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Settlement Negotiations and Personal Injury Litigation-More Strategies

It is not unusual for a lawyer to make a settlement demand without consulting first with the client. The opening settlement demand is always for an amount that is well in excess of the actual value of the case. There is no danger that the insurance company will capitulate by settling the case for that amount.

The insurance company always offers less than the settlement demand. Once that offer…

Depositions and the Settlement Process-Personal Injury Litigation

Depositions

Insurance companies know that jury verdicts, even for legitimate and substantial accident injury claims, are often much lower than they used to be. Thus, the insurance companies almost never offer full value until you have proven to them that they really have no other choice. That means having many aspects of your seemingly private life explored by means of subpoenaed…

Working with Personal Injury Insurance Claims Representatives

You can expect that, the first time you speak with the insurance company’s claims representative about settlement, there will be some kind of excuse for why a settlement offer cannot be made at that time. That is standard operating procedure. It does no good to get frustrated or angry. If the explanation is reasonable, handle it professionally and courteously. You will know if you are being…

Important Factors in Getting Personal Injury Cases Settled

Be sure to send organized copies of your medical bills and reports with your settlement demand letter. Arrange them in chronological order, beginning with the ambulance bill, the emergency room bill and report, the bills and reports of your primary physician, followed by the bills and reports of any specialist that you have seen. After this comes the physical therapy bills and reports, and then…

Settlement Demand Letters and Personal Injury Litigation

The Settlement Process

The vast majority of personal injury cases ultimately are resolved through settlement, rather than through trial. There are various stages at which personal injury cases are most likely to settle. Knowing this will enable you and your attorney to concentrate your settlement efforts around these opportunities.

The first chance for settlement occurs shortly after t…

Spy Cams in Litigation: A Violation of the Wiretap Act

Last month we discussed SEPTA’s use of video to ward off fraudulent claims.  This month we’ll discuss a case in which the insurance company used a surveillance video and got itself caught in a violation of the wiretap law.  Click here for more about that law.

This story begins with a simple car accident.  First Keystone Risk insures the taxi that rear ended my client.  About a mont…

Value of a Personal Injury Claim-More Key Factors

INJURY SEVERITY

The severity of the injury greatly influences the settlement offer, as will the characteristics of the individual. For example, a facial scar on an attractive young woman is worth far more than an elbow scar on an elderly man. A permanent injury to a child brings a far larger offer than will a similar injury to an adult. A herniated disc suffered by a skilled manual laborer…

Placing a Monetary Value on a Soft Tissue Injury

PLACING A MONETARY VALUE ON AN INJURY

Unless you have been in many accidents and sued many times, you probably have no idea of the amount for which a personal injury case should settle. Your fate, for all intents and purposes, is in the hands of your attorney. If the attorney, for whatever reason, wants to settle the case, even though fair value has not been offered, how will you know? Ther…

Is there a Medical Malpractice Crisis?

THE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CRISIS

The insurance industry, in conjunction with business groups and medical associations, attempts to. blame the civil justice system for the medical malpractice crisis in order to further its own agendas. The evidence, however, does not point to the civil justice system as a principal cause of the problem. The reality is that the legal, medical, and insuranc…

Suing George Zimmerman: Money Damages for Wrongful Death

Suing George Zimmerman:  Money Damages for Wrongful Death
   George Zimmerman’s troubles are far from over.  Aside from threats to his personal safety and possible Federal charges for violation of Trayvon Martin’s civil rights, he will likely face a wrongful death lawsuit for monetary damages.  Even though such a suit is unlikely to generate a settlement or a collectible judgment, ther…

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