The days and weeks after an accident can be very confusing and frustrating. As you work to heal physically and emotionally from injuries sustained in the accident, you must also deal with the financial aspects of an injury claim. In many cases, the insurance adjuster for the other party may contact you before you have the chance to consult with an attorney. It is important that you are very careful in how you deal with the adjuster because what you do and say can have a significant impact on your injury claim. We urge you to call our office at 1-800-954-4444 to speak with a Fresno accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident. If possible, you should consult with an attorney before you talk to the insurance adjuster.
Head injuries can range from mild to concussions to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Dealing with a head injury can be a very stressful, frightening, and frustrating experience. As you are trying to learn about the severity of your injury, your recovery, and the potential for permanent damage, you are being pressured by an insurance adjuster for information, statements, and releases. The entire process can be overwhelming and can cause you additional harm because of the stress. Instead of facing it alone, let our Fresno brain injury attorneys take care of the insurance adjusters and other parties pressuring you for information so that you can focus on your health. Call our office at 1-800-954-4444 for a free consultation with a Fresno personal injury lawyer.
The role of a witness in an accident claim can be very important, especially in cases where fault is being challenged. If possible, ask for the names and contact information of any witnesses at the accident scene. You should never rely on law enforcement officers to do this for you. It is always in your best interest to obtain this information if at all possible before you are transported to the emergency room or before you leave the accident scene. Remember, some witnesses may only remain at the scene for a few minutes. Once they see that no one is seriously injured and other people are there to help, witnesses may leave. Try to speak to them or having someone ask for their contact information before they can leave. Our Fresno injury attorneys will search for witnesses to your accident, but it helps if you have the information. Call 1-800-954-4444 to schedule a free consultation and no-obligation case evaluation with an experienced attorney.
Any injury can disrupt your life and cause great pain and suffering. However, some injuries are so great in nature they rise to the level of a catastrophic injury. Many accident victims recover fully from the injuries sustained in the accident. However, some victims will suffer lasting and debilitating disabilities because of their injuries. A catastrophic injury is devastating in so many ways. Therefore, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Motor vehicle accidents can have tragic, life-long results. Even when a car accident does not result in traumatic injuries, the disruption to the victim’s life can still be extensive. From taking time off work to recover from injuries, repairing your vehicle, and dealing with insurance adjusters to recoup your financial losses, the consequences of a motor vehicle accident can and do often extend far beyond the healing process. A painful example of the consequences of an accident that can cause a lifetime of pain is scarring and disfigurement. Many victims of catastrophic accidents suffer permanent disfigurement and scarring because of the injuries sustained in the crash. Because scarring and disfigurement is a painful reminder of the suffering endured in the accident, the victim can suffer intense emotional stress and mental anxiety. Victims deserve to be compensated for these damages in addition to the other damages suffered because of the crash.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Examples of accidents that often give rise to an accident claim are slip and fall accidents, motorcycle crashes, car accidents, commercial truck crashes, and pedestrian accidents. Any accident that results in an injury or death can result in compensation for the accident victim. To receive compensation, the accident victim must prove that the other party caused the accident and the victim suffered injuries and damages because of the accident. The types of damages and amounts of compensation vary based on the facts and circumstances of each claim. However, at least one thing is the same in all accident claims — time for filing a claim is limited.
Arbitration is becoming a popular method of resolving contested legal matters outside of the courtroom. However, arbitration is not for every case and you need to be sure you understand the rules regarding arbitration before you agree to submit your claim to arbitration. What is Arbitration?
A person can slip and fall in many situations, resulting in anything from a minor injury such as a sprain to more serious injuries including traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and back injuries. The accident may happen on a wet floor in a store, on an uneven sidewalk, or in a parking lot. A person may trip over a cord or other obstacle in an office or while visiting someone at their home. Each of these incidents can result in serious injury.
Scientists from UCLA have found that head injuries can increase the risk of developing certain disorders including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, depression, and schizophrenia. The research has been published by EBioMedicine.
Many accident victims ask themselves this very question each day throughout the United States, especially when an insurance adjuster tells victims they can make more money if they don’t hire an attorney. Insurance adjusters are NOT your friend, and they are NOT working for you. Adjusters work for the insurance company. It is better for the insurance company if you handle your claim without hiring an attorney. However, you need to understand that you are in an adversarial position with the insurance company; therefore, you shouldn’t be taking its advice about what you should or should not do after being injured in an accident.