How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?

It doesn’t cost anything to hire a personal injury lawyer when you work with The Layton Law Firm, PLLC. Our firm works on a contingency basis. This means we only get paid if we are able to reach a settlement or a jury verdict for you. If we are unable to reach a settlement or verdict for you, you will not receive a bill.

The contingency arrangement allows those injured in car accidents, workers’ compensation accidents, and slip and fall accidents to obtain legal representation without spending money to do so. This is an extremely important aspect of our legal system. By providing clients with legal representation, personal injury lawyers are protecting every day consumers from large insurance companies and their corporate legal teams.

How Do I Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?

Hiring a personal injury lawyer is easy. When you work with The Layton Law Firm, PLLC, you can complete most of the intake online. There are a few docs which need to be signed. We can meet with you in the office to sign that paperwork, or if it’s more convenient for you, we can mail or email it to you to sign. We’re flexible. Whatever is easiest for you works for us.

Once you have signed a contract with the firm, we will send a Letter of Representation to the insurance company for the at fault party. The letter of representation will confirm we represent you in the personal injury matter. It also requests all transcripts or recordings of conversations or statements you may have made to the insurance adjuster for the other side.

Will The Layton Law Firm Take My Case?

We can’t take every case that we are presented with; however, you deserve to speak with a lawyer about your case so you can understand your rights. Our free consultations are meant to help us understand your case, and provide you with what we believe to be your options for moving forward. If we are unable to take your case for some reason, we will explain why, and try to refer you to another law firm we think would be a good fit for the case.

Is My Case Too Small For A Personal Injury Lawyer?

Many clients mistakenly believe that personal injury lawyers only take large cases. This simply is not true. We take on minor accident cases every day at our firm, and we are just as interested in helping and protecting those clients as we are in working on larger cases.

Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you would like to speak with an attorney about your personal injury case, we’re here to help. The call is free and you will come away with a much better understanding of your options. You can reach us at 704.749.7747 or click to request a FREE CASE EVALUATION, and we will be in touch shortly.

Further Reading

If this article was helpful, you may find other helpful articles on our Personal Injury Blog. Thank you for visiting the website—we hope it has been helpful.

 

Friendly Charlotte Personal Injury Firm

It may seem counter-intuitive to desire a friendly Charlotte personal injury firm, but in our opinion that is exactly what you need for your Charlotte personal injury. We all often forget that working with a law firm means interacting with that law firm on a routine basis. While you want your Charlotte personal injury lawyer to be aggressive for you when pursuing compensation for your personal injury claim or personal injury lawsuit, you also want them to be easy to work with. For that reason, finding a friendly Charlotte personal injury firm is important.

Responsive Staff And Attorneys

One of the most frequent complaints about Charlotte personal injury firms—even those rated as Charlotte’s best personal injury firms—is a failure to communicate effectively with clients. Part of this failure is due to the heavy work load that Charlotte personal injury law firms take on; however, there’s no excuse for not responding to a client’s inquiry or desire to be kept up to date.

At The Layton Law Firm, we end each conversation by agreeing with you on the next time you can expect an update from us. This helps us, and it helps you. From our perspective, it insures that we have it marked on our calendar to reach out to you when the future date arrives. From your perspective, it gives you peace of mind that you know you will be updated at the agreed upon time.

Mutual Respect Is A Critical Part Of Success

The personal injury law firm and the client must work as a team to reach a successful result on a personal injury claim. This means the client must also commit to responding in a timely manner to their lawyer or paralegal. Quite often, the insurance adjuster in a car accident will request additional support for lost wages or medical records. We need our clients to assist us in quickly gathering that information so the claim can move forward.

On our end, we do our best to keep in mind that most clients have never filed a personal injury claim before working with us. They are not the type of individuals who sue people. So, the experience can be stressful. Not only is it an emotionally draining process, but it’s also hard to understand how long a personal injury settlement will take. We do our best to maintain compassion, empathy, and understanding for what our clients are going through. After all, they are working with us because they were harmed in an often life-changing motor vehicle accident, slip and fall injury or workers’ compensation related injury.

Speak With A Charlotte Personal Injury Lawyer

If you would like to speak with an attorney about your personal injury case, we’re here to help. The call is free and you will come away with a much better understanding of your options. You can reach us at 704.749.7747 or click to request a FREE CASE EVALUATION, and we will be in touch shortly.

Further Reading

If this article was helpful, you may find other helpful articles on our Personal Injury Blog. Thank you for visiting the website—we hope it has been helpful.

 

Should I Give The Personal Injury Adjuster A Statement?

No, you should not give your personal injury adjuster a statement regarding your car accident, slip and fall injury, or any other injury. No matter how kind the adjuster may appear, you can trust that your statement(s) will be used against you at a later date. Adjusters work for the insurance company. While they may be assisting you with reaching a personal injury settlement, their loyalty is always to the insurance company.

The Adjuster Is Probably Recording Your Statement

North Carolina is a One Party Consent state, under N.C.G.S. Ann 15A-287.  This means that phone conversations can be recorded by one of the parties to those conversations. Effectively, this means that the adjuster does not have to ask your permission or even tell you the call is being recorded. It also means the recorded call could become evidence at trial.

Inconsistencies In Your Statement Will Be Used Against You

While you may tell the truth when giving your personal injury statement, you are only human. First, if the adjuster has multiple conversations with you, they may record all of them. Second, you may explain the facts in a slightly different manner to the adjuster on different calls. Lastly, these differences in the versions of your story could be used to establish your inconsistency, or your inability to accurately remember what happened. This is specifically true of a slip and fall accident. At least in a motor vehicle accident there is a police report to help memorialize the facts. If you’ve been in an accident we can provide you with a free copy of your police report,

Refusal To Give A Statement Will Not Hurt Your Case

As a general rule, we advise adjusters that it is our policy that our clients not give a statement. Much the same way the insurance company does not have to provide us with a copy of the store video for a slip and fall, we retain the right to refuse to give a recorded statement. Additionally, if a lawsuit is filed, both sides will be given a chance to take depositions during the Discovery phase of the lawsuit, governed by N.C.G.S. 15A-902. A deposition is the equivalent of a recorded statement given by our client, or anyone else. That is also when any existing video of an accident or slip and fall would be turned over for review.

The Pitfalls Of Settling A Claim Without A Personal Injury Lawyer

This article is just one example of how having legal representation can dramatically change the results of your personal injury claim or personal injury settlement. Whether it’s guidance regarding a personal injury statement to an adjuster, or assistance with negotiating medical liens in personal injury, your personal injury attorney will fight to protect you. Having your legal rights protected has to be a top priority when dealing with a large corporate insurance company.

Speak With A Charlotte Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you have been injured and would like to speak with a lawyer today, call us at 704.749.7747. Press the “New Client” option when prompted, and you will be connected immediately with a lawyer. You can also request a FREE CASE EVALUATION and we will reach out shortly to discuss your case with you. Even if you’ve already given a personal injury statement, we can help.

Further Reading

If you’d like to read more articles, check out our Personal Injury Blog or our Bankruptcy Blog. Thank you for stopping by the website. We hope it has been helpful.

Contusions From Car Accidents

Our clients’ medical records often reflect contusions from car accidents. Often, insurance adjusters seek to minimize the impact of contusions when it comes to settlement offers. Working with a personal injury lawyer will help to make sure you are treated fairly when you reach a personal injury settlement.

What Is A Contusion?

A contusion is a condition where a capillary or blood vessel is leaking into the surrounding area. While it can be painful and take time to heal, put more simply, a contusion is a medical term for a bruise.

Soft Tissue Contusions From Car Accidents

The most common type of contusion is a a soft tissue contusion. Muscle contusions are bruised muscles or tendons. These can result from impact with your dashboard or steering wheel in a car accident. You will have some or all of the following symptoms:

Discoloration

Swelling

Stiffness

Soreness

While you should seek medical attention for your injuries, there is not much a physician can do to treat a contusion. They will recommend Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation or “RICE”. They will also prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to help reduce the pain and inflammation. Lastly, they may recommend a brace or wrap to keep the area in place while it heals.

Bone Contusions From Car Accidents

A second type of contusion is a bone contusion. While the end result is similar to a soft tissue contusion, bone contusions are less common. They also take more time to heal. Whereas a muscle contusion may take a few days to a few weeks, a bone contusion can take a few months to heal.

How Do I Know If I Have A Broken Bone?

Quite often, doctors will take x-rays or an MRI to confirm that your condition is in fact a contusion and not a broken or fractured bone. This is simply a process of elimination. While an x-ray won’t show a bone bruise, it can help to eliminate a fracture as the culprit.

What Is A Contusion Worth In Personal Injury?

Your personal injury claim is made up of numerous elements. While a contusion alone is not a high value personal injury, you deserve to be treated fairly by the insurance company for the at fault driver. A personal injury lawyer can help to build your case from many aspects—lost wages, pain and suffering, and special damages.

Contusions from car accidents help to tell the story of the accident. A contusion on your head or face shows you made contact with your vehicle upon impact. While the injury alone may not give rise to a large personal injury settlement, it helps to establish the violent nature of the car accident.

Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you’ve been in an accident and would like advice, we’re here to help. You can reach us at 704.749.7747 or click to request a FREE CASE EVALUATION. We know you have choices. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.

I’m Considering Firing My Personal Injury Attorney

If you’re considering firing your personal injury attorney, there are a few things you need to know. We know it’s frustrating when your personal injury claim takes long, and we speak to individuals every day who want to fire their personal injury attorney. We try to be objective during those conversations, as the goal is to help individuals make decisions that will benefit them most.

Can I Fire My Personal Injury Attorney?

Generally, yes, you can fire your personal injury attorney. The language in your letter of representation will govern that decision, together with the state bar rules surrounding attorney-client relationship. If you choose to fire your personal injury attorney, you may owe them money depending upon the status of your claim or case. In most cases, personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee. This means that “We don’t get paid unless you get paid.” However, if your lawyer has procured an offer or a personal injury settlement for you, they may have earned a fee which will need to be paid if you fire the lawyer and reach the same settlement on your own without the lawyer.

In most cases, when a client wants to fire a lawyer, you will find the lawyer or law firm will terminate the lawyer-client relationship and peacefully turn over the client file to the new law firm, at the client’s request. Usually, there is no fee for doing so—lawyers understand there are times when a client simply decides they want to use another lawyer or law firm.

Why Do People Fire Their Personal Injury Attorney?

In our experience, the number one reason why someone wants to fire their personal injury attorney is a lack of communication. Quite honestly, the law firm may be working diligently on the file. But, when the lawyer fails to communicate the progress to the client, the client feels as if no work is being done. When you combine this poor communication with a failure to return a few phone calls from the client, the client starts to wonder whether the lawyer cares about them at all. You can read NC State Bar Disciplinary Orders here, to see the various reasons lawyers are disciplined.

Can My Personal Injury Attorney Relationship Be Saved?

When a client calls us complaining about another lawyer or law firm, we are sure to ask a few pertinent questions. The goal is to help the client understand their options, while also insuring the client makes a well-considered choice. Often, we encourage the client to call their lawyer to ask for an update and give the lawyer a set amount of time to provide a meaningful response. Again, it could be the firm is working hard on the file and just failing to communicate that hard work to the client.

We also point out to clients that when you switch law firms, even if the old firm forwards the file over to us, it’s like starting over. Because of that, the client may be better of patching things up with their current personal injury attorney—especially if they are close to reaching a settlement.

Speak With A Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you would like to speak with a personal injury attorney today about a car accident or grocery store slip and fall, call us at 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE CASE EVALUATION and we will reach out to you shortly. If you’re concerned about your relationship with another attorney, we are happy to discuss that with you as well. We will strongly encourage you to work things out with your existing attorney, and we can give you some helpful tips on how to take next steps to accomplish that goal.

How Is Pain And Suffering Calculated In North Carolina (NC)? Pain and suffering is calculated differently by personal injury attorneys and insurance companies. As a result, often your attorney and the insurance company will argue about the value of your pain and suffering. As you might imagine, the insurance company’s number is always lower than the attorney’s number. This article addresses how pain and suffering is calculated in North Carolina. It attempts to help you understand the value of your personal injury claim. Keep in mind every claim is different, and a personal injury attorney can assist you with establishing your claim and fighting for a fair result.

Liability Is Key To Any Recovery

Before we ask “How is pain and suffering calculated?”, we must first establish that there was responsibility on the party from which you seek reimbursement. In other words, was it their fault? It is a given you had injuries resulting from a car accident or slip and fall. The next step is to prove that the other party was at fault, or responsible. If you fail to prove that, your pain and suffering—in fact your entire recovery—will often be zero.

Proving liability can be challenging. North Carolina makes it more difficult with the Contributory Negligence rule, we have written about on our website. This rule states that if you are even 1% responsible for the accident or injury, you should receive nothing. North Carolina personal injury attorneys spend their days fighting this rule for their clients.

How Is Pain And Suffering Calculated In Different Car Accidents?

Imagine a scenario where two individuals are in two separate car accidents. In Accident #1, the injured party is rear-ended while sitting at a stoplight. They suffer a concussion. In Accident #2, the injured party is injured when another driver changes lanes, and the two vehicles collide side-by-side. The injured party suffers a concussion, just like in Accident #1.

In Accident #1, liability is clear. The personal injury attorney and the insurance adjuster may end up arguing over the value of pain and suffering, which is normal. In Accident #2, the attorney and insurance adjuster will also argue over the value of pain and suffering; however, the insurance adjuster will potentially only offer half of what they are offering in Accident #1. Why? Because there is an argument that if the case went in front of a jury, the jury might decide that the insurance company’s client was not at fault. Or, the jury may decide that the injured party was 1% or more responsible, and offer them nothing, based on the rules of Contributory Negligence.

In the instance above, we have identical injuries, yet the pain and suffering calculation for each injured party will likely be different. Here are a few other factors which affect pain and suffering calculations:

Medical Treatment Sought—A failure to seek proper medical treatment immediately after an accident can result in a lower value of your claim, despite legitimate injuries.

Time Of Recovery—If an individual takes an abnormal amount of time to recover, their pain and suffering is arguably higher than someone who recovers quickly.

Age Of The Injured Party—Children may receive higher pain and suffering than adults, to compensate for the emotional content of their experience.

Extenuating Circumstances—Therapy needed for anxiety can change pain and suffering. Also, if the accident caused you to miss your child’s wedding or graduation, this would be considered as well.

One Method For Calculating Pain And Suffering

When taken in context with the information above, some attorneys will argue that pain and suffering starts with a calculation based on the medical treatment received. Insurance adjusters and personal injury attorneys will then argue about the billed amount of the treatment vs. the actual cost. The reason is that health insurance often pays far less than what the doctor billed. The same is true of Medicaid and Medicare. Lastly, these health providers may have Personal Injury Settlement Liens, and those will need to be addressed with any settlement figure reached.

A Second Method For Calculating Pain And Suffering

A method far less popular is to assign a per day amount that pain and suffering is worth. The personal injury attorney takes that amount and applies it to the length of time from the date of the accident until the last date of treatment for the injured party. The concept is to compensate the injured party for the number of days it took for them to return to full health.

Insurance Company Pain And Suffering Calculations

Often, you will find that insurance companies try to ignore the attorney calculations altogether. Instead, they rely on advanced software designed for their industry. That software takes into account your injuries, medical treatment, lost wages, and many other factors. Importantly, the software will also take into account past jury verdicts in your area. The idea is to offer a settlement reflective of what a jury might give you. The insurance company will want to lower that number however, because by settling with you, they are reducing the risk for you that a jury would give you less.

The Importance Of Working With A Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal injury cases get complicated very quickly. It’s easy to compromise your rights by giving a recorded statement to the insurance company, or signing a release. A personal injury attorney will not only protect you from these pitfalls, but also help to maximize the value of your claim. You will typically find that the attorney’s fee is far outweighed by the end settlement amount, and by the peace of mind that you are being protected along the long path to recovery.

If you want to know “How is pain and suffering calculated?” or if you have questions about working with a personal injury lawyer for your car accident, call us today. You can call 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE CASE EVALUATION and we will contact you immediately When it comes to choosing a personal injury law firm, we know you have options. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Reviews

In our opinion, Charlotte personal injury attorney reviews will tell you more about working with a specific law firm or attorney than anything else. If you’ve been in a car accident, have a work-related injury, or suffered a slip and fall, choosing a personal injury attorney is important, and can dramatically affect the outcome of your case. Typically, a Charlotte personal injury attorney review is written by a client who has worked from start to finish with a Charlotte personal injury law firm. The review is representative of the client’s actual experience with the firm, and when combined with other reviews, gives you priceless insight in deciding which Charlotte personal injury attorney to hire.

What A Law Firm Claims vs. How A Law Firm Actually Behaves

There are countless law firms with websites and commercials, all claiming they are the right choice for you. You’ve been injured, your case is worth money, and law firms wants to represent you. The distinguishing factor between a website or commercial, and Charlotte personal injury attorney reviews, is that the reviews reflect the actual experience. The commercial or website is simply the upfront promise. It’s relatively easy to put together a glossy website or expensive commercial, and use it to bring in business. Without a doubt, it creates an impression upon the customer who is trying to decide whether to hire that particular Charlotte personal injury attorney.

Reviews, on the other hand, can give you an inside look at what it will actually be like to work with the law firm. The rest of this article will focus on what we believe to be the value of Charlotte personal injury attorney reviews, and how you can use them to make your decision.

One Bad Review Is Not The End Of The World

Let’s start off with the idea that if you do business long enough, you’re going to have an unhappy customer. Perhaps its that the result achieved was less than what the client thought or expected. Sometimes, the result is fine, but the client felt like the law firm or lawyer didn’t care for them—phone calls weren’t returned, the client did  not feel like they were being updated regularly, etc.

In our opinion, whether it’s a law firm or a restaurant, a bad review can actually taken as a sign that all the reviews collectively, are an honest assessment of client’s experience with the law firm. In other words, if every review was absolutely perfect, you may have a reason to be a little bit skeptical about the reviews. On the other hand, if 9 out of 10 of the Charlotte personal injury attorney reviews are horrible, that should also tell you something about the firm.

Thoughtful Clients Write Reviews

It takes a lot of effort and desire to write a review of a business. That typically means that the person writing the review feels very strongly about the review they are leaving. Nobody is forced to leave a review—in fact lawyers are not allowed to provide incentives for reviews for ethical reasons. So, when someone chooses to write a review, it’s usually because they had a strong reaction to their experience with the lawyer or law firm. Essentially, most people don’t expect to get anything out of writing a review. So, it’s safe to assume they are trying to alert others who are deciding about the lawyer or law firm, to either hire them or find another person to represent them for their personal injury matter.

Does The Number Of Reviews Matter?

We think so, to some degree. If a large law firm helping thousands of clients a year in the Charlotte, NC area only has 12 reviews, that could be a bad sign. We want clients to have a very strong and positive reaction to working with us. Our goal is that the client is so excited about the result, and so excited about their choice to work with our firm, that they decide to write a review to express their excitement. If only one out of every few hundred people is doing that, perhaps the general experience with the firm is a mediocre one. While Google doesn’t show all reviews, the number of reviews and stars next to the lawyer or law firm’s name is something to consider. A single five star review is probably not enough information to base your decision upon. Twenty or more five star reviews seems sufficient to allow you to consider the reviews in your decision-making process.

What Are The Reviews Really Saying?

If you read between the lines in any client Google review, you can usually interpret the client’s experience. Our experience as a personal injury law firm is that people leave a review when they are happy with BOTH the result we achieved for them, and the way we went about achieving it. That is to say, the experience matters. You generally work with your Charlotte personal injury attorney for many months in order to try to resolve your personal injury claim. Many claims are extremely emotional. A client who leaves a great review for a Charlotte personal injury law firm is usually trying to say “This law firm cares.” We think it’s the greatest compliment a law firm can receive.

Speak With A Charlotte Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Please read our online reviews. We are proud of the number of clients who have taken it upon themselves to tell the ‘world’ about our firm and how much they liked working with us. Every time we see a new review, it gives us the continued confidence that we are doing good work. If we see a bad review, we try to learn from it and of course reach out to the client to see how we can do better.

If you’ve read our reviews and would like to speak with us about a personal injury matter, we’re here to help. You can call 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE CASE EVALUATION. When it comes to hiring a Charlotte personal injury law firm, we know you have choices. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.

Negotiating Personal Injury Liens

Charlotte personal injury lawyers spend more time negotiating personal injury liens than perhaps doing any other work related to the claim. The reason for this is that every dollar negotiated on behalf of the client puts more money in the client’s pocket. And that’s the goal.

Working With A Personal Injury Lawyer

Some clients try to settle their claim without a personal injury lawyer. While this can go smoothly in the most basic of personal injury claims, it can also end in a nightmare. The common misconception is that if you are able to get the same settlement offer a personal injury attorney would procure, then you don’t need to work with a personal injury lawyer. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and negotiating personal injury liens is just the start of it.

Medicare Liens

If you are a Medicare recipient, Medicare will most definitely have a lien against your personal injury proceeds. There is a formula which your personal injury attorney will make sure Medicare applies when determining what your personal injury lien is. Your attorney can also petition Medicare for a further reduction by claiming hardship due to disability or other condition which makes it unfair for you to have to repay the amount Medicare is entitled to. This is a tedious process, but the results can make all the difference in your personal injury settlement.

Medicaid Liens

Medicaid liens are similar to Medicare liens; however, a Medicaid lien is not limited to the same portion of your personal injury settlement that Medicare is limited to. As a result, it’s important to know what your Medicaid pro rata lien amount will be prior to agreeing to a settlement. This way, you know what you’re getting before you enter into a binding contract with the insurance company to settle the claim.

ERISA Health Insurance Liens

It comes as a surprise to personal injury clients that some healthcare plans are entitled to a reimbursement for amounts paid toward personal injury medical care. Most of us believe that the arrangement we have with our healthcare plans is that we pay the monthly premiums, and when we are hurt or need medical attention, the healthcare insurance company pays the bills—or most of the bills. There is an exception when it comes to treatment related to personal injury. This federally enforced contractual agreement is contained in your healthcare plan documents.

Your personal injury attorney will make a request of your healthcare insurance provider as to whether they have or claim an ERISA health insurance lien against settlement proceeds. If they do claim a lien, your attorney will make sure they are the type of health insurance plan that is entitled to claim such a lien. This requires determining, among other things, whether the plan is an ERISA plan and whether it is a self-funded plan.

Medical Provider Liens

Even medical providers—facilities and doctors—can claim a lien against your personal injury proceeds. They have to follow specific guidelines for doing so, but most providers are well-versed in the rules for establishing their lien against your personal injury settlement and you can count on them to follow the rules.

Negotiating Personal Injury Liens

The bottom line is that quite often the settlement offer being made from the at-fault party is not enough to either pay off all the claimed liens, or in the alternative, it’s not enough to pay you enough money after all lien holders have been paid. This is why negotiating your personal injury liens prior to reaching a settlement is key. This is when you have the most leverage. Once you agree to a settlement, the lien holders are entitled to their share of the personal injury settlement. Prior to settling, you have some leverage against them. For instance, you can propose a reduction to their lien, in exchange for agreeing to accept the personal injury settlement being offered by the insurance company.

In many cases, hospital providers and ERISA lien holders are willing to make practical concessions in order to insure they get paid something from the settlement proceeds. Quite often, they will acknowledge these payments as full and final payment of the amount owed on the account. While Medicare and Medicaid follow more strict guidelines for lien reductions, it’s important to ensure they are not claiming some part of your personal injury settlement to which they are not entitled.

Further Reading

If you want to get more questions answered, check out our Personal Injury Blog Articles.

Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you haven’t signed your release of all claims form yet, it’s not too late. You can still employ a personal injury attorney to protect you against the lien holders in your personal injury case. If you have questions about working with a personal injury lawyer, or if you have general questions about personal injury, call us today. You can call 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE CASE EVALUATION and we will contact you today. When it comes to choosing a personal injury law firm, we know you have options. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.

How Much Does An MRI Cost?

According to data released from NerdWallet Health, an MRI costs on average about $2,611.00. Your insurance may pay for some or all of that expense. Any way you look at it though, it’s an expensive procedure. Additionally, you’ll receive a separate charge from the Radiologist to read the MRI. If your physician requests contrast dyes in conjunction with the MRI, the price goes up further.

Is An MRI Important For My Personal Injury Case?

If your doctor recommends one, you should have one done. In any case, an MRI can reveal injuries which an X-ray will not reveal. An MRI of the brain and spinal cord can reveal brain tumors, MS, stroke, and problems with your eyes and ears. An MRI of the bones and joints reveals herniated discs, fractures, torn ligaments and tendons, and arthritis.

Put quite simply, the value of your car accident or slip and fall increases if your injuries increase. In other words, the purpose of a personal injury lawsuit or settlement is to make you whole again. As a result, the primary thing you must prove to the insurance adjuster or to the jury, is that you have suffered an injury which has left you in a worse state than you were in prior to the accident. An MRI, together with a doctor’s medical notes, becomes evidence of those injuries sustained in a car accident or slip and fall accident.

Today you may be wondering how much it will cost, but if your doctor recommends an MRI and you forego getting one, you may find out that your personal injury claim is worth less than full value. Your medical bills are typically paid through your personal injury settlement, especially if they are filed as a personal injury settlement lien.

Next Steps For Car Accident Or Slip And Fall Accidents

If you have been injured in a car accident or slip and fall accident, you should seek medical treatment immediately. The primary reason of course is to be sure of what treatment you might need—allowing injuries to go untreated can exacerbate them and make them worse. Second, if you do have a personal injury claim, a delay in treatment will serve to lower the value of your personal injury claim or personal injury case.

Speak With A Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Need help or advice? That’s why we’re here. Call us today to speak with an attorney. You can reach us at 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE CASE EVALUATION and we’ll reach out to you today. When it comes to choosing a personal injury law firm, we know you have options. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.

Protect Yourself From Scary Personal Injury Insurance Adjusters

Happy Halloween! Remember, in the personal injury world, it’s SCARY out there. Personal injury adjusters are not your friend. They are looking for ways to deny or de-value your car accident or slip and fall claim. The following tips can help you protect yourself in a personal injury claim and make sure you get treated fairly by the personal injury adjuster. If you’d like to speak with an attorney today, you can reach us at 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE PERSONAL INJURY CONSULTATION and we will reach out to you shortly. The call is free and we’re here to help. We know you have choices. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.

Seek Treatment Quickly

One thing that scares us is clients who fail to seek treatment, or fail to finish treatment. If you don’t seek treatment soon after your car accident or slip and fall, the assumption is you were not hurt. If you don’t have health insurance, we know the cost makes it difficult to seek treatment. There are several hospitals and Charlotte Chiropractors who will treat you on a lien basis. This means, they will treat you without cost and wait for your personal injury settlement to finalize before they get paid. Additionally, you may have Medical Payments coverage and your personal injury attorney can help you claim it. Lastly, your personal injury attorney can typically negotiate some of your medical bills when settling your claim. This puts more money in your pocket. By seeking treatment early, you:

Establish your injury

Increase the value of your claim

Make a clear connection between the accident and your injury

Finish Your Treatment

Even though you may feel better, it’s important to follow your doctor’s direction. This means completing treatment including follow-up appointments. This insures you are brought back to full health, and also demonstrates the treatment was necessary. When a personal injury client stops treatment halfway through, the insurance adjuster will use that fact to claim the injury was not severe. Or, that the treatment was for the sole purpose of creating  a personal injury claim.

Tell Your Personal Injury Attorney The Truth

Your personal injury attorney is your best ally in a personal injury claim. Anything you tell the attorney is protected under attorney-client privilege. By arming your personal injury attorney with the facts—both good and bad—your attorney can strategize how best to support your personal injury claim with applicable law.

Here are some examples of ‘bad facts’ which can be often be overcome by your personal injury attorney. Again, what’s most important is making sure your personal injury attorney knows all the facts:

Whether you were taking medication at the time of the accident

Whether you had any alcohol the day of the accident

Prior or pre-existing injuries which may be discovered later

Whether you have filed previous personal injury claims

Keep Good Notes

One thing we encourage clients to do when they’ve been in a car accident or a slip and fall accident, is to keep notes about the accident. This should include what you remember about the facts leading up to the accident. It should also include the injuries and pain you’re feeling following the accident. These notes can be brought to the doctor’s office so that you don’t forget to mention them. Your injuries are typically documented by your medical records. If you don’t tell the doctor about the full extent of your injuries, the personal injury insurance adjuster will attempt to discount them. Again, the assumption is if you were really hurting, you would have told your doctor.

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Supporting Your Personal Injury Claim

Don’t Settle Your Personal Injury Claim Without An Attorney

Speak With A Personal Injury Attorney Today

We firmly believe you’re better off with a personal injury attorney than without. Our experience has been that clients receive more fair treatment from insurance companies when working with an attorney. We can help you navigate working with a personal injury insurance adjuster. We’re happy to discuss your accident at no cost. There’s no pressure to hire us. You can reach us at 704.749.7747 or click for a FREE PERSONAL INJURY CONSULTATION and we will reach out to you shortly. The call is free and we’re here to help. We know you have choices. We hope you choose to Recover With Us.