Imagine giving a presentation to a group of professionals, and not being able to finish — because you’ve basically been shouted off the stage.
That’s what Mike Zouhrii says happened to him when he spoke to a gathering of pro bono lawyers. Zourhi had been invited to talk about PainWorth, which our sister publication, Edify, featured in its May, 2021 innovation issue. Since then, the app has hit the $100 million mark in total insurance claims.
PainWorth was created after Zourhi was badly injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver. Zouhri went to lawyers looking to see how much he could claim, and how long it would take to litigate his case. He was frustrated when he didn’t get straight answers. Inspired by his frustration, he and Chris Trudel created an app that would comb data — from rulings to payouts — so an accident victim could get an idea of what he, she or they should be looking for when it comes to claiming damages.
But the legal profession, at least initially, was, ahem, frosty to the idea. Zouhri says that, during his take, one attendee stood up and called Zouhri “despicable.” The piling on began, and Zouhri never finished.
The investor community has been more receptive. PainWorth has raised $2.2 million US in funding from angels, and, eyeing the American market, PainWorth bought California based ProSe Claims.
Zouhri talks about PainWorth being a catalyst for systemic change.
“We had to create an existential threat to the justice system,” he says. “I am still broken. I thought my life was over, but it was an odyssey. Really, it was just the beginning.”