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Bill Thought He Was Illiterate… Until He Discovered The Truth!

In my profession I don’t get called on to make medical pronouncements often. I’ve sent plenty of clients to doctors. But it’s rare that I make the diagnosis myself. First of all, I’m not qualified as a doctor. Second of all, I have enough trouble deciding whether a cold is really a cold or the onset of the flu. So, I leave the diagnoses to professionals. But Bill’s case was different. Bill came to my office in the spring of 2009. He was well-dressed, well-groomed and had a pleasant, outgoing personality. To all appearances, Bill was no different than you… Read More

Joe Didn’t Know The Law… and It Almost Cost Him His Job!

When Joe’s wife fell on the job he knew they were in for trouble. Rita wasn’t much of a complainer. When she broke her toe she hardly made a peep. When she got ten stitches for that cut finger, she hardly uttered a word. Fact is, she never complained about much unless she was really in pain. Which is why Joe realized they were both in trouble. The first time he left his job to take Rita to Physical Therapy, Joe’s boss didn’t say much. “Take care of your wife!” he joked. “But tell her she owes us a Bundt… Read More

Medical Problems You Hide from Your Doctor

Everyone has something they’d rather not share with their doctor. A cough that’s probably nothing. An occasional dizzy spell. A mole you’d like to forget. What usually happens? We keep it to ourselves and everything seems fine. Until it comes back to haunt us. If you’ve filed claim for a work-related injury, accident or other type of injury (even if you haven’t) symptoms you keep to yourself can really come back to haunt you! Let’s say you hurt your shoulder on the job. I had a client like that last month. Let’s call him “Johnny.” Johnny had severe shoulder pain… Read More

Filing a Report After an Accident

If you are involved in an automobile accident, protect your legal rights by never admitting to wrongdoing for your actions at the scene of the accident. Admissions and apologies are unwise since you may be dazed and unable to assess the facts of the case. If you are able to do so, simply exchange drivers’ licenses, registrations, and insurance information with the other driver(s). In addition, ask the law enforcement officer on the scene if you can fill out a motor-vehicle accident report form. Be short and careful with your descriptions of what happened- just the facts you know for… Read More

Receiving Compensation

Workers compensation pays the medical bills and some lost wages of individuals injured or killed in the course of their employment. It is not necessary to prove that the employer was at fault because workers compensation is administered under a no-fault system. The trade off for receiving payments without proving negligence is that workers cannot sue their employers for compensation for their pain and suffering and employee benefits are reduced by eliminating recovery for such things as pain & suffering, economic damages, mental anxiety, etc. If someone other than the employer of co-worker caused the work-related injury, the injured worker… Read More

Settling Experiences

The vast majority of personal injury cases are resolved through settlement rather than trial. The first chance for settlement usually occurs shortly after medical treatment is completed. After medical bills and reports have been gathered, the plaintiff’s lawyer evaluates the case and informs the insurance company of their client’s settlement demand. If that does not wrap up the case, a second opportunity for settlement arises once the lawsuit has been filed. The insurance company realizes after a lawsuit has been filed that the plaintiff is serious and that it will have to start paying its attorneys if it wants to… Read More

What are YOUR Injuries Worth?

Plaintiffs in personal injury cases may be entitled to demand both general and special damages. The former included compensation for pain and suffering (past and future), as well as for any resulting disability or disfigurement. The latter consists of compensation for past and future medical bills and lost wages. Until an injured person consults with a lawyer about the possibility of initiating legal action against a party who was either negligent or who intentionally inflicted harm, he or she will not likely know how much his or her case is worth. For instance, while one might expect considerable damages to… Read More

A Winning Attitude

Many personal injury cases are handled by attorneys on a contingent fee basis, which means the lawyer receives a percentage of any money recovered on the client’s behalf. Put simply – the attorney wins if the client wins. Thus, attorneys have every incentive to win their client’s cases. Generally, if no money is recovered, the client is not responsible for any attorney fees. Contingent fee arrangements are most beneficial to injured parties who could not otherwise afford an attorney to protect their legal interests. No one who is injured as a result of another person’s negligence, therefore, need feel that… Read More

Knowing What NOT to Say

After an accident, an insurance company claims adjuster representing the person likely to be held liable for the accident will probably contact an injured party. When this happens, accident victims should strive to understand that claims adjusters are professional negotiators who settle the matter in the most favorable manner for their insurance company. Thus, if you have been in an accident, never give an oral statement to the other party’s insurance company. No matter how tempted you may be to get into a discussion with the person representing the other side, you should resist the impulse. Those injured in accidents… Read More

Covered by Insurance

In many cases, those accused of civil wrongdoing will have insurance to cover any damages that arise from their negligence. In addition, insurance companies will provide their policyholders with an attorney if they believe the claim filed against their insured is without merit or if they think the damages sought by the plaintiff are not commensurate with the type of injury sustained. The injured party may also have automobile liability insurance that compensates him or her for injuries not compensable by the wrongdoer. This coverage, called underinsured or uninsured coverage, will compensate the injured party as long as the insurer… Read More

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