January 2012

The McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case: Separating Fact from Fiction

It seems most everyone has heard about the McDonald’s “Hot Coffee” verdict, however, it may well be one of those “facts” we remember without really knowing how we every learned them. Furthermore, most people repeat those “facts” without ever learning whether or not they were true. Most people assume that the Plaintiff carelessly spilled hot coffee on her self and ended up with millions of dollars. Many people then argue that this exemplifies the “fact” that there are too many lawsuits and juries give out ridiculous verdicts to the undeserving. However, the facts are decidedly to the contrary. The Plaintiff, Stella Liebeck, was 79 years old when she bought a cup of coffee at McDonalds and got into her son’s car. The car did not..

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Blocking Back and Neck Pain

Back and neck pain are common afflictions which, by report, cost the United States millions of dollars in lost work time and medical costs each year. Those who suffer from chronic back and neck pain often must limit or give up activities they enjoy. While frequently due to car crashes, such pain can also be caused by many other factors. Medical science is still trying to identify and treat the cause of such pain. The American Medical Association itself is recognizing the long-term implications of ongoing chronic pain. An entire chapter is devoted to this in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. In car crash cases, the insurance industry routinely hires doctors that ignore this growing body of medical science and, without..

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