Shawn Thomas

It was a normal day for Shawn when he was caught in an explosion. Find out how Arnold & Itkin helped him through his time of need.

So regular workday regular morning and getting up going to work. I got my welding stuff together and everything to get ready to make the well. Waited until the 9 o'clock break. By then, I got up to go to where my tools were. Next thing you know: explosion happened.

Through the explosion, I was thrown back several feet into a beam and I was trampled over...co-workers, everybody scared. Panic.

Afterward, when everything started going in place and checked on employees, the company there wasn't really much helping. You were pretty much left there. You know, that was it. So if you was hurt, it was just another number to them. They could easily replace you.

At the time, my boy was about 5-6. He pretty much had to become a man earlier than his time. Cleaning up, helping me with certain things, helping me putting the shoes on, learning how to cook somewhat. It took a toll on me because I'm putting my son in a position that he don't deserve to be in.

I really didn't know which direction to go to for help. Contacting AI and then first meeting them—it started to give me a little bit of visual and where I was heading. It was more toward "Okay, let's get your help going first and then we focus on everything else later." You can tell they care, you know, the way they handle you, the way they talk to you, things they are concerned about: your family, your needs. It was awesome.

I was able to actually witness them in court. They went in there like straight bulldogs and they won. They’re unstoppable! They definitely have the experience you need. They're fighting for these little people that can’t handle themselves when a giant comes. Almost like the David and Goliath. It’s amazing thing to see. I would recommend them to anybody, I mean anybody. When they say Super Lawyers, that's what they mean.

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