What do you expect from your lawyer?  The truth, his opinion about your chances, a prediction you can count on? Or just results?  You are guaranteed by the Statement of Client’s Rights the right to “make the final decision” to settle or not.  Most of my clients want to be a part of the case,…

What happens when a Federal agency like the SEC or FTC does not protect the public from massive corporate wrongdoing?  Like the corporate wrongdoing on Wall Street?  That is the Agency job, and sadly some agencies are like toothless dogs when it comes to nailing big corporations for wrongdoing. For as long as I can remember…

I got a call yesterday from a client who was in a car accident with injuries.  His car had some property damages, and he did not want to have his own insurance pay for it because he has a $500 deductible. So I suggested that he have the at fault driver’s insurance pay instead.  Even…

When a client has  a settlement offer on the table and has to take it or leave it, and knows that it is likely the maximum amount he will be offered to settle, he needs to consider the adverse consequences of turning it down.  This is a critical stage in the claim, like filing suit,…

Medicare pays doctor’s bills, hospital bills and nursing home care.  If the Medicare patient needs these types of medical care because of an accident, Medicare pays on the expectation that at the end of the case, Medicare will be reimbursed out of the settlement. One of my clients is a Medicare recipient.  He was injured…

When a child gets injured and someone else is responsible, it is up to the child’s parents (or the one with legal custody if they are divorced) to protect the child’s legal rights. Any settlement for a child under 18 is governed by certain statutes. If the gross amount of the settlement, before any attorneys fees and…

Historically when a settlement involving a client with medicare occurred, the plaintiff’s attorney would negotiate the amount of the payback due medicare.  It took months of  haggling with a bureaucrat about  whether the bills paid by Medicare were related to the injury settlement.  The process may have recently become much more complex and harder to…

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