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  • By: Jeffrey Shaw, Esq.
  • Published: February 22, 2017

When I was a younger lawyer, I didn’t pay attention to jury instructions. rationalized my disinterest by saying such aphorisms like “juries decide cases upon facts, not what the Judge tells them to do” or “they’ve already made up their minds by the time the Judge reads the instructions.” In reality, I was just baffled by the art of instructions…Read More

  • By: Jeffrey Shaw, Esq.
  • Published: February 5, 2017

I admit to being an old dog who is trying to learn new tricks. And marketing has changed. I can no longer just put a shingle up or an advertisement in the telephone Yellow Pages. Nearly 30+ years in the law practice business and I’m learning new things like Direct Email Marketing and B2C and social media advertising. It’s all…Read More

  • By: Jeffrey Shaw, Esq.
  • Published: February 2, 2017

The Worth of Specific Injuries Depends Mostly Upon Our Ability to Prove “Fault” — So Hire an Attorney who has Jury Trial Experience The most common question I get asked is “How Much is My Case Worth?” And the answer is always the same = “It Depends.” This rarely satisfies the client, but it is true. Your case depends upon…Read More

  • By: Jeffrey Shaw, Esq.
  • Published: January 17, 2017

No, landowners are not automatically required to pay your medical bills. Even if you fell upon their land. Indiana law requires that an injured person prove the other business, entity or person was “negligent” first. This means proving that the landowner did not do something a reasonable and prudent landowner would do to keep his or her land safe or…Read More

  • By: Jeffrey Shaw, Esq.
  • Published: January 13, 2017

Today’s blog post is more personal than the rest and not as legal in scope. I am going to try and make sure I’m writing to an audience that is human in nature and not write like it’s some sort of legal exercise. The reason I write today is to talk about everyday life and the risk of falling. We…Read More

  • By: Jeffrey Shaw, Esq.
  • Published: January 11, 2017

After 30 years of helping injured people get back on their feet, Shaw Law has noticed two recurring defenses used by landowners in litigation over and over again: Notice and Notice. Wait, you say, what looks like only one defense, right?  How can that be two separate defenses? Well, the answer is simple. 1. “You Should Have Noticed the Problem,…Read More

  • By: Jeffrey Shaw, Esq.
  • Published: January 5, 2017

Attorney Jeff Shaw has handled slip and falls against big box stores throughout Indiana in Indiana. These cases involve both slip and falls in the parking lots outside the store when snow and ice removal or maintenance was not done correctly and inside the store on spills. Sometimes, boxes or shelves collapse upon unsuspecting customers. These big box and warehouse…Read More

  • By: Jeffrey Shaw, Esq.
  • Published: December 24, 2016

Think about this for a moment. The largest taxi service in the world doesn’t own a single car — Uber. The largest hotel chain in the world doesn’t own a single hotel – Airbnb. And when Apple and Google finally implement their computer software into vehicles starting in 2020, the legal industry as we know it will change forever.  Accidents…Read More

  • By: Jeffrey Shaw, Esq.
  • Published: December 22, 2016

One of the dirty tricks by defense counsel on a Slip and Fall defense is to show the number of people who did NOT fall on the dangerous property that day or on prior days. You can imagine the power of this argument to a jury:  “So, Mrs. Plaintiff wants to sue us, Walmart, for falling on a slippery floor…Read More

  • By: Jeffrey Shaw, Esq.
  • Published: December 6, 2016

The Indiana Supreme Court has dealt a near deathblow to negligent security cases in Indiana, and worse, perhaps a blow to proximate cause in general. Typically, when you go into a tavern or any other business, you should be able to expect that you won’t get shot or hurt by other customers that the establishment knows or should know is…Read More

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