Daily Prompt: Set it to rights

Think of a time you let something slide, only for it to eat away at you later. Tell us how you’d fix it today.

When I practiced law, there were always things that I let slide because the job I was doing was much like a fireman’s. I was always putting out fires, emergencies that had to take first place in my work. As a result, there wee some cases that I let slide a little too long, and I ran into statutes of limitations issues. Those are limits placed on when a lawsuit can be brought, and are vitally important in personal injury cases.

In one case, the statute date had passed, and I felt a frisson of fear running up my spine. But I had been in negotiations with the adjuster. I called her and told her that I would make one final demand, letting the impression arise that I would file suit, when in fact I was saying that I was in trouble with the limitation. She immediately offered me policy limits, since the cost of an attorney to defend a suit would be much higher than the settlement. I got lucky, but it taught me a big lesson. This all happened before the computer driven time management systems were effective for lawyers.

The upshot of this event was to turn me away from the law as a profession, although I dabbled in it some few times later in life. Much of what I did was tangentially related to the law, but it lacked the arcane and peculiar rules that would trip up an unwary lawyer. I am not proud of what I did, but I made the best of a bad situation, and won something for my client. It has left a sour taste in my mouth ever since it happened, and I’m glad I don’t have to face such challenges again. My new challenges, involving my first novel, are quite enough, thank you.


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