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5 Reasons To Call A Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer
March 16, 2018
There are many reasons why some Minnesota accident victims do not partner with attorneys. For example, many of these people do not feel like they were seriously injured. Others think the insurance company will take care of them.
But due to the massive amount of force, almost all car wrecks cause serious injury. Many people do not “feel injured” because the brain is very good at hiding its own symptoms. Furthermore, despite what commercials imply, the insurance company is not “on your side.” Like all other enterprises, the insurance company is in business to make a profit. That means denying as many claims as possible, including your own.
Similarly, there are many good reasons to partner with an experienced car wreck attorney in Buffalo. Here are a few of the best ones.
Almost immediately after any car wreck, most insurance companies begin pressuring victims to settle their cases. Sometimes, it seems like the adjuster calls every day. Often, it is simply impossible to know whether or not the insurance company’s settlement offer is a fair one. Sometimes it is, but most of the time it isn’t.
Immediately after your free initial consultation, Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers from Carlson & Jones begin the evaluation process. They review the evidence and legal arguments available to each side to estimate the case’s settlement value. So, our clients know for sure whether the offer is entirely fair, way off base, or somewhere in between. Furthermore, we keep giving advice to our clients on matters like medical treatment and case strategy.
Help with Medical Bills
In a serious injury case, hospitalization alone may cost over $100,000. That figure does not include related medical bills, such as physical therapy, which can be almost as expensive. Many health insurance companies cite liability concerns and refuse to pay these costs. Even if insurance is available, the copays and deductibles alone can be financially crippling.
To alleviate these concerns, lawyers use letters of protection. These letters guarantee providers that they will be paid when the case is resolved. So, Minnesota victims need not pay anything upfront. Such moves also give attorneys leverage to negotiate with providers for lower fees. That means more of the settlement money goes into the victim’s pockets.
As an added bonus, attorneys can refer victims to doctors who focus on car accidents. Since many of these incidents involve whiplash and other unique injuries, such a referral is very important.
Peace of Mind
A car accident often creates a whirlwind of activity at the exact time the victim is unable to handle such an onslaught. Furthermore, instead of quietly convalescing, the victims worry about the future. This stress impedes recovery, drives medical bills higher, and creates even more stress.
Attorneys reverse this dynamic. Through both attention to detail, like the aforementioned help with medical bills, and a focus on the big picture, Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers fight the insurance companies while victims focus on healing.
Because of the substantial economic and noneconomic damages associated with serious car crashes, these victims are often entitled to substantial compensation.
To obtain this compensation, victims must establish liability by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). Most Minnesota car crashes involve one of the following types of negligence:
Behavioral: Some tortfeasors (negligent drivers) should never get behind the wheel, perhaps because they are fatigued or intoxicated. If the tortfeasor’s pre-driving behavior is bad enough, additional punitive damages may be available.
Operational: Traffic violations like speeding, running red lights, and making unsafe lane changes cause many traffic accidents in Buffalo. The negligence per se shortcut often applies in these cases, so liability is even easier to prove.
Environmental: Native Minnesotans know that the weather is very bad during certain parts of the year, and that the weather can change almost instantly. But many non-natives do not appreciate these facts and drive dangerously during bad weather.
These three areas of negligence are also very easy for the jury to follow. Simple and straightforward cases are the easiest ones for attorneys to win.
A Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyer Will Get You Justice
Sometimes, it is possible to make lemonade when life hands you lemons. That is what justice is all about. Victims obtain financial compensation for their injuries and tortfeasors face the consequences of their mistakes. Buffalo Personal Injury Lawyers bring about justice, but not by sleight of hand or fancy talk. Rather, it takes hard work, attention to detail, professional experience, and a dedication to accident victims.
CALL TODAY TO SPEAK WITH A BUFFALO PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER AT CARLSON & JONES