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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Back and neck injuries are among the most common allegations in personal injury lawsuits. Clients often seek treatment from chiropractors for these problems. But is treating with a chiropractor good for your lawsuit? Without getting into a debate on the … Continue reading
Some states require drivers to carry uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance, also known as “UM insurance.” A state-by-state list of auto insurance requirements can be found here. For those states, like my home state of Florida, which do not require this coverage, … Continue reading
When you hire a personal injury lawyer, he will likely assign your case to a single paralegal in his firm. She (I don’t mean to be sexist using a female pronoun, but most paralegals are women) will be responsible for … Continue reading
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