It’s not a good idea to talk to anyone about your case. Sure, there are people with whom you may safely discuss your case, for instance, your spouse, but the better rule is: never discuss your case with anyone, except your lawyer and his staff. This applies to workers’ compensation cases as well as to[…]
If my case is compensable, why do I need a lawyer? Achieving compensability for your cases is only half the battle. Take good note: insurance accompanies do not have your interests at heart. Period. Insurance companies are corporations, usually public, and their allegiance lies exclusively with the stock price of their company. Look at it this[…]
It’s crucial our auto or workers’ compensation clients see and are treated by the correct medical provider, given his or her particular condition. Many of my clients, before they see us, are satisfied with their family doctor, when she may not be the optimal medical provider for the case. Doctors are often not unbiased and[…]
Obtaining timely and proper medical treatment is the cornerstone of a well-managed personal injury case and one of the most important reason clients seek my counsel. Without medical attention, clients not only jeopardize their physical well-being but the value of their case as well.
A common challenge that I face when representing injured clients occurs when the client fails to make her doctors’ appointments. Any medical provider, doctor or therapist worth her salt will schedule several appointments or follow-up sessions or examinations and so forth until the client has reached maximum medical improvement.
One of the legal requirements or “elements” of a workers’ compensation case is “notice”. That is, Your employer has a right to be notified of your accident. New clients tell me all the time: “Well, I didn’t actually tell my supervisor about the accident, but he knows.” After a bit more inquiry, it turns out[…]
Clients often ask me if I think their case will go to trial. Some clients are spoiling for a fight, while others are seriously afraid of the prospect. The fact is that ninety percent of my cases settle before trial or hearing. This percentage has remained steady during my entire twenty-year tenure as a personal[…]
The National Trial Lawyers Announces Thomas M. Gagne as One of Its Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in South Carolina For Immediate Release The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that Thomas M. Gagne of the Attorney Offices of Thomas M. Gagne in Greenville, South Carolina has been selected for inclusion into its[…]
I’ve been a student of chess since age six — forty six years, and I am still learning the game. I expect I will still learn until the day God takes me home (and afterwards if there is chess in heaven). In many ways law is like chess, especially because, as in chess, no two[…]
Clients sometimes confuse playing devil’s advocate with actually advocating a different position from their own. It is my duty as your attorney to not only present all the evidence that is beneficial to your case but to inform you of that evidence which weakens your case. There is no such thing as a perfect open[…]