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How to Protect Your Legal Rights to Accident Compensation After a Car Crash

How to Protect Your Legal Rights to Accident Compensation After a Car Crash

Are you afraid of your auto insurance company? You’re not alone! Dealing with insurance company representatives can be unnerving. Sure, they’re friendly and helpful when you’re signing up for their services. But if you’re involved in a car accident, you’re not dealing with the chatty sales rep. Say hello to the insurance adjuster. They aren’t there for friendly conversations. Their role as guardian of the company coffers discourages talks about anything other than you, your car, and whether you were at fault. The adjustor holds the keys to your accident compensation and they don’t relinquish payments on a whim. That’s not a bad thing-it’s one way they keep your premiums down. Compensation delays can wreak havoc on your life, especially if you’re injured or your car isn’t drivable. You have rights! Yes, you have legal rights to accident compensation after a car crash. We’ve put together a few ways you can make sure you protect your rights after you have an accident. Don’t wait until you’re wrapped up with an insurance adjuster. Read our tips now and get the compensation you deserve! It’s Not Your Fault Too often people accept blame at the scene of auto accidents. They may not do it deliberately but they start talking and soon enough they’ve admitted fault. Chaos reigns in the initial moments after an accident. And it’s in those moments that drivers are most vulnerable and say things they shouldn’t. You may be at fault and it may be obvious that you are the one who caused the accident. The other driver might get in your face and accuse you of causing the accident. No...
Tips for Maximizing Your Personal Injury Accident Settlement

Tips for Maximizing Your Personal Injury Accident Settlement

Over 8 million people are hospitalized as a result of slips and falls each year. Add to that the number of people injured via car accidents and other events, and you have a lot of Americans needing to ask themselves some very serious questions. How will I pay for my medical bills? What will I do if I can’t work? Why did this happen to me? If you’re like millions of people struggling from the effects of a personal injury that occurred through no fault of your own, you may be considering filing a lawsuit against the responsible party and getting a fair accident settlement. To make sure that you get the compensation you deserve, our team has put together this list of quick tips to maximize your settlement amount. 1. Investigate Thoroughly When it comes to accident cases, there is going to be a lot of “he said/she said.” To get past exposition and expose the facts, you or preferably your accident attorney will need to do some serious digging. Be sure that witness statements get collected, police reports are obtained, and you get your medical records. Furthermore, consider working with private investigators to see what other kind of critical evidence can be dug up. 2. Never Release Your Records to The Opposite Party’s Insurance Company After an accident, a 3rd party insurance company may request access to your medical records. Never sign them over. While your insurance company may be allowed access to your records, 3rd parties are not entitled to that information. If they get granted access, they may use the information against you. 3. Don’t Jump at the First Offer Insurance...
What Is Cerebral Palsy and How Can It Be Caused by Negligence?

What Is Cerebral Palsy and How Can It Be Caused by Negligence?

Cerebral palsy is a common motor disorder that occurs in roughly 1 1/2 to four of every 1,000 births. Although cerebral palsy can occur naturally, it may also be the consequence of medical negligence. This situation is usually the case when doctors fail to diagnose or treat a condition or use birthing tools incorrectly. This failure can injure a newborn and lead to the development of cerebral palsy. What Is Cerebral Palsy? Cerebral palsy is a motor disorder that affects muscle control. A person who has this condition may have trouble walking and coordinating movements. At birth, cerebral palsy is usually the result of insufficient oxygen to the brain, abnormal brain development, or an infection during pregnancy. Cerebral palsy may also be a complication due to a difficult or premature birth, or it may be due to restricted intrauterine growth. Side effects associated with the disorder include the following: Trouble swallowing Speech impediment Breathing problems Learning disabilities Seizures Can Cerebral Palsy Be Caused by Negligence? Although cerebral palsy may occur due to natural complications, it may also be the cause of doctor and hospital errors. For example, a medical professional may fail to follow proper medical procedures and injure an unborn child. Failure to deliver the infant correctly and depriving the child of oxygen are the most common causes of cerebral palsy due to negligence. Doctors and hospitals may also fail to react to a complication promptly or may fail to render proper care, thus permanently damaging the child’s brain and leading to the development of cerebral palsy. For example, an infection or similar medical issues may be incorrectly...
Getting Full Compensation After an Automobile Accident

Getting Full Compensation After an Automobile Accident

In November 2016, an elderly man was awarded $1,041,697 compensation for an accident injury that happened almost five years prior when another driver rear-ended him. The plaintiff had pre-existing medical conditions prior to the accident, but that is also what prevented him from receiving the treatment any other ordinary individual would have received after the accident. How did this man win a $1,041,697 compensation lawsuit you may wonder, well it is because he had a professional personal injury lawyer on his side who presented his case, facts by facts to the jury. The jury heard about the life changes that occurred to the man as a result of the automobile accident and was made aware of the costs and efforts that the man would be subjected to for the rest of his life. The elderly man’s lawyer basically proved that the other driver involved in the accident was negligent and responsible for the exacerbation of the plaintiff’s medical issues. Most people who get involved in automobile accidents often suffer from huge medical bills and increased household debts. They miss some time from work and even suffer from mental stress due to the accident. Some even lose out on their life savings and insurance because of a personal injury sustained from an accident. Most of these people do not seek compensation for these life-changing injuries. It could be because they do not know how to go about making the claim or they just feel like it is difficult to prove that the other driver was responsible for the accident. It’s even worse for people with pre-existing medical conditions, proving that an automobile...
Maritime Injury Compensation

Maritime Injury Compensation

Did you know that you can file for compensation for an injury that happened while you were on a cruise ship? Just like any other personal injury, maritime injuries are also compensated, if you were injured while on a water transportation vessel you deserve full compensation for those injuries, especially if you were on the boat or ship for work related reasons. One of the many reasons why people who get injured while at sea do not make compensation claims is that the maritime lawsuit can be complicated, especially when it comes to proving the liability. State worker’s compensation laws are sketchy when it comes to injuries on water, but the experienced lawyers at David W. Singer & Associates, P.A. know how to go about getting you the full compensation that you deserve. Recently, the Jones Act has provided many people who work on the water with plausible grounds to file a personal injuries lawsuit. To take full advantage of the Act you need to know if you qualify to make a claim. Who qualifies to make a claim under the Jones Act? The Jones Act applies to individuals who meet the following characteristics: The water vehicle you were injured on must be in navigation on the water that is classified under interstate and commerce routes. The injury should have occurred while you were working on board the water transport vessel The types of employees covered by the Jones Act is also quite diverse. These include: Fishermen Cruise ship workers Ferry boat workers Transportation workers Construction workers Oil-platform workers Commercial divers If you are based in Hollywood, FL, you can make...