Category: Practice Areas

Degenerative disc disease and trauma: the law related to pre-existing conditions

The Law of Pre-Existing Condition and Compensation for Aggravation of Pre-existing Condition An injured person is entitled to be compensated for any aggravation of a pre-existing condition, but not the pre-existing condition itself.   Usually, the aggravation often doesn’t substantially change the physical nature of the pre-existing condition right away, but rather, causes symptoms that […]

Written by on August 14, 2019

Structured personal injury settlements

STRUCTURED SETTLEMENTS ARE GREAT FOR MINORS Even the most disciplined 18 year old can blow through a few hundred thousand dollars in a short period of time.    A $100,000.00 boat, a Range Rover Sport, and a few lavish trips could be the end of several hundred thousand dollars, real quick.  A carefully planned and […]

Written by on December 3, 2019

Pam and other cooking spray can explosions are causing serious burn injuries

Most households and restaurants in the United States have some form of cooking spray on hand.   In recent years, Conagra Corporation, the company that makes Pam and other Cooking Sprays, decided to modify it’s can design to allow for the propane/butane aerosol mixture, to vent out of the bottom of the can, rather than […]

Written by on August 21, 2019

What happens when a doctor treating you for injuries from an auto collision commits malpractice: who is liable for the malpractice complications and injuries…

Sometimes “when it rains in pours.”   You suffer injuries in an auto collision and go to see a doctor to make it better; but unfortunately, after seeing the doctor, you come out worse because the doctor is negligent in some way and makes an already bad situation worse.   So instead of being treated […]

Written by on June 5, 2019

Funding medical care after injury when you have no insurance

If you or a family member suffers injuries in an automobile wreck,  truck collision, boating accident, or other unexpected incident, it doesn’t always happen at a time when you are able to afford the expensive medical care involved to bring you to a point of maximum medical improvement (MMI); and if the injuries are serious, […]

Written by on May 1, 2019

Mental anguish damages in personal injury cases: purchasing of a mind

Mental anguish is an element of “actual damages” that an injured person may recover in a personal injury matter.   It’s one of the intangible losses, incapable of mathematical certainty. The jury’s role as fact-finder is to evaluate the facts and determine whether the injured party suffered mental anguish, and if so, determine an appropriate […]

Written by on November 25, 2017

What to expect in a civil lawsuit deposition

Civil litigation is the process of one person, company or other legal entity, suing another person, company or other legal entity for money, or to protect some other legal interest.   In the context of civil litigation, they are referred to as “parties” to a lawsuit.   Federal and state civil judicial systems are governed by a sets […]

Written by on September 17, 2017

Why the mcknight law firm represents people and not corporations

Many years ago, I chose to represent those who suffer harms and losses, rather than defend those who cause harms and losses.   That choice resulted from my childhood background, life’s experiences and professional influences along my journey into law. After graduating from St. Andrews High School in Charleston in 1983, I attended the University […]

Written by on September 13, 2017