Worried people call our Client Care Specialists to find out what to do when they have been injured in an auto accident. Of utmost importance is getting prompt medical care to restore your health and well-being, but how do you find a personal injury attorney who will be right for you?
Once you have been medically stabilized, you can take proactive steps by keeping in mind four qualities of a great personal injury attorney. Look for one who has great client reviews, is focused on personal injury law, has industry recognition, and most importantly, the time to devote to your case. Beware of personal injury mills—law firms that take every case that comes their way in the hope of hitting the jackpot on a few, and making money on each one no matter what the outcome.
Where do I Begin?
The internet is a great place to start searching for a great personal injury lawyer because there you can find client reviews. You can search terms like “personal injury lawyer,” or “car accident lawyer,” and the name of your town. On Google’s front page, you will find reviews of local attorneys. You can also check out individual attorney websites, and lawyer ratings sites such as www.avvo.com where you will find lawyer profiles and most importantly, client and peer reviews.
You can also watch our video to get other suggestions right now.
Often, hiring a smaller firm that takes only cases on which they can work successfully is the best way to maximize your recovery. It is a good idea to call the office of those attorneys you are considering to see how they treat you. You can request a free consultation to review your case and to get a sense of whether you will be comfortable working with the attorney.
Naturally, you will need to understand the fee schedule. Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee, which means that you pay them only when they recover for you. However, these fees can range anywhere from 35% to 50%. With a contingency fee arrangement, law firms make a large profit regardless of whether they do a little or a lot of work. This seems unfair.
Saile & Saile LLP offers a Client First Fee Agreement. With this payment plan, if your case settles quickly and never goes to trial, you pay less than if your case does go to court and requires more work. As an experienced personal injury lawyer and if your case meets our case acceptance guidelines, Michael L. Saile, Jr. will provide a FREE consultation to help you to determine whether you have a legal case.
Our Client Care Specialists can assist you to determine which important documents are needed to prepare your case. Call us at 215-860-5800 to get answers to your questions and to schedule an appointment.
Louisiana Auto Accident Attorney Parker Layrisson Reveals Hidden Truths About Car Accident Claims and Lawsuits.
The Author of “Accident Handbook: Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid and Other Secrets Auto Insurance Adjusters Don’t Want You to Know About Car Crash Injury Claims” discusses what you should do before talking to the adjuster or signing any forms, including questions you should always ask the insurance adjuster.
This video shares a ton of information that could help you with your motor vehicle wreck personal injury case, and it reveals your opportunity to get much more by instantly obtaining a FREE copy of Accident Handbook at www.AccidentHandbook.com.
Learning what to do after a car wreck can be incredibly important to you and your family. Whether or not you were in an accident, you should watch this interview and download this incredible handbook today. Accident Handbook walks you through the personal injury claims process. Anyone who has been in a motor vehicle accident should read this book immediately to understand their rights before talking to any adjusters, signing any forms, or hiring any attorneys (instant download available at www.AccidentHandbook.com).
As a Louisiana personal injury lawyer, Parker helps car crash injury victims recover for their damages from automobile insurance companies.
Parker is the founder of the Parker Layrisson Law Firm and an experienced auto accident attorney. He is a Tulane University honors graduate and a former No. 1 ranked LSU Law student who served as Editor-in-Chief of the Louisiana Law Review.
Parker is the author or co-author of several books, articles, and columns in addition to Accident Handbook.
With law offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Ponchatoula, Louisiana, the attorneys and staff of the Parker Layrisson Law Firm are ready to help you protect your rights and educate you on legal matters. Our practice focuses on helping people handle auto accident injuries and other litigation.
CONTACT INFO FOR PARKER LAYRISSON LAW FIRM:
Baton Rouge Law Office:* 225-366-9525
New Orleans Law Office:* 504-264-1515
Ponchatoula Law Office: 985-467-9525
The information in this video is presented for educational purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice. If you need legal assistance, contact an attorney immediately. Each case is different. Results vary and they cannot be guaranteed by any attorney. Viewing this video does not result in an attorney-client relationship. Parker Layrisson Law Firm attorneys require execution of a written fee agreement by all parties and express acceptance of professional responsibility prior to beginning any representation.
In this Google Hangout, Phoenix personal injury lawyer John Kelly provides some tips on how you can potentially double your personal injury settlement, with our without using an attorney.
If you have more questions, John has agree to answer your questions. Simply post them in the comments section below and he’ll get back to you with an answer.
The first one is that you want to try to establish liability. What that means is that the insurance companies are going to wonder who caused the accident. And you want to get that taken care of as soon as possible. So, you got to keep your evidence of photographs at the scene, talk to witnesses. If you’re able to, get the police report.
The second tip. Do not give statements to any insurance companies. What this means is that you’ll have both insurance companies, your own and the others. The one’s who hit you. There’ll be calling you and requesting a statement from you. I would advise you to hold off on giving any statements of not only your accident, how it happened, but also your injuries.
The third tip. Get diagnosed for any injuries that you have. So what this means is that if you have an injury, just don’t sit on it and assume that the insurance companies going to give you credit for that injury based on what you tell them. You need to have a professional doctor diagnose that. So you might have to make an appointment with your primary care doctor. If you’ve already been to the hospital have referrals that you need to follow up with and get those scheduled. That’s very important.
The fourth tip. Follow your doctor’s orders for your treatment. So this seems like this would be self-explanatory but it becomes difficult with people that are in injuries and car accidents. That’s because they have a lot going on. What you want to do is make sure you follow up with all of your doctor’s orders. You do the treatment that they’ve recommended.
The fifth piece of advice. Get all your full bills and records. Now remember, most of these first ones that I’m going over, you don’t need an attorney for these. There are cases where you may need an attorney to get involved. But these initial steps are all steps you could do to help you make sure that you’re on the right track, right off the bat. So, the fifth step. Get full bills and records. So after you’re done treatment or after you get out of the hospital.
The sixth point is to hire an expert to follow up with any deficiencies and outstanding issues in your case. If there’s a problem with liability you may need to get someone to review your police reports, go to the scene, do an accident reconstruction. If there’s issues that you’ve had, or preexisting injuries or preexisting conditions that the insurance company is telling you.
The seventh tip that I have. Once you have all this together, you make a demand on the insurance company. And typically you would just want to request a policy limits or an inflated amount that you believe covers all your medical records, pain and suffering and a few future costs that you have. It’s sometimes easier to just ask for the full policy limits.
The eighth tip. You want to follow that up with some kind of threat of lawsuit. Understand that these insurance companies, if they see that you’re representing yourself they think that you may not have the bite that comes along with them denying you your claims. So, you want threaten a law suit, and if you want to you can get an attorney involved at that point to write a letter for you to have that backing.
The ninth tip. Consult with an attorney regarding any timelines that you have. This may need to happen a little bit earlier because you want to know your statute of limitations. Every state is different. Some statute of limitations run after one year.
And the tenth tip to potentially doubling your claim is to work on your liens and your policy information with the insurance companies. There may be multiple policies, insurance policies that you can pursue. Or the individual individually. And you also have to worry about how the liens from the health care providers that you have. That’s something that usually if you have a lot of those, you wanna consult with a a lawyer at least. Because those can add up and you can save up a lot of money to get reductions in your bills from the liens. A lot of the medical care providers will come back and say because you got a injury settlement where we want to be reimbursed.
Kelly Law Team
1 E Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Recalling events clearly or understanding facts as they happen after an accident or incident might not always be possible. This is because you may be suffering injuries whether you know it or not. Even so, it is important to take steps to avoid mistakes that could easily destroy a personal injury case, should you file one to seek financial recompense for your pain, suffering, injuries and damage.
The very nature of an accident often leaves drivers and passengers dazed, confused and in shock. Understanding what happened after a medical procedure causing you injuries might also be confusing. Taking a bad drug that caused an adverse reaction might be difficult to comprehend.
Below are the most common mistakes that are known to inadvertently cause serious ramifications in your personal injury case. They include:
#1 Lying about Facts
The details in handling a personal injury lawsuit involving medical malpractice, vehicle accidents, construction injury, drowning, wrongful death and others are often very complex. Typically, you likely have both good and bad details and facts concerning your case that should never be hidden from your attorney.
Being forthright with your lawyer is essential. Recognize that they are on your side, and have spent years hearing it all before. Being upfront will help you avoid being exposed in a lie that could easily crumble your case at any point in the process.
#2 Discussing Your Case
You will likely be contacted by a variety of “concerned” individuals seeking information about your case. This could include an insurance claims adjuster, attorneys for the defense, the media, or even jurors. Never discuss aspects or details of your case with any individual, including family and friends. Instead, refer all inquiries to your lawyer.
Many times, insurance carriers providing policy coverage for the defendant of a personal injury case will hire investigators to perform surveillance on injured parties. This is because they are hoping to catch you in a lie, when you live a life different from the story they can show through surveillance in court.
Any time you attempt to perform a task that was previously impossible to undertake, due to your accident and injuries, discuss it with your attorney. Be upfront about your health conditions and discuss your injuries honestly and openly in interrogatories, depositions or on the stand at trial. Everyone from the judge, jury and your attorney is hoping you will improve from your injuries.
#4 Missing Deadlines
The state has specific laws concerning deadlines for filing lawsuits and claims under the Illinois statute of limitations. If you miss the deadline, you will likely lose the potential of ever filing suit for financial recompense against all responsible parties. Discuss timeframe limitations for filing paperwork with the reputable personal injury attorney that handles cases exactly like yours.
#5 Missing Evidence
Missing or lost evidence can wreak havoc on a personal injury claim, costing you the case and the ability to obtain financial compensation. Hiring an attorney can help ensure you preserve evidence, obtain expert testimony and avoid missing medical appointments. An attorney will make sure you have everything you need to settle out of court or take the case to trial.
#6 Not Hiring Qualified Legal Counsel
Many individuals filing a personal injury claim attempt to handle the entire process on their own. However, the civil action legal system is complex and demands a comprehensive understanding of Illinois tort law. A skilled attorney can help maneuver around the many legal pitfalls and hurdles you will come across. The lawyer offers experience from assessing the claim and providing legal options, to negotiating for an out-of-court settlement and/or developing a case to present your lawsuit at trial.
Avoid the above mistakes to ensure that your rights remain protected. Legal counsel can keep you on track to ensure a positive outcome.
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Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers
33 N. Dearborn St. #1930
Chicago, IL 60602