What I’ve Learned in the Practice of Law this Week
- September 9th, 2016
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-If you don’t pay child support, you will be taken to the cleaners.
-If you file a worker’s comp claim you may be followed by private investigators doing surveillance. They are watching you to see if you are going to do yard work and things outside. So don’t file a comp claim and then decide it’s time to lift 40 pound bags of top soil over your head. Also, I didn’t learn this this week, but don’t file a personal injury lumbar claim and then get on the back of your boyfriend’s motorcycle and ride around town. Because private investigators may very well capture that Kodak moment.
It is emotional to watch a man in so much pain with a lumbar injury that he can hardly sign his name and initials to a health records release because his hand is shaking so bad from the pain. When I can look at your face which is contorted and turning red because you want to be cognizant enough to speak intelligently to your lawyer without a cloud of narcotics inhibiting your cognitive functioning, that’s when I know things are bad.
Plaintiffs are gaining some ground in Mississippi. There was a $395,000 verdict in Jackson County last month on a car wreck case with about $95,000 in medical bills. Jackson County is known as an extremely conservative (read Defense oriented) venue. Awarding nearly 4 times the medical bills is a tremendous verdict. There were also multiple million dollar+ product liability verdicts in August.