From the Desk of Jeff Shaw, Attorney at Law

When Defense Lawyers Don't Understand what Trial Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions Can Do to Help Both Sides, They Routinely Object (Silly Rabbits)

Posted by Jeff Shaw | Jun 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rule 30(b)(6) depositions are powerful tools that identify the issues to be discovered before the deposition is taken. Too often, defense lawyers who are unfamiliar with the procedure, file meritless objections not realizing the deposition helps both sides distill the facts and issues into fewer settings.

When it Comes to Unpaid Medical Bills, an Injured Person Can Feel Victimized a Second Time

Posted by Jeff Shaw | Apr 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

It doesn't seem fair then when somebody hurts you, that they can escape responsibility to pay your medical bills while the case is pending and your bank account and credit score suffers. Although the law seems to protect the wrongdoer while a case is pending there might be some available methods to get bills paid in the meantime -- or at least the collection letters stopped. And later, you can seek damages for the mental anguish associated with collections and lowered credit scores.

How Long Does a Business Have to Clear Ice and Snow before it is considered "Negligent" for Failing to do so?

Posted by Jeff Shaw | Apr 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

One of the most common situations in which a person slips and falls is the parking lot or sidewalk or business entrance that was not properly plowed or salted following a snowstorm. The most important concept to remember when trying to prevail on those cases is the facts matter. Each case can be very different and result in different outcomes. Whether the landowner had sufficient notice of the snow and ice problem to fix it, is always a concern in these cases. Shaw Law Offices does extensive investigation to make certain safeguards were properly followed by all businesses where slip-and-fall injuries occur.

Why Attorneys Should Care About the Lowly Slip and Fall Case

Posted by Jeff Shaw | Mar 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

The slip-and-fall case is unlike almost every other type of negligence case. Because the negligence doesn't come from a direct impact by the defendant -- it comes from a condition of his land. Which makes it an indirect or status type of negligence. This leads to many problems -- and wonderful solutions.

How Do Juries Put a Specific Dollar Amount of an Injured Person's Pain and Suffering?

Posted by Jeff Shaw | Mar 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

The most common question I get as an attorney is: "How Much is My Case Worth?" Indiana law establishes the amount of damages that a person can recover in any jury trial in Indiana from a business or individual who negligently caused his or her injuries.The Judge does not require the injured person to present evidence of the dollar value of his or her pain. And this amount includes the pain associated with the injury -- in the past, present and even the future pain. And such pain and suffering does not need be proven to a mathematical certainty. It's simply up to the jury to make a "reasonable" determination.

How Finding Jury Instructions is Like Being a Chef or "Tendering Instructions is Like Tenderizing Meat"

Posted by Jeff Shaw | Feb 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Like playing chess or baseball or cooking a gourmet meal, a person can spend a lifetime mastering the "art" of something. Gourmet chefs know that the acid in pineapple juice can tenderize the toughest piece of meat, but it's finding the correct amount of time that turns a tough cut of beef to taste like butter rather than mush. Similarly, a lawyer can attempt to phrase his investigative questions to support her anticipated statement of the law at trial -- but she better be right. The law must be current and valid. And, above all, it must end up applying to the facts of the case.

5 Things to NEVER do after a Car Crash

Posted by Jeff Shaw | Feb 04, 2017 | 2 Comments

Car accidents can easily turn even a calm person into a "road rager". But even with poor impulses, there are a handful of things you shouldn't ever do after a car accident. Of course, hiring an experienced car crash attorney is number one on any list.

How Much Can I Get from a Jury if I Win My Slip and Fall Case in Indiana?

Posted by Jeff Shaw | Jan 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Your ability to recover any amount is not hindered if you settle your case -- as long as the parties agree (and the victim is not a minor) -- the settlement will stand.   But, jury trials are different. Indiana law provides a jury with instructions about how to calculate any jury verdict award but pain and suffering is not a strict mathematical calculation, nor is it required to be.

Why We Don't Believe in Giving Statements to Insurance Companies -- Ever.

Posted by Jeff Shaw | Jan 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

We don't advocate giving a personal interview or a telephone interview to any insurance adjuster in a slip and fall case. Why not? Doesn't that show a lack of cooperation? Grow up. Insurance companies do not take interviews because they care about you or your injury. They are looking for an avenue to destroy your case. And you'll give a statement after we file the lawsuit anyway -- it's called a deposition -- and we will prepare you for that interview.

Can Lack of Prior Slip and Falls by Other Customers be Used Against You at Trial by Jury?

Posted by Jeff Shaw | Dec 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Defense lawyers are sneaky. They will attempt to enter evidence that other persons were NOT injured or did NOT slip, trip or fall where you were injured. This type of evidence does not prove the area was safe just because others were NOT hurt. There could be thousands of reasons why others were not hurt by the unreasonably dangerous or defective condition of the land that ended up hurting you. Courts can not and should not attempt to have one jury trial turn into a case where thousands of other cases must be contemplated.

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