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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Jax Teller, Apr 8, 2015.
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Congratulations. Now please sue one of my well-paying clients.
thoughts on nonsuiting medical bills during trials? i am seeing almost everyone in harris county starting to do this
obviously depends on the amount of medicals and the types of injuries. Collateral source doesn't come in here, so they can't show insurance company payments etc. So generally it isn't done a ton here. But in a case with low meds but significant injuries I'd consider it.
Some insurance defense lawyers from Mobile came over here and tried a case last week and got their asses kicked. It was an injury involving Camper World where a husband and wife were shown a golf cart, told to hop on, and the employee hit the gas suddenly throwing them off. I heard they insisted that the collateral source law from AL was the same in MS. Even filed a motion on it. Thus they offered $11,500 on $12,000 in meds and the verdict was $37,055 for the husband and $21,000 pre trial offer on $33k in meds and the verdict was $233k for the wife. Also fought liability in a clear liability case and went after the character of plaintiffs. Harrison County/Gulfport.
Who were they?
also real a trial report where a plf lawyer called a pain management doc live and got him to say you move your neck 10,000 times per day or 3.6 million times per year times forty years = a dickload and even if all of those movements dont hurt alot of them will
thought that was interesting
So I have an OC going hard to strike my expert who will only be testifying towards the scope and price of the damage to the property. The funny part of it is that my expert's estimate is literally 1/3 of the PA estimate. He should be jumping for joy at capping my indemnity ask at 1/3 of the PAs estimate. Instead he wants to strike my expert and doesn't have one of his own so it will be the public adjuster estimate v. the field adjuster estimate where the mid point is well above what the expert estimate is.
Do you OC.
i think one of the theories is that is completely removes the argument about the reasonableness of the bills and can just focus on the treatment. arguing about the bills hurts the credibility of your treating docs.
arguing about reasonableness of bills sounds like a loser of an argument for the defense . The billing experts they bring in always seem to backfire here.
Depends on how dumb your bills are.
and it depends on how shitty your plaintiff is.
and just talked with the lead lawyer over at allstate. were going to get called on 8/29 and it sounds like they're taking a pretty close look at this guy's files. i guess not ever designating experts and not responding to motions is frowned upon when allstate is paying the bills
Well, got a jury struck at 7:00 last night. Supposed to start tomorrow morning, first thing.
Jury looked great. Judge sided with us on 5 different evidentiary issues yesterday, excluding about 1/3 of their total witnesses.
This afternoon State throws a hissy fit and files a pre-trial appeal saying those rulings are fatal to their case. If they lose (and they should), case has to be dismissed.
I’m still pissed after all this prep time.
^^^^^^^His clients don’t pay well at all—since they don’t get insurance coverage until they’ve already started their bad deeds.^^^^^
Hope to never hear from that particular client ever again, tbh.
Other guys are about to blow this I’m afraid. Taking too long. They don’t understand that you better take advantage when my folks are in a good mood.
.1 at a time
Or .05 if you have the right carrier!
Anyone ever do CIPP/US, CIPT or any other privacy certification?
There seems to be tons of opportunities in the privacy sector.
Wreck where mom has 4 kids in the car. She claims injuries for all 4 children. All claims are settled. 4 different baby daddies Mom claims she doesn't know the whereabouts of any of them We are going to have to publish summons in 4 different newspapers telling said baby daddys to show up to the minor settlement hearings
There are with the advent of GDPR and CPRA not to mention what future laws may come down.
Have a case where there’s a dead 20 year old. Dad has never been in the picture and is a massive piece of shit. Kid lived with mom and his stepdad his entire life, but unfortunately stepdad never officially adopted him. Mom finds kid dead in bed after the urgent care doctor missed a serious diagnosis. When we got the estate opened, we had to track dad down as a potential beneficiary and he avoided us like the plague. Probate judge finally had enough and appointed mom as PR of the estate. I file suit and only list mom as the beneficiary. Get a call from defense counsel the other day advising that dad hired a lawyer of his own and just sent his clients records requests because he wants to pursue a claim. Fuck that guy.
Everyone is the most loving relative ever when there’s free money to be had.
typically here the wrongful death beneficiaries split the settlement proceeds evenly. but there is a process by which a judge can hear testimony and evidence on general damages when the parties can’t agree on splitting settlement proceeds. If that process was initiated in your case, dad would get screwed.
My concern is that as a beneficiary he would obviously be deposed as a witness. He knows nothing about the circumstances of his son’s death and it would just be a money grab. That would harm the overall case, and I refuse to represent his interests because of what I perceive to be a conflict with the best interests of the estate. I suspect he’ll go away soon enough, just astounded at how shitty some people can be when money is involved.
My first trial tomorrow. Non-consensual butt sex. The state is calling bertwing as an expert witness.
It can’t be on behalf of the victim because he wouldn’t know anything about not consenting.
I don’t want to hear anything about your client’s bad relatives. Kid charged with capital murder and his dad hasn’t been to court a single time. Other son already tried (and acquitted) and didn’t come to a single day of a 2 week trial. But he’ll call the kid and tell him not to settle the case.
Judge granted my kid bond today, so that took my anger down slightly. District Attorney told judge he was tired of my snide remarks.
I had a kid one time facing 68 years overall exposure on a number of charges spread over 3 different carjackings. Got him a deal to serve 14. Before he would sign, he had to talk to his dad, bc "he just served 15 years for murder so he knows about all this stuff." Dad wanted him to go to trial, luckily me and his mom were able to drag him to a good decision
Client used some of her settlement money to buy a car off Facebook marketplace for a way-too-good-to-be-true deal. It's either stolen or the seller pawned title to a quick cash loan place, sold it to client, then ran away with all money.
ghost car case assigned next tuesday. can't believe they've offered 8k on this
Another day another property management company deleting the manager’s email account and trying to cover it up in a 7 figure case.
This time with a baby boomer southern Baptist lawyer.
Jury selection was really fun. It's like a game show.
And every juror on the panel who had served on a civil jury said the same exact thing "We were just about to start deliberating when they told us we could go home because they just settled." At least a dozen people said that.
Currently in a mediation where my client showed up 15 minutes late, immediately starts ranting in spanish about how horrible the insurance carrier is
After 3 minutes straight of him ranting through the translator, I finally get him settled down.
repeatedly cut off the mediator, spouting off nonsense that he is old and can't do much more than hold a spoon (he's an old toxic hispanic male who thinks he shouldn't have to lift a finger to do anything himself because he worked all his life and is now retired)
Then because this case is pure crap I'm trying to narrow my comments as best as possible to squeeze whatever I can and close this case.
Client cut me off no less than 10 times during my 2 minute spiel talking about how he bought an ancient house that was a lemon and sucks.
I had to request he be muted during the Defense's opening statement. This is an absolute trainwreck.
And while I was typing this, he just told me he filed a 3rd claim for roof damage on his house and wants me to represent him.
NO FUCKING SHOT.
If this thing doesn't settle today, I'm asking my managing partner to drop this guy.
In the breakout room he is now making sexist jokes about women to our female mediator.
Talk to me about Phenix City, Russel County AL as a venue in a PI case. Conservative and defense friendly, plaintiff friendly, neutral/moderate?
They won’t be happy with your spelling of Phoenix
Signed up what could be the biggest case I’ll handle in my career a few months back and been working it up. Had phenomenal reviews from multiple real deal liability experts (ie - not hired guns). The main question was causation in a med mal involving a 50’ish year old dude who is now a complete quad. Just finished up a phone conference with my neurosurgeon/causation guy and all systems are go! Tens of millions in coverage available, too. LFG!!!!!!
this is maybe the scummiest sales call i've ever received
i was at lunch and a lady called my office and tells my staff she is with the state bar and wants to schedule a meeting with me. my legal assistant calls me and i'm like .....what the actual f is going on
i call back and shes like thanks for calling me back we have an app that will help you keep in touch with your clients in a more efficient manner.
Back-to-back trials finally done. This is my first week of catching up. My lead associate just told me she's quitting effective immediately. Feels great.
my trial next week is against an allstate lawyer who got crushed two weeks ago. thought there was more to it, but talked to the plaintiff's lawyer yesterday and it was 100k on meds that he nonsuited and it was PT, MRIs, 3 ESIs and a future surgery letter from 4 years ago. $8k offer for 4 years, $100k day before trial, $1.288m verdict, mediating today.
pretty stunned they're not trying to settle a few of his upcoming trials after that.
Prob getting an opportunity to make 2.5x what I’m currently making by taking a position at a world class entity and resume booster but I have to move states away to do that with a family.
Stressing me out tbh
congrats on the money. you can buy a new family when you get there.
is it to a cool state?
I’ve gotten two separate options but both are a long fucking drive or a short flight from family. There are several other locations that may be an option too but I haven’t pushed yet.
Cool cities/states, though, generally, yeah.
i'd look for the blue state/short flight combo but that's because i hate driving.
Jury went back to deliberate at 11:45. We get a call from the clerk at 12:15 that the jury had a verdict.
Not guilty on all counts. I had a margarita a couple hours ago and I am still tipsy.
lol getting ready for this trial tomorrow and client never told us she lost her job 3 years ago and thinks the truck that hit her was white and not red
maybe they won't bring it up.