With reputations as ambulance chasers, we PI attorneys are already at a disadvantage when it comes to getting and keeping clients. Ask ten people what it means to be professional and they will all have a different answer. Many of them will have similar trains of thought, largely revolving around the ideas of respect and decency.
However, there are many other factors that go along with these cornerstones of running a personal injury law firm. Honesty is the best policy, and coupled with tried and true management techniques your firm will become and remain respected.
In asking attorneys about their experience, as well as from the client side, several key ideas emerge.
A Suit and Tie Don’t Make You a Professional
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Consumer attorneys are always looking for the latest boutique injury case to bring. With all the news about Uber lately, it is natural that lawsharks are looking for any chinks in the armor of this powerhouse transportation company. Recently in California, a court found that Uber drivers are not independent contractors, and are in fact employees of Uber. This could spell the end of Uber in the Golden State according to some experts, like attorney Michael Ehline. But not so fast, it appears another chink in Uber’s armor has been found.
Can I Sue Uber for Illegal Texting?
Sure why not? Uber customers, in a new lawsuit, claim that Uber, the ride sharing service built around...
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One of the biggest fears for any attorney or law firm, especially large “personal injury mills” with little margin for profits, is being challenged in court over their conduct. Making sure that you are able to properly care for your clients while avoiding controversy can be a major advantage. This is a learning process that all attorneys need to go through and can be advanced with good advice. Speaking from experience, I’ve seen good attorneys going through accusations simply from misunderstandings. Many cases can be avoided simply through clarity.
Simple Steps for Personal Injury Lawyers to
Avoid Malpractice Lawsuits
The steps below can help...
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The world is rapidly changing, and getting smaller. For many prospective clients, the right attorney is one that can speak to them on many levels. Gone are the days where clients would just look on the side of a bus or the back of a phone book to determine who would represent their divorce, property, or personal injury issue. The magic of the internet has allowed citizens the chance to find out more about their advocates. Even a simple Google search can show a tremendous amount about an attorney’s professional and personal life.
Connectivity is a Double Edged Sword For Attorneys
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In the years since the housing boom and bust, there have been many issues that have come to the surface. We see the many cases in which people were led to believe that their mortgages would be payable, even when banks or other middlemen knew that it would not be. The entire subprime market was ready to implode but kept getting fed into by many different banks. This led to a cascading effect in 2008 that led to the entire banking sector crash.
As if these issues were not enough, they have been compounded by many factors. The amount of foreclosures has deeply rattled the markets further and has caused tremendous stress and fiscal panic among thousands of families that have been tossed out of...
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When is a Person Liable for Transmitting Sexually Transmitted Diseases?
Contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD) is physically and emotionally taxing and can mean being susceptible to contract other sexually transmitted diseases and a higher risk to develop certain types of cancer. STD’s include genital herpes, hepatitis B, the human papilloma virus (HPV), and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
When a sexually transmitted disease is passed from a partner or spouse to an unsuspecting person and the person infected has knowledge of their medical condition they may be legally liable for the damages they have caused the victim by infecting the person with an STD.
Is it Possible...
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The one thing that a lot of people don’t realize, even when they are purchasing cruise ship passenger vacations is that while the cruise line has a corporate headquarters here in the United States the ships themselves are not registered in the U.S. Passengers board in here at various ports and disembark, but the vessels are not American flagged. Instead they are carrying flags of another country, which means they go by the laws of that country and not U.S. laws.
Why, Oh Why Would Cruise Line Companies do This?
There is good reason why cruise line companies choose to have their vessels registered in certain countries instead of the United States. There is less oversight,...
Many Americans have had to deal with it, and some without the proper compensation. Many people just let it go, believing that there’s no good way to challenge the big company and the denied claims. They believe that they will either lose in or out of court or win with a whole pile of legal fees. These misnomers play into the insurance corporations’ hands.
However, they know that if they are not challenged, they can continue such predatory practices and increase their bottom line. In short, there are many practices used by these companies to squeeze the little guy.
Let’s review some of them below.
Denial of claims is common and often the most visible. Legitimate claims are rejected because the company uses loopholes or legal...
On one side of the argument, people argue that global warming is causing the recent California heat wave. On the other side of the coin, others say that the climate is constantly changing and shifting. Whatever the cause of this recent heat wave in the Golden State, one this is clear. When it gets hot, the effect is that people take their kids and themselves to swimming pools and beaches. Not everyone is as experienced at floatation and swimming however, and the more people in bodies of water, the more potential there is of becoming submerged and being unable to breathe. If the victim is not rescued quickly, they can breathe in water and become asphyxiated.
If the drowning victim does not die, he or she can be left with brain...