Legal Assistance for Grieving Families
When a family has suffered the senseless loss of a loved one due to an accident or other act of negligence, they can be left with intense grief, insecurity and many unanswered questions. Those who are left behind not only are deprived of many future years with their beloved, but they are also left holding the bag for medical bills, years of lost income, and intense emotional pain and suffering. Since wrongful death occurrences are so incredibly unexpected, knowing who to turn to and what to do next can be a seemingly insurmountable problem. Compassionate and understanding assistance is available to you by contacting a personal injury lawyer. We can help guide you through these difficult times and ensure that you can start to pick up the pieces and put your life back together.
There are many unfortunate accidents and incidents that can lead to the wrongful death of a loved one. The key factor in all of these events is that they are caused by the recklessness, negligence and carelessness of others.
Although nothing can bring about your deepest desire – the restoration of your loved one – there are powerful options available to you through pursuance of a wrongful death claim that can ensure that your family remains financially secure and that appropriate punitive damages are sought against those guilty of taking your loved one from you.
Wrongful Death Lawyer
We understand the difficulty and grief you are experiencing, and we want to help you in this tragic time. Others should not be allowed to take advantage of your fragile state, and our legal team are dedicated to protecting the legal rights and interests of clients who have sustained such immense loss. Our greatest concern is caring for your needs and making sure that the needs of you and your family are met after a wrongful death occurs.
For caring legal counsel after losing a loved one to an accident or act of recklessness, contact aWrongful Death Attorney today.
Injured by another motorist while riding your bike?
There are many strong arguments for using a bicycle as your daily form of transportation, including the avoidance of high gas prices, cutting down on one’s impact on the environment, and creating a more healthy lifestyle. Bicycle enthusiasts can be seen on our roads in every community and on every day, but sadly they bear an increased risk of significant injury because of the negligence of other drivers on the road. Larger vehicles, for obvious reasons, provide a much greater safety barrier against road hazards and accidents than is afforded to bicyclists. Even well-trained and observant bike riders can be subjected to life-changing injuries when a careless or distracted driver hits them. If you or a loved one has been impacted by the negligence of another driver while riding a bicycle, help is available to you from a personal injury lawyer.
Bicycle accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. Other motorists are notorious for their lack of respect and attention to smaller vehicles and pedestrians and such behavior as this can lead to injury in a flash:
Following too close to a cyclist or misjudging distance
Failure to check mirrors and blind spots
Ignoring traffic signals and stop signs
Driving too fast for weather conditions
Driving recklessly or aggressively
Driving while distracted by cell phones, radio and passengers
Bicycle Accident Attorney
Why let the negligence of another driver put you into physical and financial peril? You have strong legal rights and may pursue damages through a civil action, and our attorneys are ready to help you with that important endeavor. Backed by a team with four decades of combined experience, our firm is dedicated to success, competent representation, and respectful client care.
Contact a Bicycle Accident Attorney without delay for exemplary legal counsel.
Obtaining Compensation for Drunk Driving Victims
All of us have a distinct understanding of just how powerful automobiles are. We are trained to be defensive drivers, watching the road closely and refraining from engaging in distracting activities when we drive. Car accidents will be a part of life as long as humans are in control of them – simply because people make mistakes. One of the most profound lapses in judgment can be the decision to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink. A drunk driver puts not only himself at risk, but also every other pedestrian and driver on the road. Countless lives are lost or seriously impacted each year because of the reckless behavior of drunk drivers, and if you are among this unfortunate statistic, a personal injury attorney can be of valuable help in pursuing the damages you are deserved.
A vast number of car accidents are caused by intoxicated drivers, and while they will surely be held criminally liable for their DUI offense, they must also face the music for the medical bills, pain and suffering they inflict upon victims and their families. Accidents can cause not only catastrophic injuries to the head, spinal cord, brain, and neck, but all too often, wrongful death. A full third of all fatalities on the road each year are caused by drunk drivers. These senseless events could have been prevented simply from the drunk driver staying off the road, and justice must be meted when such tragedies occur.
Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one was a victim of the deplorable actions of a drunk driver, we can help. Our legal team can offer knowledgeable and skilled legal counsel to both injured parties and family members who have lost a loved one. We are dedicated to helping you through this difficult time and to aggressively pursuing justice and compensation.
Why delay in protecting your vitality and legal rights? Contact a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer immediately.
Car & Auto Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or auto accident you will find yourself having to deal with medical care, insurance companies and the many other complications that may result from your accident. Many insurance firms will attempt to settle quickly and while that may seem helpful at first, it can cause difficulties later if complications arise later and you have already accepted a final settlement. To protect your rights and to ensure your get the medical care and other compensation you deserve, you should speak to a personal injury attorney at our office before you agree to any settlement offers you may receive.
We are dedicated to serving the best interests of car and auto accident victims. We will meet with you in a free consultation and review the details of your accident. If you were injured as the result of the negligence or recklessness of another driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation for not only your injuries and medical bills but also any lost wages and any pain and suffering. It is in your best interests to have a lawyer experienced in car & auto accident cases review your case and inform you of your options.
Auto Accident Attorney
Whenever there are injuries caused by an accident, even those that seem minor at first, you may find that any settlement your are offered to cover your initial medical treatments will not cover additional complications or long term care that you require. We can help you by making sure your medical diagnosis is thorough and your treatment is skilled and comprehensive. We will investigate the details of your accident to assess all the causes and factors that led to your injuries. We can help you negotiate with the insurance companies to make sure that you receive a full and fair settlement. If that proves difficult then we are prepared to file a suit on your behalf to recover the compensation you deserve. Call our offices today and we will answer your question and advise you of your rights.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer if you have been involved in a car accident. We can protect your rights and help you receive the settlement you deserve for your injuries and damages.
Legal Counsel for those Impacted by Transportation Accidents
We all depend greatly on our country’s fine system of roads and highways, whether we live in a rural or urban setting. We rely on our cars, trucks, bicycles and buses to get us to and from work, play, and chores. Many different personal and commercial vehicles – as well as pedestrians – all share the road and when others are not diligent in their duty to drive safely and without impairment or distraction, we all stand at serious risk for injury. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another driver, it is crucial that you immediately procure excellent legal counsel from a personal injury attorney.
Transportation accidents can occur for many reasons. Perhaps a motorist who has had a little too much to drink decided to endanger us all by getting behind the wheel drunk. Or maybe an overtired and overdriven truck driver, desperate to finish his haul, causes an accident because an impaired ability to drive. Or maybe a distracted or untrained bus driver wreaks havoc on the road with his oversized vehicle. Not a person who shares the road, whether on 18 wheels, 4 wheels, 2 wheels or on foot, can avoid the perils of an accident when the unpredictably negligent actions of another driver enter into the equation.
Transportation Accident Lawyer
Our attorneys are ready to help those who have been injured in a transportation accident. Our dedicated team of lawyers has over 40 years of combined experience in helping injured victims recover just compensation, including incidents such as car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, bicycle accidents and even drunk driving accidents. You can put your trust in our firm to treat you with respect and to communicate frequently during each step of your case. We understand the stress that is associated with accidents relating to transportation and will therefore do everything possible to provide our clients with cohesive, responsive and effective legal assistance when it is needed most.
Contact a transportation accident lawyer as soon as possible for legal assistance after experiencing injury caused by the carelessness of another.
Truck Accidents involving Semis and 18 Wheelers
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident involving a truck, semi or 18 wheeler, you will be faced with a much more difficult and complex situation than an accident involving another car. Liability issues can be quite complex in these circumstances. The insurance companies that represent trucking firms are very quick to act and often will attempt to settle insurance claims for a very small amount as quickly as possible. To protect your rights and be sure that you receive a settlement that pays not only your medical bills but also for other damages such as loss of wages and your pain and suffering you should contact a skilled and knowledgeable truck accident attorney. For more information and a free consultation, call a personal injury lawyer at our office. We are dedicated to helping victims of truck accidents get the settlement they deserve for their injuries.
Insurance companies are in the business of saving money and will often try to settle with victims of a truck accident quickly and for an amount that may not fully cover your medical bills. If your accident was the result of another’s negligence or wrongdoing you are entitled to receive compensation for more than just your medical bills. We can help you receive additional compensation for any lost wages, additional damages and for your pain and suffering.
Truck Accident Lawyer
We are prepared to aggressively pursue the maximum settlement possible on your behalf for truck accidents involving:
Big rig rollover accidents
Tractor-trailer jackknife accidents
Unsafe or unsecured load caused accidents
Runaway truck accidents
Drivers who fall asleep or are under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or drugs (DUID)
Our firm is prepared to do a full investigation into your accident to establish any and all factors that contributed to your injuries. In some cases, there can be defective vehicle manufacturing or unsafe road conditions that contributed to your accident. If so, you are entitled to pursue additional compensation from any additional parties for their negligence. Speak to us today and we will review your accident and explain your options clearly. Don’t settle for less than you deserve.
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer and find out how we can help you receive the full settlement you deserve to pay for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Legal Care for Injured Pedestrians
The freedom of being able to walk to work, retail, and recreational activities can be a wonderful plus of living in an urban area. Many of us are afflicted by the rising cost of gas, the stressful annoyance of traffic gridlock, and the detriments of smog and vehicle emissions. We also are leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles and could all use more physical exercise, which pedestrian transportation can obviously provide. But some drivers can be quite careless in their sharing of the road with pedestrians, and because the human body – unprotected – is no match for the physical force doled out in an accident, those on foot can incur grievous injuries in a flash. A personal injury attorney can offer valuable legal guidance to you if you have been injured by another driver.
The list of impactful injuries a pedestrian can face is stark: traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, organ damage, broken bones, burns and lacerations – the list goes on and on. Pedestrians can do all within their power to avoid injury by diligently following the lead of posted signage and traffic signals, staying within crosswalks, looking twice for errant motorists and road hazards, and staying off limited access highways or roads. Yet a drunk, reckless, or simply distracted motorist can assault even the most careful and observant pedestrian, and these drivers must be held liable for the great physical and financial pain they cause.
Pedestrian Accident Attorney
Our skilled team of lawyers comprise a respected legal firm dedicated to integrity and success. We have assisted countless clients in pursuing personal injury and wrongful death claims after they and their families have been impacted by negligent parties. You can receive this same outstanding and proven representation by procuring the services of our team, and you will find our attorneys to be not only highly competent but also caring and understanding of your needs.
Pedestrians stand at significant risk for grievous injury, and if you have been hit by another driver, you can contact a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer for immediate legal care.
About Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can cause much more damage to the rider than to the driver of the other car or truck that may have been involved. Almost all motorcycle accidents cause serious or catastrophic injuries. Some result in the wrongful death of the rider. If you or a loved one has been injured, disabled or killed in a motorcycle accident that was the result of another’s negligence, you should speak to a personal injury attorney at our office immediately. We can assist you with getting you the medical care needed, even if you have not received an insurance settlement offer yet. We can help you negotiate with the insurance companies to fight for the full compensation you require for your injuries, losses and pain and suffering.
We understand the trauma and upset that a motorcycle accident can cause. To protect your rights and to help you get all the financial coverage you are entitled to, having a skilled and experienced motorcycle accident attorney to represent your best interests can put your mind at rest. We understand that insurance companies will often attempt to pay a quick and cheap settlement as soon as possible. Before accepting any settlement offer you should let us review the circumstances of your accident. This can prevent you from giving away your right to get the complete and comprehensive settlement that you may deserve.
Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Insurance companies often hold to the belief that in any motorcycle accident the rider was at least partially to blame. This makes them offer a reduced settlement compared to what the rider actually may need for his injuries. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims and are prepared to fight aggressively with their best interests in mind. Especially in case where the accident involved another driver and whose negligence was responsible for your injuries, we can help you make the necessary claims against them to get additional compensation for such things as lost wages and your pain and suffering. Protect your rights and get the full settlement amount you need for your medical bills and other damages. Call our offices today for a free consultation.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident. We can help you get the compensation you need for your injuries or loss.
Have you been injured in a bus accident?
Many people depend heavily on bus transportation to get them to and from work and to care for their needs each and every day. In urban areas especially, people have chosen not to even own a car because of high gas and parking costs, so safe and quality public transportation is crucial. Roads are clogged with traffic, and commuters can leave that stress and worry behind by taking the bus. Others depend on buses for long-range and group transportation needs. Countless school children rely on bus transportation to get to school and back safely. A bus driver should be well-trained, diligent, and respectful of other drivers on the road and the passengers on the bus, and when he or she fails at this duty, it can lead to accidents. If you have been injured in such an accident, a personal injury lawyer stands ready to help you.
Both public and private bus companies must hire safe drivers and train them well before putting them behind the wheel of such large and powerful vehicles. If they fail at this duty, they can be held responsible for a rash of ensuing liability issues. Drivers themselves put everyone on the road at risk when they:
Lack proper training, experience or temperament
Drink alcohol before or on duty
Drive under the influence of drugs
Do not receive proper rest or pull long/double shifts
Are distracted by passengers, cell phones, radio, and other factors
Are negligent in strictly following traffic laws
Bus Accident Attorney
When in need of outstanding legal counsel after sustaining a bus accident-related injury, you can count on our attorneys. Our team has been recognized by such organizations as “Super Lawyers,” and has countless years of collective experience in achieving successful results for personal injury clients with a wide variety of needs. Your case is very important to us, and we are deeply concerned for your well-being and interests.
Contact a Bus Accident Attorney today for swift legal advocacy.
Helping Victims of Workplace Injury
Our jobs are a very important part of how we spend a great many hours of our week and are crucial to our livelihood and financial stability. But what happens when we sustain an injury at the workplace? Who stands responsible? Literally millions of people sustain injuries – from minor to life-changing – on the job each year. Thousands of these result in extremely serious afflictions and even death. Laws are in place to protect workers and you can find out more if you have been affected by a workplace injury by contacting a personal injury lawyer.
The circumstances leading up to your injury will have a great deal to do with how you may approach receiving the compensation you deserve. In many cases, worker’s compensation will be the only avenue down which to pursue benefits, but if a third party was involved in the injury, you may also be able to file a civil personal injury lawsuit against them for financial damages as well. After receiving proper medical care from an approved provider, keeping well-documented records of the incident, you should procure excellent legal help to ensure that your rights and best interests are protected.
Workers’ Comp Lawyer
If you have been the victim of a workplace accident that resulted in an injury such as an amputation, you should not hesitate to contact an attorney experienced in the laws pertaining to workers’ compensation. By working with a lawyer that you can trust, you can take the necessary steps towards filing a workers’ comp claim. By seeking this avenue of action, a workers’ comp lawyer can help you to understand such issues as work comp benefits and medical treatment and what can be done should you be forced to deal with a denied claim.
The rights of injured workers should never be violated and the right lawyer will be able to help ensure that yours are not. No matter if you are an airport worker, a FEDEX or UPS employee or the employee of another company, if you have been injured on the job, you have rights to just compensation that should not be ignored. Talk to an experienced lawyer today to learn more about what can be done to help you achieve your just outcome.
Our legal team is ready to assist those who have been injured on the job with caring and aggressive legal representation. With 40 years of collective experience, our lawyers are highly respected and have a track record of success. You can trust our firm to exhibit dedication and commitment to your case and to work tenaciously towards a full and just resolution.
Contact a work injury attorney as soon as possible for an important consultation.
Personal Injury Lawyer
We go about our work each day, rarely considering that our job can lead is down a perilous path in an instant. One of the most unpleasant and serious injuries one can have at the workplace is one that leads to an amputation. It is a frightening thought – and one we would rather not consider – but a distinct possibility, nonetheless, especially for those who work regularly with heavy equipment, materials, and machinery. When the unpredictably negligent behavior of another enters into the equation, even our own diligence cannot protect us from these horrible incidents. If you have been involved in a workplace accident that led to an amputation, make immediate contact with a personal injury lawyer for caring help.
What can lead to an amputation? Generally, when there has been serious trauma to a limb, such as crushed bones, critically torn ligaments, or subsequent infection or healing issues, an amputation can end up being necessary to save the rest of your body from peril. It could happen for reasons such as a car accident, machinery malfunction to the gross negligence of another worker. Not only will the physical recovery be painful and expensive, but the psychological effect and permanent lifestyle change can be a nightmare.
Personal Injury Attorney
Your physical health and receiving immediate medical care are the most important considerations after a workplace accident. But you will also need outstanding legal counsel to help you with workers’ compensation claims and possible lawsuits against a third party. Our legal team can offer immediate and caring attention to your case and is dedicated to aggressive representation and intimate client care.
We understand the difficulty you are going through after an amputation. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney without delay for trusted legal guidance.
Personal Injury Lawyer
To ensure that you do not fall victim to missed deadlines, miscommunication, insufficient documentation and claim denials after you have suffered a workplace injury, it is important to be well-informed about the claims process. A personal injury lawyer has the knowledge and skill you need to ensure that your rights are not violated and that critical errors in your claim are not made, and it is advisable to procure exemplary legal help as soon as possible. Important workers’ comp benefits and medical treatment rights are available to you.
After you have sustained an injury on the job, whether it be due to a single or repeated incident or due to long-term exposure, it is crucial that you immediately inform your employer. If possible, you should do this before receiving medical treatment, because your employer may need to refer you to a physician covered under their workers’ comp insurance. Once you have received medical attention, you will need to fill out a Department of Workers Compensation (DWC) Form 1, which is available from your employer or the Department of Industrial Relations. This form should be submitted as soon as possible, and claims administrators are required to authorize up to $10,000 in medical expenses within one day of your claim submittal. As part of the ongoing claims process, it may also be necessary for you to consult with a qualified medical examiner to determine the extent of your disability and to fully evaluate your workers’ compensation claim.
Personal Injury Attorney
We know that many questions arise and complications may develop during a workers’ comp claim process. We are committed to protecting your rights and to making sure obligations are met by your employer. It is very wise to have a legal team on your side during the entire claims process so that you can have peace of mind, focusing your primary energies on physical recovery.
Trust our skilled lawyers to provide invaluable help. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney today to begin work on your claim.
Personal Injury Attorney
It happened in a flash, and now you are suffering from a painful injury related to an accident at the workplace. What should you do next? Who can you turn to for trustworthy and educated guidance? You know that powerful rights and benefits are available to you, but you may have no idea where to begin with the claims process – this where a personal injury attorney can be of invaluable assistance. Immediate help is available to you from an outstanding legal team.
There are many important reasons to seek the help of a worker’s compensation attorney. You are filled with concerns and you want a strong legal advocate on your side. It is important to not allow your judgment to be clouded by your employer relationship, and you understand that a lawyer will know the worker’s comp process fully and can help you from being taken advantage of. You can increase your confidence that full medical treatment and disability benefits will be available to you and you will know that the headaches that come with personally preparing and arguing your claim will not exist when you hire an attorney. You may even be afraid your rights will not be fully recognized by your employer, or that you could be subject to negative consequences. No one deserves such treatment and a lawyer can assist in preventing it.
Personal Injury Lawyer
Our team of attorneys have been helping injured victims for a collective 40 years. Recognized by “Super Lawyers,” our firm is respected and equipped with the knowledge and resources you need to mount a successful worker’s comp claim and to pursue lawsuits against negligent third parties when necessary.
Why delay in protecting your rights to the fullest? Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer today for strong legal advocacy.
Personal Injury Lawyer
Being injured due to a workplace accident can turn into a nightmare. Protection of your legal rights is a very important matter that must be diligently pursued. Under law, you are afforded certain important recourses to benefits should you become injured on the job. Unlike in personal injury lawsuits, workers’ comp claims are decided on a “no-fault” basis. This means that fault will not have to be proven in most cases to obtain benefits if you are injured at work, whether your injuries or illness resulted from a single or repeated incident or emerged from continuous exposure. It also means that you will not be able to file a lawsuit against your employer in most circumstances. For further information about your rights as an injured worked, knowledgeable guidance is available from a personal injury lawyer.
The Labor Code contains guidelines for workers’ compensation benefits. If you can prove that your injury or disability is work-related, then your employer’s insurance company (or in some cases, your employer directly, if they are legally self-insured) will cover your medical bills and lost income at no cost to you.
Personal Injury Attorney
Obtaining benefits and ensuring that your rights are protected to the fullest after sustaining a work injury can be complicated, frustrating and difficult to accomplish fully without the help of a skilled legal team. Our attorneys have a combined 40 years of legal experience and success in a wide range of personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. Procuring the services of our firm can help you rest easier and allow pressure to be taken off of you and your family as we aggressively fight for what you deserve.
Protecting your rights can be enhanced by making a simple phone call. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney today for trusted legal help.
Do you need help with a workers’ comp claim?
The great majority of states have strong laws in place that protect workers from the injuries they may face while on the job. Most have mandatory public or private insurance funds that employers must participate in to cover medical bills and lost wages for workers if they become injured. This helps to protect not only the worker, but also the employer. Instead of costly lawsuits being necessary, an employee simply goes through the claims process to obtain financial help from the insurance company. Participation in workers’ compensation is optional for businesses in the Texas, however. Having a skilled personal injury attorney on your side can be crucial in ensuring proper procedure is followed and that your rights are full protected.
After a workplace accident or injury, your employer will make the initial selection of a physician, generally provided from within a “medical provider network.” Under some circumstances, however, use of a personal physician may be allowed. Make sure you are in dialogue with your employer immediately if you are injured so that proper steps are taken. There is a three day waiting period to receive compensation benefits after an injury is incurred, and compensation becomes retroactive after 14 days if a disability continues or a worker is hospitalized.
Workers’ Compensation Attorney
You are entitled to receive the money necessary to cover your medical bills and at least a portion of lost income through the workers’ compensation system. Unfortunately, the process can be confusing and even adversarial at times. With the sound representation that our firm can provide, you can rest assured that important steps in the process will not be omitted and that your needs will be swiftly met. Our team is dedicated to your physical and financial recovery.
For an important consultation regarding workers’ compensation, contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer today.
This section is to provide a basic overview of what to do when involved in a personal injury matter. Please note that this site is not intended to provide legal advice. If you have further questions or concerns, you should consult with an attorney.
What should you do if involved in an automobile accident?
If you have already been involved in an accident, it may be too late for this section.
If you are involved in an automobile accident, you should do the following:
Obtain the name and driver’s license number of the other driver
Verify that the other driver has proof of insurance
Obtain the name, address, and phone number of any witnesses
Observe your surroundings. Write down the time, the condition of the roads, and the weather conditions
If you keep a camera in your car, and it is safe to do so, take pictures of the vehicles before they are moved. At the least, try to take pictures of the license plate and full views of the other vehicle
Notify your insurance carrier, even if you do not believe you were at fault
When possible make notes of whatever you remember
Do the police need to be called?
Depending on the jurisdiction, a police officer will not come to the scene unless there is an injury involved, or one of the vehicles is disabled.
What if you are injured?
See a doctor as soon as possible. Tell the doctor all the parts of your body which are hurt. Make sure the doctor correctly documents your injuries.
What if you do not have insurance?
Under law, if you are driving without insurance your damages are limited to your actual damages. You are not able to obtain a recovery for your pain and suffering.
Here are some common questions regarding the Workers’ Compensation system. The information contained in this section may not be different depending on the Labor Codes may not be applicable in all states. This page is not intended to provide legal advice. If you have any questions regarding your injury, or specific rights under Workers’ Compensation, you need to consult an attorney.
What is Workers’ Compensation Insurance?
Insurance employers purchase to cover work place injuries.
What should you do if you are injured while at work?
First you should notify your employer, and request that the compensation insurance carrier be notified.
Ask your employer to refer you to a doctor. In the employer can “control” your medical treatment for the first 30 days. This means that your employer can determine what doctor you will treat with. After this time has run you have the right to change doctors.
At the first appointment, tell the doctor exactly how the injury happened, and all parts of your body that are hurting. Be sure the doctor documents all your complaints. If a complaint is not reported to the insurance carrier, it could impact your ability to recover benefits later on.
Make sure you keep your doctor appointments. Failure to do so could affect your right to collect benefits. Also, keep your employer and the representative from the insurance company updated on your treatment. Doctors do not always give prompt updates. You do not want to risk having your benefits suspended.
Are you covered under Workers’ Compensation when you are away from your employer’s location when the injury takes place?
Depending of the facts surrounding the injury, you may or may not be covered under Workers’ Compensation. For instance, if you are injured while traveling for your employer, you are most likely covered, whereas if you are injured while on a break, you are most likely not covered. If you are not sure, you need to consult with an attorney.
What if you re-injure a part of your body?
If you are injured on the job you have the right to collect benefits. A preexisting condition will not affect your rights to obtain medical treatment or disability payments. It may affect your right to permanent disability and retraining.
What if you or a co-worker caused the injury?
Workers’ Compensation is a no fault system. As long as you are not filing a fraudulent claim, or have not deliberately caused the injury, you are entitled to benefits no matter whose actions caused the injury.
What if the injury was caused by someone you do not work with, or by a product or machine?
If a person you do not work with caused the accident, or the injury was caused by a malfunctioning product or machine, you are still entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. In addition, you may have grounds to recover damages from the other party not covered by Workers’ Compensation. You should consult an attorney if you believe someone other than a co-worker caused the accident. Be sure your attorney knows you have received compensation benefits, since under Law you may have to reimburse your employer for the benefits received under Workers’ Compensation. Unlike Workers’ Compensation, civil lawsuits are fault based. Depending on the facts surrounding the injury, if you or a co-worker caused the injury, this fact will reduce your potential recovery.
What benefits are you entitled to under Workers’ Compensation?
First, you are entitled to medical care under Workers’ Compensation. If the doctor determines that you can no longer work your current job you may be entitled to disability payments. At some point the doctor will write a “permanent and stationary” report and provide a “rating”. You may then be entitled to permanent disability payments. Lastly, if the doctor determines that you can no longer work at your current job, you may be entitled to rehabilitation or training for a new job.
Do you need a lawyer?
This is a decision you need to make depending on your situation. If you are satisfied with the treatment you are receiving by your employer and the doctor, then you may not require counsel. However, if you have any questions or concerns, you should see an attorney. Most lawyers will provide a free consultation. You can decide then whether you require formal representation. Remember that attorney fees under Workers’ Compensation laws are set by statute.
Personal Injury: Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
The insurance companies have taken a new approach to personal injury claims: “We don’t care” seems to be the new war cry that echoes so clearly in today’s personal injury landscape. Injured people who try to “do it themselves” in order to avoid large fees for representation by an attorney are finding themselves face to face with Goliath companies that really just don’t care whether they win or lose, as long as they can hold on to their precious cash as long as possible. The average time it takes to settle a claim, even when there is no issue as to fault, has doubled in the past 5 years.
Even worse, the insurance companies know that the vast majority of people who bring claims against them for injuries received at the hands of negligent drivers lack the resources and the willpower to fight them on their own turf. Even when a lawyer is involved insurers have decided that, in the vast majority of cases, it is in their best interest to delay payment as long as possible.
Why have the insurance companies adopted this strong emphasis on delay? The answer has two components. To begin with there is absolutely nothing in the law that requires a third-party insurance company to act in good faith in dealing with claims for damages caused by their clients. But for the most part, its about the time value of money. Insurance companies have realized that the longer they hold on to the millions of dollars they eventually pay out to injured people, the more interest that money is going to earn over time.
More importantly, delaying a payout for 6 months or more gives them the power of cash-on-hand. Controlling cash payouts amounts to the insurance company using someone else’s cash, interest free, for a much longer period of time than any lender would ever give. Insurance companies do not make their profits through collecting premiums — the margins of profit on sales of insurance are razor-thin. Insurance companies make money through investing the money they keep on hand. They use the money they will ultimately pay out to invest in stocks, bonds and mutual funds, all managed by their own institutional investment specialists. They have realized that, if they are going to have to pay it out either way, they may as well use that cash as long as possible and earn money with it —especially since there is absolutely no downside to the insurance company. They have to pay it out either way; they simply don’t care.
What can injured parties do about this? The attitude of today’s insurance companies makes it more important today than ever before that an injured person seek the advice of an attorney as soon as possible after the incident which caused the injury. The invaluable advice the personal injury attorney can offer as to how to deal with the insurance company, how to fully and properly document the existence of the injury and its extent, how to show the insurer or insurers the profundity of the impact the injury has had on the lifestyle of the injured person, is, unfortunately, absolutely necessary in today’s personal injury claim. Finally, the insurance adjuster who will pay out a claim just to move it off his or her desk no longer exists. Today they must be convinced to pay, convinced by someone skilled in arguing liability, causation, injury and impact. Without the thorough knowledge in these areas that the personal injury attorney possesses, today’s adjuster would rather sit on the money, increase the chance that the injured person will settle low, and resist payment as long as he or she possibly can.
Most people who are injured in an accident have never attempted to collect a claim for damages, and the insurance industry spends millions of dollars advertising how generous, caring and supportive it is. Thus, the vast majority of injured people come into a personal injury case without any sense of the insurance companies’ philosophy regarding payment of claims. We consistently see Clients in our offices who have attempted to collect a reasonable amount from an insurance company for their injuries —many times merely asking the insurance company to simply pay them for property damage, medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses —who have met with antipathy, aversion and sometimes outright antagonism and rejection of perfectly legitimate claims. Many times these Clients have made statements to the insurance company that are harmful to their claims, and they almost always have failed to properly document their injuries or to preserve their claims through taking steps necessary to do so. The result is a much more difficult case for the lawyer and in the worst cases a significant reduction in the probability of recovering the full amount due the client.
Insurance companies also know that many people have a certain moral apprehension about bringing a lawsuit and are therefore somewhat reluctant to seek money damages in compensation for their injuries. One of the major issues in personal injury law today is how far an insurance adjuster, who’s interests are adverse to the injured party’s interests, can go in communicating with that injured party before the adjuster is considered to be giving legal advice. Many of the major insurance companies have been sanctioned or threatened by the courts with sanctions for giving legal advice to injured people who they are supposed to be paying.
Thus, it is important to remember a few things if you are injured by another person’s negligence. First, the insurance company is not your friend as long as you are looking to it to compensate you for your injuries. Your best interests are in conflict with the insurance company’s, and this applies whether it is your own insurance company or the other party’s.
Second, when you are injured by someone else’s negligence, that injury can be and is measured in monetary terms. If someone negligently damages your car, you go get an estimate for repairs and that is the measurement of the extent of your injuries. Most people are comfortable with this deal; there is no moral dilemma here. If you happen to be in the car when it is damaged and you yourself are injured in the accident, however, you have a claim not only for the damage to your car, but also for the injuries you have sustained at the hands of the person who irresponsibly caused the accident.
This is the point at which many people begin to feel uncomfortable about seeking compensation. It is important to remember, however, that there is no difference between damage to your car and damage to your person, at least in terms of a right to compensation. The only distinction between the two is how to value that damage. You cannot take yourself to a body shop and get an estimate for repairs. This, I think, is the source of much of the reluctance to seek compensation for injuries sustained that we see. People tend not to want to place a pecuniary value on human beings. This problem is particularly difficult when, in the worst circumstance, someone is killed in an accident. The emotional trauma in these kinds of cases is so great that many people don’t want to even consider the conflict involved in a lawsuit.
Good lawyers understand these issues and remain sensitive to the client’s fragile emotional state in trying times. Your lawyer should treat you with respect, candor, and should provide you with extensive counseling and information regarding your claim. You should maintain control over all issues regarding the ultimate outcome of your case. We also understand, however, that the person who caused such losses is responsible for them, in a very real, very moral sense. That person should be held accountable for their actions. There are also substantial economic reasons for pursuing a claim against that person. Our entire system of compensation has developed over the past two hundred and fifty years primarily to allocate economic loss in the most efficient manner possible. Efficiency, in this sense, means putting the burden of loss where it makes the most sense economically, and to provide incentives for people to behave themselves in an industrialized, dangerous society. It is the way we protect ourselves from bad things happening and the way we make sure that, when bad things happen anyway, we compensate those who have lost something because of someone else’s wrong behavior. Insurance is the primary mechanism for achieving this efficiency, and this is why insurance is mandatory in every state in the Union for those who choose to drive a vehicle on our roads.
This leads us to the final point you should always remember when and if you are injured in an accident: the insurance companies of today are corporations that are in business to produce profits for their shareholders, not to provide the mechanism toward efficient distribution of loss caused by the negligence of others. Thus, your interests are averse to the insurance company’s, and you should possess a heightened awareness of this any time you need to seek compensation under our system. For this reason alone, the expense of hiring an attorney is almost always more than worth it. A good attorney can and will tell you whether or not hiring him or her will be cost effective in the end.
The insurance company of today will almost always resist payout vigorously and for as long as possible. You should not discuss your claim with an insurance adjuster, excepting your PIP adjuster for any vehicle damage. If you are physically injured, you should contact your attorney as soon as possible after the accident in order to ensure your claim is properly documented and your treatment is handled in a way that will be acceptable to the insurance company that will ultimately pay your claim. You want an attorney that will vigorously pursue the insurance company and that knows how to handle the roadblocks they try to throw up during the course of litigation. It is equally important, however, that your attorney remain sensitive to your and your family’s needs and concerns during the course of a legal action that may otherwise be overly stressful during a time of difficulty.
If you are an injured person and you want excellent representation in your claim, we welcome you to call us for a no-charge consultation. We will explain your rights quickly and clearly and will counsel you as to your best course of action. We will explain why it does or does not make sense to hire a lawyer to represent you. Finally, we will show you how we take the burden of pursuing your claim off of you and provide you with the services you want and need while maximizing your ultimate recovery.
1. THE INSURANCE COMPANY IS NOT YOUR FRIEND.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident its important to understand the real agenda of the insurance company in your case. First, understand the insurance company is not your friend, they are not looking out for you, they are only looking out for their own interests. See, insurance companies exist for one purpose only, to make money. Insurance companies make money by selling insurance and receiving premium payments, they then invest this money and make even more money. Insurance companies lose money by paying out benefits (money) to people hurt in accidents caused by the people they insure. Since you are one of those people who want the insurance company to pay you money you represent a potential loss to the insurance company and insurance companies hate losses, cause that really sets back that whole exist only to make money thing. Never forget these simple facts, they are the basis for everything the insurance company does, they have only one goal, that is to close your case without paying you anything or if they have to pay you something, to pay you as little as possible.
2. INSURANCE COMPANIES PAY ALMOST THREE TIMES MORE MONEY IN CAR ACCIDENT CASES WHEN THE INJURED PERSON IS REPRESENTED BY A LAWYER.
This fact comes straight out of an insurance company training manual. While the manual was primarily talking about car accident cases, we believe it applies to most personal injury cases also. Paying three times more money to injured people who have retained legal counsel certainly explains why so much of an insurance adjusters time is spent trying to discourage accident victims from talking to lawyers. When you think about it, it makes sense, of course people without representation who have essentially no knowledge or experience about personal injury law, wont be able to negotiate nearly as effectively as a trained, attorney. Since insurance companies sole reason to exist is to make money, its clear that keeping injured people and lawyers apart makes good business sense for them but not for you.
3. HIRING A LAWYER DOESN’T MEAN YOUR CASE WILL TAKE YEARS TO BE SETTLED OR MEAN YOU WILL HAVE TO GO TO COURT.
A lot of people think that hiring a lawyer delays the legal process so that their case will take years to be completed. The truth is, this is usually not the case. At our firm most accident cases are finished in one year or less. We usually figure that a case will be all done within 60 to 120 days after we receive your final medical records. As far as your fear of having to go to court, don’t worry, it is rare that any of our clients will ever have to go to court or even sit for a deposition. Through a lot of hard work we have developed a reputation in the legal community that allows us to fairly settle most of our cases without the needing to subject our clients to these unpleasant parts of our legal system. In short, don’t worry, your case will probably be settled favorably in months not years and very few of our clients ever have to appear in court.
4. YOU DON’T HAVE FOREVER TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR ACCIDENT CASE.
Unfortunately, this is the case. There are definite time limits in taking care of your case. These time limits are called statutes of limitations and if you wait past the time set out in the statute your case is over, forever, regardless if you have gotten any money or not. Don’t let this happen to you. If you have an accident, don’t wait until its too late, call our office now.
5. IT DOES NOT COST YOU ANY MONEY IN ADVANCE TO GET A LAWYER IN AN ACCIDENT CASE.
At our firm our policy in accident cases, as well as our other injury cases, is that we never charge you any in advance legal fee. The only way you ever pay any legal fees or expenses is at the conclusion of your case and then only out of the money we were able to recover. If we are unsuccessful and no money is collected any costs we incurred is our expense and of course you owe us nothing for our time. We believe we should make money only after we make you money. Thats why it doesn’t cost you any money in advance to get a lawyer in an accident case.
While each client and case is different, every personal injury victim shares pain, financial concerns, and a right to hold those responsible for the accident accountable. Not surprisingly, a substantial portion of our personal injury cases here at our firm are related to automobile accidents.
Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. citizens aged 34 and younger. Annually, auto accidents are responsible for over 40,000 deaths. At an average rate of 115 fatalities per day, auto accidents cost a staggering $150 billion yearly. Everyone is likely to be involved in at least one auto accident in his or her lifetime.
If you have been injured in a preventable automobile accident, or have lost someone to a fatal mishap, you may be entitled to recover monetary damages from those responsible. To succeed in a claim against another driver, it is necessary to show that he or she was negligent, that is, failed to act reasonably and in a manner which respects the safety of other drivers. Litigation is intended to restore the injured person to the position he or should would have been in had the accident never occurred. While money can never compensate adequately for serious personal injury or death, an innocent party is entitled to just and fair damages to compensate so far as is possible for their injury and losses.
Legal cases are won or lost on the available evidence and the following information should be obtained and preserved for your attorney as soon as possible:
The other driver’s name, address, date of birth, telephone number.
The other driver’s license number and insurance company name and policy number.
The name and badge number of the attending police officer.
The names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses.
Attend a doctor or hospital to document any injury.
Make a detailed personal note about the accident as soon as possible.
A diagram of street layout, position of vehicles and location of witnesses.
Photograph the accident scene, damage to the vehicles and any visible injuries.
Common auto accident injuries include whiplash, head and brain injury, paralysis, and joint, bone, and muscle injuries. Auto accident victims should seek medical attention as soon as possible if they believe they are injured. Auto accident claims for damages resulting from injuries usually depend on medical records linking the auto accident to the injuries received. In general, auto accidents are handled through each party’s insurance company, and settled fairly quickly. However, it is important to remember that insurance is first and foremost a business, so what is best for you is generally not in the insurance company’s best interest. Backed by a team of team of adjusters, investigators and attorneys, the insurance company’s objective is to minimize the amount of money that they pay out. At our firm, we advise our automobile injury clients on our “Golden Rules” of insurance companies:
The insurance company is not your friend. As a business, insurance’s goal is profit. Their team works to eliminate payments or to pay as little as possible.
The insurance company is always represented by an experienced car accident lawyer. Should you choose not to be represented by a qualified attorney, you will face the considerable resources of a powerful company without help.
Insurance companies pay almost three times more money in cases where the victim is represented by a lawyer. This fact comes straight out of an insurance company’s training manual.
In some cases, accidents that result in personal injury or extensive property loss lead to lawsuits. Damages sought in those cases can include the cost of medical treatment, loss of property, and loss of wages.
If you are an accident victim, you may be too overwhelmed by physical and emotional trauma to even think about your rights, responsibilities and the future. At our firm, we make your interests our priority. Do not settle for less than fair compensation.
Hiring an attorney does not mean that your case will take years to be settled or require that you go to court. With our legal team, your case will probably be settled favorably in months, not years. Few of our clients have ever appeared in court.
Our policy in car accident cases and other personal injury cases is to never charge an “in advance” legal fee. We believe we should make money only after we make you money. Personal injury law is complex and negligence can be difficult to prove. When you need the support of a strong team of legal professionals, please call our office for a free consultation.
Almost six million people are involved in auto accidents across the United States each year, according to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. In one year, more than 42,000 people died in car and truck crashes and more than 2.5 million people were injured. If you are injured in an auto accident, you need ardent and effective representation by a skilled auto accident attorney.
Our highly regarded auto accident lawyers have represented clients in various types of automobile accidents, such as trucking crashes, automobile collisions, wrongful death and other personal injury claims. We will be with you every step of the way during the complex judicial process surrounding your recovery of damages for an auto accident.
If you are in an automobile accident, and have suffered an auto accident injury, you should immediately seek medical attention, where you will get the care you need as soon as possible. Be sure to document the extent of your injuries.
Before accepting a settlement offered by an insurance company, consider getting a free consultation with an auto accident attorney, one who has years of experience with effective representation of auto accidents.
Aggressive and confident auto accident attorneys who are willing to take your auto accident injury case to trial will help you maximize the compensation you receive. Because claims adjusters for insurance companies have their own legal representation, it is in your best interest to level the playing field by getting help from one of the best auto accident attorneys in our firm. We are highly regarded among auto accident lawyers and has a proven track record in obtaining compensation and justice for auto accidents.
If you have a car accident injury, you may have difficulty getting around and you may even be unable to work. Having an experienced accident lawyer working on your case can help relieve your worries about lost time from work and mounting medical expenses. We will work to negotiate with your insurance company but will bring an auto accident lawsuit if all else fails.
In addition to your medical expenses and the cost of repairing your car or other property damaged during the accident, you can be compensated for loss of income if you are injured in a car crash and cannot work. You can also be compensated for your pain and suffering. In cases where extreme recklessness or neglect can be shown on the part of the driver or even the automobile manufacturer, the court could award punitive damages in order to send a message to other drivers or manufacturers that such conduct will not be tolerated in our society.
Contact an automobile accident attorney so that we can provide you and your family with the wealth of our experience for your personal injury case to protect your rights and seek fair and reasonable compensation for your loss.