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Lawyer Win/Loss Records — Why You Can’t Find Them

I’ve been asked on more than one occasion where plaintiffs can look up the win/loss records of lawyers. Usually this is in conjunction with them initially hiring a lawyer or thinking of switching lawyers, the thought being that this would … Continue reading

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Loss of Consortium Claim — Worth the Bother?

Loss of consortium claims are treated as an afterthought by most personal injury lawyers. While they are legitimate claims, their value usually pales in comparison to the primary plaintiff’s claim (and often add no real value, for reasons I’ll discuss … 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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Something You Can (and Should) Do That Your Lawyer Cannot

There are few things that you, as a plaintiff, can do that your lawyer cannot. One notable exception is directly communicating with a defendant who is represented by counsel. Your lawyer is prohibited from this form of communication by ethics … 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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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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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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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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