If you have been injured, you may wonder what you can do to help your case. At the Rinehardt Law Firm of Mansfield-Columbus, we know that the most important thing you can do is get as much evidence as possible. To protect your rights, you should do everything possible to keep a record of how the accident happened and what injuries you suffered.
The key is to get evidence that will prove that someone else was at fault and how badly you were hurt.
Generally, if you were injured because someone was careless, you do. This applies to injuries that are caused by a reckless driver, a dangerous product, an employer that disables a guard and a store that has a dangerous sidewalk. If someone else is at fault and injures you, then you probably have a case.http://www.rinehardtlawfirm.com/faqs/do-you-have-a-case/
Because you are here looking for more information, you already suspect the answer to this question.
The insurance adjuster is probably being rude, abusive or may be ignoring your phone calls. That tells you something about his priorities. Consider who makes money if the insurance company gets away with paying you less than your case is worth. Why would the insurance company offer you anything even close to a fair amount if it can get away with paying you less? How will you know if the amount the insurance company offers is fair?http://www.rinehardtlawfirm.com/faqs/can-i-trust-the-other-drivers-insurance-company/
You know better than anyone that the worst part of having been hurt is that the pain keeps you from doing the things you like to do. The amount of money you should get depends on how badly you are hurt. If any of your injuries are permanent or long lasting, your award must be even higher.http://www.rinehardtlawfirm.com/faqs/is-my-own-insurance-company-on-my-side/
My lawyer won’t return my calls; my lawyer won’t tell me why my case is taking so long; my lawyer wants me to take a settlement that I don’t think is fair; my lawyer is rude to me; I never get to talk to my lawyer only his secretary. The bottom line is your lawyer works for you and that should mean that he or she is doing everything possible to look out for your interests and get you the best settlement. Your lawyer should answer your questions and should return your phone calls. Every case is unique, so there is no set timeline, but you have a right to know what is being done.
When a lawyer fails to handle your case the way you expect, you have a right to end the representation and get a new lawyer. You will have to put it in writing that you are ending the representation and the lawyer must give your file to you or your new lawyer. Generally, when your new lawyer settles your case, the old lawyer will be paid for the reasonable value of his/her services up to the time the old lawyer was terminated. In most accident cases, your new lawyer will pay the old lawyer out of the percentage attorney fee. In most cases, when you hire a new lawyer, you won’t have to pay anymore in attorney fees than if you kept the old lawyer. For example, if you were to pay the old lawyer 1/3, and the new lawyer takes your case for 1/3, then when your case settles, you pay the new lawyer 1/3 and out of the 1/3 the new lawyer pays the old lawyer.http://www.rinehardtlawfirm.com/faqs/im-not-happy-with-my-accident-lawyer-can-i-hire-a-different-lawyer/
Even if you only feel shook up, you should get medical treatment at the emergency room or urgent care as soon as possible. After an accident, you are going to have a lot of adrenaline pumping, which may mask injuries. Lots of times you think you are okay, only to have serious pain later. You may have broken bones, an injury to a disc in your back or neck, a torn rotator cuff or tear of the labrum of the hip. Many of these serious injuries start off with relatively little pain. People with serious injuries often start out thinking it’s just a bruise or a minor strain.
After the emergency room or urgent care, if your pain gets worse, you must see your family doctor or go back to the emergency room because a more serious injury may have been missed at your first visit.http://www.rinehardtlawfirm.com/faqs/i-was-in-an-accident-should-i-go-to-the-hospital/
You know better than anyone that the worst part of having been hurt is that the pain keeps you from doing the things you like to do. The amount of money you should get depends on how badly you are hurt. If any of your injuries are permanent or long lasting, your award must be even higher.