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Birth Injury Lawyer – Get Help and Answers Now

Birth Injury Lawyer – Get Help and Answers Now

Birth Injury Lawyer

Injury lawyer Scott DeSalvo can answer your questions if you have been struggling with a birth injury to a child in your life.

Consulting with a birth injury lawyer is free and no obligation and Mr. DeSalvo is available to speak with you at your convenience.

If you have questions or need more help, give me a call, toll-free, at 888-HURT-318 (888-487-8318). Free, no obligation consultation with a Chicago bicycle accident lawyer.

Or, you aren’t ready to talk to a lawyer, I have created a DVD Injury Video which you can get immediately delivered to your email. Same deal. Free, no obligation. Just click this link to get the Injury DVD and you will be taken to my website to give your name and email and I will email you the Injury DVD VIdeo:
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I truly hope this information helps you. Let me know if you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.

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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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Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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

Chicago Car Accident Lawyer – Get Help Now If You’ve Had A Car Accident

Chicago Car Accident Lawyer – Get Help Now If You’ve Had A Car Accident

Chicago Car Accident Lawyer

The above is a video I created several years ago, when I first got into video editing, trying to get some attention on the internet and to get some Chicago car accident cases.

Being an injury lawyer in Chicago is very competitive, and it becomes more competitive every year. I look back at some of these videos and honestly, I cringe a little bit.

No one teaches you how to get clients when you are a personal injury lawyer. You have to figure it out for yourself. And there is no shortage of Internet companies, billboard salesmen, radio and TV guys and even Yellow Pages and print media sales people, as well as marketin gurus, who all claim to have the magic formula,

What I have learned in my personal injury lawyer practice is that none of them have any answers other than “spend more money”.

So do I still advertise? Sure, my YouTube Channel has almost 200 informative videos explaining the injury process if you or a loved on has been hurt.  You can find my YouTube Channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/user/atlascott

I hope you enjoy the video, and if you’d like a free consultation, please give me a call at 888-HURT-318 (888-487-8318).  Thanks for watching, and take care.

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Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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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Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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

Chicago Bankruptcy Lawyer 866-493-6359

Chicago Bankruptcy Lawyer 866-493-6359

Chicago Bankruptcy Lawyer

If times are hard financially and you think you may be overwhelmed by debt, then maybe Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the option for you. A Chicago bankruptcy lawyer can help. This is the process of seeking the court’s help against adverse action by creditors. In the city of Chicago in Illinois, a Chicago bankruptcy lawyer can provide legal advice to the city’s residents on matters regarding debt management, bankruptcy and the options that clients have.

There various chapters of bankruptcy that a person can file under at the bankruptcy court. The most common of these are chapter 7 and chapter thirteen. Chapter seven allows you to “erase” your debt quickly and this is the option Attorney Scott DeSalvo tries to get to all of his bankruptcy clients. A good attorney is able to advise you on the most appropriate bankruptcy chapter to file under for the court’s protection, but Chapter 7 is very common and for many people, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is the way to go.

Bankruptcy lawyers and attorneys have adequate knowledge on matters to do with debt, debtors, law and all other related matters. Their knowledge is invaluable in assisting, guiding and advising their bankruptcy clients. A good attorney will also help protect you against adverse action being taken against you by your creditors. By law, creditors may seek the court’s assistance in recovering any money owed to them and the court will most likely grant that request. At other times, creditors may instruct a collection company to recover their debt and your assets, such as your house or car may be claimed. This underlines the importance of consulting Chicago bankruptcy attorneys. Chapter 7 bankruptcy stops the calls and collection actions dead in their tracks.

After consulting with an attorney, they will advise you if Chapter 7 bankruptcy is your best and only option. There are sometimes better solutions than filing for bankruptcy protection. If you are a fit candidate, the attorney will advise you on the most appropriate chapter under which to file for bankruptcy. There is normally some documentation that needs to be done and filing to be made at the law courts. It is also important that the correct forms are filled at the local courts.

Speedy action by a Chicago bankruptcy lawyer can save a client from adverse actions that may potentially be instigated by creditors. If the court approves of the application for protection and the bankruptcy act, then a plan of sorting out the debts owed to others will be agreed upon. This plan should be implemented in full. A Chicago bankruptcy lawyer will help ensure you get a good deal on your debts so you don’t lose your assets and can manage the repayments with time.

Get Your FREE Injury "Cheat Sheet"

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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                  

See More >

Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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

Dangerous Construction Injuries

Dangerous Construction Injuries

Injuries due to dangerous construction are some of the most serious injuries I see. That’s because construction involves heavy equipment, deep holes, dense construction materials, and great heights.

There are usually two kinds of dangerous construction cases that I handle. Those two kinds of cases are: (1) injured construction workers who are hurt on the job either by a dangerous condition or by negligent conduct by a co-worker or other contractor on the job site; or (2) ordinary citizens not involved in the construction who encounter a dangerous condition with little or no warning.

In the first kind of case, you have potentially to claims. You have a workers compensation claim against your employer any time you are injured on the job. This includes construction jobs where your hurt due to dangerous construction. And you also can sue whoever is responsible on the worksite for safety or for creating or maintaining the danger. That often means suing the other contractors on the worksite. That means you have to cases for one accident. This is very common.

A skilled personal injury lawyer who handles dangerous construction cases can position both the worker’s compensation case as well as the third-party construction case for the maximum value and the most money in your pocket. This often involves settling the worker’s comp case first and negotiating with the worker’s comp carrier. This is a good kind of case to have because both workers compensation and construction cases are the types of cases where laws were passed to protect the injured worker. That doesn’t mean they’re easy. It just means that if you hire a good lawyer with experience in cases like this you have a good chance of winning the case and making sure all of your medical is taken care of and getting a fair sum of money for your injuries.

The other kind of case involving dangerous construction that I handle involves private citizens and normal people who come across a dangerous construction situation. For example, if someone is working on the sidewalk and they dig a hole in the sidewalk and don’t warn of the hole on the sidewalk or do not cover up the hole, that can result in serious injuries.  Or you could be walking past the construction site and a crane could drop construction material or demolish the building could result in a piece of concrete flying and hitting you. Usually, construction companies are pretty careful about not hurting people but when they make a mistake, the stakes are high. Making mistakes here could kill someone or cripple them.

In cases like this, you can usually sue the owner of the property and all the companies or people involved in doing the repair. You’re not allowed to run a dangerous construction site, and no one is allowed to needlessly endanger the public doing a routine repair. But it does happen. Hiring a lawyer who knows what they’re doing in these kinds of cases is the smartest thing you can do. Too often, people figure those big companies will treat them fairly. But all of these kinds of injury claims are handled by insurance companies. Insurance companies just don’t care. All they care about is money, not you, and not ruining your life.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to dangerous construction, call me right away. You don’t have to hire me but I have a book and some personal advice for you that I offer free so that you’ll know what to do.

Get Your FREE Injury "Cheat Sheet"

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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                  

See More >

Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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

What is an Expedited Hearing in Workers Comp?

What is an Expedited Hearing in Workers Comp?

An expedited hearing on Workers Comp is a myth in my opinion. It doesn’t really happen.

Usually, when lawyers talk about expedited hearings and Workers Compensation cases they are talking about setting up the hearing as soon as they can to try and get your medical bills paid, a medical procedure preapproved, or to start getting you paid while you are off work (that’s called TTD).

Those are good goals. Injured workers need to be treated so they can get back to work as soon as possible. Injured workers can’t live with no income. And the Worker’s Compensation Act in Illinois provides that these are things that injured workers are entitled to. But more and more Workers Compensation insurance companies are discovering that they are getting away with cutting off benefits in the state of Illinois. Remember, insurance wants to make money by collecting premiums and refusing to pay bills.

So Workers Comp lawyer sets up an expedited hearing. But what does “expedited” mean?

If you look it up in the dictionary, expedited means something that’s rushed or done right away. But the way the Commission works, you are lucky if you get an expedited hearing in six weeks. Very rarely, you can get a hearing sooner than that. Sometimes it takes even longer.

I don’t know about you, but if I didn’t have any income in six weeks that would cause me a lot of stress. If I needed back surgery and was in daily pain and I had to wait six or eight weeks for an answer as to whether I could hear the surgery, I would not be happy. It isn’t fair. It defeats the purpose of the Worker’s Compensation Act in my opinion. You are to have an answer within a week or two on such questions as this.

But the Judges (called Arbitrators) over at the Commission deserve a vacation now and again. They have lots of cases on their calls. They only hear cases on scheduled dates every month. They have cases that go to trial, and hundreds of lawyers who want to talk to them. It is not an easy job. They can’t do everything. They are human beings who are doing their best. And the State of Illinois does not have enough money to hire more of them.

Just be aware that getting in front of an arbitrator on a request for Workers Comp expedited hearing pursuant to 19(b) or 8(a) is oftentimes not something that can happen right away. Don’t be so mad at your lawyer.

You should also be aware that sometimes the judge will convert the expedited hearing into a full hearing. If that happens, your case is going to trial and your lawyer has to have all his ducks in a row – all of your medical bills and records and oftentimes, a deposition of your main treating doctor. It can take a lot of time to organize all their trial material and to get a doctor’s deposition.

So keep in mind that even if you can get in front of the arbitrator, will your lawyer have had enough time to assemble and organize all the stuff he needs to win your case? Do you want an expedited hearing and then lose it? If it takes a couple extra weeks to get the case truly ready for trial, that is the better move rather than rushing to an expedited hearing where the judge will continue the hearing anyway because the doctor’s deposition is not okay.

Like so many things in life expedited hearings and Workers Compensation seem like they should happen right away and they should be simple. But nothing in the law is simple.

What is simple is that you deserve a lawyer who will explain the sorts of things to you and will talk to you on the telephone when you need answers. If you’ve been involved in a Workers Comp case and you need help right away, give me a call. I’d be happy to send you a copy of my DVD which explains your rights or to give you a free case evaluation, or both.

Get Your FREE Injury "Cheat Sheet"

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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                  

See More >

Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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

Car Accident Against Allstate

Car Accident Against Allstate

Car accident insurance companies like Allstate rarely treat injured people fairly. That’s true even when you are dealing with your own insurance company.

After several years of litigation, I recently took one of my client’s car accident case to the hearing and we just got the results. We ended up with a good amount of money for the client. But Allstate insurance company fought us tooth and nail every step of the way.

In our case, the car accident happened when the defendant made a left turn into my client’s car while she was driving with her two young daughters in the backseat. My client ended up with a herniated disc in her neck, a lot of therapy, and some permanent pain in her neck. This was not terrible, debilitating pain, but it made her everyday activities harder for her to do and with young kids in the house many of us know how an extra neck or back pain can make everyday activities something to address.

The young man driving the car had a very small insurance policy and we were able to collect that money. However, my client was insured with Allstate insurance company. They hired two separate doctors who never examined my client. These doctors looked at her medical records and said that she should have been in pain for a couple of weeks and otherwise, there was no reason for her complaints of pain from her car accident.

I think it is absolutely terrible for Allstate insurance company to hire two doctors to write reports calling their own insured (my client) a liar. What else would you call what they did? Their doctors said that my client should have sustained an injury of about four weeks from the car accident. They basically said that she was lying about her pain and problems.

But she continues to be in pain in her neck to this day. All of her doctors agree that her injuries were a result of the car accident. She was in active medical treatment for a year and a half. And she has permanent on and off nagging pain in her neck.

Allstate never offered a penny. They never even wanted to discuss settlement. I guess they decided that calling their own insured a liar and trying to do character assassination on her was a better move. Remember, this is a woman whose car and home are insured with Allstate. She sends them premiums every month for their insurance coverage. She was rewarded with insults and delay. They could have a made a fair offer in her car accident case. Instead, they forced us to try the case before an arbitration panel of three Judges.

Going to a hearing like that can be stressful. My client was nervous and she was afraid that we would not win. But I was confident and I pulled out all the stops to make sure the Arbitrators understood what was going on. The case was not easy and the facts were not perfect. It was a fight.

I am happy to say that we did recover pretty good money for her for her injuries. Nothing is going to erase the ongoing problems she has with her neck. But in this car accident case, we at least one a moral victory and put some money in her pocket.

If you need to speak with a car accident lawyer, give me a call at 312-895-0545.

Get Your FREE Injury "Cheat Sheet"

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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                  

See More >

Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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

Missing Work Because of a Car Crash

Missing Work Because of a Car Crash

If you have been involved in a car crash recently, you might be interested in speaking with a lawyer who handles personal injury cases. But, many people are hesitant to speak with a lawyer when they have a question because they aren’t sure that they really want to hire a lawyer, and they are afraid that the car crash lawyer they call will want to charge a fee or be angry if they aren’t ready to hire a lawyer.

Nothing could be further from the truth. I, like almost all lawyers, offer a free case evaluation. That means we can talk on the telephone or face to face about your questions and the details of your car accident and your injuries. There is never a charge for things like this. I talk to people all the time and answer their questions and there is never any problem or issue. The truth is, I am happy to help answer questions, and I even wrote a book and created a video DVD, which I offer for free to anyone who has been involved in an accident or has been injured, no matter how.

So, a common question is: what do you do if you have been injured in a car accident and you cannot work? Really, the question usually is “How can I keep paying my bills if I cannot go to work?”

In Workers’ Compensation cases, we can usually get TTD payments (Total Temporary Disability) weekly to keep money coming in.

But in car crash cases, there is no provision in the law for weekly or monthly payments to immediately replace a salary. Your options are making sure you are covered by a disability policy personally and/or at work, relying on savings and the help of your family, or as a last resort, considering a lawsuit loan.

I always caution my clients to consider their situation very carefully before taking out a lawsuit loan. those companies really help injured people who are in a very tough spot. But the cost of the loans is very expensive and the interest rates are high. And, there are some companies which are better than others, as far as rates and how easy it is for me to work with them at the end of your case. Lawsuit loan companies never loan money unless a reliable, well-known lawyer is involved in the case. This is because lawsuit loan companies want a case accepted by a lawyer to kind of guarantee that the case is okay.

If you have been involved in a car crash or any kind of injury, and you have questions, please feel free to give me a call. Or you can call my toll-free telephone number (1-888-HURT-318) to get a free copy of my informational DVD and book which explains your rights.

Get Your FREE Injury "Cheat Sheet"

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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                  

See More >

Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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

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.

Get Your FREE Injury "Cheat Sheet"

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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                  

See More >

Want The Injury "Cheat Sheet"?

Inside, You'll Discover How To:

  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • 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

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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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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