You never think it’s going to happen to you. Maybe it happens when you’re driving down a familiar highway, after you accidentally get into a horrible collision. Or maybe it happens at work, such as when my aunt was rollerblading with her preschool class when she fell and broke her ankle, requiring multiple surgeries and physical therapy to get it right. Regardless of when or how it happens, if you have suffered catastrophic injuries from automobile collisions, medical errors, dangerous products and drugs, on the job injuries, dog attacks or something else, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Frenkel & Frenkel can help you. We talked to Scott Frenkel, attorney and partner at Frenkel & Frenkel, and Gene Burkett, attorney and partner at Frenkel & Frenkel, to find out more about what they can do to help you.
“Frenkel & Frenkel officially opened on February 3, 1994, and partner Gene Burkett joined the firm in 1995,” said Frenkel. “The original goal of the firm was to try and help individuals. That goal has only been galvanized over time.”
Frenkel and his brother, attorney and partner Mark Frenkel, have both worked for large insurance defense firms in Dallas. Mark worked with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, and Scott worked with Crowles & Thompson. “In those defense firms, we both learned not only how to handle trials, but also how often ‘the little guy’ is left without much recourse,” explained Frenkel. “The insurance industry has powerful and large law firms representing defendants; we set out to try to level the playing field.”
They decided to practice in the Corridor from the beginning, but they also handle cases all over the country. “Addison has been, and continues to be, a thriving and growing area,” said Burkett. “We have handled cases in the Addison area since the firm started. We also handle cases throughout the metroplex, state and nationally.”
One area Frenkel & Frenkel helps people with is vehicle accidents, including commercial vehicle wrecks, car accidents, drunk driving, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian and bike accidents, truck wrecks, uninsured motorists, driving while distracted and automobile accidents. Other areas include medical malpractice, such as birth injury, nursing home abuse and surgical errors; drug litigation, such as prescription dosage errors; and other injuries, such as injuries on the job; dog bites; child injuries, construction, industrial and product liability. Basically, they will help anyone who has suffered injuries or loss due to someone else’s negligence.
“Accidents happen (like knocking over a glass of milk); collisions shouldn’t,” said Frenkel. “Collisions occur when someone has violated a safety rule. Most collisions do not have a major impact (pun intended) on someone’s life. But when they do, one needs to have an attorney or proceed at their own peril. Insurance companies have powerful law firms under their direct employ, which is who they dispatch when you file a personal injury lawsuit. It is nearly impossible for a layperson to deal with them. I have seen many try over the years, but never with good results. There are so many procedural pitfalls in court, not to mention how hard it is to know how to present the case facts to the jury. Defendants have so many opportunities to take advantage of an unrepresented person, and their sole goal is to save money, not to justly compensate a victim.”
Scott and Mark have always been geared toward helping people – “hat tip to amazing grandparents and parents!” he said – but they did not go into two of the most popular areas of law: criminal law and family law. Scott remembers a time at his first defense job as a medical malpractice defense attorney, when he was defending a bad case where a young girl was seriously injured. “The plaintiff’s attorney in that case did a horrible job and settled the case far below where we had authority to settle from the negligent company and its insurance company (they had authorized settlement up to $5,000,000, but the plaintiffs accepted merely $90,000),” said Frenkel. “We thought that we could make a difference.”
“We are often with our clients at the worst time in their lives,” added Burkett. “They’ve been hurt or lost a loved one. We are able to not only seek damages on their behalf, but also provide counsel to guide them through difficult times.”
What makes Frenkel & Frenkel unique is the people that comprise it. Their team of lawyers and support staff care, and have experience in handling a wide range of cases – everything from back surgeries to quadriplegia to death. “The thing that makes us rare is the effort we put into our serious cases,” said Frenkel. This care includes performing dozens of focus groups and mock trials, employing different experts to aid in preparation and prosecution of cases, sitting with clients and families to find out exactly how they were affected, and learning as much as they can about a case so they can effectively tell the story to the jury.
“No two cases are the same factually or situationally, but Frenkel & Frenkel puts the highest level of care and preparedness we can toward each one,” he said.
Hopefully you are never injured due to negligence, but if you are, Frenkel & Frenkel are the guys to take care of you and make the community a safer place for everyone.