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Why You Need to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer

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If you were involved in a car accident, you need a qualified personal injury lawyer in order to obtain the fairest compensation for your injuries. Although many insurance adjusters appear to be interested in paying for your medical bills and would like you to believe that they are cooperating with you and care about your car accident injuries, you must remember that they do not want to pay you the highest settlement to which you are legally entitled. In addition to past medical bills, you are entitled to the value of your future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic losses. Most times, a car accident attorney can successfully obtain a settlement that is many times higher than the insurance adjuster’s initial offer.

Our car accident attorney represents clients from all over Florida and negotiates car accident claims on a daily basis. She takes car accident cases to court if she does not obtain the best settlement fo her clients. She understand the importance of ensuring that persons who were injured in an auto accident have enough money to pay for future rehabilitation and medical expenses. Additionally, she understands that a permanent accident injury will continue to affect a person’s life long after the accident. Good compensation for pain and suffering is just as important to obtain as payment for medical bills.

You should contact a car accident attorney to discuss your specific case and understand your legal rights.

Call us today for a free consultation at 1-855-554-6534.

 

 

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Hire Personal Injury Attorney – Advantages

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Hire personal injury attorney – advantages

It is beneficial to hire a personal injury attorney.

A lot of people don’t know how much money they are eligible for while submitting personal injury claim. Professional personal injury attorney will be able to take into consideration all minor and major details, evaluate everything, and provide the results.

This includes analyzing injuries, understanding how the insurance companies work, negotiating your accident settlement.

Yоu will not hаvе tо рау аnу оf thе lawyers wоrkіng оn your lаw ѕuіt аhеаd of time. Attorney will ѕtаrt preparing your саѕе, file everything needed аnd dо аll investigations tо gеt thе рrореr еvіdеnсе and рареrwоrk іn оrdеr tо ѕuссеѕѕfullу rерrеѕеnt уоur саѕе іn соurt.

Another аdvаntаgе іѕ, thаt they аrе muсh mоrе lіkеlу tо achieve a hіghеr соmреnѕаtіоn payment, bесаuѕе personal injury attorney will get еvеrуthіng роѕѕіblе оut of the dеаl, bесаuѕе thе hіghеr thе соmреnѕаtіоn, the hіghеr their profit will bе аѕ wеll.

The fact, is thаt аѕ a general rulе оf thumb, personal іn аttоrnеуѕ аnd fіrmѕ dо nоt tаkе cases unlеѕѕ thеу аrе vеrу ѕurе оf wіnnіng thеm аt thе оutѕеt.

Aѕ you саn іmаgіnе, рrасtісіng реrѕоnаl іnjurу аttоrnеуѕ can mаkе аn еnоrmоuѕ аmоunt оf mоnеу when thеу wіn a big саѕе, which іѕ why thіѕ particular specialty legal саrееr іѕ seen аѕ оnе оf thе fаvоrіtе areas tо work іn as a lаwуеr.

It іѕ vеrу еаѕу tо fіnd a lаwуеr іn уоur area thаt ѕресіаlіzеѕ in реrѕоnаl іnjurу саѕеѕ, just hор on thе computer аnd do a quісk ѕеаrсh. Fоr еxаmрlе, if уоu lіvе аrоund Orlando, you mіght run a ѕеаrсh for “Personal Injury Attorney Orlando” or “Personal Injurу Lawyer Orlаndо Fl”; this wоuld gіvе уоu a numbеr of quаlіfіеd lawyers in thе Orlando area thаt уоu соuld contact tо еvаluаtе аnd possibly take your саѕе оn a соntіngеnсу bаѕіѕ.

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Should I go to the ER and Who Will Pay?

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In most cases, unless the injury is so sever that an injured person is incapacitated and must be take away by ambulance, people are very reluctant to go to the emergency room. The biggest fear is the medical bills from the ER. I want to clarify this issue for people because I see that it becomes a problem later in my clients’ personal injury cases.

If you have been seriously injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, for example a car accident or a slip and fall at a store, you should not hesitate about going to the ER immediately. Going to the emergency room not only allows a medical professional to assess your condition but it also documents the incident. Documentation is super important in a personal injury case because if a doctor did not document it, it did not happen. Or at least that is how the defense looks at it. Also the defense likes to argue to the jury that the injury must not have been as serious as the plaintiff describe because he or she did not seek medical attention immediately.

Medical bills should not be your primary concern. First, you will not be required to pay the hospital on the day of your treatment. Always request an invoice to come by mail. Second, any medical bill that stems from a personal injury caused by another party (not you) is the responsibility of the at-fault party or their insurance company. Therefore, if you hire a personal injury attorney, your attorney will demand that the at-fault party pay for your medical bills. Finally, most medical bills are grossly inflated and can be negotiated down to a fraction of the original price.

Therefore, if you are seriously injured at a restaurant, hotel, store, or in a car accident you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Medical bills will be resolved during your personal injury case by your attorney. And remember that not going to see a doctor immediately after the injury occurs may critically impact the worth of your personal injury case.

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.

Lost in Translation: How Huge Corporations Play Nasty Games with Victims of Personal Injury.

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Ever since I started representing clients in personal injury lawsuits, I started seeing a pattern. Large corporations, who were clearly responsible for the person’s injuries would act borderline illegally in an effort to make evidence disappear or alter it to make it very difficult for the injured person to prove their case.

In one particular case against a worldwide company worth approximately $179.5 billion,* I represented the company’s employee who had sustained an injury resulting from repeated physical labor. In Florida, employers are required to provide Workers’ Compensation coverage for all of their employees in case something like this occurs. The law also requires employees to inform their managers within 30 days of the injury.

My client’s injury occurred during her shift and was serious enough that she could not continue to perform her duties. She immediately told her manager that she had suffered an injury and requested to clock out to go see a doctor. She was not provided with any information regarding her automatic right to be treated by a physician, free of charge. Nor had she any idea that her employer is required to continue providing treatment until she heals, as well as compensation for missed work.

My client spoke limited English and this huge corporation took advantage of the fact.

She found out that she could make a claim to her employer only after paying out-of-pocket for several visits to her own physician. When she came to make the claim, the company had her write an explanation of how she sustained her injury. Since she could not write in English, they instructed her to write in Russian (her native language). Several days after she filed the Workers’ Compensation claim, she was officially denied coverage. The denial was based on two things: 1) her employer did not have a record of her notice of injury and 2) according to a translation of my client’s explanation of injury, the employer determined that the injury was unrelated to her job and therefore not covered by Workers’ Compensation laws.

Of course she was confused. Luckily she found our law firm and retained me immediately.

I immediately requested a copy of the Russian version of my client’s explanation and the company’s translation. The attorney even chuckled when I told him I wanted to see the Russian version. He said with a snicker, “What, can you read Russian or something?” I calmly told him I could.

When I received it, I was shocked. The translation, which did not indicate the name of the translator, completely misstated my client’s account of what happened. Later, when I took a deposition of the claims representative responsible for denying Workers’ Compensation claims at this multibillion dollar corporation, she stated that based on my client’s “own statements” the company had “proof” that the injury had no connection to her job. When confronted on the identity of the translator and the accuracy of the translation, she had no explanation. Shortly thereafter, we settled at mediation for a substantial amount of money, which was enough to pay for future medical treatment including surgery.

My client, who had worked for the company for over a decade, was almost left empty handed with an untreated injury, which required an expensive surgery that she could not afford.

If I had not been able to communicate with my client in Russian and truly understand her position and if I could not instantly evaluate the two conflicting documents, she would have been a victim of a game large corporations often play. I’ve seen many of these types of cases across Florida as well as surrounding states where the personal injury attorney must fight for the client to uncover the wrong doing.

In this example, the corporation took a chance, knowing that the likelihood of my client being able to find an attorney with whom she could communicate accurately was very low. On the surface, given the information the corporation had against her, it looked like she had no case, but when she retained an appropriate advocate to stand up for her, the giant buckled.

I have personally witnessed many other examples of how large corporations stop at nothing to avoid responsibility. When I take a new case, my staff and I always joke about what the new defendant corporation will be caught doing. Unfortunately this is common, but with a sharp attorney the client has a chance.

* According to Forbes Magazine

$250,000 Jury Verdict Awarded Against Pollo Tropical for Careless Packaging of Hot Soup, Severely Burning Woman

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ORLANDO, Florida. On June 2, 2016, after a three day trial, a jury returned a verdict of $250,000 for a young woman who suffered second-degree burns to her inner thighs and genital area when a bowl of hot “Caribbean” soup fell through the bottom of a paper bag and spilled on her lap at a Pollo Tropical drive-thru. The young woman’s attorney argued that Pollo Tropical should have used a plastic bag to serve the hot soup to-go.

Witnesses testified that the hot soup was served straight out of the kettle and within seconds was on the young woman’s lap. The drive-thru attendant that served the hot soup stated that she was never trained to use a plastic bag to package hot soup for customers and regularly saw other employees serving hot soup in paper bags.

Almost a year prior to this incident, another young woman complained to Pollo Tropical that she was seriously burned when the hot chicken soup suddenly fell through the bottom of a paper bag minutes after she received it from Pollo Tropical. The soup spilled on her, causing second-degree burns to her inner thigh. In that case, the young woman had to have her pants surgically removed at the emergency room because the heat of the soup melted her skin to the fabric of her pants. She claimed that she sustained permanent scaring as a result.

Pollo Tropical is not the only fast food chain guilty of carelessly serving hot soup in paper bags. Many restaurants do the same, failing to understand the danger. When the paper bag becomes wet, it begins to disintegrate silently as it makes its way to the customer. Restaurant chains like Pollo Tropical have an obligation to ensure that their employees serve food in a safe manner. Taking the extra step of placing the order in a plastic bag can make the difference between a spoiled lunch and a ruined body.

The injured woman’s attorney, Louiza Tarassova notes that the most frustrating aspect of this case has been Pollo Tropical’s arrogance.

“From the beginning Pollo Tropical did not take my client’s claims seriously and did not have any sympathy for the pain and suffering that resulted from its negligence.”

Pollo Tropical never acknowledged any wrongdoing and never apologized to the young woman.

Louiza Tarassova, the attorney that represented the young woman at trial graduated from Stetson College of Law and has her own legal practice in Orlando, Florida. Her law firm focuses primarily on litigating personal injury cases against large corporations.

For more information please contact The Law Office of Louiza Tarassova, P.A. at info@mylawadvocate.com or call 407-622-1885.

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