The View From My Chair

September 4, 2019
The View From My Chair Peel Law Firm

5 Simple Life Truths

After more than two decades of handling catastrophic injury, disability and cases of wrongful death, I have seen quite a bit. In my role, I have gained insights into innumerable families, situations and tragedies.

Generally speaking, I’ve noticed a few truths:

  1. Faithful, churchgoing families often have a ton of support. Whether it be regularly getting food brought over for two months following a tragedy, people gathering money to help fund medical bills, their yard being cut, or some guys building a disabled ramp to their front door on a Saturday.
  2. In times of loss and tragedy people look back on the good times. In almost every case, those involve family gatherings, or situations that felt like disasters but that are now funny, and travel—Especially in an RV.
  3. Patients that ask good questions and get second opinions get much better care. We all respect doctors, but even an honest doctor will tell you they are not always right. When I was writing my book, they told me the “best write was a rewrite”. I think in medical terms, the best opinion is a second opinion.
  4. I think people learn to gather information before they make decisions. It’s heartbreaking to talk to someone who tells me of an accident that happened several years earlier, that they are still financially digging out of, who did not even know that the lack of insurance on the person that hit them did not affect their own UM insurance. And they could’ve collected $50,000 tax-free to offset all these losses. But no one told them and they didn’t ask.
  5. No one ever regrets spending time with family. I have yet to have anyone tell me that in their last moments they were wishing they had been at the office more. There’s usually only one to five people gathered around the hospital bed when things go really badly. Invest in those people. None of us are going to get out of here alive.

Mr. Peel seeks justice for those injured in tractor trailer and car accidents, medical malpractice, and disability. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Mr. Peel may be reached through wherein other articles may be accessed.

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