I was involved in an accident with a truck—what do I need to know?

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Tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, 18 wheelers, Mack Trucks, whatever you may call them, they are an ever present feature on our highways. There are over 2 million tractor-trailers operating in the U.S. and they log over 100 Billion miles per year. All that time on the road is bound to lead to accidents but you may be… Read More

Are legal settlements and awards taxable?

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Are legal settlements and awards taxable? Do I have to pay taxes on personal injury awards, workers compensation benefits or social security disability benefits? This is a question we get all the time. The answer depends on the kind of case you have. Is my personal injury award taxable? The short answer is no. If… Read More

Legalese Defined: Personal Injury- Complaint

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The complaint is the legal pleading that starts a lawsuit. The complaint briefly states who the plaintiff and defendant are; what happened; and what legal claims are being made. The rest of the lawsuit will be based on the claims made in this document.

What Does It Mean To “Settle” A Workers’ Compensation Case?

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A settlement is a private agreement between two parties in a legal action where one party agrees to end the legal proceedings in exchange for something, usually money.  In the Workers’ Compensation context this is a called a “section 32 agreement.”  In a section 32 agreement the injured worker agrees to close their workers’ compensation… Read More

Is It Too Late To Sue My Doctor For Medical Malpractice?

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When medical professionals act negligently in caring for a patient, whether they are doctors, nurses, podiatrists or dentists, the kind of claim one brings against them is one for medical malpractice.  Medical malpractice is a special kind of negligence action that only applies to medical professionals who make medical mistakes.  In this post, we will… Read More

That McDonald’s Lady Got A Million Dollars! Myths and Facts of “The McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case”

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Here at Segar & Sciortino we frequently talk to our clients (and potential clients) about case value.  We try to explain that valuing a personal injury case is as much an art as it is a science, and a lot of factors go into making that determination.  These include The nature and extent of the… Read More

What is a Scheduled Loss of Use Award?

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A scheduled loss of use award is a type of workers’ compensation award that is given to people who have permanent, work-related injuries to their extremities (arms, hands, feet, legs).  This is different from the kinds of awards given to people with “classified injuries,” which are permanent work-related injuries to non-extremities (back, head, neck, organs,… Read More

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