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November 2013 Newsletter

Personal Injury Lawsuits : Perception vs Reality

In the United States, many people are under the impression that they can sue companies for millions of dollars and win, then continue to live off of their takings for the rest of their lives. It’s the ultimate “get rich quick” scheme, right? Wrong.

Why Do Some People Think This?

It seems like the media sensationalizes high-dollar personal injury lawsuits. One of the most notable cases is the “McDonald’s Coffee Case.” A woman going through the drive-thru ordered a coffee, which spilled on her groin and thigh region, giving her third-degree burns. The woman was 78 at the time of the incident.

She originally sought repayment for her medical bills as well as some damages, and she ended up getting a huge payout. When everything was said and done, she was awarded almost $2.9 million by the jury who judged her case.

The media took this case and ran with it, and they painted her as a ridiculous old woman who should have known that her coffee was hot enough to burn her. (Read more…)

If you’ve been the victim of an injury, contact Bruce Hagen to discuss your options in a free and confidential consultation.

Can Wounded Warriors Sue The Federal Government?

These days we see many heartwarming news stories about wounded warriors coming home to the welcoming arms of family and friends. We also hear about the miraculous recoveries many veterans have experienced, thanks to modern medical and rehabilitation technology. What we don’t hear much about are VA medical malpractice cases. This is because potential negligence claims against the Veteran’s Administration are much more difficult to file. Government entities at the local, state, and federal levels have “sovereign immunity” that protects them in liability lawsuits.

If you have experienced possible malpractice at the hands of a VA doctor, you cannot sue the doctor; you must sue the federal government. (Read More…)

Calculating Pain and Suffering

For retirees and stay-at-home parents who have no documented earning power or outside employment expectations, calculating pain and suffering in a personal injury claim poses a challenge.

The traditional method used to calculate pain and suffering settlements is by applying a multiple to the actual costs or special damages incurred by the injured party. These must be supported by documentation and can include:

  • property damage
  • lost wages
  • medical and therapy bills
  • out-of-pocket expenses
  • any other measurable amounts

However, the hidden costs in pain and suffering for those without documented earning power are general damages. For example, a stay-at-home parent who submits a personal injury claim for pain and suffering cannot claim lost wages even though the working parent must reduce work hours to care for children when the stay-at-home parent is unable to do so. (Read More…)

Call the legal offices of Bruce Hagen today for help with your personal injury case.

November News From Bruce A. Hagen

On December 6th, I will be speaking at an NBI Seminar on Damages in Personal Injury law.

And I’m pleased to announce a new, updated look to our website will debut very soon. I think you’ll find the format easier to read and navigate. In December we are introducing our firm’s mobile app, which will contain valuable information that you need to have on hand in case of a vehicle accident.

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