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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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How to Choose a Lawyer – 2 Revealing Questions To Ask

Unless you receive a referral from someone you trust, choosing a lawyer for your personal injury case can be one big crap shoot. Fancy ads or a nice office tell you more about a lawyer’s business acumen than his competence … Continue reading

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How to Give a Deposition — 5 Deposition Tips

Unless your case settles immediately, the odds are pretty high that at some point you will have to give a deposition. Depositions are not fun for anyone (even lawyers don’t like having their depositions taken), but there are some tips … 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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Whose Depositions Should You Attend?

As a plaintiff, you know that you will be required to submit to a deposition by opposing counsel. If you are married, it is likely that you plan to attend your spouse’s deposition as well, as that is often scheduled … 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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