Injuries & Wrongful Death

//Injuries & Wrongful Death
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Here’s how it works.  The insurance company for the person or company that injured you will start an investigation as soon as they can.  The insurance company will take recorded statements from everyone they can, they will have photographs taken, obtain the police report and try to figure out the extent of your injury so they can set “reserves.”  All of these steps are done in an effort to limit the recovery amount of the injured person to the lowest amount possible.  Don’t believe me?  Then why do you think the insurance company is recording you when they call?  “Quality control purposes??”

Many insurance companies try to offer a quick injury settlement with an injured person very soon after an accident.  The purpose is to get a legal release signed by the injured person before that person realizes what their future medical expenses will be, what their lost wages will total and what other damages may develop over time.  In short, the insurance company wants to get you locked up with a legal releasebefore you have the opportunity to figure out just how injured you are.  This is a trap.  Once a release is signed, your claim is over for what they are “cool” with paying you.

What is an injury case?

The quick answer to this question is: “Something you don’t want!”  I’ve never met anyone who wanted to be injured.  No one wants to be in pain and out of work.  No one wants to be dependent on others.  No one wants to experience depression and helpless ness.  In my experience, my clients would rather have a time machine as opposed to a “good” injury case so they could go back and be anywhere but the place and time where the accident/injury occurred.

The truth is that accidents and injuries are going to happen.  That’s life.  This does not mean that every time an accident or injury occurs someone is at fault or that there should be a legal claim.  But, when an accident occurs and you are caused injury and damage through no fault of your own, the law provides you with a remedy for your losses.  In my experience, most all injury cases trigger liability insurance funds that are available to pay you for your losses.  In a perfect world, an injured person would be able to easily assert a claim to an insurance company and be fairly compensated for their losses without the need of an injury attorney.  But, we all know the world ain’t perfect, and we all know that insurance companies and corporate America like taking money – not paying it out.  This is why you are going to need The Outlawyer.

Injuries can be of all types.  They can be minor and require limited emergency room treatment.  They can be temporary disabling, and cause weeks and months of stress, pain and lost wages.  Certain injuries can require surgical intervention that may be able to correct the problem, or just provide the “best fix” for a permanent, life changing condition you now have to live with for the rest of your life.  As we all know, some injuries can prove fatal.

Severe, debilitating and permanent injuries that can arise from the most commonplace accidents can, and typically will, result in significant financial losses to the individuals involved and their families.  These damages include, medical expenses, lost wages, lost ability to earn, out of pocket expenses, funeral expenses and various other economic losses.  The law also allows an injured person to recover for the pain and suffering caused by their injuries and treatment.  Proving successful on an injury claim can never repair the damage that is done to someone, but it can – and will – help with the financial burdens created.

Wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the date of the injury causing the death.  A claim for wrongful death must be brought by the Administrator of the deceased’s estate.  This can be an appointed Administrator if the deceased has no will, or it can be the Personal Representative and/or Executor of a will.  Members of the immediate family can agree on who may serve as the Administrator/Representative.  If the deceased is a minor, the custodial parents may serve in this capacity without the need for an estate to be opened.  Any damages recovered through a wrongful death case pass outside the estate and are not subject to the payment of the deceased’s debts or liabilities.

 

There is NO greater loss you can suffer than the loss of a loved one.  There’s NO legal award that can make up for that loss.  There’s NO amount of money that can bring your loved one back or “make things right.”  But the law does provide a mechanism to hold those accountable who are legally responsible for the loss of your loved one.  While nothing can give you back what you have lost, calling the Outlawyer can help provide answers for those lingering questions your family has concerning the death of your loved one, and will be the first step in determining whether a viable claim can be brought to hold accountable those who are responsible.

What is a Wrongful Death Case?

Wrongful death occurs when someone dies from the negligence, recklessness, or willful conduct of another.  I’ve handled many wrongful death cases in my career.  Wrongful death cases are always sad and are always emotional.  Most times, the families of those who have died as a result of a wrongful death are so overwhelmed by their grief and loss that they do not immediately consult with an attorney.  This is certainly understandable, but families must find the strength to reach out and communicate with me so that valuable evidence is not lost and all witnesses can be properly interviewed before too much time passes and memories fade.

Ok Outlawyer, I want you to represent me. What’s next?

The most common questions I get from a new client are (1) what is my claim worth?; and (2) how long is it going to take?  These are excellent questions.  The truth is “I don’t know.

Each injury case is unique and progresses on its own time table.  My goal is to make sure you have completed all necessary medical treatment, that you have been provided with a firm prognosis from your doctors and that my office has completed an analysis and accounting of all your out of pocket expenses and lost wages so I can provide you with my best legal opinion of a range I believe your injury claim to be worth based on my experience in this field of law.  You can’t place a value or timetable on something before considering all pieces to the puzzle.  Believe me, it would be much easier to run my law practice if I knew (1) what a new case is worth, and (2) when the new case would resolve.  I don’t make an attorney fee until I collect for you, so we all want things to move as quickly as possible.  But case resolution “happens when it happens.”  Be wary of any attorney who tells you they can answer these questions and predict the future.  A law license does not come with a crystal ball.

Some injury claims may be able to resolve without the need for a lawsuit.  If this is possible, I will work to obtain you a fair and reasonable amount.  If a fair and reasonable amount cannot be reached, a lawsuit may be necessary.  Other injury claims may require an immediate lawsuit for a variety of reasons.  The important thing to remember is that, as a victim, the courthouse is there for you.  I love the courthouse.  The Outlawyer will protect you inside the courthouse and be your voice for justice.

Please read through the website and look at the Outlawyer areas of practice.  You can always count on me to “shoot you straight” on the value of your claim and whether pursuing your claim is in your best interest.

Pick the phone up and CALL ME if you have any questions or would like to schedule your FREE consultation.

Let me help you OUTLAWYER the other side!!

What is an injury case?

The quick answer to this question is: “Something you don’t want!”  I’ve never met anyone who wanted to be injured.  No one wants to be in pain and out of work.  No one wants to be dependent on others.  No one wants to experience depression and helpless ness.  In my experience, my clients would rather have a time machine as opposed to a “good” injury case so they could go back and be anywhere but the place and time where the accident/injury occurred.

The truth is that accidents and injuries are going to happen.  That’s life.  This does not mean that every time an accident or injury occurs someone is at fault or that there should be a legal claim.  But, when an accident occurs and you are caused injury and damage through no fault of your own, the law provides you with a remedy for your losses.  In my experience, most all injury cases trigger liability insurance funds that are available to pay you for your losses.  In a perfect world, an injured person would be able to easily assert a claim to an insurance company and be fairly compensated for their losses without the need of an injury attorney.  But, we all know the world ain’t perfect, and we all know that insurance companies and corporate America like taking money – not paying it out.  This is why you are going to need The Outlawyer.

practice-areas-injury-case-1500x1500

Here’s how it works.  The insurance company for the person or company that injured you will start an investigation as soon as they can.  The insurance company will take recorded statements from everyone they can, they will have photographs taken, obtain the police report and try to figure out the extent of your injury so they can set “reserves.”  All of these steps are done in an effort to limit the recovery amount of the injured person to the lowest amount possible.  Don’t believe me?  Then why do you think the insurance company is recording you when they call?  “Quality control purposes??”

Injuries can be of all types.  They can be minor and require limited emergency room treatment.  They can be temporary disabling, and cause weeks and months of stress, pain and lost wages.  Certain injuries can require surgical intervention that may be able to correct the problem, or just provide the “best fix” for a permanent, life changing condition you now have to live with for the rest of your life.  As we all know, some injuries can prove fatal.

Severe, debilitating and permanent injuries that can arise from the most commonplace accidents can, and typically will, result in significant financial losses to the individuals involved and their families.  These damages include, medical expenses, lost wages, lost ability to earn, out of pocket expenses, funeral expenses and various other economic losses.  The law also allows an injured person to recover for the pain and suffering caused by their injuries and treatment.  Proving successful on an injury claim can never repair the damage that is done to someone, but it can – and will – help with the financial burdens created.

Many insurance companies try to offer a quick injury settlement with an injured person very soon after an accident.  The purpose is to get a legal release signed by the injured person before that person realizes what their future medical expenses will be, what their lost wages will total and what other damages may develop over time.  In short, the insurance company wants to get you locked up with a legal releasebefore you have the opportunity to figure out just how injured you are.  This is a trap.  Once a release is signed, your claim is over for what they are “cool” with paying you.

What is a Wrongful Death Case?

Wrongful death occurs when someone dies from the negligence, recklessness, or willful conduct of another.  I’ve handled many wrongful death cases in my career.  Wrongful death cases are always sad and are always emotional.  Most times, the families of those who have died as a result of a wrongful death are so overwhelmed by their grief and loss that they do not immediately consult with an attorney.  This is certainly understandable, but families must find the strength to reach out and communicate with me so that valuable evidence is not lost and all witnesses can be properly interviewed before too much time passes and memories fade.

Wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the date of the injury causing the death.  A claim for wrongful death must be brought by the Administrator of the deceased’s estate.  This can be an appointed Administrator if the deceased has no will, or it can be the Personal Representative and/or Executor of a will.  Members of the immediate family can agree on who may serve as the Administrator/Representative.  If the deceased is a minor, the custodial parents may serve in this capacity without the need for an estate to be opened.  Any damages recovered through a wrongful death case pass outside the estate and are not subject to the payment of the deceased’s debts or liabilities.

 

There is NO greater loss you can suffer than the loss of a loved one.  There’s NO legal award that can make up for that loss.  There’s NO amount of money that can bring your loved one back or “make things right.”  But the law does provide a mechanism to hold those accountable who are legally responsible for the loss of your loved one.  While nothing can give you back what you have lost, calling the Outlawyer can help provide answers for those lingering questions your family has concerning the death of your loved one, and will be the first step in determining whether a viable claim can be brought to hold accountable those who are responsible.

Ok Outlawyer, I want you to represent me. What’s next?

The most common questions I get from a new client are (1) what is my claim worth?; and (2) how long is it going to take?  These are excellent questions.  The truth is “I don’t know.

Each injury case is unique and progresses on its own time table.  My goal is to make sure you have completed all necessary medical treatment, that you have been provided with a firm prognosis from your doctors and that my office has completed an analysis and accounting of all your out of pocket expenses and lost wages so I can provide you with my best legal opinion of a range I believe your injury claim to be worth based on my experience in this field of law.  You can’t place a value or timetable on something before considering all pieces to the puzzle.  Believe me, it would be much easier to run my law practice if I knew (1) what a new case is worth, and (2) when the new case would resolve.  I don’t make an attorney fee until I collect for you, so we all want things to move as quickly as possible.  But case resolution “happens when it happens.”  Be wary of any attorney who tells you they can answer these questions and predict the future.  A law license does not come with a crystal ball.

Some injury claims may be able to resolve without the need for a lawsuit.  If this is possible, I will work to obtain you a fair and reasonable amount.  If a fair and reasonable amount cannot be reached, a lawsuit may be necessary.  Other injury claims may require an immediate lawsuit for a variety of reasons.  The important thing to remember is that, as a victim, the courthouse is there for you.  I love the courthouse.  The Outlawyer will protect you inside the courthouse and be your voice for justice.

Please read through the website and look at the Outlawyer areas of practice.  You can always count on me to “shoot you straight” on the value of your claim and whether pursuing your claim is in your best interest.

Pick the phone up and CALL ME if you have any questions or would like to schedule your FREE consultation.

Let me help you OUTLAWYER the other side!!