Articles Tagged with Personal Injury

NOLA TouristNew Orleans thrives off of tourism. Millions of people visit the city each year to enjoy the unique music, exquisite cuisine, beautiful architecture, culture, festivals, and particularly Mardi Gras parades. But, what if one of those tourists suffer an injury during their visit?

Unfortunately, many visitors can be involved in an accident while on vacation. Not only does it put a damper on your vacation plans, an accident can also have long term effects such as life changing injuries and outstanding medical bills. The most common injuries include pedestrian accidents, vehicle accidents, and slip and falls in hotels, restaurants, or bars.

rental car companiesWhen asked if they would like to purchase insurance for their rental vehicle, many drivers simply decline. No one really expects to be involved in a collision for the short time they are renting a vehicle, so they hope for the best and walk away with the relief of dodging extra expenses.

But, what happens if you get in a car accident while driving a rental? Or even worse, what happens if the driver of a rental vehicle was uninsured? Many people believe that just because the rental company owns the vehicle, that company will be liable for any damage, but this is not the case. You are not off the hook just because you do not own the vehicle or do not have coverage.

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When you are involved in a car accident, it is usually the fault of another driver who was not paying attention or was driving carelessly. But, what if you were involved in an intentional accident? One might think to themselves, “why would anyone purposely cause a car accident?” However, the sad reality is that staged car accidents are much more common than you may want to believe.

Individuals who cause staged car accidents are only looking to make a personal injury claim and get a quick check by scamming the insurance company. These types of accidents have caused auto insurance premiums to skyrocket. Insurance companies are having to spend billions of dollars to payout claims for staged accidents.

lawyer meeting clientIf you have sustained any personal injuries or property damage after a car accident, it is best to seek the help of an experienced attorney. Meeting with your attorney after an accident may be nerve-wracking, but your initial consultation is an important step in bringing a personal injury claim. This meeting gives your attorney the insight needed on how to best advance your claim. You should never hold back any information because it is crucial that your attorney knows everything about the incident, as well as your personal history.

To best prepare for your meeting, you should bring any and all documentation you have regarding the accident. These materials may include:

doctor and patient in painIf you have ever been involved in an accident, you know a million things begin to run through your head at the time of the incident. You may start to panic, reach for your phone to call for help, check to make sure everyone is okay, or begin observing any damage to your vehicle. So, seeking proper medical treatment after an accident may seem like an added layer of stress to an already difficult situation. However, medical records are a key piece of evidence in personal injury cases and can ultimately make or break your case.

In the event you were injured in an accident, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. If your injuries do not require emergency and immediate medical attention, it is highly encouraged that you visit a doctor within a day or two of the accident. The more time you allow to elapse between the accident and your first doctor visit, the less credible the insurance company will believe you to be. Waiting days, weeks, or even months to see a doctor allows insurance adjusters to think that you were not seriously injured or injured at all. This may result in them denying you compensation.

chidren at schoolSummer vacation is over, and many children are headed back to school for a new year. Schools are required to provide food, shelter, transportation, and adequate supervision for children while under their care. But, just like many other incidents, an accident can happen in the blink of an eye, even while at school.

According to the CDC, more than 200,000 children under the age of 14 sustain brain injuries each year. Most of these accidents happen to occur at school. About 56% of playground injuries result in fractures and contusions. The overall rate of emergency room visits for school related injuries continues to rise.

defensive drivingAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 94 percent of accidents are due to human error. Whether you are a new or experienced driver, it is never a bad idea to adopt a more defensive approach to driving.

The National Safety Council defines defensive driving as “driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others.” The main goal of defensive driving is to reduce the risk of collision by anticipating dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions or the mistakes of others.

emergency vehiclesWhen a car accident occurs, police cars, fire trucks, and ambulance vehicles may be called to the scene to help in a time of crisis. As drivers, we have a duty to yield to oncoming emergency vehicles to allow them to maneuver through traffic. But, what about when one of those vehicles is involved in an accident? Who is responsible if you are involved in an accident with the police or first responder?

social media platformsTechnology is forever evolving. Many of us are guilty of endlessly scrolling through social media platforms at some point throughout our day. Whether it is Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., we post and comment to interact with others. Social media is a great way to keep in touch, but it can also be the downfall of your personal injury claim.

Almost anything you post can be used as evidence against you in your personal injury case. Insurance companies will look for any incriminating evidence to lower the value of your case. Generally, individuals involved in an accident will seek damages. This may include pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, etc. If one claims to have sustained any of these types of losses, the insurance company will want to make sure that they are not exaggerating your claim.

The way a client delivers his or testimony at a deposition can make or break their case. It is crucial that you nail your deposition to ensure that you receive the highest and best value for your case. An insurance company is going to pay more for the case that is packaged and prepared well as opposed to one that is not packaged well. Here are some important tips on how to approach and provide a successful deposition:

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