Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I Need A Lawyer Or Should I Try To Handle My Claim On My Own?
The job of your lawyer is to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries and to properly represent you during legal challenges. A lawyer works on your behalf to settle with the insurance company, or, if necessary, to go to court for you in order to obtain the best possible outcome for you. An attorney can often obtain more money for your claim than you can obtain on your own. It is the goal of every insurance adjuster to minimize claims payouts to increase the profits of the insurance company. Insurance adjusters are often rewarded by their employers for resolving claims quickly for a minimal sum or no compensation at all to the injured claimant. As a result, the goals and interests of an insurance company is in direct conflict with your best interests.
In cases where you have a severe injury (such as broken bones, a head injury, or other permanent injury resulting in surgery, scars, etc.), and in cases which involve criminal activity (such as “hit and run,” DUI, reckless behavior, or violations of laws and regulations, etc.), it is critical to retain a lawyer to ensure that you are receiving the full value of your claim. Under these, and other exceptional circumstances, you may be entitled to an award of punitive damages in addition to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Your lawyer will know when to make a claim for punitive damages on your behalf.
The Insurance Company Wants Me To Give Them A Recorded Statement. Should I Do That?
Recorded statements are taken for the sole purpose of utilizing your own words against you at a later date. Even a seemingly innocent comment can be misconstrued and can be used to deny payment on your claim. These statements are recorded to preserve your testimony for use at trial.
Under no circumstance should you ever provide a recorded statement without first seeking the advice of a lawyer. In most instances, the recording can be avoided.
The Insurance Company Wants Me To Sign A Medical Authorization. Should I Do That?
Unlimited medical authorizations enable insurance companies to obtain and investigate your most personal information to include medical records, employment records, educational records, and financial records. They are used to find evidence, which in most cases, the insurance company will use against you to deny payment or reduce your recovery. Under no circumstance should you ever provide an unlimited authorization to an insurance company without first seeking the advice of a lawyer. When you retain a lawyer, the lawyer will obtain only the records necessary to support your claim and will provide only those documents to the insurance company in order to protect your privacy.
What Is My Case Worth?
Every case is different. The value of your case will turn on a variety of factors which your lawyer can assess to determine a range of acceptable settlement values. The severity of your injury, the length of your medical care, the amount of damage to the vehicles involved in the collision, the amount of your medical expenses, the conduct of the defendant, and the jurisdiction in which your case would be filed, all play a critical role in determining the ultimate value of a claim.
You cannot determine the value of your case based on a simple formula, nor should you evaluate your case based upon stories of settlements obtained from unreliable sources or even settlements obtained by friends and relatives under similar circumstances. No two cases are alike and each should be evaluated on its individual merits by an attorney with experience in handling personal injury claims in your area.
Questions Concerning Dog Bite Or Other Animal Attack Claims:
Do I Need A Lawyer Or Should I Try To Handle The Claim On My Own?
One of the most significant hurdles in a resolving dog bite claim is locating insurance. Unlike automobile insurance, there is no public data source like the DMV from which to search for homeowner’s insurance coverage. Many dog owners are unwilling to provide their insurance information to a person who was injured by their dog. If the dog’s owner is uncooperative in providing insurance information, or if they have no insurance at all, the injured person’s only chance of recovery is through the filing of a lawsuit against the owner of the animal.
If insurance is located, an attorney can often obtain more money for your claim than you can obtain on your own. It is the goal of every insurance adjuster to minimize claims payouts to increase the profits of the insurance company. As a result, the goals and interests of an insurance company are in direct conflict with your best interests. The job of your lawyer is to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.
The lawyers working with LawCare have years of experience handling dog bite claims and other personal injury cases. We know how to assess the value of a case and how to locate sources of recovery for you. This is where the services of a lawyer prove to be most valuable. It is critical that you consult with a lawyer prior to signing any document presented to you by an insurance company. Without a lawyer, you may be signing away your right to additional compensation for your injuries.