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Lump-Sum Versus Structured Settlement: What to Know

When you win a lawsuit, you can take your money in a single lump sum or slowly over time as a structured settlement. Learn the pros and cons of each approach.
You may have heard that lottery winners can take their award in a single lump sum, or slowly over time. And you might also have heard that they get taxed much higher when they take their money in a single sum.

Personal injury settlements work similarly, although they do have some differences.

Let me explain the facts:
You Most Likely Won’t Get Taxed
In the majority of cases, any funds you receive from a personal injury settlement are not income and, therefore, not taxed.

However, those lovable individuals at the IRS (yes, sarcasm intended) do have a few exceptions to this. If you like reading tax code, you can learn more at the IRS website.

One such exception is:

If you deducted any medical expenses in prior […]

By |March 13th, 2017|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

Might You Need to File Bankruptcy During a Personal Injury Case?

The truth is yes, you may need to file bankruptcy during a personal injury case. But that’s not necessarily a given. Learn more from Mullen & Mullen.
So you’re severely hurt, and it’s clearly because of someone else’s negligence. You can’t work at all, and it’ll be months before you can start again.

But, your personal injury lawyer tells you it’s still likely going to be months before you recover compensation for your injuries. And there’s no guarantee on that time-frame. You also learn it could be a year, or a couple years, before the legal process finishes.

During that time, all the businesses you owe money to don’t magically say, ”Oh, we’re so sorry to hear you’re not able to work. You know what? Since you’re such a great customer, the next 6 months are on us. Send us a check for the rest when things get better.”

Nope, instead they still demand payment, […]

By |March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Personal Injury|Tags: |0 Comments

What is Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance & Should You Have It?

Do you need to carry personal injury protection insurance? What is it anyway? While not common, it’s quite helpful in a few situations.
Believe it or not, personal injury protection (PIP) insurance was designed to reduce the number of lawsuits filed. It’s also called “no-fault insurance.” That simply means the insurance kicks in and works regardless of who has fault, and to what extent, in a motorcycle accident (or any other kind of car accident).

In other words, it’s simply available when you need it. Texas does not require you to have PIP. However, insurers must give you $2,500 as part of your policy if you don’t specifically reject PIP. You can pay increased premiums for higher PIP limits.
What Does Personal Injury Protection Cover?
PIP actually covers quite a bit. Broadly defined, it covers some of the more common economic expenses that arise from a car accident. These include:

Medical care costs
Up […]

By |February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Attorney Settles Soft Tissue Injury Car Wreck in Dallas, TX for $60,000

$60,000 settlement for soft tissue injury car wreck in Dallas, TX. Fantastic recovery by attorney for client with pre-existing degenerative disc disease.
Our client, who formerly served in the United States Army, was driving west on interstate 30 in the left lane near 2nd Avenue. Traffic started slowing due to congestion. The at-fault driver was not paying attention and rear-ended our client’s automobile. They both pulled over to the right shoulder and waited for law enforcement to arrive. The Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report, arising from the car accident, placed 100% blame on the inattentive motorist.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: I really enjoyed representing this client. He went to his primary care physician (PCP) following the car wreck and complained of neck and back pain and contacted our office shortly thereafter. Our attorneys assisted him in locating a rehabilitation clinic that would delay billing for his medical services until the conclusion of his […]

By |February 15th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Sickle Cell Crisis Injury Car Accident in Dallas, TX Settles for $117,500

$117,500 gross recovery for probable sickle cell crisis injury car accident in Dallas, TX. Outstanding settlement by attorney included almost full liability and underinsured motorist policy limits for client.
Our client was traveling southbound on the Hwy 75 service road in Dallas, Texas, going through a green light at Churchill Way. An inattentive motorist driving on Churchill Way failed to yield the right of way and turned in front of her when it was unsafe to do so. The vehicles collided and our client was forced to seek emergency medical treatment at the hospital due to the injuries she sustained in the Dallas, TX car wreck.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: This was a unique case. Our client presented to the emergency room with chest pain. The admitting physician diagnosed probable sickle cell crisis and noted that the substantial chest contusion she sustained in the motor vehicle accident could have caused this. She […]

By |January 22nd, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

4 Tricks Insurance Companies Use to Steal Your Accident Settlement

Don’t fall for these tricks from insurance companies after an accident! They’ll try anything they can to reduce or eliminate your accident settlement.
Those huckster insurance companies… what’ll they come up with next?

In Texas, the unfortunate reality is that insurance companies have laws written in their favor. That’s the world you live in, whether you want to or not. They have power like this in many states. But, Missouri, where our other office is located (in St. Louis), has much fairer laws.

It’s too bad things are that way. But, they are.

Insurance companies do give a lot of lip service to covering your accident and injuries fairly. It makes them look good. And it minimizes the chances legislators would ever get on their case.

But, don’t fall for it! When you watch their actions, a far different story comes to surface.

Law may not call it “theft,” but that’s precisely what insurance companies do. And […]

By |January 9th, 2017|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Attorney Settles Lumbar Injury Car Wreck in Fort Worth, TX for $115,000

$115,000 gross recovery for lumbar injury car wreck in Fort Worth, TX. Outstanding settlement by attorney for client injured by corporate employee in a rental vehicle.
Our client was traveling eastbound at or near 100 NE 23rd Street in Fort Worth, Texas. A driver in the course and scope of his employment for a large corporation was operating a rental vehicle traveling northbound at or near the 2300 block of North Main Street. The employee was inattentive and ran a red light causing a major impact with our client’s automobile. The investigating officer for the Fort Worth Police Department placed 100% fault on the inattentive motorist in the Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report arising from the loss. Our client did not seek emergency medical treatment at the hospital.

Remember: Texas recognizes the doctrine of respondeat superior – which holds an employer legally responsible for the wrongful acts of an employee if said […]

By |December 28th, 2016|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

4 Costly Mistakes Auto Accident Victims Make

Making any of these 4 mistakes can take away money from your final settlement amount, or eliminate it entirely. Learn what to do in this post.
Ever been in a situation where you know your every move will be scrutinized? And, that you have a high probability that no matter what you do next will be the wrong thing?

Maybe you had a boss like that. Or, maybe you’ve been in that situation with your spouse.

That’s kind of what it’s like with the insurance company after a car accident. They’re looking for you to make a mistake. They scrutinize your every move, greedily rubbing their hands, ready to smite you the second you mess up.

While insurance companies have great power, you the consumer have power too. And as long as you’re careful, you won’t make any mistakes that could negatively impact the value of your case.

Avoid making these:

Making A Recorded Statement […]

By |December 19th, 2016|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments

Slips, Trips, Falls – When Can’t You File an Injury Claim?

You can take actions that reduce or eliminate your ability to get compensation for your injuries. Learn how this can happen in this post.
Just because you slip-and-fall on someone else’s property doesn’t mean you immediately score a big payday.

The media often shapes the perception that anytime someone gets hurt, they’re entitled to millions of dollars. And they also present personal injury victims in a selfish negative light too.

Remember the grandma who spilled hot McDonald’s coffee on herself and got $3 million for it?

Well, that wasn’t the truth at all. Stella Liebeck, 79 at the time, was a passenger. And McDonald’s company policy then was to serve scalding hot coffee that could cause severe burns in seconds. She wanted to settle the case for $20,000, which would cover her medical bills and lost income. McDonald’s offered $800 in return.

Outraged, the jury assessed $3 million in punitive damages. The judge reduced that […]

By |December 10th, 2016|Categories: Premises Liability|Tags: |0 Comments

Attorney Settles Broken Heart Injury Car Accident in Dallas, TX for $63,540.88

$63,540.88 gross recovery for stress-induced cardiomyopathy injury car accident in Dallas, TX. Outstanding settlement by attorney for client included all available injury claim policy limits.
Our client was traveling westbound on IH-20 in Dallas, Texas in the far left lane. An inattentive motorist changed lanes when it was unsafe to do so and struck a vehicle traveling in the left center lane before subsequently striking our client’s automobile. Our client went to the emergency room following the collision.

Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: This was a very unique case. Our client sustained relatively minor neck and back injuries in the collision but her main complaint at the emergency room was chest pain. She was eventually diagnosed as having sustained a myocardial infarction secondary to Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. It is a temporary heart condition with symptoms that mirror those of a heart attack but it is not caused by any sort of cardiovascular disease.

Remember: […]

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: Auto Accidents|Tags: |0 Comments