Our Firm’s Philosophy

In all my years of work as an attorney, I have seen that in every single personal injury case, the injured person would be happiest if they could just have their life back as it was before the accident or injury. Sadly, this isn’t always possible. Fortunately, our system of civil justice allows the victim to be awarded financial compensation from the negligent party in an attempt to make up for what has been lost.

All too often insurance companies and at-fault parties try to downplay their responsibility when someone is injured or killed through their negligence. By the very nature of living together in a society, people owe duties to other people. These include the duty of a retail store to not expose their patrons to unnecessary dangers; the duty of motorists to drive their cars safely and not violate other motorists right of way; the duty of manufacturers and retailers to sell safe products and to warn of any dangers associated with them. If a wrong-doer violates the duty they owe to the victim, our society’s laws require that the wrong-doer and their insurance company should be held responsible for all the damages they’ve caused.

My duty to my clients, as their personal injury attorney, is to bring the victim’s story to life and assure that the decision-makers, be they jurors or insurance adjusters, can fully appreciate the nature of my client’s injuries and how they have impacted my client’s daily life and the lives of their families. I do this in a very vivid, methodical and easy-to-understand way, telling their story with emotion and passion. Using a variety of tools, including the traditional presentation of documentary evidence and witness testimony, as well as full use of electronic media presentations, on-screen animation, audio recordings and enlarged photos, I make it my task to educate the jury with the truth of what has happened.

I want my client’s story to get inside a juror’s heart so that they will have the information available to them to award just compensation to the victim. It’s not about getting a “windfall” for the victim, but simply re-imbursing them for the harms they have suffered through their physical injury and emotional distress.

It is my goal that each juror understand on a personal level the true cost – physically, emotionally and mentally – of my client’s injury. It may seem obvious if a concert pianist loses the ability to perform because of injury suffered to his hands as a result of an auto accident. Yet jurors may never think about what this person must endure on a daily basis far from the concert stage. They won’t know about the excruciating nerve pain that causes the victim to lie awake for hours each night. They won’t know the grief and loss suffered by the family when a father can no longer play catch with his young son or perform simple household tasks.

My goal is to enable a jury to see the truth. This is where my efforts can make a real and lasting difference. By telling my client’s story and bringing to life how their injury has changed not only their body, but their ability to work, play and interact with family, I can enable a jury to see clearly all that has been lost.

While financial compensation can offer peace of mind, it can never restore the injured person’s life. My efforts on behalf of my clients are to see that they are awarded an adequate amount of money to fix what can be fixed, to help what can be helped, and to make up for what can’t be fixed or helped.

Unlike many other law offices, especially large firms, I do not delegate legal or investigative work on a case to a paralegal or anyone else. I work each case personally from beginning to end. When you come in for an initial consultation, you will meet with me personally. I conduct the initial investigation and handle all aspects of the case, including trial and appeal, if necessary.

The initial stages of an investigation, including gathering of evidence, are critical. This is where you make or break a case. It is impossible to win a personal injury case without evidence.

If you’ve been injured as a result of negligence, you want an attorney who is tried and tested. You need someone with experience who knows the law and isn’t afraid of going to battle for you. I feel privileged when a person chooses me as their lawyer, and I take great pride in taking on their fight for justice.

There is absolutely no charge for your initial consultation and there are no fees or costs without a recovery. All cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning you owe nothing unless there is monetary recovery. Although expenses are involved with investigation and trial, Marianne Howanitz, P.A. advances all costs. You are only obligated to repay these expenses if a recovery is made.

If you think you may have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is important that you contact an experienced accident and injury attorney as soon as possible. The preservation of evidence needed to prove your claim is of utmost importance and may be lost or destroyed if not preserved immediately. Contact our office today to schedule your free initial consultation.