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June 19th is a unique day in the history of our country. There was two-year delay between the signing of emancipation proclamation in 1863 and the news of emancipation proclamation being delivered in 1865 to persons being held as slaves in Galveston Texas. The delay is also a reminder that proclamations, no matter how eloquently stated, will not bring about change. Change requires each of us to do some work and make a commitment to change. Therefore, Juneteenth is a day for us to acknowledge the painful history of our nation, reflect on the progress made, and recommit ourselves to the work we still have before us.
State Farm and other insurance companies have pressured legislators to lower the monetary value amount required for cases to be tried in front of a jury. Currently, a case must be worth at least $50,000.00 before someone can ask for a jury to hear their case. As it is, there is a big backlog of jury trials. In other words, we can’t get the cases we already have pending tried. State Farm wants to lower the requirement to only $5,000.00. The judges and most lawyers think this is a bad idea. Jury trials should be reserved for serious cases. State Farm thinks it’s okay to pull you off your job for small cases. Our judges are sworn to be fair and impartial. It’s their job to hear cases, not yours. Jury trials also take more time to be tried; Two to three years – or more – just to get set for trial. Because there are so many cases waiting for trial by a jury, cases can be continued several times before the case has a real chance of getting to trial.
Tort Reform is the big lie the insurance companies and big business created to reduce your rights and increase their profits. Former State Senator, John Milkovich wrote to many this morning exposing what the insurance industry and some legislators are trying to do while we are dealing with COVID-19.
We are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be able to help many of our clients, and form great relationships with them while doing so. And we’ve formed more than just working relationships with them; we have formed true friendships. Here’s what a few of them are saying about us.
Tort Reform is the big lie the insurance companies and big business created to reduce your rights and increase their profits. Every year big business lobbyists descend on Baton Rouge and campaign against consumer rights. If you don’t own a big company, you are a consumer. Big Business does not want to help you. Big Business wants to help itself. The only way they win is if the rest of us lose. This year’s onslaught is being led by State Farm, and other insurance companies.
The insurance and logging lobbies have pressured legislators to move a bill out of committee that will place a cap (limit) on the damages people can recover when they are injured or a loved one is killed by a logging truck. Caps on damages in medical malpractice have not resulted in reduced insurance rates. Caps on damages caused by logging trucks won’t reduce insurance rates and caps won’t improve safety either.
Have you ever been in a situation where you just didn’t know what to do? Ever asked yourself, “How am I going to get through this”, “Is this really happening” or “Where do I even begin”? That’s how most people feel after a devastating car wreck or other personal injury. Most people don’t know what to do after a car wreck, what their case might be worth, or how to choose an attorney. This week’s blog is going to talk you through everything you need to know about hiring the right lawyer for you.
You are driving home from work after a long day, someone runs a red light and T-Bone’s your car. The next thing you know you’re in an ambulance on your way to a local hospital where they run all kinds of expensive tests to make sure you don’t have any serious injuries. The following day you find out your bills are already over $15,000 and the other driver is uninsured. What do you do now?
Here at Rice and Kendig see hundreds of clients every year. More than a few are in collisions with people who either have no insurance or don’t have enough insurance to cover the first set of bills for the ambulance, hospital and doctors. The minimum financial limit in Louisiana is only $15,000 per person, $30,000 per collision no matter how many people are hurt.