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When Do You Need A Work Related Injury Attorney?

When Do You Need a Work Related Injury Attorney?

Getting injured at work can be devastating for you and your family.

The emotional costs of these injuries can be hard enough to deal with. When you consider the potential financial costs, it can be extremely overwhelming. 

In these cases, a work related injury attorney may be able to help you get the compensation that you deserve to help your family overcome this hardship. 

Filing for worker’s compensation can result in a lot of negative pushback from employers and other employees. They could be upset that you are attempting to rock the boat. 

Employers are not always looking out for your best interests. So, you need to have somebody on your side if your compensation request goes awry. 

Here are some ways you can determine whether or not you need a work related injury attorney.

The Nature of the Injury

What were the circumstances that lead to your injury? This is an essential question asked in all personal injury cases. 

If your injury happened at your workplace, you may think you have a substantial claim. But you must be able to prove that your injury was a direct result of your employer’s negligence. 

For example, let’s say you became injured after falling in your company’s warehouse. In this case, you have to be able to prove that your injury was because your employer did or didn’t do something. 

Many cases have been won or lost based on this question. If you are in a public place and you slip and injure yourself because of standing water, you have a valid claim for compensation. 

But if there was a “caution” sign next to that standing water, then whoever owns that public place is not technically liable for your injury. 

That’s why you will see many disclaimers post all around work environments that some would consider dangerous. This is a huge part of what makes some compensation cases so complicated. 

Cases where the injury happened at an offsite location can be even trickier. Even if you are at a specific location for the purposes of your job and you get injured, you may not have a substantial case. However, there are instances where these cases were successful. 

Either way, the “how” is the most important part of building your compensation case. This is because the answer to that question will define who is to blame for your hardship. 

The Severity of the Injury

How serious is your injury?

This qiestion directly correlates with whether or not you need to employ a work related injury attorney. If your injury only requires a brief hospital visit or a simple outpatient procedure, it may not be in your financial interest to hire an attorney. 

But if your injury is more serious, there will be more costs associated with it. Additionally, you’ll be entitled to much more money.

For example, if you are severely disabled in some way because of employer negligence, there will be a lot to endure. These things can include surgery, lengthy hospital stays, and physical rehabilitation. 

These injuries can change a person’s life. They will need compensation to ensure that their affairs are being taken care of when they can’t control them. 

A work related injury attorney is often hired in cases where an employee will have to miss work and will not be able to be paid a livable wage for the length of recovery.

In these cases, an employee may be entitled to compensation. This compensation can cover medical costs, lost wages, and emotional damages associated with the injury. 

But sometimes, employers will not want take your injuries seriously. They will pressure you into downplaying your injury so they don’t have to pay you as much. 

Whether or Not Your Employer is Cooperating

Severe, permanent injuries warrant a serious payout. 

This is a major reason to employ a work related injury attorney. The problem is that there are employers out there who will seek to give you as little money as possible for your injury — even if they were indirectly responsible for it. 

It’s shameful, but a lot of employers just want to save their money. This is true even if it means putting your financial and emotional situation in turmoil. 

Insurance companies are sometimes just as guilty. Often, a representative will attempt to question the circumstances and severity of your injury. They will try to pay out less money than you deserve. 

Their job is to question the validity of your claims. However, this undermines the plight of workers who actually need compensation to survive. These workers are regularly not taken seriously. 

In times like these, you need someone who will fight for you and speak up for you and your family. A lawyer can work as your spokesperson. 

An attorney can also negotiate a settlement for you. Settlement payouts can sometimes be in the millions. They can go a long way to ensure you and your family’s security. 

Sometimes, your injury at work is caused by a chronic hazard at your job, such as asbestos. In this case, a lawyer can contact other plaintiffs and help build a class action lawsuit against your company. This way, nobody else will be hurt by their negligence. 

Ready To Hire A Work Related Injury Attorney?

Remember, it’s crucial that you make the decision to contact an attorney before too much time has passed.

The longer you wait, the less that will be covered by your employer’s insurance. You will have to shoulder most of the cost out of pocket.  The time limit to file a worker’s compensation lawsuit varies per state. So, make sure you are aware of the restrictions. 

Hiring a work related injury attorney is the first step to justice. Your injury was not your fault. You shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of all of the expenses associated with your injury. 

Consider employing a work related injury attorney that has experiences dealing with cases like yours. 

Contact us for a free case evaluation and to get closer to receiving the emotional and financial support you need. 

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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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Have You Been Hurt In A CTA Bus Crash? Here’s What To Do.

Hurt In a CTA Bus Crash?

Here’s What To Do.

Reports show that you are not alone and that there are a lot of reasons for the crashes that CTA should be working harder to fix. But they do not.

According to records and interviews conducted by the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, there have been 5 people killed and over 1000 injured in CTA caused crashes.

That is only from a CTA bus crash, not all the other ways people can be hurt on the CTA. Like being hurt on a train, for example. And these are just the ones which have been reported.   These crashes have cost taxpayers over $16 million dollars over the same 2-year period.

You see, the CTA only has to report the crash to the Federal government if there is a death, a hospital trip, or property damage of more than $25,000.00. These figures do not even factor in how many minor injuries have occurred that were not required to be reported.

I’ll be honest: I am often a critic of the Sun-Times because their paper is often fluff. But in this case, their investigation is a good service to the people of the City of Chicago and anyone who rides the CTA.  

In the last 2 years, more than half of the injured people were passengers of the CTA. They were hurt by negligent driving by a CTA bus driver.

The remaining injured people were the bus drivers themselves (around 250); other drivers (about 200); and pedestrians (55) and bicyclists (20).   

That is a lot of people being injured in a lot of different ways. Of course, speaking with a lawyer who is in possession of the actual details of the case is the only way to really know whether you have a chance at recovery in any kind of injury case.

That includes when you got hurt on the CTA. I am going to explain a little about the injury claims process that the Chicago Transit Authority has.

You see, CTA bus drivers, train operators and even supervisors who are called to the scene of a crash or an injury will often give you a claims number. This is so that you can call the CTA and open an injury claim. I have been an injury lawyer for almost 20 years.  

Do you know how many times I have heard of an injured person actually being paid anything for their injuries or getting the medical bills paid by making an injury claim through the CTA? Never. Not once in almost 20 years.

I think that the CTA claims process is false. It is a farce. ​

It is designed to get injured people to give the CTA information about you, your injuries and your medical treatment. They do this NOT to evaluate your claim for purposes of settling.

Instead, they do it, I believe, SOLELY for the purpose of finding weaknesses in your case. They hand out witness cards to other people on the bus. However, they do it to find a way to contest your injury case.  

CTA lawyers will ask to take a recorded statement from you. But it is mainly to figure out a way to poke holes in your case and get you to say things that you do not even realize hurt your case.  

That’s why talking to a lawyer who knows what to do when you get hurt on the CTA is the key to improving your chances to win fair compensation for your injuries.

They have lawyers and you deserve the advice of a lawyer, too. Why should they get legal advice and you have to go in ‘blind,’ not knowing what they are really doing? Consult with a lawyer and level the playing field.

Every case is different and there are wrinkles to the facts of your case that make it somewhat unique. One simple fact and knowing how to mitigate it if it is a bad one can mean the difference between a good outcome or having your case thrown out of Court.  

We deserve to be warned of the dangers of riding the CTA and the preventable injuries that its negligence causes. If you want to learn more, you can read more about the article here.

What Should YOU Do If Hurt In A CTA Bus Crash?

The first thing you should do is assess yourself. Are you in pain? Can you walk or move? If you are able, ask for help or assist others who are hurt.

Next, make sure that the CTA bus driver calls in the crash and makes a report.   

What Should YOU Do If Hurt In A CTA Bus Crash?

The first thing you should do is assess yourself. Are you in pain? Can you walk or move? If you are able, ask for help or assist others who are hurt.

Next, make sure that the CTA bus driver calls in the crash and makes a report.   

I have talked to many people who get hurt on the CTA and sometimes, bus drivers do not want to make a report. Then, the CTA can later claim that the injury never happened. Make sure to report it and make sure CTA does a report of injury as well.

The third thing you have to do is see a doctor right away. You do not want to wait weeks or months and there are two reasons for that. First, there are no medical injuries that get better faster without medical care.

You may think your problem is a minor sprain, but it may be something more serious. Second, delays in medical treatment make Juries suspicious that you were not really hurt. When in doubt, go get checked out.   

But obviously, if you are okay and in no pain and no pain develops in the days or weeks ahead, do not go to the doctor for no reason. Another thing to think about is whether you know anyone who saw the CTA bus crash or whether you can get photos of the scene.

These days, almost everyone carries a cell phone that is capable of taking really good photos.   I know it is hard to think to do that, but it is important. Finally, DO NOT try to handle the case yourself. Years ago, the CTA would occasionally settle cases.  

That has more or less disappeared. They now only settle slam dunk cases and they are experts at interviewing unrepresented injured people and poking holes in their case.

Are There Differences In CTA Bus Crash Cases?

The answer to that question is “Yes”. Of course, the basics of a crash that happened on the roads of Chicago are the same whether we are talking about a car crash or an injury on the CTA.

But there are differences. The first is that there is a ONE YEAR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS. That means that you have one year from the date of your crash to file a lawsuit. This confuses some people because most injury cases involve a 2-year deadline.   

Since the CTA is a part of the City of Chicago, it benefits from the one-year deadline which most municipalities enjoy. Miss the date and your case is over.Another thing to keep in mind is that having a clear diagnosis from your doctor for an injury that is clearly related to the crash makes the case easier to settle.This will give us fewer problems if we have to take the CTA to trial to win your case.

Believe it or not, I have several clients where the Hospital or the follow-up doctor makes medical notes in the patient’s medical records and it described how the injury occurred incorrectly.

For example, I represented a lady who had a car accident and was taken to the Emergency Room by ambulance. However, the ER nurse wrote down that my client hurt her knee in a fall.   

Obviously, that was wrong, but Defendants in these cases will try to confuse the Jury and defend that case however they can. It isn’t always honest or fair. Their job is to save money and they have to give you nothing and defeat your claim to do that. And believe me, they will.

That’s why I believe that the most important thing any injured person could do is hire an experienced lawyer for CTA injury. One who is also courteous and easy to talk to. Sometimes, these cases go on for many years and it is a mistake to hire a mean lawyer who acts like you are bothering him when you have a question.

As much as it is unpleasant to think about calling a lawyer, not all lawyers are jerks. Many of us a very nice people and will spend some time with you on the telephone so you can explain what happened and what your concerns are.

If you have a lawyer who is a jerk, say goodbye and call another one. Find a lawyer who is courteous and knowledgeable about how to handle such cases. That’s why most good injury lawyers offer a free consultation in person or over the telephone.  

You can learn a lot from one of these free consultations. They cost you nothing, but what you might learn could win your case, or prevent you from losing it.

Like many injury lawyers, I offer a free consultation through my telephone line as well. You can call 24 hours a day and every day of the year, so answers are just a call away whenever you want to call.

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

7 Smart Tips from Personal Injury Attorneys in Chicago

7 Smart Tips from Personal Injury Attorneys in Chicago

Injured man consulting an attorney about a lawsuit.

You’ve just been injured in a car accident. Left leg was broken. Index finger on your right hand crushed. Left thigh burned to the third degree.

You know you’re entitled to financial compensation due to the negligence of the other driver, but you’re not sure how to go about getting it.  

So where do you turn? The good news is that persoanl injury lawyers are available to help.

Let's take a look at 7 smart tips on how you can successfully naviagte your claim with the best personal injury attorneys Chicago has to offer.

1. File a Police Report ASAP

Remember, if it’s not documented, it didn’t happen, at least according to the courts. Unless you have what happened in writing, anyone can say anything during a personal injury case.

Be sure to include as much relevant information as possible, including the:

  • Full names of every person involved
  • Contact information for every person involved
  • Facts as you know them to be
  • Make and model of the other vehicle if in an auto accident
  • Location and time of the accident
  • Machinery, objects or anything else involved in the accident if not an auto accident

It’s a good idea to write down as much information as possible before filing the police report.

2. Collect Evidence

Every little piece of evidence you can gather for your case can have a significant impact and adds credibility. Your personal injury lawyer can help you with this.

When you’re searching for “personal injury attorneys Chicago,” you’ll want to read the testimonials. Once you’ve established that you’ve chosen a reputable lawyer, he or she can help you know what type of evidence is most important to your case.

Keep in mind that lawyers can get sued, too. So, you’ll want to make sure that the information you’re giving your attorney is accurate, complete, and provided to the best of your ability.

3. Speak Mindfully

During a personal injury court battle, less is more. Make it a point to only speak with your attorney in the privacy of his or her own office.

You’re entitled to your privacy, and the details are no one’s business but yours and whomever you choose to share them with.

Avoid speaking about your case to family, friends, and especially strangers. Though it may seem as if your words are safe when you’re chatting with the grocer, beware. Even the walls can have ears.

Remember that “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” Keep your confidential information confidential.

4. Take Responsibility For Your Emotions and Reactions

After you’ve sustained a personal injury, all sorts of emotions may come up: anger, grief, fear, sadness, resentment, betrayal. And these are all valid and completely understandable.

But don’t forget these are your emotions, and you can choose how to respond to the situation when they arise.

Pursuing a personal injury claim is about receiving what you’re due in compensation for the physical, financial, psychological and employment consequences you endured. This is not about revenge. It’s only about justice.

So, even though it may be tempting to shout at or curse the person who harmed you, keep your emotions in check. Speak respectfully to all parties involved in your case, resting in the knowledge that justice will be served.

5. Stand Your Ground with Your Insurance Company

It’s natural for your insurance company to offer you the lower financial compensation that you deserve during your first attempt to contact them. They’re trying to save money and will agree to the lowest you will allow. This is normal operating procedures for insurance companies.

While you do want to be reasonable, you don’t want to sacrifice what you’re entitled to. Their inability or unwillingness to see the extent of your personal injuries does not have to determine how much you settle for.

Contact them a third or fourth time if needed. It’s normal for there to be several offers and counter-offers before reaching an agreement.

Comprise where you can to show them that you know what you’re worth and you’re willing to be open and reasonable. But also know when not to budge. This is where a personal injury attorney can help tremendously.

6. Social Media Can Be Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy

Many of us enjoy our daily romp down the Twitter page or our hourly browsing of Facebook pictures.

Social media is connecting, entertaining, and just plain fun.

But it’s important to remember that all this can change during a personal injury claims battle. Every status you post, every picture you take, every comment you give — all of it can potentially be used against you and hurt your personal injury claim.

From that picture of you throwing a ball to your 2-year-old cousin to that status about the great time you had a party the night before, you can greatly affect the outcome of your settlement.

These pictures and statuses can be used to demonstrate that you’re not really that hurt, or that you haven’t really suffered that much.

A good rule of thumb is to take a break from social media altogether during the personal injury claim process. It may just be worth the withdrawals you go through.

7. Hire a Good Personal Injury Lawyer

This may be a given, but it bears repeating. A good personal injury attorney can fight the battles that would only give you additional headaches and stress.

You’ll want to either fully research “personal injury attorneys Chicago” or get a very good recommendation from a trusted source.

The nice thing about having a lawyer is that they often fight these types of battles for you to get you the greatest financial compensation possible.

The next time you’re searching for “personal injury attorneys Chicago,” remember these seven tips.

The Best Personal Injury Attorneys Chicago Can Provide

You don’t want to cheat anyone. You just want to receive what you’re entitled to.

When you’re looking for personal injury attorneys, look no further than DeSalvo Law.

We’ll work with you to make sure you receive what you’re due, and we’ll be there for every step of the journey.

Contact us for more information and let us lead the way!

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

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Chicago Accident Lawyers

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Chicago Accident Lawyers

In the state of Illinois, about 800 car accidents occur every day. Which means, Chicago accident lawyers definitely have their work cut out for them.

If you are unfortunate enough to get caught up in one of these all too common collisions, you may be feeling a little bewildered about what to do next.

Medical bills may have started coming in the door and repairs need to be done on your vehicle. Perhaps you even had to miss work, and now the rent is due. As the pressures mount, you should seek out Chicago accident lawyers for counsel.

They will be able to negotiate the settlement that you need so that you can get the help you deserve to get back on your feet after an accident.

But choosing from the many options you have for attorneys is sometimes trying, there are just so many. And if you have never required the services of Chicago accident lawyers, it can even be hard just to know what to look for.

So that you can better understand each candidate, we have devised a series of questions meant to reveal all the most important aspects to be considered when choosing a lawyer.

1. How Long Have You Been in Practice?

You may not consider the length of time in practice to be the most paramount factor when you select from your choices of Chicago accident lawyers.

However, that number will tell you so much.

By knowing how many years someone has been in practice, you can better assess their abilities because you know that many have come before you and chosen them as well.

You will want to ask how long they have practiced this particular type of law, and what their success rate has looked like.

2. Do You Solely Represent Car Accident Victims?

Knowing what other types of cases your firm represents can help give you an idea of what kind of lawyer they are. Finding one that takes a real interest in auto injury cases is very important. The last thing you want is for your case to become an afterthought or an experiment.

Finding one who takes a real interest in auto injury cases is crucial. The last thing you want is for your case to become an afterthought or an experiment.

3. What Is Your Assessment of My Case?

Your personal injury attorney should be able to tell you realistically what kind of financial settlement you may receive. They will be able to break down the factors that are working in your favor, and those working against you.

4. Is It Likely That We Will Have to Go to Trial?

Sometimes cases can be settled without the expense of a trial. Asking Chicago accident lawyers whether they think your case will be settled outside of court can be a good way to set your expectations.

5. About How Long Will It Take for My Case to Wrap-up?

These kinds of cases all take different amounts of time based on the schedules of everyone involved, including the court system.

It can seem at times like it just keeps being dragged out.

By asking up front about similar cases time frames, you can set an expectation for your own. This can help you to know what money you will need to come up with before any settlement you might receive comes through.

6. How Would You Describe Your Approach to These Cases?

Based on personality and experience, every lawyer will approach a case differently. They have seen this all before, even though it may still be a little raw and shocking to you.

Some of them will want to get the case moving immediately, others will want to gather more background information, and still, more will instruct you that your best option is an immediate settlement.

When you are hiring someone to represent your interest, knowing how they plan to approach the problem can help you be sure that they will act in the way you want.

7. Who Will be Managing My Case?

Every law firm has attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, assistant attorneys, and secretaries. Each member of the team needs to be effective for your case to be successful.

You will want to find out exactly who will be managing your case, and how much access you will have to them, as well as the rest of the team.

8. Will I Receive Any Progress Reports?

Depending on how busy a law office is, how much support staff they have, and how active your case is, you may want to receive progress reports on some kind of regular basis.

Not all practices will provide you with them, however. It takes a lot of time for someone to prepare a progress report and many lawyers that work with a smaller team simply won’t have time.

If you’re paying a certain amount a minute for any conversation you have with your lawyer, and you’re not getting a progress report, it can be a bit disconcerting. This is why it is so important that you ask thorough questions right at the start of your case.

9. What Is Your Hourly Rate?

There are a few ways costs might be managed when you pay your lawyer, but the most common is an hourly rate.

The hour is divided into tenths, meaning many lawyers are really charging you a price for every six minutes of their time.

10. What Fees Will be Taken Out of My Settlement?

Besides simply paying for the attorney’s time, there may be other fees. Some practices ask to work on contingency, or for a retainer fee.

You should find out what these costs are, and know if you will need to pay them back should your case not be successful.

If the costs are very concerning to you, ask them for a print out of the expenses for past cases similar to yours. Although no two cases are completely the same, knowing what those that came before you paid can give you some confidence that you are making the right decision.

Finding Chicago Accident Lawyers

When you are looking for the right representation for your case, experience and knowledge of the system are the most important factors to consider.

If you are in Chicago and are looking for a personal injury attorney, contact us at the law office of Scott D. DeSalvo. We have answers to many of these imperative questions available right on our website.

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 Choose the Best Chicago Law Firms After Your Car Accident

How to Choose the Best Chicago Law Firms After Your Car Accident

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Traffic accidents are surprisingly common in Chicago.

People need to do whatever they can to protect themselves legally after an accident.

Having witnesses and dash cam footage can do a lot to help your case, but if you want to win you need to have stellar legal representation.

There are a lot of Chicago law firms to choose from, but you want to make sure you get the best firm for your case.

Do you want to know what you need to do to choose an awesome firm?

Read on to learn more.

Picking The Best Chicago Law Firms

When there are hundreds of firms to choose from, picking the right one can seem like a daunting task.

Don't bother sifting through endless Google search results to find your firm. If you want to get a good lawyer backed by a reputable firm, there are few simple things you need to do.

Know Their Specialty

If you want to get good representation, you're going to want to look at Chicago law firms that specialize in your case matter. You'll need someone that knows how to handle insurance agencies and local law enforcement.

If you were hurt in the accident, you'll want someone that handles personal injury claims. You'll also want to be represented by someone that has a history of handling car accidents.

The combination of these two specialties could give you the best outcome.

Consider Case Type

Are you looking for a lawyer that can have your case resolved after a few phone calls and a meeting? Or do you want to have your day in court and need someone that can bring cases to trial?

Nobody can predict how a case will play out in the long run, but choosing Chicago law firms that handle your ideal case is preferred.

Take time to think about how you'd want your case to go. If you suspect that you'd fare better in front of a judge, you're going to want to go with a firm that has a solid history of bringing cases to trial.

If you were involved in a relatively minor accident, you won't need a firm that can last days in a courtroom.

Look for a firm that can handle small cases and get you in and out of court in no time.

Think About Your Ideal Outcome

Take time to think about the true reasons why you're looking for Chicago law firms to help represent your case.

Do you want to lessen the amount of points on your license, or possible mitigate damage to your driving record?

Are you looking for compensation for your car? Do you need money to help pay medical bills or lost wages?

Thinking about your ideal outcome can make it easier to choose representation. You should go with a firm that's known for getting the results that you want.

If you're looking for help with medical bills and other compensation, you'll want a lawyer that specializes in personal injury cases. If you're more concerned about your driving record, one that exclusively deals with auto accidents is best for you.

Ask The Right Questions

When you start making calls and having meetings, asking the right questions are important. It'll help you gauge expertise and see if they're the right fit for your case.

Feel free to ask whatever you want, but during that first official meeting make sure you cover these key topics:

  • How much expertise do they have with auto accidents and personal injuries
  • How they plan on keeping you up to date on news about your case
  • Their strategy for handling your case
  • What your role in the case will be and what you need to do
  • Payment methods and plans

After you have the answers to those questions, feel free to ask others. Don't be shy or worry about whether or not you're asking the right questions, just make sure you get the answers you need.

Feel free to ask them how many cases they've won, if they have any advice for you that could help your situation, or even where they went to law school.

Once you have your answers, you can better see which Chicago law firms will be best for your case.

Read Reviews

There are reviews for everything now, and lawyers and law firms are no exception. Before you make a decision, take some time to read their online reviews.

Past client reviews can tell you some important things about a firm or a lawyer you may not get in a face to face meeting. If you read between the lines on some reviews, you can learn a lot about how you'll be treated.

Have past clients complained about not getting enough face time with their lawyer? Do they mention feeling like the entire experience was impersonal?

That could be a sign that you're dealing with a firm that has too many clients to handle. Their heavy caseload may mean that you and your case won't get the attention you deserve.

Also, pay attention to personality and demeanor when you read reviews. If people describe the lawyers as aloof, distracted, or too "intense", you may not enjoy working with them.

Don't Judge Prices

Price is going to be a big factor when you start to look at Chicago law firms. Some will be more expensive than others, but don't assume that a high price tag means the best representation.

A high price tag doesn't necessarily mean that a firm is good, and a low price doesn't mean that it's bad or inexperienced.

Spend more time thinking about the points and topics we covered in the post. They'll do a much better job of helping you find the best firm for your case than an hourly fee ever will.

Next Steps

There are a lot of Chicago law firms in the city, but you'll need to pick one that can handle your case. If you ask the right questions and do research on your own, choosing the right firm will be easy.

Now that you know what it takes to find the best law firm for handling car accidents, it's time to give us a call.

Contact us so we can help you.

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In a Car Accident? What You Need To Know.

In a Car Accident? What You Need To Know.

There are thousands of people hurt in car accidents in Illinois every year.  And more than 900 are killed in a car accident every year.  About half of these car accidents happen in Cook County, Illinois.

So what should YOU do if you or a loved one has been in a car crash?

1.  Take a deep breath and gather yourself.  Different people react differently when they have been involved in a car accident.  I have had clients who are light-headed, and so shaken up that they should remain seated.  Sometimes, an injury is immediately obvious.  Almost everyone has a strong emotional reaction to fear and shock of being in a car crash.

2.  Make sure everyone is safe and not in any danger.  This could include someone being trapped in a car which was involved in a car accident, or it could be that people are walking around the scene of the crash, and there may be more traffic approaching, making the area unsafe.

3.  Contact police and ambulance.

4. If you are able, collect the name and telephone numbers of any witnesses.  You would not believe how car insurance companies will deny that their insured is responsible for a crash, even in the most ridiculous of circumstances.  Getting witnesses after a car accident has got to be a high priority, especially if anyone was seriously injured in the car accident.

5.  Make sure to get the insurance information from the other drivers and a police report or at least the police report number from the reporting police department.

6.  If you are hurt, make sure that you are at least checked out by medical professionals after being involved in a car accident.  You would not believe the number of people who do not like going to the doctor, so they put off getting medical help after being in a car accident.  This is a big mistake.  Insurance companies love being able to argue that “If he was really hurt, he would have gone to the doctor…”  In most circumstances, it is best if you see a doctor right away, but a short delay is okay.  Many of my clients actually feel worse over the next several days after being in a car accident than they did on the day of the crash.  This is very common.  DO NOT avoid medical care.  You get one body in this life, and whether you have a case or not, your health has got to be your top priority.

7.  Consider speaking with a lawyer, especially if there is an injury.  Insurance companies treat people more fairly for car damage repair than they do for personal injury after being in a car accident.  If you talk to anyone in the business, there can be a very little question that insurance companies are waging an all-out war against injury claims.  Many of my clients get treated fairly when it comes to repairing their vehicle, only to have the auto insurance company change their tactics when it comes time to discuss a reasonable settlement.   Like most injury lawyers, I offer a free case evaluation, so talking to me in person or by telephone is no cost and no obligation.  Studies show that injured people recover three times as much with a lawyer in an injury claim as compared to not using a lawyer.

8.  DO NOT agree to let the auto insurance pay your medical bills as they are incurred.  Once your bills are settled, the auto insurance company no longer has any incentive to pay you a fair settlement, because you are not allowed to the Judge and Jury about bills they paid.  This is actually a sneaky maneuver by many insurance companies — once they pay your medical bills, they offer you nothing for your injuries after a car accident.

I hope that these guidelines are helpful to you, but they can never take the place of the help of an experienced lawyer who knows what to do when a client has been in a car accident.   If you have any questions or need help or representation, please give my office a call at 312-895-0545 and I would be happy to speak with you.

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Can You Sue If You Slip and Fall at Work?

Can You Sue If You Slip and Fall at Work?

Taking the wrong turn and falling down happens sometimes. But what if it occurs at work?

This leaves you injured, unable to work, and out of money. What do you do if you experience a slip and fall at work?

Although worker’s compensation kicks in for many folks, what if it doesn’t? Or what if you believe the accident was the fault of your employer, and shouldn’t have occurred to begin with?

Here’s everything to know about when you can sue if you are the victim of an accident at work that involves slipping and falling.

Prove That Someone Else is Liable for the Accident

When dealing with a slip and fall at work, it’s important to understand that for you to sue your employer, you need to show they were liable for the accident.

Proving fault isn’t simple as an accident occurs. You must make the claim that the employer either ignored or didn’t take action quickly enough to correct a problem.

An ideal example of this is a huge puddle of water that was left standing. You come into work and don’t see the puddle, causing you to slip and fall.

If your employer wasn’t in the act of getting a mop or attempting to clean up the mess or even show there was a mess present (such as with signs) this presents a problem. Another example would be the workplace not training new employees in proper safety measures.

These are examples showing that there is a lack of concern and you are not the one at fault. Make sure you’re aware of what workplace conditions are present, so you have an accurate picture of what you’re dealing with.

Show That Conditions Existed Causing You to Slip and Fall at Work

When proving an accident at work, it’s important to understand the difference between the employer not doing their job and cleaning up, and being careless and not paying attention. When suing someone, the burden of proof remains on you to show that you weren’t at fault for what occurred.

If you don’t look where you’re going, ignore signs that are clearly up around a wet or damaged area noting it is dangerous, or simply didn’t see someone who was working on the area, this creates an issue. It’s important to show that none of these things were present when your accident happened.

When understanding slip and fall injuries at work, here are certain factors that contribute to them:

  • Ice
  • Lubricants on the floor or ground
  • Water
  • Wires, cables, or other cord-like items across the floor that lead to tripping

Keep in mind other factors such as if you:

  • Have a disability, and use a cane, crutches, or another type of walking aid
  • If you were carrying several items at once and weren’t able to see what caused your accident
  • There were signs up that you missed
  • You were in an area that transitioned from one surface to another (carpet to floor)

Being aware of your surroundings and what caused you to have a problem is crucial to your case. You’ll need to give your lawyer complete information when you file a slip and fall at work suit against your company.

Show The Accident Wasn’t Created by You

Certain accidents, especially those caused by you, cannot be used when suing for slip and fall. This is because you are the one responsible for what caused the accident.

Let’s you start mopping and get called away to do something else without putting up signs alerting others to a wet floor, and you come back and slip. The fault becomes yours since you were responsible for addressing what caused the slip to begin with.

Proving fault in a slip and fall lawsuit is difficult for some folks. This is true for those that played a role in creating the conditions that lead to the accident.

Some examples of problems that weren’t created by you are:

  • Long-time hazards that the company knew about but did not fix
  • No signage up that would make employees aware of the problem
  • The problem was created by someone other than the employee
  • The problem occurred before the employee arrived to work

You’ll also need to show that there was no reasonable understanding of the problem or condition. For example, someone who saw signs up about slippery surfaces would infer not to walk quickly in that area.

When pursuing a slip and fall at work, documentation is one of the most important things. This helps your attorney build a strong case, and show how the manager or owner left the area in a state of neglect.

Make a note of:

  • Where the accident occurred
  • How long it had been in this condition
  • What happened to you
  • Any diagnoses from a doctor you saw related to this accident
  • Any witnesses who will come forward with the accident

The more you can prove you weren’t at fault for what occurred, you’re likely to win a slip and fall case against the company and your employer.

Let Us Help You

Taking your employer to court over a slip and fall at work is intimidating. You don’t want to lose your job, but you aren’t comfortable or safe with a company that permits bad conditions.

Contact us, and see how we help build your case. Together, we help you work toward a solution that involves safety and gives offers financial help for the pain and suffering endured.

We will help you find a solution to your problems and ensure no one else’s safety gets put in jeopardy by the company. Get started and reach out to our offices today.

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CTA Accident Claims and CTA Injury Cases

CTA Accident Claims and CTA Injury Cases

What You Need To Know If You Were Injured on the CTA

A lot of people get hurt on the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) buses and trains. The CTA operates buses and trains that transport millions of people every year. Some of their drivers and train operators are great and skilled.

Many of them are not very bright and are not very diligent at their jobs. A lot of them are just waiting for retirement and couldn’t really care much less about the safety of their passengers.   Many of them are angry at cutbacks and staff reductions and they end up taking it out on the CTA passenger by acting with less care and safety than they should.

hurt on ctaAt least 6 times per year, I am contacted by someone who is hurt by bad driving or other bad conduct by a CTA employee.  

This includes pumping the brakes on a crowded bus, causing people to fall, or hitting the brakes hard for no reason, or a bus driver not paying attention and closing the pneumatic power bus doors on a person who is entering or exiting the bus. Or even falling in a train station or “El” platform.

Usually, the injured person doesn’t want to make a big deal about their injury. Maybe they call the CTA to try to resolve the case themselves. When you do, they get a big surprise.

See, the CTA, years ago, would settle small cases and cases they know are valid. Those days are gone. These days, CTA buses and trains all have video cameras that take pictures inside the bus AND outside the bus.  

And when the CTA is helped by the video, showing a very minor incident or if the accident did not happen the way the injured person says it did, they tend to have access to the video. They use the video very persuasively in their defense of the CTA injury case.

But I have seen a disturbing trend where, in major cases and in cases where I have a number of witnesses to the negligence of a CTA employee, suddenly the video ‘goes missing’ or there was a ‘camera malfunction.’  

Very convenient for the CTA and their defense of a case where someone is hurt on a CTA bus or train. It used to be that there was a 6 month deadline to file a Statutory Notice, notifying the CTA of the facts of the injury, but that law has been repealed.  

But you STILL only have one year from the date of an injury to file a lawsuit. YES, the Statute of Limitations is usually 2 years in many types of injury cases…

BUT THE CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY HAS MORE PROTECTION AGAINST LAWSUITS BECAUSE IT IS ONLY ONE YEAR!

Armed with video, the CTA rarely or never settles these cases and that means that the smartest thing you should do if you get hurt on the CTA is to call a lawyer right away.

Unfortunately, some personal injury lawyers in Chicago so not even want to handle cases against the CTA, because they know they do not settle and they have to go to trial. However, some do, like yours truly…

At least twice a year, I am forced to give the bad news to someone who has been wrongfully hurt by the CTA. Because they did not contact a lawyer or file the lawsuit within one year, their case is over and nothing can be done.

That is why I always encourage people to contact a personal injury attorney in Chicago if they have been injured.

Although these requirements that apply to the CTA in personal injury claims are the worst (cases against the City of Chicago also have a one year deadline), there are all sorts of variations and exceptions in the Statutes of Limitations in all sorts of different cases.

Only qualified attorneys have the training and experience to evaluate your personal injury case and let you know whether you still have time to file a personal injury lawsuit in your injury case.Neck Injury

CTA lawyers fight all of these cases, even when they know that they should settle. That’s because the CTA lawyers are employees, and executives at the CTA in the city of Chicago decide policy.

They have decided that they will save more money by fighting in cases where they should pay. Many of the lawyers who work for the CTA have been there for years. That means that they have defended the same kind of case, over and over.  They get really, really good at it.

Imagine if you only did one kind of job…over and over. After a while, you’d get pretty good at it.  Because you’d have 20 or more years of experience doing that one thing. These TA lawyers are smart cookies with lots of experience.  

You’d better hire a lawyer who is willing to take your case ‘all the way’ if that’s what it takes to get the job done. I do not mean to discourage you. I have had success with CTA cases.

Many of the best cases I have had involving an injury on the CTA came from people who ALMOST didn’t call me. Then, it turns out that I was able to develop evidence and information that made their case very strong.  

Many times, we do not know unless we put in a bit of time and money and effort into seeing just how strong we can make your case. Besides, injury lawyers offer free consultations, so it costs you nothing.

What You Need To Know If You Were Injured on the CTA

Budget cutbacks and poor use of the money they get from taxes means that CTA management has reduced the safety of the entire CTA system over the years.

Reducing staff, most notably the number train conductors on a train, the number of staff at train stations and the number of bus drivers has resulted in a major transit system that has become substantially less safe. All the while, the cost to ride the bus or train continues to go up.   

As citizens and taxpayers, we shouldn’t stand for it. We should demand care for our safety and a reasonably safe ride for the cost of our fare and tax dollars.

What a lot of people don’t realize is that the CTA is what is called a “common carrier” – meaning that normal people place their safety in the CTA’s hands every day.

Because this is the case, the CTA is supposed to exercise the ‘highest degree of care’ for the safety of its passengers. But often times, they don’t. There can never be any reasonable excuse for this.  

But rather than giving any sort of reasonable excuse, the CTA tries to cover up wrongdoing, pretend that it is no big deal. They defend cases even when they know that there were wrongdoings and violations of even their own internal safety policy.

CTA never settles the case before filing a lawsuit — almost never. I get contacted by lots of people who get a phone call from the CTA about their CTA accident claims. CTA collects a lot of information from the injured person.

Sometimes, they even take a recorded statement from the person. I always tell my clients never to do that, but people do it before they call me. In my opinion, that is always a mistake. The people who call me tell me that they think the CTA is getting ready to settle their case.   

I promise you, they are not. They are creating a defense to your case from the minute they pick up the phone with you. They act helpful and friendly, but they don’t settle cases anymore.

They are being nice to you so that you will give them information to beat you if your case goes to court.

I have what I think is a unique way of handling CTA cases and I am able to settle some of them.  And really, at this point, I’m ready to take them all to trial.

Most Common Cases

Here are the most common kinds of cases I get calls about when someone is hurt on the CTA:

  • The bus suddenly stops or suddenly starts, and the client falls down.
  • The bus crashes into something, including another car, truck or bicycle, or even a concrete median.
  • The train stops, and then lurches suddenly as a passenger is getting up to get off the train, causing them to fall.
  • The train malfunctions and fails to stop and smashes into something.
  • The CTA bus or train operator closes the door on a rider, hurting their hand or arm; or even worse, started to drive away, dragging the client!
  • There is water or debris on CTA property, causing a fall.

There are other ways you can say “I got hurt on the CTA” but these are the most common. Until personal injury lawyers show the CTA that they’re not afraid to go to trial, then the strategy of not settling cases rewards them by saving them money.

testimonials-heroSo, this is going to sound very self-serving but I will tell you whether you hire me or you hire another lawyer: the number one thing that is going to make a difference between you recovering money or getting no money is hiring a good lawyer with experience.

I am telling you, there are ways to handle CTA injury cases that many lawyers do not know about.

Most general injury lawyers (who aren’t experienced in CTA cases) don’t even know about these techniques and strategies. They’ve never read about it, never tried it and never studied it.

Choosing an Attorney

So make sure you speak with an attorney who has handled train crash and bus crash cases. If you talk to a lawyer and they ask you three or four questions and then immediately reject your case, they may not be thinking creatively enough about your case.

I’ve been able to get substantial settlements for several clients in several different kinds of cases against the Chicago Transit Authority.  

Make sure your CTA lawyer can handle an injury on the El, a CTA bus crash, or even a case where the CTA driver closes the door on your arm (believe it or not, this happens an awful lot).

If a CTA injury lawyer is going to take a case, then he or she needs to be willing to take the case ‘all the way’ or give you a very good explanation why not. That’s often the only means of making sure that YOU end up with full compensation for your injuries.

Lawyers have to take the CTA to trial and win verdicts against them to convince the CTA that they ought to try harder to settle cases. If you have a CTA accident claim, give me a call. Maybe I can help.

 

injury lawyerIf you have been hurt or have questions about an injury case, I offer injured people a copy of my FREE Injury DVD and Book.  

 

Just call me at my 24/7/365 toll free number 888-HURT-318 (888-487-8318) and ask for the free injury book, and give us your name and mailing address and I will mail it to you free of charge and no obligation. If you are ready to talk, call that same number and ask to speak with me!

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How to Tell If You Have a Concussion from a Car Accident and What to Do

How to Tell If You Have a Concussion from a Car Accident and What to Do

In the U.S., road crashes injure and disable 2.35 million people every year. Worse, these accidents claim the lives of more than 37,000 individuals. In Illinois alone, the traffic fatality rate went up 17% in 2017, compared to that of the first half of 2015.

There are, after all, more than 8.05 million licensed drivers who call the state a home. Many of whom drive with distractions, go beyond speed limits, or even drunk. One of whom got you involved in a recent accident.

Which is why you’re now wondering, can concussion symptoms be delayed? You may not have felt anything serious right after the accident. That doesn’t mean you walked away unscathed though.

So… How do you determine if you have concussion? Read on to learn more.

What is Concussion?

A concussion often results from any physical blow to the head. That’s why it’s common amongst those involved in car accidents. Sports accidents and falls are also common causes of this injury.

Concussions fall under traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBI is one of the two types of brain injuries, with acquired brain injuries (ABIs) being the other.

Now, there may only be two types. But TBI alone contributes to the 4,590 lives lost every month due to injuries. People with concussions suffer from a short loss of their brain’s normal functioning.

This injury, much like how whiplash occurs, results from the head moving back and forth in such a short amount of time. Unlike whiplash though, wherein the injury affects only the neck, a concussion also injures the brain.

This rapid and sudden back-and-forth motion can bounce the brain around or twist it within the skull. In any case, both results in brain chemical alterations. In fact, the movement can also stretch the brain cells to the point they suffer from serious damage.

Concussions are often not life-threatening. But they can still lead to serious health problems, especially when accompanied with spinal injuries. Keep in mind that some refer to them as “mild brain injuries,” which should be enough to make you concerned.

You should seek medical attention after any car accident, even if you don’t think your bumps and bruises are that bad. This becomes all the more true if you think you have a concussion from a car accident.

Though most people completely recover from concussions without too many side effects, ignoring the warning signs could result in serious brain injury.

You could end up needing emergency surgery. Or if your case is severe, doctors may even put you in a temporary coma. You don’t want to end up in a situation like that, so make sure you recognize potential symptoms as signs of a concussion from a car accident.

Here are a few ways to tell you might have a concussion and what to do about it:

What Causes a Concussion?

Your brain is surrounded by a liquid called spinal fluid. This fluid protects your brain from bumping against the hard bones in your skull. But when your head slams against something hard, your brain will literally bounce around in your head.

The brain is a soft tissue and this jolting can cause it to tear, bleed, or bruise. Concussions are some of the most common car accident injuries.

A person can sustain a concussion by hitting their head against the steering wheel, the windshield, the back of the seat, or anything else around them.

But I Didn’t Lose Consciousness?

You don’t have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. It can take people hours or even days to realize there’s something wrong if they have a minor concussion.

There are actually three main types of concussions.

Grade 1: You don’t lose consciousness, but you might suffer some temporary memory loss (usually only lasting about 30 minutes).

Grade 2: You do lose consciousness for a few minutes or even seconds, and you suffer memory loss for up to 24 hours.

Grade 3: You lose consciousness and stay unconscious for more than five minutes. With this level of concussion, you may also experience memory loss for two days or longer.

It can be hard for people to recognize concussions because they may not remember hitting their heads during the accident. Most people can recover from a concussion in a week or two. But serious concussions or concussions made worse by lack of attention can be life-threatening.

Symptoms of a Concussion

There are a lot of different symptoms of a concussion and a person may experience all or some of them. The symptoms can even affect your mood, your thinking patterns, and your behaviors.

These indications may appear a few minutes after or months from the injury. The important thing is to not delay diagnosis and treatment. As such, contact a medical professional as soon as you notice your loved one exhibiting any of these signs.

Physical Symptoms

One of the main concussion symptoms are headaches that don’t go away. These headaches may start small and get worse over time or you may have a consistent level of pain. You may notice your vision is wacky.

This could mean you’re seeing stars when you shouldn’t be or that everything you see is blurry. Dizziness could hit you when you’re sitting or standing, and this may make it difficult to walk and balance.

Loud noises will hurt your ears and bright lights will hurt your eyes. You may also feel nauseous or experience vomiting. If you’ve been in a car accident in the last few days and notice any of these symptoms, you probably have a concussion.

Mind/Thinking Symptoms

You may find it harder than normal to concentrate on a single topic for an extended amount of time. In addition, your favorite hobbies or activities may not interest you as much as they usually do.

Your brain might feel foggy, like you can’t think clearly. Some people may feel like they’re functioning in slow motion.

Even if you didn’t suffer any memory loss at the start of your concussion, you may not be able to remember any new information and you may struggle to recognize faces.

Emotional Symptoms

When you have a concussion, your emotions can be sporadic. You may find yourself in moods you aren’t usually in most days. You can get upset or angry easily, maybe without anything triggering the emotions.

You may also experience nervousness or anxiety for seemingly no reason. You could even be constantly sad and emotional.

If your moods don’t match up to your normal personality after a car accident, that is a good sign you should head to the doctor.

Behavior Symptoms

These behavior changes will center around sleep. You could feel tired all the time but never be able to get to sleep at night. On the other hand, you may sleep all the time, during the day and night.

Though weird sleep patterns may seem suspicious at first, don’t overlook them, especially if they’re paired with other concussion symptoms.

Can Concussion Symptoms be Delayed?

The simple answer is yes. This type of brain injury has symptoms that can show up days, even weeks or months after it occurred. Once they do appear, they can persist for many days or weeks.

What Are These “Delayed” Symptoms?

Headache, confusion, being in a “daze” and loss of memory (amnesia) are common symptoms of a concussion. These may appear right after the injury, but can also only show up long after the accident.

In any case, make sure you monitor yourself for any of these symptoms. These are often the ones with delayed onset following a car crash.

  • Pressure building up in the head
  • Fainting spells or loss of consciousness
  • A feeling that you’re inside a fog
  • “Seeing stars”
  • A buzzing, ringing sound in the ears
  • Nausea, often accompanied by vomiting
  • Fatigue

It’s also important to note that slurred speech, as if intoxicated, can happen right after or many days or weeks following a concussion. Another sign you have this brain injury is loss of concentration or problems remembering things

It’s important to seek immediate medical help if you were in a car accident, whether or not the one at fault is a drunk driver. You should contact your primary physician after you experience these signs of a concussion.

From there, consider contacting a car accident lawyer who can help you file a claim.

Seeking Immediate Diagnosis for a Concussion

Although concussions can be mild, they can still cause long-term damage, especially in people who suffered multiple blows to the head.

To many, these symptoms are more of annoyances. It’s more than that though. Headaches alone cost employers $18 billion in lost productivity every year. Headaches are painful enough and they can already result in loss of income.

What more if you combine these with the other symptoms of concussion? That’s why it’s best to visit a doctor for a concussion diagnosis.

Tell your physician about the events that occurred before, during and after the accident. Share as many details of the symptoms you’ve experienced. This’ll help him/her determine which test you should undergo.

You may have to undergo a concussion eye test, a special type of test designed to discover potential brain injuries. It involves checking for visual changes that a concussion may have resulted in.

Your doctor will check the size of your pupils, abnormal eye movements and sensitivity to light. If you exhibit severe symptoms, a CT scan or MRI scan may be in order. This will let your doctor determine the presence of serious injuries.

If you’ve had seizures, you may also have to undergo an electroencephalogram, which will monitor your brain waves for unusual activities. Once you’re taken care of, call Scott D. DeSalvo Law Office. You may have grounds for a personal injury claim.

Depending on the severity of your concussion, you may also suffer through other injury-related problems, including:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of hearing
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Emotional trauma

If someone else caused your accident, they may be responsible for paying your medical bills and other expenses.

Is Concussion Treatable?

Although most concussions don’t require hospitalizations for major treatment, some people may need surgery. It depends on the symptoms and how severe they are. For instance, if the exams show bleeding in or swelling of the brain, then this may warrant a surgery.

Doctors also recommend patients who have serious brain injuries to undergo complex medical procedures. If the concussion leads to persistent headaches, ask your doctor about the best over-the-counter pain relievers.

However, keep in mind that long term use of these medications can increase risk of tolerance and dependence. In fact, taking them for more than 30 days can already make you dependent on them.

Why You Should Never Underestimate Concussions

First-time concussions may not be fatal, but multiple ones are. For instance, it’s possible to develop a condition called the second impact syndrome. It’s one of the known concussion implications that can lead to severe swelling of the brain.

Another of the common concussion risks is chronic traumatic encephalopathy. It’s a type of dementia associated with multiple traumatic brain injuries. You may also develop post-concussion syndrome, a long-term complication of concussions.

People who have this suffer from symptoms for an extended period of time (think many weeks, even months!). Concussions can also cause post-traumatic headaches and vertigo, which can affect you for many months.

All these should tell you to take concussions seriously and not treat it as a mere injury. In fact, if you’ve had one, you need as much rest as possible. It’s not recommended to go back to doing strenuous activities or sports right away.

You need to let your brain heal and recuperate. Even after receiving permission to return to work or sports, you should do so in a gradual manner.

Life After a Concussion

For most concussion sufferers, recovery takes several days to a few weeks. But for many others, symptoms can persist for months.

There are even some cases wherein sufferers develop long-lasting physical, mental and emotional problems. Also, once you’ve had a concussion, you’re already at higher risk for permanent brain damage than those who don’t.

The Legal Side of Things

If your concussion occurred due to a car accident, you may receive a call from the insurance company of the other party. They may ask you to sign a claims release. They may even entice you with a cash offer to sign the release forms.

Don’t sign anything yet. Wait for the results of your comprehensive medical evaluation before agreeing to anything. Again, you may not experience the symptoms of a concussion now, but you may in a few weeks.

Signing a release means waiving all your legal rights to push through with a compensation claim. If you sign that release now before all the symptoms of your injury appear, you may end up paying for your treatment with your own money.

That’s a considerable out-of-pocket expense that you shouldn’t even pay for in the first place.

Working with a Personal Injury Lawyer

Concussions that are overlooked and don’t receive proper treatment can result in life-threatening medical conditions. Take care of yourself first by visiting a doctor, but don’t leave the legal side alone either.

Now that you know the answer to the question, “can concussion symptoms be delayed?” you shouldn’t think twice about contacting a personal injury lawyer. This is especially true if you believe you knocked your head multiple times or with so much force during the road accident.

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The Auto Accident Claim Process Explained

The Auto Accident Claim Process Explained

If you’ve just been in a wreck, figuring out the intricacies of filing an auto accident claim is likely the last thing on your mind — and for good reason.

That’s why taking a proactive approach and learning how the process works now can save you valuable time and energy should you need to do it in the future.

Today, we’re breaking down just what happens after you file that initial claim. Where does it go? Who handles it? How long until you can expect to hear back?

We’ll answer all of those questions and more. Ready to dive in? Let’s go!

The Basics of an Accident Claim

As with almost any legal process, the exact steps that your claim will take will differ according to a few factors. These include:

  • The exact nature of the accident
  • How severe the accident was
  • The degree of property or bodily damage (or both) that occurred, if any

That said, there are a few actions that will occur regardless of your individual circumstance. Let’s look at those in closer detail:

Step 1: The Claims Adjustor

As soon as you file your accident claim, your insurance company will dedicate a claims adjustor to your case. He or she will be responsible for reviewing your auto policy to determine exactly how you’re covered — and how you should proceed.

Depending on your case, your claims adjustor might do the following to help create a clearer picture of what occurred during the accident:

  • Ask for a copy of the detailed police report
  • Communicate with other parties involved, including the driver and any witnesses
  • Go to the scene of the accident
  • Examine your car and photograph any physical damage
  • Review your medical record (with authorization) to discern sustained injuries

This step is critical for determining fault as it helps your insurance company understand precisely what happened and who should be held responsible.

Step 2: Finding Fault

Next, your adjuster will work to gather the evidence, listen to recounts, and pore over details to determine who was at fault.

You may be aware that not all automobile accidents are cut-and-dry. Sometimes, one driver is mainly at fault, but not completely.

What then?

While you’ll likely have a hard time proving total (100%%) or no (0%) fault, figuring out a percentage of blame is a helpful way for insurance companies to determine who pays what amount.

For instance, if you were found to be 70% at fault and the other driver was found to be at 30%, the settlement payments would be divided against those ratios as well.

Checking You Out

Increasingly, insurance adjusters are adopting a more digital mindset, turning to the Internet to help fill in any holes they might need while determining fault.

One place they’re likely to look? Your social media accounts. Now, you can find out more about a person in just a few clicks than you ever could in an over-the-phone interview.

Often, you can also trace that person’s steps according to what they post that day — a feature that helps adjusters grasp the timeline of the day of the accident.

For instance, you might claim you were in an automobile accident on Thursday, then upload a Facebook Live video showing your pristine car in the background on Friday.

Sounds fishy, right? Your adjuster will think so too.

Adjust the settings on your accounts so that only your added friends and family members can see your posts.

Also, it should go without saying, but try to avoid posting about the accident in the social sphere, as doing so could come back to hurt you in the end.

Step 3: Payment for Damages and Losses

After your claims adjustor reviews your case, he or she may determine that the other driver was at fault.

When this is the case, he or she will work with the other party’s insurance company to seek payment for any medical attention you might have received or any property damage done to your vehicle.

In insurance speak, this payment process is known as indemnification. Alternately, if your adjuster determines that the other party is at fault, it can sue that party for the amount of its payment in a process known as subrogation.

Vehicular Damage

If your vehicle is damaged during the accident, you’ll have a few ways to go about getting it fixed with your insurance money.

You can either go to a body shop that approved by your insurance company, or you can opt for a local one that you prefer. Regardless, it pays to do your homework and get plenty of estimates.

If you end up going with your preferred shop over the approved one, keep in mind that you could be required to pay the difference if their price is higher than what your insurance company budgeted.

Medical Care

To give your claims adjuster as much information as possible, it’s important that you allow him or her access to your medical records, including any other pertinent yet personal data such as your amount of lost wages.

Doing so will allow the adjuster get a more in-depth understanding of your case, as that information is often highly detailed.

Typically, all it takes to allow this permission is to sign a patient release waiver.

Not entirely comfortable with the idea of a veritable stranger rummaging through your medical history? Hire a personal injury lawyer to facilitate this process, so you can rest assured that the documents are sound and allowing access to them is the best next move.

Not Satisfied? Your Rights and Options

If the outcome of your accident claim wasn’t quite what you thought it would be, take heart that there are measures you can take to ensure another chance.

You could start by requesting your adjuster’s boss review the claim from a fresh point-of-view.

If that doesn’t work, you can choose legal mediation or head to small claims court. If you want to avoid a full-blown trial, you can seek arbitration instead. Follow the advice of your attorney to discern what the appropriate steps are.

Your Next Move: Hire an Experienced Attorney

Regardless of whether you’re totally satisfied with the outcome of your accident claim or wish it could be different, an experienced car accident lawyer is a key asset throughout this journey.

That’s where we come in.

Our injury lawyers are skilled in helping clients win big and we’d love to represent you. Contact us today to learn more!

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