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Slip and Fall Cases Explained

You trip on the walkway outside your neighbor’s house and break your ankle.  You need surgery and are in pain.  You will miss work for over a month too.  Can you sue your neighbor? Slip and Fall Types There are a couple of types of slip and fall or premises liability cases.  All of them have u…
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Distracted Driving and Safety for Young Drivers

Distracted driving is the biggest scourge to the safety of the roadways. Considering the average text takes less than 5 seconds to send, you would think that little time away from full attention would not matter much.  But you would be wrong. If a vehicle is traveling 55 miles per hour while texti…
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Teen Drivers

Teenagers, especially the male variety, are known to be poor decisionmakers.  Much of this is due to their brains not being fully developed, making it difficult for them to conceptualize how their actions may result in negative outcomes.  Add a 3,500 pound vehicle to the mix, put a mobile computer…
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Backlash: Your Back Is Under Control, Then You Get Hit. Now What?

My client, like many of you, utilizes ride shares to get to and from many places.  It is fast, inexpensive, and easy.  However, there are also insurance issues that may arise if you are injured while a passenger in an Uber, Lyft, or other ride share. Sitting Duck My client (we’ll call him “…
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What Should You Do After a Car Crash?

You hear the grinding metal and brakes squealing and already know this is not good.  You just got hit from behind and your mind floods with a thousand thoughts—who will pick up the kids from school? How will I get to work tomorrow?  Should I fill out a police report? This blog will take you thro…
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Can I Sue My Child’s School?

I get phone calls regularly from parents indicating their son or daughter was injured while at school.  They all want to know whether they can sue the school.  In most cases, the answer is that it is next to impossible to sue the school and succeed.  But there are some narrow exceptions under Ill…
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In Through The Out Door

From the title, some of you were hoping this would be a discussion of Led Zeppelin’s seminal 1979 album.  While that is part of the soundtrack of my nerdy high school experience, it is not what this is about.  But the title is catchy and it applies to this subject. Can You Park Your Bike There?…
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Insurance Coverage: Don’t Cancel the Wrong Policy

Recently, I finished up representing a young documentary filmmaker in an automobile case.  If you’ve read my prior blogs, you are probably thinking this is nothing new, since I represent people in automobile cases all the time.  What made this one different was the fact that I represented the de…
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So Does Med Pay Actually Pay?

Medical Payments and PIP—What’s the Difference? Trick question.  With some exceptions, they are essentially the same thing. Medical payments, commonly referred to as “med pay,” is also known as PIP, which stands for Personal Injury Protection.  Both will be found in most automobile…
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What You Put On Your Auto Insurance Policy Application Can Affect Your Coverage

The most common inquiry I receive goes something like this, “I paid all my premiums and I had ‘full coverage’ and now my insurance company won’t cover my crash, what can I do?” As I will discuss below, sometimes the insurance company is denying coverage for a good reason; s…
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