Addressing Our Clients’ Confusion and Concerns, One Question at a Time
Injury claims are by their nature confusing, and insurance companies go out of their way to make them even more so. However, we believe our clients deserve straight answers to their questions—without confusing legal jargon. This is why, to better serve you, we address common injury questions as clearly as possible.
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Should I accept a settlement check from the insurance company in my slip and fall case?
After your slip and fall accident, you may be shocked at how quickly you hear from the insurance adjuster for the business or property owner who caused your fall. He may also offer to settle your case and to present you with a check if you just sign some paperwork. You might think you finally got lucky and may consider taking the money—especially if you need it and want to save the expense of hiring an attorney. But do not make the big mistake of saying yes to the adjuster’s offer.
Why You Do Not Want to Accept a Settlement Check at the Beginning of Your Case
If you received a settlement offer right after your accident, chances are the adjuster knows you have a strong case against his insured party and is trying to get you to a accept a lower amount of compensation than you are entitled to. Often times you will not know the true value of your case until months or longer after your accident because you cannot be certain of the extent of your medical treatment, what your final prognosis will be, and how long you will be off work—if you can return at all. Here is why you would not want to accept a settlement check early on in your case:
- The insurance company will require you to sign a release waiving all claims to future compensation before giving you the settlement check. If you sign it and later discover your injuries were more serious than you thought, you could not go back to the insurance company or the negligent party to obtain any more compensation.
- You could be entitled to much more compensation than the adjuster is offering you—even if you are certain of the extent of your injuries and have returned to work.
Before you decide to accept a settlement check, you want to consult an experienced slip and fall attorney who can advise you on how much compensation you are really entitled to. Depending on your medical prognosis, he may recommend waiting to attempt to settle your case until you have completed your medical treatment and have a better sense of what medical expenses and lost wages you will incur in the future to ensure you receive the settlement you deserve.
If you or a family member was hurt in a slip and fall accident, call us at 866-299-0558 to schedule a free consultation.
When should I contact a lawyer?
In many personal injury situations the obvious response is to act quickly. Even if you think you have lots of time to consider your alternatives, deadlines sneak up on you and personal injury lawyers need time to prepare. If you wait to talk to a personal injury lawyer, you may do things that could hurt your claim without even knowing. Insurance companies often rely on you to submit information. If you don’t know when to submit that information, they may withhold money from you. Your Vegas Lawyers always recommend looking for a personal injury lawyer sooner rather than later.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to an accident, keep in mind that time limits exist on your right to file a lawsuit. These “statutes of limitation” vary greatly from state to state and depend upon the facts and type of each case. In some instances, the law requires a claimant to notify potential defendants about any injury within an extremely short period of time – as little as a few weeks or months.
If you sit on your personal injury rights, you could lose them. You might have been angry about an accident and the pain you have felt following that accident, but if you wait too long to obtain medical attention, the insurance carrier is going to deny you were ever injured in the first place.
Do I need a Las Vegas Personal Injury lawyer?
While you may be able to get through a legal problem in Las Vegas without hiring a personal injury lawyer, remember this timeless saying, “when you represent yourself, you might have a ‘fool for a client’.”
When deciding if you need a Las Vegas personal injury attorney, ask yourself, “What’s at stake?” For example, expensive medical bills and credit card debt are the leading cause for bankruptcy in the United States. This inability to pay usually stems from personal injury, illness or loss of a job. Both personal injury and job loss are direct concerns for people involved in motor vehicle accidents. Often, medical treatment is needed and the question arises, “who will pay for the treatment?”
Additionally, a personal injury can be severe enough to hinder your ability to work and can lead to termination of employment, or dramatically reduced income. All the while, you are faced with an insurance company that seeks to minimize your personal injuries and pain, and deny you just compensation.
Do not let this happen to you. Jones Wilson are experienced personal injury attorneys who will assist you with these concerns and will battle for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
How much money is awarded in Vegas personal injury cases?
You will be awarded “damages,” which is money intended to restore you to the position you were in before your personal injury. This money is not considered income, and is not taxable as income by the federal government or the states. Always remember that every personal injury case is different; therefore, compensation for a personal injury case will vary.
Jones Wilson provides you with the best representation for your personal injury case in Nevada. The amount of money Jones Wilson will be able to fight for will vary depending on the extent of your personal injury or injuries. Extreme care will be taken by Your Vegas Lawyers team to hold the insurance companies and defendants accountable for the personal injury they have caused.
Jones Wilson knows that when it comes to Your Injury, you deserve Your Money, that is why you choose Your Vegas Lawyers.
What type of lawyer do I need?
Personal injury attorneys specialize in one type of law – personal injury. Other lawyers handle a wide range of matters – such as criminal law or patent law. You want to hire an attorney who has expertise to represent you effectively with respect to your legal problem.
Your Jones Wilson specialize in personal injury cases to ensure you receive the fair compensation you are entitled. Personal injury claims can be highly technical and specialized; for this reason we are committed to fight for you as your Las Vegas personal injury attorneys.
For example, a simple car accident or slip and fall injury can become complicated lawsuits when property damages, insurance companies, and medical bills start knocking on your door. Jones Wilson experienced personal injury attorneys will protect your rights and help you receive the money you deserve.
If the accident was my fault, can I still win?
Every case is fact driven. Whether or not you will win is based on a thorough review of your personal injury case. By filling out the free no-obligation evaluation form, Jones Wilson will see if the Your Vegas Lawyers team of elite professionals can help.
Jones Wilson filter through the facts of your personal injury and look for substance to substantiate your claim. You’ll never know if you should have received money unless you contact Jones Wilson today for a free consultation of your personal injury case.
Can I do this on my own instead of hiring an attorney?
Again, we at Jones Wilson do not recommend that you stand on your own against the insurance giants. Jones Wilson know and understand the law and will protect your rights each step of the way.
Plus, Las Vegas Injury Lawyer will consult with you about your personal injury case for free. Jones Wilson care about you. Jones Wilson want you to receive the best representation for your personal injury so you can receive the money you deserve.
The insurance company made me an offer, should I take it?
In most personal injury cases, a personal injury attorney review of your personal injury case is critical to guide you through the personal injury claim process. This is what we, at Jones Wilson, do every day and in almost every case we will be able to increase your compensation from the insurance company more so than if you dealt with the insurance company directly. Again, a thorough examination of your personal injury case will be needed before making this determination.
Jones Wilson is here to answer your accident and personal injury questions. Contact Your Vegas Lawyers team of personal injury specialists today for a free consultation on the Jones Wilson homepage.
How can I prepare to talk to a lawyer?
Your ability to keep notes and records about your personal injury is very important to you, to us, to your claim and to getting you and your family the money you deserve. Be sure to have strong documentation about your personal injury and accident. One of the first things you should do after you are injured is write down everything you can about your personal injury. This includes details about your personal injury and the effect the injury is having on your daily life. Having notes to remind you of the details and what you are going through, is both easier and more reliable than counting on your memory. You will need a doctor’s report, an accident report, photographs, any type of evidence and a list of witnesses. If you don’t have this information, Jones Wilson can help you get it.
Be sure to write down notes about any anxiety or loss of comfort resulting from your personal injury. You can demand additional compensation for these types of personal injuries. If you don’t make notes about these important results of your personal injury as you experience them, you may not remember these injuries later. Writing down the experiences from your injuries will help you remember to report them to a doctor or other medical provider when you receive treatment.
Most personal injury claims involve more than just physical pain; they include loss of income, medical bills, increased insurance premiums, damaged property, other losses involving family, social, and educational opportunities, and emotional damages, such as stress, embarrassment, depression or strains on family relationships.
Notes on these personal injury matters should include anything you have lost because of the accident and your associated injuries such as: job opportunities, work hours or income, educational opportunities or promotions, lack of participation in events, social gatherings, vacations or anything else which would have benefited you. Or which you would have enjoyed, but were prevented from experiencing because of the personal injury incurred due to the accident.
To find out what “damages” you might be qualified to receive, contact Jones Wilson immediately.