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 [...]

The Seven Types of Brain Injuries Most Commonly Associated With Negligence And Malpractice Lawsuits

There are many types of brain injuries; however, the injuries which are most commonly the focus of negligence lawsuits are the following:

1) A penetrating brain injury — a tearing of the brain from a skull fracture for example, or a gun shot wound. These injuries cause ruptures of large blood vessels with bleeding into the [...]

Article on Medical Malpractice Suit Focuses on Tragedy But Neglects The Law

There was an interesing article in the LA Times on January 23, 2011 concerning a lawsuit against UCLA Hospital arising out of the tragic death of a young girl. The girl, Olivia Cull, 17, died while undergoing a procedure related to a faulty heart valve. Her problem was congenital. She had had similar procedures to [...]

California Passes Law for Expedited Jury Trials–It Will Never Work

On January 1, 2011 the Expedited Jury Trials Act goes into effect. It is an attempt by the legislature to shorten the trial process in cases with modest values and it’s really directed at limited jurisdiction personal injury cases that make up a large percentage of civil trials. The act establishes procedures for conducting expedited jury trials, including provisions for a [...]

Tips For Accident Victims Who Are Being Deposed

The deposition of the plaintiff, the accident victim, is an important event in a personal injury suit.  Don’t wing it.  Be prepared.  Here are a few tips gleaned from Leonard Bucklin’s Trial Notebook. 

Slow down — listen to the question. Pay full attention to the question. Answer the actual question, and stop. Talk with confidence. [...]

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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