When it comes to personal injury, having the right attorney can make all the difference in the world. There are many things personal injury attorneys can do to improve your odds of a fair settlement.
For instance, let’s say that you were hit by a car. In many cases, an insurance adjuster from the other driver’s insurance company will contact you and ask you to sign a release form, or even offer you money. They may ask for access to your medical records or for you to give a statement. The average layperson would probably speak openly to the representative and might even consider the first monetary offer, no matter how small.
However, an attorney could tell you that it is always best to wait to sign anything or accept any settlement. It is even advisable not to talk to the insurance company at all, and instead to refer them to your attorney. This is good advice for several reasons. For one thing, is always best to hold off on accepting any offers until after you have been seen, evaluated, and given a prognosis by a medical professional, so that you have a better understanding of what the injury will cost you financially, and what your financial needs may be in the future. If you sign a release form too early and injuries present themselves afterward, you will have already given up your right to pursue compensation for those injuries. It is also important to remember that insurance companies have a clear prerogative to avoid paying out settlements, and they can and will use anything you say against you further down the line.
These classic initial missteps, and many more, can be avoided by having an attorney to advise you throughout the personal injury process. At Hall Law Group, we specialize in many different types of personal injury cases, all of which we approach with the same lens of passionate, knowledgeable client advocacy.
In 2016 alone, over 2 million people were injured in car accidents. Even a seemingly minor car accident can cause serious injuries. Hall Law Group advocates for our clients’ complete and full compensation for injuries and damages sustained in auto accidents. We have successfully litigated and settled many of these types of cases. Unlike many other firms, our priority is getting you the maximum compensation you are entitled to, even if that means going to trial.
Commercial trucks are 20-30 times heavier than a car. They also take much longer to come to a complete stop than a car. Because of this, accidents involving commercial trucks cause much greater damage than an accident involving only cars, especially those that occur on the freeway. In fact, in 2016, there were over 4,000 deaths involving large trucks. Of these, 83% were people in other vehicle, bicyclists, or pedestrians.
Trucking accident lawsuits are often complex and involve multiple parties – the driver, the truck owner, the truck manufacturer, the leasing company, the truck maintenance company, and the owner of the load on the truck at the time of accident.
Bicycle accidents can be very serious. The most common cause of bicycle accidents are other cars. In fact, in 2016, there were 840 bicyclists killed in car accidents in the United States. Most bicyclist fatalities occur in California.
Slip & Fall Accident
Falls are the number one cause of injury and death among older Americans. They also cause over 250,000 missed days of work are missed annually. If you have sustained a serious injury due to a fall, contact the Hall Legal Group. Our firm is well equipped to handle slip and fall cases. Unlike many firms, our priority is getting you the maximum compensation you are entitled to, even if that means going to trial. Many senior partners at law firms have limited or no trial experience and prefer to settle cases, even if it means less money. We can give you an honest assessment of your case and answer your questions.
With over 75 million dogs owned as pets in the US, dog bites are very common. Over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs annually, with 20% of those bitten requiring medical attention. Unfortunately, children and seniors are most likely to be severely injured by a dog bite.
If a dog bit you, in public or while lawfully in a private place, California law states that the owner of the dog is liable for damages suffered. It doesn’t matter if the dog never bit anyone before, was on a leash, or even if the owner tried to restrain the dog. Sometimes people avoid filing a lawsuit because the owner o the dog is a friend or relative. Keep in mind that even if the dog bite occurred at a relative’s home, the insurance carrier usually pays for a settlement as opposed to the actual dog owner.
Workplace injuries can be serious life-changing events. Workers’ Compensation often does not completely cover lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. If you’ve been injured at work, you might have been told that Worker’s Compensation is the only payment you will receive. This is not necessarily true. For example, if your injury occurred because of a defective product or because of your employer’s intentional conduct, you may have a lawsuit on your hands.
A catastrophic injury can happen in the blink of an eye. Catastrophic injuries leave the victim suffering permanent disabilities that significantly impact their quality of life. Catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, bone fractures, and burn injuries. Car accidents are the most common cause of catastrophic injuries. No matter how it happened, catastrophic injuries often result in a lifetime of expensive medical bills, lost income, and life-care support.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when normal brain function is disrupted by a bump or blow to the head. TBIs are extremely common, with 2.8 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths from TBIs occurring in 2013. Most TBIs happen when someone is falls, is struck by an object, or in a car accident.
A traumatic brain injury is not always readily apparent. Symptoms may not appear for an extended period after the injury. Undiagnosed TBIs sometimes manifest with slurred speech, difficulty thinking clearly, headache, blurred vision, mood changes, sleep changes, memory loss, fatigue, or convulsions. They can result in lifelong disabilities that dramatically impact not only on the TBI victim but their friends, family, and coworkers.
A spinal cord injury occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord itself or to the nerves at the end of the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries are serious, often causing permanent, lifelong disability. It is important to retain an experienced attorney as soon as you can, because these types of injuries are usually very expensive and can create a huge financial burden on you and your family. In the first year alone, health care and living costs associated with spine injuries range from $218,000 to $714,000.Bicycle accidents can be very serious. The most common cause of bicycle accidents are other cars. In fact, in 2016, there were 840 bicyclists killed in car accidents in the United States. Most bicyclist fatalities occur in California.
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