Call 911 for medical assistance, then if able, immediately report the incident to the police, on-site security, or another individual who can take a report. Obtain the names of witness(es), take photographs of anything relevant (use a cell phone camera), and visit the proper health care facility or your health care provider as soon as possible.
Once you leave the scene of an incident that has not been reported and documented, the opportunity exists for someone to dispute not only your version, but the occurrence itself. Obtain as much information as possible; get a description of as many details as possible. Try to secure surveillance tapes; many locations have cameras that are constantly recording.
As soon as possible. Insurance companies investigate accidents as soon as they can. Your attorney will do the same. No matter what you may be told, insurance companies do not work for you. We will do our very best to see that your rights are protected, that you are treated fairly, and that you receive the very best settlement.
You have a duty and obligation to timely report an incident to your insurance company, and to cooperate with them and their authorized representatives. You do not have a duty or obligation to speak with an insurance company that does not represent or defend you, i.e., the other party’s insurance company. Unfortunately, the expression “What you say can and will be used against you” is applicable in personal injury matters.
This is an extremely important and proper question. An attorney who offers an opinion without knowing all relevant factors is violating legal and ethical standards. It is important to complete an investigation, learn the full extent of your injury, ascertain if there are out-of-pocket expenses or lost wages, and any other important items to determine the fair value of your case. Your attorney should answer this question prior to your settlement.
Everyone has the right to sue and everyone has the right to defend a lawsuit. Whether your incident is proper for a lawsuit or not depends on the facts and circumstances particular to your case. Please consider contacting us to see if we can help.
Insurance serves to protect you, those close to you, and other third parties. The proper coverage should be discussed with your insurance agent, your financial adviser, and any professional in this area. A policy should be reviewed as your circumstances change, but at a minimum on an annual basis.
There are times when a lawsuit is the appropriate and necessary way to get what you are legally entitled to. There are times when a lawsuit is not warranted. American jurisprudence, the consumer, and all of society have benefited immeasurably from personal injury lawsuits. There is no better way to hold negligent people accountable for causing people harm than by collecting compensation for it. The seat belts in cars, railroad crossing signals, back-up warnings on trucks, warning labels, stop mechanisms on automatic garage doors, cigarette-free zones, removal of asbestos from schools, compensation for an injury, lost wages or bills paid, and countless other ways to protect you and your family are protections put in place because an individual and their attorney fought and did not give up.
Since 1960, we have proven ourselves with our results. We do not represent insurance companies; we represent people like you! We have successfully represented our clients in settlements, arbitrations, mediations, and trials. Insurance companies know our record that is why most of our cases will be settled without the need of a trial.
We welcome the opportunity to earn and maintain your trust and respect.