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Philadelphia Injury Lawyer

Final Tips for your Discovery Deposition

Exaggerating

You should not exaggerate your injuries or losses, but you should not hesitate to explain fully all of the injuries and damages caused by the accident. Watch out especially for questions such as, “Did you suffer any other injuries?” A negative answer at the deposition can limit you at the time of trial. You must think long and hard before committing yourself to such an answer. If…

More Instructions for Discovery Depositions

Stopping Answers

Another key to a successful deposition is to know when to stop answering. Often the defense lawyer uses the deposition as a fishing expedition to hook anything of use to the defense case. That is why many questions that seem completely irrelevant to the accident are asked. Believe it or not, this is generally permitted by the courts.

Since the other lawyer is attempting to…

How to Handle Your Discovery Deposition

DEPOSITIONS

The discovery deposition is one of the most important stages in the litigation of a personal injury lawsuit. It is during the discovery deposition that the insurance company’s lawyer gets the opportunity to question the accident victim in person about the accident and the injuries suffered. Similarly, at the defendant’s deposition, your lawyer is able to discover much about t…

Personal Injury Litigation and the Discovery Process

The Discovery Process

In the old days, trials were even more like war than they are now. Modern discovery rules have put an end to the sneak attacks that until recently characterized litigation. These days, each side is required to respond to the other side’s requests for information concerning the case. If it fails to do so voluntarily, the court, upon the motion of the requesting party, w…

Initial Battles After the Filing of a Personal Injury Lawsuit

POST-FILING BATTLES

Now that the lawsuit has been filed, what happens next? Sometimes the insurance company immediately makes a settlement offer. The lawsuit papers may be just the thing to get the insurance company’s attention. Often the case has not settled simply because the insurance company just has not gotten around to evaluating the case. Once it is served with the suit papers, it w…

Choosing Jury Trial or Arbitration for Personal Injury

CHOICE OF TRIALS

The first major choice that must be made regarding the filing of a personal injury lawsuit involves the type of trial you wish to have. You and your lawyer must determine whether to demand a jury trial, a trial before a judge without a jury, or a hearing of a more informal nature. The choice you make may determine how quickly your case is decided and the maximum amount of…

Personal Injury Litigation and Correcting Erroneous Medical Reports

Some doctors are not very receptive to changing their records. They may take offense that a lawyer or litigant is asking them to change a record. As long as you are not asking the doctor to say something that is not true, there is nothing wrong with asking a doctor to amend a report. But the doctor may not see it that way. If the doctor will not amend the report, you are going to have to approac…

Personal Injury Litigation and Insurance Company Strategy

Insurance Company’s Strategy

The insurance companies often have a big bargaining advantage over you. The money rests in the company’s bank account or investments drawing interest throughout the case. Your lawyer needs to push the firm to release its grip on some of that money. You, on the other hand, may badly need the money to pay your bills and live your life. Or worse, your lawyer may need…

Settlement Demand Letter for Personal Injury Litigation

April 24, 2013

SNAKE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY
1400 N. PROVIDENCE ROAD

SUITE 5055

PHILADELPHIA, PA19151

ATTN: 0.J. Kildum,

CLAIM REPRESENTATIVE

RE:      My Client:                   G. Howett Hurt

Your Insured:              Scott Free

Your Claim No.:         0123456789000000

Dear Mr. Kildum:

Enclosed are the complete medica…

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…

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