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How can a lawyer help you after an accident injury?

Written by Barry R. Rabovsky on . Posted in Legal Advice

Everyone needs a lawyer some time. For most people, this also includes a personal injury lawyer, either to help make a claim after an accident or to help defend a claim made against them. Most people don’t know all the things a lawyer does for them.

How A Lawyer Helps You After An Accident

When it comes to making a personal injury claim, here are some of the many ways a lawyer helps you after an accident:

* Recommend doctors and other health care providers to treat you.

* Evaluate your claim and tell you how much money you are entitled to receive. Your lawyer knows the law and can tell if you have a strong case and how much compensation you should receive. In contrast, insurance adjusters like to say your case is weak and that you aren’t entitled to much money. They do this because they work for the insurance company, not you.  By having your lawyer evaluate your claim and tell you what the law entitles you to receive, you’re more likely to get the maximum compensation.

* Explain your legal rights and duties. You have many important rights after an accident, including the right to consult your lawyer before answering questions from the other side or an insurance company and, in most states, the right to receive damages even if you partly caused the accident.  Not knowing all your rights can cause you to make a serious mistake that lowers or even eliminates your recovery.

* Advise you who else may be liable to you.  In many accident cases, more than one party is legally liable.  Your lawyer can advise you which parties are liable in your accident case.  This is especially useful when one of the parties is unable to pay for all your damages.

* Investigate. Your lawyer can help investigate to find out information that is unknown or unclear, identify and interview witnesses, get copies of police reports or medical files and do legal research as well.

* Help collect evidence.  Apart from investigating, to make a claim or settlement proposal you need evidence to prove your case. Your lawyer helps you collect evidence by advising what information needs to be obtained, and ways to obtain it.

* Handle calls and negotiate with insurance companies. Not only will this lower the time you spend on the matter, but your lawyer is experienced dealing with insurance companies and won’t be tricked by methods and tactics they use to delay or lower accident payouts.

* Help you get your car fixed, or get compensation if it can’t be fixed. Your lawyer can also help with your property damage claim.

* Help you get the maximum amount of compensation. Accident victims are often entitled to be paid for many things, including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Your lawyer will help make sure not to miss a category of loss that you are entitled to be paid for.

* Help you get more money than if you handle your claim alone. Studies have been done comparing amounts received by accident victims who handle claims alone with those who use a lawyer. They consistently show that accident victims who use a lawyer obtain more money.

* Loyalty and confidentiality. Your lawyer provides all these services with the benefits of loyalty to you, and confidentiality. Under the law and rules of legal ethics, you can trust that what you and your lawyer discuss in confidence will stay secret.

These are just some of the ways a lawyer helps you after an accident. A lawyer makes recovering damages easier and reduces the time you spend on the matter. Also — and perhaps most importantly — you will likely receive more compensation than if you handle your claim alone.

You Need Great Legal Advice…

Injured in an accident? CALL US! We can help.You need someone who is on your side and knows exactly what they’re doing. Barry R. Rabovsky only represents injured individuals and their families. With more than 29 years of experience as a personal injury attorney in the Chicago metropolitan area, he is well known and highly regarded. He is an aggressive, skilled trial lawyer with a reputation for excellence that makes his retention a key to success in complex, adversarial personal injury proceedings. Contact Barry today toll-free at (800) 822-4321 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

5 Key Mistakes To Avoid After You Have An Accident

Written by Barry R. Rabovsky on . Posted in Accidents General

If you’re in a car or other kind of accident, you will be faced with many issues, including who to talk to, what to say and which documents to sign.  It’s easy for accident victims to get confused by all that’s going on and to mistakenly say or do something that hurts their claim. 

Some Devastating Mistakes are Made After Having an Accident…

Here are five key mistakes to avoid if you’ve been in an accident.

  1. Admitting fault.

    Remember that anything you say can be used against you later and hurt your claim.  Since you don’t have all the facts — and because confusion can cause you to not think clearly — don’t admit fault, at least not before consulting your lawyer.
  1. Dealing with insurance adjusters without a lawyer.

    Adjusters handle many accident claims, and dealing with them without a lawyer increases the chance you’ll say or sign something that hurts your case.  Adjusters work for the insurance company, not you, and their job is to pay you as little as possible.   Studies (even those done by insurance companies) show that accident victims receive more money with a lawyer’s help.
  1. Not getting information at the scene.

    Getting the right information at the scene of the accident helps your lawyer prepare the strongest case.  Key information to get includes the name, address and phone numbers of witnesses and, in the case of a car accident, the other driver’s personal and vehicle information and insurance company name and policy number.  It is also crucial to make notes of the accident, take photographs and save any physical evidence. A recorder is very useful in documenting your thoughts immediately after an accident and throughout the process.
  1. Keeping poor records of expenses and problems.

    Accident victims are entitled to be compensated for many things, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and changes to their lifestyle.  Keeping good records of all out-of-pocket expenses and a written diary of all physical complaints will help you get compensated for everything the law entitles you to receive.
  1. Waiting to get legal help.

    The longer you wait to get legal help, the harder it can be to obtain evidence, and the more likely you will say something to an adjuster (or sign something) that hurts your case.  Waiting also puts you at higher risk of losing your claim because there are deadlines involved when making personal injury claims.

These are some of the mistakes that accident victims can make which hurt their claim. If you have questions about what to do after an accident, get legal help.  Your lawyer can help you avoid mistakes and obtain the maximum recovery.

 

You Need Great Legal Advice…

Injured in an accident? CALL US! We can help.Barry R. Rabovsky only represents injured individuals and their families. With more than 29 years of experience as a personal injury attorney in the Chicago metropolitan area, he is well known and highly regarded. He is an aggressive, skilled trial lawyer with a reputation for excellence that makes his retention a key to success in complex, adversarial personal injury proceedings. Contact Barry today toll-free at (800) 822-4321 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

How to Handle Insurance Company Documents: Get Legal Help First

Written by Barry R. Rabovsky on . Posted in Insurance

After an accident, an insurance company may ask you to sign certain forms. They might even try to pressure you into thinking that you have to. In order to protect yourself, it’s vital to consult your lawyer before signing anything, as these documents could affect your rights and the amount of compensation you receive.

A Few Forms You May Be Asked to Sign…

One form you may be asked to sign is medical related, giving the insurance company the power to obtain your medical records.  But this power could be broad, meaning they have the right to obtain ALL your medical records, including those unrelated to the accident.  The insurance company will be looking for ways to avoid paying you.  For example, based on the records, they may try to claim your injuries were pre-existing or caused by something other than the accident.

An insurance company may also ask you to sign a “release” of all claims in return for a small sum of money.  Signing this could end your claim for far less than you’re legally entitled to receive.  Remember that if you sign a “release,” it’s very hard to cancel it if you later find out your damages are higher.

After an accident, consult your lawyer before you sign anything.  It can make the difference between receiving little or no compensation versus the maximum recovery.

You Need Great Legal Advice…

Injured in an accident? CALL US! We can help.Barry R. Rabovsky only represents injured individuals and their families. With more than 29 years of experience as a personal injury attorney in the Chicago metropolitan area, he is well known and highly regarded. He is an aggressive, skilled trial lawyer with a reputation for excellence that makes his retention a key to success in complex, adversarial personal injury proceedings. Contact Barry today toll-free at (800) 822-4321 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

What Legal Rights Can Protect Me After an Accident?

Written by Barry R. Rabovsky on . Posted in Legal Advice

If you’ve been in an accident, you have many rights.  Unfortunately, many accident victims don’t know all their rights, and as a result, they receive much less compensation than they’re entitled to obtain. Knowing the following rights, and having a lawyer on your side, are the two most important things you can do to ensure you receive the maximum compensation that you deserve.

6 Important Rights To Know If You Are In An Accident

Here are some of the key rights you need to know if you’re in an accident.

  1. The right to consult your lawyer before talking to an insurance company.  Anything you say after an accident can be used against you, so consult your lawyer before talking to an insurance company.  Insurance adjusters will likely try to get recorded statements from you about the accident and your injuries, and use these against you later to deny your claim or lower the value of it.  Talking to your lawyer before giving a statement can prevent this from happening to you.
  2. The right to receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses.  Accident victims can obtain compensation for many things, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and costs to fix or replace damaged property.  Obtaining all the damages you’re entitled to receive puts you in a much better position for the future – if you have more medical bills and lost wages after your claim is settled, you’ll have already been compensated for this and won’t bear these costs yourself.
  3. The right to choose your medical care.  If you are in an accident, you have the right to choose your doctor. Don’t let the other side or an insurance company pressure you to see their doctor. Select the doctor you think is best.
  4. The right to learn about the other side’s insurance.  Whoever caused the accident may not have enough money or property to pay your damages, but may have insurance that covers your losses. You have the right to get information about this insurance.
  5. The right to compensation even if you partly caused the accident.  In most states, accident victims have the right to compensation even if the accident was partly their fault.  Generally, your damages will just be reduced by the amount of your fault.
  6. The right to accept or reject settlement offers.  Your lawyer will try to get the best settlement offer for you, but the decision to accept a settlement or reject it and go to trial is up to you.  Just because an insurance company or someone else says this is their best and final offer, doesn’t mean you must accept it.

These are some of the key rights of accident victims.  Exercising them will help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.  If you have any questions about your legal rights after an accident, ask your lawyer.  Your lawyer is truly on your side and is the best person to answer questions you have about legal rights.

You Need Great Legal Advice…

Injured in an accident? CALL US! We can help.Barry R. Rabovsky only represents injured individuals and their families. With more than 29 years of experience as a personal injury attorney in the Chicago metropolitan area, he is well known and highly regarded. He is an aggressive, skilled trial lawyer with a reputation for excellence that makes his retention a key to success in complex, adversarial personal injury proceedings. Contact Barry today toll-free at (800) 822-4321 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

How Can a Free Consultation Help You After an Accident Injury?

Written by Barry R. Rabovsky on . Posted in Legal Advice

If you’ve been in an accident, you will likely have many questions about making a claim.  One valuable benefit that personal injury lawyers provide is a free consultation where you can learn many things about your accident claim. 

Benefits of a Free Consultation with an Accident Injury Lawyer

Here are some key things you can learn in a free consultation with your lawyer.

* Whether you have a strong case.  Your lawyer can review the facts of your accident and likely tell you if you have a good case.

* How much money you may receive.  Your lawyer can go over your injuries and explain to you all the types of damages you can be compensated for and how much money you’re entitled to receive.

* Learn about the legal process. The process for making an accident claim can be complicated, as there are legal deadlines and other rules to make claims.  Your lawyer can explain the process and answer any questions you have.

* Steps to preserve your claim and get the maximum compensation.  Starting off correctly is important in personal injury claims, as even small mistakes – such as signing the wrong document or saying the wrong thing to an insurance adjuster – can have a big impact on your case.  In the free consultation, you’ll learn key things to do from the outset to help you receive the maximum compensation.

If you’re in an accident, don’t guess what you should do.  Instead, take advantage of the free consultation and talk to your lawyer immediately. You can get answers to your questions and be on the way to getting the maximum compensation with the least amount of hassles and time spent.

You Need Great Legal Advice…

Injured in an accident? CALL US! We can help.You need someone who is on your side and knows exactly what they’re doing. Barry R. Rabovsky only represents injured individuals and their families. With more than 29 years of experience as a personal injury attorney in the Chicago metropolitan area, he is well known and highly regarded. He is an aggressive, skilled trial lawyer with a reputation for excellence that makes his retention a key to success in complex, adversarial personal injury proceedings. Contact Barry today toll-free at (800) 822-4321 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Injured in an Accident? Here’s What You Need to Do Immediately.

Written by Barry R. Rabovsky on . Posted in Accidents General

If you’re injured in a car or other type of accident, you will want to get the maximum compensation for your injuries. There are several key things you can do to increase the amount of compensation you receive.

The first thing you must do is try to keep a clear head. The following are some of the main things you can do to help your lawyer help you in your accident injury case.

How to Protect Yourself After an Accident Injury

* Hire an experienced personal injury lawyer.  The lawyer you select to handle your case can make a big difference in how much compensation you receive. Hiring a law firm that’s handled many accident cases, like our firm, is a tremendous asset when making a claim to an insurance company. Insurance companies have teams of lawyers working to lower accident payouts, and your own lawyer’s skills, training and experience in dealing with insurance companies can pay off for you in the form of a much higher financial recovery.

* Take photos of your injuries while they’re fresh.  A picture is worth a thousand words, and this is especially true in accident cases.  Photos showing your injuries while they are fresh can convey their nature and severity to an insurance company or court.

* Tell your doctor about all your injuries.  Many accident victims downplay injuries when visiting their doctor, thinking they’ll look weak.  But this is a bad idea.  If your doctor isn’t aware of an injury and it goes untreated, the injury could get much worse.  Also, your doctor’s notes and reports serve as evidence of your injuries, so if these reports omit injuries, you likely won’t get compensated for them.

* Wait for a fair settlement.  Some accident victims want to accept a fast settlement just to end the matter.  But if you settle too soon, you’ll likely pay some of the accident costs yourself.  Remember that many injuries take time to develop, so a person’s medical costs, lost wages and other things that go into figuring what’s full compensation takes time to be known. It’s much wiser not to settle your claim until you know the full extent of your injuries and damages.

* Act fast.  The sooner you seek legal help, the sooner your lawyer can start working on your case and the more likely you’ll avoid doing something that hurts your case.

These are some of the key things to do after an accident to help increase your compensation.  Taking the proper steps after an accident can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.

You Need Great Legal Advice…

Injured in an accident? CALL US! We can help.You need someone who is on your side and knows exactly what they’re doing. Barry R. Rabovsky only represents injured individuals and their families. With more than 29 years of experience as a personal injury attorney in the Chicago metropolitan area, he is well known and highly regarded. He is an aggressive, skilled trial lawyer with a reputation for excellence that makes his retention a key to success in complex, adversarial personal injury proceedings. Contact Barry today toll-free at (800) 822-4321 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

What Are The Most Important Things To Do After A Car Accident?

Written by Barry R. Rabovsky on . Posted in Car Accidents

So you just have been involved in an accident? Was it your fault? How do you know? Illinois is a modified comparative negligence state, so fault matters.

You have to document as much information as you possibly can. Your cell phone is your friend; take pictures, record your thoughts in audio, get statements if you can, and gather as much information as possible, because tomorrow this will all be a blur.

Don’t Be A Victim

After an accident, there’s a good chance an insurance adjuster will contact you. He or she will likely say or do things under the pretense of trying to help you, but be aware they are really meant to get you to settle your claim for little or no money and without involving a lawyer. 

Here are some tactics that adjusters use on accident victims with the goal to lower payouts.  Knowing about them can help you avoid being a victim.

* Adjusters try to convince you that a lawyer won’t help you, saying that the adjuster will get you the best settlement.  Don’t be tricked by this!  Adjusters work for the insurer, not you, and their goal is to pay you as little as possible so the insurance company boosts its profits.  Your own lawyer is truly on your side after an accident and will work to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries.

* Stalling.  Some accident victims first try handling their claim alone to see if they’ll get a good offer from the insurance company.  The adjuster will stall, and meanwhile, valuable time is being lost.  It’s important to get your lawyer involved early, when evidence is fresh and witnesses’ memories are strong.  Also, if you wait too long to make your claim, the deadline to make claims may expire.

* Trying to get statements from you before you’ve hired a lawyer. Anything you say can be used against you, and adjusters are good at getting accident victims to say things that hurt their case.  Avoid this by consulting your lawyer before giving any statement.

* Trying to get you to sign things that hurt your case.  This can include authorizations that let the insurance company get all your medical records (and then claim the accident wasn’t the cause of your injuries), and a release of all claims for a small sum of money, which prevents you from getting the maximum compensation.  To avoid problems, don’t sign anything unless your lawyer tells you that it’s okay to sign.

These are just some of the tactics insurance adjusters can use to lower accident payouts.  To avoid being victimized by them, call your lawyer promptly after an accident.  Your lawyer will deal with the insurance company for you, helping you receive the maximum compensation.

You Need Great Legal Advice…

Injured in an accident? CALL US! We can help.You need someone who is on your side and knows exactly what they’re doing. Barry R. Rabovsky only represents injured individuals and their families. With more than 29 years of experience as a personal injury attorney in the Chicago metropolitan area, he is well known and highly regarded. He is an aggressive, skilled trial lawyer with a reputation for excellence that makes his retention a key to success in complex, adversarial personal injury proceedings. Contact Barry today toll-free at (800) 822-4321 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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