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Sovereign Immunity

Sovereign Immunity is a legal doctrine that protects governments from lawsuits. It stems from an old English common law principle: The king can do no wrong.

Not until 1946 did Congress begin carving out exceptions to this rule as it pertains to injury claims. The Tort Claims Act waived sovereign immunity for certain categories of injuries caused by the United States or Federa…

Sovereign Immunity

Sovereign Immunity is a legal doctrine that protects governments from lawsuits. It stems from an old English common law principle: The king can do no wrong.
Not until 1946 did Congress begin carving out exceptions to this rule as it pertains to injury claims. The Tort Claims Act waived sovereign immunity for certain categories of injuries caused by the United States or Federal employees.

Insurance Adjusters are People Too

Insurance Adjusters are People Too

An adjuster suggested that my case was worth only “nuisance value.” I replied, “You may be willing to settle for nuisance value, but I have to tell you. I can be A VERY BIG NUISANCE…. Just ask my wife.” The adjuster chuckled.

I try to approach my communications with insurance companies and their defense lawyers with a touch of humility, and wher…

Upcoming Seminar

Come to my upcoming seminar on 8/7/2019
Here is a link to the seminar webpage: Auto Injury Litigation: The Ultimate Guide

Many of our speakers request this link because it is a convenient and effective way to inform colleagues and clients of their upcoming presentation. By sharing this link, speakers are able to enhance the level of exposure for themselves and their organization.

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The 10 Worst Litigation Mistakes

The 10 Worst Litigation Mistakes

1. Don’t try to make your case better than it is. If your injuries have healed to the point where you can go back, go back to work. Juries like people who want to work, even through pain. Juries don’t like malingerers or people who try to milk the system.

2. Don’t lie to anyone. That includes your lawyer, your doctor or the opposing lawyer or doctor.

The Law of Defamation

Negotiating Those Pesky Health Insurance Liens

NEGOTIATING STRATEGIES TO LIEN ON
When it comes to negotiating those pesky health insurance liens, don’t despair. Rejoice! These liens add value to your case. And handled properly, you can maximize both your fee and your client’s bottom line. Timing and tactics are the keys to unlocking this knotty task.

When is the best time to start the negotiation with the lien holder/collection…

Insurance Adjusters Are People Too

An adjuster suggested that my case was worth only “nuisance value.” I replied, “You may be willing to settle for nuisance value, but I have to tell you. I can be A VERY BIG NUISANCE…. Just ask my wife.” The adjuster chuckled.

I try to approach my communications with insurance companies and their lawyers with a touch of humility, and where appropriate, humor. They may be expecting…

The Value of a Human Life

How does one place a monetary value on life? Some say it cheapens human life to assess a financial value. Our justice system though provides only one remedy in the event that a negligent act results in loss of life, and that is money. So lawyers are often tasked with proving damages in these cases. Judges and juries assess value on that basis.
 
Pennsylvania law divides these cases up into two…

Insurance Adjusters are People Too

An adjuster suggested that my case was worth only “nuisance value”. That means, he was willing to pay the cost to defend the case (maybe $5,000), but no more. I replied, “You may be willing to settle for nuisance value, but I have to tell you. I can be A VERY BIG NUISANCE…. Just ask my wife. The adjuster chuckled.

I try to approach my communications with insurance companies and their…

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