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Radar detectors and the need for speed

In the world of radar laser detectors, you can choose from three designs. You can choose remote mount, corded or cordless detectors. Each will provide a level of protection, but it is really up to you to avoid a speeding ticket.

radar detectorRegardless of which one you choose, you should buy only the best radar detector for your need. Although each one has similar designs to do the same thing, alert you of any radar laser signals coming your way.

A remote-mount detector is designed to be installed and out of the way. All of these types of radar detectors will require installation. A little more work in the beginning, but they offer a great defense.

The radar/laser sensors need to be mounted on the front or both the front and rear area of the vehicle. This will give you three hundred and sixty degrees of protection.

The prices tend to be a little higher and because they do require installation, you may not find as many of these in cars today. These are definitely the coolest of them all.

You may not see many of these, but cordless radar detectors run on their own power supply. Usually, this power supply is batteries. Very few may use solar energy.

Most radar detector makers produce a few of these each year and are harder to find than any other model. In order to save energy, they turn themselves on/off in milliseconds.

The most popular corded detectors are used in millions of vehicles. They are most popular because they are simple to use right out of the packaging. There are many corded detectors available.

Corded detectors are probably the cheapest and most reliable detector on the market today. You can easily move them and use them in different cars.

All types of radar detectors will work very much the same. They are all designed to pick up many types of radar and laser signals from law enforcement’s radar/laser guns.

How to develop a legal defence strategy

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Google “medical malpractice defense” and you will find thousands of articles, advertisements, and opposing opinions for the physician embroiled in fighting a malpractice claim. Some say┬áthis, another says never apologize. One offers access to expert witnesses; another says not to use them. One says emotional support; others says don’t talk to anyone about it. Some want money for their advice and assistance; some don’t.

So what’s a doctor to do? How can you successfully prepare for your defense and a deposition?

There have been entire books written on this subject, and I do not purport to be an expert. However, as a provider of medical negligence insurance, I do have some experience in the subtleties that express the difference between winning and losing.

Today we will focus on demeanor and support. For the moment, we will operate under the assumption that the doctor is innocent, the insurance company has been notified, legal assistance activated, the records are in order – in other words, everything looks perfect for a solid defense.

One factor that can work against the defense is the doctor’s demeanor. Some have great, charismatic bedside manners. Some do not. Some seem to radiate an engaging personality of warmth, wit, charm, and sensitivity; Others have an aloofness about them.

Some are great conversationalists with excellent verbal skills. Some do not seem to have that trait.

Unfortunately, those who lack warmth are more likely to be sued. Patients are slow to file claims against doctors that they really “like”. These same doctors are also more likely to lose in court because of that fact. Exit polls have shown that juries are as heavily influenced during deliberations by how they feel about the defendant as by the facts of the case. Many plaintiff attorneys believe that the doctor’s personality plays as big a role as medical details and expert testimony.

If a claim has been filed against you, prior even to the deposition stage, seek out the advice of your attorneys, peers, family and friends on how to increase your “likeability” factor. You want to appear competent and confident without exuding any sense of arrogance or superiority. Some attorneys will even get out the video camera to help you improve your personality and presentation skills. And always avoid being goaded into anger or rage by the opposing attorneys.

Likewise, make sure you are fully prepared for the deposition. This is not only an investigative procedure, but it is an opportunity for the attorneys on both sides to take your measure and develop an appropriate strategy. The plaintiff’s attorney will be looking for ways to make you look bad in court while your attorney will be assessing the chances of prevailing at trial or to determine if pursuing a settlement is the better approach.