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A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Settlement

The title of this blog says it all. Sometimes, you have those days that are awful in so many ways that seem to compound upon themselves, and there is simply no way to get out of your own way. That was the sentiment expressed in the humorous children’s book “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,…
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Do Unto Others

‘Tis the season of joy, giving, and…selfish driving. As both a cyclist and an injury attorney, I observe many happenings on the roads from a unique perspective. Suffice it to say that my vantage point is a terrifying one! Why are so many people driving so poorly, and why is it so pronounced this…
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Substandard Responses

I get calls and emails all the time from people who were injured in a motor vehicle crash and are getting the runaround from the other driver’s insurance company. The first question I ask them is “what is the name of the insurance company?” Invariably, I cringe as I hear the words “Direct Au…
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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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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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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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Pipe Dreams

A guy walks into a garage and conks himself out cold on a lead pipe hanging from the ceiling. Sounds like the beginning of a joke, right? But it isn’t a joke. It actually happened to my client and he was injured seriously as a result. In fact, when J had this happen in March of 2017, I knew from t…
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The Long Road to Yes (Part 2)

If you read my last blog post, you remember the story of my client A, who suffered injury from having his car rear-ended and then problems from a botched surgery. Unfortunately, as his physical injuries were getting under control, his insurer continued to resist paying his claim. UM, Why Does Your O…
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Should You IOLTA Trust Your Lawyer?

Trust comes up a lot in any professional relationship, but especially in lawyer-client relationships. For good reason, clients place enormous trust in their lawyers, often during very trying and traumatic times. I would argue that if you don’t trust your lawyer, you need to find one you do trust.…
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Unsafe at Any Speed

It has been 55 years since Ralph Nader’s seminal book about auto safety, Unsafe at Any Speed, was published. Yes, it was about the car industry. Writ large, it was more of an indictment of the entire auto industry and the government agencies that were supposed to regulate it. The facts were that c…
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