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September 2018

First, thank you for being supportive of me and my business.  Many of you send me cases or give me a chance to evaluate a case for your friends and family or clients. The business is growing and taking bigger cases and bigger risks. 

Bigger risks means bigger losses. Sometimes. In the average case, I have essentially wagered $15,000 of my firm's money on your case. I believe in the case and by the end have a pretty good idea of what the case is worth for settlement purposes. What a jury may award is usually a crapshoot that most clients do not want or need. Most people are not risk takers and the bird in hand is worth two in the bush analogy usually holds true for most people most of the time. 

There is the rare case where the client gets a big settlement with little investment on my part. There are also cases where huge amounts of time and money are into a case with a meager return on investment. Then there is the rare loss, when both me and the client get nothing.

As a Plaintiff's lawyer, I have never lost. Yet. I am sure that it is coming. It would be silly not to see it coming. There are plenty of cases which come in looking like a Porsche and end up looking like a Prius. These things happen. They are largely dependent upon the client's medical records supporting continuing pain, suffering, or disability. Most trial lawyers will tell you that someone who never loses is not trying enough cases. I lost cases as a prosecutor. It is no fun. Most people don't want to lose when it is their case on the line.

So, good luck in the next few months. I hope all is well. If you need help or have questions, give me a call at 215-259-3687 or at andrew@neuwirthlaw.com.  

Regards,

Andrew



SELF HELPY STUFF

As a younger man, I was not much into the world of self-help. As an older person and small business person, I am constantly looking for help improving my self and practice.  Here are some new resources.

Meditation: Try one of the following apps: Calm, Headspace, or Simply Being. The medical research and anecdotal evidence suggests that meditation is useful and productive and that consistent practice changes the brain and improves mental acuity and function.  

Business Reading: I am really enjoying Ray Dalio's new book: Principles.  It may not be for everyone, but I think it is great stuff.

Pleasure Reading: My family and I loved Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour Bookshop and Ready Player One.



THERE IS NOTHING LIKE A BIG EVENT TO FOCUS THE MIND


Any big event helps to focus the mind on the task at hand. For us litigators, a trial focuses the mind better than anything else we do. Trials are few and far between for a lot of reasons best left for another day. As my lovely wife will attest, trial is a family unfriendly event. They require total focus and attention and I often find myself popping up in the middle of the night to make notes in my bedside notebook. In August, I was called to come back from vacation at the beach to try a case in the week before labor day. The case settled as the jury was beginning to file it, but a tremendous amount of time, money, and effort went into the preparation of the case. I prepare, my client prepared, my experts prepared, my witnesses prepared, and generally, everyone is ready to go to battle for their side.  Usually, that is when a year or more's worth of hard work comes to fruition. This case settled for a good number.

Insurance companies are not your friend. 
If you can afford it and have a few moments to spend on insurance, please make sure that you request:
1. Full Tort for your auto coverage NOT full coverage.
2. Uninsured and Underinsured or UM/UIM coverage.
3. Life insurance.
4. Health Insurance.
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