August 4, 2010

Taser Death Results in $2 Million Settlement

This unfortunate death happened in 2009; police held a Taser to a young man for an unbelievable 54 seconds. A schizophrenic, the young man had stopped taking his medication; he became violent and aggressive and his parents called the police for help.

Police arrived and tried to calm him down; they warned him that if he didn’t calm down, they would use a Taser. The abrasive young man challenged them to do it; he said that he had always wanted to know what it felt like.

A female officer pulled out and utilized her Taser for 54 seconds, shooting a continuous electrical shock of 50,000 volts into the young man, leaving him lying face down on the ground. The medical examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide. The officers (unbelievably) were cleared by an investigation and a grand jury chose not to indict them.

The city’s $2 million settlement sends a clear message to their police officers; city officials realize that this case was serious and raises issues with respect to police policies and training methods, especially involving appropriate use of tasers.

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July 1, 2010

ER Shooting Prompts Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The family of a man fatally shot while in a California emergency room has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the local sheriff’s office and the deputy involved in the shooting. Evidently, the 47 year old man went to his local hospital complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath related to an alcohol problem.

He was placed in soft wrist restraints, became agitated and tried to pull out his IV line. He pulled out a pocket knife to cut the wrist restraints and began jabbing the knife in the direction of other people. His left hand was free; his right hand, holding the knife, was still in a wrist restraint. When police arrived, the man was ordered to drop his knife. It appears that the man may have lunged at the police and they fired five shots at him; their report indicates that pepper spray would not have subdued him.

The wrongful death lawsuit maintains that the police didn’t ask the nurses about his medical status; because they didn’t, alleges the lawsuit, there was a failure to understand that he was experiencing severe alcohol withdrawal.

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June 29, 2010

Drunk Driver Hits Two Teens; Causes Critical Injuries

In this hit and run case that involved a drunk driver, two 15 year old pedestrians were struck as they were out walking down the street. The driver, not identified at the time of the accident, fled the scene in a 2001 Chevy Z28 Camaro.

EMS crews responded quickly and transported the girls to the nearest hospital where their condition was listed as "critical". The police investigated, followed lead and were able to track down 36-year-old drunk driver, later that same evening. He was charged with two counts of causing an injury while DWI; one count of DWI and one count of failure to stop after an injury accident.

In cases like this, lawsuits are, typically, the way to compensate the victims and punish the perpetrator. Most likely, the parents of these two innocent children, in the wrong place at the wrong time, will contact a personal injury attorney to discuss their rights. Both girls will have significant medical bills and possibly therapy depending on the extent and duration of their injuries.

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June 9, 2010

Human Error on Cruise Ship Results in Multiple Injuires

The Princess Cruise Lines were in legal hot water the minute human error caused its Crown Princess cruise ship to abruptly tilt 15 degrees to the left. The aftermath looked like a disaster movie set: furniture and other debris were rocketed across the ship’s decks; 240 or the 3,100 passengers on board were badly hurt. They sustained everything from serious bruising to bone fractures. Other passengers have experienced post traumatic stress disorder, nightmares and anxiety.

As indicated, the abrupt tilt was the result of human error; a crew member over-corrected in the wrong direction when he misread the automatic pilot gauge indicator. The company has taken full responsibility for the accident; it is likely that there will be a number of personal injury claims and/or lawsuits filed on behalf of injured passengers. While some of the claims may not involve catastrophic injuries, it appears that many of them may deal with severe injuries that have altered the lives of those hurt.

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May 25, 2010

Head Injury Treatment Delay Results in Employee's Death: Employer Liable for Wrongful Death?

This is the disturbing story of a man who suffers a head injury at work, is denied access to immediate medical assistance, and dies. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the company on behalf of the deceased's estate.

Apparently, the man was engaged in normal job duties when he sustained a blow to the head. He immediately asked his supervisor to take him to the hospital; instead, the supervisor told him to go lie down in the break room. He was found dead, in the break room, later that day.

The wrongful death lawsuit alleges that the company was guilty of negligence for not taking the man to the hospital for treatment; his death could have been prevented had he received medical care quickly. The pleadings allege that because the company did nothing to help the man, its' negligence caused his death.

In particular, the pleadings outline the company's misbehavior; supervisors did not seek appropriate medical assistance for the man; supervisors failed to monitor his condition; supervisors left him all alone, and employees were not adequately trained in first aid response; workers were not properly supervised and there were no procedures in place to deal with a worker who was injured on the job.

The complaint seeks damages that include; loss of support and society, mental anguish, loss of love and companionship, funeral expenses, loss of consortium and inheritance and loss of advice, counsel, maintenance, support and services.

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April 4, 2010

Chattanooga Bar Employee and Bar Sued for Fatal Drunk Driving Accident

This hit and run accident happened because an employee of a bar in Tennessee attempted to drive home after work while completely inebriated. As a result of his monumental stupidity, and, according to a recent lawsuit, because of the bar's negligence in serving him alcohol while visibly intoxicated, he drove off and killed a pedestrian.

The Chattanooga Billiard Club had a policy of permitting their employees to have alcohol at the end of their shifts and, apparently, served it to them, even after they reached the level of intoxication. Jeremy Lane, 25-years old at the time of the accident, finished his shift at 3 a.m.; he, allegedly, drank like a fish until 7 a.m. He staggered out of the bar, apparently, so drunk he could barely stand, hopped into his Nissan sports car and drove away. Reports suggest that he then ran a red light at the same moment a pedestrian, Susan Berry Wood, was crossing the road on her way to work. He allegedly hit her, fled the scene, and left her for dead. Itis further reported that he later attempted to cover up what he had done; he called 911 and reported his car stolen, hoping to get way with the crime. Instead, the police found out that Lane left the bar visibly and clearly intoxicated; he was charged with vehicular homicide and DUI.

Wood’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit stating that Lane was served while "visibly and clearly intoxicated" and alleging that it was clear that harm would come to someone because of the bar's policy of providing free booze to its employees.. A city ordinance bans bar employees from drinking at work, whether on or off duty. There is also an ordinance that bans the sale of alcohol to customers between 3:00 am and 8:00 am on weekdays.

There are at three defendants (those being sued) in this case: the bar for negligently allowing their employees to drink themselves into a stupor, driver and the bar employee who killed Susan Woods, and the employee's stepfather, who owned the vehicle involved in the accident.

Lane's criminal case should be tried first; Wrongful death and/or automobile accident lawsuits are civil lawsuits and would be come to trial much later. The civil case will take a long time to sort out; the stepfather and the bar will likely mount a vigorous defense and settlement or trial could be months, if not years, away. In the meantime, the Wood family has lost a loved one and must cope with their grief as well as the expenses of daily life and those related to Susan's death.

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April 1, 2010

Flesh Eating Bacteria In Hospital Costs Woman Three Limbs and Hospital Millions

A Utah woman went to hospital to deliver her baby. She left after losing three limbs, as she had contracted a flesh eating bacteria while being cared for after the birth of her child. In her medical malpractice lawsuit, the woman said that medical and hospital negligence caused her to contract necrotizing fasciitis. The multi-million dollar lawsuit is now settled.

Complex medical-legal lawsuits like this one often take significant time, sometimes years, to wind their way through America's court systems. In the meantime, victims often find themselves in dire need of cash for extraordinary expenses incurred because of the lawsuit and the ordinary expenses of life that are neglected because of injury and/or disability.

This unfortunate woman went into the hospital to realize the miracle and dream of childbirth, and, instead, experienced the nightmare of lost limbs; she is now permanently disabled, facing a lifetime of medical treatment. She is unable to work, care for her child or do anything else that she used to do, including walk, hold her child, go anywhere or do anything without assistance. Hopefully, the settlement provides her the means to receive artificial limbs or pay for appropriate assistance with the every day things that life throws her way.

Seriously injured and disable people are at a significant disadvantage in litigation with multi-billion dollar insurance companies. As a result, they often are forced to settle valuable cases for pennies on the dollar to obtain the financial support that they need today. This woman, for instance, faced a significant legal battle without appropriate resources to compete. Obviously, she had a terrific attorney who, most likely, handled her case on a contingency fee basis. Her legal obligation was covered, but what about her personal financial issues? In most states, lawyers cannot loan their clients money. So what does someone like her do? How does she support herself without conceding the significant value of her case to the insurance company? The expenses for her care, medications, therapy, counseling, child care, home renovations and personal nursing services must have been astronomical.

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March 10, 2010

Drunk Teen, Dangerous Intersection Combine to Take Life of 10-Year-Old Girl

The effects of drinking and driving are staggering. Poor coordination, disorientation, blurred or double vision, and slowed reflexes are just a few effects. We hear about the tragedies of drunk driving every day. I recently read about little Nicole Lynn Woodbury, who at the age of ten, died at the hands of a drunk driver.

On the evening of September 2, 2008, little Nicole was a back seat passenger in her dad’s Jaguar when motorcyclist, Allen (A.J.) Cockrum ran a red stoplight and crashed into the back door of the Jaguar. Nicole and Mr. Cockrum, (age 19) died; Nicole’s father, Jeff Woodbury, was hospitalized with extensive injuries, including a puncture lung. Mr. Cockrum did not have a motorcycle endorsement, was driving under the legal drinking age, and had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit for an adult.

Although Mr. Cockrum was drunk, authorities stated that the accident may have been avoided had the two drivers been able to see each other as they approached the intersection.

"This is at an intersection where the county has known for many years that the mound of dirt or earth blocks the view of northbound traffic" on Taylor Flats, Rettig told the Herald. "... The county has completely neglected ... to eliminate that traffic hazard."

The lawsuit filed by Nicole’s parents blames Mr. Cockrum and Franklin County for the death of their daughter. The lawsuit states that Mr. Cockrum was negligent and the county failed to make improvements to the dangerous intersection where several serious accidents have occurred. It is believed that the county road crews missed several opportunities to install safety devices, such as flashing lights, alerting them of the upcoming intersection or to re-slope the area around the intersection. Nicole’s parents, Sharon and Jeff Woodbury, seat damages for the lost of their parent / child relationship, economic loss to Nicole’s estate, her funeral and burial expenses, Jeff’s medical expenses, and his pain, suffering, disability, disfigurement, permanent loss and impairment of his hand, arm, and shoulder, and for the suffering and loss of their daughter. The suit also seeks damages for Mr. Woodbury’s loss of earnings and damages to his car.

Many roads are in need of repair, many intersections are dangerous, and many lives are lost in auto accidents. Although the city is responsible for making the roads safer, it can not control negligent driving. Our hearts go out to both families. They must be devastated by their losses. Financial compensation cannot return their children. That kind of pain will never go away.

Many of the comments to this article are heartless. Pursuing wrongful death litigation does not make the pursuer 'money hungry'. One cannot put a price tag on a child. This couple would prefer to have little Nicole back – to hug her, tuck her in at night, watch her get on the school bus, play in the snow. They will never again hold her in their arms; they have forever been deprived of the simple opportunity most of us have to watch their child grow to adulthood.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an auto accident due to the negligence of someone else, it is important that you seek legal advice from an auto accident attorney. The Woodbury’s may also need to seek lawsuit funding to help with their medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of income, and everyday bills. It is sometimes difficult to make ends meet when situations like this occur. All too often, plaintiffs will look to settle their case too soon and for too little because they are financially strapped. Lawsuit Financial can give plaintiffs the money they need immediately; this immediate funding source allows them to take care of their financial obligations while giving their attorney the time needed to seek appropriate justice. The call to 1-877-377-SUIT (7848) is free; the advice is priceless.

February 23, 2010

Victim Flies 100 Feet on Impact

Being hit by a car while crossing the street is a nightmare many people seem to have. In most instances, it it is nightmare that doesn't come true; you wake up feeling fine. But, what happens when your worst nightmare does come true?

This case centers on a teenager, late for school and rushing to get to class. The 14-year old was properly using a crosswalk when a car came out from nowhere and hit her. The impact caused the victim to fly 100 feet prior to landing on the road. The teen’s injuries were extremely severe and she was airlifted to the University of Utah hospital. On arrival, she was listed in critical condition.

While all the details of this accident won’t be known until the investigation is complete, there may have been something obstructing the driver’s line of sight - fog or ice – that may have meant she could not see the young girl in the crosswalk. That being said, it is a driver’s responsibility to have a clear windshield while driving for this very reason; to avoid accidents.
Other factors that may come into play are speeding, inattention while driving due to drinking coffee, putting on makeup, tuning a radio, texting, talking on the phone or reaching for a fallen object in the car. The police may also find evidence that a driver was under the influence of alcohol or other addictive substances.

No matter how this investigation concludes, the teen’s parents must speak to a seasoned personal injury attorney as soon as they can. If the girl survives this tragic event, she may claim damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and other damages. If this tragedy is compounded by the loss of life, her parents may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

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February 11, 2010

Excessive Emergency Room Wait Results in Wrongful Death

Most people consider a hospital a place to seek medical help in order to improve a patient’s condition. Those same people consider a hospital emergency room as a place to get immediate medical assistance. Unfortunately, sometimes a patient is forgotten or neglected by hospital staff. That was the case with Latino musician, Joaquin Rivera in a Pennsylvania hospital. Therefore, it should be no surprise that his family is filing a lawsuit against Aria Health Systems for Rivera’s wrongful death.

According to an article, the State Health Department released a report identifying numerous staff policy violations that occurred in the emergency room of Aria Health Systems on the evening of November 28, 2009.

Here is a partial sequence of events and the errors that, allegedly, occurred: Mr. Rivera entered the hospital at approximately 10:45 complaining of chest pains on his left side. Sometime later, he suffered a heart attack and died, although he sat dead in the waiting room for over 40 minutes. During this time, he was also robbed by three vagrants. All this before hospital personnel noticed or took any action. Surveillance cameras show that Mr. Rivera stopped moving 11 minutes after he arrived at the hospital. At 11:03 p.m., a nurse called his name, but did nothing when he didn’t respond. She noticed he was staring at a wall and not moving, but still did nothing. Only when another patient mentioned that he was dead, did anyone attend to Mr. Rivera.

When we seek medical care, we expect the medical professionals to take all necessary steps and precautions to protect our health and our lives. In an emergency situation, we expect those steps to be taken immediately. When physicians and hospital employees fail to perform their duties, serious physical consequence and/or death usually follow. The Rivera case seems to be an example of a wrongful death resulting from medical staff and hospital inefficiency.

Lawsuit Financial asks: Where was hospital protocol?” In this case, the nursing staff claims they were unaware of protocol that required them to check on patients in the waiting room. How can a professional hospital and staff not be responsible for monitoring the condition of patients in the waiting room? Is this is a break down in training, communication, responsibility, or all three? Whatever caused this tragedy, there should be accountability. There should be adequate safety measures, protocol, and staff training designed to prevent these types of occurrences. Lives and safety hang in the balance; if medical and hospital staff fail to exercise proper care and implement appropriate standards of care, we will continue to read about these preventable and wrongful death.

The grief that follows the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming. The last thing family members want to think about is the expenses (funeral expenses, medical bills, outstanding household bills and charges) to be settled, as they try to adjust to life without their loved one. When you think you may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one, the first things you should do is consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney who can help you get through the legal complexities. If you do not know an attorney, Lawsuit Financial has excellent legal referral sources all over the country and will locate a legal specialist in your area within 24 - 48 hours. This is a free service to you. Seeking compensation may take longer than expected, especially when dealing with hospitals and their insurance companies. Lawsuit funding can help cover unexpected expenses while waiting for a case to settle. Lawsuit Financial provides financial assistance to families while they pursue litigation for the wrongful death of a loved one. Our litigation funding professionals will evaluate your wrongful death lawsuit funding and can typically provide the funds you need within 24 – 48 hours of case evaluation. Call us toll free at 1-877-377-SUIT (7848) for a free analysis of your situation. The call is free; the advice is priceless!

December 7, 2009

Two Road Construction Workers Killed by Pick-Up on I-75 in Tennessee

A $5 million lawsuit has been filed by Brasha Bowman on December 3, 2009, in the wrongful death of Jeffrey Brian Thompson II. Ms. Bowman, the girlfriend of Mr. Thompson, filed the lawsuit against James R. Hatfield and his employer, T and T Trucking on behalf of their young daughter, Zoey.

On November 9, Mr. Thompson, 19, and a co-worker, Cheyenne Dakota Burke, 18, were tightening a barrier cable in the median of I-75, in Tennessee, when James Hatfield veered off the southbound lanes and struck them. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene. They were employed by Lu, Inc. of Kingston Springs, TN at the time of the accident. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Hatfield was speeding and failed to be in control of his pick-up truck. It further states that he fell asleep, was under the influence, or was texting while driving. The lawsuit also contends that Mr. Hatfield violated flashing signals and a no passing zone in the area. Mr. Hatfield was employed by T and T Trucking at the time of the accident.

Reports state that Mr. Hatfield’s truck went off the roadway, struck the two workers and knocked down numerous metal fence posts before coming to rest about 100 yards from the initial impact point, investigators said. Investigators say they are thankful for the barrier cable, which kept the truck from entering the northbound lanes. Investigators will, hopefully, reconstruct exactly how this accident happened. There were no skid marks, but there were tire marks in the median. As standard procedure, authorities gave Mr. Hatfield a blood test. They are also looking into the possibility that Hatfield suffered a medical condition. Maybe the results will tell them more about this tragic incident. Could the loss of these two young lives have been avoided?

Lawsuit Financial extends its deepest sympathies to the families of Mr. Thompson and Mr. Burke. Highway construction workers put their lives at risk on a daily basis for the safety of others. Unfortunately, incidents like this occur far too often. Driver error is one of the most common causes of auto accidents. The death of Mr. Thompson and Mr. Burke is a reminder of how dangerous our roadways can be, and the importance of driving safely and responsibly.

Lawsuit Financial urges everyone to practice safe driving habits and act responsibly behind the wheel. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or a loved one is killed in an auto accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. It is important to contact an attorney that specializes in auto accident litigation. But what do you do when your auto accident or wrongful death lawsuit is pending and you have financial obligations you can’t meet? Lawsuit Financial provides financial support to accident victims and their families while they await settlement or other case resolution. Our goal is to reduce the financial pressures to settle a case too quickly and for too little. Our trained professional and para-professional staff will be happy to review your situation for free. Contact Lawsuit Financial at 1-877-377-SUIT (7848) or visit us at www.lawsuitfinancial.com for a no obligation consultation. The call or visit is free; the advice is priceless.

October 20, 2009

Construction Site Accidents: Philadelphia Lift Accident Demonstrates Need for Lawsuit Funding

An elderly woman, walking to the supermarket, was seriously injured by debris falling from the crash of an aerial lift into the roof of an apartment building in Philadelphia. The woman saw debris coming toward her, lifted her forearm for protection, and the impact of the boom broke her arm and crushed her elbow. She fell to the ground and got pounded with bricks and debris, suffering a fracture of her spine in the process.

Yesterday, Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman and Smalley, P.C., her retained attorneys, filed notice of suit against those responsible for the October 12, 2009 incident; formal suit filing is expected within 30 days. Besides Rosen, two others were injured and aerial-lift operator, James Wilson, was killed..

According to witnesses, Wilson was repairing loose masonry on a church building. A huge wheel of the lift platform ran over a fiberglass and cement cable TV box that was embedded in the sidewalk. The weight of the lift broke the cover of the box; the lift destabilized and fell, scattering debris. Wilson was killed when the lift crashed into a truck with Wilson still harnessed to the lift seat.

Rosen's attorneys called her injuries "significant" and "substantial" but declined further comment until doctors examine her and render a prognosis.

This lawsuit will be filed against the construction company and the church under construction. Commercial construction accident cases are hard fought "David vs Goliath" type lawsuits. The innocent victim, in this case, Ms. Rosen, typically retains an attorney on a contingency fee basis, so legal fees and costs do not cause financial hardship. But what about medical and hospital expense? What about rehabilitation expenses? What about wage loss? How does the typical accident victim pay his/her ordinary and extraordinary expenses? How does he/she support a family when there is no money coming in and a mountain of new medical expenses have to be paid?

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October 16, 2009

$2.5 Million Dollar Jury Award in Paxil Lawsuit

There are over 600 cases pending across the country against pharmaceutical giant Glaxo, alleging that the company continued to promote and sell the popular antidepressant, Paxil, and, while doing so, knew about and withheld evidence that the drug caused severe birth defects. The first of these cases has been tried to a verdict in Philidelphia.

Glaxo must pay $2.5 million to settle a claim that Paxil caused significant heart defects in a 3-year-old boy. Michelle David alleged that her son, Lyam Kilker, suffers from life-threatening heart defects as the result of her ingestion of Paxil while she was pregnant. After his birth, Lyam was hospitalized for several months so that doctors could repair his heart. As he grows, he will, most likely, require additional surgeries. A Philadelphia jury deliberated for seven hours before reaching the verdict. The jury refused to award punitive damages, finding Glaxo negligent, but not guilty of "outrageous conduct". Glaxo promises an appeal and issued the following statement:

“While we sympathize with Lyam Kilker and his family, the scientific evidence does not establish that exposure to Paxil during pregnancy caused his condition. Very unfortunately, birth defects occur in 3 to 5 percent of all live births, whether or not the mother was taking medication during pregnancy."

Active ingredients in Paxil have been linked to a host of health problems, including a higher occurrence of pulmonary hypertension, and abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs that can lead to heart failure.

David and Lyam’s attorneys, Sean Tracey of Houston and Jamie Sheller of the Philadelphia firm Sheller P.C., argued that Glaxo withheld information from consumers and regulators regarding the risk of birth defects and failed to properly test Paxil.


Paxil was initially classified as a drug with no known link to increased birth defects from its introduction in 1992. However, in 2005, the FDA began warning that Paxil may be associated with birth defects and strengthened its warning.

There are hundreds of remaining cases and attorneys representing Plaintiffs across the country will continue to press juries for a punitive damage award. The next trial is scheduled for next month in Philadelphia. The stage is set for a long battle over this controversial drug.

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October 13, 2009

Rolex Leads to Wrongful Death?

How’s this for a bizzare case? Jerry Kubena, Sr. was suffering from a heart attack when he was admitted to St. Joseph's Medical Center on June 1. Dr. Cleveland Enmon was on staff in the emergency room at the time Kubena was admitted, and was the attending physician. Two nurses working alongside Dr. Enmon noticed that Kubena was wearing a Rolex watch. Later, when Dr. Enmon pronounced Kubena dead, the nurses noticed Kubena’s watch was missing. The nurses suspected Dr. Enmon had stolen the watch, and this was confirmed on hospital surveillance cameras. The children of Mr. Kubena have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Enmon, stating that the doctor intentionally abandoned efforts to save their father and save his life in order to steal his Rolex watch, estimated to be valued at $11,000 to $45,000.

"Enmon abandoned his efforts to resuscitate (the) decedent and decided instead to satisfy his narcissistic desires by stealing the wristwatch", said Stockton attorney Jeffrey Silvia, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in San Francisco Superior Court. The suit was filed against Dr. Enmon, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, and Catholic Healthcare West, which owns the hospital.

The family alleges that Enmon ceased efforts that could have saved Kubena’s life in order to steal the watch, and the hospital attempted to cover up the incident after Enmon had been fired. The lawsuit charges the hospital and its owners with conspiracy, negligent hiring and supervision. The Kubena family is seeking compensatory damages for their loss, and pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship. They are also seeking punitive damages for negligence, fraud, and breach of care.

This was, quite possibly, a needless death. It is certainly questionable whether Mr. Kubena received proper care, or whether with proper care, he could have survived, but his actions, if proven, are inexcusable. And, if these acts weren't bad enough, the medical center, according to the lawsuit, conspired to cover up Dr. Enmon's acts, and this makes the Kubena family’s grief and suffering that much more unbearable. In the midst of the investigation over the missing watch, they were unable to grieve at their father’s bedside. If Mr. Kubena was wearing a Timex watch, would his heart may still be ticking today?

The grief that follows the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming. The last thing family members want to think about after the death of a loved one is the expenses (funeral expenses, medical bills, outstanding household bills and charges) to be settled, as they try to adjust to life without a loved one. When you think you may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of a family member or loved one, one of the first things you should do is consult with an experienced wrongful death lawyer. A wrongful death lawyer can help you get through the legal complexities, so you can focus on the grieving. If you do not know an attorney who specializes in wrongful death lawsuits, Lawsuit Financial has excellent legal referral sources all over the country and will locate a legal specialist in your area within 24-48 hours. This is a free service. Seeking compensation may take longer than expected, especially when dealing with large corporations and their insurance companies. Legal finance services can help the surviving family members by covering unexpected expenses while waiting for repayment, contingent upon settlement of the case. The family can focus on healing from their loss rather than calculating expenses and rushing to or worrying about how they will pay their bill. Lawsuit Financial provides financial assistance to families while they pursue litigation for the wrongful death of a loved one. A series of Lawsuit funding can provide valuable financial assistance to the family of the victim. Our litigation funding professionals will evaluate your wrongful death lawsuit funding request to see if you qualify for a cash advance, a series of cash advances, and how much your case can afford. Call us toll free at 1-877-377-SUIT (7848) for a free analysis of your situation. The call is free; the advice is priceless!

September 21, 2009

Semi-Truck Accident Results in Two Wrongful Deaths

Attorney Steve Laird, of Fort Worth, TX has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Melissa Hinkle, claiming that the Texas state highway department and others negligently contributed to the wrongful death of Ms. Hinkle’s 13-year-old son, Casey Hinkle, and her 63-year-old father, Gervious Dale Hinkle. Ms. Hinkle was also injured in the semi-truck accident and has received extensive medical treatments, according to the lawsuit. Even though her visible injuries are fading, the emotional damage she suffered from losing her only son and her father may never heal.


The accident took place on a stretch of Interstate 35, which was undergoing repairs six miles south of Gainesville. Mrs. Hinkle’s Ford Explorer was hit by a semi-truck as it entered the construction zone. The lawsuit claims that the repair work "created a traffic jam that backed up for miles" prior to the wreck.

Ms. Hinkle is suing five parties, including the driver of the truck, the company for which the driver worked, the company that had the contract to perform the construction work on the interstate bridge, and the Texas Department of Transportation. The lawsuit alleges that the construction company, KKM Construction, Inc., caused a traffic jam which backed up interstate traffic for miles at the time of the accident. Randy Crume, the driver of the truck, was driving too fast as he entered the construction area, causing him to crash into Hinkle’s SUV.

Mr. Laird said:

"Ms. Hinkle is filing this lawsuit with the hope that it will bring change and prevent something like this tragedy from happening to another family. Every defendant in this case had a hand in these unnecessary deaths, and we intend to make sure they are held accountable. This has to stop before more innocent people are killed. What makes it so tragic is that it was preventable. The Texas Department of Transportation didn’t have an adequate safety traffic control plan in place which allowed for these accidents to happen.”

Trucking accidents cause thousands of catastrophic and devastating injuries and deaths each year, resulting in lawsuits which can often take an extended time to settle. Each year, over 8 million registered semi trucks travel over 200,000 million miles on the road in the United States and more than a half of a million truck accidents occur. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 130,000 people are injured and 5,000 people are killed in semi truck crashes involving passenger vehicles. When truck accidents occur, the occupants of cars are most likely injured due to the size and weight of large commercial big rig trucks.

Here are some common reasons for semi-truck accidents:

* Limited visibility
* Fatigue
* Speed
* Improper lane change
* Failure to yield right of way
* Aggressive driving
* Bad weather conditions
* Drug or alcohol abuse
* Tire blowouts
* Poorly trained or inexperienced truck drivers
* Overloaded trucks
* Brake problems or defects
* Malfunctioning equipment, like signal lights or brake lights
* Traveling in reverse


If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an auto accident or semi-truck accident, consult an attorney who specializes in this area of the law; protect your legal rights and preserve the evidence resulting from the accident. It is very frustrating to negotiate with an insurance company, and, in my humble opinion, a lawyer is always necessary to hold an insurance company fully accountable and achieve a fair settlement. If you can't locate such a specialist, I recommend that you visit the Lawsuit Financial website, highlight "plaintiffs" on the home page, and click on "Lawsuit Financial Attorney Referral Program". Complete an easy application or call 1-877-377-SUIT (7848), toll free, and we will have a specialist in your area within 24-48 hours.

But what if you are injured or disabled? What if you continue to miss work or have lost your job? What if you have mounting medical bills, mortgage payments, household bills, or even worse ─ funeral expenses? The financial strain not only seriously impacts your life, it also impacts your case. A financially desperate plaintiff is not in a favorable position regarding settlement negotiations; this person will often settle for too little, too soon. So, how do you survive ─ financially while you wait for a trial or a settlement?

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September 16, 2009

Malpractice Lawsuit Filed for Failure to Diagnose Resulting in Loss of Leg

A medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed against Orthopedics Northeast by an Indiana woman, Jeanette Presley, claiming that a misdiagnosis caused the loss of a limb. Presley and her husband, Allen, filed the suit seeking damages for negligence relating to the misdiagnosis of a developing vascular problem in her leg.

Jeanette Presley went to Orthopedics Northeast three times in March, 2006, with the signs and symptoms of a vascular anomaly. The medical staff failed to correctly diagnose the condition on three prior visits. On April 10, 2006, Presley was admitted to Parkview Hospital for loss of blood flow to her right foot and an acute clot in the artery supplying the knee and thigh. Three days later, doctors had to amputate her leg above the knee.

In her suit, Presley claims that Orthopedics Northeast: (a) failed to perform tests which would have confirmed the loss of blood flow to her foot, (b) failed to recognize the lack of a pulse in her foot, and (c) failed to provide a timely referral to a vascular surgeon or cardiologist. The Presleys are seeking damages for medical expenses, income loss, and physical pain. The lawsuit was filed, in July of this year, only after Jeanette Presley received a ruling from the state’s Medical Review Panel that Orthopedics Northeast “failed to comply with appropriate standards of care.”

I don’t know the financial status of Jeanette and her husband, Allen Presley, resulting from Jeannette’s inability to work and her extraordinary medical expenses; assuming a similarly situated couple would experience financial problems as a result, this case is a perfect example where pre-settlement lawsuit funding could help avoid the pressure of accepting an early settlement that offers too little. This case already extends back three years, and the suit was just filed. What if it takes longer than expected to resolve? What if the couple can't get a quick trial date or an early, satisfactory settlement offer? They would, simply, contact Lawsuit Financial, complete an application, and Lawsuit Financial will do the rest; we will contact the attorney, obtain the information needed to make a legal funding decision, and contact the client with our decision within 24 hours of receipt of the information. It’s that simple.

While no amount of money can replace what you've lost because of a misdiagnosis, nondiagnosis or other type of medical malpractice, Lawsuit Financial can help with your financial obligations while your suit is pending. Some victims and/or their families are too often left with mounting bills and few options. Lawsuit Financial was created to help plaintiffs in their financial time of need. Simply put, our litigation funding program allows a plaintiff to remain in a case longer in order to pursue a larger settlement. We put you in a position to negotiate the settlement you deserve. We guarantee a case recovery equal to the amount of money we advance. If you lose your personal injury case, you owe us nothing! We are one of the few legal finance companies with the expertise (33 years combined legal and litigation funding experience) to provide medical malpractice lawsuit funding.

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July 21, 2009

Excessive Taser Use on Minors Prompts Litigation: Taser Reform to Follow?

Police officers have a duty to protect and serve the members of the communities they work for. However, time and again, it seems that a number of officers may use excessive force against those they have sworn to protect; many instances of this excessive use of force involve the use of tasers. Even more disturbing, is the use of tasers on minors, which may lead to serious physical and mental injury to a child. This concern failed to prevent two police officers from tasering 3 children in Southern Illinois, an event that has lead to litigation.

According to a recently filed lawsuit, two officers responded to a call at an adolescent center in Jefferson County, Illinois. Upon their arrival at the scene, they pushed 2 minors onto their beds and tasered them, allegedly, without provocation. According to a spokesperson at the adolescent center, the children had committed no crime and had been linked to no wrongdoing.

This lawsuit raises the important issue of non-lethal use of force by police. Tasers are not meant to kill, however, various studies have shown that their use, especially on children and younger adults, can lead to serious injury. This has not stopped certain police officers from using these weapons with little regard for safety. Police administrators should consider the cost of taser use, as well as appropriate regulation and training. Tasers are not toys; rather they can be a dangerous, sometimes deadly, weapon.

Police officer use of tasers requires restraint and absolute necessity. Taser use should be restricted to controlling only those that pose a threat to others. Proper training in the use and power of tasers should be implemented to all officers. Until stricter regulation of taser use is enacted (or enforced, where regulation already exists), occurrences like the one that prompted the above mentioned lawsuit will continue. Hopefully, this lawsuit, and others like it can bring focus to this issue and a common sense approach to taser use by law enforcement.

Lawsuit Financial supports any effort made by local and national police associations to regulate the use of tasers and train officers to use them appropriately. We call on state and federal legislators to enact appropriate legislation to limit the use of tasers and punish abusers. Police officers should be about making all of us safer; they should be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

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March 19, 2009

Wild Animals as Pets? Prepare for Litigation! Animal Attack Cases are Excellent Candidates for Lawsuit Funding

It was inevitable; the family of the victim of the now famous chimp attack has filed a $50 Million lawsuit against the chimp owner. The lawsuit alleges that the chimp's owner, Sandra Herold, knew that the chimp had "exhibited aggressive behavior" to other people in the past and had "failed to take sufficient actions to safeguard third parties from the wild animal". The victim and the chimp's owner were friends and the chimp, named Travis, which weighed a hefty 200 pounds, had been a family pet since infancy.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of plaintiff, Charla Nash, by the firm of Willinger, Willinger and Bucci who have petitioned the court to freeze the defendant's assets. A key issue in the case is whether a "wild" animal should ever be a pet in someone's home. In this case, that theory could be buttressed if the alleged prior "aggressive behavior" can be demonstrated. Attorney Charles Willinger, a named partner in plaintiff's law firm said that "these animals are wild, wild animals and have no business being in anyone's home". He stated that the dangerous condition presented by the wild animal creates strict liability in the case. The lawsuit describes the plaintiff's injuries as loss of both hands and traumatic facial injuries including loss of nose, upper and lower lips, eyelids and the bony structures in the face. The plaintiff is in critical condition at the Cleveland Clinic.

This lawsuit appears unusual; the elements of a chimpanzee or wild animal seem to make it so, but, in legal circles, animal attack cases are not at all unusual. This is very similar to a domestic dog or cat attack under homeowner liability and animal attack statutes. In most jurisdictions, homeowners are strictly liable for injuries resulting from unprovoked pet attacks against social or business invitees. The law is very clear and simple in cases like this and strict liability (if there was no provocation) will probably apply here. The fact that this was a wild animal might result in a finding of gross negligence in this case, and may outrage the trier of fact, but that may be the only real difference between wild and domestic animal cases.

Lawsuit Financial Corporation is a leading provider of lawsuit funding for dog bite cases and will provide lawsuit financing for any animal attack victim where provocation is not a serious issue and where there is a valid homeowners insurance policy.

Why might a victim need lawsuit funding you ask? Because insurance companies have money, power and all the time in the world. The money allocated to settle the victim's case will sit in their bank account until they are forced to pay it. A broke and disabled plaintiff is not a positive influence on settlement negotiations and, without lawsuit financial support, the plaintiff might not be able to hold out for full case value. A timely lawsuit cash advance may prevent an early and cheap settlement of the case and assist the plaintiff in achieving a full value recovery; that is the result that Lawsuit Financial seeks to achieve every single time it participates in an injury case. Call Lawsuit Financial, toll free, at 1-877-377-SUIT (7848) and get free, professional advice about your legal funding situation. Or visit us on the web at www.lawsuitfinancial.com.

May 29, 2008

$20 Million Police Brutality Lawsuit Filed in Death of Citizen-Lawsuit Financing Candidate?

The family of a motor cycle club member who was Tasered to death by the San Jose Police has filed a $20 Million dollar federal court lawsuit against the City of San Jose, its police chief and the company that made the electric stun gun. The lawsuit alleges that Steve Salinas, 47, was beaten excessively and Tasered to death despite the fact that he was unarmed and did not resist. The suit also accuses charges that police training and policies encourage racial profiling and violence against those racially profiled. The incident occurred over one year ago and police involved have continued to maintain that Salinas did resist arrest and that they used appropriate police procedures restrain him.

The county coroner's office ruled that Salinas, who apparently had a pre-existing heart condition, died of cardiopulmonary arrest during a violent physical struggle while under the influence of PCP. The medical examiner opined that the Taser stunning was an "other significant condition," but fell short of saying that it was a contributing factor to his death.

Since 2004, there have been many similar incidents involving Tasers, citizens and the San Jose Police; 5 deaths have occurred and similar lawsuits have been filed. San Jose police say that Tasers are appropriate when dealing with violent suspects and have cut down on injuries and the use of firearms. In the Salinas case, a previous criminal investigation by the district attorney's office resulted in no criminal charges being filed against the officers.


The family's attorney, Dale Galipo, said "The use of excessive force against individuals by police officers is totally out of control...Since police officers are virtually never criminally prosecuted or disciplined for using excessive force, even when the force results in an individual's death, the only recourse the family has is to file a civil rights lawsuit against the involved police officers and the involved policy agency."

I don't know Mr. Galipo, but I have to agree with him. It is ludicrous for local government agencies to investigate and prosecute the conduct of "one of their own"; it is, in my humble opinion, a conflict in interest. There have been many instances where a finding of no criminal responsibility, with or without criminal charges being filed or a criminal trial being held, has not prevented the filing of a civil lawsuit and/or the award of substantial money damages (remember O.J.?).

Police Misconduct or Brutality cases are difficult cases that often result in serious injury or death to the victims. Lawsuit Financial has provided legal finance to several victims of police misconduct and has particular expertise in evaluating and funding these types of cases. For a free case funding analysis of your police misconduct or police brutality lawsuit, or any other type of personal injury lawsuit, please call us toll free, at 1-877-377-SUIT (7848) or visit us on the web at www.lawsuitfinancial.com.

May 23, 2008

Off Duty Police Officer Shoots 8 Year Old-Police Misconduct Lawsuit Filed

The family of an eight year old boy who was shot by an off duty police officer, has filed a police misconduct lawsuit in federal court in San Diego, CA. The lawsuit was filed against off-duty San Diego police officer Frank White, the city of San Diego, the San Diego Police Department and its police chief. It seeks damages “in an amount sufficient to punish and to make an example” and seeks changes in department policies, such as regulating off-duty officers' ability to carry firearms and implementing psychological testing for officers with blemished records.

The shooting was, apparently, the culmination of a road rage incident in Oceanside, CA. Oceanside police say that the child's mother has a .15 blood-alcohol level at the time of the incident and followed White into a Lowe's parking lot in Oceanside and sideswiped his car after he displayed a firearm. The City of San Diego is taking the position that the incident was the mother's fault. "It's really hard to understand why the taxpayers of San Diego would be required to be financially responsible for what happened", said the San Diego City Attorney. No charges have been filed against Ms. Silva.

Police Brutality or Police Misconduct cases are tough cases to prove. People simply do not want to believe that those who are sworn to uphold the law will, sometimes, break it, or, in a lesser sense, perform their duties negligently. An experienced attorney, specializing in this type of litigation is an absolute necessity. If you have a potential police misconduct case and you don't have an attorney, Lawsuit Financial can refer you to a specialist, nationwide. If you have an attorney and have filed a police misconduct lawsuit, as was the case here, Lawsuit funding may be available to you, if injury or disability caused by the incident results in financial distress. If you qualify, you don't have to wait to resolve your lawsuit to get the money you need; Lawsuit Financial will look at your case, work with your attorney, and provide the legal funding necessary to relieve the financial pressure to settle early and cheap. We also provide litigation funding for Auto Accident victims and all other personal injury victims with pending lawsuits. Call us, toll free, at 1-877-377-SUIT (7848), and talk to an experienced legal finance representative for free. Or, visit us on the web at www.lawsuitfinancial.com. We will do everything in our power to assist you.


April 16, 2008

Fatal Auto Accident: Washington State Corrections Department Pays Big

The Washington State Corrections Department has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle a lawsuit over a fatal auto accident occurring in Seattle in 2004. A 55 year old woman died when her Honda collided head-on with a large SUV driven by an offender under state supervision. Investigators determined that the offender was drunk. The offender was previously convicted of vehicular homicide and is serving a nine-year sentence for his crime.

While officials contended that he was meeting the conditions of his supervision at the time of the automobile crash, the lawsuit plaintiffs asserted that the state risk assessment was faulty. Apparently, the family and an obviously skilled plaintiff's attorney gave the state 850,000 reasons to finally agree.

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This 2004 fatal auto accident lawsuit was settled in 2008. The case took almost four years to resolve successfully. If the woman was the family breadwinner, a fatal auto accident would have very likely caused significant financial hardship for her surviving family members. Lawsuit funding could have been used to bridge the significant financial gap between the date of the accident and the date of the receipt of settlement funds. Lawsuit financing was, apparently, not utilized by this unfortunate family. Lawsuit Financial could have provided one or several non-recourse litigation cash advances against the pending litigation, if the need for such pre-settlement funding had existed. Periodic lawsuit cash advances would have taken away the financial pressure,brought on by the accident, to settle the case early and cheap. Had the lawsuit failed, the family would have owed nothing for the lawsuit funding and could have kept the advanced lawsuit cash free of charge. Lawsuit Financial is a premier provider of lawsuit funding in the United States. Call 1-877-377-SUIT (7848) to discuss your case funding situation, or, visit us on the web at www.lawsuitfinancial.com

April 14, 2008

Product Liability Drug Company Tort Immunity: A Bad Idea for Victims

Diana Levine won her Drug Liability Lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Wyeth. Diana was a muscian who lost her arm to gangrene when she was injected with a Wyeth developed drug. Now, her own government has partnered with Wyeth to challenge her victory in the US Supreme Court. Why? Because your President and his well-heeled pro-business cronies want to make the extremely flawed FDA (Food & Drug Administration) the supreme commander and chief of all things related to drug development and safety. They don't just want to see Diana Levine get first maimed, then totally screwed; they want to screw the entire US drug ingesting population and create national immunity for the drug industry. They want the US Supreme Court to rule that a drug, if FDA approved, is immune from liability, anywhere in the US. This, despite the fact that the FDA's own advisory board found, last year, that it was "underfunded and understaffed" and was "putting US consumers at risk". Did you know that drug companies actually pay significant dollars to the FDA to review their application quickly? They have also spent tens of millions in federal lobbying efforts. What a system!

The threat of an expensive lawsuit has long been the only "check and balance" against the trampling of citizen's rights by large corporate concerns. Right wing legislators, lobbyists, and jurists have been trampling on those rights for years under the fiction that there is "lawsuit abuse" in this country. Our citizens are in danger of losing all of their civil liberties and seem to care less!

Right now, the only state in the US that gives drug companies a total pass on liability is my own state, Michigan, where "tort reform" has virtually destroyed the public's right to pursue tort litigation in auto accident cases, premises liability cases, medical malpractice cases, government liability cases, and other types of product liability cases. None of these very extreme cases of reform prevent all litigation like drug immunity does. And the result? Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer (who this right wing, pro-business legislation pandered to) moved out of the state, taking thousands of jobs with it. These people are despicable! MIchigan citizens are suffering greatly from this form of corporate welfare. If the Supreme Court votes the way the President wants them to, I strongly suggest that you write your federal congress persons and senators and tell them to legislate against federal drug immunity. Call Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, MIchigan's Senators and ask them how total drug immunity has worked in Michigan. I also suggest that you consider voting Democratic in November, so that the next Supreme Court Justice appointed is one who will champion the Constitution and all of the people, not just the wealthiest corporations among us.

Lawsuit Financial Corporation provides lawsuit funding for litigants while they wait for their cases to resolve. The company is also involved with state and national justice organizations to promote justice for accident victims. For more information or a free analysis of your case funding situation, call 1-877-377-SUIT (7848) or visit our website at www.lawsuitfinancial.com


April 9, 2008

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Alleges Hot Water Bottle Burns Baby

A million dollar Medical Malpractice Lawsuit has been filed on the island of Trinidad. The negligence lawsuit against Mt. Hope Women's Hospital alleges that at about this time, last year, a newborn (the oldest of a set of twins) suffered second degree burns from shoulder to wrist, caused by a hot water bottle. Apparently, hot water bottles are placed in the incubator in which premature babies are kept, to maintain a certain temperature (an antiquated method of keeping an incubator warm). Following an investigation by the Minister of Health, a nurse and and nurse's assistant were fired and the CEO of the North-West Regional Health Authority apologized to the child's parents. The suit seeks aggravated and exemplary damages for negligence and personal injuries.

In this age of tort reform, incidents like this continue to occur at an alarming rate. Personal injury attorneys and victims' rights advocates must continue to fight these reforms on the local and national level. It is strongly recommended that you join the national trial lawyers association (American Association for Justice) and/or your local or state trial lawyers association. Contribute to their Justice Pacs; send letters to your state and federal representatives and ask your clients to do so, as well. Support legislative changes to anti-justice legislation. Lobby against proposed anti-justice pro big business legislation. A national trial lawyer effort is necessary to win this battle. Lawsuit Financial Corporation CEO, Mark Bello, is a member of the American and Michigan Associations for Justice and a substantial Michigan JPAC contributor. Lawsuit funding is a service that provides non-recourse financial assistance to litigants; the ability of a litigation plaintiff to pursue his/her rights in litigation is an extremely important, fundamental right. Fear of trial lawyers and personal injury litigation are huge deterrents to the kind of conduct that resulted in this child's injury. Hopefully, this Medical Malpractice Lawsuit will resolve successfully and serve to prevent such an occurrence from ever happening again.


April 8, 2008

Class Action Lawsuit Over Tips Makes for Good Law Practice Tip

A Boston attorney will seek class action status after a federal jury awarded her clients, 9 American Airlines skycaps, $325,000 in lost tips after the airline instituted a $2 per bag curbside check in fee at Logan International. In another "tip" development, Starbucks Coffee got sued by New York City Barristas in U.S. District Court, for the tip sharing policy that resulted in a $100 Million ruling by a California judge. That ruling is currently being appealed and Starbucks is referring to the NYC lawsuit and others like around the country as "copycat lawsuits". It vows to vigorously defend the litigation.

Practice Tip: Attorneys should examine whether their clients' cases are unique to that client or might represent a broader, systemic legal issue effecting other similarly situated potential litigation plaintiffs. By making the client a representative plaintiff in a broader class action, attorneys can turn a small case into a large one, a small fee into an enormous one, provide needed legal assistance to many rather than one, and receive significant publicity to boot. It is certainly something that any attorney should consider. If an attorney is considering pursuing a class action, but lacks legal funding to do it, the attorney should consider a lawsuit advance from Lawsuit Financial. Lawsuit Financing is available for various types of litigation including Auto Accidents, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, Construction Accidents, Airplane Crashes, Train Crashes, Dog Bites, Breach of Contract, Maritime Litigation and more. Litigation Funding is an important practice tool if it is used correctly and strategically. Lawsuit Financial offers free advice on the best use of this valuable service for legal professionals and their clients