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Academic English

“Lawsuit Settlement”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult lawsuit settlements man 00:30

Pre-Listening Exercise

People sometimes find them in situations where they decide to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice or personal injury in an accident. What things would you look for in an attorney or law firm to help you through these difficult circumstances? When you find one, what advice on accident claims do you think is the most helpful?


“lie through one’s teeth” = lie so you don’t get in trouble
The man lied through his teeth even though he was guilty of the crime.”

“rip someone off” = cheat someone
I decided to hire a lawyer because the salesman ripped me off.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

Have you ever considered hiring a law firm to settle some form of dispute? If so, describe the situation and talk about why legal action through a lawyer was an option you considered. Are there other ways to resolve problems without going to court? If a family member owed you money but refused to pay you back, would you take the person to court? Why or why not?

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