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What Not to Say After an Auto Accident

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Everyone knows that when it comes to legal dealings, what you say can be important. All it takes is one wrong slip of the tongue or an off-handed phrase and it gives the defense all the ammunition they need to make sure their client wins. While some may believe what you say is only important with criminal cases, it can be just as important after an auto accident too.

Apologies

Even immediately after an auto accident when you are checking on the safety of another driver, avoid apologies. Saying you are sorry is like saying “this was my fault.” Even if it was your fault, you should avoid apologies since they will make things potentially worse for you.

Promises

Spoken promises are cheap, and often most people won’t keep them. It gives the other party certain expectations, and if they are not met, it can make them extremely upset. If you intend to keep your promise of paying for the damage, then, by all means, give them your word. However, if not, then it is best to avoid the words “I promise.”

Admitting Fault

Like apologies, admitting it was your fault should be avoided. Both parties need to wait for the fault to be determined by an investigation following the accident. Claiming the fault could mean there might not be such an investigation, and you could be shouldered with a burden that isn’t actually yours to carry.

Saying You Are Okay

If the accident wasn’t too serious, you may feel okay after the crash. However, that doesn’t mean you are. After a crash, adrenaline is high and pain response is low. You could have internal bleeding or whiplash, the symptoms of which won’t manifest until the following day. Always visit a doctor before saying that you are uninjured from a crash.

If you have been in an auto accident and even if you believe your words might have hurt your potential case, contact us today.

How Do Bus Accident Lawsuits Differ from Normal Auto Accidents

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A bus may seem like a normal automobile, albeit it slightly bigger. However, if you were injured in a bus accident and choose to pursue a lawsuit, you will have a vastly different experience than if you were in an auto accident.

One of the primary differences is that you will likely not be the only victim in a bus accident. There could have been a dozen passengers on board and all of them may have been injured. However, you are not always wielding a lawsuit against just one person either. In bus accidents, blame can be placed not only on the bus driver, but on the bus company, their insurance carrier, bus part manufacturers, and even government entities depending on the unique circumstances of the accident. This means that you will need to decide where the blame for the accident lies and go after the person or people who were most responsible for your injuries. However, many of above have different restrictions and time limits in which you can file suit against them. This means that if you aren’t pursuing the right entity, you may have missed your time frame to do so altogether.

In most cases, the injured parties will often go after the bus driver, since they were the person driving. However, depending on the company and the circumstances, the driver may be protected by the company’s insurance. Regardless, those who do pursue a personal injury suit for a bus crash should be ready for a hard fight, since the insurance company or bus company may be handling multiple cases for crash victims. Naturally, they will want to pay out as little as possible, but this does leave room open for decent settlements.

If you have been in a bus crash in the Los Angeles area, contact us today to see what the Law Office of Freeman & Freeman can do for you.

Head-On Collisions Are Among the Most Serious Auto Accidents

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Head-on collisions are some of the most destructive accidents that occur and victims often sustain traumatic injuries.

Also called lane-departure or road-departure accidents, head-on collisions happen when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash into each other front bumper to front bumper. Even when such an accident occurs at a lower speed, the vehicles’ occupants can sustain severe injuries due to the force exerted on both cars by the forward motion against each other followed by rapid deceleration.

Causes

There are several causes of head-on collisions such as:

  • Bad weather conditions
  • Improper passing of another vehicle
  • Veering into another lane due to drowsiness or distractions
  • Disobeying traffic signs and signals
  • Construction zone detours

 

Types of Injuries

Even though head-on collisions only account for two percent of all auto accidents in the United States, they result in ten percent of the fatalities. The types of injuries sustained depend on the speed of the vehicles and what type of safety devices, such as seat belts, were in use. The most severe injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken or crushed bones
  • Deep lacerations (these can cause rapid blood loss or infection)

 

Compensation

Victims of head-on collisions may be entitled to receive compensation to cover the costs of:

  • Present and future medical costs
  • Loss of present and future wages
  • Caregivers
  • Vehicle and home modifications

 

If you have sustained injuries in an auto accident, please contact us. Should you have a valid claim, our attorneys will fight hard on your behalf to get you the settlement you deserve.

Herniated Discs Frequent Type Of Back Injury In Wrecks

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Your spinal column consists of 33 vertebrae separated by semi-soft “discs.” Each disc consists of a softer inner area protected by a tougher outer layer. Together, these discs and vertebrae protect the spinal cord, which is about 17 inches long in adults. The spinal cord transmits information from the brain to the major nerves that extend outward to every part of the human body.

Crashes and Herniated Discs

The sudden impact of a vehicular accident may twist, bend or otherwise contort the spinal column to such a degree that one or more of the discs ruptures. When these types of back injuries happen, some of the softer inner material may escape and protrude into the spinal column. When it presses on nerves, pain or numbness may result.

The oozing of disc material into the spinal column does not always cause pain or other sensations. Also, emergency room X-rays do not typically reveal evidence of these ruptured or herniated discs. 

Delayed Diagnosis

Since the interaction between a herniated disc and nearby nerves may not become apparent for days or even weeks, a correct diagnosis is sometimes delayed. As a result, insurance companies may sometimes insist the nerve pain or numbness is not the result of the crash, and they may refuse to pay for necessary surgery or other medical treatment. 

Therefore, it may help to enlist the services of an attorney familiar with back injuries in crashes. When a disc injury requires medical treatment, it is important for the accident victim to get compensation for medical expenses and possibly for pain and suffering. In more severe cases, victims often deserve further compensation for permanent limitations they may suffer.

If you or a family member is a victim of an accident, we make it possible for you to speak with an attorney at no cost to you. To arrange for this complimentary consultation, or to ask your questions, please contact us today.



Auto Accidents: Reasons to Consider Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Thursday, April 06, 2017

After being injured in a car accident, you may quickly find that there is more to deal with than simply healing. From filing paperwork and dealing with insurance companies, to seeing your doctor for treatments, you may soon find yourself in over your head and unsure what to do. Auto accidents can be stressful enough without you trying to deal with the aftermath on your own. If you have recently been injured in a car accident, here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer to help you through the coming ordeal.

Will be Able to Assess Your Claim

An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assess your unique situation, and will be able to help you to determine whether or not you have a case worthy of further legal action. Having experience with these cases, a personal injury lawyer will be able to give a more accurate idea of whether or not you have a case, which can prevent you from wasting time and money preparing for an unwinnable legal battle. Additionally, if your attorney determines that you have a viable case, a personal injury lawyer will be able to help you to determine what your claim is worth.

Has Experience Working with Insurance Companies

Working with, and receiving compensation from, insurance companies can be a difficult process. On your own, you may find your case being bounced from one person to the next with no results. An experienced lawyer can be extremely beneficial here, as they will have experience with these sorts of tactics, and will not become confused by them or feel pressured to settle on a deal prematurely. A personal injury attorney will be able to push past these barriers and get you the compensation you deserve.

Hiring a personal injury attorney after being involved in a car accident is a wise decision, as an attorney will not only be able to support you through this difficult time, but also, they will be able to help you to determine what your claim is worth, and they will work hard to make sure that your case is not ignored. These are just a few of the reasons to consider hiring a personal injury attorney; contact us to learn more about why it can be beneficial to hire an attorney after being injured in an auto accident.


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