September 2016

CONGRATULATIONS to Sharon S. who won our $50.00 cash prize for answering last month’s question.

Now for YOUR chance to win a $50.00 cash prize: For daylight savings time in the Fall, do we turn our clocks forward or backwards one hour?

We have had a lot of positive feedback to our practical tips section. So here are 5 more tips to consider:

Legal Tip #1 – Get Full Tort on Your Auto Policy: Sometimes clients will call regarding an accident and say they have full coverage. But when we check the policy, it shows they have selected the
Limited Tort Option in order to pay a lower premium. Choosing the Limited Tort Option often eliminates your right to pursue a claim, even if you are hit from behind in an auto accident. The difference in the car premium between the Limited and Full Tort Option is small compared to what you give up by paying the lower premium. Often times what you give up is your right to sue for pain and suffering by taking the Limited Tort Option.

Legal Tip #2 – If You Are Involved In An Auto Accident Case: Keep a diary and make a list of any prior accidents or injuries you were involved in for our initial meeting. Why? Because if you tell us about those prior accidents, we can get the records of those accidents to review with you prior to pursuing a claim in Court. We do not want to find out for the first time during your deposition that you had prior injuries to the part of your body that you are making a claim for. Yuk!

Legal Tip #3 – Call Your State Rep For An Increase To The Minimum Auto Policies in Pennsylvania: It is incredible that in Pennsylvania people are still only required to have $15,000 in auto
insurance coverage on their car policy. For a person who is catastrophically injured in an accident, the $15,000 minimum policy is a travesty of justice. Ask your representative to raise the minimum to $50,000. How would you feel if you were very seriously injured and were told by the insurance company that they only had a $15,000 auto policy?

Legal Tip #4 – Free Criminal Advice: If you are the victim of domestic abuse, please follow through with the criminal charges. Often police are called to domestic abuse situations and file charges against the abuser. Then by the time the case comes up for a hearing two weeks later, the victim elects not to press charges against the abuser. All that happens in that situation is that the abuse will get worse, and the police will be much less likely to help you in the future.

Legal Tip #5 – If The Insurance Company’s Attorney Takes Your Deposition: Do not exaggerate your injuries. People will see through this in a heartbeat. This is a huge Steeler and Penguin fan town. It is almost a badge of honor that one looks up to a person who does not complain about their injuries. If anything, you want to underplay the extent of your injuries. It will help your case.

TGIF Gets Clobbered For $40 Million: The restaurant chain, T.G.I. Fridays, got hit with a $40 million verdict by the family of a 33 year old man who was stabbed to death by an underage patron who had been over-served alcohol. The restaurant knowingly served alcohol to minors to increase restaurant profits. T.G.I. Friday’s  bartender testified the restaurant chain had made a conscious decision not to card minors on weekends to boost revenue.

Amusement Park Accident – Personal Injury Suit Filed Against Knott’s Berry Farm: The family of a 6 year old girl has sued Knott’s Berry Farm Amusement Park. The six year old child was injured on a Timber Mountain Log Ride. She hit her head against the back of the seat in front of her, based on the ride’s jolting and jarring. As a result, she broke the bone directly above her right eye.

$6 Million Awarded In Asbestos Suit: A Plaintiff who filed asbestos lawsuits against 10 companies, after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, has been awarded $6 million by a jury. The construction worker filed lawsuits claiming he had been exposed to asbestos, a known carcinogen, in the workplace and that the exposure was responsible for his mesothelioma diagnosis.

Emergency Room Malpractice – Lawsuit Filed Against Doctor At Hospital: The family of a man who died of a heart attack after visiting an emergency room is suing the hospital and the doctor who treated him for misdiagnosing his heart condition. The E.R. doctor diagnosed him with a mild infection, gave him an antibiotic and sent him home. Two days later the victim suffered a massive heart attack and died. Yes, we do these cases!


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