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What Does The Average Personal Injury Case Look Like?

For many people who have never had to file a lawsuit or even talk to a lawyer, the idea that you’ll have to sue somebody after you suffer a personal injury can be remarkably stressful. Few people enjoy conflict, and the thought of fighting in court to recover money for your injuries can be enough to stop you from ever reaching out for assistance in the first place.

Unfortunately, a lot of people operate under some significant misconceptions when it comes to the personal injury lawsuit process. The process itself is often far less stressful than many people initially believe it to be. To help dispel some of these common misconceptions, let’s look at how the average personal injury lawsuit works, and what it requires.

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Personal Injuries and Insurance Adjusters – 3 Questions

If you are injured in an accident, you’ll often have to deal with an insurance adjuster. This is especially true if, for example, you’ve been hurt in an automobile accident and either you, or the other driver, has insurance coverage.

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t have much experience with insurance companies, much less insurance adjusters. Understanding what an insurance adjuster does, how the claims process works, and what you can do to protect yourself, will always be better than going into the process blind. Here are some common questions many people have about insurance adjusters.

What does an insurance adjuster do?

Insurance adjusters work for insurance companies, or independent third parties, to investigate the facts arising out of a claim. After investigating, the adjusters have the responsibility of negotiating a potential settlement on behalf of the insurance company.

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Injury HelpLine® Featured on Popular Morning Show!

San Ramon, CA (December 2014) – On December 12 and December 19, 2014, the Injury HelpLine® will be featured on an episode of The Balancing Act® at 7:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime to help educate viewers about the personal injury legal process and how to obtain legal counsel after one has been in an accident.

In the aftermath of an accident, the stress and anxiety that come with it can be overwhelming and even incapacitating at times. Anush Alexander, Vice President of Marketing at the Injury HelpLine®, along with Personal Injury Attorney Eric Jensen, spoke to The Balancing Act’s® host, Julie Moran, about what steps to take after an accident and the importance of seeking legal counsel to protect one’s interests.

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Being Prepared For Your Independent Medical Examination

As part of a personal injury lawsuit, you might be asked to participate in an independent medical examination. The examination, also known as an IME, is designed to allow the defendant in your personal injury lawsuit to discover facts about the nature and extent of your injuries. You should always speak to your lawyer before you participate in a medical examination, but in the meantime, here are some tips you might want to keep in mind.

Honesty is the Best Policy

It’s natural to feel defensive when you have to be examined by a doctor who is working for, or on behalf of, the insurance company protecting the person you’re suing. Many people in this situation feel like they need to protect themselves by exaggerating the facts, or by hiding details they feel do not help them.

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What are Damage Caps in a Personal Injury Case?

When you are injured in an accident, or suffer any kind of personal or medical-related injury, you deserve to recover the money you’re entitled to. Unfortunately, in many situations where people suffer a personal injury, state laws limit the amount of money they can recover. These laws, known as damage caps, impose monetary limits in various types of personal injury cases. Like many other personal injury restrictions, the details of these laws differ significantly from state to state. Nevertheless, understanding how damage cap laws work is something that can help you understand the personal injury lawsuit process.

Damage Caps

When we talk about damage caps, what we are talking about is limitations on the amount of money you can win. State damage cap laws impose these limits regardless of what the facts of a case is. For example, if you are paralyzed by someone else’s negligence, state damage cap laws can limit how much you would be able to recover regardless of your age, how you make your living, or any other factor. So, an already ill elderly person who is disabled as a result of an injury would be limited to the same amount of damages as a young person raising a family.

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What is a Statute of Limitations?

Posted on October 3, 2014

What is a Statute of Limitations?

In personal injury cases, people who have suffered an injury must act quickly to protect their interest because of laws known as statutes of limitations. If you ever speak to a personal injury attorney about your case, your attorney will tell you that your time to take action is limited. Every state has a statute of limitations that requires you to file your lawsuit within a specific amount of time. If you fail to act before time is up, you will be prevented from recovering compensation for your injuries.

Statutes of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases

Every state has laws that limit when people can take various legal actions. These laws are generally referred to as statutes of limitations.

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How to Decide if It’s Time to Sue

Posted on September 26, 2014

How to Decide if It’s Time to Sue

When someone is hurt or suffers an injury, it’s natural to wonder if filing a lawsuit is appropriate. While this might seem like an easy question to answer, it’s often more complicated than many people realize. The decision to file a lawsuit is something you should only make after careful consideration of all the relevant issues. It’s also something that you should only do after speaking to a local attorney who has experience in handling cases such as yours. If you’ve been injured and are considering filing a lawsuit, here are some questions you should think about.

Were you hurt?

Many of the harms we suffer in our day-to-day lives do not rise to the level of a lawsuit. For example, you might not like the way your boss treats you, or might be offended at something you hear someone say, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should file a lawsuit.

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What Can I Tell My Personal Injury Lawyer?

Posted on August 26, 2014

What Can I Tell My Personal Injury Lawyer?

When people first visit or speak to a personal injury lawyer, they often have a lot of questions they want answered. One common question involves exactly what their attorney is allowed to reveal regarding privacy. If you talk to your attorney, what does your attorney have to keep private, and what can he or she reveal to others?

All of these questions hinge on the idea of attorney-client confidentiality. This idea is one of the most basic concepts running throughout the modern legal system, and is something that everyone should know about before talking to a lawyer.

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Why Using Small Claims Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Case

Sometimes, people who have been injured in an automobile accident or who have suffered a personal injury want to take their case to small claims court. Small claims courts have become quite popular in recent years, in part, because of the many television shows that feature small claims cases. Yet despite what you might have seen on television, small claims court may not be your best option. When it comes to personal injury cases and actual small claims courts, there are a number of issues you need to consider before you decide to take your case to your local small claims court.

Small Claims Judgment Limits

The most important thing to realize about small claims courts is that they have specific limits. Every state allows for small claims courts, and all of these courts have specific monetary limits that apply to them, though this amount differs between states. For example, if you sue someone in an Arizona small claims court for personal injury, the most you can win is $2,500. If you bring a similar case in the state of Georgia, the most you can win is $15,000.

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What Does a Judge do in a Personal Injury Case Trial?

The lawsuit process can be intimidating. When you’re injured and are considering filing a lawsuit, it’s hard to know where to begin. Even after hiring a lawyer and getting started, the process can be hard to figure out. What do you have to do? What does your lawyer do? What happens at trial? What happens between now and then?

To help you understand the lawsuit process, let’s look at a one specific piece of the personal injury process: the judge’s role. Specifically, let’s look at what the judge will and won’t do if your case goes to trial.

Judges, Cases and the Law

In a personal injury case, the judge serves as a trier of law. The trier of law is responsible for making a ruling over the legal issues brought up during the course of the trial.

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