One area that lawyers often specialize in is the practice of personal injury law. This area of law concerns itself with injuries to the body that have been caused by an accident or another person’s lack of reasonable care. Personal injury is direct harm or injury resulting in physical damage, emotional harm or financial loss, or a combination of all of these. The legal basis is usually found in tort law as opposed to codified regulations or statutes. Tort law is based on violations of personal responsibilities or duties.
One such personal injury attorney is Dan Newlin a Chicago-area native that has a lifelong attitude of service and justice. He began his career as an emergency medical technician (EMT) for New Chicago, Illinois when he was 18. From there, Dan became a police office, first for New Chicago, then relocated to Orlando, FL where he was a member of the Orange County Sheriff’s department working as a decorated patrol officer.
While doing follow-up investigations on traffic accidents over the years, Newlin became aware of the poor treatment accident victims were receiving from various insurance companies. In some cases, the poor treatment was simply a glaring lack of sympathy and in others it was clear the companies were trying to shift blame to the victims in order to reduce or eliminate the payout of damages. Dan saw this for what it was and decided to pursue a law degree to assist victims in the complex world of personal injury litigation.
His law offices have handled numerous cases and have won over $150 million in settlements for his clients. Recently, in one case of importance Newlin won a jury directed award of $100 million for a teenager’s family. The teenager was a victim of a stray gunshot that was fired by a gang member during an escape from a home invasion. The then fifteen-year-old girl was hit in the head while riding in the back of her parent’s mini-van. The bullet remains lodged in the girls’ skull and she is now paralyzed, only able to communicate by blinking her eyes. While Newlin openly admits that the prospects for his clients seeing any of the damages awarded are small, he insists that the verdict sends a powerful message to criminals that their actions can result in both criminal convictions and civil damages. The family also echoed this sentiment and added the award added a dose of needed closure.
The Law Offices of Dan Newlin recently opened a Chicago office to expand their legal services out of the central Florida area. In addition to the personal injury aspect of the practice, Newlin’s firm also handles cases in medical malpractice, social security disability, wrongful death and workers compensation. The firm lists almost 40 associate attorneys.