Omid Rejali, Esq.
Insurance companies are in the business of making money and increasing the profits of their shareholders. To that end, they are only looking at their own interests and not of that of an injured party.
If the insurance company is offering to settle your claim for $10,000 you need to be asking yourself several questions.
1) What stage of the process is the claim at? meaning has a lawsuit been filed, or is the offer given before a lawsuit has been filed?
2) What is my attorneys reputation in the community?
3) What are my injuries?
4) What is the property damages amount?
Let's look at this questions from two angles. First, let's assume that you have r...
By Omid Rejali, Esq.
You've been injured, you hire an attorney, you seek treatment, and now its time to settle your claim with the insurance company. Are you getting the full value of your claim? Here are three reasons why you should speak with a trial lawyer prior to accepting a settlement.
1) Trial lawyers have a better understanding of the value of your claim
Trial lawyers are story tellers. To be able to tell your story, trial lawyers have to get to know you inside and out. What trial lawyers understand and the law also recognizes is that we are all unique humans, and for that reason no one has a right to take away from us our health, and cause us pain, suffering, disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of life. And if they do, th...
By S.J. Walker
damages to the jury, and sell them well. It is easy enough to grab different
witnesses who have some relation to the case and ask them to testify. However,
if not done properly this will likely become a one-way ticket to an objection
based on cumulative evidence. Many times, it is easiest to put the plaintiff on
the stand because the plaintiff is the person who is best qualified to testify
about their damages or their loss of enjoyment in their life. This easily can
lead to a pitfall, a Catch-22 if you will. If the plaintiff testifies
truthfully of their injuries, they are likely to come off as whiners to the
jury. It is not likely that a jury takes well to whiners. Secon...
By S.J. Walker
written discovery is a constant in all of litigation. The goal: to permit parties
to evaluate the case, identify issues, and prepare for depositions and trial.
Much of written discovery begins with form interrogatories and special
interrogatories. Unfortunately, novice lawyers, and possibly some seasoned
lawyers, forget that the defense counsel will use the information in your client’s
interrogatories at deposition and throughout the case. As such, making sure a
proper analysis is done on each question will ensure your client provides the
proper and accurate responses. It is the professional responsibility of the
lawyer to represent their client competently and diligently, ...
By S.J. Walker
Direct examination is a talent that draws on knowledge,
practice, and skill. The rules governing direct examination assist the judge or
jury in discovering the facts and basis behind the case, and should be used to
go beyond simply reiterating the evidence that is already admitted. To ensure
that an attorney makes the most out of their time with their witness, there are
important tactics that can be used such as the importance of certain moments
when leading a witness may be appropriate and permissible; how to use
documents; and how not to waste your time redirecting unless it truly adds
something to the prior testi...