Changes to personal injury law rules mean firms must be strategic: innovation forum webinar panel

Increasing use of in-house counsel by insurance firms

In the past, personal injury lawyers and insurance defense lawyers (often external) would look at how much it costs to settle claims and compare it with the costs of going to trial, said Sutton, who used to practice insurance defense law before switching sides. However, the trend he has noticed since at least 2015 has been for insurance companies to rely more on in-house counsel to deal with claims, “and that has really changed the dynamics.”

Insurance companies have also started adopting a more standardized approach to how they would deal with files, “and some of them have decided to really play hard,” Sutton told the forum webinars, saying many are taking cases to trial with in-house lawyers. One reason is the use of paid counsel; the other is a desire to take stronger stands “in uncertain cases they feel they are defensible.” In some cases, they may choose to resolve faster. Others want to see “how long can you keep you and your client going.”

Yoni Silberman, a partner with Bogoroch and Associates in Toronto, added that she feels that in the past, there was more room to negotiate in mediation or pre-trial sessions. “You’d feel as if you were . . . debating issues of law with counsel,” she said, and the opportunity to persuade.

Moving more cases in-house “has really empowered the insurance adjusters,” she said, “because they are relying on a strategy,” making them more willing to take a rigid stand. Often, it’s the insurance claims representative making the final decisions, she said, begging the question, “Why did you come here with a lawyer in the first place? . . if you are not going to hear from people who are spending their time in

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Personal injury attorney says drivers aren’t looking for motorcycles on the road

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – In the past year we’ve seen double digit motorcycle crashes and deaths in Louisville.

The most recent was in Pleasure Ridge Park Thursday evening.

There was another one earlier this week on Monday, when a 38-year-old man who was hit by an SUV on Westport Road on Monday.

There’s a saying in the motorcycle community: Look twice, save a life.

It sounds simple, but it’s effective.

“It’s just so common,” said Karl Truman, a personal injury attorney. “You see so many motorcycle crashes. It’s very unfortunate.”

Truman said he sees dozens of motorcycle accident cases a year. He even co-authored a book called “The Guide to Protecting Motorcyclists in Indiana and Kentucky.”

The book has 179 tips that say it can save your life.

“I’ve handled many motorcycle crashes over the ,” Truman said. “Death cases, very serious bodily injury cases. So I’ve become really interested in the motorcycle community.”

Truman has a simple theory on the most common cause of car and motorcycle collisions.

“Drivers just aren’t looking for motorcycles,” Truman said.

It’s important for drivers and motorcyclists to share the road.

“You’ve got to take time as a driver of a car to look for the motorcycle and be aware of them and know that they’re out there,” Truman said.

Truman said some of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes are when a car turns left in front of them or runs stop signs and stop lights.

He said he has several pending cases currently involving these kinds of accidents.

“And the driver says ‘I didn’t see them.’ They must’ve been speeding. I just didn’t see them,’” Truman said.

However, it’s not just a one-sided responsibility.

Motorcyclists need to be aware of their surroundings just as much as drivers do.

“I know

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