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Low Medical Bills Do Not Mean Small Personal Injury

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I have had substantial success in securing high personal injury settlements in cases with low medical bills. But even when the injury is unarguably substantial, it is a challenge to get the defendant or the insurance carrier to see the value of the case. I am also aware that many personal injury attorneys are reluctant to take cases where the economic losses (hospital bills, wage losses, etc.) are low or non-existent. In fact, I have had several clients come to me for help with their serious personal injury cases after the big firms passed on them because of “low medicals.”

The truth of the matter is that how an insurance carrier assesses a personal injury case is completely different from how the jury will evaluate the case. Insurance companies do not seem to look at the factors a jury would normally consider first. Adjusters are robotic in the way they appraise a personal injury case. They first want to know the amount of economic losses. They want to see a track record of the injured person seeking treatment. Then, the adjuster will normally offer an amount of compensation directly related to that amount. In my negotiations with the insurance companies I often hear, “but your client doesn’t have that many medical bills, this is not a six-figure case.”

But what if the injury is bad, and nothing but time can heal it? What if no amount of medical treatment will speed up the healing process?

Unlike the robots at the insurance company, a jury will consider the nature of the injury first. They don’t care if the injured plaintiff  paid the ER  a $100 co-pay or still owes a $70,000 bill. They consider how the injury has impacted the plaintiff’s life and whether the conduct of the defendant was negligent. Normal people do not work off of formulas, they make decisions based on the circumstances and facts surrounding the situation.

There are many serious injuries which simply cannot be resolved with medical treatment. For example, second-degree burns. Any emergency room physician will agree that burn treatment is limited in the second-degree stage. The skin is scorched and the pain is agonizing but the patient will be sent home after being treated with a simple topical cream and some pain killers. This means that the economic losses are low. I won a jury trial on this type of injury and my client was awarded $250,000 for pain and suffering and $593 for her past medical bills, because that is all the treatment cost her.

Another example of a case I successfully resolved was a skin infection case. There, a young woman contracted impetigo after visiting a local med spa to for a chemical peel. The medicals were low, because other than an inexpensive prescription, only time could heal the scars. That botched cosmetic procedure case also had to be aggressively litigated before the parties came to a favorable settlement.

A large number of personal injury cases in which I achieved great results for my clients did not have high medical bills or wage losses. Therefore, low medical bills in a personal injury case does not mean low compensation! But, you do have to be willing to file a lawsuit and get ready for a trial.

Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Panama City FL

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Personal Injury Clients in Panama City, Destin, and the Panhandle Area of Florida

Our Personal Injury clients live all over the State of Florida and we are happy to help injured people who live in Panama City, Destin, and the Panhandle Area of Florida. We recently settled a North Florida case (Destin, Florida) where a young woman was injured when she was hit by a car while riding her bicycle. The young woman who was involved an auto accident was initially offered a low settlement amount by the insurance adjuster. She call our Florida Personal Injury law firm to discuss the value of her case. She quickly realized that her injuries were worth much more compensation and retained our law firm to represent her in her personal injury case. We were able to obtain compensation for her that she did not expect. She was very grateful for Attorney Louiza Tarassova’s diligent work.

Like any other industry, rather than opting for a generic “one size fits all” law firm, it’s often advisable to select a specialist which has a good track record of dealing with the particular area of law that you need. But with such as large choice of legal services out there, how does one find the right law firm which deals with peculiar cases?

The Law Office of Louiza Tarassova is a personal injury law firm managed by a Russian Attorney and can provide services in Panama city, FL. This is a personal injury law firm that works towards achieving one primary goal: to help people. We pride ourselves in successfully fighting for our clients’ rights and obtaining substantial compensation for their injuries.

Our law firm is owned by a woman, a Russian-Speaking lawyer who provides our clients compassion, empathy and understanding while zealously and aggressively representing them in court. Personal injury law is her passion, and she excels at negotiating high settlements and litigating cases in jury trials.

Consultation is free and you do not pay unless we win your case! Contact us today!

How Long Will My Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?

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Timeline of a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Stage One: Before a Lawsuit is Filed “Pre-suit Period”

Approximate Timeframe: 3-6 months. Medical Malpractice is 6-12 months.

What is your attorney doing? During the pre-suit period, a good attorney will initially attempt to resolve the case. But simultaneously to that, your attorney is also gathering evidence and assessing the case based on that evidence. A good attorney understands that it is important not to rush into a lawsuit but at the same time aggressively moves the case forward.

What is required of you? During the pre-suit period it is your responsibility to update your attorney on the status of your injuries and focus on getting well. Attending all medical appointments is very important. Your perfect attendance will pave the way to proving your case.

What you should expect? A settlement is possible before a lawsuit is filed, but do not count on it. Although an initial offer may come from the defendant, it is usually a very low amount compared to what your attorney can get for you later in the case and a good attorney will rarely recommend that you accept the initial offer.   But each case is different, and depending on the severity of your injuries and the clarity of fault, a high risk case can usually be resolved with your attorney’s hard work and skill during the pre-suit period.

I like to do everything possible to resolve the case for my clients early. But at some point it is important to take the focus off trying to resolve a case that is clearly not resolving and direct the focus onto winning at trial.

Stage Two: During the Lawsuit “Litigation Period”

Approximate timeframe: 6 months-2 years.

What is your attorney doing? When all required evidence is collected and it becomes clear that the defendant is not willing to settle the case for a reasonable amount, your attorney will file a lawsuit. Your attorney will be filing legal documents with the court, requesting evidence from the other side, compiling and proving evidence she has collected on your behalf, communicating with opposing counsel, attneding court hearings and preparing the case to trial. Much of the work that your attorney will perform on a case will be done without your involvement. And at some point, if the case is taking a while to resolve, you will wonder why the process is taking so long. You must not forget that the wheels of justice move slowly and the judge has many cases in addition to yours. Therefore, a monthly check-in with your attorney about your case will keep you updated and informed.

What is required of you? You must continue to focus on getting better and attending all of your medical appointments. Your attorney may request additional information from you to provide to the other side and you may be required to attend a deposition and a mediation. Your personal injury attorney will guide you through the process and explain exactly how each step of the litigation works.

What you should expect? A settlement of your case is possible and highly likely with a good attorney. Settlements usually occur during mediation and the amount you will be offered by the defendant will depend on the evidence that supports your case and your lawyer’s skill and diligence. If you do not come to an agreement with the defense on the amount of damages due to you for the injuries you have sustained, you and your attorney will start preparing for trial.

I like to move my cases quickly and request a trial date in the early stages of litigation. This way, if it becomes clear that a reasonable settlement is not possible, we are ready to go to trial within a few months of the mediation.

Stage Three: After the Lawsuit Concludes

Approximate timeframe: 1 month- 2 years.

What is your attorney doing? If your case has settled before the trial, your attorney will review important legal documents which you will have to sign. Your settlement funds will not be available to you immediately. It usually takes four weeks to receive payment from the other side. Your attorney will do the required accounting and may settle your medical bills depending on your agreement with your lawyer.

If your case goes to trial and you win at trial, the case is not over. There are many post trial matters that usually come up, including a possible appeal from the other side. The post trial process can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on how you and your attorney decide to proceed.

What is required of you? If the case settles, you will have to sign some documents releasing the defendant from further liability.   You will be required to keep the settlement amount confidential and not share the details of the settlement with anyone.

If the case concludes after a trial, you should be patient. Unfortunately, the case is not over just because you won at trial.  You should follow the instructions of your attorney, but the most important job you will have to do is wait.

What you should expect? I tell my clients that this is the most important time to be patient. Whether I settled the case or won at trial, there are still many things to do before I can get that check to my clients.

If you have questions about your personal injury case, call us at 1-855-55-GO-LEGAL.

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