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A Not-So Easy Topic to Discuss: Sensitive-Injury Cases | Gemma Zanowski

There has always been a disparity in the ratio of female attorneys compared to our male counterparts. According to research from the American Bar Association Market Research Department, statistics shows that women only make up about 36 percent of all attorneys.

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More female attorneys are needed to balance out the gender disparity in the legal industry. We bring unique perspectives and attributes to a law practice. In my law office, I’ve found my strengths compliment the strengths of my male partners. It’s a good synergy. And sometimes, a client specifically seeks a female attorney. I’ve found this to be the case where women have suffered a particularly sensitive or embarrassing (to them) injury.

It’s understandable that a woman who has sustained sensitive injuries may prefer to be represented by a female attorney. She may feel more comfortable discussing potentially intimate details with another woman. A female attorney may be able to better relate to her concerns and understand the nature of her injuries.

Sensitive-injury cases include but are not limited to:

  • Assault, sexual assault and rape cases
  • Cases against obstetricians or gynecologists
  • Injuries to or involving private parts
  • Injuries during pregnancy

I find special meaning working on cases involving deeply personal injuries that affect only women or primarily women. I think we all deserve to partner with other human beings to genuinely understand our context. I’ve previously represented a woman exposed to STDs during an abortion, a woman who delivered a baby prematurely after a serious vehicle collision, and women with vaginal injuries. It’s important that my clients feel comfortable and safe discussing any legal matters with me, pertaining to their case.

While it is my privilege to represent clients of all genders, across different areas of personal injury law, I am here to fight for female clients who have suffered injuries that may be personal or sensitive in nature. I am here to listen to you. To protect you. Because I understand what it’s like to be in your shoes.

If there’s a potential sensitive-injury case that you would like to discuss with me, don’t hesitate to contact Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel to schedule a complimentary consultation.


This article was originally published on Gemma Zanowski’s website.

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