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Man Receives Large Jury Verdict After Personal Trainer Drops Weight On His Face

In a recent jury trial a man was awarded  $892,650 in damages after a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness dropped a 145 lb Barbell on his face.

The plaintiff sued the trainer and the gym–24 Hour Fitness.  24 Hour Fitness moved for summary judgment on the grounds that the plaintiff, Assaf Blecher, had signed a  liability [...]

Man Killed By Train Liable For Injuries From Flying Body Parts

Wrongful Death Case Takes Twist As Victim Liable For Personal Injuries Caused By His Flying Body Parts

In an unusual personal injury case arising from a train accident, the estate of man who was dismembered by a train is liable for the injuries to another person who was struck by a part of his body [...]

Check Out Our Article On The Impact of Insurance on Injury Compensation

As the law stands, victims in California personal injury lawsuits who have health insurance may receive less compensation than victims who lack insurance. Read the article here.

Accident Claimants Should Make Sure Their Attorneys Reimburse Medicare If Necessary

A Medicare beneficiary who is treated for injuries and then sues to collect compensation is required by Federal law to notify Medicare of the claim. When the claim is settled the plaintiff must reimburse any payments made by Medicare for treatment of the injuries involved in the claim. Make sure your attorney complies with the [...]

To Win An Accident Case Requires More Than Injuries You Must Have A Breach Of Duty

Inexperienced attorneys are often lured by serious injuries into taking cases with liability problems.  Clients sometimes believe that liability in accident cases is predicated on the extent of the injuries.  In a recent Florida case the plaintiff got drunk in a bar and then injured himself climbing on an artificial rock climbing wall. Stephen Barrett, then 35, was [...]

What Is An Offer To Compromise Pursuant to C.C.P. 998?

Lots of people ask me about Offers to Compromise pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 998.

Here is a recent example:

Q: I sued my physician for medical malpractice. The 998 offer was for a monetary amount with no admission of liability. I decided to reject it because I wanted a full admission.  The [...]

What Is A Trial Lawyer? Isn’t Every Lawyer That Goes To Court A Trial Lawyer?

What is a “trial lawyer?”  While it is true that lawyers who represent clients in court are trial lawyers, journalists and politicians use the phrase to refer to the powerful group of lawyers that pursue mass tort cases like tobacco, drug cases like Vioxx and product liability cases–Toyota being the latest target.  In a recent [...]

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