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 this 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.

Then name of the law firm is ______.

Then call the professionals of Lawsuit Financing today.

One type of claim mentioned in the ad is ______.

With over 75 years of combined experience, we have settled millions of dollars in claims with all types of cases: medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, employment discrimination, and more.

The purpose of the cash advance is to help clients cover ____.

What's more, we can provide you with cash to take care of your immediate financial needs: home mortgages, car payments, and bills.

What other statement is true about the law firm?

And you don't pay anything until we win your case, and you keep the cash advance if we don't.

If you don't win your case, the company will ____.

You keep the cash advance if we don't.

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?