News — Settlement

Years of Experience Learned in Hours – A Review of Running with the Bulls

Years of Experience Learned in Hours – A Review of Running with the Bulls
Running With The Bulls is a book intended to teach trial lawyers how to maximize possible settlements. In the modern world of a trial lawyer, 99% of cases will settle before going in front of a jury. In times past, lawyers would try upwards of 100 jury trials per year. Now, it’s not uncommon for a firm that handles a smaller number of cases to not see a jury at all during a year.
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Settle Your Case with Advance Depositions

Settle Your Case with Advance Depositions

With over 99% of civil legal cases settling before jury verdict, Trial Guides asked some of its authors to comment about how their book can be used not just in trial, but how to settle your case using their methods. An Interview with Paul Scoptur, co-author of Advanced Depositions: Strategy and Practice Obtaining Maximum Settlement Offers After Deposition By taking exceptional depositions, you get excellent settlements. A book on advanced depositions helps you get better settlement value on your case. Whether or not the case goes to trial, you have to do this anyway. You need to neutralize or take...

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How Nick Rowley and Team Obtain 8 Figure Settlements

How Nick Rowley and Team Obtain 8 Figure Settlements
Trial Guides author Nick Rowley recently obtained a $29.25 million settlement against State Farm Insurance for a motorcyclist after State Farm rejected a policy limits demand of $1.25 million and failed to protect its insured driver from litigation. This follows a $10.25 million settlement in December and a $2,551,000 settlement within thirty days of coming into another case where the insurance company had previously refused to pay a $300,000 settlement demand. As is often the case, Nick told us that much of the credit for these outcomes belongs to the other lawyers in his office, his co-counsel, and his staff.
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Rick Friedman, Michael Haddad, and Julia Sherwin Obtain Record $8.3 Million Dollar Settlement

Rick Friedman, Michael Haddad, and Julia Sherwin Obtain Record $8.3 Million Dollar Settlement
Rick Friedman and co-­counsel Michael Haddad and Julia Sherwin (Haddad and Sherwin, LLP) have settled a difficult case with the largest reported civil rights wrongful death settlement in California history after almost four years in litigation. The case settled for $8.3 million after the first week of a ten ­week trial. Trial Guides interviewed Rick Friedman to share his insights on the case.
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Nick Rowley on Settlement Using Trial by Human

Nick Rowley on Settlement Using Trial by Human
“You won’t get the top dollar settlements if the opposition doesn’t fear you as a trial lawyer. You won’t get the top dollar settlements if you haven’t prepared your case for trial. The insurance companies have a system, they get reports, and they know what their risk exposure is. Settlements are based on risk assessment and the level of fear of loss that the defense decision makers have. Every book on trial law applies to working up your case, preparing it for mediation, taking effective depositions, doing an effective discovery, and getting the highest dollar settlements.
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Increasing Claim Value on Neck Injury Cases video

Increasing Claim Value on Neck Injury Cases video
Many personal injury practices center on spinal soft-tissue injuries. Most lawyers do not view these as valuable cases, but other lawyers obtain six-figure settlements and verdicts on the same type of soft-tissue injury cases. What would happen to your practice if you could spot more serious injuries, and then obtain objective evidence proving that these cases are worth much more than a few thousand dollars?
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State of the Law on Medicare Reimbursement Live Webinar CLE

State of the Law on Medicare Reimbursement Live Webinar CLE

Announcing a Live Medicare CLE webinar featuring Matt Garretson of the Garretson Resolution Group.

Is your firm in compliance with Medicare? The MMSEA (The Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007) ensures that Medicare is the secondary payer on settlements involving Medicare eligible claimants.

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Writing Demand Letters in Auto Cases Live Webinar CLE

Writing Demand Letters in Auto Cases Live Webinar CLE
In this webinar, Sinclair discusses how to improve your demand letters by basing your format and the information in the demand on the software that the insurer is using to evaluate your client’s claim. This presentation draws upon her expertise developed by seeing case files from all over the country, involving hundreds of different insurance adjusters and thousands of different health care providers.
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Announcing a New Version of the Colossus Forms CD for Doctors

Announcing a New Version of the Colossus Forms CD for Doctors

A new version of our popular Colossus Forms CD for doctors is being released today. It is an update to one of Trial Guides' earliest products.

The majority of all auto insurers in the U.S. use computerized assessment software to determine bodily injury settlement offers. Most of them conceal its use or allege they no longer use the software. The most widely used bodily injury claim software is called Colossus, but there are others regularly used by large insurers including Liability Navigator, and ClaimIQ. Colossus and other bodily...

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Bloomberg Details Widespread Insurance Claim Denials and Delays

Bloomberg Details Widespread Insurance Claim Denials and Delays

The following article is published in Bloomberg Markets [Since removed from the internet] It provides one of the most comprehensive public media stories covering the serious problems in the insurance industry in America caused by programs of defense, delay and denial of claims.

The Insurance Hoax

By David Dietz and Darrell Preston

Julie Tunnell remembers standing in her debris-strewn driveway when the tall man in blue jeans approached. Her northern San Diego tudor-style home had been incinerated a week earlier in the largest wildfire in California history. The blaze in October and November 2003 swept across an area 19 times the size of Manhattan, destroying 2,232 homes and killing 15 people. Now came another blow.

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Maximizing Auto Accident Settlement Offers

Maximizing Auto Accident Settlement Offers

Nearly 70% of auto accident cases in the U.S. are evaluated by bodily injury claims assessment software. Now there is a guide that helps you and your clients - triggering thousands of "value drivers," and helping you ethically maximize settlement offers based upon the facts of your clients' cases. What lawyers do not realize is that most auto insurers are using computer programs to determine their settlement offers in personal injury cases. Medical timeline demand letters do not work because the computer systems are looking for very specific case facts or factors, which are then entered into the computer system, which...

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Chiropractic Economics: Aaron DeShaw's Article on Bill Review Software in Personal Injury Cases

Chiropractic Economics: Aaron DeShaw's Article on Bill Review Software in Personal Injury Cases

Article in Chiropractic Economics:

An Excerpt from Billing and Procedure Denials: What Every Physician Needs to Know, by Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq.

"Have you ever played a game without knowing the rules? It’s difficult to win. Over the last 10 years, chiropractors have been playing a “game” with personal-injury insurers without knowing the rules.

Sometimes they win and get paid for their personal-injury (PI) and healthcare claims; sometimes they lose.

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Nebraska Association of Trial Lawyers Publishes Excerpt of Aaron DeShaw Colossus Text

Nebraska Association of Trial Lawyers Publishes Excerpt of Aaron DeShaw Colossus Text
The Prairie Barrister, publication of the Nebraska Association of Trial Lawyers, published the article "Negotiating a Non-Demonstrable Case - A study in Colossus" in its Fall 2005 edition. The article is based on our book Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know, by Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq., the definitive text on settling automobile claims with insurers using bodily injury claims software for the evaluation of claims.  The book is supplemented by the Colossus: Legal Forms CD.  DeShaw also has a video for lawyers on writing demand letters, optimized for the bodily injury claims evaluation.
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Chiropractic Economics Reviews Colossus: What Every Physician Needs to Know

Chiropractic Economics Reviews Colossus: What Every Physician Needs to Know

Book Review by Chiropractic Economics:

Colossus: What Every Physician Needs to Know
by Aaron DeShaw, DC, JD. Loose leaf, 465 pages.

According to the author, approximately 70 percent of auto injuries are evaluated by computer assessment software. The best known assessment software is known as Colossus.

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Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Publishes Excerpt of Aaron DeShaw's Colossus Text

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Publishes Excerpt of Aaron DeShaw's Colossus Text
Trial Talk, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association magazine, published the article "Negotiating a Non-Demonstrable Case" in its August/September 2005 edition. The article is based on our book Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know, by Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq., the definitive text on settling automobile claims with insurers using bodily injury claims software for the evaluation of claims.  The book is supplemented by the Colossus: Legal Forms CD.
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ATLA Motor Vehicle Collision Section publishes on Aaron DeShaw's Colossus Text

ATLA Motor Vehicle Collision Section publishes on Aaron DeShaw's Colossus Text
The ATLA newsletter of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway & Premises Liability Section, published the article "Soft tissue Cases in Colossus" in its Summer 2005 edition. The article is based on our book Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know, by Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq., the definitive text on settling automobile claims with insurers using bodily injury claims software for the evaluation of claims.  The book is supplemented by the Colossus: Legal Forms CD.
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Trial Briefs Publishes Excerpt on Aaron DeShaw's Colossus Text

Trial Briefs Publishes Excerpt on Aaron DeShaw's Colossus Text
Trial Briefs, the magazine of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, published an excerpt of our text Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know in the June 2005 edition. The book, by Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq., is the definitive text on settling automobile claims with insurers using bodily injury claims software for the evaluation of claims.  The book is supplemented by the Colossus: Legal Forms CD.
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The Gavel Publishes an Excerpt of Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know

The Gavel Publishes an Excerpt of Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know
The Gavel, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association magazine, published an excerpt of our text Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know in the Summer 2005 edition.
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The Verdict Publishes an Excerpt of Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know

The Verdict Publishes an Excerpt of Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know
The Verdict, the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers magazine, published a several page excerpt of our text Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know in the Summer 2005 edition.  The book was written by Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq.
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The Advocate publishes on Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know

The Advocate publishes on Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know
The Advocate, the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association magazine, published an excerpt of Aaron DeShaw's text Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know in the July/August 2005 edition.
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Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association Reviews Aaron DeShaw's Colossus Text

Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association Reviews Aaron DeShaw's Colossus Text
This month, Louisiana Advocates, the journal of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association published an excerpt of Aaron DeShaw's book Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know.
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Montana Trial Lawyers Association Publishes on the Colossus Text

Montana Trial Lawyers Association Publishes on the Colossus Text
This month, the Montana Trial Lawyers Association Journal "Trial Trends" published an excerpt of Aaron DeShaw's book Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know.
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The Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal publishes on Colossus Text

The Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal publishes on Colossus Text
This month, the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal published an excerpt of Aaron DeShaw's book Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know.
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Trial Guides publishes "Procedure & Billing Denials: What Every Physician Needs to Know"

Trial Guides publishes "Procedure & Billing Denials: What Every Physician Needs to Know"

Trial Guides is proud to announce its new book Procedure & Billing Denials: What Every Physician Needs to Know by Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq. 

The new book provides physicians & staff with the background necessary when dealing with a modern insurance company on a personal injury case. DeShaw describes procedures and codes frequently flagged by insurers, and insurance medical bill review software. The book also discusses coding methods and procedures which are flagged for audits, or rejected. DeShaw further discusses modern necessity for charting to substantiate treatment and reduce payment problems.

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New Colossus Form CD for Personal Injury Lawyers

New Colossus Form CD for Personal Injury Lawyers

A new legal Colossus forms CD is released today, to supplement the new book Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know.

Approximately 70 percent of all auto insurers in the U.S. use bodily injury assessment software to determine claim value. Most of them conceal its use. The most widely used bodily injury claim software is called Colossus, but there are others also used by large insurers including Claims Outcome Advisor.  Bodily injury assessment programs require specific information in order to generate claim value in a client's case.  

The Colossus Forms CD provides lawyers with the legal forms necessary when dealing with modern insurance companies on personal injury cases.

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New book on Colossus for Lawyers Reveals Best Practices for Insurance Demand Letters

New book on Colossus for Lawyers Reveals Best Practices for Insurance Demand Letters
We are proud to announce the release of Colossus: What Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know, by Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq.  The book is the definitive resource for lawyers who handle auto insurance claims practices, and how they impact both the writing of insurance demand letters, as well as insurance bad faith implications.  The book is the result of three years of research, including non-protected claim manuals from several insurers, non-protected Colossus manuals, original programming documents from Australia, as well as interviews with claims adjustors, claim supervisors and even Lee Fogle - director of bodily injury software at ISO who oversees the Claim Outcome Advisor program.  
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