Personal Injury Blog


What Are Your Responsibilities During a Personal injury Claim?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

On TV, lawsuits often look much simpler when watered down and compacted for a couple minutes of screen time, but that is not the case. If you have been hurt due to the action or inaction of another, your personal injury claim will involve much more time and paperwork than you might be conditioned to expect. Luckily, a skilled attorney can handle much of that. However, the client does also have some responsibilities when it comes to filing a personal injury claim.

The first and most important responsibility of the client is to communicate with their attorney this can be something as easy as calling them up or even sending them a message on Facebook these days. You should never keep secrets from your attorney if you think that bit of information is pertinent to your case. In order to best represent you, they need access to every last drop of information that they can use. Furthermore, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask them questions either just so you can be absolutely clear as to what is going on with your case.

The second responsibility of the client, and almost as important as communicating with your lawyer is to keep them informed and gather documentation. They can help keep you on task by sending you a message, but you should keep organized all your trips to the doctor and medical expenses just so they can get an accurate idea of the extent of your injuries and how much you need to cover them. If your injuries worsen, they need to know about that as well since it can affect the amount of compensation you need to get.

By keeping true with these responsibilities, you will be well on your way to a successful case. If you were hurt and wish to pursue compensation, contact us today.

The Top Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Thursday, August 03, 2017

After being injured in a car accident, there will be a lot for you to take care of. From doctor's visits to dealing with insurance companies to filing a police report, everything that must be taken care of can quickly become overwhelming. You may then want to consider hiring a personal injury attorney to help you through this difficult time. If you have been injured in an auto accident, here are just a few of the reasons to consider consulting an attorney.

An Attorney is Familiar with the Legal Process

A personal injury attorney is going to have a great deal of experience handling claims similar to yours and will know what this process entails. If you attempted to go through this process alone, you may overlook something that could inadvertently hurt your case. Furthermore, you may quickly find yourself overwhelmed by the complex paperwork and legal language. An attorney will be able to handle this process for you and will make sure that everything is taken care of properly.

An Attorney Can Help Evaluate Your Claim

When individuals attempt to handle their personal injury claim on their own, they often undervalue their injuries and accept compensation lower than what is owed to them. A personal injury attorney will have experience assessing these claims and will be able to properly determine what your claim is worth by taking into account the severity of your injuries, damage to your personal property, and anytime you had to take off of work.

Your Attorney Is on Your Side

Hiring an attorney is the only way to ensure that there is someone on your side who is working for you. At the end of the day, insurance companies are out to protect themselves and will try to close your case as quickly and painlessly as possible, even if this means that you do not receive proper compensation. An attorney will work tirelessly to make sure that this does not happen and that you are taken care of properly.

After being injured in a car accident, hiring a personal injury lawyer will ensure that you are taken care of; contact us to learn more about the reasons why you should hire a personal injury attorney to help you through this difficult time.

The Top Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney After Being Injured in a Car Accident

Thursday, April 27, 2017

After being injured in a car accident, your biggest concern should be getting better and returning to your normal routine. However, as soon as you are home from the hospital, you will have to deal with insurance companies, medical bills, and paperwork relating to your accident and personal injury claim. This is why it can be extremely beneficial to hire a personal injury lawyer after being in an auto accident. If you are on the fence about hiring a personal injury attorney to help you through this difficult time, here are a few reasons why you should consider doing so.

Experience Assessing Claims

The fact is that after being injured in a car accident, many people do not realize what their claim is worth. However, it is likely that you are owed more than medical expenses and damages to your vehicle; you may also be entitled to compensation for time off of work and personal damages. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to best assess your claim, and will be able to help you determine what you are owed.

Someone on Your Side

Hiring a personal injury attorney is the only way to ensure that you have someone on your side during this difficult time. Insurance companies ultimately work for themselves, and may use sneaky tactics to get you to settle for less than what you are owed. Hiring an attorney will ensure that you have someone looking out for you, working to get you a proper settlement.

Reduce Your Stress

As was previously hinted at, the process of settling a personal injury dispute can be extremely time-consuming and stressful, as there is a variety of forms to fill out, deadlines to meet, and hoops to jump through. However, you should be focusing on healing during this difficult time. A personal injury attorney can remove this burden from you and allow you to focus on healing.

Contact us to learn more about the reasons why you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney after being injured in an auto accident.

California Personal Injury - What you should know

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Between earthquakes, sinkholes and wildfires, California residents are well acquainted with the potential for injury in day-to-day life. And afterwards there is often no avenue for redress beyond an insurance claim. However, when injuries and damages suffered within the state are due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of a person or entity, California's personal injury law is a means of restoration. In filing a personal injury lawsuit, a victim may recover lost wages, medical care, burial costs, and pain and suffering, among other associated amounts.

With that consideration, a victim's actions post-injury may be crucial to the success of their lawsuit. And so that the legal right to sue may be preserved, victims should keep a few key facts in mind when deciding how best to move towards physical, mental and financial recovery.

Statutes of Limitation: Setting a Time Limit to Your Claim

All states limit the time during which a victim of harm may file a lawsuit. This type of law, a statute of limitations, varies with the nature of the claim being filed. However, the limitation's clock generally begins ticking at the time that the claim arises, otherwise called the "accrual" of the "cause of action" by a court. Typically an injured person in California has two years from the date of the injury to file their lawsuit, although in certain circumstances the deadline may be lengthened ("tolled"). Timely action and awareness of the statute of limitations that may affect your claim is critical; and if a claim is filed after the applicable statute of limitations has passed, then the result will often be dismissal of the lawsuit by the court. Don't procrastinate in reaching out to an attorney or law firm early, so that they may advise your regarding any factors that may toll the claim, and so that there is ample time for research and analysis of the case, as necessary.

Collect Relevant Documentation

A personal injury lawsuit will not survive without effective documentation to evidence the underlying claim. Delaying health treatment not only endangers the victim, but also may complicate an attorney's ability to demonstrate the damages sustained. Take notes regarding your injury, treatment and treatment providers, and the cause of the injury. Take photographs as soon as possible, and to document your injuries over time. Keep all paperwork, especially copies of diagnostic tests, medical records, prescriptions, bills and associated receipts. Further, if earnings also suffered due to the injury, keep documents such as payslips or tax records that would demonstrate the lost wages as well.

Don't Go It Alone

A skilled attorney will only increase your likelihood of attaining a desirable legal outcome. Spencer Law has a broad litigation practice and extensive practice experience in business law, consumer law, class actions, employment law, personal injury, and product liability. The firm's record of dedicated, aggressive representation has netted an aggregate settlement value of over $120 million for their clients. Consultations are free, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

Tips for Selecting a Primary Care Physican From an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

Friday, July 29, 2016

If you’re like most people, when it comes to choosing your primary care doctor, you probably rely on word of mouth. Your friends, co-workers and family members will all give you advice on the best doctor in town. You can also go online to find health care providers in your area. This can be beneficial for a number of reasons, and it’s important that you choose someone you trust. The last thing you ever want is to become a victim of medical malpractice and personal injury.

Online Medical Provider Selection

Going online to choose your medical provider can have many advantages, especially if you look into doctors who trusting family and friends have suggested. Online tools can help you find online reviews and ratings, and help you find and confirm a doctor’s credentials.

Reviews are only a portion of your research. They provide general insight but keep in mind that some reviews don’t always offer objective opinions.

Credentials provide a big piece of the puzzle. You’ll want to look for certification by at least one of the 24 boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Red Flag Warnings

Be on the look out for red flags. They include disciplinary actions and medical malpractice claims. While good doctors can get sued, you don't want someone who has a few claims filed against them. If there's a negative pattern in the online reviews, move on.

A Personal Visit

Once you've selected a few doctors, make appointments to visit their offices. You'll want to connect with not only the doctor but the staff as well. Consider whether the doctor listens to you without interrupting. Does he answer your questions fully? Do you feel as though the doctor truly cares about you?

You're your own best advocate, so trust your instincts when selecting a doctor. If, for whatever reason, you find yourself a victim of medical negligence, contact us.

Personal injury Settlements Require More Than a Computer Program

Thursday, July 14, 2016

If you've been injured in some type of accident and are looking to file a personal injury claim, you may find it tempting to accept the insurance company's offer to settle and be done with everything. After all, going through the process of a personal injury claim can be frustrating and stressful. Before you decide to accept the offer, consider the following information:

How Insurance Companies See the Injured Individual

Unfortunately, even though the laws mandate that the insurance company consider the individual's own unique circumstances, many times the liable insurance companies compute their settlement offer based on a computer program, not the injured person's own unique circumstances. This means that they don't consider the age of the victim or the physical health of the victim.

Computing Pain and Suffering

When the insurance company plugs information into a computer in order to compute the "value" of your case, it is only taking into account the injuries at hand. Most compensation claims handled in personal injury cases take into account the value of pain and suffering, which is easy to compute once a judge listens to your story, trying to understand the emotional toll your injury has had on you. A computer program cannot do that.

Also, settlements should include the amount of any lost wages you've incurred as the result of the injuries, along with any anticipated medical treatment you may need in the future. In order to compute those values, you'll need to provide an accounting of wages you've not received since your accident, along with a statement from your doctor of any anticipated treatment.

Retain An Attorney

While taking a settlement seems like the quick and easy way out, it's really not that simple. In order to receive the compensation you deserve for the injuries you've sustained, contact us for a consultation.

Texting as Detrimental to Driving As Alcohol

Thursday, March 21, 2013

There is a wide body of research that has compared the effect that texting while driving has on a person’s driving abilities, with the effect that alcohol does. Yet another study proves such an association, and finds that using cell phones while driving may be just as detrimental to a driver’s skills as alcohol use.

What Los Angeles car accident lawyers find intriguing about this study is that it finds a similar effect from both texting while driving as well as the use of hands-free sets while driving. California currently has a ban on the use of handheld phones while driving, although drivers are free to use a hands-free set to have a cell phone conversation at the wheel. The study however proves that both texting as well as the use of hands-free sets is equally detrimental to driving, and the effects of such practices are equivalent to intoxicated driving.

The study was based on a small sample of 12 students, who were made to undergo to 2 driving simulation tests. The first test was undertaken after having a few alcoholic beverages, and the students underwent the 2nd test while using a hands-free cell phone.

The participants were given the task of maintaining the position of the car in the center of the left lane, at a constant speed of between 40 and 50 mph. The researchers found that when the participants were having a simple conversation on the hands-free set however, their level of distraction was equivalent to an alcohol level of approximately .4 g per liter. When they were having a phone conversation that required a lot of attention, their level of distraction was equivalent to a blood-alcohol level of 0.7 g per liter.