What If My Injury Causes a Permanent Disability?

What If My Injury Causes a Permanent Disability?

Unfortunately, some injuries result in permanent disability, which can be devastating for victims and their families. When that occurs, you need to know your rights. What does the law have to say about permanent disability? What benefits can you receive when you’re completely unable to work? How can you support your family and your medical…

5 Steps to Navigating Medical Decisions in the Event of Catastrophic Injury

5 Steps to Navigating Medical Decisions in the Event of Catastrophic Injury

The following is adapted from Unthinkable. My mother was hit and killed by a concrete truck while crossing a street near her home. Her death was an unthinkable tragedy, and my family is far from alone in suffering such a loss. But in my professional life as a personal injury lawyer, we encounter many more…

If You or Someone You Love is the Victim of a Catastrophic Incident, You Need to Get Your Own Experts on the Ground
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If You or Someone You Love is the Victim of a Catastrophic Incident, You Need to Get Your Own Experts on the Ground

The following is adapted from Unthinkable. If you or a loved one is the victim of a catastrophic incident, then there’s one very important fact you need to understand: leaving the investigation to the police is a gamble. I don’t say this to disparage police departments. However, I do say it with the awareness I’ve…

Why People Who Have Endured a Catastrophic Loss are Often Extremely Unhappy With the Outcome of the Criminal Case

Why People Who Have Endured a Catastrophic Loss are Often Extremely Unhappy With the Outcome of the Criminal Case

The following is adapted from Unthinkable. It was eight in the evening, Denver time, on Wednesday, April 28, 2020. Our COVID-19 lives were just beginning. I had finished a workout in the basement and was sitting in the kitchen eating a barbecue sandwich when my phone rang. My sister, in Florida—calling at ten o’clock her…

The Wheels of Justice Do Turn in America…They Just Don’t Turn Quickly

The Wheels of Justice Do Turn in America…They Just Don’t Turn Quickly

The following is adapted from Unthinkable. Murder, robbery, assault, driving while intoxicated—these are all crimes under the law. And, if you or a loved one are the victim of someone who commits one of these crimes, you have the right to seek justice through the criminal justice system. Obviously, laws differ by state, but every…

When You’re Faced With a Catastrophic Incident, Relying Solely on the Police Investigation Amounts to Playing the Lottery

When You’re Faced With a Catastrophic Incident, Relying Solely on the Police Investigation Amounts to Playing the Lottery

The following is adapted from Unthinkable. I’ve been working in the personal injury law field for almost 30 years. Broadly speaking, the law enforcement officers I’ve encountered want to do a great job, just as anyone else who cares about their work does. And when an incident results in a death or catastrophic injury, law…

If Your Loved One is the Victim of a Fatal Incident, Here are 4 Things You Need to Think About

If Your Loved One is the Victim of a Fatal Incident, Here are 4 Things You Need to Think About

The following is adapted from Unthinkable. If someone you love is the victim of a fatal incident, then first of all, let me say how sorry I am. My mother was struck and killed by a commercial truck in April 2020, and it left a gaping void in all our lives. As hard as it…

The Civil Justice System Gives Victims and Their Families the Opportunity to Be Heard (Even When The Criminal Justice System Doesn’t)
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The Civil Justice System Gives Victims and Their Families the Opportunity to Be Heard (Even When The Criminal Justice System Doesn’t)

The following is adapted from Unthinkable. On April 28, 2020, my mother was killed while she was out for her evening walk. I’m certainly not out to bash the criminal justice system, but the reality is that, in my mother’s case, that system failed to deliver anything even close to the measure of accountability acceptable…

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