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Car Accident Expert Testimony

Defence & Indemnity - April 2016: III. QUANTUM/DAMAGES ISSUES: B.

by Field Law on

The Court overtly accepted the Plaintiff’s expert testimony and criticized well-known defence experts with regard to whether the Plaintiff’s injuries were minor and whether fibromyalgia can be caused by trauma Jones v....more

Liability and Autonomous Vehicles

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As a trial lawyer who handles a lot of automotive disputes and product liability claims, I get asked more and more, “when an autonomous vehicle has an accident, who will be liable?” People – clients, contacts, business...more

Expert Testimony is Necessary to Establish Some Types of Damage, But Not Others

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is often faced with decisions whether to hire experts on medical causation, or allow the plaintiff and the jury to apply common sense. Essentially, the question of...more

Michael Halvorson and Jessica Kokal Obtain Defense Verdict

Michael Halvorson and Jessica Kokal obtain defense verdict for personal injury case. On May 23, 2011, Plaintiff, a grade school teacher and former college athlete, began to brake for slowing traffic when she was...more

Failing to Respond in Good Faith to Request for Admissions Can Have Costly Consequences

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Timothy Grace, et al. v. Levik Mansourian, et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (September 15, 2015) - The main purpose of a request for admissions is to eliminate issues by compelling admissions of...more

CAUTION: Unreasonable Denials of Requests for Admission Can Prove Costly

In Grace v. Mansourian, (filed 8/17/2015, order published 9/15/2015, No. G049590) the Fourth District Court of Appeal held a defendant’s denials of plaintiff’s requests for admission were unjustified given the substantial...more

Re-Examining the Admissibility of Unpaid Medical Bills as Evidence

In Bermudez v. Ciolek (No. G049510, filed June 22, 2015), the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, held unpaid medical bills, joined with expert testimony regarding their reasonableness, were properly admitted and...more

New Jersey Casts a Broader Net (Opinion Rule)

by Reed Smith on

It wasn’t too long ago that, down the shore, New Jersey hosted one of the most notorious litigation hellholes in the country. That’s not the case anymore, as the current (2014-15) ATRA Judicial Hellholes report explains in a...more

Did You Know that an Expert can Testify that You were At Fault—Even if You Were Not!

Barry P. Goldberg is careful when advising accident victims that think that their case is a “slam dunk” on liability. In fact, claimants should be aware that if the case goes into active litigation the insurers will hire...more

Eleventh Circuit Refuses to Credit Expert’s Guess on Causation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued an important decision on expert testimony, Hughes v. Kia Motors. Patricia Hughes filed a wrongful death action against Kia Motors after her daughter,...more

Causation Experts Properly Excluded Where The “Leap From Data To Opinion Was Too Great”

by Carlton Fields on

In Hughes v. Kia Motors Corp., No. 13-10922, the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s exclusion of the plaintiff’s expert witness in a motor vehicle product liability case. Allene Hughes, the plaintiff’s...more

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