Let’s be honest, no little boy or girl has ever written in school that when they grow up they dream of being an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney. If they did they are quite odd.
This job certainly isn’t what I dreamed of as a child. But I quickly learned that there weren’t many six foot power forwards in the NBA so that dream went aside.
When I was in college and trying to figure out what to do with my life, one of the reasons that I went to law school was because a law degree gives you a lot of options. When I got to law school, a professor talked about how having a law degree gives you the ability to help people more than any degree out there. That’s what clicked with me.
I’ve always loved helping others and have been volunteering my time since high school although it was really college when I picked up the volunteering bug. Since then I’ve worked as a tutor at St. Joseph School in Cabrini Green, served meals at Inspiration Cafe and now with my family will regularly make meals and deliver them to the homeless.
I don’t say that to brag, I say it because a good lawyer has to want to help others. While I didn’t know anything about injured workers as a kid, as an adult I know that I, and the state wide network I’ve created, can do a lot of good for those who need us. Our job isn’t rocket science, but it does take some work.
I love the feeling of knowing that we solved a problem for someone. I love the feeling of competition when a case is being wrongfully denied or we know that we are on the right side of a contested issue. I get a rush from clients who write us notes offering their thanks. I love getting a settlement that makes a big financial difference in the life of someone who came to us broken. I love knowing that we helped someone get healthy. I love hearing that a client can pick up their kid for the first time in years because their back pain is gone.
And so while this job was not my childhood dream, I do LOVE it and that’s why we return phone calls in a timely manner, give honest advice and do what we can to win any case we are involved in.
You’ll know that your lawyer doesn’t love his job based on how he or she treats you. If they do a good enough job there is good money in it for them. If they are still miserable even though they are getting paid, it’s a red flag for you. It may be a sign that you should switch lawyers.
If you want to talk to someone who LOVES what they do, call us at (312) 346-5578 or fill out our contact form and we’ll call you. It’s free and confidential.