Avoid Damaging Your Personal Injury Case Part 3
In part two we discussed the importance of not having gaps in your medical treatment to avoid damaging your personal injury case. Insurance adjusters use a gap in your medical care to suggest that your injuries were not serious or that you may have sustained a subsequent injury unrelated to the accident at issue. Complying with your doctor’s treatment plan and making scheduled appointments is critical to your recovery and greatly impacts the value of your case.
Insist on an Investigation & Gather Evidence at the Accident Scene
Failing to gather evidence at the scene of a car wreck or other type of accident is another way you can seriously damage your case. Let’s say you are in stop-and-go traffic on the Dallas North Tollway during your morning commute. You’re minding your own business when an inattentive driver – furiously texting away – doesn’t realize traffic is […]
Avoid Damaging Your Personal Injury Case Part 3
Avoid Damaging Your Personal Injury Case Part 2
In part one, we discussed the importance of acknowledging prior injuries to avoid damaging your personal injury case. “Owning” prior injuries allows you to maintain your credibility and focus on new injuries caused by the accident and/or on factors illustrating an exacerbation of a pre-existing condition.
Prevent Gaps in Treatment
We understand that life doesn’t stop just because you were involved in a motor vehicle collision. You still have bills to pay. The kids still need to get to school and events. You continue to have work demands, errands to run, and all the other various tasks that make up the day. Now you’re injured and a physician has recommended physical therapy three or four times a week. You decide it’s just too much. You only make it to therapy once or twice a week. Later, you have a big work project and you miss […]
Avoid Damaging Your Personal Injury Case Part 1
Acknowledge Prior Injuries
Almost every single day of the year our personal injury law firm is approached by good people who were injured in an accident and assumed the wrongdoer’s insurance company would do the right thing and treat them fairly.
Adjusters tell them to get better soon and to just send them the bills when they are done treating. These injured victims are shocked when they forward medical bills and records as requested and receive an offer back that doesn’t even cover the medical bills they incurred – let alone compensate them in any way for the pain, suffering, mental anguish, and inconvenience caused by the accident.
So here’s some straight talk: Insurance companies do not exist to fairly compensate injured victims. They exist to make money for executives and shareholders. They make more money the less fair they are with claimants. Although a few […]
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You come across a strange dog with no owner in sight. How might you handle the situation so you don’t end up in the emergency room? You have a better chance of making it through safely with a few preventative measures and cool, calm thinking.
It’s a terrifying moment.
You’re out on a daily run or walk, just minding your own business. Suddenly, you see a dog you know to be dangerous quietly staring at you with his ears perked up in the air.
He’s deciding whether to charge you, or to just let you pass by.
What do you do?
Avoidance Always Works Best
To the extent within your power, avoid being in a neighborhood if you know a dog routinely roams loose there.
If you know your neighbors have a fence that you believe a dog could jump over if motivated enough, simply go another route.
And make sure to report your concern to the local […]
Texas follows a somewhat odd “one free bite” rule regarding dog bite liability. However, that doesn’t give dog owners a free pass in every case.
A dog bites you.
Is the owner financially responsible?
Look, I’d love to give you “yes” and “no” answers. But the fact is that the law doesn’t make it that simple. And when you think about it, that’s fair. Because, you want to deliver a just and fair result based on the particular situation.
So take a look at some of the ins and outs of Texas dog bite law:
Texas Is a “One Free Bite” State
Typically, an owner gets legal protection on their dog’s first bite (unless liability can be based on other grounds). In other words, if it is the dog’s first bite, and the dog had shown no signs of aggressive behavior before, there’s a possibility the owner won’t be financially liable for your injuries.
However, exceptions to […]
Are most dogs dangerous? No. Are some? Yes. But most can be reigned in with training, and proper care, time, and attention from the owner.
Find out 4 of the most dangerous dog breeds to avoid in this post.
Every dog wants to be a “good” dog. Unfortunately, some think that means biting and attacking innocent people because their owners haven’t taught them it’s not okay.
Just because you see a dog without an owner, or one that’s barking aggressively, doesn’t mean you will get attacked.
Some dog breeds are more dangerous than others. Here’s some of the most dangerous that you should watch out for. And – if you can – meet the dog with the owner so the dog understands you’re not a threat:
This one should come as no surprise. You hear about vicious pit bull attacks on the news all the time.
Interestingly, the phrase “pit bull” in and of itself […]
$500,000 gross recovery for dog bite injuries to a toddler. Outstanding settlement by attorney on case where the medical bills were less than $3,000.
Our client, a two and a half year old toddler, was attacked by a dog at a residence she was visiting. She was bitten in the face and suffered multiple lacerations to her cheek, chin, and eyelid. She had to be transported from the residence to the emergency room by ambulance.
Her mother reached out to us after they had begun negotiations with the liability insurance company. The carrier had already made a significant offer but the family wanted to make sure they were obtaining the best possible result for their child. We greed to restrict our fee to only applying to any portion we could obtain beyond the current settlement offer.
Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Prior to retaining our personal injury law firm, the family contacted some […]
Medicare passed a new requirement that puts additional reporting burden on insurers. Designed to save Medicare money – it’s actually costing them. Learn what you can do in this post.
Ready to get angry at the government?
If you don’t already have enough personal reason to do so, I’m sorry, but we have more fuel to add to your fire.
The federal Medicare program and some states’ Medicaid programs have mandated reporting of personal injury awards by insurers to slow down the time they have to pay so they can improve their financial position.
This research comes from RAND.
Who the heck is RAND?
As a consumer, you may not have much of a need to know about RAND’s research.
But, they research important public policy issues and then relay this research to the government to improve its operations and save you money.
RAND is 100% non-profit, and is completely non-partisan. Their $308.7 million in funding comes from […]
$112,500 gross recovery for herniated disc injury car wreck in Dallas, TX. Outstanding settlement by attorney on case where the liability insurance carrier’s initial offer was only $17,500.
Our client was driving a truck northbound on Webb Chapel Road in Dallas, Texas. He brought his vehicle to a stop to allow a pedestrian to cross the road. An inattentive motorist failed to timely apply her brakes and rear-ended his truck. Our client sought treatment the next day for neck pain.
Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison: Our client complained of numbness and tingling in his left arm the day after the wreck. His doctor diagnosed cervical radiculopathy and referred him to physical therapy. Shooting pain from your neck into your arms, hands, and/or fingers is a troubling sign that could indicate the presence of a herniated disc. It is very important to immediately let your physician know if you experience numbness, tingling, or […]