How We Make a Difference
No one does it all on their own. You can have all the work ethic and motivation in the world, but if you really want to achieve something great, you need to surround yourself with great people who will have your back. This is especially true when building a team and something I keep in mind when bringing people into the firm.
–Ramiro Rodriguez, Jr.
Working to make a difference
Throughout my career, I have looked for ways to make a difference. I attended a college that offered a focus on public policy and emphasized helping people who weren’t receiving the help they needed. At the time, I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life, but I knew I wanted to help people. Eventually, one of my professors suggested that my interests might be put to good use at a legal aid office. Taking her advice, I started volunteering at their office, specifically helping injured workers and other people who couldn’t afford a lawyer.
It was really rewarding work, and I quickly saw the difference it made. I went into law so I could continue to help make a difference. I want to help people, specifically the people who always get overlooked and treated unfairly. That’s why I’m at GA Injury Advocates.
The people who come into my office find themselves in really difficult positions. Not only are they hurt and worried about how they’re going to take care of their families, but they are also often in challenging circumstances politically and socially. They get taken advantage of. It’s a privilege to be the person who advocates for them. My clients know they can meet with me in person and that I’ll return their calls. They know their case is important to me and that I’ll take care of them.
I handle some personal injury cases, but my first love is workers’ comp. My goal is to see people who don’t generally have access to medical care receive great medical care when they need it most. It’s exciting to know that in my workers’ comp cases, my clients are able to go to some of the top doctors in the state and get excellent care paid for by the employer’s insurance company. This level of care allows them to heal, and it often gets them a better overall result in their case.
In college, I was a real march-in-the-streets, change-the-world kind of person. Though a lot of things have changed since then, at my core, I’m still that guy. There’s a lot that goes into being a workers’ comp attorney. I have to help my clients navigate the legal system, manage their expectations, and see that they get to a doctor who can best treat them. It’s a tall order, but in the end, I know I’m able to make a difference.
–John Paul LaBouff