I'm tapping my fingers on everything, so why not type, right?
Today is the Expert Orthopedic Surgeon and Tugboat's actual Orthopedic Surgeon. Experts always come under a lot of scrutiny since they are paid for their time and they see the patient relatively infrequently.
However, Tugboat's ACTUAL doctor is a genius and has a knowledge and continuity of care that can't be challenged. Plus, he's also spent the last four years frustrated at the limits put on Tugboat's care by the Worker's Compensation system. So, he's out for little blood, too. Got to LOVE that.
The expert went on this morning and wow'd the jury, as we knew he would. We also got a lunchtime update on the settlement negotiations. It's kind of complicated so here's as much background as I think I can give:
We are suing a city agency. That city agency had hired a contracting company to run the job. The first level of liability lies with the contractor. But, they only have a limited amount of insurance coverage. So, if the trial goes to verdict and it's higher than their insurance coverage, they will be forced to go bankrupt and the city agency will be forced to appeal the decision or pay the balance.
You would think this would motivate all parties to settle this shit before a verdict, no?
Everyone seems to be bickering about a relatively small amount of money. (Though that small amount does put us over the emotional threshold we had been hoping for.) We've made it clear we are willing to settle and are just waiting for them to stop fighting and make the call.
(Sidenote: The scheme I alluded to in the last post was something cooked up by our lawyer that turned out not to be legal, so we won't be doing any of that.)