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What are the steps involved in my personal injury claim?
AThe first step you should take after getting injured is to obtain a police or incident report. If you were involved in a trucking or car accident, call the police right away. The police will complete a report of your incident. The incident report is the most neutral proponent of your injury claim and will be regarded heavily as evidence. Then, you should seek medical care.
Waiting days after you injury to seek medical attention will weaken your case. Be sure to document diagnosis, treatment, prescriptions, and expenses. Also be sure to document any days you missed work, had to leave early, or were placed on light duty. The next thing you should do is contact an experienced attorney. We can help you received the proper medical help and accurately document your damages so that you are compensated for your losses.
I was hit in an accident, how much is my case worth?
AThe value of your personal injury claim is directly related to the extent of your injuries and your damages. Damages include physical pain and suffering, loss of companionship, lost wages, property damage, medical expenses, and so forth. No matter how big or small you think your claim is, you won’t receive the compensation you are entitled to without a knowledgeable attorney.
The adjuster will not respond to my calls, do I need an attorney?
AThe adjuster may be using a delay tactic to try and decrease the value of your claim. It is in your best interest to contact an attorney, because the insurance adjuster is looking out for the best interest of the insurance company. Be advised that your phone calls are likely being recorded and anything you say can be used against you. If you hire an attorney, your attorney will represent you and your best interests.
Do I have to pay medical bills upfront?
AMost providers will work with you on setting up a payment plan or “hold agreement”. If you are working with a reputable attorney, most medical providers will treat you on an attorney-lien basis. Then, you will not have to pay any out of pocket expenses upfront. Our firm has experience navigating personal injury lawsuits and can give you sound advice regarding your medical expenses.
I didn’t go to the hospital, but now I’m in pain. Can I still pursue a personal injury claim?
AYes. As stated earlier, if you don’t seek immediate medical attention, it may harm your case. However, properly documented records and tests can validate the seriousness of your injuries, even though you didn’t seek medical attention right away.
What is mediation?
AMediation is an informal, voluntary, and confidential way used to resolve disputes without the need to go to court. Mediation involves a neutral third party mediator who helps both sides come to an agreement.
If I have a traffic citation, should I just pay it?
AWhen you pay a ticket, it is an admission of guilt. There are also several long and short term factors to consider before simply just paying the fine. These factors include the amount of the fine, penalties, points accrued on your license, car insurance premium increases, and much more. An experienced attorney can advise you on the long and short term consequences of paying your ticket.