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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.

When wage loss doesn’t seem to add up

By | Personal Injury
Bad injury, bad documentation: Putting together the wage loss picture Past and future wage loss. What was and would have been versus what is and will be. Significant wage loss can drive case value. In a best-case scenario, your seriously injured client is a high-wage earner with indisputable wage loss. But how often is wage loss more nuanced? When wage...
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Money In, Money Out

By | Personal Injury

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

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

By | Lawyers

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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I got 99 bottles but a beer ain’t one

By | Lawyers

A cross-country trip The lawyer woke on the couch at 6:00 am Sunday morning, his head pounding. The past night was a blur – he knew he drank too much. He also knew his wife was upset – it was his first time on the couch in their 10 years together. He grabbed his bag and headed for the airport….

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Have laptop – will travel

By | Lawyers

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…

By | Lawyers

“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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MIST me: Litigating the Minor Impact Soft Tissue case

By | Lawyers

The lawyer answered the phone. “A friend of yours? Involved in a rear-ender? Well, sure, that’s a clear liability personal injury case. I don’t usually handle them, but it sounds easy. Order some medical records, make a few phone calls, send out a demand package, negotiate, and settle the case. What could possibly go wrong?” What is a MIST case?…

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