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June 2013

Handling Your Case Without the Best Philadelphia Injury Lawyer

Handling Your Case Without a Lawyer

There are some types of cases that should not be settled without using the services of an attorney. Others you may be able to handle yourself. The advantage of using an attorney is that he or she is experienced at obtaining a full settlement from an insurance company or defendant, and evaluating how much your claim is worth. The disadvantage is that t…

Philadelphia Injury Lawyer Discusses the Best Approaches

DISCOVERY AND TRIAL

Chapter 10 of my book, Winning Personal Injury Claims, explores the all-important discovery process. In this chapter, you will find much of what you need to handle interrogatories, requests for production of documents, depositions, and the “independent” medical examination. Chapter 11 takes you through the trial itself. It is during the discovery stage of litigation…

Philadelphia Injury Lawyer and Best Practices-Part 3

DEMAND LETTER AND SETTLEMENT

When you finish your medical treatment, you will need to gather all of the documentation relating to your damages. This includes:

·photographs of your injuries and property damage;
·the property damage appraisal;
·your medical bills and reports;
·a wage loss statement from your employer;
·a disability statement from your doctor regarding your lost…

A Philadelphia Injury Lawyer Discusses Burden of Proof

Why George Zimmerman May Walk

Forget for a minute about how stupid/evil George Zimmerman is/was.  This blog will explore the likelihood of a conviction, which I suggest is slight.  While other commentators may focus on flaws in the forensics or other factors, I want to explore the prosecution’s heavy burden of proof.

The prosecution must prove to this jury of six women that Zimmerman is…

A Pit Bull Lawyer Discusses Best Practice for Legal Self-Help

It is an illusion to think that an insurance company will offer an unrepresented person in a Pit Bull attack case the same kind of settlement money it would offer a person represented by a capable personal injury lawyer. There is virtually no way for you to know the value of a personal injury case. These values are based upon years of jury verdicts and insurance settlements. Only an experienced…

Philadelphia Injury Lawyer Discusses More Best Practices

THE ATTORNEY

Chapters 2 and 3 of my book, Winning Personal Injury Claims, address issues concerning the hiring of a personal injury attorney. These chapters should help you decide: 1) whether to hire a lawyer, 2) which lawyer to hire and 3) how to negotiate a fee agreement with the lawyer you hire. Chapter 3 lists the information you should bring to the first meeting. Chapter 3 also addresses…

Philadelphia Injury Lawyer Discusses Best Practices

The litigation of a personal injury claim begins at the very moment an accident occurs.  In some cases, relevant events may have occurred long before that. For example, if the accident was caused by faulty design, manufacture, or maintenance of a vehicle, your claim will involve learning about those events.

With the average fender-bender, the first significant event is the accident itself.

A Dram Shop Lawyer Discusses Conflict of Laws

Pennsylvania has adopted a flexible rule to resolve conflict of law issues.  Griffith v. United Airlines, Inc., 416 Pa. 1, 203 A.2d 796 (1964).  The Court abandoned a strict place of the accident rule “in favor of a more flexible rule which permits analysis of the policies and interests underlying the particular issue before the court.  Id. at 806.   The merit of such a rule is that “it…

Dram Shop Injury Lawyer Discusses Punitive Damages

 

Pennsylvania permits recovery of punitive damages by persons injured in automobile crashes.  Focht v. Rabada, 268 A.2d 157 (Pa. Super. 1970); McIntire v. Szczyrbak, 39 Pa.D&C.4th 190 (Pa.Com.Pl. 1998); Shelter v. Zeger, 4 Pa.D&C.4th 564 (Pa.Com.Pl. 1988); Long v. Ohler, 1 Pa.D&C.4th 102 (Pa.Com.Pl. 1988).  In Focht, the Superior Court held that “driving while under t…

Dram Shop Attorney Discusses Punitive Damages-Part 2

“Automobiles represent the most lethal and deadly weapons today entrusted to our citizenry.  When automobiles are driven by intoxicated drivers, the possibility of death and serious injury increases substantially.  Every licensed driver is aware that driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor presents a significant and very real danger to others in the area.”  Focht,…

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