What do you expect from a legal blog?

All it takes is a few minutes surfing the web to realize that everybody and their mother is the proud parent of at least one blog. Whether you want to learn about changing your oil, making macarons, or knitting booties for your favorite pooch, there’s a blog for that.

Lawyers are no exceptions. It seems that just about every lawyer I have come across has jumped head first into the realm of blogging (don’t get me started on lawyers and video blogs). The quality of these blogs is not always consistent.

Personal Injury Blogging or Schadenfreude?

For those of you unfamiliar with this borrowed German term, let me clarify (stolen from Wikipedia):

Schadenfreude Listeni/ˈʃɑːdənfrɔɪdə/ (German: [ˈʃaːdənˌfʁɔʏdə]) is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.

Now, before the angry e-mails start, I should elaborate. This is a tongue in cheek comparison. While I do not think that my fellow personal injury attorneys actually fit the definition of schadenfreude, their blogs often convey a different message.

This is because may personal injury blogs read as a manifest of some of the most horrific local accidents. Consider the following quote from Seattle plaintiff’s trial lawyer and past President of the Washington State Association for Justice, Karen Koehler, who calls these blogs a “Running feed of disaster.”

The worst are the headline grabbers, I call them the ‘tragic headline grabbers. They just grab the tragic headlines and post them one after the other after the other. It’s like a running feed of disaster.

The Difficulty of Blogging on Personal Injury Topics

Since starting my blog, I have learned first-hand the difficulties associated with legal blogging. Choosing appropriate topics, providing quality legal opinions while respecting an ethical boundary between providing legal advice in a public forum, and offering legal musings that aren’t as stale as day-old bread – it can be difficult at times.

My main goal is to provide clients and potential clients a path to quality legal information. If you are dealing with a topic related to Arizona personal injury law and have unanswered questions, don’t hesitate to suggest a topic for future posts. I would be happy to use your suggestion (and give you an appropriate shout out, if you were so inclined.)