Month: July 2014

$18 Million – What Happens When They Really AREN’T On Your Side

The next time that you hear one of the multitude of commercials on television, where the kindly spokesperson tells you that their insurance company wants to be your friend and that they are there to help you like your best buddy, feel free to yell back at the TV, because you won’t want to believe this.

After a 16 year fight, and 2 trials, a Judge in Pennsylvania ruled that Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company had violated the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, and had acted in Bad Faith, when it, get this, dragged out a vehicle property damage claim, for 18 YEARS, and spent $2.5 Million in legal fees to avoid paying a claim of LESS THAN $25,000.00.  No this is not one of those “made up Stella award” cases.  This is the result in the case of Berg v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., PICS No. 14-0999, in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania, issued recently.

BELIEVE IT!!! Continue reading “$18 Million – What Happens When They Really AREN’T On Your Side”

No Recovery – No Fee! – Is This For Real?

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Almost every advertisement for an attorney who represents people injured in car crashes, motorcycle collisions, falls, even medical malpractice victims, tells the reader “We Don’t Get Paid Unless You Do” or “No Recovery/No Fee”.  It is universal, because traditionally these types of cases are those where the outcome is often uncertain and the measure of damages (what a person may recovery either through settlement or through a jury verdict) is not able to be determined at the outset.  The attorney is assuming the huge burden of expending his effort, time, energy and skills on your behalf, when he has no idea whether you will win, or win enough to provide a reasonable fee. Continue reading “No Recovery – No Fee! – Is This For Real?”

The Rest Of Us Can’t Read Your Mind!

TurnSignal 2Blinkers, turn signals, flashers, whatever you want to call them, have seemingly gone by the wayside on the roadways these days.  Apparently many drivers either believe that the rest of us can read their minds, or they just think that they are the only ones on the road.  Every vehicle is equipped with electronic signals so that the driver can let the rest of us in on the secret about whether they intend to turn or change lanes.  If the vehicle doesn’t have electronic signals, then arm signals are a wonderful substitute. Continue reading “The Rest Of Us Can’t Read Your Mind!”

8 Sure Fire Ways To Kill Your Case – Part II

The successful outcome of your injury case a year from now, has a lot to do with what you do NOW.  We will have enough to do fighting with the insurance company, the adjuster, perhaps defense attorneys, medical providers and reluctant witnesses, to keep us busy trying to make sure that you get treated fairly for what happened to you.  You can help the process by being mindful of a number of things that the other side will use against you, so that you don’t give them ammunition to use to kill your case. Continue reading “8 Sure Fire Ways To Kill Your Case – Part II”

8 Sure Fire Ways To Kill Your Case – Part 1

The successful outcome of your injury case a year from now, has a lot to do with what you do NOW.  We will have enough to do fighting with the insurance company, the adjuster, perhaps defense attorneys, medical providers and reluctant witnesses, to keep us busy trying to make sure that you get treated fairly for what happened to you.  You can help the process by being mindful of a number of things that the other side will use against you, so that you don’t give them ammunition to use to kill your case. Continue reading “8 Sure Fire Ways To Kill Your Case – Part 1”

But How Much Is My Case Worth?

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When you come to see me the day after you’ve been in a crash, my answer is always going to be “I don’t know. What does your crystal ball tell you?”.  Because a crystal ball is exactly what you would need to be able to see into the future of your life to determine how badly you were really harmed by that crash.  The point is that we will know when the time is right. Continue reading “But How Much Is My Case Worth?”

How Reckless is Reckless Driving?

Reckless Driving

And the answer Alex is, “What is 80 mph”. The changes over time on our interstate highways in Virginia, to speed limits ranging from 55 mph to 65 mph and even to 70 mph, have left some drivers confused as to just how much trouble they can get into when they fail to pay attention to the speed limit. The confusion was brought home recently by a client who was traveling on Interstate 95 heading through Emporia. The speed limit was 70 mph and, according to the kindly state trooper that stopped him, he was traveling at 81 mph. To my client’s shock and surprise, the trooper handed him a traffic summons citing him with Reckless Driving. He was ready for the speeding ticket for driving 11 miles over the limit, but knew he wasn’t driving recklessly. So here he was, in my office, afraid he was going to jail. Continue reading “How Reckless is Reckless Driving?”