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Video Fluoroscopy / Digital Motion X-ray Provide Objective Proof of Traumatic Injury

Last week a very important study was published for doctors and lawyers who handle traumatic neck injuries. The study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, is the result of 10 years of work reviewing the validity of motion X-ray in the determination of causation in cervical spine injuries. This study promises to be a game changer in providing objective evidence of injury in patients with chronic pain after whiplash trauma. The study describes an analysis of the motion x-ray (aka video fluoroscopy [VF] or dynamic motion X-ray [DMX]) studies of 196 people (77 normal, and...

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$3.42 million Noneconomic Damages Verdict in Hidalgo County, Texas

$3.42 million Noneconomic Damages Verdict in Hidalgo County, Texas

In Hidalgo County, Texas, attorneys Michael Cowen and Malorie Peacock of Cowen Rodriguez and Peacock obtained a just multimillion-dollar verdict for the widow of a man who died during a trench collapse. The Case: Trenches tend to cave in, which is why there are safety regulations to prevent this. If a trench is over five feet deep, certain safety equipment is required. The defendant did not use the required equipment. The trench collapsed and the plaintiff’s husband died.  The plaintiff’s husband was undocumented and that fact posed an obstacle for the plaintiff’s case in trial. Also the plaintiff and her...

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Book Review: The Plaintiff Lawyer’s Playbook by Elden Rosenthal

Reviewed by Anna Burr Originally published in the Aug/Sept 2019 issue of Trial Talk, the bi-monthly magazine of the Colorado State Trial Lawyer's Association. Becoming a lawyer—especially a trial lawyer—is no easy feat. It requires four years of undergraduate education, three years of law school education, six months or more of bar exam and Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) prep, and successful passage of those two tests. And yet, after all the money, time, study, and stress, one thing is clear after we emerge, blurry-eyed and exhausted on the other side: we still know nothing about how to practice law. Some new attorneys obtain positions...

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Back-to-Back Multimillion-Dollar Verdicts Using the Domino Theory

By Savage, Turner, Durham, Pickney & Savage Trial Attorneys Trial Attorney Zachary Sprouse credits lessons examined and explained in The Domino Theory by Trial Guides author and trial attorney Ed Capozzi In October of 2019, attorneys Zachary R. Sprouse and Brent J. Savage, Jr. secured a $4.25 million verdict in a jury trial for a client who was catastrophically injured while working for a tree service company. Eight weeks later, Zach Sprouse, Brent Savage Jr, and Andrew Gebhardt secured a $3 million verdict after a four-day trial on behalf of an injured trucker. The Case against the Defendant Tree Service:...

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$141,000 Verdict on a $25,000 Offer with No Physical Injuries

$141,000 Verdict on a $25,000 Offer with No Physical Injuries

This was a car wreck case. No physical injuries or medical bills resulted from the wreck. At the time of the accident, the plaintiff’s two-year-old son was being treated for cancer. Three months later, the plaintiff’s son passed away. Although the son’s passing was not a result of the wreck, the value of the time the family lost with their dying child became the damages in the case. The plaintiffs were continuously jerked around by the insurance company on issues pertaining to their rental car, repairs, etc. They were even getting voicemails from the insurance company almost a year after...

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