Category: Personal Injury Settlement

What’s My Personal Injury Case Worth?

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 20, 2010

Is my case worth $1 million? $10 million? We’ve all heard the stories. “My friend broke her fingernail and got $150,000.” “My brother-in-law’s friend’s cousin’s son’s wife got $4 million when she fell at the A & P and broke her wrist.” “Bob Hartman got $2.7 million because he was rear-ended by a drunk driver and the drunk’s insurance company was afraid to go to court.”  How are these crash-to-riches cases possible?  Well, in a word, they’re not! Are there multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements? Of course there are but they are based on major injuries, good liability and deep pockets. Click here for… Read More

Motorcycle Accident Leads to Traumatic Brain Injury, $8M Settlement

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: August 26, 2009

Just when you think you have no case, you may have a case. I was asked to take a case where Billy, a motorcycle rider who on first impression was thought to be partially, if not all, to blame for an accident from which he suffered catastrophic injuries. Billy was a vibrant, young 20 something motorcycle rider who was not expected to live. Turns out a lady turned left in front of him in a road construction zone. Upon further investigation, I discovered that there were potentially many reasons why this accident happened – not all of which could be… Read More

Personal Injury Lawyer Los Angeles: How Is A Case Handled?

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: August 6, 2008

Despite conventional wisdom, every personal injury case is different. The facts of the accident are unique, the injuries are likewise unique and the manner in which the matter is handled must be carefully tailored to each particular case and client. There is, however, a certain framework within which personal injury lawyers handle their clients’ cases. It is important to remember that just as each case is unique, so is the client and that client’s needs must be tended to as though he or she is our only client. The following is the general framework within which we work – subject… Read More

Work Injuries Resulting From Negligent Third Party (Someone Other Than Your Employer)

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: April 20, 2008

Through California’s Worker’s Compensation Laws injured employees are able to recover from the limited benefits of their employer’s insurance. But what happens in cases where an employee has sustained an on-the-job injury caused by someone other than the employer? Simply put, in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim, the injured employee may sue this third party (i.e., other person or entity) in tort law. Third party cases may fall into categories such as traffic accidents, slip & fall incidents, defective products, defective equipment or the exposure to toxic substances and any number of other situations. If a worker suffers a significant injury,… Read More

Case of the Dangerously Icy Sidewalk: Broken Ankle, Six Figure Settlement

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 18, 2008

Miss May T., a then 17 year old girl, slipped on black ice outside of a convenience store and suffered an excruciatingly painful bimalleolar fracture of her right ankle. Her injuries were so severe that massive swelling ensued and the doctors were unable to operate on her ankle for over a week! While May writhed in unspeakable pain and doctors were unable to do anything more than give her pain pills (which she was reluctant to take), the insurance carrier for the convenience store denied liability! A massive liability dispute arose. I hired a meteorologist, a slip and fall expert and a private investigator to get… Read More

Rear-Ended By Drunk Driver: Leads to Surgery, Large Settlement

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: February 11, 2008

How horrific it was for my client, Mrs. F., an innocent woman legally slowing down for a stop to be suddenly, and without warning, be rear-ended by a drunk driver. Otherwise in great health, this lovely lady’s life was turned asunder by the flagrant disregard of a guy who was more concerned with his afternoon cocktails than the safety of other people on the road on which he drove. The physical impact to Mrs. F’s car was so severe that it was deemed a total loss. In particular, the insurance company felt that it would cost more to repair her car… Read More

Personal Injury Settlement Offers in California

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: January 26, 2008

Please read the following article regarding Personal Injury Settlement Offers in California. This article explains one of the most powerful negotiating tools in California Personal Injury Litigation. I received this article, via e-mail, from the Los Angeles County Bar Association and wanted to share it with you. Section 998 Offers of Settlement by Cheryl Johnson-Hartwell What is a Section 998 Offer? Code of Civil Procedure Section 998 provides that if a party makes a settlement offer no less than 10 days before a trial or arbitration and the offer is not accepted before the earlier of the commencement of trial or arbitration or the passage… Read More

Case of the Exploding Wine Bottle: Personal Injury Settlement

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: December 8, 2007

A fascinating product liability case involved a wine conossieur who, while attempting to uncork a bottle of wine, was using a cork extractor which operates as follows: A needle is inserted through the cork, the user pumps the spring-loaded handle and air pressure then forces the cork out. The result is shown in the picture to your left. Mr. A. had owned the cork extracting unit for several years and, up to the date of his injury, had used it to uncork at least 200 bottles of wine. Although he reports that the cork is usually extracted on the fifth to seventh pump, the… Read More

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