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Can I Fire My Lawyer? Everything You Need to Know

Whether you’re caught in a legal battle and fighting for your rights after a car accident, or for your job in an employment issue, a good relationship with your lawyer is a must.

If you find that you don’t feel as though you can trust your lawyer, worry that he or she may not have your best interests in mind, or you struggle to communicate with them, you’ll be making an already stressful situation even worse.

You may also be compromising the odds of a verdict in your favor.

When contracts are involved, or a case is already underway, it can be easy to feel as though you’re stuck and have no alternatives available to you.

Keep reading to learn what you need to know about breaking up with your personal injury lawyer before, or during a case, how to deal with voiding contracts, and finding a new attorney in the middle of a legal battle.

Odds are, the process is more viable than you may have thought initially.

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What you need to know about Damages in your Lawsuit

What are damages?

Damages are the sum of money that a plaintiff is awarded following a lawsuit.

Basically, the damages are the amount of compensation that the plaintiff will receive from the defendant. The fact finder (judge or jury) will determine the damages in the lawsuit.

The damages that the plaintiff receives in their case will depend on a number of different factors including what type of case the plaintiff is litigating and what type of injury he or she suffered.

If the plaintiff suffered a large injury obviously, the damages will be greater.

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Could the Landlord be Responsible for a Fire in your Apartment?

Unfortunately apartment fires happen, and they often happen when we least expect it. When apartment fires occur tenants are often left without a home.

This was illustrated recently when a December apartment fire left eighteen people displaced in south Fort Worth.

Apartment fires can often be deadly.

In early March, an apartment fire in Granbury took the life of one man. This man died trying to save his three dogs from his burning apartment.

Others who were living in neighboring apartments had to jump from their second story of the building in order to survive the fire. One elderly individual was rescued from her apartment.

Many individuals reported that their smoke detector did not alert them that there was a fire.

Apartment fires can spread quickly and can destroy resident’s homes within a couple of hours. This article discusses some of the basic things that you should do after a fire, and places apartment fires in the context of your rights as a tenant.

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What is Arbitration?

Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution. This is an alternative to filing a bench or jury trial.

Some people view arbitration as a cost effective way to seek compensation for their harms and losses. In some cases, arbitration is consensual. This means that the parties must agree to the arbitration process.  In some cases another party compels arbitration.

Also, note that some insurance contracts have an arbitration clause which require policyholders to use the arbitration process in order to seek a remedy rather than using the court system to seek relief.

However, also not that anyone can agree to use the arbitration process even if they are not legally required to do so.

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Whistleblowers, Qui Tam, Fraud and the False Claims Act Explained

What is a Whistle Blower?

A whistle blower is an individual who discloses information about possible corrupt or illegal activities such as fraud that are occurring in a company. There are many different people who can be whistle blowers including employees, contractors, and clients.

When someone files a claim under the false claims act, the stark statute, or the anti-kickback statute, that individual is “whistleblowing.â€

Whistleblowers can also be referred to as “relators.â€

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What is Mediation in the Legal World?

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) aimed at settling a case before it goes to trial.  During a mediation, the parties to the dispute come together to attempt to reach a deal. Mediation often utilizes a collaborative approach and encourages parties to work together during the process.

The mediation is led by a neutral third party who oversees the process, and attempts to ensure all of the parties involved are working together to resolve the dispute. The mediator has usually received training in negotiations, and often mediators have spent time practicing law prior to becoming a mediator.Read More

The Compassion Connection

For various reasons unrelated to lawyering, I recently read a book called “Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain†by Sharon Begley. The book describes how the science of neuroplasticity reveals our extraordinary potential to transform ourselves. I am sharing with you portions of that book that struck me as profoundly related to us as lawyers in 1. the notion that we are not bound by our DNA; 2. the mindfulness that we need to be present in what we do; and 3. our job of finding the compassion in our jurors. I am not providing footnotes or citations to the studies mentioned in this article. Should you wish further exploration, I highly recommend the book.
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