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Winning your personal injury claim : with sample forms and worksheets
Aidman, Evan K., 1958-
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Naperville, IL : Sphinx Pub., 2001.
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pages cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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Winning Your Personal Injury Claim teaches you what to do after you or a loved one has been hurt. It gives you the precise instructions you need to settle with an insurance adjuster, handle the attorney for the other side and win a court battle.

Author Notes

Evan Aidman has been a Philadelphia trial lawyer since 1983 with a practice primarily in plaintiff's personal injury.

Table of Contents

Using Self-Help Law Booksp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Chapter 1 Organizing Personal Injuriesp. 1
Components of a Personal Injury
Chapter 2 What to do After an Accidentp. 5
At the Scene of an Accident
Emergency Room Treatment
Beware the Friendly Insurance Adjuster
Don't Sign Anything!
Remember the Deadline!
Chapter 3 Handling Your Case without a Lawyer?p. 13
The Best of Both Worlds
Handling Your Claim
Handling Your Lawsuit
Chapter 4 The Personal Injury Attorney and Youp. 29
Finding a Personal Injury Attorney
The Initial Consultation
The Attorney's Fee Agreement
Beware of "Costs"
Dissatisfaction with Attorneys
Changing Lawyers
Keeping Your Case Active
Chapter 5 The Various Kinds of Injury Casesp. 47
Injuries to Children
Fall Down Accidents ("Slip and Falls")
Medical Malpractice
Products Liability
Intentional Injuries
Food Poisoning Cases
Psychological Injuries
Workers' Compensation
Dog Bites
Chapter 6 Medical Treatment and your Injuries: The M. D. v. the Chiropractorp. 65
Physical Therapy
"Good Injuries"
Keeping Track of Your Treatment
Chapter 7 Damagesp. 69
Placing a Monetary Value on an Injury
Issues Affecting the Monetary Value
Monetary Assessment
Chapter 8 The Settlement Processp. 81
The Settlement Demand Letter
Settlement Offer
Settlement Strategy
Finalizing Settlement
Alternate Dispute Resolution
Chapter 9 The Lawsuit Processp. 97
The Lawsuit Deadline - Statutes of Limitations
Choice of Trials
Choice of Venue
Post-Filing Battles
Chapter 10 The Discovery Processp. 105
Ending the Sneak Attack
Interrogatories and the Request for Production of Documents
The "Independent" Medical Examination
Chapter 11 The Trial
Preparation for Trial
Voir Dire - Selecting the Jury
Opening Statements
Direct and Cross Examination
Medical Testimony
The Defense Case
Closing Argument
Jury Instructions and Deliberations
The Verdict
The Appeal
Chapter 12 Understanding "Tort Reform"p. 145
Limited Tort v. Full Tort
"Tort Reform"--Has It Worked?
Chapter 13 Insurance Fraud and Other Problemsp. 151
Improper Insurance Practices
Ambulance Chasers
Glossaryp. 157
Appendix A Sample Formsp. 167
Appendix B Sample Lettersp. 223
Appendix C Checklists and Worksheetsp. 237
Indexp. 257