Archive for September 2011

Personal Injury Cases: How Does A Lawyer Figure Out A Settlement Value?

A large part of our job is advising clients about settlement negotiations.  What should we ask for?  What is the value of the case?  Is this a good offer?  etc. During those discussions, many injured persons ask how we know the answers to those questions. It’s not a mathematical formula.  It’s not a simple calculation. …

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Personal Injury Claims: How Do Juries Decide Cases?

I’m resigned to the fact that most people learn about the legal system, and the legal system does a lousy job of explaining how juries come up with decisions in civil cases.  The confusion comes in two forms.  First, in Texas, at least, juries don’t necessarily “decide” who should win or what amount should be…

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I have a new uninsured motorist-underinsured motorist article

I recently wrote another article on uninsured and underinsured motorist claims. This time, the article was published in the Journal of Texas Insurance Law, the official publication of State Bar of Texas Insurance Law Section (of which, I’m a member). A copy of the article is here:   Texas Insurance Law Journal — article. On a…

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Traumatic Brain Injuries a Long-Term and Challenging Condition

Personal injury lawsuits involving traumatic brain injury typically have higher jury awards, as this kind of injury does not heal over time. Just recently, the state of Alaska conducted an analysis of the number of traumatic brain injuries in that state. It seems the state has a significant record of being the region with the…

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Traumatic Brain Injury Comes in Many Guises

Traumatic brain injury can come about as the result of a tornado. If the trauma is dealt with in the correct manner, the victim may have a chance at recovery. Recovery from traumatic brain injury is often a long and exceedingly slow process, if it can be accomplished at all. Time is of the essence…

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Austin Ben White Car Wreck Is Another Deadly Wrong Way Crash

Another wrong way wreck for Austin. Early this morning, Austin had its latest traffic fatality when a driver was driving the wrong way on Ben White Boulevard, resulting in a head-on collision with a Tombstone Pizza delivery truck.  A passenger in the wrong way vehicle was ejected from the vehicle and immediately killed.  The driver…

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Central Texas Fire Losses: Avoiding Bad Builders And Contractors

I’ve represented a number of people in lawsuits against their builders.  Several years ago, one of my clients and I half-joked that we were going to write a book together about avoiding bad contractors.  We never got around to writing the book, but I do want to share some of the tips.  Because while tragedies oftentimes bring…

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Lesson From The Bastrop (Central Texas) Fires: Make Sure You Have Enough Insurance

Yesterday’s Austin American Statesman featured the tragic story of Carmen and Javier Chaparro, recent victims of the Bastrop County fires.  The Chaparros seem like great people.  Javier is a professional musician, and Carmen is a teacher who works with special-needs kids.  But sadly, after the fire, the Chaparros discovered that they didn’t have enough insurance…

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Central Texas Fires: Making Insurance Claims

I’ve handled a number of homeowner’s insurance claims.   With the horriffic fires of the last two days, I wanted to at least make a post and provide a little information for those victims who are faced with making fire insurance claims.  Fortunately, the potential claims you’re facing are not quite as complicated as most homeowners’…

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