Monthly Archives: January 2008

Jury Duty – it’s not about the case, it’s about the dating potential

One of my paralegals alerted me to this article on MSN today – 10 offbeat places to meet guys. Of note: #3 – Jury Duty.

 Having never picked up a guy or served on a jury myself, I can only imagine how that works. It makes sense – you spend 8 hours a day with someone for days or weeks at a time. Plus, your fellow jurors probably dress better, smell better, and have shorter arrest records than many people one could meet at the courthouse.

One little tip – if you’re making doe eyes at hunky Juror #7 and want to ask him out, you might want to wait until the trial is over. Nothing like deliberations to bring out a person’s true colors. If you disagree though, congrats – you’ve already had your first fight.

On a side note – if you end up marrying someone you met on a jury, send a note to the attorneys who tried the case. Personally, I’d love something neat like that to come out of one of my cases.

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Iowa’s work-related deaths mostly farmers, truckers

From an article in the Quad City paper today, 57% of Iowa’s work-related deaths were either farmers or truck drivers. This makes sense – those gear-jamming truck drivers put in a lot of miles, and often put in an insane amount of hours at a time. Trucking accidents are bound to happen.

Farmers use big machines, and are often all alone in the fields. If an accident happens, there might not be someone to call for help as quickly as in a factory setting.

 It all makes sense, but the study didn’t include heart attacks or disease. These cases are difficult to label as “work-related,” but many are. It would also be interesting to see how many other people died in the trucking accidents, and whether they were “working” at the time.

(Howard Zimmerle is an Iowa workers compensation and wrongful death lawyer practicing in the Quad Cities. You can contact him here.)

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Unrelated Website of the Week #1

I’m going to try a new addition to the blog – an unrelated website of the week. All lawyers need a break. Maybe it’ll be a great addition, like when McDonalds added breakfast… or maybe it’ll fall flat like Cousin Oliver. Only time will tell.

This week’s unrelated website – the Signs of Life blog. This has pictures of great and often unintentionally hilarious signs from all over the world. Give me a chuckle.

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Important Ethics Opinion for Illinois Attorneys and Personal Injury Settlements

Here’s a common situation in the personal injury context: Plaintiff’s attorney negotiates settlement with the defendant’s insurance company. The parties strike a deal, but only on the condition that the plaintiff’s attorney guarantee to pay all liens and subrogation interests out of the settlement proceeds. No problem, especially since the attorney would pay the liens and subrogation interests anyway, right?

Wrong.

 An Ethics Opinion that was issued in July 2006 says that Illinois attorneys may NOT guarantee that liens/subros will be paid back out of settlement proceeds.

 So what do you do instead? Typically I will tell insurance adjusters that I can’t personally guarantee payment, but that my policy always has been and always will be to pay liens and subrogation interests out of settlement proceeds. So far, I haven’t had a problem… but I know I’ll have one of those cases someday where the insurance company ends up sending a bunch of checks for each lienholder – which is a pain.

How do other attorneys deal with this? Comments would be appreciated.

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