Personal injury lawsuits cover a wide spectrum of injuries and accidents, including motor vehicle accidents (car, truck, motorcycle, and bus), slip and fall, dangerous premises accidents, assault and battery, insurance bad faith, and defective products. Unlike many attorneys who hope to make a quick dollar from their personal injury cases, our first priority is to know the full extent of our client’s injuries and make sure that they are properly treated. Second, it is to ensure that the client receives the best possible result or settlement from those injuries. The simple truth is that insurance companies are in the business of making money, not taking care of people. Therefore, they often do whatever it takes to either not pay anything or to pay the lowest amount possible. At Law22, we are readily familiar with all the games and gimmicks that insurance companies try to pull, and our reputation for taking cases as far as necessary to obtain great results for our clients is widely known, and it is something that we take great pride in.
Most of our personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that the client does not pay for our services unless and until monetary compensation is made. Staying true to our values, in almost every situation our contingency fee rates are well below market average. Please note that there is no $22 charge for a personal injury consultation.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
After being injured in a car accident, the last thing that we recommend someone to do would be to try deal with the insurance company on their own. Whether they decide to hire us, or hire another law firm, we never recommend for a person who is injured to try to take on the insurance company on their own. Many accident victims are not in the position to properly negotiate with a fair settlement for themselves. Especially since the insurance companies often try to pin them to a story or have them minimize their injuries or damages very early on in the process. Insurance companies do this fully knowing that sometimes it takes weeks or months before the full extent of an injury is known.
Following a motor vehicle accident, Law22 recommends the following steps:
- Immediately determine if you or anyone else has suffered serious injuries and contact emergency personnel if necessary.
- If pain develops days or weeks after the accident, do not brush it off, and instead seek the attention of a medical provided as soon as possible.
- If your doctor cannot accommodate your work schedule make sure you a find a doctor that would. Avoid delaying the consultation or the treatment as much as possible.
- Take photos of the accident and damage to the vehicles on the scene. If someone witnesses the accident, try to take their name address and phone number. And ask them if it is okay for someone to contact them regarding the accident.
- If the police arrive, provide an accurate statement and get as much information as possible from the accident to ensure that you can later obtain the full police report.
- Only discuss the accident with the police and your insurance company. Make sure that you do not discuss the accident with the other driver, or his or her insurance company until ample time has passed and after you seek legal consultation.
- Do not settle your case unless you are fully treated and your doctor has completed all necessary treatments.
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Slip and Fall & Other Premises Liability
A slip and fall accident usually occurs as a result of tripping or slipping on any surface that may be uneven, slippery, wet, or is an unlit or badly kept location. In many situations, the slip could have been avoided had the owners and/or mangers better kept or maintained their stores, buildings or premises. Department stores, owners of rental property, business owners, and other property owners almost always have insurance policies to cover such situations. The law holds property owners responsible for injuries arising from accidents from unsafe or unkempt premises.
Yet a common misconception about slip and fall injuries is that the property owners or managers are automatically responsible for any injuries that occur on their premises. The truth is that the law requires the injured party to prove the following two things: first that a hazardous or an unsafe condition existed, and second that the owner, manager or employees knew about or should have known about the unsafe condition. The point is that the existence of a hazardous condition is alone not enough to substantiate a claim.
Therefore, if involved in a slip and fall accident, we highly recommend that you do any and all of the following if possible:
- Take pictures of the hazardous condition or the general condition of the premises where you were injured.
- Speak with any witnesses, employees, customers or visitors about the condition and inquire about how long it has existed and when they first learned about it.
- Seek immediate medical attention and contact a personal injury attorney immediately after the accident.
- It is a good idea to consult with an attorney prior to making any statements to the property owner’s attorney or insurance company.
Assault, Battery & False Imprisonment/Detention
While typically thought of as criminal matters, assault and battery cases as well as wrongful imprisonment can also be civil matters. In the civil context, plaintiffs sue to recover monetary damages for medical expenses, emotional distress and pain. It is important to note that false imprisonment in this context usually applies to situations where private individuals or companies wrongfully arrest or handcuff an individual.
A defective product can create an unreasonable risk of harm, which is why product manufacturers are held to strict liability standards. Proving that a product is defective and that you have been injured can be enough to win a product liability case.