Let’s face it, the pandemic is leaving an indelible mark on almost everything, so there is no reason to believe jury awards in injury and death cases will be any different. Jury and trial consulting firms have been conducting surveys since the inception of the pandemic and they have some theories on how the pandemic will affect the amount of jury awards, how it will impact medical malpractice cases and whether it will generally be better for the defendant or the injury victim.
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Do you get more money if you poop/pee your pants in a car accident?
Yes, dear reader, this question has been asked. Repeatedly. If you Google that question right now, you will see many entries related to the question along with guesstimates of how much more money you might get in such a scenario with some as high as an additional $10,000. In light of all of this, we wanted to explain what types of injuries and damages are recoverable under the law and how your case gets valued by an insurance company or a judge or jury. Continue reading
While doing some cleaning out last weekend, we came across this old Peanuts book titled: Security is a Thumb and a Blanket. 2020 has certainly caused many of us to long for more security whether it be in our economic situation, our health, our relationships, etc. If only a thumb and a blanket could keep us from danger or threat. As we flipped through the book, we saw the above photo. It is a great reminder of the importance of choosing the right team. If you think you or a loved one might need an injury attorney, read on to learn more about how to pick the right one for you – even if it is not us. Continue reading
A Voting Consensus
It is Wednesday evening, and as I write this blog post, the ballots in our presidential and some Senate races are still being counted or re-counted and lawsuits have been filed and more threatened. But do not worry, this blog post is not about that voting. Instead, it is about a voting consensus that has already been reached: the 2021 Best Lawyers. The attorneys at the Law Offices of John Day won big again this year so, of course, we want to share that good news with you, explain the process and why it is important, and give you a quick checklist of things you should look for should you ever need to hire an attorney.
June 11th – National Make Life Beautiful Day
Well, we could all certainly use some more beauty in our lives these days. We often think of beauty as a physical attribute but it is so much more. Kindness is beautiful, justice is beautiful, truth is beautiful, courage is beautiful and so many more things. In honor of National Make Life Beautiful Day, we wanted to announce another give-away from our office. On June 27th, we are going to be giving away 1,000 washable cloth masks from the parking lot of our Murfreesboro office. Just drive through and get a free mask. More details are below. In addition, below are some easy suggestions on how you could make life beautiful tomorrow, and we would love for you to comment with some suggestions of your own. Continue reading
Smiles, Encouragement and Tips – Week 5
It is time again for a mid-week boost. First, over on our Facebook page, we have another contest going. We have had so much fun doing this and reading everyone’s responses. This week, all you have to do to be entered to win a $50 VISA gift card is tell us where you would like to be quarantined, if you could choose anywhere in the world, and why. Now, here is some good news and an important legal tip. Continue reading
At this time of year, especially with a shortened season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Shopping, wrapping, addressing, baking and all the other things that need to be squeezed into our already busy schedules can become stressful. But it is important to take a step back, take a deep breath and realize that this type of overwhelmed is rooted in something joyful. We buy the presents, send the cards, bake the cookies, etc. because it is part of a season of joy and festivities. But, there is another type of overwhelmed. Continue reading
John Day Has Jury Duty
Yes, you read that right – John Day is on jury duty this week and next. On Wednesday, John was put in the jury box but ultimately he was excused from serving on that particular jury via a peremptory challenge (explained below). He may get another chance before his term expires. The phrase “jury duty” does not illicit a positive response from most people. We get it. It can be a little vexing – from the inception of the process when your heart skips a beat because you have pulled from your mailbox an official letter from the Sheriff’s Department until the end when you may not even get to vote on the case because you were the alternate juror in the event another juror got sick, etc. But here are some things you should know if you do get called for jury duty. Continue reading
Accountability v. Responsibility
In a recent blog post, Seth Godin wrote: “Accountability is done to you by the industrial system, by those that want to create blame. Responsibility is done by you. It’s voluntary. You can take as much of it as you want.” Seth Godin is a marketing guru and I enjoy his blog. As it relates to the legal field and the work of the lawyers at the Law Offices of John Day, I would change this post slightly: Accountability is done to you; when you do not take responsibility. Here is why I say that. Continue reading
Would You Hire a Lawyer Who Had Been Convicted of Murder?
This was essentially the headline of a recent New York Times article. As a 19-year-old, the subject of the article had flown into a rage and killed a man who had picked him up the week before as a hitch hiker. While in prison, he spent hundreds of hours learning the law and, after being released on parole, was accepted to law school at Tulane University, where he was met with, perhaps not surprisingly, mixed reactions. Even if he graduates from Tulane, the question remains as to whether he will ever be allowed to sit for the bar exam due to the character and fitness requirement of that exam.
Of course, we do not know, and probably don’t care to know, the complete and entire life story of most people we hire from our plumber to our doctor to our lawyer, but there are some things you should know when hiring a lawyer. Read on for 5 essential questions you should ask: Continue reading