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Legal Self Help

Occupancy and Vehicle Orientation-A Review of the Case Law Following Contrisciane

This blog contains my memorandum of law involving the issue of “occupancy” of a motor vehicle and contains a review of the case law since the seminal case of  Utica Mutual Ins. Co. v. Contrisciane, 504 Pa. 328, 473 A.2d 1005 (1984). If you would like to discuss this blog, call me at 610 642 7676.

The question at issue is whether plaintiff was the “occupant” of a motor vehicle at the tim…

Contingent Fee Agreements for Personal Injury Cases

THE ATTORNEY’S FEE AGREEMENT

Personal injury lawyers usually use what are known as contingent fee agreements. These are agreements that base the attorney’s fee on a percentage of the overall settlement. The lawyer’s fee is contingent upon settlement of the case. These agreements have been called the key to the courthouse for many people, since the client usually does not have to pay any money…

Initial Consultation with an Injury Lawyer – Best Practice

THE INITIAL CONSULTATION

The initial consultation with an injury lawyer is similar to meeting for the first time with a doctor. The doctor takes your medical history; the lawyer reviews your legal history. The two-way communication between lawyer and client is the crucial first step in achieving a successful outcome.

Before the appointment, try to write down the details of the accident.

Finding a Personal Injury Attorney – Best Practices

If the lawyer you are thinking about hiring has a website, check it out. The lawyer’s website may tell you a lot about his or her personality, and it certainly should give you insight in to his or her areas of specialization. If there is something in the website that rubs you the wrong way, you can raise the issue with the lawyer if you choose to go ahead and interview him or her.

Also do a…

Winning Your Personal Injury Claim-Table of Contents

In my book, Winning Your Personal Injury Claim, you will find everything you need to pursue your case w/o a lawyer, or to monitor your lawyer’s performance if that is the route you’ve chosen.  Here is the Table of Contents from my book.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction…

Glossary of Personal Injury Terms: Best of Philadelphia

If you are involved in injury litigation, you may find there are terms that are difficult to understand.  The list that follows should help.  Feel free to contact me at 610 642 7676 if you need more help.

Glossary

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agency. A legal principal supporting liability against one party for actions taken by another.

answer. The legal document filed by the defendant that responds to t…

Winning Your Personal Injury Claim-Best of Philadelphia

My book, Winning Your Personal Injury Claim is written for people who would represent themselves in injury litigation.  It is also for  people who would like to be better able to monitor their lawyer’s performance.  Call me at 610 642 7676 if you would like a free copy.  Here is an overview.
Overview of Winning Your Personal Injury Claim-4th Edition
The litigation of a personal injury claim…

Best of Philadelphia: Interrogatories in Aid of Execution

Once you have a judgment, your task turns to collecting on that judgment.  Below are a sample set of questions that you can use to attempt to discovery where the defendant’s assets are located.  Happy hunting.  If you need help, call me at 610 642 7676.
To find the best Philadelphia Injury Lawyer
To find the best Pittsburgh Injury Lawyer
EVAN K. AIDMAN,…

Sample Letters to Doctors- A Legal Self-Help Guide

Below are sample letters to medical providers that should be useful to you in your injury case.  
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Dear Dr. King:
I represent George Bullock who was injured on the above date in a car crash.  I understand that you have been consulted and/or ar…

Contingent Fee Agreements-Watch Out For Costs

BEWARE OF COSTS

In addition to the lawyer’s fee, there will be other costs involved in pursuing your case. These include court filing fees, court reporter fees, expert witness fees, and many things you would never imagine. In major litigation cases, the costs can amount to hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars.

Unless the case is extremely difficult, the PI lawyer puts up t…

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