What Types of Personal Injury Cases Does Your Firm Handle?
My firm handles mostly car accidents and slip and falls. We will take on a medical malpractice claim with the assistance of another firm, but 90% of the times it’s a car accident case.
How Does a Personal Injury Claim Differ from a Personal Injury Action?
In Maryland, personal injury claims and personal injury actions are synonymous. A personal injury claim is where an individual has been injured by another person’s careless action(s). It could be at home, work, public, or private place.
What Are the Top Misconceptions About the Personal Injury Recovery Process?
The biggest misconception about the personal injury recovery process is sometimes people think that their case is worth a lot more than it is. No two cases are alike because no two facts are identical and the no two persons are alike, therefore the impact is different for each individual: pain is subjective. Notwithstanding the individual nature of collisions and injuries, insurance companies (who provide coverage to the at fault party) all have settlement parameters, based on the damage caused by their driver. The biggest misconception may be valuing their case; that along with the time of resolution. A client may think “I’m done treating and why haven’t they called.” A week may have passed and even more time that has larger amounts of medical bills and treatment notes to review. The bigger insurance carriers may take even more time to review cases, as they have more insured drivers and consequently have bigger caseloads. There are a lot of files on their desk. I know that to the client their case is the only case they may have and the most important case, but the insurance companies may have many files to juggle at once.
What Are the Top Misconceptions About Working with a Personal Injury Attorney?
The top misconceptions about working with a personal injury attorney are that people think that attorneys are ambulance chasers, that they are greedy and that they are going to take all their money. I received a text message yesterday from someone who had an on the job injury in another jurisdiction where I don’t practice, but he wasn’t happy with his attorney. He felt that the attorney was doing something shady as far as the settlement was concerned, that the case was settling for far less than the value of the case. It’s always good to work with folks that you’ve had previous cases with and that are referred to you because then you don’t have to worry about that trust factor. The biggest issue is the level of trust when it comes to trying to settle these cases. Communication is key to building trust—in all areas of a legal practice. A client wants calls, Emails, and/or texts returned in a timely fashion and they want to be kept abreast of what is happening in their case,
What Are the General Steps Involved in the Personal Injury Recovery Process?
The biggest step that is involved in the personal injury recovery process (let’s take car accidents) for example is seeking medical attention as soon as possible, and follow the recommendations of your health care provider(s). Sometimes this starts in an ambulance at the scene of the crash; other times it may be a day or two later after the injured person starts feeling pain. There may be some time lost from work because the injured person can’t return to work immediately. Once they have been seen by their primary care physician, urgent care or ER, there may be follow up with physical therapy, orthopedic or chiropractic care. For more serious crashes, surgery may be required. After they’ve been released or discharged from the provider, the providers will send all the bills and the reports. I’ll get the bills and the reports also from the ER. I’ll ask the client to send me something from their employer showing all the time that they’ve lost and their lost wages, and any out-of-pocket expenses that are related to the crash, such as co-pays, parking, etc. Once I receive all the “specials”, I review and send out a settlement offer or a demand package to the insurance company. The insurance company reviews it and comes back with an offer to settle. If we can’t settle the case, we file suit and if it’s not settled after suit is filed then there are depositions and so on and so forth.
Most of these cases will settle at some point in time. If they settle prior to our firm filing suit then it’s faster and there is less money to the Firm. Once the attorney files suit then the percentage of the contingency goes up, as far as what the firm is going to get in relation to what the client takes home. If we have to go all the way through a trial then the final amount paid will be decided by a judge or jury.
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