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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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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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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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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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Should You See a Chiropractor?

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

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Why You Should Have Uninsured/Underinsured (UM) Motorist Insurance

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

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Why You Should Be Nice to the Paralegal on Your Case

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

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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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How Much is My Lawsuit Worth?

This is by far the most common question plaintiffs have, and also one of the most difficult to answer. There is no formula one can use, but there are several factors your attorney will consider in arriving at a fair … Continue reading

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The Plaintiff’s Deposition — Be Smart and Be Prepared

Your attorney has told you that your deposition has been set by the defendant’s attorney (make sure the date and time are good for you — you should have been consulted about this before it was set, but if for … Continue reading

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