"The following article was written for Resources For Attorneys.com by David Hallstrom, a private investigator, he is not now nor has he ever been an attorney.
You have been in a accident, automobile, slip and fall, workplace, etc.. Should you see or speak with an attorney?
As far as I am concerned, the answer is always yes.
When should you consult with an accident attorney? You should seek the advise of an accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Do not wait. You could be giving up certain rights. You should definitely speak with an attorney before speaking with the other sides insurance agent, adjuster or attorney.
You say that you can not afford an attorney. Most accident attorneys will consult with you for free and, if they take your case, will handle it on a contingency basis, not taking any fee until the case is settled. Most settlements are increased to cover the cost of the attorney and therefore normally the attorney costs you nothing. Many attorneys will also advance all court costs for you if they are forced to file suit.
You say that you were injured, however, the insurance company has offered to pay your medical bills and you do not feel it is right to take advantage of them by asking for additional money for your, pain, suffering, lost work, etc.. Don't you feel that you as a person are worth something? Do you think so little of yourself that you feel that your pain, suffering, incontinence, etc. is worthless. You did not cause this accident. What you are going through was caused by someone else. You deserve to be compensated. The insurance company, as a matter of good business, has already built these types of costs into the premiums that they charge their customers. If the money does not go to you it will probably go to their shareholders or to increased salaries or ?. Why shouldn't you be properly compensated. Remember most good attorneys are ethical and although they will attempt to obtain as much money for you as is due, they will not take your case unless they feel that it is proper.
You say someone else admitted liability and said that their insurance will pay all your damages. That's great, however, what if the person changes his or her story later on and says that you were at fault. Or what if the other side's insurance company refuses to pay what you think is proper. In fact, how do you know what is proper? Remember, an insurance company may pay claims, but it is in business to make money. It normally will not offer one dollar more than it has to and if you are not represented by an attorney the insurance company adjuster or attorney may feel that he or she can ""get away"" with paying much less than the claim may be worth. Additionally, what people state at the time of an accident is not always what they state after having spoken with a friend, insurance agent or attorney. Finally, an insurance adjuster or insurance attorney works for the insurance company, not for you. How do you know that what they are telling you is correct or true. Remember, in most instances, they are there to try and save the company money. You need an attorney on your side to tell you what your rights and obligations are.
You say that you were not hurt that bad or at all. How do you know how badly you were hurt. Some injuries do not show up for months. Other injuries may aggravate a prior problem. Even if you have been found to be ""ok"" by a doctor, how do you know that a problem will not come up later. If you have insurance and did go to a doctor, who is going to pay your co-pay or deductible. If you do not have health insurance, who is going to pay for your examination which should include x-rays, etc.. If you retain an attorney he or she can probably refer you to a doctor who will accept a lien against the insurance settlement, thereby saving you from paying money out of your pocket.
You say you have accident insurance, why not let them handle everything for you. Your insurance company is there to defend any claims against you not to represent you in any claims against other parties. Additionally, they also are in business to make money. How do you know if they are trying to settle a case to help you or to save themselves money.
The foregoing article was written by the author based on experiences he has had as a private investigator representing both accident attorneys and insurance companies. This article is not stated as a legal opinion or as fact but instead is stated as opinion of the author.
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About the Author
David Hallstrom has been a licensed private investigator for over thirty years. The majority, over 2000, of his clients are attorneys. He is also the President of Resources For Attorneys.com, a legal and lifestyle resource directory for attorneys, lawyers and the internet public."
Houston has implemented a "no refusal" weekend policy that enables officers to obtain warrants to draw blood from those suspected drinking drivers he refused to take a breath test.
The no refusal policy has been a very effective tool in combating drunk driving and helping to prevent drunk driving accidents in the Houston area.
Over 13,000 arrests were reported in Harris County area in 2010. While that number is slightly lower than in 2009 it is still the highest of a major metropolitan area and efforts are being made to reduce that number substantially.
With an area of a high incidence of DWI arrests also comes the huge problem of Houston drunk driving accidents and a number of the victims have been the officers themselves recently.
It is my hope that a sustained education program will help to reduce drunk driving accidents particularly with younger people.
Choosing the right attorney can be crucial to the outcome of your case. There are certain things you should know to help you in choosing an attorney that is right for you. Not only will this save you time when meeting with your lawyer for the first time, but will also save you money and help you become more knowledgeable about your case through the questions you ask in this critical process.
A “statute of limitation” is a time frame that defines the length of time an individual has to file a claim. The time limit begins when an injury occurs, or is discovered, and concludes on the latest date the injured person can file suit. These time limits vary from state to state, and depend on the type of claim to be filed. The time frame of the statute of limitations usually begins when the injury or wrongful act occurs. However, some states may allow a claim to proceed if the wrongdoing or injury was not discovered until a later date. The time frame would then begin on the date of discovery.
Over a period of time, blogs have picked up real pace in the online community. Statistics indicate that information is far likely easier to be found on blogs than any on any organizational or private website. That is the prime reason why a number of search results being returned by major search engines have proportionately a high number of blogs included in them.
The legal community is no different. As a matter of fact the number of blogs in the professional domains has seen a rise much greater than any other field. Posting to blogs allows you to establish repo online. It introduces you to your potential clients and provides the first impression.
Before you sign any contract with an attorney it is very important to understand how they expect to be paid. Be aware that an attorney cannot always estimate exactly how much their services will cost you in the end. It can be difficult to know how much work is going to be involved in a case, or how long the lawsuit will go on. However, they can and should be able to give you an idea of the cost range and you can always request it be kept to a minimum. If you have any questions about your fee arrangement, or any trepidation about the cost, be sure to discuss this thoroughly with your attorney before signing a contract.
Accident claims take place everyday all over UK. There was a time when no one knew about it, but today there is not a chance. There are hundreds, if not thousands of people making an injury claim every year.
Road Accidents are the most common ones and the injury caused could be a minor, just a scratch maybe or even fatal. If you have received an injury in any kind of accident, let it be on the road, at work or even on the streets, you can claim for compensation. Accident claims are compensation documents, which are filed by an injured victim with the hope that the party against which the claim is being made will remunerate for the injuries caused. Let it be an accident at work or a slip and fall accident.
Injury Claim Route?
The first thing that you should do is seek specialist help. The first is research as you are doing right now by reading this page. Have the firm's personal injury solicitor take care of your documents, as he or she would know best how to go about it. The solicitor will study your information obtained and will tell you against whom the accident claim should be made, known as the defendant. The defendant could be your employer, a shop owner, a medical practitioner, the car driver etc. In most of cases they are insured and hence their insurance company pays the compensation.
Personal Accident Claim Details
But before seeking help off a solicitor, it always best to keep details of the date, time of the accident and how it happened. If possible get details of the person or the company whom you are making the accident claim against.
Sometimes it may happen that you could be partly blamed for the accident; in such cases the defendant may not accept his liability fully, but partially still pays out. He may also be not willing to pay the amount you are claiming even if he happens to admit his liability. Upon this occurrence, your dedicated solicitor would be able to advice as to what to do best and negotiate on your behalf if he thinks that it is possible. If the amount is not agreed upon or if the defendant denies the charges then you may have to take the case to court to win if they are adamant.
Accident Claim Costs
To ensure smooth running of accident claims, you would need to collect information from a number of sources and a medical report is just the beginning. It is advisable to make use of a solicitor as you can make a full recovery at home whilst they do the running and chasing around. Then there is the court fees, which has to be paid. You have to show the expenditure endured by you in any treatments taken, a copy of which has to be sent to the defendant and one to the court. As again a personal injury solicitor can fund your case.
Many people, who have accidents at work, fear that they may lose their job if they make an injury compensation claim against the employer. So, keep in mind that the employer is not allowed to do that and it is their duty to cover the employee's expense for any accidents in a workplace.
The compensation amount you achieve for accident injury will depend on how bad your injuries are and what other losses you have incurred, but only in relation to the accident. If you have fully recovered then your accident claim solicitor will be able to tell you how much you can claim.
However, if you are still suffering, then they will be able to give you guidelines as to how to move your case forward.
About the Author:
Accident claims are easy to proceed with and you can gain maximum results without the hassle, costs and confusion. Discover the 12 revolutions of accident claims at http://www.100Percent-Compensation.co.uk/accident_claim/accident-claims.html
In the case of Mark Hone v Six Continents Retail Limited (2005), a pub landlord having collapsed due to overwork successfully sued his former employers in the County Court for breach of duty of care.
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