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Pocatello Personal Injury Lawyer
Pocatello personal injury lawyers and attorneys of Brent Gordon Law Firm are here to help when you’ve been involved in a car accident, semi truck accident, motorcycle accident, dog bite or other personal injuries. Brent Gordon Law Firm has represented Pocatello accident clients for years with a passion for providing excellent legal representation. The law offices of personal injury attorney Brent Gordon have helped thousands of personal injury clients. Our lawyers in Pocatello, Idaho are here to help with your injury case. Brent Gordon Law Firm in Pocatello believes every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. We will fight for every penny you are owed. Call our Pocatello personal injury lawyers today at 208-23-CRASH for a free consultation.
Do I Have a Good Personal Injury Case?
If you’ve been injured in an accident such as a car accident, semi truck accident, motorcycle accident, or suffering the death of a family member you may be wondering if you have a personal injury case. If you think you may have a case, call the law office of Brent Gordon Law Firm in Idaho Falls or Pocatello for a free consultation. An experienced attorney at Brent Gordon Law can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.
Factors of a Good Personal Injury Case
- You are suffering an injury or injuries due to the negligence or carelessness from the responsible party. For example, a person was sending a text message while driving and ran a stop sign hitting another vehicle and causing injuries to that driver. The driver who was texting is considered negligent for disregarding the responsibility of paying attention to the road while driving and causing injury to another.
- Injury or harm (compensatory damages) resulted from an accident. In the above example, if the person injured suffered a broken arm which resulted in medical bills, lost wages, and/or pain and suffering, the injury would be considered to have caused compensatory damages. These types of damages are things that the injured party may be compensated for.
How Much is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
A personal injury claim worth varies depending on the type of accident as well as a number of other factors. Some of these factors include who is liable, how severe are the injuries, and how hard is your personal injury attorney willing to fight for you. A good lawyer will build the value of an injury claim by pursuing recovery of all damages by hiring doctors, economists, and other experts to document all recoverable damages. The personal injury attorneys at Brent Gordon Law Firm are experienced in maximizing the value of an injury claim and will fight for every penny you are owed.
Determining the Worth of a Personal Injury Case
The amount of your claim could be based on the expenses of a few factors such as:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Stress or burdens on you or your family
These factors greatly vary depending on if you’ve been injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, semi truck accident, or suffering a wrongful death of a loved one. The experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Brent Gordon Law Firm believe every client deserves fair representation to gain to compensation deserved from their injury claim. There are many other small factors that could pertain to your particular injury claim. That is exactly why it will be a lot less stressful and easier for you to hire an attorney that knows what to do. Call the law office of Brent Gordon Law Firm today for a free consultation at (208) 552-0467 today to get started on your case.
How Liability is Determined After an Accident
Oftentimes liability is determined by reviewing traffic laws to see if any violations occurred to determine if a persona acted negligently. There are four primary factors used to determine liability which are as follows.
The most common way to determine liability is proving negligence. Negligence is careless or unreasonable conduct while driving which results in harm or damage. Examples of negligent driving is when a driver fails to yield the right-of-way to avoid a crash or by running a red light at an intersection. Violating the law such as reckless driving, speeding, or any other violation will most likely determine the driver at fault for an accident.
Gathering statements from witnesses to the accident often help to determine liability. Their statements have a very clear idea of who was at fault for the accident and can present evidence later on.
Expert analysis of the crash scene or photos of the accident scene can determine things such as if any traffic laws were violated.
Statements of Others
If a driver involved in the accident admits fault, this can be used to assign liability. Statements such as “I didn’t see them coming,” can do a lot of damage to that person later on.
How Long Does It Take to Settle a Personal Injury Case?
Every personal injury case is different and will take different amounts of time to settle. It can take months or it could even take years to reach a fair settlement agreement with all parties responsible.
A responsible party that often drags out a fair settlement is the insurance company. Often times insurance companies like to make a “low ball” offer to get the client to settle faster. These offers are to persuade accident victims to avoid pursuing a lawsuit or the case further. However, if you have an experienced attorney on your side from Brent Gordon Law Firm, you are in good hands. Our lawyers will fight for every penny you are owed.
By refusing to accept an initial low ball settlement offer from an insurance company, you and your attorney may proceed with a follow-up offer or pre-trial preparation.
Accepting an Offer of Compromise from the Insurance Company
After an accident, many people feel confused as to what they should do. That is why hiring an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney from Brent Gordon Law Firm will take away a lot of headache from your case. Once you have received a settlement offer from the insurance company, you have to make the decision as to whether to accept or make a counteroffer. If you cannot reach a settlement that all parties feel comfortable with, you will end up with a lawsuit.
Should I Accept an Offer of Compromise?
Deciding whether to settle depends on a variety of factors. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney will greatly help to make such decisions. A personal injury attorney from Brent Gordon Law Firm will be able to advise you on this important decision. Or if the offer is completely unreasonable, the attorney will fight aggressively to get a fair settlement offer. The attorneys at Brent Gordon Law Firm are trusted, aggressive and experienced. We know how to handle the insurance company to ensure our clients will receive a fair settlement offer.
What to Consider When Making the Decision to Accept an Offer
When you don’t know how your case will be handled in court or if the insurance will make a better offer, it is difficult to know what to do. Consider how the insurance company is arriving at the settlement offer. Have they taken into consideration pain and suffering? The cost of all medical bills, etc.? In addition, have the injuries and damages made permanent changes to your lifestyle or ability to work in the future? These are all things to make sure the insurance company is taking into consideration before accepting a settlement offer.
What to do Before Speaking to a Personal Injury Attorney
There are three things you can do before speaking to a personal injury attorney that can help your case go smoothly.
- Avoid speaking to an insurance company about your case or sign any documents.
- Receive proper medical treatment and make sure all injuries are documented.
- Collect paperwork and documents that will help your attorney with your personal injury case.
By doing these three things before speaking to your personal injury attorney, your case will hopefully go more smoothly and sooner. That means you’ll receive a better settlement, faster.
Do Not Speak to Insurance Company
Often times after an accident, the insurance company of the other party will attempt to contact you to receive a written statement. DO NOT give it to them. Simply tell them they can contact your attorney. Insurance companies are trained to twist your words in order to make you settle for less. Moreover, do not sign any documents that the insurance company requests you to sign without first speaking to your attorney. It is best to save yourself the hassle and simply let your personal injury attorney handle all conversations with the insurance company.
To be safe, only speak with your attorney about your accident. This will increase your chances of receiving the most compensation possible.
Get Medical Treatment
After an accident, we recommend seeing a medical professional to be properly diagnosed. Even if you do not feel injured, it is best to get checked out. Many times patients do not feel the pain from an accident related injury until weeks later. By waiting to be seen by a medical professional it makes it easy for the insurance company to blame the injury on something that happened after the accident. This can greatly harm your case. The insurance company can deny your claim or argue that injuries were caused by a different accident.
While still at the accident scene, there are things you can do to gather evidence that can impact your case.
- A police report. Call the police after an accident so an officer can create a police report and properly document the accident.
- Photos of the accident. If you are able, take photos of the accident scene, the damage to the cars and any injuries you sustained.
- Talk to witnesses. Gather the contact information (name and phone number) of anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Medical records. After being seen by a medical professional, request copies of any medical records to give to your attorney. This can save you and your attorney time later.
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