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I’m a huge fan of TED, the Technology, Entertainment, & Design conference.  It’s an annual event that asks some of the world’s most brilliant people to give short speeches on a wide-range of topics.  People pay thousands (or tens of thousands) of dollars to attend live, but most of the talks are presented on the…

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In Texas, juries don’t just decide who they want to win and then award money.  Instead, they’re given a series of questions that they answer.  The judge then takes those answers, applies the law, and creates the ultimate award.  To explain how this works, I’m going to show you the jury instructions in a simple…

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As we’ve mentioned previously, one of our goals is to make sure our potential clients and clients know as much as possible about the process so that they can make informed decisions along the way.  We previously discussed the phases of a personal injury claim.  This piece describes the phases of the actual personal injury…

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We’re big believers in the idea that clients and potential clients need to know as much as possible about their claims and the claim process so that the clients can make informed decisions when deciding how  to proceed witgh their claims.  One of our repeated conversations is a description of the phases of a personal…

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We have seen a rash of clients who have experienced herniated discs as a result of an auto accident.  As a result, I thought I’d take this opportunity to let you know a little more about the injuries. WHAT IS A HERNIATED DISC? As you may remember from high school science, our spinal cord goes…

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For those of us in the Austin Independent School District, today is the first day of “summer” so I thought I would mark the occasion by sharing some summer safety tips. SUNBURN:  The number one summer ailment in Austin has to be sunburn.  Make sure to limit your exposure to peak sun, use sunscreen, and…

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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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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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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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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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