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Peremptory Challenges in Jury Selection for Personal Injury Cases

Peremptory Challenges

Each attorney in a one plaintiff/one defendant case is permitted during voir dire to eliminate or strike a set number of jurors from the jury without stating the reason. These are called peremptory challenges. In cases with multiple plaintiffs or defendants, the judge decides the number of strikes available to each attorney. There are many different theories that…

Exploring Coverage Under Homeowners Insurance

Perhaps the most misunderstood of insurance coverages is homeowners.  Did you know that your homeowners insurance may cover you for losses that occur away from your home?  It all depends on the language found in the small print of your policy.  Your insurance company hopes you’ll never take on the daunting challenge of deciphering that fine print.  It’s time to change that.

Insurers…

Independent Medical Exam or Defense Medical Exam?

THE DEFENSE MEDICAL EXAMINATION

The insurance company has the right in every personal injury case to have you examined by a doctor it chooses. This examination represents the third stage of the discovery process. The insurance lawyers like to refer to this as an independent medical examination or an IME. Plaintiff’s lawyers have begun insisting that this exam be called a defense medica…

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…

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…

Pit Bull Attorney Discusses Dog Bite Litigation

DOG BITES

Another kind of personal injury case is for injuries arising out of a dog bite. Most states make it unlawful for the owner of a dog to fail to keep it either confined within the owner’s premises or firmly secured by means of a collar and chain. A violation of such a law resulting in a dog bite is strong evidence of negligence. If you were bitten as a result of such a violation, it…

Philadelphia Injury Lawyer Provides Accident Check List

                                                WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT

Initial Steps:

—  Keep my book, Winning Your Personal Injury Claim, handy and read it.

—  Be sure the Car Accident Worksheet or the Fall-Down Accident Worksheet, is filled out and stored for safe keeping.  See Appendix 2 and Appendix 4.

—  Go to the emergency…

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