The beginning of the 1990s saw the reunification of East and West Germany, the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, the release of Nelson Mandela, and the world’s very first web page. So much has changed since then, and the practice of law is no exception. Three trends have dominated the practice of law, and personal injury law in Texas. These are tort reform, judicial activism, and technology. Tort reform is more than legislative changes to our laws. It is a political movement driven by special interest groups, and it’s transformed not only the practice of personal injury law, but also the attitudes of jurors and judges. Touted as the desire to rid the system of “frivolous cases,” tort reform was meant to free up the courts so that the truly deserving could receive justice in a timely and efficient manner. Yes, it’s true that there were some frivolous cases, but no one can seriously contend that the tens of thousands of suits no longer filed in this … [Read more...] about How Has Personal Injury Changed Over Time?
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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Desperate for relief after years of agony, Jim Taft listened intently as his pain management doctor described a medical device that could change his life. It wouldn't fix the nerve damage in his mangled right arm, Taft and his wife recalled the doctor saying, but a spinal-cord stimulator would cloak his pain, making him "good as new." Taft's stimulator failed soon after it was surgically implanted. After an operation to repair it, he said, the device shocked him so many times that he couldn't sleep and even fell down a flight of stairs. Today, the 45-year-old Taft is virtually paralyzed, a prisoner in his own bed, barely able to get to the bathroom by himself. "I thought I would have a wonderful life," Taft said. "But look at me." For years, medical device companies and doctors have touted spinal-cord stimulators as a panacea for millions of patients suffering from a wide range of pain disorders, making them one of the fastest-growing products in the … [Read more...] about Device treating pain draws thousands of injury reports
JC Reindl Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EST Nov 23, 2018 Private eye Chris Charow has seen hundreds of instances of exaggerated injuries, faked injuries and outright fraud that contribute to Michigan's highest-in-the-nation auto insurance rates. He photographs people who pretend to slowly limp across parking lots on their way to medical exams for no-fault insurance benefits. Hours later, Charow, 47, will spy these same individuals appearing healthy and injury-free as they stroll supermarkets or move around their driveway at home. And the visual props that they pulled out for the doctor's office — walkers, canes, cervical collars — have disappeared. He also has staked out physical therapy clinics and seen patients walk in and quickly exit only a few minutes later. Yet the clinics billed insurance for treatments that … [Read more...] about No-fault insurance fraud in Michigan: How they got caught
Thomas J. Henry is rich. He makes no secret of this fact. In the field of Texas personal-injury law, which has long been populated with big spenders prone to displays of pharaonic excess, Henry is the current heavyweight champion. He is the driver of the fanciest cars, the thrower of the most lavish parties, the bestower of the most conspicuous gifts. When Henry wanted to advertise his namesake firm during the 2014 Super Bowl, he ran a commercial that showed him deplaning a Learjet and ducking into a silver Rolls-Royce. When Henry’s daughter Maya turned fifteen, he threw her a quinceañera that cost $6 million, complete with performances by the rapper Pitbull and the former boy-bander Nick Jonas. When Henry moved to San Antonio from his longtime home of Corpus Christi, he kicked off his residency by donating $1.2 million to the insurgent district attorney campaign of Nico LaHood (LaHood won). When Henry gave away 10,000 frozen turkeys last Thanksgiving in the South Texas … [Read more...] about Meet the Flamboyant, Fame-Seeking Heavyweight Champ of Texas Personal-Injury Law
opinion Editorial Board Treasure Coast Newspapers, USA TODAY NETWORK - FLORIDA Published 4:21 PM EDT Sep 23, 2018 Every year, thousands of Floridians who have been victimized by violent crime turn to the state for help. And every year, the state turns away hundreds of them because they have a criminal record — and are deemed unworthy of state aid. On the surface, this policy might seem to make sense. There’s likely little appetite for making compensation available from the state’s Bureau of Victim Compensation to career criminals or recent, violent felons. The problem is Florida’s strict guidelines for who can and can’t get financial aid make no provision for people who have turned their lives around; they don’t take into consideration how long ago the offense occurred and convicted murderers are treated the same as those convicted of lesser crimes, such as burglary. The result, according to an investigation by The Marshall Project … [Read more...] about Florida Legislature state’ victim compensation program\u00a0penalize blacks