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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.

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.

What Happens If You Are Injured By An Uninsured Driver?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

An auto accident is already a disastrous event, but there is one thing that could make it worse –when the other driver doesn’t have insurance. However, the fact that they don’t have insurance doesn’t mean that you can’t get damages from them.

The usual situation when you encounter an uninsured driver is that they don’t have insurance because they can’t afford it. This means that if you take them to court for medical bills and property damage even if you win you may not get much compensation. The court realizes that they cannot make an individual pay what they do not have, but they can make them pay a set weekly amount that they can afford to cover your damages. If the uninsured driver fails to pay, the court can freeze their assets and generally force their hand.

Typically this is a poor situation for all those involved. The victims of the accident feels bad for suing someone without means to pay for the damage, and the negligent party becomes even more financially imperiled by the fact that they have to slowly pay back the damages. It really is a no-win situation, which is why it is so important to have insurance. An accident may make your premiums go up, but it is there to pay for damages when you really need it.

If you have been in an accident with an uninsured driver and need legal representation for your court case, contact us. We can make sure that your damages are paid without making the process more drawn out and painful than it needs to be.

Mistakes to Avoid After an Auto Accident

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Car accidents are one of the top personal injury accidents in the world, but even if the accident is a minor one, the costs can be major. However, it is not always the accident that can cause those involved to have to shell out tons of money, but the costly mistakes they make afterwards.

Failing to Gather Information

After an auto accident, we are not always in the right frame of mind or physically able to gather information from the scene. Luckily, that is what police on the scene are for. After an accident, especially if you are looking to file a legal or insurance claim, be sure to contact the police to get copies of their documentation.

Missing the Statute of Limitations

Most incidents, from accidents all the way to sexual assault, have a statute of limitations. However, when it comes to auto accidents, the statute of limitations is strict and with a short window. You only have two years to file a suit against the liable party before the statute runs out. That seems plenty long, but it can take awhile to prepare for filing, heal from injuries, and actually decide if you want to go to court.

Not Following Up with Medical Care

After an accident, many injuries require immediate care, but other injuries are not always so noticeable. If you don’t cite injuries when you file suit, you will not get any compensation for them. This is why it is important to go to your follow-up exams before filing a claim, so you actually get an amount that can cover all your injuries.

If you have been hurt in an auto accident and want to avoid any detrimental mistakes, contact us today.


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