Case Negotiation & Settlement Issues

As a personal injury attorney in Dallas, I have represented clients with some pretty serious injuries resulting from car accidents:  Broken arms, broken, legs, traumatic brain injuries, surgeries, etc.  I have also encountered difficulties in explaining to those clients that there recovery may be limited based upon the amount of insurance that may be available, […]

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Jul
19

Comparative and Contributory Negligence

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Many times I have potential clients call me and say that they were injured in a car crash that was not their fault, but the “adjuster is putting some percentage negligence on me….”  This is called comparative negligence. Under Texas law, comparative negligence may be a partial or total defense to a civil claim for […]

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Apr
18

Are the Number of Lawsuits Dropping?

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The number of new civil lawsuits being filed has dropped in Texas. I’ve noticed that same trend here in Dallas with respect to personal injury litigation.   In 2005, 610,355 suits were filed.  In 2014, 505,104 suits were file.  That is a 17% drop over a 10 year period.  This is true even though the […]

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An issue that commonly arises in a personal injury case is whether or not you should use your health insurance.  That decision depends on many circumstances.  But before answering this question, we should discuss how the typical health insurance policy works. When you have health insurance, you become part of a vast network of hospitals […]

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Many times I have people call me and say that they are having difficulty dealing with the other driver’s insurance company because he is not cooperating with the adjuster’s investigation of the car accident.  Generally speaking, a person must cooperate with their insurance company or they risk losing protection and coverage for the accident.  This […]

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Nov
13

Do Not Sign a Release

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What is a “release?”  It is exactly what the name implies.  A release is a settlement agreement where one party agrees to waive their legal rights.  For example, if you were in an accident and have a claim against someone for personal injuries or damages, then you might enter into a settlement agreement with that […]

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What can you do if there is a child support lien on your personal injury case?  In Texas, the attorney general child support division is empowered with the authority to enforce child support obligations.  One way they can do this is by filing a lien on your personal injury case.  Filing a child support lien […]

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Dallas attorney, Robert C. Slim, announces that he has made some major revisions to the terms of his contingency fee contracts in personal injury cases.  The most significant revision was the “Lower-Fee Guarantee.”  So many times, personal injury attorneys enforce their contingency fees without due regard for the net recovery of the client.  Under this […]

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Sep
26

The Mediation Process

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Cases pending in the Dallas / Fort Worth area courts are almost always ordered to mediation before going to trial.  That is because judges know that mediation presents the best chance for the parties to resolve their dispute and move the case off their already crowded  dockets.  Statistically speaking, legal disputes settle without ever going […]

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Sep
22

Subrogation

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What is Subrogation? Subrogation refers to the right of one party to bring suit in the name of, or in the place of, another for the purpose of getting reimbursed for benefits paid to that person.  The most common situation where subrogation arises is with insurance.  For example, let’s assume you are involved in a car […]

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Sep
01

Hospital Liens in Texas

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You’ve just been injured in an accident. You were take to a hospital emergency room for treatment.  Now, you owe the hospital for their services.  Assuming you have no health insurance, the hospital may file a hospital lien.  Therefore, it is important that you know how hospital liens work in Texas. What is a Hospital Lien? In […]

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