You could always check with the American Bar Association, but asking a friend of their recommendations is always a plus. However, if you do ask a friend make sure you get specific details on why they are recommending a certain lawyer.
1) What was the type of claim (will this lawyer work for your need)?
2) What was the outcome (was it out of court or not, was the settlement satisfactory)?
3) What is the lawyer’s percentage and arrangement for costs (do they come out of settlement or paid upfront)?
4) Was there a workable relationship between lawyer and client (listening, working for your need, returning calls, communication, etc.)?
5) Are you related or friends with this recommended lawyer? Continue reading Top 10 Tips to Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer
Shortly after the auto accident and meanwhile being treated for whiplash, loss of curve in neck, bulging disk in back, lower back problems, headaches, you name it, I began to notice numbness and was referred for treatment with a neurologist. This doctor recommended I take Lexapro; a antidepressant none the less. Continue reading Is Lexapro a Drug of Choice for Whiplash Injuries?
This following is based on a TRUE STORY, but is only a personal perspective from a REAL person after a REAL auto accident:
Whiplash is a tricky thing. After you have been in a car accident, you check yourself; you look good, no broken bones, no brushes, no bleeding, and you say to self, “self, I’m okay”. And in the moment you are okay, because your pain is masked by the overwhelming rush of adrenaline that is going through your body after such a trauma. And yes, even though you may have been in only a minor finder bender, you have gone through a trauma. Our bodies were not intended to be jerked around like so.
Then what happens with whiplash is you wake up the next day and are a little bit stiffness in your body and you try to convince yourself this is natural and you take a minor pain reliever. The medication is now the thing that is masking your problem and you say to yourself, “self, I’m okay”. You are embarrassed to make a big deal out of a non-obvious problem and try to convenience yourself it does not exist.
So, by the time you actually recognize you have a problem and go to a doctor, the x-ray show you have lost the natural curve in your neck and your spine is off-line. And of course you think no big deal and your doctor says give me 3-5 weeks and you will be fully recovered. Yes, you will feel okay because of being under current treatment and your alignment will look better, but for some reason you will never fully recover. When the treatment stops, your pain comes back. It can also come back accompanied with numbness, migraines and other problems you would never imagine. Then years down the road your problem with your loss of curve in your neck becomes so bad, your bones start to fuse together and surgery is the only relief you find.
And the trick here is that you have already signed a general release with the insurance company and you are stuck with a life time of pain, suffering, loss of life, and medical bills after medical bills.
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Well, did you know that if you are suing for a personal injury loss then your spouse can also file a claim due to their loss because of your loss. This is what a Loss of Consortium and Services Claim is. So lets say your husband is in a wreck and he is not able to mow the yard or repair the car for you, then you are able to say that I have a loss of life because now you have to mow the yard and repair the car. Or basically you have to pick up all the slack.
You can even make a claim for the intimate loss in your relationship as well if you are willing to go into details which can be very uncomfortable when you are deposed or on the witness stand.
In trying to figure out if you have a winnable personal injury case ask the following questions:
1. Where you in an accident that is undeniably not your fault?
2. Where you hurt as a result of an accident?
3. Do you have proof that you were hurt after the accident?
4. Where you perfectly healthy before the said accident?
If you answered “yes” to all four questions, then you have a winnable case. Consider your case as one which not only will obtain you an out-of-court settlement, but will also be one that can be won in court either by a judge or a jury of your peers. It all comes down to how much your case is worth including how much pain and suffering have you experienced, any loss of wages, and incurred medical bills. However, be advised that you are only allowed to claim the above if they have been submitted to the court prior to your day in court.