Entries by Matthew Witteman

The Risks Attorneys Bear

The Risks Attorneys Bear Many people who have been injured have little or no idea of the cost and risks that attorneys shoulder in taking on insurance companies, large corporations, and governments that have injured people. The costs can be in the tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars in building a case to recover […]

Federal Court

Federal Court From time to time, a lawsuit can be filed in federal court, where either the plaintiff and the defendant are from different states, or there is a federal question involved in the case. Typically the life span of a federal case is somew.hat longer than a state case, but there is substantial variety […]

Miscellaneous Injury Claims

Miscellaneous Injury Claims There are unusual sorts of claims applicable to special situations. In dog bite cases, for example, there is a statute or a written law that basically states that the owner of the dog is strictly liable for injuries caused by the dog. There are, at least in California, no “free bites.” Defamation […]

Frivolous Lawsuits – a Perspective

Frivolous Lawsuits – a Perspective Do people sometimes bring frivolous or meritless claims for personal injury or other damages? Yes, of course, they do. The incidence of such claims, however, is relatively rare, notwithstanding media suggestions to the contrary (which not infrequently misreport the facts of individual claims as well). Attorneys are generally not interested […]

Products Liability Cases

Products Liability Cases In products liability cases, the analysis is whether a product is unreasonably dangerous given its intended use: again a sort of negligence or reasonable man standard. Likewise, in trip and fall and other cases involving the dangerous conditions of real property, the question is whether there was an unreasonably dangerous condition on […]

Understaffing of Judges Hearing Longshore Cases

Understaffing of Judges Hearing Longshore Cases For 10 or more years, the United States Office of Administrative Law Judges has been chronically understaffed causing serious backlogs in Longshore and similar cases. On the West Coast, it now typically takes two or more years for a decision to issue after a trial. This can result in […]

Vicarious Liability of Car Owners and Employers

Vicarious Liability of Car Owners and Employers Other claims besides negligence that may be brought in personal injury litigation typically involve some variation on the negligence theory. For example, the liability of owners of automobiles driven by someone else, or the liability of the employer of a person causing injury, still involve the question of […]

Trial Setting or Delays Before Trial

Trial Setting or Delays Before Trial If Alternative Dispute Resolution (or “ADR”) is unsuccessful in most lawsuits, a case is set for trial. Most courts have a goal of getting cases out to trial within one year of their filing. This is very often just a “goal,” but normal personal injury cases generally see at […]

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution After a formal exchange of information and documents is completed in most lawsuits, a form of “alternative dispute resolution” or “ADR” is usually employed in an attempt to settle cases. Very often courts order ADR, which can include judicial arbitration, mediation, or settlement conferences before a judge or court referee. These ADR […]

Preserving Evidence

Preserving Evidence It is important to preserve evidence relating to your accident: pictures of your damaged vehicle, the scene of the accident, or your injury; the actual product that has injured you; names and addresses of persons who witnessed the accident. An attorney can help you with this evidence collection and preservation. Law enforcement personnel […]