Dettman Law

Can My Lawyer Resolve My Case Without Me?

The answer to this question is no.  Your lawyer cannot resolve your case without consent.  I write this because I was contacted by a Florida woman who slipped at a Louisville restaurant.  She fractured her hip and had high medical bills.  According to the woman her lawyer resolved her case without her consent. I’m sure …
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Injury Lawyers Make the World Safer

Injury lawyers post all over billboards, bus stops, and the internet about how much money they recover.  I’m guilty.  When you couple this with the attacks from insurance companies it makes it look like injury lawyers aren’t creating societal good. What you don’t hear enough about is the changes we make in the behavior of …
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Why Did My Lawyer Hire an Expert?

An expert is used by your lawyer in an attempt to make an argument stronger or prove something.  Based on training, education, and experience the expert can provide opinions if appropriately qualified.  In Kentucky we need experts to get testimony admitted at trial so they are helpful to hire in the right circumstance.  Experts are …
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How Long Does A Lawsuit Take in Kentucky on a Car Crash Case?

A potential client contacted me two weeks ago about representing her.  The insurance for the other side made her an insufficient offer.  Presumably because she didn’t have a lawyer ☹.  Her statute runs in two days and she texted me yesterday asking how long does litigation take.  The answer is below: Filing a Kentucky Personal Injury …
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How does a Minor Car Crash Settlement Work in Louisville, Kentucky?

Yesterday I resolved a Louisville car crash case for a child with a facial fracture.  The case is complicated in that my client’s mother was the driver.  She was at fault for the crash. Negotiation The mother carried a $25,000.00 policy. Her carrier initially offered $17,100.00.  That was bumped up to $18,500.00.  I was told …
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What Kind of Doctor do I Need After a Louisville Car Crash?

Short Answer: One you like and trust. Long Answer: After a car crash you have the option to go to the hospital.  My estimation is more than half of people do go to the hospital. If your injuries are life threatening you will most likely be taken to the University of Louisville Hospital (kids will …
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My Injury Case Resolved Without a Lawsuit. What is Next?

The majority of cases are resolved without a lawsuit being filed.  Why cases resolve before litigation is the topic of another post.  For the purpose of this article I’m not getting into it. So lets say the insurance company made an offer that was accepted by your lawyer.  There is still work to be done.  …
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Who Should Pay For My Property Damage in Louisville After a Car Crash?

I’m working on property damage today. If your lawyer tells you that he only represents you on the injury claim and not the property damage claim than your lawyer is being lazy. I will say that I authorize the insurance companies to set up a viewing of the vehicle and communication with my clients on this aspect of the claim.