As he stepped out of his work truck to make a delivery to a Philadelphia drugstore in July 2008, Musa Ahmed lost his balance and fell hard to the ground. The curbstone was sunken into the ground and caused his fall, which resulted in serious leg and back injuries. "There was a hole there [in the curb] that shouldn't have been there," he said. "I found out later that that hole had been there for a long time and they did nothing about it." After the accident, Ahmed, 59, heard attorney Dean I. Weitzman speaking on a MyPhillyLawyer radio broadcast and he called in to talk about his case. "This guy seems to be pretty sharp here," Ahmed said. "After talking with him on the radio, he gave me some good insights on what could happen next." Ahmed then met with Weitzman and hired him to take his case. "As a person, he just seemed like he knew you for a long time," he said. "He made you feel like he was raised up in your neighborhood." Ahmed was also impressed by how the MyPhillyLawyer staff kept in touch about his case. "He had someone from his office contact me periodically to let me know what was happening."
When her husband was killed in a New Jersey traffic accident last January, Willingboro, N.J., resident Jacquelyn Dixon's life was dramatically altered. Her husband, Johnnie, 61, died when a tractor-trailer pulled in front of his car as he was driving to his job as a research chemist. The father of their six children, Johnnie was also a minister for the Kingdom Living Ministries. After the accident, a friend suggested she call attorney Dean I. Weitzman to represent her in her husband's death. What she found, she said, was a caring advocate for her family. "Dean called me and came to the house to meet with me and my son," Mrs. Dixon said. "He's just been taking care of me since then. He makes sure that my daughter and I continue our lifestyle since my husband was killed. His first concern was that we had money coming into our household. He's done that. He had everybody in the office working on my case. Everyone in the office knew my name." "I feel like he took this case very personally and he did whatever he could to ensure that my daughter and I were taken care of," she said. "I trust him and he’s done a great job." "My life was turned upside down when my husband died and it's been a very difficult process. I hurt every day."
Karen Vick of Sewell, N.J., was driving her flower delivery truck in Philadelphia in 2005 when her truck was struck by another vehicle in an intersection. Vick, now 46, suffered back and neck injuries and was unable to work for three years. A family friend recommended that she call the MyPhillyLawyer law firm to represent her in court. Attorney Frank Breitman took charge of her claims. "He handled the personal injury part of the case," which was settled in early 2008, Vick said. "Everything was very professional," she said. "I always knew what they were doing. They stayed right with me the whole time. They are very easy to talk to. They don’t make you feel like they're the lawyers and you're the client. They're not pretentious. They're down to earth. They asked all about my family. They're more than just lawyers. They actually care, which is very rare nowadays. They treat you like family, right from the start. They even went to one of my doctor's appointments with me to make sure I was comfortable and to make sure that everything went well. I’ve referred people to them since my accident. They're really good people."
Nineteen years ago, as she was driving in her car to visit her mother in Philadelphia from her home in Willingboro, N.J., Lillie R. Daniels' vehicle was struck by a speeding ambulance in an intersection. Thus began a lawyer-client relationship she has had with Dean I. Weitzman ever since. Mrs. Daniels, now 67, a retired hospital worker, called Weitzman after she was given his card by a stranger. "What impressed me most is that I called him and told him I wanted to come and see him" to talk about the crash. "He said 'no, you were in an accident and I will come and see you.' He came the next day." He handled the case for her and the settlement. "We’ve been friends ever since," Mrs. Daniels said. "I call him if I have a problem, and he calls me back. I tell him you are like my son." "I never had to go anywhere on my own," including medical visits and legal proceedings, she said. "He always said 'I will pick you up and take you there.' That’s what I love about him." In 2002, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The following year, after her treatment, she told Weitzman that she wanted to create an organization, The Bread of Life Foundation, to help women with breast cancer and he helped her with the paperwork and provided legal advice – on a pro bono basis. "He did a lot of leg work for me," she said. "He did it all." In 2005, the group honored Weitzman at its annual luncheon. Last October, he provided five $100 gift cards to cancer survivors at a foundation fundraiser. "They are a law firm that cares" Mrs. Daniels said. "They are loving. They are compassionate. They are honest and anything they can do for you they will do. They will go the extra mile."
-Lillie R. Daniels
Tatiana Bardina, 31, of Dover, Del., was a passenger in a car being driven by a friend in February 2008 when the vehicle was struck by another car on a snowy roadway in Philadelphia. Her head struck the headrest of the car, injuring her neck and back and causing tingling in her arms. A friend recommended that she contact attorney Dean I. Weitzman. "My friend told me that [MyPhillyLawyer] was a very reliable company and that they take care of everything," Bardina said. The case was settled quickly and to her satisfaction. "He was always on top of everything" in the case, she said. "He was very efficient and he made me really comfortable. I didn’t know what to do and how it all works. He was very helpful. I did not have to worry about anything. They did it all very professionally. There were no problems whatsoever."
You agreed to represent me for my automobile accident when other attorneys turned the case down. I was thrilled with the settlement you negotiated. I will tell all my family and friends about you.
I lost the use of my right arm when I hurt myself at work. The structured settlement you negotiate will provide me with income for many years. Thank you for all your hard work.
Thank you for representing my seven year old daughter against the owner of the German Sheppard dog that attacked her. The money will be used for her college tuition. God Bless You!
Only you could convince the owners of the garbage dump that my leg infection and lengthy hospital stay was caused by their failure to maintain sanitary conditions in the dumping area. My wife and I appreciate the settlement and your hard work.
I was never involved in an auto accident. I was very nervous. You and your office staff always took the time to answer my questions. It was very comforting to know that you were my lawyer.