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.

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.

Barry R. Rabovsky
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