Larry Booth and Roger Booth have written a practice guide for plaintiff’s attorneys around the country, entitled Personal Injury Handbook, that has just been published by James Publishing. The book, which was the result of over four years of work, contains hundreds of specific tips gleaned from a combined total of 70 years of legal experience, plus a variety of practice aids and forms.
In addition to offering general tips on investigation, discovery and trial, the book contains chapters on 14 specific types of cases.
“[Personal Injury Handbook] is written by two of the heavyweights in plaintiffs’ personal injury work... The authors have many years of experience and a string of successful verdicts and settlements to show for it... They have the credentials to make me listen.”
“Sometimes I just want someone to provide a roadmap, and if it makes sense to me, I am going to follow it. That’s what Personal Injury Handbook provides.”
“Personal Injury Handbook is a great addition to a personal injury lawyer’s library. It contains quick tips and information that will help move your case along, covering the entire case from A to Z.”
"In their great new book, Personal Injury Handbook, trial lawyers Larry Booth and Roger Booth offer something more precious than legal forms, case law and procedural guidance: they offer wisdom. This is a book I wish I’d had in the beginning of my career but I’m happy to have it now! Buy it and apply the wisdom it contains."
"The Booths’ Personal Injury Handbook has been indispensable to me in the development of my personal injury practice. Although I had an extensive background as a commercial litigator, I entered this practice area un-mentored and untutored. The Handbook saved me a tremendous amount of time and brought much needed clarity to practical questions that bedeviled my mind. I still refer to its excellent guidance and forms in my PI practice."
- “Never send a representation letter to anyone, ever. Even in a small case, try if possible to always file suit so that you can deal from a position of strength. In a products liability or even a construction site accident, the last thing you ever want to do before you complete all possible investigation is alert the other side.” 1:70
- “The purpose of the defense medical examination is to determine the plaintiff’s medical condition. It is not to take a second deposition. Therefore, inquiry into the facts of the accident should be extremely limited because the doctor or his staff will always confuse the facts, either accidentally or on purpose.” 2:41
- “Avoid advertisers. We have found that the worst experts are the ones who advertise. They are promoters; they spread themselves too thin. They claim to be experts on everything under the sun and they usually are much more interested in the profits they can make on the case than the contribution they can make to a winning effort.” 1:60
- “All witnesses are nervous at a deposition. Therefore do not put them at ease before getting to the tough questions by dragging them through relatively unimportant background details about the witness or the accident site. Ask the tough questions immediately. You can go through the other material later.” 2:11
- “Leave the client in the hall. There is a growing custom to have the plaintiff sit in on the opening part of the mediation. This should be strongly resisted. The worst problem is that the client will take umbrage at the comments of the defense and his anger will create a huge problem to mediation, which depends heavily on cooperation. In addition, the client may not understand the plaintiff’s attorney candidly admitting weaknesses in the case or even weaknesses in the plaintiff’s salability to a jury.” 2:81
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