A Word from the Editor: Welcome to Summer

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  The last months  have been downright gnarly. Bad news abounds: shootings, war, soaring gas prices, SCOTUS–we even had Covid. So as we slide into Summer and a new Volume of The Neusletter, we hope that things turn around, and you get naught but tasty waves and a cool buzz, and that everything is fine. All The Best! THE NEUSLETTER

DOES DR. STRANGE HAVE A WORKMEN’S COMP CASE?

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TEXTING AND DRIVING CAN CRUSH YOUR HANDS BUT SAVE THE PLANET? So, the opening five minutes of the original Dr. Strange movie shows our hero, Benedict Cumberbatch as the future Dr. Strange, distractedly driving his Lamborghini on a country road while reading brain CT scans on his phone on his car console.  He then proceeds to crash because he is …

Considerations in Cases Involving Minors or Children

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  Kids and Dogs Most of my serious dog bite cases involve children for various reasons. Children are shorter and hence get face to face with dogs more readily and are more prone to be bitten in the torso, hands, head etc. whereas an adult will take an attack on the legs. Secondly, children are more trusting or less self-protective …

THE HARDEST CASES (AND THE EASY ONES TOO)

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  THE EASIEST CASE FOR THE LAWYER: The easiest case I encounter is one where the insurance does not nearly cover the value of the injury. So, let’s say that you are a pedestrian and a car jumps the curb in center city Philadelphia, hits you, and breaks your leg. You have surgery and need three months to recover. You …

Lawyers: Let’s Network at Scarpetta’s: May 12, 2022

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As Lawyers, we know that the best cases come from colleagues, and so I thought I’d invite a few of you Neusletter subscribers to dinner. I’m hosting a table May 12, 6:30 PM at Scarpetta, and the first seven people to respond will be my guests. we’re going to do a bunch of these, so if you don’t get in …

STATE vs. FEDERAL COURT VENUE/JURISDICTION DECISION

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  “COMBAT TACTICS, MR. RYAN” from The Hunt For Red October starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin: Jones (VO): Torpedo in the water.  High speed screws.  Bearing zero-two-zero.  I estimate range at eight thousand yards. Mancuso: You’re heading straight into that torpedo. Ramius: I know. The torpedo hits the sub, but it does not explode.  Instead, it breaks-up on the …

PRACTICE TIP: BOILERPLATE PLEADINGS

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            Boilerplate is just part of being a lawyer. There are tried and true ways of doing things that save time and money and protect us from missing routine things. I have a fee agreement that is tuned just the way I like it after many years of use. Now, it’s essentially boilerplate. However, boilerplate is often used by …

What Hath The Pandemic Wrought in Personal Injury?

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First, the Courts are still very backed up. Currently, Philadelphia and its suburban venues are bumping their longer and hence more involved cases to 2023! So, auto negligence cases with only one defendant and one plaintiff are getting trial dates. Cases with more than one defendant or that will take more than a week of trial are getting triaged by …

Insurance: The Necessary Evil

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  Auto-Insurance Best Practices: please make sure that you are Full Tort please make sure you have uninsured (UM) and underinsured (UIM) insurance coverage for yourself and your family. I can drone on about why or what it is, but take my advice.  Regular old bodily injury insures if you hit someone else. Why would you protect your family less …

Insurers are Fighting to Kill Stacking and The Household Vehicle Exclusion

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Insurance companies lend you umbrellas when the sun is shining, but want them back the minute it begins to rain.  This quote is sometimes attributed to Mark Twain regarding bankers, but in my view applies equally to my insurance company opponents.  Did your rates plummet when you were not driving during the pandemic?  No, they did not.  Why not?  Because …