Tom Calcatera is a veteran attorney at the Mike Morse Law Firm with over 40 years of experience navigating tough personal injury cases.
In his most recent conversation with Mike, Tom gives advice on how to win your personal injury case and get the most compensation possible. He and Mike also discuss the reality of insurance companies, give expert advice on what to do after an accident, and tell some of his craziest courtroom stories!
[0:27] Introducing today’s guest, Tom Calcatera
[0:39] How many years have you been an attorney?
[1:32] Why did you go to law school?
[2:35] Where did you go to law school?
[2:39] How long did you work at the Bernstein law firm?
[2:57] What kind of cases do you handle here?
[3:26] What are the best things that clients can do to win more money from their case?
[5:02] How important is it for clients to be open and honest?
[5:59] What new problems has social media caused for lawyers?
[7:54] Do you have any other examples of social media discrediting injured people?
[8:47] How often do insurance companies send surveillance?
[11:01] Sometimes friends and relatives post things as well
[11:34] Can you tell us about your family?
[14:04] How common is it for a client’s pain to start a few days after an accident?
[15:29] How often do minor injuries become much worse?
[16:29] Traumatic Brain Injuries only manifest as headaches sometimes
[17:32] Mike lists some brain injury symptoms to look out for
[19:30] How severe do injuries need to be for a client to hire a lawyer?
[22:29] It doesn’t hurt you to get potential injuries checked out
[23:19] Kevin hasn’t been to a doctor since birth
[23:50] Have insurance companies gotten better or worse in the last 40 years?
[25:40] Which is the worst Michigan insurance company to deal with?
[26:44] Why don’t more cases of lying in court end up in the media?
[27:54] The insurance company didn’t follow a judge’s direct order
[30:01] “That’s why people come to the Mike Morse Law Firm”
[30:45] Kevin asks about the attorney who lied to get a subpoena
[32:36] Which is the best Michigan insurance company to deal with?
[33:54] How do you feel about Gov. Whitmer signing the new No-Fault bill?
[35:30] Mike doesn’t think that Michiganders will not save money because of the new No-Fault law
[37:29] Congratulations on making it through 4 decades as a lawyer
[38:19] Thank you for watching this episode of the Open Mike podcast!