We have compiled a comprehensive list of terms you might hear during your personal injury case, for those of us who have not spent countless years in law school. We suggest you write down the terms that you may hear that you are not familiar with, and use this resource to educate yourself through the personal injury lawsuit process. Thanks for taking a peek, and good luck with your case.
Accident Report – This is a written report of the incident by a professional such as a police officer, doctor or insurance agent.
Act of God – Natural causes that could not have been prevented by any human precaution or care such as flooding, wildfires, etcetera.
Alternative Dispute Resolution – This is also known as mediation. Mediation is where two parties go to a professional mediator (often a member of the legal profession such as a retired judge or paralegal) and come to an agreement or settlement. Unfortunately, most of what comes out of mediation is not legally binding and when one party breaches the agreement; a lawsuit ensues anyway.
Answer – A written and notarized statement or affidavit of the Defendant and the Defendant’s attorney, in response to the complaint filed by the Plaintiff and served upon the Defendant.
Appeal – A written request for the case to be heard by a Judge of a higher Court that which is backed by evidence and reasons for the appeal. The appellant must prove that the lower Court made an error in judgment based on legal precedent and facts.
Arbitration – A meeting, called a hearing, is held between the Plaintiff and Defendant, their attorneys and a professional third party (often an off-duty judge or lawyer). The parties enter into a written contract that binds them to the arbitrator’s decision; and that decision will be final. Several hearings may be required.
Assignment of Benefits – When an insurance company transfers benefits on the insured’s behalf and with the insured’s written consent. Usually this takes place in order to pay a doctor, directly for medical benefits.
Attorney-Client Privilege – The principal that anything a client says to an attorney stays with the attorney, barring murder or intended suicide. Attorneys are held accountable to this principal by the bar association. An attorney that violates this privilege is liable to be disbarred.
Bad Drugs – Also known as Defective Medication, these are pharmaceutical and prescribed medications that cause unintended side effects and/or injury to the patient.
Bad-faith Claim – a written claim by the insured, that the insurance company wrongfully denied their claim without good cause.
Benefit – This is generally the money paid from an insurance company to a hospital or doctor directly for services rendered to the insured. This term is also used to describe the food or money paid to an unemployed person by social services or unemployment.
Bodily Injury – Literally, any damage to a person’s body; inside and out. Scrapes, burns, bruises, cuts, broken bones, blisters, nerve damage, brain damage, liver damage and lung damage are all examples of bodily injury.
Burden of Proof – The obligation to prove beyond reasonable doubt to a judge, jury or both; that a claim is valid based on factual evidence and legal precedent. In personal injury law this is the Plaintiff, Claimant, Insured, Beneficiary or Appellant.
Causation – Evidence linking a defendant to the injury. Proof that the injury was “caused” by something the defense did or failed to do.
Claim – A civil lawsuit for compensation of the Plaintiff’s physical, mental and financial injuries that are allegedly caused by the Defendant or should be paid by the Defendant. This is also a request for payment to the insurance company for the insured’s mental, physical and financial injuries.
Claim Adjuster – An employee of the insurance company that is responsible for investigating insurance claims and gathering evidence. This may include but is not limited to accident reports, medical records and photographs.
Compensable Injury – Most commonly used in worker’s Compensation cases; this is an injury obtained at work with no previous history of an injury to the same part of the body.
Compensatory Damages – Payment to the Plaintiff that covers actual losses for the injury; this compensation is intended to bring the Plaintiff back, financially, to where they were before the injury (i.e. hospital bills, medications etc.).
Complaint – The first legal document that begins a lawsuit. A complaint usually contains an affidavit of the Plaintiff/injured party and must be properly served upon the Defendant.
Compulsory Medical Examination – See Independent Medical Examination.
Contingency Fee – This is the fee paid to an attorney; only if the attorney “wins”. This can be settlement monies or what is awarded by a Judge. The fee is almost always a percentage of the damages that which a Plaintiff agrees to when the retainer agreement is signed.
Damages – Generally monetary payment made to the Plaintiff in a civil case by the Defendant. There are several kinds of Damages.
Deductible – A certain amount of money that the insured party is required to pay before the insurance company will begin paying bills.
Defective Medication- A pharmaceutical drug that caused injury due to failure to warn, manufacturing defects or design defects.
Defendant – For the purpose of personal injury law; the person, people, corporation or entity being sued. Most often the insurance company.
Demand Letter – Generally, before a summons and complaint is filed; a letter to the party responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries, requesting payment.
Deposition – A conference between parties, with attorneys in which a formal question and answer session is recorded and transcribed as evidence.
Disclosure – A document releasing or the act of releasing pertinent information in the case to another party.
Discovery – The process in which the Plaintiff and the Defense exchange evidence.
Duty of Care– The concept that a person or entity had an obligation to protect or prevent the injured party from injury. This is an element of negligence that must be proven to prove negligence.
Emergency Medical Condition (EMC) – a life threatening and severe, often chronic condition that, if left untreated, would reasonably cause severe injury and or death.
Exemplary Damages – Please see Punitive Damages.
Excess Judgement – Money damages that an insurance company may be mandated to pay by a judge that which go above the policy limit.
Exhaustion of Benefits – When all money allocated by an insurance company to the injured party has been used.
Expert Witness – A professional person who is consulted to give testimony in a court case.
Fault – Either acting purposefully or negligently and causing another party’s injuries.
Field Adjuster – Often, another name for a claims adjuster. This employee of the insurance company conducts all out of office investigation.
First-Party Claims –A claim that is made to the injured party’s insurance company rather than the negligent or responsible party.
General Damages– Money paid to the defendant subjectively. Can be for pain and suffering, loss of a loved one, scarring, loss of physical abilities and foreseeable future losses.
Good Faith– Acting with honest intent to do the right thing; usually referring to the insurance company or defense in a personal injury case.
HIPPA Act – Privacy laws. HIPPA is an acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. This federal law requires a patient or a patient’s designated representative to be the only people with access to the patient’s health information unless the patient or representative signs a medical release.
Income Replacement Benefits (IRBs) – Monetary benefits paid to the injured party for loss of work as a result of disability.
Independent Medical Examination – A second medical exam and opinion that the defense or insurance company requests the injured party to undergo. This is also referred to as a compulsory exam.
Interrogatories – Often part of the discovery process; these are questions written by one party that must be answered in written form by the opposing party within a certain amount of time (usually 20-30 days) and signed by the answering party in front of a notary.
Judgement – Conclusion of a Court case in which all of the legal standing and decisions are formally filed.
Known Loss Rule –A law preventing one from using insurance obtained after the incident that one is filing a claim for.
Legal Malpractice – This is generally when an attorney violates the client’s rights (usually signed by both attorney and client when the retainer is signed). Also, when an attorney acts dishonestly, violates confidentiality or behaves in any manor that which violates the character and fitness requirements of the American Bar Association.
Letter of Protection – A written affidavit or letter from an attorney to a healthcare professional that guarantees direct payment out of future settlement money.
Liability – A legal obligation or responsibility to do something or prevent something from happening. Generally referring to insurance or negligence.
Limitation of Risk – The threshold of monetary damages that an insurance company is required to pay out.
Litigant – A term for all parties except for attorneys and the Judge in a lawsuit; both plaintiff and defendant.
Litigation – The time period during a civil action or “lawsuit” in which the parties are negotiating a settlement, gathering evidence and engaging in discovery.
Litigation Risk – The term used by an attorney to describe whether or not you have a case that is going to win at court. This is also a means of determining when and whether to settle.
Malpractice –When a professional person or entity has caused an injury to the public. See Medical Malpractice and Legal Malpractice.
Mandate – A court order that is signed by a judge at the settlement of a case and must be adhered to in order to avoid further penalties.
Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) – At which time an injured person has healed or recovered to the best possible state. This point is used to calculate future wage loss and whether or not a person is permanently disabled.
Mediation – A neutral third party who assists two disagreeing parties to come to a non-legally binding settlement, “out of Court”.
Motion – Any written request to a Judge to perform an action or intervene with relative haste; before the next Court date. A motion hearing date will generally be set.
Negligence – A multi-element theory of law that means one party was at fault for the other party’s injuries because they failed to do something that they were supposed to do and directly caused the injury. One must show there was a duty; a breach of that duty and that the breach of duty directly caused an injury.
Negotiation – The time period before a complaint is filed in a civil suit or during litigation; in which both parties are exchanging offers and attempting to come to a settlement in order to avoid a Judicial decision or trial.
No-Fault – An abbreviation for a type of automobile insurance coverage in which neither party needs to prove who was at fault for coverage to begin.
Notary – A trained professional who has been licensed to witness and take sworn oaths in legal matters by signing and affixing a seal or stamp to the document.
Notice to Insurer – A letter to the insurance company, notifying them of the claim.
Paralegal – A trained professional that works in a law office and compiles evidence, helps build a case and handles many secretarial and assistant functions for the attorney. May draft and file legal documents under the supervision of an attorney.
Parties – The Plaintiffs and Defendants.
Pecuniary Damages – The monetary value of past and future lost income due to the injury.
Personal Injury Protection or PIP –A type of auto insurance coverage that is similar to No-fault insurance. Mandated by the State of Florida, this coverage guarantees direct payment from the injured party’s insurance regardless of who was at fault.
Plaintiff – The injured party or the party filing a claim or lawsuit.
Pleading – Any legal document filed in a lawsuit by either party in a Court of Law that which is not a Motion. (See Motion)
Post-concussion Syndrome (PCS) – A mild form of brain trauma after a concussion that lasts weeks or months.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – A form of brain trauma caused by a shocking, terrifying or hurtful experience that a person witnessed. Often characterized by flashbacks of the events from some sort of visual, auditory, sensory or perceptive trigger.
Prayer for Relief – Also referred to as a Demand for Relief; a written, legal request to a Judge, by the Plaintiff, for immediate monetary relief.
Precedent –Also referred to as “Judge made law”; a legal decision by a higher court that has legal authority to overrule the law on the books. May be referenced by a lawyer to bolster one’s case.
Premise Liability – The legal concept that land owners are responsible to have their land safe enough so that anyone who enters will reasonably not become injured.
Proceeding – All scheduled dates in which both parties appear before the Judge in a civil proceeding.
Product Liability – Responsibility that any seller of a product holds to ensure its safety to the public.
Prognosis – A doctor or medical professional’s determination of the injured party’s chances and length of recovery time.
Proximate Cause – The cause of the injury.
Punitive Damages – Rarely, these damages are mandated in order to punish the defendant for gross negligence.
Quality of Life – A term that can be used as sometimes determined by a quality of life assessment for the lifestyle to which an injured party will have in the future. For example, will the person be able to commence their future way of living?
Qui Tam – A claim that is brought on by a “whistle blower” in which the party and the government make a deal. The claimant is generally an employee of a company that is misallocating funds or engaged in tax fraud. The whistleblower will receive a percentage of the settlement in exchange for testimony and or evidence of the defendant’s illegal activity.
Quid Pro Quo – A term that is latin for “this or that”. An exchange of benefits between parties.
Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment – When an employer offers an employee something in exchange for allowing sexual harassment or not reporting it. Often the employer only offers not to fire the person in exchange for silence.
Reasonable Care – The amount of care that a “reasonable person” would assume an entity has to the public or injured party.
Rehabilitation – The process of restoring necessary skills and normal movement for self-sufficiency after an injury, perhaps after an auto accident or slip-and-fall.
Rehabilitation Benefits – Physical or mental therapy, on-going programs or treatments to assist the injured party in getting as close as possible to the way they were before the injury; paid by the insurance company.
Request for admission – A formal, legal request in a lawsuit from one side to another to admit evidence into the case.
Settlement – The legally binding conclusion of a civil case in which a document is drawn up, signed by all parties, the parties’ counsel and the Judge; detailing the agreement that the parties have come to in order to avoid a Judge making the final decision.
Slip-and-Fall –A general term used for premise-liability claims, in which a person is injured by tripping, slipping or falling while on another party’s property.
Special Damages – Money paid to the Plaintiff to compensate for damages caused directly by the accident such as property damage.
Stacking of Coverages – When more than one insurance policy is applied to one incident.
Standard of Care – Usually in medical malpractice; where the injured party is responsible for defining the amount and type of care that they were reasonably supposed to be given by the defendant and providing evidence that the standard has been breached by the defendant.
Statute of Limitations – The legal amount of time that a person has to file a claim in any civil or criminal action. Time periods are specific to each law.
Strict Liability –The legal concept that a third party may automatically be at fault even if they were not directly involved in the incident. Often used in product liability cases, for example; if a person is injured by a piece of equipment at a gym, the manufacturer of the equipment may be at fault rather than the gym.
Subpoena – A written and formal legal document, issued by a Judge or attorney requesting a person’s attendance at trial or evidence in the case. If a subpoena is ignored a person or entity risks being in contempt of Court.
Subrogation – Generally a legal term used to describe a first party insurance company paying the debts owed by a third party insurance company and later reclaiming that debt from the insurance company. This is a faster way for the injured to have medical bills and other debts paid before settlement.
Third-Party Claims – A claim mad by the Plaintiff against the Defendant’s insurance company.
Tort– Any civil action (usually brought in a Supreme Court) between two parties; a lawsuit apart from criminal law. Some torts may lead to criminal charges but are apart from them.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – An injury to the brain from a violent trauma to the skull that may cause ongoing symptoms or permanent brain damage affecting the injured party’s standard of life.
Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM) – Auto coverage that will cover the injured party in the event that the person at fault does not have enough coverage for the damages. For example; a person with $10,000.00 in accident coverage totaling another person’s brand new Ferrari.
Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UIM) – Exactly like it sounds; insurance coverage for the event in which an uninsured driver crashes into another vehicle. Without this coverage a person in this event may be forced to pay out of pocket, use their own collision coverage and/or have to sue the uninsured driver for the damages.
Voir Dire – Jury selection before a judge, in which the Plaintiff and Defense may offer a limited amount of questions to the jurors and each side has a certain amount of jurors that they can request be removed.
Workers’ Compensation – Mandatory insurance coverage provided by an employer in the event that an employee is injured while working.
Wrongful Death – legal grounds for a lawsuit in which the survivors of the injured party sue an entity for the negligible death of a loved one. Generally, a widow(er) or children of the deceased are suing for lost earnings from the spouse or parent.
Every year, insurance companies pay out over $50 billion to settle workers compensation claims. Overexertion, slips, and falls are some of the most common workplace injuries, and they account for most of this settlement.
As an employee, getting into a workplace accident is the last thing on your mind when you check into work, but the threat is always there, regardless of how low risk your job is.
Then the worst happens, and you get injured at work. You’re unable to work for a while – or permanently – and you’re spending money on medical costs. This is when you realize you need to file a workers compensation claim. Should you go it alone or hire a workers comp lawyer?
Read on to learn why hiring a lawyer is the smartest move.
You (Probably) Don’t Understand Workers’ Compensation Laws
Unless you’re a workers comp lawyer, you certainly don’t understand workers compensation laws in your state.
As a result, when you’re injured at work it can be difficult to know whether your employer is legally responsible for your injuries. Or you could fail to file a claim for fear of losing your job. If this is what you’re facing, you probably don’t know it’s illegal for an employer to treat you unfairly or fire you for filing a claim.
When you hire a workers comp lawyer, you’re getting a professional who has spent years helping injured workers like you get the compensation they deserve. Your lawyer will explain the relevant laws to you, as well as identify any grey areas.
If you work as an independent contractor for a certain company in Louisiana, for instance, you may or may not qualify for compensation when injured on the job. You need a lawyer who understands Louisiana workers compensation laws to assess your contract and determine whether you’re eligible for compensation.
Your Employer Can Deny Your Claim
Why should an employer deny a claim? After all, it’s the insurance company paying out the money.
Well, employers have much to lose when their insurance carriers have to settle workers comp claims. If the number of claims filed by employees of Company X keeps increasing every year, the insurance company will increase premiums. And given that companies pay these premiums from their revenues (not employees’ deductions), you can see why an employer might be inclined to deny a claim.
Yet, one of the first things you should do after getting injured on the job is to report to your employer. When the time to file a compensation claim comes, you’d expect your employer to help you through the process.
However, if your employer is not cooperating or outright denying the claim, it’s time to get in touch with an experienced workers comp lawyer. Such a lawyer knows the buttons to push to get your employer and their insurance providers back on the negotiation table.
Get the Right Settlement Offer
Business is about keeping expenses low.
It is, therefore, not uncommon to find employers or insurance companies offering low or unfair settlement offers to claimants.
Without a worker’s comp lawyer on your side, the other party can easily arm twist you into accepting the offer, or they can falsely promise to pay more later.
You can also accept an offer because you feel it’s right. Let’s say you spent $10,000 treating your injuries. You file a compensation claim and, to your surprise, the employer or his insurer quickly offers $20,000. In your view, the employer has actually overcompensated you.
When the deal is too good, think twice!
Your employer certainly didn’t offer that amount out of goodwill. He knows if you filed a proper claim that factors in all losses and injuries (including things like emotional trauma), he could be paying a lot more.
For those reasons, you should not hesitate to hire a workers comp lawyer. He will assess your case and compute an amount that runs beyond the obvious costs. This will enhance your chances of getting the right settlement offer.
You Need to File a Lawsuit
By now, you can tell the various reasons that can necessitate you to file a workers compensation lawsuit. Denial of a claim and low settlements offer are the most common.
When things get to this point, some workers give up. One, you risk infuriating your employer if you keep pressing on or, two, you think hiring a lawyer to help you fight in court is costly.
By the way, never shy away from getting legal help because of the fees. Sure, legal fees vary from law firm to law firm, but a workers comp lawyer worth his salt will only take a percentage of the settlement once the case is won. If you find a lawyer asking you to pay so they can begin working on your case, move on.
Anyway, when it’s apparent you need to take your case to court, the lawyer will prepare the necessary documents, often depending on the nature of your accident. If your injury was a result of a slip and fall accident, for instance, your lawyer has to gather the necessary evidence in order to prove liability. Click for more information on what it takes to file a successful slip and fall lawsuit.
Do the Right Thing and Hire a Workers Comp Lawyer
Evidently, hiring a workers comp lawyer is a smart move.
Even if your injuries are minor, you’ve missed no work as a result of the injury or the employer has accepted full liability, there is a chance you might fail to get the right settlement offer. With a lawyer on your side, you’ll have greater peace of mind, and you’ll be confident of receiving the compensation you truly deserve.
Ever been injured in on the job? How did you handle the claims process? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.
More than 2 million people suffer from whiplash in the United States each year. If you’ve been in an accident and been inflicted with a whiplash injury, you may be wondering if you’re entitled to whiplash injury compensation.
In this article, you’ll learn all about whiplash and whether you may be eligible to make a claim.
What is Whiplash?
If you’ve been in a situation and your head and neck were suddenly thrust backward and forward, you may have whiplash. This movement puts your cervical spine through extreme stresses due to the lightning-quick motions.
This force tears and stretches the tendons and muscles in your neck. Most of the time, you’ll recover within a few months. However, this will depend on your treatments which include exercise and pain medication, along with the severity of your whiplash. Some people experience ongoing complications and chronic neck pain.
Symptoms of whiplash include:
- Pain when moving your head forward and backward or from side to side
- Stiffness or pain when attempting to look over your shoulders
- Headaches at the base of your skull, radiating towards your forehead
- Numbness or tingling in your arms
- Loss of your neck’s range of motion
- Pain or tenderness in your arms, upper back, or shoulder
- Blurred vision
- Sleep disturbances
- Memory problems
- Difficulty concentrating
It’s important that you see a doctor as soon as you experience any whiplash symptoms or neck pain following a sports injury, car accident, or any other traumatic injury. That way, you can get an accurate and prompt diagnosis and rule out any other tissue damage or fractures that could also be contributing to your symptoms.
Do You Have Whiplash?
If you’ve been in an accident, you’ll need to file a police report. You also need to speak with anyone who witnessed the accident and exchange your insurance information with anyone else involved.
With whiplash, it’s not unusual to be pain-free immediately after the accident. Whiplash pain can take a few days to appear, which is why it’s a good idea to wait to settle the accident.
Even if you think you’re OK, be sure to visit the doctor as soon as you can after an accident. Get copies of the doctor’s records and observations, and keep all receipts.
If you’re diagnosed with whiplash, you’ll need to follow your doctor’s orders. Not only will this ensure that you heal as quickly as possible, but it will help when it’s time to claim for whiplash injury compensation.
Now is also the time to consider whether you need a lawyer. If you do use a lawyer, they can ensure that all steps are followed correctly and you receive any compensation you may be entitled to.
Your San Diego Injury Lawyer will also handle any contact necessary between any other parties’ insurers. And if you’re planning to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for your accident, it’s definitely a good idea to get legal representation.
Getting Whiplash Injury Compensation
Considering your neck is a relatively small body part, whiplash can be a painful and expensive injury. One of the most important aspects of making a claim? Doing it in a timely manner.
While your symptoms may take a little while to show, if the accident did happen months ago and you say you’ve been “living with the pain,” you may find that your insurer argues that the injury isn’t severe. This could mean that they provide you with less compensation or completely deny your claim.
Here are some things to consider when you’re looking for whiplash injury compensation:
If you’re making a claim through your insurance company, the company will use witness testimonies and crash diagrams to determine who is legally liable. If you were hit from behind, it’s likely that the driver who hit you will be found to be at fault. But the issue of legal liability can sometimes be difficult to determine.
Insurance companies will also look at how soon you sought treatment after the accident and to what extent that treatment was provided. If you were just taken to the emergency room immediately after your accident and didn’t have any other treatment.
If, however, you ended up having many physical therapy visits on the advice of a doctor, this will impact how much compensation you receive as it shows your injury needed more intense treatment.
Generally, the more severe your whiplash is, the more likely you are to receive compensation and the higher that compensation is likely to be. It’s important that you document both your whiplash injury and any other injuries you receive.
If your whiplash takes a long time to heal, it will be considered more severe and therefore more likely to receive compensation.
Whiplash can sometimes cause permanent damage. For that reason, even while your insurance company is handling your claim, you may need to look into disability and seek damages from the other party.
When it comes to whiplash injury compensation, insurance companies want to know how your daily life has been impacted by the accident. If you’re going about your normal job and day-to-day activities, you’ll receive less compensation than someone who has had their daily life massively impacted.
When you’re making a whiplash injury compensation claim, you can expect to speak to insurers multiple times. Your medical records will be requested, and if you had a car accident, an adjuster will want to see your car.
It’s important that you document everything if you think you may have whiplash. Keep track of any income you’ve lost, work you’ve missed, and receipts from medical appointments. Write a daily journal tracking drug usage, doctor visits, treatment, and pain.
Seeking whiplash injury compensation can be difficult as whiplash is a soft tissue injury, and unlike a broken bone, can’t be seen on an x-ray. For this reason, it’s worth talking to an experienced attorney. Get in touch today to learn how we can help.
Every year, 2.35 million people in the United States are injured or disabled in car accidents.
Unfortunately, not all of these people end up getting the compensation they deserve for the cost of their injuries. One reason for this is that, for many injuries, including whiplash, symptoms don’t show up right away.
By the time people realize they’ve been injured, they often feel like it’s too late to try and seek compensation.
If you’ve just started experiencing whiplash symptoms after a car accident, keep reading. We’re taking you through everything you should do to make sure your treatment is paid for.
What is Whiplash?
First things first, let’s go over what whiplash even is.
Whiplash is a common injury that occurs when your neck muscles are strained from a rapid backward and forward movement.
This sudden movement, which often happens after you’ve been rear-ended, often stretches and tears the tendons and ligaments in the neck.
Common Whiplash Symptoms
Whiplash symptoms often present themselves within 24 hours. However, sometimes they take a few days to show up.
The following are some of the most common symptoms:
- Pain and stiffness in the neck
- Headaches at the base of your skull
- Blurred vision
Some other, less common (but still serious) whiplash symptoms include:
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Ringing in the ears
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Chronic neck or shoulder pain
In rare cases, people with whiplash will notice their pain or numbness in their arms. They may also find moving their head to be painful. In these instances, immediate medical care is necessary.
A doctor will diagnose whiplash by first asking some questions about your injury and the pain or other symptoms you’re experiencing.
They’ll likely do a physical exam as well to check your range of motion. X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs may also be used to help your doctor identify signs of whiplash. He or she will also use these tests to look for additional damage or inflammation.
Most people see their whiplash symptoms improve within a few weeks or months.
Occasionally, though, people with whiplash go on to experience chronic pain or headaches for years after their accident.
Whiplash Injury Claims
After you start experiencing whiplash symptoms, it can be difficult to get the compensation you need for your medical treatment.
These tips will help you get the help you deserve.
Seek Medical Treatment ASAP
As soon as you notice even the tiniest twinge of pain or discomfort make an appointment with your doctor. The sooner you get in for an examination, the sooner you’ll have evidence to support your claim.
Insurance adjusters are often suspicious of whiplash claims, especially since they don’t always come up immediately after an accident. However, if you have records from a physician proving you’ve been injured, you’re more likely to be successful.
Don’t Wait to File a Claim
Once your doctor has confirmed your injury, you need to start the claim process. Notify your insurance provider if you live in a no-fault state, or the provider of the at-fault driver’s insurance if your state allows lawsuits for personal injuries after an accident.
Make sure you notify the insurance company in writing of your injuries and your plan to file a claim.
The sooner you take these steps, the sooner you’re likely to be reimbursed for your medical expenses.
Document Your Expenses
Be sure to document all the money you spend along the way. Some expenses you’ll need to track include:
- Mileage to and from appointments
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Prescription costs
- Insurance co-pays
- Any other out-of-pocket costs related to your injury
Insurance adjusters will appreciate your thoroughness, and proper documentation can help speed up the reimbursement process.
Prepare for the Possibility of a Lawsuit
Sometimes, a lawsuit is necessary to get the money you’re owed. Maybe the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance. Or, maybe the insurance adjuster decides not to pay out your claim.
If either of these situations occurs, your next step will be to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact a local car accident lawyer as soon as possible for advice on how to proceed.
Choosing the Right Car Accident Lawyer
There are lots of lawyers out there, but they’re not all equally equipped to help you get reimbursed for the expenses related to your injury.
In order to get what you’re owed, it’s important to work with a qualified, experienced lawyer. Keep these tips in mind when making your decision.
Ask About Their Experience
First things first, find out which types of injuries each candidate has the most experience with.
Some lawyers work exclusively with car accident victims. Others focus on work-related accidents or slip-and-fall injuries.
Meet Before Making a Decision
Try to sit down in person with the lawyer you’re thinking about hiring before you make a final decision. You’ll be able to get a better idea of their temperament and whether or not you’re comfortable working with them.
If you can’t meet in person, at least try to speak to them on the phone.
Ask the Right Questions
During your meeting, be sure to ask the following questions. They’ll help you decide if a particular lawyer is right for your case:
- Where did you go to law school and when did you graduate?
- How long have you been practicing?
- What kinds of cases do you typically represent?
- How many cases have you handled that are similar to mine?
- What is your assessment of my case?
- What kind of settlement can I expect?
- Is a trial likely?
- How long do you think it’ll take to wrap up my case?
- What is the estimated cost of my case?
- Do I have to pay if we don’t get a settlement?
- Will you personally handle my case?
It might feel strange asking all these questions up front. But, remember that you’re hiring this person to represent you, and you have a right to answers before making a decision.
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In personal injury law, burn injuries have their own classification. When a person is burned, the damages and pain involved can be both life-altering and debilitating. If you are the victim of a burn injury, and it was due to someone or something else’s negligence, then you do have the right to seek fair compensation. Burn injuries are most commonly found in specific industries and when using specific types of chemicals. The most common types of burn injuries that lead to litigation involve issues that can cause both fires and burns.
Apartment and home fires
There are a vast number of things that can lead to a home or apartment catching fire. Sometimes they are an accident, and other times the hazard or threat could have – and should have – been foreseen, in which case they involve negligence.
Negligence is when someone either does something to cause someone’s burn injuries, or they fail to do something, and that failure to act specifically leads to the injury. In the case of apartment or home fires, many common causes of fire are smoking, heaters, fireplaces, electrical appliances, candles and defective products that catch fire. If a homeowner is burned due to the negligence of someone or something else, then they may sue for personal injury.
Negligent landlord fires
When it comes to being a landlord, you have a specific obligation to your tenants to make sure that the rental home is safe. Those obligations include things like working smoke detectors, certified electrical wiring, a fire escape, and having all appliances up to code. You must also maintain escape routes, so that the tenants can safely exit the building if there is a fire. The two major responsibilities that landlords have are:
The landlord is responsible for making sure that there are available fire extinguishers on their rental properties. Although the laws differ from state to state, there are codes that stipulate how many there must be and where the extinguishers must be placed.
Operational smoke detectors
A landlord has the obligation to ensure that the apartment or house is equipped with operational smoke detectors and alarms. The National Fire Protection Association mandates that there be smoke detectors outside of any sleeping area and one inside every bedroom of the house. Although there are no specifics relating to the type of smoke detector necessary, they do have to be operational and in working order. If the landlord fails to uphold the duty to provide either a smoke detector or a fire extinguisher, and someone is the victim of a burn injury, then the landlord might be held liable for any damages or injuries that result.
Workplace fire injuries or burn injuries that happen while working
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, over 5000 people suffer from burn injuries in the workplace every year. Although most workplace burns are handled through workers’ compensation claims, there are times when the negligence is egregious enough to warrant a personal injury lawsuit to hold a third party responsible.
Electrical burns are sustained when a faulty or antiquated electrical system is to blame. With the system usually found defective, there are times when electrical burns can be the subject of a product liability lawsuit, depending on the specifics relating to who got burned and when.
Chemical burns are usually caused by highly flammable toxic chemicals. Most chemical burns are severe and extensive. There are many entities that might be liable for chemical burns, including distributors of the chemical, the manufacturer, or even the contractor who didn’t handle them correctly.
Burn injuries are some of the most horrific and painful injuries that someone can sustain. If you are burned due to the negligence of someone or something else, then you do have the right to receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages. To prove that your injuries were due to someone else’s negligence, it is imperative that you hire a burn injury lawyer who specializes in personal injury – specifically burn injuries – to help you get the compensation that you are entitled to.
After an accident or an injury, the last thing that you want to do is put your chance at financial retribution in the hands of an attorney that just wants a paycheck and a settlement. Here are some simple tips on how to weed out the sleazy accident attorneys from the trustworthy accident attorneys.
1. Identify Your Needs
The type of case you have changes the type of attorney you need. In general, a straightforward car accident with modest injuries can be handled by most personal injury attorneys. On the other hand, complex, serious injury or death cases deserve the attention of highly experienced attorneys with strong track records.
You may not think that you need an experienced trial attorney if your goal is to settle a case. However; insurance companies often take into account what your attorney’s reputation is for going to trial when they decide how much to offer as a settlement. Attorneys who do not try cases very often or at all will likely secure less for their clients than attorneys who will go to trial for you. Ask any attorney that you have a consult with about their trial record and take that into account.
2. Ask Around
Ask friends, family and leaders in your community if they know of any trustworthy accident attorneys. Word of mouth is the best advertisement and people who care about you will be honest. If you already have an attorney for other matters; then they are the best person to ask for a referral.
3. Research Several Attorneys
First consultations are usually free, so take the time to interview more than one lawyer. Unfortunately, attorneys will seldom take a first consultation over the phone, so depending on the extent of your injuries; you may have to have a family member or friend go to the consultation for you and take notes. Send them with a small list of questions and a signed release for the attorney to speak with them combined with a copy of your driver’s license. Any trustworthy accident attorney will not speak to someone about your case without a release.
If you have a good case; it is not unheard of for an attorney to even come to the hospital or your home to meet with you after the first consultation. Once again, any trustworthy personal injury attorney will understand if you have difficulty transporting your injured self to their office to meet.
4. Don’t Be Sidetracked by Billboards, TV Ads and Flashy Websites.
I am sure that many personal injury lawyers with these flashy ads are trustworthy; however, all of that glitter and shine can often be used to cover up a sketchy business model in which an attorney’s secretaries are doing most of the work and pumping out settlements. Remember; just because they have money for all of this advertisement doesn’t necessarily mean that they made it or that they made it in an honest way.
5. Trust Your Instincts
Generally speaking; if you don’t rush into anything, you will get a feeling of whether or not this is a trustworthy accident attorney.
When you speak with the attorney do they listen closely or interrupt you and cut you off? When you ask questions do they answer them or beat around the bush? If you have a technical question are they able to confidently give you an answer or tell you what it will take to get a good answer? Do they make eye contact? It really is important for you to feel comfortable with this person.
6. Ask who will actually be working on your case
Especially in the case of larger firms, you may think that you are hiring a particular attorney but as time goes by you may find that they are not actually doing the work on your case. Often times interns, paralegals, associates, junior partners or even another partner at the firm will be working your case. Any time there is a change in the lead attorney, however, you should be getting a letter telling you as much.
It is better to ask this at the onset. Who will work on your case? What role will each person have? Some firms are set up to settle large numbers of cases. Instead of getting personal attention, your case will be treated as if on a production line. Some firms have new associates or law student interns doing much of the work. Finding out how the firm will staff your case will prevent misunderstandings in the future. Or lead you to your next attorney interview.
7. Beware of Overblown Promises
The attorney is not the insurance company or the judge. That means you should beware if when meeting them for the first time they tell you how much your claim is worth and promise to get it for you. Lawyers are held to high professional standards. Make no mistake about it, overly eager attorneys have been known to use puffery to sign clients.
8. When in Doubt Google it
You should be able to get a pretty good feel for an attorney’s reputation over the internet these days. A word of caution; there will almost always be one or two dissatisfied clients and it is likely not even the accident attorney’s fault. However; if you see a host of bad reviews; unless this is someone that everyone you know has given a good review, run away and never look back. It just is not worth the time and generally in a personal injury case; time is of the essence on filing a claim or starting an action.
Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident is always highly stressful. There are so many things you need to do, and people you need to contact, and on top of that you could be experience the pain and trauma that accompany moderate to severe injuries. The last thing you want is to be taken advantage of when determining who was at-fault. You can easily avoid the time and energy it takes to self-advocate with the police and insurance companies, by hiring a lawyer to work on your behalf. It is so important to always contact a lawyer before the insurance company — and here are the three main reasons why.
Reason #1: Your Lawyer Is On YOUR Side
The problem with insurance companies is that when you are the claimant in a car accident matter, they are not necessarily on your side. It is the nature of the business that their self-interest is rooted in maintaining profits, which means even when they are not acting in bad faith they could be offering you a lower settlement than you deserve. They could be more skeptical towards your side of the story, and they will urge you to jump through their hoops and use their repair shops to save money.
Your lawyer, on the other hand, focuses on your best interests. It is their direct job to defend your rights and make sure you get a fair settlement. So, if you are being scammed, if the police reports are not accurate, if your insurance company or the plaintiff’s insurance company is dragging their feet or acting in bad faith, your lawyer will be able to notice it immediately and advocate for you.
Reason #2: Your Lawyer Can Give Important Legal Advice
The time immediately after a car accident can be very chaotic — even more so if you suffered an injury of any kind. If you’ve never been in an accident before you will have to make a lot of decisions in a short amount of time, and those decisions can have a massive impact on how much of a settlement you get in the future. Your lawyer will be able to advise you on what you need to do, such as:
- What to do at the scene of the accident — giving a statement to police, collecting evidence of your own if possible, etc
- What to do when you call your insurance company — giving your account, asking for specific services, how to self-advocate, and responding to the insurance company after the fact, etc.
- How to negotiate with other parties — negotiating with your insurance company, the other party’s insurance company, etc
Remember, your lawyer is an expert at handling every possible kind of personal injury case in your specific city, county or state. Being able to give you advice on how to handle your insurance company is huge, and if you are dealing with an injury they can perform all that communication and negotiation on your behalf.
Reason #3: Your Lawyer Can Speed Up Everything
For cases that involve a serious injury or even death, having your lawyer on your side from the start can make all the difference in how swiftly everything is resolved. Car accidents lead to a lot of very large bills that will need to be paid sooner rather than later — car repairs, medical treatments, possibly funeral arrangements, and so on. For such cases, where you need some sort of financial settlement as soon as possible, your lawyer can help make that happen.
With insurance companies, they do not have much incentive to act any faster than they want to. They might be sympathetic to your financial situation, but not at their own expense. Seeking legal advice can help you make informed decisions right away and avoid any costly delays.
We are taught to trust our doctors. We believe they have our best interests at heart.
We put our faith in them. But sometimes, something goes wrong. Whether by accident or on purpose, we end up with more than we bargained for.
Perhaps we were accidentally burned during surgery. An unnecessary procedure was performed. A loved one dies because of a mistake.
It’s then that we need a lawyer. But not all lawyers are the same. You deserve the best.
Here are a few questions to ask when to hiring a great medical malpractice lawyer.
How Long They’ve Been Practicing
The same way an artist gets to Carnegie Hall is the same way a medical malpractice lawyer becomes good at their job. Practice, practice, practice.
Ask them how long they’ve been practicing medical malpractice law. Make sure they specialize in it as well.
Ask if medical practice law is their primary focus or if they also represent other types of cases. A lawyer who focuses on several types of law may not be as up-to-date on the current laws and procedures.
You deserve someone who has experience in medical malpractice. Someone who has been to court before and who understands how to win cases.
Check out their website to learn more about the lawyers within the firm. Don’t be afraid to ask them any further questions you may have about their experience.
How Many Cases They’ve Won
Ask how many cases the medical malpractice lawyer has won. Then ask how many of them were settled out of court.
These numbers are important to your case. You want someone who the experience and expertise to handle your case in your best interest.
Whether that’s taking the case to court or having the other side settle first. If they settle a lot of cases, insurance companies may know this and you might receive less money.
Don’t forget to ask how many cases they’ve lost, too. If a lawyer has been in business for 30 years and has won 200, that might sound great. Until you learn they’ve lost well over 500 cases.
Ask what the size of the rewards have been for their most recent cases. Definitely, ask the outcome of the last few cases they’ve worked on.
Any lawyer worth your time will be happy to share with you this type of information. You want someone who is successful and confident they can win your case.
If They’re in Good Standing with the Bar Association
Take a look at your local bar association’s website.Make sure they’re a member.
Check out other law associations like personal injury trial lawyers association.
See which associations they’re members of. Check to see if they have taken on any leadership roles.
That can suggest they have the respect of their peers. A medical malpractice lawyer should be in good standing with any and all associations they are members of.
If they are not listed anywhere, look somewhere else for another attorney.
If They Can Provide Testimonials and/or References
Of course, no medical malpractice lawyer is going to tell you that their last client hated their guts. It’s not in their best interest to do so.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t do some additional research. Ask for some references so you can speak to a few past clients.
Contact those past clients and ask how and why they found their medical malpractice lawyer so helpful. See if their clients would hire them again.
Obviously, they’ll give you the names of people who loved their services. Keep digging.
Check online reviews to see what other people are saying about the attorney or law firm in question. The Better Business Bureau is one place to check.
Keep in mind that if the firm lost the case or the outcome wasn’t to the client’s satisfaction, that person may have left an angry review.
Trust your instincts while reading testimonials and reviews. If your instincts are telling you to keep looking, do so.
Their Fees for Your Type of Case
Hiring a medical malpractice lawyer isn’t going to be cheap. Especially if they’re good and well experienced.
The lawyer should be able to clearly provide details on their fee agreements and case costs.
In most cases, you should have the ability to hire a lawyer on a contingency fee basis. This means, that they get paid a percentage of the money received through settlement.
If the case goes to trial, they would receive a portion of the money you win.
But there are always costs involved in any case. Ask to see if the law firm will absorb the expenses.
Most expenses come about when a case goes to trial. Expert witnesses are paid.
There’s also document preparation and filing fees. Depending on the nature of the case, there may be other costs involved.
Make sure you have a clear understanding of how any and all costs will be handled before you hire a lawyer.
Meet With the Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Even if you get a great feeling about a lawyer over the phone, it’s a good idea to meet with them in person before making a final decision.
If they can’t meet with you straight away, don’t consider it a bad sign. Sometimes, they just have a heavy caseload to contend with.
When you do meet with them, note how well you can communicate with them. If you speak another language, make sure they have someone there who can speak fluently in your native language.
Take a look at their office. The Marrone Law Firm offices, for instance, will look professional and be free of excessive clutter. While it might be fun to hire the oddball lawyer on a tv show, doing so in real life rarely works in your favor.
Make sure you’re confident about both the lawyer and their staff. This should be a team effort.
Let’s hope you only need to hire a medical malpractice attorney once in your life. But that doesn’t mean you won’t need another type of lawyer.
When and if you or someone you know needs to hire a lawyer, look no further than our site. We’ll help you find the best lawyer to represent you.
Our blog is here to help you make the best-informed decision you can before you hire any type of lawyer. Keep coming back to learn more.
After an injury, life can get pretty hectic and confusing. You may need a lot of help physically getting back up on your feet, as well as mentally, trying to figure out what your next steps should be. Here is what you need to know when looking for New York City personal injury lawyers. Personal Injury Lawyers provide legal services in cases involving one or multiple people being injured as the result of another party’s negligence. NYC Personal injury lawyers are tasked with proving that the opposing party had a duty of reasonable care to the first party. That duty was breached, and the effect of that breach resulted in serious mental or physical injury, and in some extreme circumstances, even death.
Personal injury law falls under civil torts as compared to criminal law. In certain instances; criminal charges may also be involved, but that is not the standard. Automobile injury and premises liability where a party injures themselves on another parties’ premises are two of the most common types of personal injury cases.
It is not unheard of to file a personal injury claim without an attorney; however, people who hire an attorney are usually apt to get better settlements and be taken more seriously by insurance companies and defendants. Sometimes personal injury attorneys can negotiate pre-settlement funding so unpaid bills don’t pile up wreaking financial havoc in your life. Obviously, skipping the attorney can save you legal fees but would you consider tearing out all of your plumbing rather than calling a plumber? Or would you sew up your own leg rather than see a doctor? Not usually.
An accident attorney or personal injury attorney can assist you in communicating effectively with a giant insurance companies’ team of attorneys. It is imperative that you find an attorney that specializes in personal injury law rather than a typical, general practice attorney.
Personal injury attorneys can often bring to mind this sleazy, stereotype of an ambulance-chasing, low-life with an accent like the attorney from the movie, My Cousin Vinny. As with most stereotypes; these notions can often be based on some sort of facts, perhaps from a time long ago. So, when looking for New York City personal injury lawyers; it is necessary to take some precaution and do a little screening.
It is also important to know that most personal injury attorneys will only take a case that they think can win and “not get paid unless you get paid”. Any attorney asking for a retainer on a personal injury case should be put under even stricter scrutiny before you hire them.
New York City personal injury lawyers can be a dime a dozen. It is an often lucrative field of law to get into where an attorney can often settle out of court without going through a time-consuming and expensive trial, while getting some very steep settlement money. For this reason, some NYC personal injury lawyers look at their career as a sort of short cut and themselves as a master of short cuts. Will you get a settlement out of just any attorney? Probably; that is, if you have a decent case.
Below are the top ten personal injury lawyers in New York City. You can trust them to be honest with you at your consultation to tell you if you have a case that is likely to win or not. You can trust these attorneys not to settle out of court unless they believe that they are getting you the maximum amount of money for your injuries, hospital bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
1. The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. makes the top of the list for the top personal injury attorneys in New York City. This partnership of attorneys has won several awards and accolades for being well-versed in all sections of personal injury law. They even specialize in helping you switch from an attorney that you may be currently dissatisfied with so that you do not have to go through the awkward process of switching alone.
2. Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C.
Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. is next on the list of the top ten New York City personal injury attorneys. Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. is a group of personal injury lawyers that have several years of experience in vehicular injury, work site injury, public site injury and every other avenue of personal injury law. These attorneys have an excellent screening process in which they only take the cases that they know will have some sort of success. This group of New York City personal injury lawyers will not waste your time or money and are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.
3. Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP
These attorneys are efficient at educating clients on all legal terminology throughout their case such as what their assumption of risk was. The assumption of risk is a term used when a plaintiff willingly proceeded with a risk in the face of blatant and known danger. Many New York City personal injury lawyers overlook what your assumption of risk was and take you on an unrealistic paper chase with no pay off. You can trust these attorneys to be real with you.
4. Hach & Rose, LLP
Hach & Rose, LLP are a group of highly educated and winning New York City personal injury lawyers that will handle your personal injury claim delicately and efficiently from start to finish. You won’t have to worry about them not returning your calls like many other New York City personal injury attorneys. They have a large and knowledgeable staff to help get your questions answered quickly and correctly.
5. David Resnick & Associates, P.C.
David Resnick & Associates, P.C. are a team of powerful and kind attorneys that will explain things to you every step of the way and refuse to settle with the insurance companies or defendants unless they know that they are getting you the maximum settlement. David Resnick & Associates, P.C. are not afraid to build a case and take it to trial if that is what is in your best interest; and it may be. Many New York City personal injury lawyers do not have the time or resources to really take a case all the way to trial but these attorneys are serious and will do just that.
6. Goidel & Siegel LLP
These attorneys specialize in premises liability personal injury law. Most New York City personal injury lawyers will tell you that premises liability is the legal responsibility of a property owner, landlord, tenant or occupier of a property to provide compensation for a person that is injured while on said property. For example, a person who is hurt from a slip and fall accident in a grocery store caused by a spill may be able to sue the property owner for negligence.
Premises liability is far from cut and dry. You, as the plaintiff have the burden of proof on your side. You must prove that you were injured on the defendant’s premises as a result of their negligence. The defense is going to do everything that they can to prove that they were not negligent and that you were at fault. It is literally their job to do so. Goidel & Siegal, LLP are experienced and well renowned for their work in New York City as high quality personal injury attorneys that will not succumb to such tactics and will help you to get every dime that you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages and even potentially for your pain and suffering.
7. Personal Injury Lawyers NYC
Personal injury lawyers, NYC are some of the best attorneys in toxic injury law of New York City personal injury lawyers. Toxic injury law involves physical contact with poisonous substances that cause injury to a party at the negligence of another party. Common defendants in these cases are landlords or employers. Contact with the toxic substance can be through touch, inhalation, submersion or abrasion. These cases can also often be class action suits where several parties were injured by the negligence of a company or corporation such as dumping toxic waste near ground-water.
For this reason; toxic injury cases can be some of the most lengthy, expensive and difficult cases to go through. A person with a toxic injury case most definitely wants to secure one of the top New York City personal injury lawyers to represent them.
These New York City personal injury lawyers advise clients to take photos and keep all paper records. Taking photos of your injuries, the scene of the accident and the surrounding areas can be of paramount importance in your case. The attorneys at Personal Injury Lawyers NYC would rather have more documentation than less in order to form the best possible case for you.
8. Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson
Barasch, McGarry, Salzman & Penson are New York City personal injury lawyers that handle workers compensation and wrongful death actions amongst most other areas of specialization in personal injury law.
Workers’ Compensation is insurance that most employers are required to hold for their employees in case of injury during working hours, on the work site or as a result of work performed for the employer. Workers compensation cases can be some of the most tedious and difficult cases to win. For this reason it is best to not represent yourself no matter what your employer, doctor or insurance company may tell you.
The New York City personal injury lawyers at Barasch, McGarry, Salzman & Penson practice in all areas of personal injury law and will get you the compensation that you deserve for your injuries with the least amount of time from you as possible.
9. Rapelshaon & Levine Law Firm
Raphaelson & Levine Law firm stands apart from other top New York City personal injury lawyers in that they really do a great job educating a client on what to do after an accident. These New York City personal injury lawyers advise clients to always get a police report after an accident, get immediate medical attention and reports, do not give a written statement until you consult an attorney and do not sign any medical authorizations for the release of records unless instructed by your attorney.
Unfortunately, shortly after an injury and especially if you have a good case the responsible parties’ attorneys and the insurance companies’ attorneys will do whatever they can to make you take responsibility for your accident and get documentation proving so.
New York City personal injury lawyers like Rapelshaon & Levine will aid you in what to do with your medical bills and other costs for the duration of your case. They understand that you are likely getting calls and accounts may even go into collections while you wait for a settlement or trial. There are ways to ease these burdens and keep your accounts in good standing without taking responsibility for the medical costs and risking an admission of liability. Let an attorney help you with these issues.
10. Paris & Chaikin, PLLC
Paris & Chaikin, PLLC believe that even in situations that clients have straightforward cases they still need to be represented by an educated and prepared attorney who knows how to specifically approach each case, and how to get you the most out of your settlement. Insurance companies typically pay more when you settle a case that had all pleadings filed and served in a timely manner, which was presented in a professional manner. An insurance companies’ attorneys are likely to know the best New York City personal injury lawyers and will pay extra attention to correspondence coming from them.
All in all, the top ten New York City personal injury lawyers all have a few things in common. They only take cases that they know will have a significant settlement offer. They listen to their clients and compile evidence quickly and efficiently. They file their pleadings in a timely manner. Finally, they have the ability to explain each and every nuance of a case to their clients and they don’t mind doing it.
So, before you try to “go it alone” with your personal injury case; waste no time and schedule a consultation with a highly renowned New York City personal injury attorney from this list and see for yourself what the difference is between representing yourself and having a legal advocate at your side.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury in an accident, you may need the services of a qualified personal injury attorney. We’v compiled a list of the top personal injury lawyers Minneapolis has to offer, to assist you with your claim and guide you through the legal process in order to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Personal injuries may result from many types of accidents. Some of the most common types of personal injury cases include vehicle crashes, slip and falls, construction accidents, dog bites, property liability, bicycle accidents, pedestrian injuries, product liability and wrongful death and others. These types of accidents can cause injuries that can be extremely severe or disabling.
Victims of personal injuries and their families deserve compensation from the negligent party. This includes money to pay for medical expenses, rehabilitation and future medical care, lost wages and compensation for pain and suffering. The most experienced personal injury lawyers Minneapolis has will litigate your case and guide you through the legal process.
There are a number of law firms to choose from in the Minneapolis area. Here is a comprehensive list of the 10 best personal injury lawyers Minneapolis has at it’s disposal.
This is a large Personal Injury law firm that handles car accidents and other personal injury cases. They have more than 40 years of legal experience in the Midwest.
This Minneapolis based law firm provides high-quality representation for all types of personal injury cases. They handle car, truck and motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall cases and others.
It is important to know your rights and make sure that your attorney protects them throughout the process. This Minneapolis personal injury law firm has years of experience working with clients specifically on personal injury cases.
This law firm is based in Minnesota and helps take the stress out of the legal process. They have a team of personal injury and product liability lawyers that advocate for their clients to recover the best possible settlements and verdicts.
This Minnesota personal injury attorney provides legal services for personal injury cases including vehicle crashes. They have experience handling a variety of types of cases with the knowledge and expertise to favorably resolve your case.
This Minneapolis personal injury law firm offers a variety of legal services including personal injury. If your injury was caused by the negligence of another, you may be eligible for compensation.
If you were seriously injured in a vehicle accident or any other type of accident that wasn’t your fault, contact this Minneapolis MN personal injury law firm for assistance. They work with all types of personal injury cases in the Minneapolis area.
You want an attorney who will help you get the money you need to pay your bills and care for your family after a serious injury. These personal injury attorneys from Minneapolis will fiercely fight for your rights and make sure the responsible party is held accountable.
The attorneys at this personal injury law firm are from Minnesota and will help you achieve the best possible results and will always strive to get you the compensation you need. They won’t settle for less than you deserve.
Whether you were injured in a vehicle accident or on the job, this law firm has the experience to handle your claim. They work with a variety of different personal injury situations to get their clients the money they need to pay their medical expenses and damages.
Helpful Tips for Choosing the Top Personal Injury Lawyers Minneapolis has Available
Choosing personal injury lawyers Minneapolis is an important decision. There are some considerations you should take before you make a decision.
Obtain Legal Help Quickly
The law limits the time to file a personal injury case. It is in your best interest to discuss your case with the finest personal injury lawyers Minneapolis has to offer as soon as possible after the accident. Gather and keep all documentation about your injury including all your medical records and reports. When you seek legal help more quickly, your lawyer will be better able to assist you in achieving a successful result. Most legal claims for personal injury must be filed within 2 to 6 years depending on the specific circumstances of the situation. In most situations, claims need to be filed no later than 2 years after the occurrence or after the victim learned of the injury. Claims that are filed too late are not allowed, and the case will not be able to proceed, even if it has merit.
Reviewing and researching your claim is also easier to do when it is fresh in the minds of witnesses and others. There is a good deal of investigation that your lawyer will do to establish the proof for your claim. It is always best to start gathering this data as soon as possible to avoid losing any of it. For instance, witnesses could be lost, or surveillance tapes could be gone if too much time is lost before you begin your claim.
Look for a Good Fit
In addition to experience, you want a lawyer that is relatable. It is helpful for you to find an attorney who is easy to work with and will give you the comfort you require. It is best to choose a law firm that will guide you through the entire legal process and will be there to help you all along the way. It is essential that you trust your lawyer and that you feel you can discuss even the most difficult aspects of your case with him.
Become an Expert on Your Own Case
You may never have had to take legal action before, and you could be unsure about whether your situation warrants a lawsuit. Do not hesitate to speak to personal injury lawyers Minneapolis to find out whether your situation requires further action. Each case is different, and even some that have similar circumstances may not have the same results. In order to seek damages, you must be able to prove that your injuries were the result of negligence and that the negligent party was liable for them. Your lawyer will review the details to ensure that your case meets these qualifications.
There are no guarantees in legal cases, especially in personal injury lawsuits. It is necessary to have your case reviewed by qualified personal injury lawyers Minneapolis to find out whether it is prudent to proceed. You certainly don’t want to spend your time and money if the case is not likely to garner results. However, many personal injury cases result in worthwhile payments that will cover all the costs associated with your injuries.
Personal Injury Lawyers Minnesota – What to Look For
Personal injury lawyers in Minnesota have a variety of experience and expertise working with similar cases. It is best to choose an accident attorney that meets all of your needs and will provide you with the level of expertise needed to obtain a satisfactory resolution.
Look for an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
One of the most important considerations when choosing personal injury lawyers, Minneapolis, is the experience of the attorney. An experienced attorney understands the entire personal injury process and will work to protect your rights and get you money to cover your medical expenses as well as other damages.
Choose personal injury lawyers Minneapolis with experience in both negotiations and trials. Many personal injury cases are settled before they get to trial. This is best accomplished by an attorney with negotiation skills. Sometimes, cases cannot be settled and must go to trial. Your attorney must also be well-versed in trial preparation and experienced specifically in court cases.
Specialized Minneapolis Personal Injury Lawyer
Not all law firms are the same. It is helpful to choose personal injury lawyers Minneapolis, that specifically handle personal injury cases. These Minneapolis personal injury law firms are equipped to resolve even the most complicated and difficult cases. Lawyers that are dedicated to personal injury cases are aware of the current laws and guidelines for resolving them. Many attorneys work primarily with personal injury and have the training and education necessary to more favorable resolve claims.
Ask About Their Success with other Personal Injury Cases
Choose personal injury lawyers Minneapolis with successful track records for similar cases. For example, look for the settlement or verdict dollar amounts that the firm’s attorneys have obtained in recent cases. This will give you an idea of the types of results that might be possible. This information can often be found on the law firm’s website. Personal injury cases are complicated and may result in a large payout because of certain factors. For instance, a disfiguring or disabling injury might allow higher compensation because you will require more care over your lifetime and because your quality of life has been altered.
Does the Personal Injury Attorney Have the Resources?
Choose a lawyer with the resources to handle your case. If necessary, your attorney may need to evaluate the accident or work with a collision reconstruction team. Additionally, your attorney will need to spend time and utilize resources deposing witnesses and talking to expert witnesses. Complex cases might require a lot of time and effort, something that a law firm with personal injury case experience is able to do more easily.
Trust the Testimonials & Reviews
Read the testimonials provided by other clients. This will help provide you with an idea of the level of service that the law firm provides as well as the strengths and weaknesses. Keep in mind that there may always be an unhappy client or two, even in the best law firms. The key is to choose personal injury lawyers, Minneapolis, with the best overall customer ratings. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau and Yelp to see ratings from other clients.
What Kinds of Awards, Memberships and Accolades Do They Have?
Look for personal injury lawyers Minneapolis that have attained particular status or achieved awards for their exemplary services. One important thing to look for is whether the attorney is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association. The MSBA is a professional organization for attorneys who practice in Minnesota. Additionally, some attorneys may be recognized as SuperLawyers™ and may have other achievements and awards that set them apart from others. Check the law firm’s website to learn more about the achievements the firm and lawyers have attained.
Ask for Referrals
Your friends or family members may have utilized the services of personal injury lawyers, Minnesota in the past. If so, they might have some recommendations. Keep in mind, however, that law firms often offer services in particular areas of the law. This is important to remember when choosing an attorney. If you obtain a referral from a friend, it is still advisable to do your own research to determine whether the firm can handle your needs.
Pay Attention to how Responsive Personal Injury Lawyers Are
You may have questions and concerns about your case as it proceeds through the legal process. It is ideal to choose an attorney who is responsive to your needs and is available to talk to you and answer your questions as they arise. Good communication is necessary between an attorney and client. Law firms with online communication and billing help establish better communication with their clients. Although your attorney is busy, you should expect that he will respond to your message within at least one business day.
Ask for a Free Personal Injury Consultation
An initial consultation is an ideal way to choose between personal injury lawyers Minneapolis. Many times, consultations are done at no charge. This initial meeting allows an attorney to briefly review the facts of your case and lets you get answers to some of your questions. If your case has merit, it may be possible to move forward with legal action against the negligent party. Some law firms accept personal injury cases on a contingency basis. This means that you may be allowed to provide partial or full payment to the attorney once you obtain money from a successful legal case.
Location Should Not Be Your #1 Concern
The location of the law office is obviously a secondary concern for those seeking legal assistance with a personal injury claim. However, a convenient location with available parking or nearby public transportation is helpful because you may need to visit the law office at least several or more times. You want to be certain that you can easily attend meetings with your attorney when necessary.