Archive for November 2011

If I Can't Work After A Car Wreck, Who Will Pay My Lost Wages?

I’ve been in a wreck and I can’t work. Who’s going to pay me for my lost wages? In a normal claim, when you are in a car accident and make a claim against another driver, you’ll be able to make a claim against them for lost wages.  Unfortunately, those amounts are not paid until the case is…

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What Is Mediation?

The fourth stage of a typical personal injury case is mediation. Mediation is an assisted settlement conference.  The participants in the mediation usually include the plaintiff, the plaintiff’s lawyer, the defendant’s lawyer, the insurance adjuster, and the mediator. In many mediations, the parties gather together for an opening caucus.  During that time, the mediator gives…

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AAA On The Cost Of Car Wrecks

I’m sure most of us have heard studies complaining about America’s traffic and how much it costs Americans to sit in congestion.  While that’s bad, it’s not nearly the cost of car wrecks. Earlier this month, the American Automobile Association  (AAA) released a study, Crashes v. Congestion — What’s The Cost To Society?    The study found that…

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Third Stage Of A Personal Injury Claim: Depositions

The third stage of the typical personal injury case is the deposition. The first two depositions usually taken are of you and of the other party.  For your deposition, we will typically be in one of our conference rooms.  Generally, you, me, the other attorney (or attorneys, depending on the number of parties), and the court…

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A Lesson From The Texas Worker's Compensation System

This month’s issue of the ABA  (American Bar Association) Journal has an in-depth look at the Texas Worker’s Compensation System   (Insult to Injury:  Texas Worker’s Comp System Denies, Delays Medical Help).  The article discusses the reforms of the worker’s comp system, the insurance industry’s heavy hand in determining how the system plays out, and the insurance…

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First Stage of a Personal Injury Lawsuit: The Lawsuit, Service & The Answer

There are generally five stages to a lawsuit, at least from the client’s perspective.  The first stage is the filing the lawsuit stage.  The second stage is the written discovery stage.  The third stage is the deposition stage.  The fourth is the mediation stage.  The fifth is the trial stage. The first stage is generally…

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Second Stage Of A Personal Injury Case: Written Discovery Phase

The second stage of the typical personal injury case is the written discovery phase.  In this stage, the parties exchange requests for information.  There are four standard methods that are frequently used for this:  the request for disclosure, interrogatories, the request for production, and the request for admissions. The request for disclosure asks each party…

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