Pre-Existing Injuries in Personal Injury

When a client has a pre-existing injury when getting into a personal injury case things can feel like they’re getting out of control pretty fast. Insurance companies will use the fact that someone has an existing condition to not reimburse medical expenses. Some insurance companies has exclusions in their contract for certain pre-existing injuries. While a client cannot be reimbursed for pre-existing medical condition that was present before an accident. There is a possibility of being reimbursed of an aggravation of a previous injury.  Getting in contact with a personal injury lawyer Arlington TX trusts will help you navigate the uncertainty of getting the help that you need, as well as help

Upon speaking with your personal injury attorney, be sure to disclose any accidents or injuries that you have had in the past. This will start a fresh relationship and they will be reassured as to what they can be prepared for. They will be able to anticipate an argument that an insurance company will put together and can thwart any refutes that they may have.  Not disclosing all pre-existing medical conditions you have could hinder a case or ruin it altogether. By letting your attorney know, they will be able to gather records from before the accident and compare your medical records to determine if a medical expert will be needed to testify on your behalf. By not disclosing previous medical conditions your credibility has been lowered and a jury would be less likely to believe in what you tell them.

People generally have some minor aches and pains or minor degenerative disease when it comes to their back. when someone is in an auto accident this could activate an injury that wasn’t known to them beforehand. Insurance companies will try to put the blame on the fact that the injuries were not present then. Your personal injury attorney will then fight the insurance company to prove that without this accident, you would still not be injured. Living with a pre-existing injury can get easier over time, you learn how to live with the injury. Being in an accident will increase the injury and you may need to get extra treatment or surgeries to correct what was caused.

The team at Brandy Austin Law Firm will gather all information and provide concise and conclusive evidence as to how the accident has affected you personally and will argue your case in front of a jury to ensure that you are properly compensated for any loss that you may have. We are here to provide you with careful and remarkable representation.

Brandy Austin Law FirmThanks to our friends and contributors Brandy Austin Law Firm PLLC for their insight into personal injury practice.

An Inside Look into the Personal Injury Settlement Process

Most folks don’t ever get a good look at the personal injury claim process. That’s because to get a good look inside the process, you have to be badly injured. No one wants that, so I hope this blog post will give you an inside look into the personal injury settlement process without having to get yourself injured.

Treatment

If you’re injured, you need medical treatment. If you don’t get it, you don’t really have a claim. In addition, you only get one chance to make a personal injury claim, so you have to wait until you’ve finished your treatment before you make that claim. For those reasons, this is the first step in making a personal injury claim.

Record Collection

To make a personal injury claim, you need records supporting your case. These usually include medical records and bills. But you might also need records from your employer or your school if you lost income or dropped out of a class because of your injuries. It can be time-consuming to collect all these records yourself, so it’s often worthwhile to hire a personal injury lawyer to do this for you.

Demand

Before an insurance company pays a claim, they have to be presented with a demand. A good demand will include all the relevant records and bills. It will also lay out exactly why the other person in liable for your injuries and how much they are liable for.

Negotiation

The first offer is rarely the last offer. Once the insurance company makes you a settlement offer, you need to work out what your best negotiation strategy is. A personal injury lawyer can help you decide how to negotiate your claim. In addition, an experienced lawyer will have a lot of experience in similar cases that will allow him or her to advise you better.

Litigation

If negotiations fail, your next step is litigation. Most cases don’t go this far, but some have to. Litigation begins when someone files a complaint to start a lawsuit. You can still settle after you enter litigation, but if you don’t, you will end up in trial. After that, either side might appeal. It’s a long process, but worthwhile in some cases.

So that’s it. There are each of the steps to go through in settling a personal injury claim. I hope you never have to use this information, but if you do and you want to speak to a personal injury lawyer Fort Collins, CO trusts, feel free to contact us.

Cannon LawThanks to our friend and blog author, Sam Cannon of Cannon Hadfield, LLC for his insight into personal injury cases.

Victims of bicycle-car collisions are more susceptible to catastrophic injuries

Being the victim of a collision between a bicycle and car can be a harrowing experience.  Steve Harrelson of the Harrelson Law Firm knows about bicycles.  Having competed in numerous century rides around the country (including multiple finishes in both the Big Dam Bridge 100 and the Hotter’N Hell 100), Steve has been involved in and has seen numerous crashes.

The car always wins

Whether you’re on a steel or aluminum bicycle, or (especially) an ultra-light carbon bike, does not matter.  The car always wins in a collision between and bicycle and a car or truck.  For this reason alone, it’s important to always be particularly alert when riding on an open roadway.  Whether you are (1) clipped while riding on the shoulder, (2) t-boned while crossing an intersection with the right-of-way, or (3) hit head on by a distracted driver, the likelihood of a fatal crash is exponentially higher on a bicycle versus a car when involved in a collision.

Drivers in this age are less focused on looking for cyclists

Secondly, consider that with the increase in technology, drivers of motor vehicles are far less likely to be alertly looking for cyclists on the road.  While illegal in most states, drivers still text while driving, operate their smart phone and surf Facebook or other social media while driving, and dial numbers while driving.  Distracted drivers are much more likely to be involved in a car accident, and it’s common sense that they may not see cyclists on the road, even if you are at the far edge of the shoulder.  Be aware that each car that approaches you may be driven by a distracted driver.

Injuries in a bicycle-car collision

Because you are more exposed that drivers and passengers in cars and trucks, the likelihood of a serious injury in a crash is far higher.  IF you have been the victim of negligence due involving a crash while on a bicycle, insurance may be of utmost importance.  What if the driver of the car wasn’t carrying enough insurance?  What if they weren’t covered at all?  Those are all questions that you must face, many times while being treated for your injuries.

For these reasons, if you have been involved in a bicycle accident due to the fault of someone else, it is imperative to hire a veteran litigator and experienced car accident lawyer Little Rock AR trusts who has been involved in representing cyclists.

Harrelson Law FirmThanks to Steve Harrelson from Harrelson Law Firm, P.A. for his added insight into the dangers of bicycle-car accidents.