Articles by Gary Wickert

image of Gary WickertGary Wickert is an insurance trial lawyer and a partner with Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C., and is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on insurance subrogation. He is the author of several subrogation books and legal treatises and is a national and international speaker and lecturer on subrogation and motivational topics. He can be reached at gwickert@mwl-law.com.

Subrogation Savoir-Faire: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Oh, that it wasn’t so, but today’s world of insurance claims adjusting, subrogation and civil litigation rewards the ability of one party to take advantage of what the other party doesn’t know. A civil trial is known as an “adversary …

Why Did the Plaintiff Cross the Road?

Understanding Pedestrian and Crosswalk Laws in All 50 States Every year approximately 76,000 pedestrians suffer injuries when they are struck by a moving vehicle. Beginning in 2016, America experienced a significant increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities, and in …

Subrogating the Deer in the Headlights

One day last month our firm received three separate, unrelated subrogation claim files involving serious personal injury, property damage, and a death resulting from tractor-trailers whose drivers had swerved to avoid colliding with a deer on the highway. In two …

Tautology and the Art of Listening

We only hear half of what we listen to. Perhaps that is why most people instinctively use tautology when they write or speak. Tautology is the use of different words to say the same thing or repeating the same thing …

Why Molten Lava and Insurance Don’t Mix: Subrogating Pele and the Goddess of Fire

In the Hawaiian religion, Tūtū Pele is the goddess of fire and volcanoes and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiians believe Kilauea to be inhabited by a “family of fire gods”, one of the sisters being Pele, who is …

NFPA 921 for Dummies: How to Play the Fire Cause and Origin Game and Win

Every year, property insurers write checks totaling nearly $15 billion in response to fire losses, large and small. Fire claims average nearly $50,000 and are the most expensive type of claim filed, followed by hail claims at $11,000. Claims professionals …

Slower Traffic Keep Right: A Summary of State ‘Keep Right’ Traffic Laws

It is the universal trigger and a pet peeve of millions of drivers. You’re making good time traveling 75 mph in the left lane of a freeway with a 70 mph posted speed limit. You tap your brakes, turning off …

Texting While Driving on the Rise Despite More Laws Banning it

It’s going to be a banner year for trial lawyers and a tough year for auto insurers. More than 3,000 people are killed on U.S. roads every year in distracted driving crashes, and the use of cellphones while driving has …

The Cost of Subrogation Procrastination

Delays in Referring File to Subrogation Counsel Can Be Expensive In July 2017, we published a somewhat controversial article in the Claims Journal,Ten Subrogation Mistakes Insurance Companies Keep Making. Thirty-four years of subrogation litigation experience had distilled ten of the …

Uber, Lyft and New York Loss Transfer

Ridesharing has officially arrived in New York, and confusion over New York no-fault insurance and PIP Loss Transfer has arrived with it. On June 29, 2017, the New York State Assembly approved, and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed, the state’s $153 …