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  •  It's Friday morning! (10+ / 0-)

    Not quite sure I understand what you are suggesting, but thanks for the encouragement!

    •  I didn't see it on the rec list!! (6+ / 0-)

      I found it down in recents. Oh I need more tea. I just wanted everyone to see it and was afraid it was slipping. I can be an idiot in the morning.

      "Humidity built the snowman. Sunshine brought him down" John Prine

      by high uintas on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 08:20:40 AM PDT

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    •  I am an attorney: (20+ / 0-)

      It is hard to say this without sounding like I am taking away from the power of the need or the message, I assure you that I am not.

      Something needs to be looked into with his attorney - as has been said. While many very good attorneys may be too new or simply not interested enough in big money to have a lump sum available to extend to clients, even mediocre-average attorneys who have experience in this work will extend those fees.

      We don't do it to be "nice" - it is because it is necessary so often. Anyone who is suing to recover for injuries, whether from a car accident, med-malpractice, emotional distress - or getting shot in the head with a bean bag for peacefully protesting, needs to hire medical experts. Most people do not have the money to pay these expenses.

      So, in order to bring these cases that can make fortunes for attorneys, they are expected to take the risk in forwarding the fees. There is no law mandating it, it doesn't mean that his attorney is a jerk - - it just means that this "problem" holding up his case is one that should not even arise, for anyone.

      He might simply have to ask why he has to personally cover the cost up front to move the case forward and whether a co-attorney needs to be brought in to cover those expenses.

      Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick: The "party of Jesus" wouldn't invite him to their convention - fearing his "platform."

      by 4CasandChlo on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 08:42:37 AM PDT

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      •  This may be generally true (13+ / 0-)

        But I know several NLG attorneys who are very good, very committed to fighting in cases like this, but they don't work for high end law firms. They struggle to get by. No way they could afford to front the money for medical witnesses.

        I think it's worth checking this out, but no one should assume something shady is going on. (I'm not saying you are, 4Cas, just elaborating on your point.)

        Oklahoma: birthplace of Kate Barnard, W. Rogers, W. Guthrie, Bill Moyers & Eliz. Warren. Home to proud progressive agitators since before statehood. Current political climate a mere passing dust cloud; we're waiting it out & planning for clearer days.

        by peacearena on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 08:51:25 AM PDT

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        •  And that is why I specifically mentioned. . . (12+ / 0-)

          That some very good new attorneys or "ones less concerned about money" - - I was really trying to not infer that not being able to pay meant someone wasn't a good attorney and I probably failed to be clear, so I thank you for giving me the chance to clarify.

          I actually am more inclined to trust an attorney not into things for money - and their skills - b/c they are more likely motivated by passion for justice, some of the best I have ever worked with were with the DOJ environmental division (who make good money but could make 4 times more in a private firm), the Riverkeepers, etc.

          And, I actually wasn't trying to infer that something shady was going on and I tried to say that with perhaps needing "co-counsel" meaning to definitely keep the one he trusts, too - - - provided everything checks out.

          He sure seems like a savy, sweet guy, so I wouldn't think he would get involved with someone shady, it is just that this usually can be solved quite quickly and needed some questions asked.

          I really appreciate the chance to clarify. I have been so outraged about the news this week that I have been pounding my keyboard with far too many comments and am "prolly" making less sense as I go - - apologies and thanks!

          Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick: The "party of Jesus" wouldn't invite him to their convention - fearing his "platform."

          by 4CasandChlo on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 09:08:27 AM PDT

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          •  No expert in a brain damage case? (1+ / 0-)
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            C'mon.  We both know better.  

            I must be blunt.   A request is being made for donations.  There is something not right about this and people shouldn't give money under these circumstances.

            He who would trade liberty for security deserves great customer service.

            by Publius2008 on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 09:13:35 AM PDT

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            •  I once spent seven years (6+ / 0-)

              suing the crap out of a bunch of doctors for malpractice/wrongful death. We had to front more than $150K of our own money just to get the private investigation and original medical review, though when we finally did get a lawyer in the proper state to take the case to trial, he covered the 'expert' witnesses. He wasn't a very good lawyer or anything, but we did win 4 out of 5 because the case was so outrageous. He got paid in the end.

              Scott's lawyer may have already fronted everything he has to get that much 'expert' review of his medical injuries just so the suit could be filed. If I had money, I wouldn't mind contributing to necessary testimony.

          •  Check the update. (2+ / 0-)
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