Today we live in a society where you may be injured no matter what precautions
you take. Automobile accidents, slip-and-falls, dog bites, malfunctions,
skiing accidents, you name it, the modern world can incapacitate you.
Injuries may be temporary or permanent, painful and debilitating and may result
in scarring and disfigurement. These types of injuries may change your
life altogether. The consequences often include
loss of earnings, wages, lost opportunities, and many other kinds of economic
injury. If you
are injured, you need prompt medical attention from good doctors. Seek medical treatment as soon as possible to
limit your pain, as well as to document your injuries.
You also need prompt legal representation.
Call Brian or Louis Dell for immediate legal assistance.
For some important information about getting compensated for your injury, check
out the common questions and answers below.
Table of Contents
- The truth about insurance companies.
- What should I do if I am injured in an accident?
- What doctor should I see?
- Should I talk to the insurance adjuster?
- What kind of records should I keep?
- How will I be able to afford legal representation?
- What can I expect as my case moves toward trial?
Insurance companies will pay next to nothing to settle your case. The
insurance company knows it will have to pay more if you contact a lawyer. The
friendly adjuster will be nice when they first contact you about your case, but
the aim is to pay you the lowest possible amount no matter how serious your
injury, lost income, pain and suffering, and permanent disability. Only by
aggressively fighting the insurance companies and their battery of lawyers will
you get fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries. Call one of us
or email us about your case. We will respond immediately.
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First, pay attention to your medical needs. If someone was with you and they
were not also injured or do not need to care for you, ask them to get names of
witnesses to the accident or identify what caused you to fall.
A serious injury means you should go to the emergency room. For some
injuries, the pain does not start until the next day. Go see you family
physician. If you need specialized care, your doctor will send you to a
The adjuster will ask you questions much the way a police officer questions a
suspect. Without legal representation, you risk having your statements taken out
of context and later used against you to minimize your injuries. When you
are injured by the negligence of another, you will only have one opportunity to
recover fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries. When it comes
to insurance company adjusters, you are the amateur going up against the
professional. Therefore, you will be better off financially to have an
experienced attorney handle your claim.
Keep all your medical bills and receipts, for all treatment and medications,
including over-the-counter items. Many injuries cause pain for a long time.
Sometimes the pain comes and goes. We always want to act strong and minimize our
injuries by forgetting, but the pain is real. Therefore, you may want to keep a
little diary to help remind you of all of the days you suffered. If
someone has to help you or do things for you that you used to do yourself, they
may want to keep a little diary, too.
If a lawyer accepts your case, legal fees and costs will come out of the
final settlement or jury award. You and your lawyer will sign a contract that
will explain the details.
Once your suit has been filed, the lawyers for the insurance company will
send written questions for you to answer and ask for your bills. They will also
ask for you to sign a release of your medical information, to see if you have
injured the same parts of your body before. They will request that you see a
doctor of their choosing, to assess your injuries. Your deposition will also be
taken, where you will appear with your lawyer before a court reporter and be
asked questions about your injuries and how you were hurt. Finally, if
necessary, your case will be presented to a jury. Before each of these happens,
you and your lawyer will consult and prepare. Instead of flying blind, you and
your lawyer will prepare each step so that if a settlement cannot be reached,
the jury will hear your case in the best possible light and be able to award you
full, fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries.