News — Minor Impact

Important New Study Clarifies Science of "Minor Impact" or "MIST" Cases

Important New Study Clarifies Science of "Minor Impact" or "MIST" Cases
Important new research on "minor impact" cases: "the injury risk of real-world minimal damage rear impact crashes was estimated to be at least 2000 times greater than for any ADL. The results of our analysis indicate that the principle underlying the biomechanical injury causation approach, that occupant acceleration is a proxy for injury risk, is scientifically invalid. The biomechanical approach to injury causation in minimal damage crashes invariably results in the vast underestimation of the actual risk of such crashes, and should be discontinued as it is a scientifically invalid practice."
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New Reptile in MIST Cases Webinar by David Ball and Gary Johnson

New Reptile in MIST Cases Webinar by David Ball and Gary Johnson

Auto cases the insurers designate as "Minor impact" due to minimal visible vehicle damage are amongst the most difficult plaintiff cases to win, despite there being no correlation between vehicle damage and occupant injury.

Join trial consultant David Ball and veteran trial lawyer Gary Johnson for a webinar called "Reptile in MIST Cases." This webinar will discuss the use of the Reptile method to win "Minor Impact Soft Tissue" cases.

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Overcoming "Minor Impact" Defenses in Auto Cases Live Webinar CLE

Overcoming "Minor Impact" Defenses in Auto Cases Live Webinar CLE
Many motor vehicle cases involve cases with "minimal" vehicle damage. In the early 1990s State Farm, Allstate and others started handling these claims differently as "minor impact" or "Minor Impact Soft Tissue" (MIST) cases.  Insurers started making little or no offers on these cases, despite US government data showing people are being injured in these crashes.  As Allstate's profits soared the rest of the auto insurers followed.  Lawyers started rejecting these cases, despite a huge number of people being injured every year in these crashes.
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New! Error Odds: Exposing the Lack of Accuracy in Malingering Tests

Trial Guides introduces Error Odds: Exposing the Lack of Accuracy in Malingering Tests, a continuing legal education webinar recording featuring Dr. Michael D. Freeman, Ph.D., MPH, D.C.

Your client is hurt, but the defense claims that his/her injury could not have resulted from the impact—that your client is malingering. Sound familiar? Join Dr. Michael D. Freeman, noted doctor, expert witness and author of Litigating Minor Soft Tissue Impact Cases for this CLE course on the Error Odds test and the lack of accuracy in malingering tests.

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Mastering Motor Vehicle Cases

Mastering Motor Vehicle Cases

Trial Guides is pleased to present an intensive two-day seminar on handling motor vehicle cases with Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq.

The seminar will cover advanced topics in how to handle motor vehicle cases in a modern insurance environment. As author of the definitive text on Colossus, DeShaw will discuss how claims are segmented at auto insurers, and how each of these claims is handled.

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Former Casualty Manager Testifies Against Allstate - Cites Good Hands to Boxing Gloves Claim Handling

Former Casualty Manager Testifies Against Allstate - Cites Good Hands to Boxing Gloves Claim Handling
Former casualty manager testifies against Allstate
By Brandon Ortiz
Allstate's claims practices sent injury victims to biased doctors and
subjected them to intimidating interviews and invasive medical record
requests in an effort to bully them into accepting low-ball offers for
their pain and suffering, a former Lexington casualty manager
testified yesterday.
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CNN Investigative Report Exposes Insurance Claim Denials - Cites Trial Guides' From Good Hands to Boxing Gloves

CNN Investigative Report Exposes Insurance Claim Denials - Cites Trial Guides' From Good Hands to Boxing Gloves
On February 7, 2007, CNN released its findings from an 18 month investigation into Allstate and State Farm Insurance, and the companies' decision to deny claims to increase profits. The feature focuses on the Trial Guides book From Good Hands to Boxing Gloves, and features co-authors David Berardinelli, Esq. and Dr. Michael Freeman.
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