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Hey folks Allen Tittle here again today. I want to do something a little different. Instead of doing a formal video where we discuss a topic, I want to sort of just discuss what we do on a day in day out basis. Today I’m getting ready for a deposition. In fact it’s a deposition in a nursing home abuse case or neglect case relating to pressure sores and eventual death. So I have all these papers all over my desk. I got this giant watermelon book, which we call in the biz the watermelon book and we’re getting ready for a deposition of a doctor tomorrow. What a deposition is, is basically a question and answer period where we’re in a conference room, there’s a court reporter, in one side peppers the opponent the witness with ten million questions about the case, about their experience, or sometimes about things that really don’t matter. We try to get to the facts and the truth of the case. Generally speaking, for me, in order to take a one per one hour of each deposition that’s ten hours of prep time. So it’s there’s a lot involved but I just wanted to give you a little glimpse and what we do here at Tittle and Perlmutter and a day in day out bases. Thanks folks, take care.

The most basic type of consumer protection case that we handle here, usually on a class action basis, has to do with the yo-yo scam – the old bait and switch with the car dealership. Here’s the scheme, here’s how it works: You go into the car dealership. You give them the down payment, you trade in your car, they have you fill out all the paperwork, and you take the vehicle home. A couple weeks go by, you get a phone call. It’s the car dealership. They say, “Hey Jim, by the way, there’s a couple more documents we need your John Hancock on. Can you swing by and sign those?” You say sure, no problem. You go by, and all of a sudden your interest rate is higher, they want more of a down payment, or they want a co-signer.

Or the other scenario is, you don’t go back. You think something is up. It just doesn’t sound right. They start calling you everyday. Next thing you know, they tell you “look I will call the police and report your car stolen, that you’re driving, that you bought if you do not return this vehicle immediately. Folks, it’s illegal. There’s something called the Truth in Lending Act. And TILA, the Truth in Lending Act, requires disclosures of what the terms of the loan are up front. These car dealerships are trying to circumvent that.

If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a bait and switch (a yo-yo scheme) please give us a call. But one more thing, when you buy a car do not sign an arbitration agreement. If you sign an arbitration agreement, you may be giving up your right to pursue these types of cases. Please, watch out for that.

Folks Allen Tittle here, Cleveland’s Medical Malpractice lawyer. One of the most common questions we get is Allen, will my case settle or do we have to go to trial? Truth is while a lot of cases settle sometimes they do go to trial. One of those mechanisms trying to get the case resolved that’s called mediation, that’s where I’m going to this morning, the mediation. So what is a mediation –  well it’s when both sides get together with a third party neutral someone who doesn’t favor either side but is willing to try to negotiate between the two to get a fair resolution that both sides can live with. The old adage is, if you leave a mediation and the case is resolved neither side is gonna be happy. Meaning one side paid more money than they wanted to and the other side accepted less money than they expected. And folks that happens a lot of times in mediation. So again will my case settle? I don’t know a lot of these cases go to trial especially depending on which insurance company is involved, but other times the other side the hospital, the nursing home, the doctor wants to move on and wants to provide a fair resolution to the patient or the patient’s family. When that occurs the mediation is a good avenue to take to accomplish that goal. Folks if you are a loved one been injured in a medical malpractice case, please visit our website or give us a call today. Thank you, take care.

Allen Tittle here, Cleveland’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer. I often get questions like, “Allen, what do you do every day? On a day-to-day basis, what do you do?”

One of the big projects that my staff and my team is working on this week is responding to written discovery. Specifically, what we got here, interrogatories and requests for production of documents. Any time you file a civil lawsuit, whether it be a medical malpractice case, a nursing home neglect case, a car accident, the other side is gonna request that you answer interrogatories and requests for production of documents. Interrogatories are just a fancy word for written questions that you have to answer. So it could be things as simple as, “What injuries are you claiming you sustained as a result of medical malpractice or a car accident?”. It could be, “Could you provide prior medical treatment providers?” Or it could be, “What are your witnesses?”, things of that nature.

The other, the second half of the most common type of Written Discovery, Request for Production of Documents. Folks, you guessed it- they’re asking for you to provide them some documents, any documents you have related to the case. So oftentimes, that’s just medical records or bills. Other times it could be witness statements, it could be expert reports, any doctors that we’ve hired on your behalf, or it could be any video recording you may have of the incident at issue. If you ever have to file a lawsuit, a civil lawsuit, Written Discovery is going to be a part of that process.

If you’ve fallen victim to medical malpractice or have gotten hit by a careless, negligent driver, and you have to file a lawsuit, unfortunately, you’re going to have to go through this process. Hopefully, you have a lawyer that can answer your questions on interrogatories and requests for production of documents, but if you don’t, please give us a call, visit our website, or download one of our two free ebooks relating to medical malpractice and nursing home abuse. Take care, folks!

Hey folks Allen Tittle here, Cleveland’s Medical Malpractice lawyer. A lot of times people ask us, Allen why should we hire you instead of another law firm? Well the answer is simple, we will sniff through every piece of evidence just to make sure that we find what we need. In fact I brought my dog to go through the medical records and to use his nose to make sure we find everything. If you or a loved one think that you are a victim of medical malpractice please give us a call or visit our website. Thank you, take care.