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A significant skill a person can have is the ability to set a goal, and then accomplish that goal. These seven (7) steps are a good starting place for anybody who hopes to achieve their goals. IDENTIFY YOU GOAL – You must have a target for what you are…
Published Monday, May 21, 2018

Insurance Medical Examination
Are you presently representing yourself in a bodily injury claim? Have you been told by a third-party (the “at-fault “insurance company) adjuster that you must submit to a medical examination prior to payment of your claim? If the answer to…
Published Monday, May 10, 2010

Under the Influence of Alcohol or any Drug- Analysis of Bodily Substance
Under the Influence of Alcohol or any Drug - Analysis of Bodily Substance - Intoxication Defense Statute WPI 16.05 states the following: “If you find that, within two hours after the occurrence causing injury or death, a person had 0.08 g or more of…
Published Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pain and Suffering as Seperate
Washington Pattern Jury Instruction 30.06 allows for pain and suffering as separate elements of damages. WPI 30.06 states: “The pain and suffering, both mental and physical any inconvenience, mental anguish, disability, or disability experienced and…
Published Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Choosing the Right Insurance Company and Coverages
A friend of mine recently asked if she could lower her insurance coverage. Here are some of my thoughts: Not all Insurance Companies are Equal First, not all insurance companies are equal. Some handle their claims better than others. And a first party…
Published Friday, April 03, 2015

Young Lawyer Gets 36.1 Million Dollar Verdict
The article that follows is a quick read ~ and a great example of why personal injury trial lawyers catch a bad “rap”. All that the media ever reports is the verdict! They don’t explain the precipitating facts ~ that the insurance…
Published Wednesday, February 17, 2010

False Assumption - 5. My injuries are not that bad
My injuries are not that bad and will probably just go away with time. Do not assume that pain will just go away. In my experience as a personal injury attorney for more than 16 years, if your condition has not improved substantially in about one (1)…
Published Saturday, July 21, 2007

Is a house always an asset?
Your house technically is not an asset if indeed you owe more than what it would bring on the open market. I would consider an asset to be anything of value you have that is not encumbered by debt. In order to find out what your net worth to be, you…
Published Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In California, what is the length of time for a medical malpractice statute of limitations?
The statute of limitations in California remained at one year for medical malpractice, even though other causes of action for personal injury were recently amended to two years. There are exceptions however if you’ve continued to treat with the…
Published Friday, April 22, 2011

Work-Product Privilege extended to PIP IME
Under the Harris v. Drake case, the court dealt with the question whether the independent medical exam (IME) doctor who performed an exam based on PIP coverage was work-product of that patient’s insurance company. The court said the opposing…
Published Monday, January 21, 2013

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