You’ve probably heard lawyer advertisements promising you that you won’t owe your attorney anything if she can’t win your case. Have you ever wondered exactly what that means?
Can I Afford to Hire an Injury Attorney?
Lawyers who handle personal injury claims typically do so on a contingency fee basis. That means that the attorney’s fee is contingent on whether or not the attorney recovers a sum of money for her client. If the attorney is not able to obtain a settlement or verdict for her client, then the cost to the client for hiring that lawyer would be free. An attorney who works on a contingency-fee basis only gets paid if the attorney is able to obtain a recovery for her client.
If the attorney is able to obtain a recovery for her client, then she would receive an attorney’s fee, which would be a percentage of the amount of money the attorney is able to obtain for her client.
With summer now in full swing, many people are driving in and through other states. If you are injured while driving in another state, you should do most of the same things we tell our clients to do when they are injured while traveling in state.
If you’ve been injured in a car wreck, you might be wondering who is going to pay for the medical bills you are receiving while you are waiting on your personal injury case to end. Many people in your situation don’t realize that the other driver’s insurance company isn’t going to pay your medical bills as soon as you receive them. Instead, if the other driver’s insurance pays for your medical bills at all, that will not happen until the conclusion of your injury case.
So, how do you make sure your medical bills get paid while your case is ongoing? The following list includes four ways to get your medical bills paid while your personal injury case is pending.
Be careful out there! Just because there’s ice on the roads doesn’t mean you’re off the hook if you plow into someone while you’re driving.
You might think that if you have a wreck while driving on snow or ice, you can’t be sued. After all, the wreck wasn’t your fault, it was the weather’s fault, right? Well, not exactly.
Arkansas Law requires a driver to drive at a reasonable and prudent speed “under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.” Ark. Code Ann. § 27-51-201(a)(1). Basically, what that means is that if you’re driving on snow or ice, you’d better drive slow enough that you don’t run into someone.
When the temperatures start dropping, we all want to rush to bundle up our little ones to keep them warm. Crash test videos featured last week on the Today Show, however, reveal why we should be hesitant to mix those bulky winter coats with kids in car seats. Because bulky coats are compressed in a car crash, the result is very loose harness straps. The video below shows how that compression effect can result in kids actually coming out of their harness straps, resulting in serious injury.
Instead of putting heavy coats on your kids when they’re in the car, you can keep a blanket in your vehicle to cover kids (over their car seat harness) or put their coats on them backwards over the car seat harness. The key is that you don’t want to put anything extra or bulky between the child and the car seat straps other than their normal clothes.
After you’ve been injured in a car accident (or other accident), the first thing you should do is make sure that everyone who needs medical treatment gets it. But once the dust settles, there are four things you should keep in order to make sure that when the time comes, the insurance company pays you what your case is worth.
1. Keep Your Cool
After an accident, it’s important to keep your cool. You need to focus on one thing only, and that’s getting well. But that’s going to be harder to do than you think.
I grew up watching The People’s Court as a kid. (This was the old version with Judge Wapner, Officer Rusty Burrell, and Doug Llewelyn). I watched it enough that there are three phrases from the show that I can still quote verbatim:
“What you are witnessing is real. The participants are NOT actors. They are actual litigants with a case pending in California Municipal Court. Both parties have agreed to dismiss their court cases, and have their disputes settled here, in our forum, the People’s Court!”
“What a reasonably prudent person would or would not do in the same or similar circumstances.”
“I’m Doug Llewelyn, and if somebody [whatever the defendant had done in that day’s case], certainly don’t take the law into your own hands, you take ’em to court!”
You probably haven’t heard about the fourteen-year-old kid in Waukesha, Wisconsin who kicked an eleven-year-old kid in the shin. The kick was so light that the eleven-year-old never felt it. Nevertheless, the kick caused the kid’s leg to become infected (probably because the kid had recently had an infection in his leg), and he eventually lost use of his leg permanently.
Even if you were not wearing your seat belt when you were hit by a negligent driver, you may still be entitled to recovery for your injuries from an automobile accident.
The U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that seat belt use in 2013 had increased to 87 percent. While you’re less likely to be seriously injured if you are wearing your seat belt, that does not mean you are completely barred from recovery if you were not wearing your seat belt. In Arkansas, the other side is not allowed to introduce evidence in court that you were not wearing your seat belt. See Ark. Code Ann. § 27-37-703(a); see alsoGrummer v. Cummings, 336 Ark. 447 (1999).