FAQ’s

Common Questions

Do I have a case?

YOU DO NOT NEED A MAJOR INJURY TO RECEIVE A MONEY SETTLEMENT

The insurance company won’t tell you that when someone else hits you, even if all you end up with is neck or back soreness or stiffness, and even if it’s only when you overdo it that you have continuing pain or soreness, you should still receive a money settlement for that injury. Not only will the insurance company not tell you that, but if you speak with the insurance company adjuster on your own, they will use what you say about your injury against you and when it comes to a settlement, they will probably say your injury does not qualify for a settlement, or only a very small settlement. You should know that every time you speak with the insurance adjuster, they will either be recording the conversation or taking extensive notes about everything you say. That is why it is very risky to speak directly with the insurance adjuster rather than have an attorney do it for you, because you will probably answer the insurance adjuster’s questions in a way that can be easily used against you later on to deny you a settlement, or reduce your settlement in an unfair way. And you will have to continue to speak with the insurance company and answer questions because they will keep calling you on a regular basis until you either get an attorney or settle your case.

Should I talk to the insurance adjuster?

THE INSURANCE COMPANY WILL ASK YOU TO SIGN PAPERS GIVING UP YOUR RIGHTS

The insurance company won’t tell you that when someone else hits you, even if all you end up with is neck or back soreness or stiffness, and even if it’s only when you overdo it that you have continuing pain or soreness, you should still receive a money settlement for that injury. Not only will the insurance company not tell you that, but if you speak with the insurance company adjuster on your own, they will use what you say about your injury against you and when it comes to a settlement, they will probably say your injury does not qualify for a settlement, or only a very small settlement. You should know that every time you speak with the insurance adjuster, they will either be recording the conversation or taking extensive notes about everything you say. That is why it is very risky to speak directly with the insurance adjuster rather than have an attorney do it for you, because you will probably answer the insurance adjuster’s questions in a way that can be easily used against you later on to deny you a settlement, or reduce your settlement in an unfair way. And you will have to continue to speak with the insurance company and answer questions because they will keep calling you on a regular basis until you either get an attorney or settle your case.

Another document the insurance company will ask you to sign will be a release. The insurance company will usually not explain what you are signing, but signing a document like that can result in your losing any right to any further compensation. It is also important not to sign this kind of document, or settle your case at all, until your medical treatment is finished and your doctor has done a final evaluation report, and an attorney has told you what you should be entitled to as a settlement. Once you sign a release form, you normally cannot go back and undo it, even if it turns out you didn’t really understand what you were signing.

Do I need an attorney?

HOW TO GET THE MONEY YOU DESERVE

The insurance companies won’t tell you that even their own research proves that people who are represented by attorneys end up with almost three and one-half times more money than people who try to settle with the insurance company on their own. The Insurance Research Council, a research organization funded by the insurance companies, did a study comparing what people received for the same injury when they were represented by attorneys versus what people received when they were not represented by an attorney. The Insurance Research Council determined that people who had attorneys received almost three and one-half times more, and that was after the attorney’s fees were paid. That means for example, that if an insurance company is willing to pay someone who is not represented by an attorney $7,000, then a person with the same injury who is represented by an attorney would have received almost three and one-half times that amount, or almost $25,000 – an extra $18,000 in the pocket of the injured person, after attorney’s fees were paid. This means that with an attorney, the same case that settled for $7,000 would have settled for $35,000 with an attorney and, after attorney’s fees of one-third of the settlement, the injured person would have received $25,000 in their pocket, an extra $18,000 more than the person who did not get an attorney.

It is important to remember that this is the insurance company’s own research that shows people receive more money when they have an attorney. That is why the insurance company does not want you to know this, because if you knew this, you would get an attorney and the insurance company would end up paying you a lot more for your injuries. In another example of this, if the insurance company would have paid $10,000 to a person who did not have an attorney, the same person represented by an attorney would have walked away with $35,000 in their pocket, $25,000 more in their pocket than the person who did not get an attorney. That means the case would have settled for almost $52,000 and, after attorney’s fees of one-third of the settlement, the person represented by an attorney would have received $35,000, an extra $25,000 more in their pocket than the person who didn’t get an attorney.

Should I sign insurance company papers?

THE INSURANCE COMPANY WILL ASK YOU TO SIGN PAPERS GIVING UP YOUR RIGHTS

If you do not have an attorney representing you, the insurance company will ask you directly to sign documents, without explaining to you all the consequences of those documents. One thing they will ask you to sign will be an authorization for the insurance company to directly contact your doctor, and even doctors you saw before this accident, and get your records and information directly from the doctor’s office, which they should not be allowed to do. The medical information about your injuries and treatment or previous treatment should not be provided directly to the insurance company without you knowing what records they are getting or without your having an opportunity to first review those records yourself, know what is in the records, confirm the accuracy of what is in the records, and that it even relates to this accident. You need to be particularly concerned about anything in the records about what you said to the doctor about how the accident happened, what your initial complaints were right after the accident or information in the records about any prior injuries you may have had. Even if the record is incorrect or misleading, this information can be used against you by the insurance company and you may not even know what’s in the records or how to straighten out any confusion that may be created by inaccuracies in the records, or any other information the insurance company gets directly from the doctor’s office.

Another document the insurance company will ask you to sign will be a release. The insurance company will usually not explain what you are signing, but signing a document like that can result in your losing any right to any further compensation. It is also important not to sign this kind of document, or settle your case at all, until your medical treatment is finished and your doctor has done a final evaluation report, and an attorney has told you what you should be entitled to as a settlement. Once you sign a release form, you normally cannot go back and undo it, even if it turns out you didn’t really understand what you were signing.

I have an attorney, can I get a second opinion?

YOU CAN GET FREE INFORMATION AND EVEN A FREE SECOND OPINION ABOUT YOUR ACCIDENT

Because the insurance company wants to pay you as little as they can get away with, they don’t want you to have the assistance of an attorney, so they will not tell you how easy it is to speak with an attorney and get information, without it costing you anything or without you having to hire the attorney. They won’t tell you that there are lawyers who will give you free information over the phone, without having to pay anything or without having to hire the attorney, and without even having to go to the attorney’s office. The insurance company also won’t tell you that there are some attorneys who will meet you at your home, or a place that is convenient for you, and that there are some law firms where you meet directly with the attorney and not just an “investigator” or “paralegal”, which is what most law firms give you. In fact, not only can you speak with an attorney for free and without having to hire the attorney, but you can also talk with more than one attorney and compare the attorneys. Even if you’ve already hired an attorney, you can still get a second opinion about your case for free from another attorney or ask a second attorney any questions you have about your case. You also have the right to change attorneys if you want to.

Should I get follow up medical care?

IT IS IMPORTANT TO SEE A DOCTOR AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR IT OUT OF YOUR OWN POCKET

Another thing the insurance companies won’t tell you about is that if you are not seeing a doctor after your accident, the insurance company won’t say anything at first because they don’t really want to pay for your seeing a doctor. However, when it comes time to resolve the case, the fact that you did not have follow up care with a doctor or physical therapy, even though you were having some problems, will mean that your continuing injury has not been “documented”, and the insurance company will suggest to you that you are not entitled to compensation because your injury was not documented by a doctor.

The insurance company will also not tell you that if you are represented by an attorney, you can probably obtain medical treatment without having to pay anything at all out of pocket as you are being treated. The attorney will make sure that any unpaid bills are ultimately paid by the insurance company and that means you don’t have to pay anything now or take any risks that you might ever have an unpaid bill to worry about.

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