Thought Leadership in Personal Injury

As thought leaders in our practice, we regularly write and speak in our areas of expertise. This includes writing a monthly practice column, Back Story, in Plaintiff magazine. We believe in sharing our knowledge with other lawyers – when we help each other, everyone is better served in their efforts to obtain justice. We’re providing some of our articles below. If you see anything that may help you – either as a lawyer handling a case or as a person with a claim – please contact us. We usually have more briefing and material on those subjects and we are happy to share it.

Money In, Money Out

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The dilemma Your client is over the age of 65, needs 24/7 skilled long-term care due to the subject injury, is receiving a substantial seven-figure settlement, and does not want to spend a substantial portion of their settlement on long-term care. Medicare does not cover long-term care. Medi-Cal will cover long-term care but the money your client is receiving would…

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Prepare for the Worst

By | Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety | No Comments

In 2015, the latest year for which statistics are available, 818 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes (i.e., crashes on a road or highway involving a motorized vehicle) in the United States. Four of those fatalities occurred right here in San Francisco, California. Perhaps a more astounding statistic: 45,000 additional cyclists were injured in 2015 traffic crashes in the United…

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Quest for Justice: One Lawyer’s Journey to Solve a Cold Murder Case and Honor a Civil Rights Pioneer

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On June 20, 1940, Elbert Williams, a 31 year-old member of the recently formed Brownsville, Tennessee chapter of the NAACP, was kidnapped from his home by the local police, interrogated about his voter registration efforts, and murdered. His bullet-riddled body was found floating in the Hatchie River three days later and buried in an unmarked grave.  Elbert Williams thus became…

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Have laptop – will travel

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The lawyer’s phone rang. “Hold on,” he said as he answered. He left the bustle of the hotel lobby. “Yes?” The voice talked on the other end. “Tomorrow?” the lawyer asked. “Sure. I’ll be there by noon.” He hung up, slid his laptop into his bag, and started walking for the train station. Today’s mobile office Between depositions, meetings, conferences,…

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The exhibit’s the thing…

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“Playing from the witness’s deposition, page 33 lines 3-22. And while I wait for Mr. Defense to review it, I note that the exhibit referred to as Exhibit 3 is now plaintiff’s trial exhibit 32. It has also been admitted as defense exhibit J.” The lawyer looked over at the jury, who were taking detailed notes. Unbeknownst to him, the…

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Avoid the green ones – they’re not ripe yet: Mediations are all about timing

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The mediator came into the room, shutting the door behind her. She looked downcast. “The folks in the Red Company room are fighting with the folks in the Black Company room over whether the insurance coverage was properly tendered. And apparently there’s an excess carrier who has just heard about this yesterday. Why are you here right now?” “Because,” the…

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