Questions & Answers
Q:Generally speaking, tell me about what practice areas you specifically handle and why you
choose to work in those areas:
A: The founder, David C. Downard, has a solid background working for the Social Security Administration for a number of years at the management level before he graduated law school and obtained his law license. There he learned important lessons on how to successfully recover benefits for disabled claimants and the complex intricacies of Social Security practice and procedures. Prior to becoming a successful personal injury attorney, Jim Tiller, worked as a counselor for troubled youth and their families, before pursuing his legal education. He later joined a well-known personal injury law firm before going out on his own. He teamed up with David Downard and together, Downard and Associates continues to win impressive victories and obtain substantial settlements and judgments in Social Security Disability.
Q: If I’m a new person calling you or if I’m on your website right now I’m saying, hey, I was hurt at work. I haven’t reached out to anyone yet. I’m thinking about reaching out to a lawyer. What would my experience really look like?
A: After meeting personally with the client, and usually their spouse or significant other, we lay out the entire framework for how the case will proceed and what steps will be taken, why and when. Because we value the concept of keeping our clients informed, we explain in simple, layperson’s terms how we will work the file in order to capitalize on the strengths of the case and avoid potential pitfalls during the process. The client then isn’t kept in the dark about the legal process and knows what to expect in the near and sometimes far range future. During negotiations, we require that the client participate and have full knowledge about the pros and cons of their case before accepting any offer or before deciding to proceed to trial. Because of our hands on approach, our client completes the litigation process, which is never pleasant, with a sense of security, confidence and peace of mind that otherwise would not be possible. As a result, a large number of our new clients come from referrals made by many of our happy and satisfied clients.