How Is The Viability Of An Auto Accident Claim Determined?
Every case in which there has been a serious injury or a fatality should be thoroughly investigated by an attorney. We know a number of times where the police reports suggest that the events occurred one way and after looking at a matter and hiring an accident reconstructionist to evaluate what happened, it ends up that it was not the way the police initially determined. We are not in any way critical of the police, but many times they write a report based on the information that they have, the police also have limited resources and limited time. Our job is to be able to dig deeper in this case and hopefully get some information that they did not know. Every wreck that causes a serious injury or fatality should be investigated.
What generally makes for a viable personal injury case is a liability factor, whether it be a rear-end accident, somebody running a stop sign, or a red light, or somebody texting and driving. There are a variety of liability factors that play in to the analysis of whether a viable case exists. The second element would be the type of damages a person sustained. There could have been a collision in which nobody was injured so that would not be a viable case. There can be what appears to be a relatively straight forward rear-end accident at an intersection that resulted in catastrophic injuries, and that is something that should be evaluated and determined. We have to answer the questions like, why are the injuries so severe in what appeared to be a relatively straight forward wreck?
Those are the things that our firm looks at on a day to day basis. We evaluate the facts of a particular wreck and then evaluate the damages, whether it is the injuries involved, the medical bills, or the lost wages.
Advice For People Contemplating Self-Representation In An Auto Accident Claim
We hear people ask that question and the reality is this, personal injury attorneys practice this kind of law on a day to day basis and evaluate the facts of a wreck, the nature and extent of somebody’s injuries, medical treatment, lost income, and lost earning capacity, then present the claims to the insurance companies. Certainly a person is able to handle the claim by themselves, but the question is whether they will get treated fairly, and whether the insurance company will make sure that the compensation is absolutely fair or if they are going to try and take advantage of somebody that is unrepresented.
A person who hires a lawyer to present a claim or file a lawsuit will come out well ahead of where they would be if they handled the case on their own. Not to mention, a person that is injured in a wreck probably is going to seek medical treatment on top of trying to make sure that their families are taken care of. They might even try to make sure they can work, even if it is on a limited basis. The last thing that a person needs to be doing is worrying about fighting a battle with the adverse insurance company while they are trying to juggle life and getting better.
We typically tell clients that when they hire our firm, “here is this box of problems that my family has collected, related to this wreck and I am setting that box on your desk and now this is your problem, for you to take care of”. That way, people can focus on getting back to being healthy.
What Sets Your Firm Apart In Handling Auto Accident Claims?
Our experience on the other side of the table. We had been doing defense work for over a decade before switching sides and doing exclusively plaintiff’s personal injury and wrongful death cases. Also, we are not a firm where we dabble in different practice areas where one attorney in our office will handle divorce, then the next day a will, then the next day an employment matter, and then the next day a personal injury matter.
Each of the attorneys in our firm practice in a particular area for a particular discipline within the law. Personally and exclusively, I handle personal injury and wrongful death cases. This is what I do. This is what I focus on. I do not do divorce, nor child custody cases. I do not do employment or criminal law. My focus, my attention is always on cases that involve personal injury and wrongful death. That, coupled with my experience and knowledge of how the insurance companies and their lawyers work to deny or minimize claims, is a valuable resource for my clients.
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