Category Archives: General

Topics which do not neatly fit into one of the other areas, but are important nonetheless to personal injury plaintiffs.

How Does a Settlement Affect Social Security Benefits?

Personal injury clients receiving SSI benefits (SSDI benefits aren’t affected at all by a settlement) need to be aware how the settlement money will affect those benefits before receiving any settlement money. The social security administration (SSA) has strict limits … Continue reading

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What Happens If I Lose My Lawsuit?

When a plaintiff loses his lawsuit, whether by summary judgment, a directed verdict or a jury verdict for the defense, he or she is probably wondering “what happens next”? Can I get a new trial? Can I appeal? Will I … Continue reading

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Weight Gain After An Injury

As if suffering an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence wasn’t bad enough, many plaintiffs also find themselves gaining weight due to restrictions on their activities, depression, or both. Statistically, two thirds of the U.S. population is already … Continue reading

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Want to Settle Your Own Accident Claim? Part 3 – The Demand

Having decided whether you should try to settle your own accident case (Part I) and gone through the preparations and document gathering needed to prepare your demand (Part 2), you should now be ready to draft your settlement demand letter. … Continue reading

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Want to Settle Your Own Accident Claim? Part 2 – Prep Work

For those of you who read Part I of this article (you did read Part I, right?) and decided that you still want to try to settle your own accident claim, here are some suggestions for how to proceed. Always … Continue reading

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Want to Settle Your Own Accident Claim? Part I – Should You?

Many people involved in accidents which give rise to personal injury claims wonder if they should try to settle their own case before hiring a lawyer. Will they personally recover more money by negotiating with the insurance company directly, thereby … Continue reading

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How To Testify At Trial

Even though most plaintiffs will never go to trial, the thought of having to testify in court can be a source of great anxiety. Even if you’ve given a deposition in your case, you will find testifying at a trial … Continue reading

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Jury Trial Crisis — Why So Few Cases are Going to Trial

The Florida Bar recently released the results (pdf warning) of its research into the declining number of jury trials in America. It is a phenomenon which is affecting both civil and criminal jury trials, for somewhat different reasons. I’m only … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lawsuit Loans – Use Only if You Absolutely Have To

In my law practice, I have always advised clients not to obtain a “lawsuit loan” unless they have absolutely no financial alternative. For those not familiar with the concept, there are companies which will loan plaintiffs money against an anticipated … Continue reading

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Purpose of this site

The purpose of this site is to help personal injury plaintiffs (or potential plaintiffs) prepare for all aspects of their lawsuits. Lawsuits are scary to most people, mainly because they don’t have a clue what to expect and their attorneys … Continue reading

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