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What Does A Trial Lawyer Do…And Why Should You Care?

Maybe you have heard about “greedy trial lawyers” whose actions raise the costs of medical care, insurance, and other things for everyone. Or perhaps you have been led to believe that the “Good Hands People” really are on the “right” side. I have been a lawyer representing injured people…
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Categories: Personal Injury

Nuclear Verdicts

Have you heard the term “nuclear verdicts” before? What about plaintiffs’ injury lawyers referred to as “greedy injury lawyers” or “ambulance chasers?” These are both examples of how interest groups try to craft a narrative about the American civil justice system. Much like the ubiquit…
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Categories: Current Events

Your Side Hustle and Average Weekly Wage

Workers’ compensation is based in large part upon the wage rate earned. That rate is known as the Average Weekly Wage, or AWW. Theoretically, this is calculated by looking at the 52 weeks preceding the date of the work injury and averaging them. There are a myriad of exceptions, quirks, and techni…
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Categories: Work Injuries

We Will See You in Court…Or Zoom…Or Settle It!

I blogged previously about my client C, who was rear ended at high speed, which resulted in a fractured cervical vertebra. She spent several months immobilized in a hard neck collar (which is extremely uncomfortable). Although her doctor determined she did not require surgery to repair the fracture,…
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Categories: Auto Accidents

Do I Have to See Their Doctor?

Have you heard the term “independent medical exam,” or IME for short? If you have, you likely heard it in the context of a workers’ compensation case. There are many misconceptions about these exams, how they work, and what your rights and duties are if you are an injured workers’ compensati…
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Categories: Work Injuries

Don’t Lean On Bills Being Paid

Most people assume that when they are involved in a car crash or slip and fall personal injury case, their medical bills will be paid by the other party at fault. Actually, that’s not at all how it works. Our system is terribly unfair to injured parties. Let’s explore how it is unfair, why the s…
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Categories: Personal Injury

Bike Path Etiquette

The pandemic has made owning a bike shop a lucrative business. Bikes were nearly impossible to get early in the COVID lockdown, as shut-in people with time on their hands decided there was only so much Tiger King they could watch without doing something outside. There is a sense of freedom when ridi…
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Autonomous for the People

(Yes, I’m guilty again of making a lousy song reference as the hook to my blog. If you are not old like I am or an REM fan, you may not even recognize this one.) At any rate, over the years, I’ve mused deeply about the emerging trend of autonomous vehicles. Will we ever see a completely driverle…
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Categories: Current Events

Okay, Fine—Prove It!

The general public often gathers a skewed view of how injury cases are resolved. The cases that make the news always involve the extreme verdict or settlement; the famous (and wrongly reported as “excessive”) McDonald’s hot coffee case, and a multitude of criminal cases where seemingly overwhe…
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Categories: Personal Injury

I'm Hiring a Lawyer!

Okay, that’s great. Maybe those words put some fear in your adversary. But how do you know that the lawyer you hire will be the right lawyer for your case or the best fit for your personality? How can you determine if that lawyer is even competent, let alone excellent at her job? With so much info…
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Categories: General