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Blog Posts in March, 2008

  • What your insurance carrier can do for you

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 31-Mar-2008

    When you purchase automobile insurance, you do so not only to protect yourself in the event that you caused or contributed to an accident that resulted in an injury to another, but also to receive benefits in case you were injured as a result of the carelessness of another. One of the protections you may have purchased in your insurance policy results in payment of your property damage, less a ...
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  • Uninsured motorist coverage protects you in the event that you were injured as a result of carelessness of a totally uninsured motorist. However, what most people do not realize is that uninsured motorist coverage converts to " underinsured motorist coverage " when you are injured as a result of the carelessness of an individual who has less insurance than your uninsured/underinsured motorist ...
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  • We have previously explained the concept of a fiduciary duty. To summarize, a fiduciary duty is a duty that arises when there is a special relationship. There is a fiduciary duty between an insurance company and their insured. One of the fiduciary duties that an insurance company has to their insured is to make sure that the insured is not exposed to a verdict that could result in the payment out ...
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  • Jurisdictions that have comparative negligence laws permit a plaintiff to recover even though they caused or contributed to their accident. In the District of Columbia, Maryland Virginia, if you caused or contributed to the occurrence of the incident and the injuries which resulted to any degree, you cannot recover. In a comparative negligence state, the jury would be permitted to compare the ...
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  • Many people call asking, "Do I have a case?" The purpose of this blog is to assist in the evaluation of that question. There are three simple questions you can ask yourself to determine if you have a case. The first question is, "Did the other party do anything wrong?" If the answer to the question is "yes", the other party was careless, and then you can go to the next question. If the answer was ...
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  • The District of Columba, Maryland Virginia are virtually the only three jurisdictions in the entire country that have a system of civil law called " Absolute Fault ". The other states have "Comparative Fault" systems. An "Absolute Fault" system requires the plaintiff to prove that the defendant was completely, 100%, at fault for causing the accident and the injuries claimed. If the Plaintiff ...
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  • For those of you who have been reading this blog, you understand appreciate that the difference between an accident and a claim that the law recognizes as a civil wrong, is whether somebody failed to comply with a duty owed to another. In other words, for purposes of review, an individual could slip and fall on a floor made wet by the last customer that walked in front of the injured person only a ...
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  • We have previously described the content and format of a "complaint"; the document that is utilized to begin a lawsuit. When the clerk of the court receives the complaint, with the filing fee, the complaint is now ready to be issued from the court in a form that can be "served" on the defendant. The complaint is served with a summons which is issued by the clerk of the court ordering the defendant ...
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  • Learning about a Lawsuit

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 3-Mar-2008

    A civil action - a claim for money damages - is begun by the filing of a complaint with the court. A complaint is simply a statement advising the person who was sued, "the defendant", what they did wrong and the injury caused by the wrong. In a civil case, you have to prove and set forth in the complaint what are known as the "elements" of a cause of action in the complaint and explain why the ...
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