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Catastrophic Comeback with American Injury Lawyer Clarke Speaks

Life can change in a flash, and the journey to recovery can be overwhelming. Dive deep into the stories of those who faced catastrophic injuries and emerged stronger, with renowned injury lawyer Clarke Speaks from Speaks Law Firm leading the way. In each episode, hear intimate interviews with survivors who've navigated the complex legal system with Clarke's expertise by their side, charting their path from despair to resilience. Discover how they found hope, purpose, and joy after their life-altering events. "Who Speaks for You? We Do!" Whether you or a loved one has experienced a life-changing injury, or if you're simply intrigued by the perseverance of the human spirit and the intricate interplay of law and life, this podcast is your beacon. Tune in for stories of determination, legal insights, and a testament to the power of advocacy. Join Clarke Speaks as he champions the cause of those rebuilding their lives after a catastrophic setback.

Our Episodes

The Role Focus Groups Play in Catastrophic Cases
May 23, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 52: The Role Focus Groups Play in Catastrophic Cases

Focus groups have an important job when it comes to catastrophic cases because they can provide insight into the way a jury might feel about certain cases or criteria. While we don’t play the role of the plaintiff’s or defendant’s attorney, these focus groups give us a chance to sit back and then ask questions […]
The Future of Repairing Paralysis with Dr. Erik Bendiks (Part 4)
May 18, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 51: The Future of Repairing Paralysis with Dr. Erik Bendiks (Part 4)

We spent time talking with people who have suffered catastrophic injuries to learn more about their challenges and their success stories. Now we want to take a look at the other side of the recovery process by welcoming on Dr. Erik Bendiks to discuss the medical side of treating catastrophic injuries. Dr. Erik Bendiks is […]
Ep 50: Neck Injuries and Repairing Discs with Dr. Erik Bendiks (Part 3)
May 9, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 50: Neck Injuries and Repairing Discs with Dr. Erik Bendiks (Part 3)

We spent time talking with people who have suffered catastrophic injuries to learn more about their challenges and their success stories. Now we want to take a look at the other side of the recovery process by welcoming on Dr. Erik Bendiks to discuss the medical side of treating catastrophic injuries. Dr. Erik Bendiks is […]
May 2, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 49: Treating Catastrophic Injuries with Dr. Erik Bendiks (Part 2)

We spent time talking with people who have suffered catastrophic injuries to learn more about their challenges and their success stories. Now we want to take a look at the other side of the recovery process by welcoming on Dr. Erik Bendiks to discuss the medical side of treating catastrophic injuries. Dr. Erik Bendiks is […]
April 30, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 48: Treating Catastrophic Injuries with Dr. Erik Bendiks (Part 1)

We spent time talking with people who have suffered catastrophic injuries to learn more about their challenges and their success stories. Now we want to take a look at the other side of the recovery process by welcoming on Dr. Erik Bendiks to discuss the medical side of treating catastrophic injuries. Dr. Erik Bendiks is […]
April 30, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 47: Takeaways - Parker Byrd & the Baseball Comeback

Clarke Speaks shares his takeaways from the conversation with ECU baseball player Parker Byrd, who made history on the diamond after suffering a catastrophic injury.
April 30, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 46: ECU Baseball’s Parker Byrd Details Boating Accident & Recovery Process (Part 2)

Parker Byrd had a bright future and big goals when he committed to play baseball at East Carolina University. Following in his parents’ footsteps at ECU was a dream, but everything changed in the summer of 2022. A lake trip with some teammates ended in a boating accident that required Byrd to be airlifted back […]
April 17, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 45: ECU Baseball’s Parker Byrd Details Boating Accident & Recovery Process (Part 1)

Parker Byrd had a bright future and big goals when he committed to play baseball at East Carolina University. Following in his parents’ footsteps at ECU was a dream, but everything changed in the summer of 2022. A lake trip with some teammates ended in a boating accident that required Byrd to be airlifted back […]
Using AI to Determine Case Value of Catastrophic Cases
April 4, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 44: Using AI to Determine Case Value of Catastrophic Cases

AI is disrupting industries around the world but roll does the technology play in catastrophic cases? It can be a great tool for attorneys to use, especially as it relates to pulling information. In this episode, we’ll explain how it’s used to help determine case value for catastrophic events and talk about the roles focus […]
How Do You Determine the Value of a Catastrophic Case?
March 27, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 43: How Do You Determine the Value of a Catastrophic Case?

How do you determine the value of a catastrophic injury? So many different factors go into a catastrophic case and it takes a high level of experience to be able to forecast an outcome. In this video, we’re continuing our conversation with Jeff Watson, Senior Managing Attorney at Speaks Law Firm, to help you understand […]
Keys to Getting the Recovery Amount You Deserve (Part 5 w/ Jeff Watson)
March 22, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 42: Keys to Getting the Recovery Amount You Deserve (Part 5 w/ Jeff Watson)

You’ve probably seen plenty of attorneys advertise big settlements from catastrophic cases but how do you know if they actually got the amount their client truly deserved? It takes a very specialized and experienced attorney to understand that value and have the skills to fight for it effectively. In this video, we’re continuing our conversation […]
The Importance of Experience When Finding an Attorney for Your Catastrophic Injury (Part 4 w/ Jeff Watson)
March 13, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 41: The Importance of Experience When Finding an Attorney for Your Catastrophic Injury (Part 4 w/ Jeff Watson)

For many accidents, finding an attorney to represent you isn’t too difficult. Most firms can assist you as needed. The true test comes when dealing with a catastrophic event, and you want to have a fantastic attorney on your side to help recover what you’re truly owed. We’re continuing our conversation with Jeff Watson, Senior […]
EP: Hiring a Lawyer for a Workers Comp Case Following a Catastrophic Event (Part 3 w/ Jeff Watson)
March 9, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 40: Hiring a Lawyer for a Workers Comp Case Following a Catastrophic Event (Part 3 w/ Jeff Watson)

What legal recourse do you have after suffering a catastrophic event? Today’s guest is Jeff Watson, Senior Managing Attorney at Speaks Law Firm, and together we’re going to provide you with an idea of what to do as you move forward if legal recourse is a possibility for your situation. By knowing what to expect, […]
Legal Recourse Following a Catastrophic Event with Jeff Watson (Part 2)
February 26, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 39: Legal Recourse Following a Catastrophic Event with Jeff Watson (Part 2)

What legal recourse do you have after suffering a catastrophic event? Today’s guest is Jeff Watson, Senior Managing Attorney at Speaks Law Firm, and together we’re going to provide you with an idea of what to do as you move forward if legal recourse is a possibility for your situation. By knowing what to expect, […]
Legal Recourse Following a Catastrophic Event with Jeff Watson (Part 1)
February 22, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 38: Legal Recourse Following a Catastrophic Event with Jeff Watson (Part 1)

What legal recourse do you have after suffering a catastrophic event? Today’s guest is Jeff Watson, Senior Managing Attorney at Speaks Law Firm, and together we’re going to provide you with an idea of what to do as you move forward if legal recourse is a possibility for your situation. By knowing what to expect, […]
Takeaways - Chris Miranda & Workers' Compensation Claims
February 15, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 37: Takeaways - Chris Miranda & Workers' Compensation Claims

Clarke Speaks shares his takeaways from the conversation with Chris Miranda, a Senior Workers’ Compensation Paralegal at Speaks Law Firm.
How Workers’ Compensation Claims for Catastrophic Events are Different
February 15, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 36: How Workers’ Compensation Claims for Catastrophic Events are Different

Worker’s compensation claims for people dealing with catastrophic injuries will often have additional layers that other claims won’t have. It’s important to understand the process and know what rights you have and don’t have. What should you expect from the claims process from your team of attorneys and the insurance workers as well? We’re back […]
Know About Worker’s Compensation Claim for Catastrophic Injuries in North Carolina
February 8, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 35: What You Need to Know About Worker’s Compensation Claim for Catastrophic Injuries

Worker’s compensation claims for people dealing with catastrophic injuries will often have additional layers that other claims won’t have. It’s important to understand the process and know what rights you have and don’t have. What options do you have beyond worker’s comp and does it matter if third parties are involved? Today we’re talking with […]
Workers Compensation Claims Process for Catastrophic Injuries (Part 1)
February 1, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 34: Workers Compensation Claims Process for Catastrophic Injuries (Part 1)

So many people who suffer catastrophic injuries have to spend time away from work to recover both physically and emotionally. It adds another level of stress to an already difficult period of life, which is why you want an experienced law firm on your side to help you navigate the process. Today we’re talking with […]
Takeaways - Stacey Miller & the Intake Process
January 25, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 33: Takeaways - Stacey Miller & the Intake Process

Clarke Speaks shares his takeaways from the conversation with Stacy Miller, an intake specialist with Speaks Law Firm.
Catastrophic Comebacks Begin with the Intake Process (Part 2)
January 25, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 32: Catastrophic Comebacks Begin with the Intake Process (Part 2)

Let’s finish our conversation with Stacy Miller, an intake specialist at Speaks Law Firm, about the intake process that we go through with clients dealing with catastrophic injuries. The intake process isn’t one that people are usually familiar with but it’s the front line for people reaching out to Speaks Law and we rely on […]
Catastrophic Comebacks Begin with the Intake Process (Part 1)
January 18, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 31: Catastrophic Comebacks Begin with the
Intake Process (Part 1)

Today we’re joined by Stacy Miller, an intake specialist at Speaks Law Firm, to take you through the intake process that we go through with clients dealing with catastrophic injuries. The intake process isn’t one that people are usually familiar with but it’s the front line for people reaching out to Speaks Law and we […]
Takeaways - Jeff Swagger and Investigating Catastrophic Events
January 11, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 30: Takeaways - Jeff Swagger and Investigating Catastrophic Events

Clarke Speaks shares his takeaways from the conversation with Jef Swagger, an investigator with Speaks Law Firm.
Investigating the Scene of a Catastrophic Event (Part 2)
January 11, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 29: Investigating the Scene of a Catastrophic Event (Part 2)

What process do officers, first responders and investigators go through when they arrive on the scene of an accident and catastrophic event? Today we’re talking with Jeff Swagger, a former North Carolina State Trooper, who is currently an investigator at Speaks Law Firm. In the second part of the conversation, we discuss the importance of […]
January 4, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 28: Investigating the Scene of a Catastrophic Event

What process do officers, first responders and investigators go through when they arrive on the scene of an accident and catastrophic event? Today we’re talking with Jeff Swagger, a former North Carolina State Trooper, who is currently an investigator at Speaks Law Firm. In this first part of the conversation, we will find out more […]
January 4, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 27: Takeaways - Scott Rodriguez & Investigating Claims

American Injury Lawyer Clarke Speaks shares his takeaways after the conversation with Scott Rodriguez about his process for investigating claims and how he works through digital and physical investigations.
The Physical Investigation Following a Catastrophic Injury Claims
January 4, 2024
Clarke Speaks

EP 26: The Physical Investigation Following a Catastrophic Injury Claims

One of our primary roles as a law firm is to help our clients recover damages when they’ve been involved in a catastrophic injury, but that process isn’t a simple one. It takes a team to come to a successful resolution and one key piece of that process is the investigation into the incident and […]
What is the Investigator’s Role in Catastrophic Injury Claims?
December 21, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 25: What is the Investigator’s Role in Catastrophic Injury Claims?

One of our primary roles as a law firm is to help our clients recover damages when they’ve been involved in a catastrophic injury, but that process isn’t a simple one. It takes a team to come to a successful resolution and one key piece of that process is the investigation into the incident and […]
Takeaways - Shaun Sever & Medical Cost Evaluations
December 14, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 24: Takeaways - Shaun Sever & Medical Cost Evaluations

Clarke Speaks shares his takeaways after the conversation with Shaun Sever, BSN, a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, about how she evaluates medical costs after a catastrophic injury to ensure people are taken care of throughout their lives.
Evaluating Long-Term Medical Costs After a Catastrophic Injury (Part 2)
December 14, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 23: Evaluating Long-Term Medical Costs After a Catastrophic Injury (Part 2)

Have you ever worried that the true cost of your medical care after a catastrophic injury won’t be evaluated properly and you’ll be left footing the bills? That’s a legitimate concern with the range of injuries that happen, which is why we rely on experts to help us give us the best evaluation possible for […]
Evaluating Long-Term Medical Costs After a Catastrophic Injury
December 7, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 22: Evaluating Long-Term Medical Costs After a Catastrophic Injury

Have you ever worried that the true cost of your medical care after a catastrophic injury won’t be evaluated properly and you’ll be left footing the bills? That’s a legitimate concern with the range of injuries that happen, which is why we rely on experts to help us give us the best evaluation possible for […]
Takeaways - Linda and Car Accident Recovery
November 30, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 21: Takeaways - Linda and Car Accident Recovery

Clarke Speaks shares his takeaways after the conversation with Linda about her serious car accident and the recovery process since that happened a few years ago.
The Legal Process & Recovery Following a Serious Car Accident (Part 2)
November 30, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 20: The Legal Process & Recovery Following a Serious Car Accident (Part 2)

Trying to overcome one catastrophic event is difficult enough but our guest today has overcome adversity several times in their life. We first met Linda a few years ago after she was in a terrible car accident that rolled her vehicle over several times. That life-changing event came about 20 years after she was on-site […]
Treating Physical & Emotional Pain After Multiple Catastrophic Events
November 23, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 19: Treating Physical & Emotional Pain After Multiple Catastrophic Events

Trying to overcome one catastrophic event is difficult enough but our guest today has overcome adversity several times in their life. We first met Linda a few years ago after she was in a terrible car accident that rolled her vehicle over several times. That life-changing event came about 20 years after she was on […]
Takeaways - C.J. Peed and Art Therapy
November 17, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 18: Takeaways - C.J. Peed and Art Therapy

Clarke Speaks shares his three takeaways from his conversation with C.J. Peed of Heart Therapy Solutions about art therapy.
How Art Therapy Can Aid Recovery After Catastrophic Injuries (Part 2)
November 17, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 17: How Art Therapy Can Aid Recovery After Catastrophic Injuries (Part 2)

Most people recovering from a catastrophic injury or trauma will turn to therapy to help them through that process, but there’s one specific form of therapy that you might not know about it: art therapy. Art therapy is a different modality of expression that provides an alternative to the traditional form of therapy that relies […]
How Art Therapy Can Aid Recovery After Catastrophic Injuries (Part 1)
November 9, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 16: How Art Therapy Can Aid Recovery After Catastrophic Injuries (Part 1)

Most people recovering from a catastrophic injury or trauma will turn to therapy to help them through that process, but there’s one specific form of therapy that you might not know about it: art therapy. Art therapy is a different modality of expression that provides an alternative to the traditional form of therapy that relies […]
Takeaways - BK and Substance Abuse - Speaks Law, North Carolina
November 2, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 15: Takeaways - BK and Substance Abuse

Clarke Speaks shares his three takeaways from his conversation with substance abuse therapist and counselor BK.  
Finding Help & Support for Substance Abuse with BK (Part 3)
November 2, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 14: Finding Help & Support for Substance Abuse with BK (Part 3)

Recovering from a substance abuse problem can feel impossible, but there are people and groups that are dedicated to providing help and support. Our guest, BK, is one of those people. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Advanced Alcohol Counselor in the state of Georgia and is committed to the recovery process. […]
Recovering From Substance Abuse Issues (Part 2) - Speaks Law
October 26, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 13: Recovering From Substance Abuse Issues
(Part 2)

The path to recovery following a catastrophic event often involves pain medication and medical treatment. It’s vital in most cases, but that can eventually turn into an addiction problem when people don’t have the right support system in place. In our previous episode with our guest, BK, we talked about the relationship between trauma and […]
The Relationship Between Trauma and Substance Abuse - Speaks Law
October 18, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 12: The Relationship Between Trauma and Substance Abuse

The path to recovery following a catastrophic event often involves pain medication and medical treatment. It’s vital in most cases, but that can eventually turn into an addiction problem when people don’t have the right support system in place. Today we’re going to explore the relationship between trauma and substance abuse with our guest BK. […]
Takeaways - Finding Relief Through Comedy with Tara Brown, NC
October 12, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 11: Takeaways - Finding Relief Through Comedy with Tara Brown

Clarke shares his three big takeaways from his conversation with Tara Brown comedy about faith, humor, and the relief it can provide during tough times.
Finding Relief Through Comedy with Tara Brown (Part 3) - Speaks Law Firm
October 12, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 10: Finding Relief Through Comedy with Tara Brown (Part 3)

This is part three of our conversation with Tara Brown, a comedian who is carving out a niche in clean comedy. We’ve spent time discussing her background, the inspirations she has in comedy, and the role her faith plays into her life and career. In this final piece of our conversation, we talk more about […]
Faith and Comedy with Tara Brown (Part 1) - Speaks Law Firm
October 4, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 9: Finding Your Voice with Tara Brown Comedy (Part 2)

Today we continue our conversation with the talented Tara Brown, who has carved out her space in the world of comedy through clean humor. We spent time in the first part focusing on the role her faith plays in her routine, which we encourage you to check out. In this part, we expand on that […]
October 3, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 8: Faith and Comedy with Tara Brown (Part 1)

Today we welcome a wonderful comedienne whose focus on faith has been a driving force in her career. This is part one of a two-part conversation with Tara Brown, who lives in Charlotte and enjoys a career in comedy and speaking. In this episode, we’ll learn more about Tara’s career, which began in public relations […]
September 27, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 7: Takeaways - The Long Road To Recovery After A Serious Car Accident

Clarke shares his key takeaways from the recent podcast conversation about a married couple's long road to recovery after a serious car accident. You can call 833-SPEAKS-4U to contact the show.
The Long Road to Recovery After A Serious Car Accident (Part 2)
September 27, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 6: The Long Road to Recovery After A Serious Car Accident (Part 2)

The recovery process following a serious car accident can be overwhelming and slow. Depending on the injuries you suffer, it could be years before you see improvement. Today’s guests, Daniel and Sarah, are living that experience right now. The married couple were only a block from their home when a distracted driver ran a red […]
September 27, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 5: The Long Road to Recovery After A Serious Car Accident (Part 1)

The recovery process following a serious car accident can be overwhelming and slow. Depending on the injuries you suffer, it could be years before you see improvement. Today’s guests, Daniel and Sarah, are living that experience right now. The married couple were only a block from their home when a distracted driver ran a red […]
September 27, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 4: Takeaways - Dealing with the Traumatic Loss Of A Child

Clarke shares his key takeaways from the recent podcast conversation with C.J. and Greg Malson, who are former clients and endured a traumatic loss in 2019 when their son Ian died tragically. You can call 833-SPEAKS-4U to contact the show.
Dealing with the Traumatic Loss of a Child with C.J. and Malson (Part 3)
September 27, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 3: Dealing with the Traumatic Loss of a Child with C.J. and Greg Malson (Part 3)

Family is the most important thing to all of us and when something happens to disrupt that, it can be incredibly difficult. That’s why we’re grateful for today’s guests, C.J. and Greg Malson, who are former clients and endured a traumatic loss when their son Ian died tragically in 2019. Everyone wants to hear that […]
Dealing with the Traumatic Loss of a Child with C.J. and Malson (Part 2)
September 27, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 2: Dealing with the Traumatic Loss of a Child with C.J. and Greg Malson (Part 2)

Family is the most important thing to all of us and when something happens to disrupt that, it can be incredibly difficult. That’s why we’re grateful for today’s guests, C.J. and Greg Malson, who are former clients and endured a traumatic loss in 2019 when their son Ian died tragically. Everyone wants to hear that […]
Dealing with the Traumatic Loss of a Child with C.J. and Malson (Part 1)
September 25, 2023
Clarke Speaks

EP 1: Dealing with the Traumatic Loss of a Child with C.J. and Greg Malson (Part 1)

Family is the most important thing to all of us and when something happens to disrupt that, it can be incredibly difficult. That’s why we’re grateful for today’s guests, C.J. and Greg Malson, who are former clients and endured a traumatic loss in 2019 when their son Ian died tragically. Everyone wants to hear that […]

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