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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Jax Teller, Apr 8, 2015.
With this ambiguous statement you should work for the legislature!
2nd case i'm about to try in a small county and 2nd time they've pushed us off to another judge. strange
There are two counties here in Florida (Martin and St. Lucie) that really hold your feet to the fire in terms of forcing you to trial as quickly as possible, and then inevitably in these medical malpractice cases get punted to a visiting judge who doesn’t know dick about the case on the morning of trial.
it is pretty fucking annoying. this is by far the biggest case i'm ever going to try and found out today that it's in front of some dude i've never heard of
Volusia used to be the same way. I accidentally noticed a case for trial there without really thinking about it and next thing you know I need to disclose experts 3 weeks later and I’m set in 2 months.
Multnomah County, Oregon (home of Portland) tries to have a trial within one year of Plaintiff's filing of the Complaint. It takes an act of God to get a continuance beyond 1 year.
Sort of makes sense because there are no expert or witness disclosures (trial by ambush...), but cases move fast as hell.
that would be awful
Got a big case wanting to try in April. Will be 4 years this summer.
Well, can't help you there. Thought you might have been talking about an actual small county where I might be able to offer some insight or recommend a local counsel for jury selection or something.
nah; it's small in that it basically has two judges who handle everything. but not like 1500 people
Never have the problem you guys are describing.
Does local counsel usually help with jury selection for free because your friends or do you usually pay them something by the hour? How does that work.
i've had local counsel that i've paid a flat fee and local counsel where they've done something for me with the understanding that if they ever need anything from houston that i'll help.
I should have put "jury selection" in quotes. I know of a couple of rural judges near the metro area where GK practices. There are a few attorneys who, by virtue of sitting at the table and doing nothing, can essentially guarantee a favorable outcome with those judges (and juries). Would be worth it on a valuable case, but I'd expect you'd pay either a flat/hourly fee, or even a contingency. I'm sure this is not unique, I just happen to have some insight in those areas, and thought I'd offer if that's where GK's case was pending.
it can be the same in houston. i haven't gotten into the game of donating to all of the judges reelection campaigns etc., but i know some people who have and 2500 bucks each goes a long way
and the adjuster just called and said they may just accept our most recent demands instead of trying this case. i hope they don't. we had to make sure they were stowerized because of two other plaintiffs and a few others who had settled and now our demands are too reasonable.
We do it all the time. And if it's on the Plaintiff's side, I'm taking a set portion of your legal fee, and if it's on the Defense side, we're billing you hourly.
Very spicy lawsuit filed between partners of the one of the biggest plaintiffs firm in town
financial discrepancies in the client trust fund and other matters.
Yuck that is not going to end well
That lawsuit is a bad look for all of them . What a bunch of morons. At least when I filed my lawsuit against my former boss I was small enough that no one gave a shit enough to put it on the news.
how is that going?
my old boss owed me ~225k and I was pretty close to suing him but I’m so happy I didn’t. We detested each other by the time I left and basically having nothing to do with him since has been awesome
225k? Fuck. That’s not being swept under the rug.
And here I was feeling dumb for not suing my old boss over like 30k.
was brutal at first a few years ago but we mediated it and then all was well.
Wow, didn’t know you had to do that Gump, what’s the story?
Having a good boss and then good partners makes all the difference. Only reason I’m at where I am now. My managing partner voluntarily started giving up large portions of his share to me just 3 years out of law school.
Who here knows anything about employment law... could use some advice.
what is your question?
i would prefer to discuss not on the board since it involves my current employer...
I am an employment law attorney. Ask me any employment attorney question.
When do we seize the means of production?
PM for details
Uhhhhh...... Thanks for the update?
I'm interested in following this one:
PI lawyers: does defendant's attorney have a right to medical records to make a settlement claim? (In Michigan if that matters)
Looking to settle the claim from when a pickup truck hit my wife while she was on her road bike and the insurance company wants us to give them access to her records.
Since tegg has answered your question, is your objection (1) providing them with her records relating to the incident, or (2) are are they seeking a release from your wife to directly obtain her records? If the former, there's no getting around that. Defense will be entitled to those records if in suit. If you are seeking to limit their ability to peer into her medical history, you may be able to see if they will be satisfied with you providing the records, or alternatively, a more narrowly tailored release of her records (i.e. limited scope in time, only certain providers, etc).
Why haven’t you hired a lawyer?
The former. She has made a good recovery, so I'm obviously being tactical not wanting them to know that in making an offer. Just curious what is normal vs. what is required.
Because it's my understanding the fee is a percentage of the difference between the initial settlement offer and the final settlement we get with representation. So I want to get an initial offer before hiring a lawyer.
You not providing them medical records because she made a recovery from her injuries is legit the opposite of tactical FYI
Also, we wanted to wait long enough to see how the recovery went before making any settlement.
The only way the insurance company can make a good faith offer is to evaluate the medical records, and they’re definitely entitled to them.
If you try to settle without them having the records, you’re going to get pennies.
I'd say if your wife has $5k or less in meds then hiring a lawyer might not make sense. The margins at that point just don't look great when the lawyer is taking 35-40%. How much are the meds total?
Defendant's insurance has covered everything.
She had a fractured hip. Had initial ER, 4-5 visits to ortho, and months of PT.