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Seven Deadly Sins for Plaintiffs

You may not think that the seven deadly sins have anything to do with your lawsuit. Before you get nervous, know that I’m not a religious person and I’m not going to preach to you. Rather, I appreciate the simplicity … Continue reading

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Gap Insurance: What is It and Who Needs It?

Gap insurance, also known as “loan/lease coverage” or “loan/lease payoff coverage”, is a type of automobile insurance coverage that protects you if your car is totaled while you are upside down on your car payments. It supplements your collision and … Continue reading

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Question From Reader Rachel About Inadequate Insurance By Defendant

A reader identifying herself as “Rachel” posed the following question in a comment on my “About” page (where no one would probably see it, so I decided to make an article out of it). Just to let you all know … Continue reading

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Can My Lawyer Help Me Answer Deposition Questions?

If you want to know whether your lawyer can feed you answer after answer during your deposition, the answer is a resounding “no”. However, there are some not-so-subtle ways that many lawyers use to give their clients obvious hints as … Continue reading

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Bad Faith — Collecting More Than Policy Limits

If you’ve been injured by a person who doesn’t have enough liability insurance to cover your damages, most of the time you are out of luck. The sad truth is that most people with inadequate insurance won’t have the ability … Continue reading

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Could $10 Save You Hundreds or Thousands on Your Settlement?

If your case is close to settling, especially if you are close to mediation, I’ve got a tip that could put a lot more money in your pocket. How much? Well, that depends on the size of your case, but … Continue reading

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Bad Driving Record Evidence in Civil Suits

If you are involved in an automobile accident case, you may be wondering if evidence of your bad driving record, or the defendant’s, is admissible. Conventional wisdom would imply that a person with a bad driving record is more likely … Continue reading

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How Long After Settlement Before I Get Paid?

If you’re just about to settle your case (or if you already have) you’re probably wondering when you’ll actually be paid. The typical lawyer answer is “it depends,” which is true, but I’m going to tell you what “it” depends … Continue reading

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Should I Settle or Go to Trial?

Most personal injury plaintiffs will be plagued by this question at some point during their lawsuit. Should you settle and take less than what you think your case is worth, or risk it all at trial? The vast majority of … Continue reading

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Unhappy With Your Settlement and Want to Get Out of It?

So you’ve settled your personal injury claim and you now have a huge case of buyer’s remorse. You wish there was something you could do to get out of that agreement. In most cases, as long as you orally gave … Continue reading

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Medical Bills – Are You Paying Too Much?

Most people don’t have a clue as to what routine medical care costs, much less surgery, advanced imaging, or hospital care often associated with personal injury cases. We essentially rely on our medical providers to bill us a fair amount … Continue reading

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5 Ways To Be An Annoying Personal Injury Client

Most personal injury clients don’t try to annoy their lawyers. Unfortunately, some of them just have a knack for it. They are not the “clients from hell,” who lie to their lawyers, threaten frivolous bar complaints, ignore their lawyers’ advice … Continue reading

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Hot Coffee – HBO’s Must-See Documentary About Tort Reform

You probably think you know everything you need to know about the “McDonald’s Hot Coffee” lawsuit. An old lady buys coffee at a McDonald’s drive thru, puts the cup between her legs, and spills the coffee in her lap while … Continue reading

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Million Dollar Advocates Forum or Lawyers Gone Wild?

Old lawyer joke: How do you get a million dollar verdict? By screwing up a case worth two million dollars. You’ve probably never heard of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, but if you see one of its certificates hanging in … Continue reading

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5 Things You Need to Tell Your Lawyer

You should never withhold information from your lawyer if there is any chance that information could affect your personal injury lawsuit. It is better for your lawyer to receive potentially damaging or embarrassing information from you than from opposing counsel … Continue reading

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Frivolous Medical Malpractice Suits – Lies and Distortions

While this article is something of a departure from my usual niche of providing educational articles for plaintiffs involved in personal injury suits, I do feel that people are entitled to know the truth about “frivolous” medical malpractice lawsuits from … Continue reading

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My Lawyer and Opposing Counsel Are Friends – Should I Worry?

It is not uncommon for plaintiff and defense lawyers to know each other, especially in smaller cities. Sometimes these lawyers will even be friends. So, should you worry if your lawyer is friends with, or friendly with, opposing counsel? In … Continue reading

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Lawyer Not Returning Your Phone Calls? Advice From a Lawyer.

Nothing is more frustrating for a client than when his lawyer won’t return his phone calls. Having been guilty of this offense myself on occasion, let me offer some insight into why attorneys do not return calls and advice on … Continue reading

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Mediation Advice for Personal Injury Plaintiffs

Mediation is a formal settlement conference that usually presents you with the best chance to settle your personal injury lawsuit before trial. This article will give you an overview of the mediation process and some advice on how to make … Continue reading

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Automobile Property Damage Claims — Representing Yourself

If you’ve been in a car accident, many personal injury attorneys will not want to deal with the property damage part of your claim (paying to repair your car). This is due to the fact that property damage claims force … Continue reading

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IME – The (not so) Independent Medical Exam

There is no “i” in team, and there shouldn’t be one in “IME,” either, because there is nothing “independent” about an IME in a personal injury lawsuit. In fact, plaintiff’s’ personal injury attorneys are more properly referring to these exams … Continue reading

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Paying Back Your Health Insurer – A Necessary Evil

If your health insurance company paid for medical bills stemming from your personal injury claim, it will want to be paid back after the claim is settled (or you get paid from a judgment after trial). The same is true … Continue reading

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Why is My Lawsuit Taking So Long?

One of the most common complaints from personal injury plaintiffs is how long it takes from the time they are injured to the time they are compensated. Most probably assume that their lawyers are dragging their feet. In some cases, … Continue reading

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How Facebook Can Ruin Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you are a plaintiff with a facebook account, you need to read this article. No matter what privacy settings you use on facebook (or any other social networking site), you must assume that everything you post will be viewed … Continue reading

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What is Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)?

Maximum Medical Improvement, or MMI for short, is a simple yet important concept in every personal injury claim. It refers to the point in your medical treatment beyond which you are not expected to get any better from further medical … Continue reading

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