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At times, we represent clients who are fathers and we see how much their injuries can change their lives. I was moved by the client that couldn’t fish or go camping with his children, after he had surgery. It was a horrible time for him as he watched his brother take his place.

Other times, we represent families who have lost their father. It is heartbreaking to talk to family members about their loss. The conversations often remind me of my departed Dad.

On this day I think it’s fitting to post one of the poems that I sometimes use as a part of those cases:

Dad, our sadness knows no end;
We can’t believe you’re gone;
We’re grieving for you every day;
It’s hard to carry on.

You were always there to support and care,
When we needed a true friend,
How we’ll ever do without our dad,
We cannot comprehend.

You were our teacher and our guide,
Our dad, so good and strong;
Your example will sustain us now,
And last our whole lives long.

We’re trying to communicate;
We hope that you can hear;
Expressing what we feel for you,
Helps us feel you’re near.

Our memories of the times we had
Help the pain to go away.
But Dad, our lives won’t be the same;
We’ll miss you every day.

A part of us went with you;
You left a gap too big to fill;
You’re our father and our hero;
We love you and we always will.

Happy Fathers Day to all Fathers. May it be a special day with your family. Also a day where family members remember the good times with you.


  1. Mike: Thank you for this post. It moved me on two levels, one personal, one professional. ON a personal level, I lost my Dad to cancer in 2005; I miss him every day. It was his guidance and inspiration that resulted in my going to law school and becoming a lawyer who represents "people" not "profits". On a professional level, I think of all of those injured fathers who I have represented or funded over the years and all of the families who lost husbands and fathers in accidents. The tort reformers just do not comprehend the cost, in human suffering and sorrow, that accidents can cause. Thanks for reminding them, and all of us.

  2. Thanks to both of you for taking the time to read and comment. I lost my own father a number of years ago and think of him all the time.

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