and the legal professionals in my office we put the case together in a way that was strongest for you to obtain maximum compensation on your behalf I appreciate you both coming in here today is there anything else Linda that you'd like to talk about that we haven't talked about so far I would think as I look back at it to encourage everyone no matter the age to wear a helmet they need to have their helmets on I had ridden for so long not with a helmet that I neglected to put my helmet on and regret that certainly and I understood yeah thanks for adding that John is there anything else you'd like I think from a legal standpoint and I would certainly encourage them to come in and speak with you about it.
I think they should certainly come and see well thank you for saying that Chandra so if you've been injured and it wasn't your fault contact me at seven one six eight 39 39 39 if you're on a bicycle and you're injured and it's not your fault it's the same thing contact me John thank you for coming in so my Thank You Jed Linda no it's I was riding my bike we was in the car together and we were hit and it did not stop it hit me pretty much hit me head-on I got hit from behind my leg was broken in several places I had many fractures and then I get that phone call but he's been hit I knew right away something wasn't right my injuries were getting worse I didn't know what to do I didn't know what to expect I don't know what was going on and that's when I knew I had to give you a call so who can I call they help me again yeah Dietrich oh that was amazing when I got ahold of you guys and you guys took care of everything almost like I felt led to reach out to you it's almost like I felt led to reach out to you and I called you and you handle that thing I mean you handled it I can't write down because you explained everything you came right to the house contact Jed you guys took that load off of me what I didn't know you guys filled me in I knew that I was in good hands and people that I could trust contact judge when you're suffering that know someone is there for you that means a lot Jed made me feel comfortable that all I had to do was focus on my recovery you stand by your words it just felt right.
I didn't have to deal with the insurance company anymore there's also my shoes and I really appreciated that I just knew that it was gonna be taken care of contact Jed yeah you're a real fighter the whole experience in general was amazing it was superb a weight off my shoulders contact Jed above and beyond that's someone who you should go for it I would only trust Jed do sure contact Jed I'm Jed Dietrich stay tuned for important information that you need to preserve your rights if you've been injured as a result of someone else's negligence I'm Jed Dietrich thank you for joining me concerning this presentation on what to do when you're injured through someone else's fault we're talking to Bill Carter here today bill good to see you good to see you again Jed bill you and I have known each other for about how years approximately 12 years 12 years and you have had a number of injury cases when I first came into contact with you tell us about that well we actually called you in regards to a case but then may my wife we were in the car together and we were hit [Music].
And then we called you you came in right to the house mm-hmm my father was there I never forget it from the very beginning from step by step you handled a case with great class and integrity I appreciate you saying that and I remember going to your house in Niagara Falls it wasn't too far from the river and at the time you were doing a little musical work cause you're a musician in addition to your other attributes yes and your wife that you were telling me about you and your wife used to play in Las Vegas all about that well actually we had done a lot of shows in Vegas we she see everyone was the great singers still is she had the surgery she had egos at the surgery because of the accident but we actually stopped doing events and things of that nature understood the pain managed a team that helped us stay out of pain it was great of course yeah that's important for the people at home to understand that when you're involved in an automobile collision your own insurance company your no-fault company pays your medical bills and reimburses you for your lost wages.
But they're like any other insurance company they don't want to pay remember along the way with yours they sent you to their own doctors and they'll talk about that well it was very challenging because the doctors we have our doctors but the insurance companies have their doctors yep it won't make an inconvenience for you well those those insurance company doctors they're paid by the insurance company they're supposed to be looking at you to be independent but what they're really doing is they're trying to cut you off your treatment so the insurance company doesn't have to pay any more money for your medical treatment exactly right yeah and you went to those exams yes and we fought for you so even if those insurance companies create a document which is a medical report saying you can go back to work or and let's say your doctor says you can't go back to work we argue that for you so a lot of people are out there they maybe have been in an accident and they're getting medical bills they don't know where to go where to turn there's strict time limitations involved in an injury case and you know that bill our job is to preserve your rights make sure all those timelines are properly handled so you don't have to worry exactly.
We didn't get one bill you make sure we knew in case we forgot so you got an appointment you know your office your staff is incredible thank you so much for saying that about my staff we have 17 legal professionals in the office here and what we do is we focus on personal injury law we focus on helping you through your time of need so you can work on recovering from your injuries and then unfortunately you had another incident yeah it was a hit again and what happened the second time well the second time I got hit from behind more pain and suffering again it's like or I want to avoid this but so who can I call to help me again Jed Dietrich I was able to contact you directly to your cell phone you call me back you didn't you think the calls was always answered that's on to us so important either talk to your attorney of course and I handle every case it's in my office when I handle your case we get to know each other yes we've known each other quite a bit but I want everyone to know out there I give every single one of my clients my cell phone number so if you're in an accident and you've been injured contact me at (716)839-3939 what makes my firm stand apart from the rest we're turning every phone call within one business day treating you the way we want to be treated and working hard on your behalf to obtain maximum compensation for you the mission statement of my law firm is to provide the highest level of personal injury service to you contact me at (716)839-3939.
What parts your body were injured your first case Bill the back and the neck area okay and in the second case what parts re-injure in continuation of more suffering playing a lot of the cases are people that have been unfortunately in multiple collisions so if you're out there you've been in a collision or an occlusion before and you're afraid to bring a claim contact me at (716)839-3939 we're here to help you if you're in an accident and it's not your fault we're here to help you so if you would could you provide a comparison of the way my office and the way I handle things to some other people your experience was a lawyer you were more responding you were fair I was able to contact you some tourney's I couldn't contact what we try to do is sit down with you get the information when the case first starts find out a little bit about you so that we can run present you better and then tell you how the system works your bills will be paid by no-fault and your wages will be reimbursed by no-fault and every month you need a disability note from your doctor to go to the no-fault people and the no-fault adjuster has to write the check and get it out to you and a lot of times they don't or on vacation.
So we'll get on the horn and we'll call the no-fault adjuster if she's not there it doesn't return our call within 1 business day will escalate it to the supervisor so I have my staff trained so we're not gonna wait 2 or 3 days to hear back from the no-fault adjuster or if they don't get back to us within one business day we'll call a supervisor and and save the supervisor look Sally Jones did not send the check to my client Bill Carter he has to pay his bills he has to pay his gas bill he has to pay his rent yeah so we need to do what we need to do to protect bill and his family because your family gets impacted injuries that means a lot of America so know that you could trust this man and all your on all your situation he actually does what he said he's gonna do above and beyond so I recommend you this attorney you wanted to be with really well I appreciate you saying that and my personal philosophy is I'm a competitive person by nature.
I just want to win on your behalf and for myself too and the way the arrangement works and everybody kind of knows this but I'll just say it again our fee is 1/3 we get paid when you get paid the more we get you the more I get for my firm and to support my family so we're trying to do what we can everything we can to get you the best possible result and as we go through that we want to try to make life easier for you as we go through yeah you're a real fighter you know real fighter well in again the people on the other side they know that when I go I'm gonna do everything I can to try to help you get the best recovery possible so hire the investigators have my legal professionals scroll through every single stitch of medical record on your case and we have folks in the office who prepare medical chronologies so we look at your your first case and your second case and get your first MRI versus your second MRI and all those things allow us to take your case all the way to trial if we have to now with your situation we got your cases resolved without trial but I just had a trial last month it went for two weeks in the New York State Supreme Court it was someone who had a lower back injury that resulted in a surgery and the jury provided that woman with an award and the doctors came in and testified for her and that is something we are prepared to do take your case all the way to trial because the minute people think you're not ready to go to trial.
They don't pay as much so we prepare every single case as if it's gonna go all the way to trial and again bill you were involved in a couple of different things in my office so you can come from the perspective of knowing what we have done you have prepared the case so well and done your work in particular how you do your legal representation so well we never had to go to court and they knew you you had together there was nothing to try to challenge you in that way that that's the legal representation good legal representation bills or anything else about the way I handled the case or my staff handled the case that you think people out there would like to know have a trained well trained staff that knows what they're talking about they're not guessing and if they don't know they said well we'll get right back to you they hang up they've always called back within I mean I only time it yeah are you gonna call me 20 minutes Mr. Carter yes oh yeah oh thank you I feel better than I can talk to you you know just being able to talk to you sure you concern you care yes that means a lot.
Thank you bill I appreciate your time president I thank you okay all right god bless you thank you thank you for joining my special guests in me I hope you've learned something if I can ever be of service to you please contact me (716)839-3939 [Music] listen who can I call to help me again Jed Dietrich contact Jed oh that was amazing when I got ahold of you guys and you guys took care of everything contact Jed he was the only one who handled the situation before it's almost like I felt led to reach out to you is almost like I felt led to reach out to you contact Jed and I called you and you handle that thing I mean you handled it I calmed right down because you explained everything you came right to the house contact Jed you guys took that load off of me what I didn't know you guys filled me in contact Jed they knew that I was in good hands and people that I could trust contact Jed when you're suffering that know someone is there for you that means an object contact jet made me feel comfortable that all I had to do was focus on my recovery contact Jed you stand by your word contact Jed it just felt right I didn't have to deal with the insurance company anymore and putting themselves in my shoes and I really appreciated that that means a lot Jed contact Jed I just knew that it was gonna be taken care of contact jet yeah you're a real fighter the whole experience in general was amazing it was superb contact Jed a weight off my shoulders contact Jed above and beyond that's someone who you should go for it I will only trust Jed Dietrich contact Jed [Music]