Category: Serious Injuries

Should I settle or hire a lawyer?

Apr 14, 2016 - Litigation by

This is a great question that should always be asked before accepting any offer made by an insurance company in a personal injury case. In fact, this is the number one question I am asked. So, how do you find the answer? Unless you have been through this before, you should call an experienced personal injury attorney. Nearly all of them offer a free consultation, which should include a ballpark evaluation of your case. When you compare the value with the adjuster’s offer you must factor in the lawyers’ fee to see if it makes sense to hire an attorney. For example, the adjuster offers you $12,000 to settle your case. As a result of the free consultation you learn your case is worth about $15,000. If the lawyer can get you the $15,000, but charges one third of the value of case, you end up with less. That’s simple arithmetic. Try to make the decision analytically based on finances rather than emotion. The settlement amount is not the only factor The amount of the settlement is not the only reason to hire a lawyer. In many cases, the lawyer will find doctors that will await payment so you don’t have to front money for your medical treatment. Also, when the case is over most lawyers will negotiate with the doctors and hospitals to reduce their bills, resulting in more money to you. I’ve even had cases where the medical bills were far more than the insurance coverage. Making sure […]

Federal Study Reveals Most Dangerous Driving Distractions

Mar 29, 2016 - Car Accidents by

We’ve all been guilty of it at some point — fiddling with the radio while we change lanes, taking our eyes off the road to gaze at the passing scenery. Even professional drivers aren’t perfect. Distractions happen, and sometimes they can be deadly. Recently, the U.S. Congress funded the Strategic Highway Research Program Naturalistic Driving Study (SHRP 2 NDS) to find out just how dangerous distracted driving is. The study was conducted by scientists from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Rather than using a controlled testing environment, data was collected from 3,500 volunteer drivers over a three year period travelling in real-world conditions. The volunteers’ vehicles were outfitted with a series of radar units, cameras and sensors that allowed the researchers to record and analyze their driving behavior. By the end of the study, the participants had been involved in more than 1600 incidents. The researchers assessed accident causation based on a number of factors including speed, fatigue, sobriety and distraction. After analyzing the data, the research team concluded that distracted driving was nearly as dangerous as drunk driving. But Which Distractions Were the Most Dangerous? Some distractions that the researchers expected to be particularly dangerous were actually fairly uncommon. These included things like applying makeup while driving, and interacting with children in the back seat. In fact, the researchers found that people tended to drive more carefully with children in the car. Other well-known distractions – texting while driving, for example – were found to be very dangerous. Generally, […]

Choosing the Right Attorney for a Bodily Injury Case

Sep 25, 2015 - Serious Injuries by

Finding a personal or bodily injury attorney is not difficult. The problem is knowing if the attorney you found is a good one, or the right one for you. If you have a good case, or a “winning case”, many lawyers will be willing to help. You need to be able to choose the right lawyer who will best represent you in your accident injury case. What you should know: The attorney you choose can make a huge difference in how your case is handled. Do research on the lawyers that you are interested in working with, get referrals and seek out online reviews. Once you have narrowed your choices, set up meetings with the lawyers to get a better feel for how you are going to be represented. Pre-Planning for meeting with your lawyer Take notes that include important information about your case. Provide evidence you may have, pictures of the accident scene, injuries, as well as names of witnesses. Include a copy of the police report of the accident, medical bills, and insurance information and policies, which are extremely important to your case. Your being organized and prepared will allow the attorney to be more effective in representing your interests. Questions for the lawyer When meeting with your lawyer, you should feel comfortable with him/her. If you feel that there is no chance of having a positive relationship, find another lawyer. If you do feel comfortable with your lawyer, have some question ready for them. Such as: How […]

Social Network Warning for the Injured

Oct 14, 2013 - Serious Injuries by

Do you like posting comments about your day or checking in at places you have been with friends? Most of us do, but if you’ve been injured in an accident you must be careful posting on social networks! Insurance adjusters have made it a habit to look up injured accident victims on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram and other social media sites to see if they can catch someone with injuries doing something they shouldn’t be. For example, if you are complaining about neck and back pain but show yourself on a rollercoaster – that could pose a problem, or if you are claiming your knee hurts so bad you can’t walk but brag about skateboarding this could pose a problem! Many people post things without even giving it a second thought, but you must use caution when you have an accident claim. Make sure you check your pictures! Facebook has a new privacy level so some of your photos uploaded by a mobile device (phone or tablet) AUTOMATICALLY are public unless you change the privacy option. How do you find out if this is happening to you? Go to a search engine and type in your name and see what pops up. One of the employees here at Phillips and Lyon did that and was shocked to find pictures of her daughter and her vacation from Facebook and Instagram were online for everyone to see. If your pictures show up public you just have to log onto the site […]

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