With today’s consumer expectations and high-pressure economy, where everything needs to be instant, semi tractors (trucks or 18-wheelers) drivers are under pressure to perform, and oftentimes in an attempt to save time and meet quotas, the drivers do not establish rules and regulations.
For these big trucking companies (including their drivers and independent operators), time is money, and when a load gets delivered faster, the company (including the drivers) makes more money. Unfortunately, in an effort to maximize profits, many semi tractors (trucks or 18-wheelers) companies are taking short cuts when it comes to proper training, safety, and following the rules and the regulations.
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♦ A Semi Truck/Tractor
Semi tractors (trucks or 18-wheelers) usually have 3 axles, the front axle (known as the steer axle) having two wheels, and each of the two rear axles (known as driver) having a pair of double wheels on each side. Most of the semi tractors (trucks or 18-wheelers) only have 10 wheels. Most states have different variation of rules and regulations governing the maximum size and weight of the trucks; however, since the majority of hauling is done on the interstate highways, the vast majority of trucks and trailers made in the US are built to the specifications of the Department of Transportation (DOT), which governs the use of the interstate system. The DOT has established such vehicle size and weight limits in order to have uniform guidelines: 102 inches wide, 13.5 feet in height, and 80,000 lbs gross weight. DOT limits can be exceeded as individual states have the right to issue temporary oversize and/or overweight permits.
♦ Leading Causes of Truck Accidents
Sadly, a few short cuts could lead up to an accident and hardship for the victims, for those who are lucky to survive. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, thousands of motorists are killed each year by semi tractors (trucks or 18-wheelers).
By nature, semi tractors (trucks or 18-wheelers) are massive and hard to maneuver, which can make for dangerous conditions while driving. Semi tractors (trucks or 18-wheelers) accidents in the United States take an enormous toll on many aspects of human life, including financial hardship, physical injuries or death, and emotional devastation.
Some of the most common causes of trucking accidents are:
- Disobeying safety procedure
- Fatigue Caused by Strenuous Schedules
- Motor Vehicle Inspection Failure
- Repair & Maintenance Failure
- Brake Over-heating
- Over Loading
- Failure to Yield
- DUI / DWI
- Driver Fatigue
- Truck Rollover
- Lack of Attention when Backing
- Brake Failure
- Tire Failure
- Trailer Loads not Secured Properly
- Truck Loads not Secured Properly
- Failure to Train
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♦ Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sets out the rules and regulations for semi tractor (truck or 18-wheeler) drivers and truck companies. Specifically, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) covers the amount of time a truck driver can drive without a break.
Federal law requires commercial vehicles traveling in interstate commerce to carry $750,000.00 of insurance for bodily injury and property damage.
Is someone responsible for my injuries?
There are a lot of reasons why an investigation is performed when it comes to a semi tractor (truck or 18-wheeler) accident because every accident has a cause (untrained driver, speeding, disobeying Safety Procedure, fatigue, equipment failure, negligence, use of drugs or alcohol while driving, negligent entrustment, and much more). Every accident can be attributed to someone’s failure and negligence, and therefore, it is important to investigate an accident to find out who is really responsible for the damages caused to you and your loved ones.
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What to look for if you are involved in an truck accident?
Professionals and experts need to be involved with all aspects of the investigation from the beginning. There might be others liable for harm that has been caused by the accident, such as manufacturers, if it is shown that there was a design defect. Many manufacturers are quick to blame the accident on a blown tire, and although that might contribute to the accident, the one thing that needs to be considered is that during most accidents, tires get blown.
If you or one of your loved ones is involved in a major accident, causing serious injuries, a forensic investigator is needed to examine the wreck, the truck, the vehicles, and the accident scene.
If Equipment Failure is the cause, what needs to be done?
A semi tractor (truck or 18-wheeler) is a danger on the roadways, if there are not proper measures taken to ensure that there are no mechanical malfunctions, equipment failures, or ignoring driving regulations and guidelines.
Regulations require that semi tractors (trucks or 18-wheelers) drivers not drive more than 18 hours in a day and such regulations require time in the sleeping compartment, not napping behind the wheel. Further, such regulations require the driver to log his or her sleeping compartment time. The reality is very different. Often times, the drivers are asked to work beyond these hours and are given unreasonable guidelines for delivery. So, the driver, in order to make sure he or she gets paid, has to take shortcuts in order to meet the company’s goals and requirements.
Other than driver error, often it is the actual rig that malfunctions or fails causing the semi tractor (truck or 18-wheeler) accidents. Some of the most common failures that are known to the trucking companies are brake failure or malfunction, faulty mechanical components, and disproportioned loads.
♦ Dealing with Trucking Companies
How can you, without hiring a lawyer, deal with a trucking company or their insurance carriers after a truck accident?
Trucking companies and their insurance carriers are highly skilled when it comes to accidents. These adjustors represent the trucking company and their insurance carrier and not you. The adjustors will obtain statements and facts in order to see how they can minimize your claim in order to save money for the companies. Just remember, you should not talk or give any statements to these adjustors. Let our office help you protect your interest.
Truck companies and insurance carries dispatch their accident investigators to the scene of the crash as soon as the call comes in. So while you are tending your injuries and dealing with the aftershock, the truck and insurance companies are getting ahead to start building a defense and minimize their liability exposure.
Who is responsible in a truck accident injury or death case?
Any person, company, or entity that was at fault for causing the accident can be sued. This includes the truck driver, the trucking company, the owner of the trailer, the shipper, the maintenance company, the truck manufacturers (if claim is based on design defect), manufacturer of the tire, and the management company, if any.
Q: What should I do after my accident?
Here are a few suggestions of things that you should do immediately after your accident:
- Write down the contact information (including names, addresses, and telephone numbers) of everyone involved in the accident and any witnesses who saw what happened.
- After contacting the insurance company, write down the name, address, and telephone number of the insurance adjustor and the claim number assigned to your claim.
- Take notes of every conversation you have with the insurance adjustor (They are taking notes of every conversation they have with you!).
- Be VERY careful when you describe your injuries to your doctors and the adjustor. Be sure to provide both a complete list of all body parts that are in pain. It is common for complaints of pain to increase over time from minor to serious. If you did not tell your doctor of that minor pain that now requires medical attention several months later, you are giving a gift to the insurance adjustor.
- Follow your doctors’ advice.
- If you need to take time off from work due to your pain, make sure that your employer documents your leave and return to work as soon as you are able to do so.
Q: What is the penalty for leaving the scene of the accident and not reporting it to the police?
In Texas, all accidents involving damages of $1,000.00 or more, and/or causing death or injury to a person, including himself, must be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles using a form called a CR-2. This Form is available on our website. Also, if you are involved in an accident, you must check with everyone involved to make sure they are not injured. If anyone is injured, then the police must be notified. However, even if nobody is feeling injured at the moment, it is generally a good idea to notify the police, particularly when there is serious property damage to the vehicles or there is any question about who is responsible for causing the auto accident.
If you fail to report an injury accident to the police and leave the scene, you may face criminal charges for hit-and-run and may be sentenced to jail or subject to a fine.
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Q: I was just involved in an accident and am hurt. I want to see a doctor but I’m worried about who will pay for my medical care. Does the insurance company pay the bill? If they do, when does it get paid?
Ultimately, the person at fault pays for your medical bills. They are responsible, so they will pay either personally or through their insurance company. The problem is that they won’t pay until the case is settled or after trial when they will pay a single lump sum to you for all your damages.
Until then, though, how do your bills get paid. First, if you have health insurance, you should send your bills to your health insurer for payment. Another option is to submit the bills to your car insurance company for payment under your medical payment benefit coverage.
If you do not have health insurance or medical payment benefits to pay for your medical care, your doctor may take a lien against the proceeds of your settlement in order to pay his bill. Under this agreement, he’ll wait to get paid until your case settles.
Because there are a variety of payment options, and each can have a consequence with respect to your accident injury case, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury accident attorney for specific advice for your case. The lawyers at our firm are available to consult with you and provide clear advice regarding your serious injury.
Q: What is my accident case worth?
While this question may seem very simple, the answer and calculation is actually very complicated. The bottom line is that there is no simple formula or process to predict the amount of money that an injury accident case may be worth.
However, in a nutshell, an injury accident victim is entitled to compensation to pay for all medical care (both past treatment and future treatment that is reasonably anticipated) caused by the accident, loss of past earnings, loss of future earning capacity, and general damages (typically referred to as “pain and suffering” damages).
The largest factor in determining the value of an injury accident case is the cost, extent, and length of medical treatment. Not only are the medical bills subject to reimbursement through a settlement or judgment, but they are the primary measure used by insurance companies and jurors to award general damages.
The best way to get a range of what your injury accident case may be worth is to talk to an experienced, knowledgeable attorney–one who only represents injury accident victims–at our law firm by contacting us via this website or at 972-789-1664.
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Q: Are there any mistakes I could make that would destroy my injury accident claim?
Absolutely. Many clients make one or even several mistakes early on after their accident which could jeopardize their claim and give unneeded ammunition to the insurance adjustor. Unfortunately, most of these mistakes are made before hiring a lawyer–a lawyer who would advise them not to make these mistakes.
Here are a few examples of things that you should absolutely NOT do after an injury accident:
- Do not agree to an audio tape recording of your conversation with the insurance adjustor (No, you do not have an obligation to agree to the recording).
- Do not discuss anything but the basic facts of the accident with the adjustor such as the date and time that the accident occurred, where it occurred, and what happened. Adjustors will often try to engage you in informal conversation to find out details about your work history, income, schedule, and social security number. None of this information must be turned over to the insurance adjustor.
- Do not agree to anything.
- Do not sign anything, including a medical authorization to get all medical history about you–including things that are not related at all to your accident injuries.
- Do not answer any questions about your family. This is completely irrelevant.
- Do not identify any witnesses. You are not under an obligation to do so.
- Do not give the adjustor the name of your doctor. You are not under an obligation to do so.
Q: Do I need you to represent me after my injury accident?
Not always. Generally, the more complex the injury and the more extensive your medical care is, the more an attorney will be able to add value to your claim. If your injury is minor or resolves within a day or two, and you do not seek medical treatment, you would be better off settling the case yourself. As a general rule, our law firm does not represent every injury accident victim–even if they ask.
By being selective about the cases and clients we work with, we can devote more time and energy to our clients’ cases. If your claim does not meet our selection standards, you may be better off handling your claim without an attorney.
Q: What about my car? Who should pay to get my car fixed after my car accident?
Generally, the insurance company for the driver who caused the car accident will pay to fix your damaged car. However, this may drag out and the insurance company might not be as helpful as you would like. In that case, you might want to contact your own insurance company and have them work to fix your car. The downside is that you will need to pay your deductible, but your insurance company will help you recover the deductible from the other insurance company.
Q: How much is it going to cost for a consultation?
Nothing, there is no charge for the consultation when the case is one of personal injury. The case will be handled on a contingency basis, with the attorney being paid from the recovery.
Q: What Should I bring with me to my appointment?
Please bring the following:
- The police accident report and information regarding the other party and passengers involved
- Medical expenses and evidence of other expenses
- Insurance policies (including your own, regardless of whether you were driving or whether it was your own car)
Q: Are there any other costs or expenses involved with this type of case?
Yes. Typically, the primary expenses associated with a personal injury case are litigation costs, fees for medical reports and records and charges made by experts. The firm pays these expenses up front and these are repaid with your recovery. Q: If you take my case, what will I have to do?
If you hire us to be your lawyers, you will be a significant part of your case team. We will ask you to help us gather the information that we will use to support your case. Just as we will keep you informed about your case, you will need to keep us informed about your medical treatment and your physical limitations. After we file the lawsuit, you will have to answer written questions called interrogatories and sit for a question-and-answer period with the opposing lawyer called a “deposition.” (Of course, we’ll prepare you first, find a time that is convenient for you, and sit next to you during the deposition). You may have to be evaluated by other doctors. If your case does not settle, you will have to be present for the trial.
Q: How long will it take?
Even though many cases settle before trial, this does not usually happen until both sides have prepared the case. Generally, lawsuits take about two years from filing to trial. This can vary significantly in either direction based on the complexity of your case, the congestion of court dockets, and other factors. Our advice to our clients? Be patient. We are always willing to tell you exactly what is happening with your case. In the meantime, you have to trust that we are working hard for you.
Q: What do insurance companies and potential defendants want?
Insurers want your premiums but not your claims. Insurers want valid lawsuits against them to never be pursued and so they fill public opinion with mistruths about our legal system and “too many frivolous lawsuits.” Insurers hope that you will think that you’re in good hands with their insurance claims adjuster. Insurance companies want all jurors to think the plaintiff (person filing suit) is a sham, dishonest and insincere. Insurers want jury verdicts to award far less damages then what is fair, and just in case a jury awards what is fair, they want caps on damages to minimize how much justice you can get.
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Car accidents make up a substantial amount of all personal injury and wrongful death claims and the issues involved can be extremely intricate and complicated. Our personal injury litigation attorneys are knowledgeable about the laws in Texas regarding car accidents, insurance issues and the requirements for the full recovery for your injuries. We understand the difference between a quick settlement and total compensation and are determined to fight for what you deserve. Victims of car accidents are usually entitled to compensation for vehicle damage as well as medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
Although, legal action is not the first step victims think of after an accident occurs, the reality is that a lawyer is often required when dealing with any insurance company. Commonly, victims assume that the insurance company will completely cover their medical bills, etc., and this is simply not the case. READ MORE
Have you ever thought about WHY INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE RESERVE ACCOUNTS SET A SIDE FOR EACH ACCIDENT (occurrence)? Why if you have not been paid, the company puts the money aside and automatically calls it due, but does not pay it until months or even years later? What happens to the money that is off the insurance companies’ book, but still in their control? Where does the interest on billions and billions of dollars go? Even better, if the money is due, then why do adjustors play hard ball and try lower the value of your claim? READ MORE
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Leading Causes of Car Accidents in Texas
- Drunk Driving
- Hit and run
- Driver inattention
- Defective & dangerous automotive parts
- Defective vehicle product design
- Running red lights
- Running stop signs
- Rear ends and collisions
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Don’t Forget this when involved in an Accident
If you have been involved in any kind of traffic accident, whether a car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident, you will inevitably have to deal with your insurance company as well as the insurance agents of others involved in the accident. Filing an insurance claim and handling insurance adjusters can be quite a task. We recommend that you hire an attorney to help you, but if you decide to do it on your own, here are some suggestions as what you should do:
IF INJURED SEEK HELP IMMEDIATELY!
- Contact an attorney
- Contact your insurance agent
- Take pictures of the accident scene
- Get the names and phone number of all witnesses
- Take notes as exactly what happened
- Keep receipt of all your expenses
- Do not admit to liability
- Do not give any statements to anyone without consulting with a lawyer
- Do not be rude to the police officer at the scene
- Call a family member to come and help you if you are not able to drive
A semi tractor (truck or 18-wheeler) is a danger on the roadways, if there are not proper measures taken to ensure that there are no mechanical malfunctions, equipment failures, or ignoring driving regulations and guidelines.
Anyone can be a victim in an accident with a semi tractor (truck or 18-wheeler). If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from the negligence and fault of someone else, contact us. We will stand with you to make sure your rights are protected.
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Trucking companies and insurance carries dispatch their accident investigators to the scene of the crash as soon as the call comes in. So while you are tending your injuries and dealing with the aftershock, the truck and insurance companies are getting ahead to start building a defense and minimize their liability exposure.
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Injuries on the Job
Are you or a loved one been seriously injured on a job site as a result of:
- Oil field Accidents
- Plant explosion
- Factory Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Accidents as a Result of OSHA Violations
- Roadwork Accidents
- Railroad Accidents
- Helicopter Accidents
- Crane Accidents
- Fall from a Building
- Scaffolding Falls
- Elevator shift Falls
- Roof Collapsing
- Other Injuries Resulting at a Job Site
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Medical malpractice is a professional negligence action that can be brought against healthcare provider for acts or omissions that has deviated from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to you. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a doctor or hospital negligence, you then need a lawyer with experience, settlement negotiating skills, and medical science knowledge. We, at MAS Law Firm, offer you a free case review and consultation. So, do not wait, time is not on your side, give us a call today. READ MORE
Texas limits noneconomic damages for all doctors and health care practitioners to $250,000.00. Total liability for any one health care facility may not exceed $250,000.00, and total liability for all defendant health care facilities may not exceed $500,000.00. This creates an effective overall damages cap of $750,000.00. READ MORE
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Slip & Fall Premises Liability
If you have been injured as a result of unsafe condition on someone else’s property, you might have a claim.
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Some of the damages you may be entitled to include: lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering as well as other punitive and compensatory damages.
Premises liability cases are often complex and require through investigation and hard work to determine liability. At MAS, we are committed to your case and our experienced attorneys will keep you informed and will follow through from the beginning of your case until its ultimate resolution. We understand how life changing such an experience can be and how it can affect your quality of living, which is why we are so compassionate and committed to getting you all the money you deserve for your injuries.
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Product liability is the area of law in which manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers, and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries the defective product causes. Product liability frequently involves retail items, but can extend to pretty much anything that can be sold and even to intangibles such as gas, naturals (pets), and real estate (houses).
As a result of defective product, each year thousands of people are injured due to defective products. Fortunately, individuals or companies responsible for these injuries can be held accountable due to the product liability laws. If you or your loved one has been injured due to a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer or company selling the defective product. We offer free consultations and do not charge a fee for our services unless your case is won.
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A wrongful death suit is a legal action (lawsuit) filed for the death of a person due to the carelessness, negligence, recklessness, malpractice, or inaction of another individual, company or entity. The tragic and unnecessary death of a loved one can be one of the most traumatic experiences one can go through in a lifetime. Such a tragedy often leaves families devastated and heartbroken, feeling as if they have nowhere to turn. The physical, psychological and emotional toll on you and your family is profound.READ MORE
Our goal at MAS Law Firm is to help guide you through the process with the highest level of caring, expertise, and compassion. It is hard enough to deal with the death of a family member or loved one. However, when that death is caused by the negligence or misconduct of another, the effects are multiplied. Not knowing your options is a real and natural dilemma that MAS litigation attorneys are prepared to help you through this difficult time step-by-step.
Please contact us for a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your tragedy and let us inform you of your legal rights as we counsel you during this difficult time.
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The law allows for a variety of damages in a wrongful death suit. Some of these damages include medical and funeral costs, lost wages including future earnings, lost benefits, loss of support or companionship and consortium, loss of inheritance, pain and suffering, mental anguish and other general damages. Further, in some cases, punitive damages are recoverable for reckless actions. READ MORE
The Wrongful Death Act provides the exclusive remedy for wrongful death in Texas; the Wrongful Death Act also provides for compensating the decedent’s spouse, parents, and children for the losses they sustained as a result of the decedent’s injury and death. READ MORE
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If you find yourself in a situation where you feel you must acquire a lawyer to help settle a personal injury matter, it would be beneficial for you to first become familiar with the process of filing for personal injury claims as well as what kind of fees personal injury lawyers charge. Most people are not familiar enough with the terminology used by lawyers when it comes to their services and fees which often causes misconceptions or misunderstandings in the lawyer/client relationship. This can readily be avoided if both attorney and client have more clear and open communications concerning this matter before an attorney accepts a case.
One aspect of personal injury claims that people have a misunderstanding about is the significance of the lawyer’s “contingency fee”. In brief, a contingency fee is the payment an attorney expects to receive for his services in representing your personal injury case. This payment may be a percentage of the amount of gross or net funds you receive from your claim, depending on whatever terms were agreed upon when you hired his services. If the terms you agreed to stated he would receive a percentage of the gross funds, this means a percentage of the total funds received for your settlement, before deducting cost of medical bills and/or other expenses.
What is the proper contingency fee for personal injury cases? Most lawyers will ask for a percentage of your gross settlement and nothing more – no extra charges, no additional hourly fees. However, these are terms you and your lawyer should settle upon before he is hired so there are no misunderstandings of your specific arrangements. You can check within your state to see if there is a fixed contingency fee by law, but otherwise most fees are negotiated between client and attorney ahead of time, and these can be anywhere between 25 – 45% of the gross settlement. On average 33% of the gross settlement seems to be what most personal injury lawyers charge.
A few factors you may want to consider when negotiating a fee is the lawyer’s range of experience and expertise. Choosing a more experienced attorney with a greater track record, even though he may charge higher, may be to your best interest in the long run as he may be able to procure a greater settlement. In other words, a more capable and astute lawyer who “knows his stuff” can actually increase your chances of obtaining better success in your case than hiring a mediocre counterpart for a lesser fee. This is something you should take into consideration when making your decision.
You may wonder whether hiring a lawyer by the hour would be more advantageous rather than paying high contingency fees. When you choose to hire a lawyer and pay by the hour, these funds come directly from your own pocket, regardless of whether you win or lose the case. When opting to pay by contingency fee, the lawyer receives a percentage of your winnings – if you lose there is no payment. Therefore, the better deal is going with the contingency fee.
The question what is a subordination claim as it pertains to medical malpractice lawsuits is complicated. First a person has to be injured through the action of a medical practitioner or facility or have a loved one who was killed due to the negligence of one of these parties. Second the injured party has to sue. The people named in the lawsuit may subordinate their claims for an easier, streamlined defense.
Every patient deserves a certain level of competency in their medical treatment. There is a standard level of care that is expected to be provided to each and every person. When this care is not received intentionally or by accident, an injury may occur. Each and every person deserves the right to have their symptoms diagnosed and treated, the treatment to be monitored, the correct medication and dosage amounts given and adequate care provided by the medical profession. If this was not done and serious injury or death occurred, there are legal ramifications.
The injured party or the loved one of an injured or dead party can contact an attorney to see if they have a legal suit against a person, a facility or both. An experienced, professional trial attorney who specializes in medical malpractice lawsuits will save this client much time, wasted effort and obtain a larger settlement because this person has the knowledge to fully understand the problem and what has to be done to be successful in a court of law. This specialist will collect all the information, obtain the necessary documents and depositions and file a lawsuit against the people involved and the facilities. This may include the hospital, a doctor’s clinic, an extended care facility, the doctor, nurses, anesthesiologists, lab technicians, pharmacy, pharmacists, nurse’s aides and anyone else involved.
Once the suit is filed, each named person and facility will contact their malpractice insurance carrier. Each individual insurance company will review documents and may meet to develop a plan of defense. At that time some of the insurance companies may subordinate their claim, allowing one company to head up and handle the defense. This would allow a more streamlined process and reduce the possibility of fighting between the defendants. These insurance companies may work out a private agreement between themselves on how to handle the cost of litigation, settlement offers and trial awards. An experienced trial lawyer will know how to best work with this system of subordinated claims.
Many times in these medical malpractice cases the court or jury will divide the responsibility and blame between the different parties and assign a percentage of the total claim to each. To the person bringing the suit, the end result is they get X number of dollars which will be paid by more than one insurance company and/or person.
The question: what is a subordination claim as it pertains to medical malpractice lawsuits should really be: how does a subordination claim on a medical malpractice lawsuit affect the patient? The answer is it does not; it is a strategy used by insurance companies to streamline the defense and eliminate infighting between the defendants. A competent trial attorney can handle this with ease.
Choosing a lawyer of any type is always a difficult decision, and one that you should research thoroughly before you make your choice. This is particularly important when choosing a personal injury lawyer. This type of lawyer is one that has only become largely used over the last few decades, but is now extremely popular, especially in the United States. In the city of Dallas there are a large number of such lawyers as there is a plethora of individuals searching for a personal injury lawyer Dallas. If you have been involved in an accident of any type that is not your fault then you may well be eligible for some sort of claim. Often the amount you are entitled to can be extremely large. The amount will generally depend on the severity of you injuries. The more severe you injury the higher the pay out will be. Sometimes it can be into the millions of Dollars.
There are a number of law practices based in and around the Dallas area that specialize in this type of lawsuit, and thus have years of experience in attaining the maximum amount of compensation for you injuries. One such law office is that of Joel M. Vecchio P.C, they are based on the North Dallas parkway and have many areas of expertise with injury cases. Below are some of their more prominent case specialities.
As Dallas is such a busy city, automobile accidents are one of the most common claims that are made. For this reason this is one of the main areas that this practice covers. The key to a successful claim is the speed at which you and your lawyer take action after the accident has occurred. The faster the action is taken, the better chance you have of receiving the maximum claim.
The first step is obviously to assess both yourself and any other drivers to see if either of you have any sort of injury. One of the most common mistakes is to assume with a small accident that there has been no injury to either party. This is not always the case and if trauma is spotted further down the line it can be extremely costly to you and the other parties. If injuries are spotted then call 911 immediately. Once the police and paramedics are on sight you can leave everything to them to follow the law to the letter. This eradicates you from any further repercussions.
The firm also specializes in other injuries such as dog bites, construction accidents and job injuries. All of these other types of injuries should be dealt with in a similar fashion. Whenever anyone is injured the police should always be notified so that everything can be officially documented from start to finish. By following this procedure you can ensure that when the case comes to court not only are you fully protected, but if you are to make a claim against another individual or a company that you have all the relevant data to make a solid case on your behalf.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to an injury or accident, you need the services of a qualified personal injury firm. There are many reputable Texas attorneys to choose from, but when it comes to finding the best personal injury firm Dallas has to offer, you want to follow a simple process of comparison. You need to know how the firm operates in order to make a smart decision about who will represent you.
First, because there are many specialties of the law, make sure the firm does indeed handle personal injury cases. Next, before you sit down with an attorney, confirm that he or she will meet with you for an initial consultation at no charge. Personal injury lawyers earn their money from a percentage of what you receive when the case gets settled. So avoid firms that charge you for the first interview.
Remember that it is a mutual decision as to whether a personal injury firm Dallas will take up your case. An administrative assistant or paralegal at the firm will check for any conflicts of interest before you meet with any of their attorneys. If they find that someone on the opposing side has been a previous client, they will have to suggest you look elsewhere.
When you get your interview scheduled, prepare your materials. For your appointment you will want to have with you all relevant documents. These can include any written police reports, medical bills and records, and correspondence with insurance companies. If you or the person injured has been unable to work or been put on limited hours following the injury, you will want to show the attorney your notes on lost income. Earlier pay stubs can be helpful in this regard.
Now that the lawyer has a better idea of your case, it is time to ask questions about his or her practice. Find out how long they have been in practice. If they handle other areas of the law, ask about the percentage of personal injury cases they take on. How successful have they been?
Do they represent mostly plaintiffs, the people like you who are suing for injuries, or mostly defendants? You want a firm with more experience helping the injured. Although good attorneys strives for fairness, those used to protecting the interest of insurance companies may hold an unconscious bias toward them and against plaintiffs such as yourself.
Ask whether you will be working with the lawyer who has met with you or if the firm will assign others to handle your case. You can ask to meet them as well. You want to feel you can trust the lawyer or lawyers who are working with you, and perhaps to feel a certain personal rapport with them to make the whole legal journey easier on you and your family.
When it comes time to find the best personal injury firm Dallas has to offer, start your search based on recommendations from friends and professionals in other fields. Then do a brief amount of homework and you are on your way to getting a settlement that will help make up for your losses.
There are millions of auto accidents that occur on the road every year and this is one of the most serious concerns of courts today. Because of the amount of suffering associated with these damages there has been a long history of courts awarding damages in auto accident lawsuits. If you are a victim of an auto accident lawsuit then you have every right to seek all possible damages under the Texas laws in order to maintain quality of life. An accident on the road can change your life in an instant and this will require extensive medical bills and suffering. If you are in this position and you need help then you should look into hiring the right attorney for the case.
Courts have historically awarded a large amount of damages to victims of auto accidents in accordance with Texas law including compensatory damages, comparative fault, and punitive damages. When an accident occurs on the road one person is determined to be responsible for the accident and the other person is determined to be the victim. It is the right of the victim to seek all damages and financial compensation possible in order to reduce suffering resulting from the accident. If you need to know what damages to seek in your case you should know these different types. Compensatory damages are the actual damages that have resulted from the accident. An example of this would be damages to your vehicle when the crash occurred and also the resulting medical bills. This is the most important type of damages because they account for any damages that were caused as a result of this auto accident.
Comparative fault damages occur in cases where the crash is determined to be a shared responsibility. If both parties are responsible for the crash then they will both share the financial burden caused by the accident. This can benefit someone in a crash hoping to recover a percentage of damages that they would otherwise be responsible for paying on their own. Punitive damages can also be recovered in cases where willful misconduct is determined. If the auto crashed if the responsibility of the other driver and resulted from this misconduct. These damages are awarded to the victim in addition to the actual damages suffered in order to punish the responsible driver for the crash. This is a method that courts commonly use in order to discourage reckless behavior.
If you experience an auto crash on the road it is your responsibly to do everything that you can to recover all of the damages that you can. In order to prevent unnecessary stress and suffering as a result of this accident it is important that you hire the right representation to fight the case on your behalf. Experience is important and there are very few attorneys who have the experience required in order to get you all of the money that you deserve. If you hope to obtain all of the possible types of damages then you need the hire the best, who will have your best interests in mind.
One of the most common types of car wrecks on California Highways is the rear-end accident. When cars in traffic stop suddenly, other cars that are following too closely or traveling too fast can have trouble stopping before a collision occurs. Most rear-end collisions are little more then minor annoyances, but in some instances a defective seatback can result in serious injury. Seatback failure takes place when a rear-end collision throws a seat forward, than backward, causing the mechanism that holds the seat upright to stop working. When the seat subsequently flies backward, it can hit passengers in the back seat hard, causing death or debilitating brain or spinal injuries. Front-seat passengers can be injured and lose control of the vehicle, causing multiple crashes; the collapsed seat backs may also block everyone’s exit from the vehicle.
Problems with automobile seatbacks can be attributed to defective parts, including seatbacks, the tracks the seats rest on, and the recliner instruments. Seatbacks themselves should be sturdy enough to stop from moving forward and impacting the interior of the vehicle in a collision. A seatback failure can interfere with the restraint system, causing drivers to slam into rear seat objects in a collision. In extreme circumstances, the passengers can be ejected from the vehicle when they slide out from under seatbelts.
The safety norms for automobile seats are too lenient and out of date to protect those in California Auto Accidents from injuries. Vehicle tests show that most seatbacks are unable to safely withstand crashes, especially split bench and bucket seatbacks. Despite the fact that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has indicated their desire to strengthen federal requirements regarding seatbacks, it is still not required for automobile seats to go through crash tests.
Bisnar Chase is proud to have won significant victories in seatback failure law, including a case in which a seven-year-old girl died after her mother’s Ford Escort was rear-ended at just 25 miles per hour. The girl’s mother was thrown backward in her collapsed front seat, causing her head to strike her daughter in the chest. The girl suffered internal bleeding and a ruptured heart; she died just one day later. The Ford Motor Company settled the case for a significant, confidential amount of money after just one day at trial.
If you or a loved one have suffered an auto accident injury or death due to seatback failure, you are entitled under California law to compensation from the makers of the faulty seat. An experienced California seatback failure attorney can help you decide whether to file a case and get the best possible outcome for you. For a free, confidential consultation from the seatback failure lawyers at Bisnar Chase, please call 1 (866) 909-6161.
HOLDING WRONGDOERS ACCOUNTABLE
FOR THE DAMAGES THEY CAUSE
Bisnar|Chase, California Slip and Fall Attorneys,
have been successfully representing the people of California
since 1978 against negligent property owners. Premises
liability cases, commonly referred to as “slip, trip and
fall” are very complex and often difficult to prove. Under
California law, merely owning or occupying land does not
make that person liable for injuries sustained on the
property. There must be some form of negligence on the
part of the owner or occupier of property before there
can be any liability.
Bisnar|Chase and their team of experienced attorneys
are dedicated to their clients and have committed themselves
to getting the best possible results in each and every
premises liability case. In every personal injury case
there are significant costs associated with providing
the best representation. Bisnar|Chase have the
financial resources available and can afford to hire the
best experts in the field…at no cost to you.
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident,
you should consult an attorney immediately. The shock
and stress of being involved in an accident is a traumatic
experience for all involved. The experienced professionals
at Bisnar|Chase will promptly investigate the
accident, determine liability, and seek to recover all
If you have suffered injuries while on another person’s
property, make sure you document the accident very carefully.
The evidence you gather may be necessary to prove negligence
against the property owners or property managers.
It is crucial that you take the following actions:
- Insist that the owner or manager of a commercial property
fills out an accident report documenting the nature
of the accident and make sure you are given a signed
- Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any
one who may have witnessed the accident.
- Gather any evidence such as a broken bottle, wet garbage,
etc., that may have contributed to the accident.
- Seek medical attention right away and report all your
injuries. Even injuries that seem “minor” at the time
can lead to debilitation in the future.
- Call an experienced premises liability lawyer immediately.
Bisnar|Chase will discuss your options at no
cost to you.
- Never speak to the property owner’s representative
about your accident or injuries. Always refer them to
If you or someone you know has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact a qualified California Slip & Fall Attorney at Bisnar Chase right away to learn your legal rights and options. The statute of limitations for Slip & Fall cases can vary depending on the facts of the case, so it’s imperative that you contact one of our personal injury attorneys as quickly as possible. You’ll pay no fees if we don’t obtain a verdict or settlement for you. For a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation, call Bisnar Chase today at 1 (866) 909-6161.
HOLDING WRONGDOERS ACCOUNTABLE
FOR THE DAMAGES THEY CAUSE
HOLDING WRONGDOERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE DAMAGES THEY CAUSE SINCE 1978
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If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer in Denver, then you should check out Frankfurt Law Office. I was recently in a small accident in my car. The Frankfurt Law Office was recommended to me by my father. I gave them a call out of courtesy to my father and was surprised by how helpful they were. When you are in a car accident there are a lot of things that have to be dealt with. High on that list is medical expenses. I didn’t really have a conception of how expensive my short visit to the hospital would be. I didn’t think that I had even injured myself, although my car was totaled. But the EMTs urged me to go with them in the ambulance and so I did. I got checked out by a doctor and given a prescription for pain killers. The doctor also made me an appointment with a specialist after he diagnosed me with whip lash. The next week, when I got the bill, I was shocked to discover that I owed the hospital over thirty thousand dollars. The prescription pain killers alone cost over one thousand dollars. I had no idea that the cost of medicine was that crazy. I had no way of paying the bills and I didn’t have insurance. I called the personal injury lawyer at the Frankfurt Law Office and they said that they were already trying to collect money from the other driver involved in the case. This was good news because when I went to see the specialist, he said that he charged three hundred dollars per office visit and that I would need to buy a neck brace that cost over ten thousand dollars. To make the financial situation worse, the auto insurance company appraised my car at three thousand dollars even though I had bought it for over ten thousand just a year before. I called the insurance company and they were totally worthless. They just said the same thing over and over again and no matter who I talked to, they all sounded like robots. One again I called my personal injury lawyerwho was able to make me feel better. The team at Frankfurt Law Office really is the best. They told me not to worry about any of the bills. They promised that they would be able to get me the money that I deserved. The instructed me to focus on my health and rehab. They wanted me to chose the best option when ever doctors presented me one instead of taking finances into consideration. So I did. I feel like my rehab went pretty well and after a few months, I was back to 100 percent. I also replaced my car with the exact same model. So a few months later, everything was going good, but I still didn’t have the money. That is until one night when I got a call from the Frankfurt Law Office and they said that they had gotten me a big settlement.
After an automobile accident, most insurance companies will try to minimize the amount they have to pay for the accident, or sometimes, try to avoid their payment altogether. Practice these important steps to protect yourself both before and after an automobile accident:
Understand Your Policy’s Fine Print
When it comes to accidents, many people lose important benefits because they don’t realize what claims they should file based on their insurance policies. In many cases, there are strict time limits and notification requirements when it comes to filing a claim. Car accident victims who don’t respond to notification requirements on time run the risk of losing their coverage. That said, contact your insurance company immediately after you get in an accident. Know all the details of your insurance policy—most importantly, what coverage is included.
Save Your Story
When insurance adjusters approach you right after an accident, it may seem natural to tell them what you know and sign whatever papers they give you without thinking twice. By signing these papers, you may be signing away your rights to sue. It is important that you carefully review these papers, preferably with a personal injury attorney, before signing away your rights. Furthermore, any statements you make early on may be used against you as you try to obtain coverage. Always remember that you are not required to sign any documentation right away, despite what the adjuster(s) tell you. Take time to review documentation with your lawyer prior to signing anything that could get in the way of your plans to sue.
Let Your Lawyer Help You
Even if the amount of money an insurance adjuster offers you after an accident seems great, you should never accept the first offer. There is more to coverage than just hospital bills. Due to an injury, you or a loved one may lose wages if you if can no longer work, or there may be follow-up appointments in the future that could get expensive. It is in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney and ask for advice. Seeking their advice is typically free—and they can give you an honest opinion of whether or not it’s worth it to pursue your case further.
Know That Insurance Companies Like to Play Games
It seems natural to rely on your insurance company for advice after an accident. While an insurance company is there to help you cover the costs of your automobile accident, they will also do whatever it takes to pay as little as possible. For that reason, many insurance companies will deny claims, fail to return your phone calls, put you on hold for long periods of time, or pass you around from one adjuster to the next—all delay tactics to put off payment as long as they can. Don’t let the stress of their delay tactics lead you to accept a really low settlement offer. To be sure you get the appropriate amount of coverage, contact a personal injury attorney and drastically increase your chances of gaining the compensation you need.
In the case of a car accident, someone—or some company—is always to blame. The trouble comes when parties involved want to determine exactly who that responsible party is, or if both parties are at fault, which is responsible for what damage.
Most people found responsible for a car accident are at fault due to negligence or recklessness. Negligence is the act of doing something, without thinking, that may cause harm. Recklessness, on the other hand, is knowing that something very well could cause harm, but doing it anyway. When it comes to a car accident, everyone involved wants their stake at liability—the obligation a responsible party has to make amends, usually through money, for any damages he/she may have caused. However, in order to gain this money, the courts must determine 1) who is at fault and 2) what they are at fault for. This decision is often left up to state courts to decide—and there are various ways they could choose to place blame.
Types of Fault
While few states have “no-fault” rules—meaning that all insurers pay their own clients’ damages, no matter who is responsible for the accident—most courts take the role of each party into account. As a result, there are three ways state courts could decide who pays damages; or sometimes, how both parties should share them.
1. Pure Contributory Negligence: In some states, even if you played a very minor part in the accident, causing anything whatsoever exempts you from collecting damages. As a result, the courts could claim that both parties are at fault due to pure contributory negligence.
- What states follow this? Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and the District of Columbia
2. Pure Comparative Fault: In some states, you always have a right to receive compensation for your damages; but some of these damages may be reduced by the amount you are considered to have caused. As a result, the courts could claim that responsible parties are at fault due to pure comparative fault.
- What states follow this? New York, Rhode Island, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, California, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona, South Dakota, Washington and Alaska
3. Proportional Comparative Fault: In some states, it gets complicated. While the person most responsible may not be entitled to collect any damages, those less at fault could receive damages based on their shared responsibility in the collision. There are two versions:
50% Proportional Comparative Fault:Due to the fact that eligibility for damages ends at 50% fault, parties that are equally to blame would not be entitled to collecting damages. As a result, the courts could claim that responsible parties are at fault due to 50% Proportional Comparative Fault.
- What states follow this? Maine, West Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota, Idaho and Utah
51% Proportional Comparative Fault: Due to the fact that eligibility for damages ends at 51% fault, both parties could share blame equally—meaning both are responsible for damages. As a result, the courts could claim that responsible parties are at fault due to 51% Proportional Comparative Fault.
- What states follow this? New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Hawaii
Even though many insurance companies won’t take your soft tissue damage lawsuit seriously, this is a very serious type of injury. It may not cause you to need a wheelchair or daily medical attention for the rest of your life, as other injuries do, but a soft tissue injury can still cause pain for many years.
If you have been involved in an accident and suffered damage to the soft tissue of your back, it’s important to understand what to expect. Fighting the insurance company on your own could lead to a very small settlement or none at all. They don’t take these types of cases seriously and insurance companies only want to pay the minimum.
With the help of an attorney for soft tissue damage cases, you can gain full compensation for the injuries you have suffered. It’s hard to put an exact number on what the average settlements is because these cases vary quite a bit. Some soft tissue injuries are worse than others are and every case is unique.
Many variables can affect the value of the case including the nature of the accident, the actual injuries sustained, the extend of medical treatment necessary, the insurance company of the at fault party and many other factors. A skilled accident attorney that handles these types of lawsuits can better advise you on what to expect.
Other variables that can change the value of the case, such as alcohol or drug involvement can also make a difference. If you were hit by a drunk driver, the compensation may be larger than if it was truly an accident. In a drinking and driving case, they at fault driver is not the only person your attorney can go after. They can also go after the establishment that served the driver, the bartender and potentially other negligent parties. This can lead to a larger settlement or award.
The best way to value your case is to contact an attorney that handles accident injury lawsuits. They will take into consideration the medical expenses for your injuries, lost wages and any future treatment or lost wages you may suffer. You may also be entitled to compensation for a decrease in quality of life, depending on the case.
Personal injury attorneys have settled soft tissue injury cases for a few thousand dollars all the way up to a few million. There are far too many variables to provide an average amount for these types of cases. You should be aware that New York, just like other states, has limited (statutes) for filing your suit.
If you have been injured in an accident and you seek financial compensation, it’s better to contact an attorney now, rather than wait. Your attorney will be able to better estimate the potential value of your case and give you an idea of whether you soft tissue damage will result in a large settlement or not. Either way, they will fight for every penny they can possibly get you.
Have you lost someone you love in a car accident? Was the accident caused by the carelessness of another driver? Whether the driver was intoxicated, distracted, on their cell phone or at fault in any other way, you may be entitled to financial compensation. With the help of a Manhattan fatal car accident lawyer, you can seek justice.
Drivers allow many things to distract them on a regular basis and this causes accidents, which can lead to fatalities. No amount of money is going to bring your loved one back or make up for your loss, but you still shouldn’t have to suffer the financial burden caused by an accident that wasn’t their fault.
Expenses can add up in a hurry from hospital bills to funeral costs. A fatal car accident attorney in Manhattan, New York can help you seek compensation for all the expenses involved and for your own pain and suffering. They will fight for the lost income the person could have made during their life and will ensure the negligent individual or company responsible is held accountable for their actions.
Softening the Blow with Fatal Car Accident Attorneys in Manhattan
The emotional stress and the grieving you are going through is more than one should have to handle. However, you will also have to take care of a funeral, any medical bills and handle all the calls from the insurance company. This is more than you need right now and the help of a Manhattan law firm for fatal car accidents can take away some of the stress.
You don’t need to deal with the insurance company or anybody else that will try to take advantage of your emotional state. Insurance companies may try to get you to settle for less than what you deserve simply because they know you are vulnerable. The best way to handle this is to defer their contact to your attorney and let a skilled professional handle it.
What Manhattan Lawyers for Fatal Car Accident Victims Fight For
The victim of the accident won’t be heard, but you can still make sure they get the justice they deserve. With the help of fatal car accident attorneys in Manhattan, you can fight in their memory. Here are some of the things an attorney will fight for.
- Loss of income
- Medical bills
- Funeral costs
- Pain and suffering
- Any potential criminal penalties
Not all cases will involve a criminal charge against the at fault driver, but in cases involving texting while driving, drunk drivers and other distracted drivers, your attorney may fight on the victim’s behalf for criminal charges. They can help to persuade the judge to punish the person responsible with the stiffest penalties allowed by law.
Fatal Car Accident Lawyers in Manhattan Handle Accident Reconstruction
Since fatal car accident cases provide one less witness, it’s very important to properly reconstruct the accident. The driver at fault can provide their interpretation of the accident, but the victim cannot be heard. With a skilled attorney on your side, experts can help to reconstruct the accident and provide the story from the victim’s point of view.
Fatal car accident attorneys in Manhattan will hire the experts and they will provide a full analysis of the evidence. This includes the accident scene, vehicles and the actual collision. They will show exactly what happened and who should be held responsible for the accident. There’s no need to cut corners and a professional attorney will cover everything possible to prove the negligent part is responsible.
Manhattan Fatal Car Accident Attorneys Understand your Loss
Experience attorneys handling fatal car accident cases in Manhattan will help to ensure the loss of the person you love if understood. As your attorney builds the case, they will show how the loss of the victim affects your family, friends and the community. A good attorney is not afraid to take the case to trail, if the insurance company doesn’t recognize the magnitude of your loss.
Find One of the Best Fatal Car Accident Lawyers in Manhattan Today
Your case starts with a free consultation that will help you to understand what to expect as the case moves forward. One of our attorneys can provide you with a full case evaluation to ensure you know what comes next. They will file all the necessary claims on your behalf, listen to what you have to say and fight for justice.
To get started, just provide us with a few details about the accident, so we can match you with the best Manhattan fatal car accident lawyer for your case. They will contact you, discuss the case and answer any questions you may have. Get started with your FREE consultation today, by going here now.
Many things must be considered if you slipped and fell in a parking lot. Before you do anything else, it only makes sense to seek medical treatment for your injuries. Your well-being comes first and you need to call an ambulance, if necessary, or at least go to the hospital. This will help to ensure that any injuries suffered are treated immediately before they become worse.
You also need to report the accident to the store manager, property owner, landlord or whoever is in charge of the property. This should be done as soon as possible and often can be done by a witness or a friend as you wait for an ambulance. If you believe your injuries are quite serious or it’s impossible for you to report the accident, make sure to get medical help first.
If you are capable of collecting any information from potential witnesses, you should. Anybody that saw you fall can help your case later in court and by obtaining the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses, you will make it much easier for a personal injury attorney to settle your case quickly.
The police may arrive on the scene or they may not. Either way, you need to obtain any documented report of the accident. Most property owners (especially businesses) have a report form they must fill out whenever an accident happens. Make sure you get a copy of this report before you leave the scene whenever possible.
It can also help your case if you document any conditions that could have caused the accident. If the sidewalk was not in proper order, something was where it shouldn’t have been, ice, snow or anything else contributed to your accident, you need to make not of this. A great way to do so is with a recorder. Most cell phones have a memo recorder that will allow you to document anything you want by dictating it.
If at all possible, obtain a sample of what caused the accident. Make sure to store this properly, for example in a freezer, if necessary. You will also want to place the clothing and shoes you were wearing in a safe place to store. Usually a large plastic bag works well and DO NOT wash the clothing.
Cell phones also come equipped with cameras, which allow you to take pictures of the scene of the accident. If possible, take pictures of anything and everything you can. Even if you need to return to the scene after receiving medical treatment, pictures will help in the long run.
Once you receive medical treatment, make the phone call or get online to find an attorney for your case. The sooner you contact a personal injury attorney in Manhattan to take your case, the better. Witnesses will struggle to remember the events and conditions of the night if you wait too long and this can hurt your case.
Don’t trust that the insurance company will properly compensate you without the help of an attorney. They often try and settle cases for much less than you deserve, but with proper representation, you can receive full compensation for medical bills, lost wages and any other damages associated with the accident.