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How To Win A Case Against Allstate Car Insurance?

How To Win A Case Against Allstate Car Insurance?

Allstate is a very popular car insurance company in Chicago and all over Illinois.

This is probably due to their expensive television marketing campaign (Allstate loves to spend money convincing consumers that they are “in good hands”). It is also trading on the relative good name it made for itself years ago, as a fair company who treated its customers and injured people with respect. Unfortunately, my experience is that Allstate does not treat people very fairly anymore.

Allstate has been voted ‘worst auto insurance company in America’ for its claims practices. It actively delays and denies claims even when they are valid claims. And, it ‘low balls’ injured people and pushes them into accepting tiny settlements before folks have a chance to talk to a good injury lawyer. Many of my clients have been messed around by Allstate.

So how do you win a case against Allstate Car Insurance? The same rules of good practice apply.

1. Always tell the truth and do not lie or try to exaggerate the crash, the accident, your injuries or your medical treatment.

2. Be careful giving recorded statements to Allstate investigators or signing paperwork Allstate sends to you.

3. Consider hiring an experienced injury attorney to fight Allstate for you. This is probably the best advice there is. The law is complicated and unless you have a lawyer who has gone to war with Allstate in the past, you will be at a big disadvantage.

4. Make sure you know and follow the rules and deadlines in personal injury cases and claims against Allstate. For example, in most car crash cases, you have 2 years to file a lawsuit. After that, it is too late.

5. Line up witnesses on your side. Allstate hates it when you are organized and you have witnesses who support your testimony regarding injuries, and how the accident happened, and your medical treatment.

6. Do not give up! Did you know that Allstate Insurance actually keeps track of the number of claims that people give up on because they meet resistance? That’s why all of the crummier insurance companies like Allstate make things hard for you as an injured person. They want you to abandon your claim and miss an important deadline. If you miss a deadline, Allstate keeps the money that should and could have been yours.

The most important thing you have to realize is that Allstate employs very experienced trial lawyers. These guys and gals can ruin even the best case. And they are not necessarily going to give you an even break or a fair chance. Their job is to terminate your case, period.

The Allstate insurance claims adjusters decide whether to offer money on a case, or whether to deny any payment. The lawyers themselves have no say in whether to make an offer or whether they can increase an offer. That is pretty crazy to me, but Allstate uses a computer program that tells them how much money to offer. Who your lawyer is, and their record against Allstate can play a role in how much of an offer you get or if you get an offer at all.

You cannot count on a Judge helping you (the Judge must remain impartial). You cannot count on Allstate or its lawyers being fair to you. All you can count on is the help of a good personal injury lawyer. Injury lawyers like me give free case evaluation, and there is no fee until we win. You should consider speaking with me right away. I may be able to give you some good advice, and I can definitely help you with a car crash case against Allstate.

Even in the most straightforward car crash cases, having an experienced injury lawyer is key.  My approach to cases is built entirely on the way claims practices evaluate cases.  Simply, in the claims stage, we leave no stone unturned in collecting your related medical bills and records and we present them to the insurance company in the proprietary way they require which helps you get fair value for the injuries you got in the car crash.

Then, our approach is informed by this reality:  Allstate Insurance, like all insurance companies, only offers fair value on a case if they know that they have something to worry about if the case is presented before a live Jury.  In other words, from ‘go’, we get the case ready for trial.  We line up the witnesses, prepare trial exhibits, and make sure that the case is as scary for Allstate as possible  Scary to them means a Jury will award you good compensation for the harm their insured caused.

The plain fact is this:  it is very unlikely that Allstate is going to be scared of you or your case without a lawyer on the case who they know will go all the way to trial if that’s what it takes.  That doesn’t mean we go to trial on every case; in fact, very few of our cases end up going to trial.  But that’s because we can scare the insurance company and get our clients a fair settlement.

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"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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What Happens If A Doctor Finds Nothing Wrong With A Workers Comp Client?

What Happens If A Doctor Finds Nothing Wrong With A Workers Comp Client?

Workers Comp Doctor and the Case

In workers compensation cases, there is always the possibility that a workers comp doctor will find nothing wrong with a workers comp client.

Treating doctors are very important witnesses in every kind of injury case. But treating doctors, and what their opinions are, are of utmost importance to a workers comp client.

That’s because only a doctor can testify about the nature and extent of injury as well as causation. In workers comp cases, causation refers to a doctor’s opinion as to whether the injury is work-related. If an injury is not work-related, then you cannot recover for it in a workers comp case. So you see, every worker’s comp client must have a Dr. on their side to say that the injuries are a result of a work-related incident.

However, there are more doctors than just treating workers comp doctors that a workers comp client may encounter. These doctors are called IME doctors. IME stands for an independent medical examiner. But IME doctors are anything but independent. 100% of the time, these doctors are hired by an insurance company or the employer to minimize the injury sustained by the injured worker or to deny that the injury was sustained in a work-related accident.

Doesn’t this seem unfair to you? Why is it okay for the employer to hire a Dr. just to say that you and your treating Dr. are lying?

Fortunately, my experience is that the judges/arbitrators at the commission usually give more weight to what a treating doctor says rather than what an IME doctor says. That is not always the case. Some treating doctors for various reasons have earned a reputation for claiming every injury under the sun is related to work activities. On the other hand, many IME doctors have developed a similar reputation. It comes down to the specialty of the Dr. and their reputation. So a surgeon, who has received more education and has more expertise than a general practice Dr., will usually be believed over the general practice doctor.  A general practice doctor will be believed over a chiropractor.

So what happens if a Workers Comp doctor finds nothing wrong with the worker’s comp client?

That depends on what kind of doctor we are talking about. If your own treating Dr. says that there is nothing wrong with you, you are in trouble. Workers comp clients often agree to treat with a company doctor (a doctor hired by and recommended by the company).

A company recommended doctor has mixed loyalties, and will often release a patient before they are really ready to go back to work or will otherwise minimize the injuries. Having a good independent doctor who you choose and who is on your side is the smartest thing you can do in a workers comp case.

Here is how it works with a company doctor:  many times, the company doctor’s main source of patients are work injury patients sent by the Company or the Workers Comp insurance company.  So during treatment, the company doctors have a financial interest in relating your case to the work related injury and ordering medical care.  But once the doctor has rendered a bill and collected some money, he or she can start thinking about how to minimize the cost to the company.

Why?  Because the Company doctor wants more business in the future.  So if the company doctor sends you away while you need more help, that makes the Company happy because they are saving money, and if the insurance company is happy, the doctor naturally thinks that he will get more business from the Company.  And it usually works that way.  Go along to get along, but in this case, it is to the detriment of the injured worker, and I do not let this happen in Workers Comp cases in my office.

If you’re treating doctor and the company’s IME doctor disagree, there are usually several options.

First, if your lawyer thinks that you’re treating Dr. is credible, you can go to court and hope that the arbitrator decides that your Dr. is correct and the IME doctor is not correct.

You could also go see a specialist for a second opinion, and if they agree with you, you have a much better chance at trial.

Your worker’s compensation lawyer may also be able to get the company or workers comp insurance company to agree to a “tiebreaking doctor”. Of course, if the tiebreaker Workers Comp doctor agrees with the company, you have problems, so this can be a dangerous agreement to make.

No matter what your situation, make sure that you are treating with a Workers Comp doctor who is on your side and that you have a lawyer who understands your situation and will fight for you and your rights. Positioning cases in the circumstances about strategy, and it helps to hire an attorney with experience.

I offer free case evaluation and I never charge a fee until we went, so relax and call me. I am happy to help.

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Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Fall Down Injury Cases

Fall Down Injury Cases

Fall down cases are very common, especially in places like Chicago where it snows a lot. But fall down injury cases involve a lot more than just people who fall on a slippery sidewalk.

Every year, thousands of people slip and fall inside of grocery stores, and retail stores all over the United States. Sometimes, these falls are random occurrences. But usually, they are because the store or the property owner or manager did not keep the store safe for people coming in there to do their shopping.

A common defense in fall down injury cases is that the person who fell should have been watching where they were going. But in a grocery store as on a crowded sidewalk, people do not normally walk down the street with their head down watching every step they take. No one walks like that. In fact, it would be dangerous to walk like that. When you walk, you have to try not to bump into other people. If you are in a grocery store, the store owner does everything in his or her power to make you look at the shelves so you will buy more products. After all, that is how the store owner makes money.

I have talked to many people who think that if they fall on someone else’s property, that automatically means that the property owner must pay their medical bills. This is absolutely 100% incorrect. There is no such law or requirement.

Instead, fall down cases are some of the most difficult kinds of injury cases to prove. In order to prove most fall down injury cases, we have to be able to prove what caused you to fall as well as proving how long the problem existed. That’s because we have to be able to show that the owner or manager of the property knew about the problem and did nothing to fix it or that the problem was there for so long that if they were managing their property properly, they would’ve or should have discovered it and fixed it.

I have represented people in fall down cases on sidewalks, on public property, private property, in grocery stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, and all sorts of facilities. Most people do not fall down spontaneously and for no reason. It is usually because the environment that they encounter is unsafe for some reason.  I have handled a lot of falls downstairs where a landlord paints stairs with slippery paint, or loose carpet makes stairs dangerous because when somebody steps on the carpeted steps, the carpeting shifts and slides under their feet causing them to lose balance, and dark stairways make it hard to see the dangerous condition to protect yourself from it.

The important thing to remember is this area of the law is much more complicated than most folks understand. And most defense attorneys who defend these cases are specialists in the area. So if you have been injured in a fall, it is essential that you hire a lawyer who has lots of experience in fall down cases and understands all the law cases so that your lawyer will know the evidence he or she needs to prove your case.

I am approaching my second decade of practice representing injured people. I have handled literally hundreds of fall down cases. If you have fallen on someone else’s property due to a problem or defect on the property, please call me. I offer a free case evaluation and I can set your mind at ease. Within just a minute or two I will be able to tell you how strong your cases and what the next step should be. And I charge no fee unless I win your case. So if you have a case like this, please call me right away at 312-895-0545.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Slip And Fall Injury – They Want a Recorded Statement

Slip And Fall Injury – They Want a Recorded Statement

I have represented a lot of people who have been injured in a slip and fall. In every kind of case, the insurance company wants a recorded statement, whether it is a slip and fall injury or car accident.  No matter the kind of case, they want a recorded statement.  Why?

Think about it for a second:  they are already talking to you on the phone.  Why do they need a recorded statement?  They know the basics of what happened?

They want a recorded statement in your slip and fall injury case because they want to PIN YOU DOWN.  In other words, they want to get you to commit to a particular sequence of what happened. Then, if you change it later or remember something later, they can say that you are lying and deny your claim.

hey also want a recorded statement in your fall down injury case because they are going to ask you LEADING QUESTIONS.  Leading questions are questions where you “lead” the witness into answering the way you want.  These insurance adjusters use outlines created by lawyers.  These are not innocent questions, asked in a neutral way.  They are biased questions meant to lead you into saying something that will hurt your case.  That’s why they always try to get a statement BEFORE you talk to a lawyer.  Good injury lawyers know the tricks and can protect you.

I never let my clients give recorded statements, and I tell everyone who calls my office not to give them.  In my experience, they rarely are being used honestly by the insurance company.  They are almost always used to justify NOT making a reasonable offer to settle.  So why should we help them?  I’ve settled thousands of cases over the years, and none of those required recorded statements.

So if you have been injured in a slip and fall, you should NOT give a recorded statement.  The other thing you should do is speak with a lawyer.  These cases are very tough.  They are much more complicated than many people think.  Without a skilled lawyer on your side, you do not stand much of a chance at getting a fair result.

I have gotten substantial results for clients in slip and fall cases.  No case is the same and this is not a promise I can do the same for you, but I have gotten $400,000 for a lady who had to have surgery after a slip and fall at a condo, and over $120,000 for a lady with a broken ankle and chipped tooth who fell at a school.  These cases can have good value, but you have to have someone who has experience in these kinds of cases.

I offer a free case evaluation, so give me a call right now to talk about your slip and fall injury.  Many time, people think a lawyer is going to be pushy or rude, but I am not.  I like to have a nice, friendly relationship with my clients, and that means respect for you.  Thanks for reading, and I look forward to working with you.

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"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Struggling With Back Injury? Get the Help You Need.

No one other than people who have had a back injury will understand how a bad back affects everything you do. Standing up, sitting down, walking, even sleeping all become painful and unpleasant when you have a bad back.

If you’ve been injured and are suffering from back injuries, you probably have lots of questions. You’re probably worried about your future and whether this back injury is permanent.

If injury cases cannot be settled, they will be judged by a Jury. The only way to force an insurance company to pay you fair money for your back injury is to make sure that you build the strongest case you possibly can.

That may worry the insurance company and result in them taking your case seriously. That is why it is important for you to understand as much as you can about back injuries and back injury cases.

The Anatomy of the Back

Your spine is the frame or pillar that allows you to stand upright. It helps bear the weight of your body. However, it is also the tunnel through which all of your body’s nerves pass from your brain and branch out to the rest of your body.

Lawyers and doctors call your lower back the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is made up of bony vertebrae. In between each bony vertebrate is a disk, which is soft and filled with gel. The disc acts like a shock absorber between the bony vertebrae.

But it also creates space between the bony vertebrae so that your nerves can branch out to all the parts of your body, like your legs. Without nerves, you would not be able to feel or move your legs.

Types of Back Injuries

Back injuries can involve fractures or breaks to the bony vertebrae. They can involve stretching the ligaments and tendons. But probably the most common back injury I see in my law practice is an injury to the disc.

Whether it is a bulging disc or a herniated disc, when a disk is injured, the height between the bony vertebrae is reduced. Think of a flat tire on a bicycle. This can cause your nerves to get pinched. Pinched nerves can cause numbness, tingling, a lot of pain and even paralysis.

The more severe the nerve impingement, the more important it is to get medical treatment right away to avoid permanent consequences.

Some back injuries involve actual broken bones — fracture of the bony vertebrae. With this kind of back injury, pain and disability/inability to walk is almost instant after the crash or accident.

But the vast majority of back injuries involve the softer, gel-like disks in the back, which are between and cushion the vertebrae. Trauma like an accident, a fall, or a work injury can result in damage or a tear to these disks.

Once a disk or disks are ruptured or herniated in your back, there are a couple of possibilities. It may mean that after a recovery, you will be pretty much okay. Although you will have a permanently increased risk that a future trauma or injury will cause you further disk injury.  

On the other end of the spectrum, if you have herniated disks with very bad pain and very limited activities of daily living, you could need surgery to try to take the pressure off of your back. This is because the disk is no longer a good “shock absorber.”

The most common back injury involves just the muscles, tendons and nerves of your back.  These are called “soft tissue,” “whiplash,” or sprain-strain” type injuries. The bad thing is that they can be just as painful and just as limiting to you as the more serious kinds of back injuries.  

Many of these injuries get better after managing the pain and increasing blood flow. It also gets bearable after strengthening the surrounding muscles with physical therapy. Unfortunately, some of these kinds of muscle injuries never heal properly.

In fact, they can become a permanently painful condition for which there is no available surgery or cure. These kinds of chronic pain injuries in the low back can only be treated with medication, changing your lifestyle and therapy.   

However, too much medication is bad for your stomach and is also often bad for your kidney or liver. There are other pain management options available though.  

Pain management doctors treat thousands of patients with chronic back pain every week and new treatments are always being developed.

Symptoms

A back injury is one of the most common kinds of injuries people can get in car crashes, fall down accidents and injuries at work.

They can range from a temporary tweak to a very serious, debilitating kind of injury. The latter could require multiple surgeries and mean that you may never return to work.  Serious business.

But the real danger of a back injury is this:  MOST BACK INJURIES HAVE THE SAME SYMPTOMS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ACCIDENT.

That means that thousands of people who have been involved in an auto accident or a work injury start out with mild tightness and complaints of pain. The pain, tightness and disability grow over the hours and days after the back injury.  

And then, for the more minor injuries, the patient starts to get better. For the unfortunate people with serious injuries, the pain gets worse and worse until it is unbearable and debilitating.

Lower Back Injury Treatment

If you suffered a back injury, my honest advice is to see a doctor immediately. Nothing is more important than your health. Insurance companies love it when injured people with back injuries delay getting help so that they can argue you were not really hurt.  

And as you can see, there are lots of different kinds of back injuries with serious consequences for you and your family. Sometimes, the nerve pinching is temporary and can be treated with pain medicine, rest and physical therapy.

If doctors see a serious impingement of nerves on your MRI, or if you do not improve with therapy, doctors may move on to giving you a series of three epidural steroid injections.

These are injected directly into your lower back and their purpose is to reduce swelling so that your nerves do not get pinched anymore. If nothing else fixes the problem, the back injury must be treated with surgery.

The surgery can range from less serious microdiscectomy, to more serious lumbar fusion. Lumbar fusion surgery results in the bony vertebrae being permanently fused together. It is a serious surgery.

As you can see, back injury cases can get complicated quickly. If you have worries and concerns about your back injury, well, you probably should. I offer a free case evaluation either in person or by telephone. I can answer all of your questions and help put your mind at ease.

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  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Neck Injury? Do I Have A Case?

Neck Injury? Do I Have A Case?

Sustaining a neck injury is one of the most frustrating injuries to have, and also one of the most painful and life-altering.

Neck injuries are invisible.  There is usually no bruising or bleeding or cuts to see.  But once you have neck pain from a neck injury, you realize for the first time how heavy your head is, and how many times every day you turn your neck. That’s because neck pain gets worse every time you move, every time you use your arms, and even when you lay down to try to go to sleep.

My clients typically get neck injuries due to car accidents, work accidents, construction accidents and fall down cases.  And the severity and permanence of neck injuries can vary greatly.

If you sustain a ‘whiplash’ type of injury to the neck, you are most likely to have a muscle  sprain or strain to the muscles and ligaments in the neck.  These injuries can heal in 8 weeks with proper therapy and medical care.  Or, they can become chronic pain conditions.

You can also herniate the ‘shock absorber’ disks in your neck.  The whiplash movement can actually tear the disk and then the disk does not act as a spacer or shock absorber as well anymore, and that can cause pressure on the nerves and a lot of pain. Treatment for a herniated or ruptured cervical (neck) disk can include physical therapy, pain medication, and even injections and surgery.  In rare cases, multiple surgeries may be necessary.

Finally, a direct blow or trauma to the neck can cause a fracture of the vertebrae (bones) of the neck. These kinds of neck injuries almost always damage the “shock absorber” disks, too.  If their bones are displaced or are broken into many pieces, then you will almost certainly have to have neck surgery to help the bones heal and fix the damages disks in the neck.

The troubling thing about a neck injury is that whether you have a ‘soft tissue” or ‘whiplash’ injury or a very severe herniated disk, the pain and disability and bad effect on your daily routine is very similar.  In other words, it is impossible to know HOW BAD the injury is, or HOW LONG IT WILL LAST just based on your symptoms.

Many of my clients with a neck injury started out not wanting to see a doctor for their car crash or work injury.  As the days went by, the pain got worse.  Some of them had a short-term injury, and others needed neck surgery.

If you or a loved one has been hurt and sustained an injury to the neck, your first priority is to get in to see a doctor right away.  If there is a pinched nerve in the neck, you could be doing permanent injury to your nerves if it is not addressed right away.

You should also talk to an experienced injury lawyer right away.

You should also talk to an experienced injury lawyer right away.  I offer a free, no obligation  DVD that explains your legal rights, and I also offer a free case evaluation. Either way, whether you just want to watch the DVD or talk to a real, experienced neck injury lawyer, I am here to help you.  So relax and give me a ring at 312-895-0545.  I hope you have found this information to be helpful, and please know that I am here to answer any questions you might have about your neck injury.

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"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Do I Need To Talk To An Injury Lawyer?

Do I Need To Talk To An Injury Lawyer?

I was reviewing my legal case files and noticed that about half of my clients waited a LONG time before contacting me about their injuries. This is true in car accident cases, fall down injuries, work injuries, you name it. It is always better to talk to an injury lawyer right after an injury so you know “The Rules” and you know your rights and the correct way to proceed, whether you hire a lawyer or not. But as you will see, there is NO DOWNSIDE and lots of good reasons to talk to an injury lawyer right away.

Why get in touch with an Injury Lawyer soon after an Accident?

There are plenty of reasons that people DO NOT speak with an injury lawyer soon after a crash. One is that they hope that their injuries will get better on their own, and they do not want to make a big deal about it. Some people who are hurt at work are worried that if they report their injury, they will get in trouble at work or lose their job. Some people do not like the idea of being “one of those people” who hire a lawyer and files a lawsuit.

The trouble with delaying speaking with a qualified experienced personal injury lawyer is that it can hurt your case and make your case harder to prove, and possibly result in a lesser recovery for your injuries. For example, in a fall down a case, I like to have a lot of time to investigate the scene, seek out witnesses, get photographs of the scene, and sometimes, consult with my architect/structural engineer witness to make sure that we have considered ALL the bases for liability. In work injury cases, there is a 45-day deadline for reporting an injury, and getting me involved right away means that I can make sure that the Workers Comp insurance company is paying your salary and guaranteeing payment to the doctors so you can get the necessary medical treatment. These are just two examples. But there are lots of reasons why success in an injury claim or case hinges on early involvement from an aggressive, competent injury lawyer.

There is no reason for you NOT to speak with a lawyer. Virtually all injury lawyers (I included, of course!) offer free case evaluation for people who have been injured in a car crash, work injury, fall down, motorcycle crash, whatever kind of injury. That means we talk and I answer your questions for free, either in person or on the telephone, as you prefer.

Sometimes, I have to turn down a case because a person waited too long to call me about their injuries, and I never want that to happen to anyone. It doesn’t make you a bad person to be the victim of injury, and you have a right to know your options and your rights. If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to give me a call about your personal injury situation, even if it HAS been a long time since you or a loved one has been hurt. I am very good at putting cases together quickly, but it is always better to call early on!

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Slip and Fall Lawyers – 3 Things you Must Do To Win Your Case!

Slip and Fall Lawyers – 3 Things you Must Do To Win Your Case!

Win Your Case With the Slip and Fall Lawyers

Slip and fall lawyer Scott DeSalvo tells the 3 things you must know to protect your rights and increase your chance to win your case.

Hi guys, slip and fall injury lawyer Scott DeSalvo here, and in this video I’m gonna talk to you, and share with you, the three things you need to know about slip and fall injuries, so stay tuned.

You know, slip and fall cases can happen anywhere. I’ve represented people who have fallen inside stores, or outside businesses, or even inside private residences. Slip and fall cases involve falls on sidewalks or downstairs.

No matter where you fall, or whatever situation you find yourself in, it’s important for you to know the basics of these kinds of cases. Knowing the basics of a slip and fall case can help you know what has to be proven so that you can make sure to get the evidence you need to prove your case. Having the right evidence in a slip and fall case can increase your chance of winning. Not knowing the basics of slip and fall cases could easily lead to you losing your case.

So the first thing I wanna talk to you about in slip and fall cases is, that we have to prove that the property owner or manager did something wrong.

If we can’t prove that the owner or manager did something wrong, then we can’t prove that they were negligent. In every injury case, we have to prove that the business or person we are using was negligent, otherwise, we can’t recover. In slip and fall cases we have to prove exactly what caused you to fall, then we have to be able to prove that the landlord or manager created the problem, or knew about the problem, or that the problem was there for so long that they should have known about it and fixed it. We have to be able to prove one of those three things, or it’s impossible for us to win the case.

The next thing you should know, is that it’s okay if we’re aware of the problem that made you fall before you fell.

It’s very common for people in slip and fall cases to be aware of a problem on a property.Normally the law requires you to protect yourself against problems or dangers that you know about, but if the danger is hard to see, or it’s foreseeable to the landlord or owner that you will be distracted when you encounter the danger that we can still make a claim. And if a landlord or property owner allows a dangerous condition to remain in an area that allows access in and out of a building, then the law definitely allows you to recover. As you can see, analyzing these cases gets a little complicated, but the important thing to remember is that even if you were aware of the danger, the landlord or property owner still has a legal duty to you, and you still have a case.

The last thing I wanna talk to you about is related to the first two things, and that is: being certain of how you fell and what caused you to fall.

As you can probably tell from the first couple of things we talked about, slip and fall cases get really complicated very quickly.

Making sure that when you give a statement or a deposition you understand how to explain your fall, and are also aware of the traps that an insurance company lawyer lays for you when they take a statement, can mean the difference between winning and losing your case.

I always tell people, do not give a recorded statement to the landlord, their insurance company, or a lawyer on their behalf, until you’ve had an opportunity to speak with a lawyer of your own. Injury lawyers usually offer free consultations, and a good lawyer will talk to you for free, and give you their opinion on your case.

Handling a fall down case without a lawyer to help you is a mistake, because the cases are filled with landmines that can blow your case up.  Talk to a lawyer.  That’s my best advice if you were injured in a fall.

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Chicago Car Accident Lawyer – Car Accident Settlement Calculator

Chicago Car Accident Lawyer

In this video, car accident lawyer Scott DeSalvo tells you how to calculate the value of a car accident case.  While every case is different, and no video or article on the internet can substitute for the advice of a good lawyer, there are some things that lawyers look for in a car crash case that helps them have an idea of the relative strength of the case, and also, some ballpark idea of the value of a case.

The truth is that no injury lawyer can really tell you exactly what your case is worth until they have gotten all of your medical bills and records, reviewed them, and have done a full analysis of your car accident to determine what the approximate value it.  Sometimes, lawyers will try to ‘sell’ the injured person on case value to get them to sign their contract, but the truth is, you have to put in the work to really have a good estimate.

Complicating matters is the fact that sometimes, a really bad case turns into a very good one as the case is investigated and as treatment progresses.  And the opposite is true, as well.  Sometimes, a doctor gives bad testimony or doesn’t support a case, or a witness comes forward who really hurts your chances at trial.

But here are some guidelines that can help you understand how to evaluate whether your case is good or not.

In a car crash case, who is at fault and in what percentage is key to figuring out whether you have a good chance at recovery.  That’s because Illinois is a “Comparative Fault: State when it comes to personal injury cases.  That means that each person or entity (like a business) which has some responsibility is assigned a percentage of fault.  If the injured person is found to be more than 50% at fault, then they recover nothing at trial. Otherwise, all at-fault people or businesses are assigned a percentage of their fault from 100% to 0%, and the total has to add up to 100%.  If an injured person is found to be 400% at fault, then their award of damages is reduced by their percentage fault — i.s., 40%.  So you can see that knowing this information is pretty important.

The amount of medical bills and wage loss is very important as well.  The general rule is that the more medical bills, medical treatment and lost time from work, and the more permanent the injury, the more potential value the case has.  Everyone understands this.  Big cases are worth more, little cases, usually, are worthless.  if you break a bone or have surgery, that adds value.  That sort of treatment is expensive.  Also, long hospital stays can really be expensive, and we claim every penny of those charges in your personal injury case.

Finally, the nature and seriousness of the injuries is the last piece of the puzzle when determining case value in a car accident case.  It is easy to understand if you think about it.  If you recover from a sore neck, that may be a case that is worth some money.  But if God forbid, you end up with a bad neck for the rest of your life, a case like that HAS to be worth more money.  Finally, if your neck is ruined to the point that you need surgery and even after the surgery, you cannot work or run or exercise or go bowling, but instead, you are stuck at home or in a wheelchair or using a walker, that is devastating and can mean a large verdict or settlement.

Here is something to keep in mind:  I get calls from people who pretend that they do not have a lawyer, and they tell me about their case.  Then, at some point, they ask me what the case is worth.  I will always ask them how much are their medical bills total, and did they lose time from work.  Then, I always ask them whether they are still under the care of a doctor for the injuries they sustained in the car accident.  Any Chicago car accident lawyer worth his or her salt will ask very similar questions.  But then, when they finally tell me they have a lawyer, I immediately tell them that while I can provide general information, only their lawyer, who has access to the medical bills and records, can possibly analyze the case at the level it must be to give an injured person any sort of realistic understanding of the case strengths and weaknesses and what it might be worth at trial versus in settlement.  it is important to keep in mind the Settlement amounts can be less than trial amounts because you are buying certainty and a sure recovery because you never know what a Jury might do with a case.  So guaranteed money means possibly a little less than you might get a trial, but nothing at trial is guaranteed.

Give the video a watch.  It explains all of this in much more detail and might be able to answer some questions you have if you have been in a Chicago car accident.  I don’t’ want to make you read an entire book on this web page.  That’s why I do so many YouTube videos because it is easier to learn about personal injury lawyer by watching and listening than just reading.

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Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer – Proving Fault In An Injury Case

Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer – Proving Fault In An Injury Case

Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Tells How To Prove Fault In An Injury Case

Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Scott DeSalvo answers a client’s question about a personal injury.

The caller, Gloria, fell at a funeral home. Now she has doctor bills she cannot afford to pay as a result of her fall.

Our next question is from Gloria, who passed out and fell down at a funeral home.

We’re going to be answering her question, but remember, if you have a question you’d like to submit, you can submit the question by email to calls@desalvolaw.com. That’s calls@desalvolaw.com. Or if you’d prefer to call, you can call the number and leave your question at 888-HURT-318. 

Here’s Gloria’s question:

Gloria: Hi, this is Gloria. I was at a funeral, and all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain and I fell and had to be rushed to the hospital. Now I have hospital bills I cannot pay. Is there anything you can do for me?

Scott DeSalvo:  Thank you for the question, Gloria.

I’m sorry to hear that you got hurt.

In every kind of injury case, we have to prove that the other person or the company who we’re trying to sue did something wrong, and that what they did wrong caused your injury. Unfortunately, based on the information you gave me, it sounds like you were just at a funeral, you became lightheaded, and you passed out and fell down.

The question is, under that situation, who’s really at fault for causing you to pass out and fall down? It would be a completely different circumstance if you were walking and tripped on a loose stair or loose carpeting, but here you’re telling me that you got lightheaded and passed out all on your own.

Since, in every kind of case, we have to prove that somebody did something wrong, and what they did wrong caused your injury, I don’t think you have a case.

Now there’s a big exception to having to prove that somebody did something wrong which injured you. That exception is in workers’ compensation cases. In Workers’ Compensation cases in the State of Illinois, all we really have to do is prove that you were employed and doing your job when you got hurt.

In a Comp case, we don‘t have to prove that your employer did anything wrong. We don’t have to prove an unsafe condition. We don’t have to prove a dangerous work environment. All we have to do is prove that you were employed and you were hurt while on the job, and the case is actionable.

In every third party case, whether it’s a car crash, a fall down, any kind of injury case that goes to court not at the workers’ comp commission, we have to sue somebody who’s legally responsible for causing your injuries. I’m sorry I can’t help you on this one, but if you have more information and you want to call my office, by all means give me a call.

I would need more information to give you a definitive answer, and so I encourage you to talk to a lawyer who will collect all the details for you.  Even if you cannot sue, the funeral home might have what is called “Medical Payments Coverage” — that means that they will pay a certain amount in medical bills without proof of fault.  Call me or another lawyer to find out more.  Sometimes the news that I give clients, or potential clients, is not great news, but it’s better that you know the truth early on than have false hope for a case that we can’t recover on.

If you have more information, you can call me at 888-HURT-318, or you can contact me at calls@desalvolaw.com. For our viewers who are not Gloria, by all means, if you have a question, please send it to calls@desalvolaw.com.

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Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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