Personal Injury – What to Do If You Are in a Car Accident

An Orange County Personal Injury Attorney’s Advice:

We’ve all seen those bumper stickers that say “Get off the phone and drive”, usually accompanied by someone in the driver’s seat, yelling at the four kids in the back while texting or gabbing away. BANG! The only thing louder than the irony is the sound of that person’s bumper slamming into the rear of your car.

What now? Here is a 5 step guide to recovering from a car accident, by an Orange County personal injury attorney.

1. Keep Emergency Items Handy. In your car, it is best to keep emergency items in your glove box such as a disposable camera, insurance policy, registration, first aid kit, a pen and a notepad.

2. Make Sure Everyone is Okay. If not, call 9-1-1. At this time, do not admit fault or apologize for the accident. It is best to let the authorities figure out fault.

3. Record all information. Write down all important information such as VIN numbers of all cars involved, phone numbers names and addresses of all parties involved, insurance policy and company name and numbers of all parties involved and possible witnesses and their contact information. When police arrive, it is best to record police officers names, badge numbers and claim numbers as well.

4. Make Sure You Are Safe! If possible, move your car out of the street if it is blocking cars, but only after photos have been taken of the original scene. Once cars are not in the road, make sure your hazard lights are flashing. If you cannot move your car off of the road, do not stay in the vehicle! Move yourself and loved ones to the side of the road, on the other side of a divider if possible.

5. Call Police. Make sure you fully cooperate with the authorities. After an accident, adrenaline tends to run high and make people react inappropriately. Make sure you think before you speak.

After an accident, the best way to protect yourself against unlawful litigation or continued negligence is to retain a personal injury attorney. Personal injury attorneys emphasize in their law practice helping people who has been injured due to another’s actions. They can determine if your injury warrants damage recovery from the other party and to what amount.

There are many reasons why it is best for you to obtain legal representation after an accident. Settlements offered by an insurance company representative of the person who caused the accident are designed to pay you as little as possible while avoiding any legal accountability. Personal injury lawyers make sure you are paid the full amount you are owed due to the negligence of the other party.

Information on Personal Injury

Personal injury at the workplace depends on the type of work one engages in and as such the variations in the types. This is the main reason this form of injury cannot be limited to bodily harm such as broken bones, lacerations etc. There are four categories of personal injury, the most common being the physical type. This one includes all types of illnesses, bodily damage brought about by self or third party negligence or even disability. Cases of this nature presented in courts of law often involve injuries that are carried out on a person’s body.

This might sound interesting but the other type of injury is financial injury. It is important to first note that financial type of injury is in most cases linked to bodily injury since it often incurs through the payment of medical bills, buying of medication, court cases etc. Though it is in very rare occasions, it is possible to sustain financial injury without first undergoing the physical one. In such a scenario, a person’s financial stability is threatened or even their property massively devalued owing to the negligence of a third party. This is another form of personal injury that forms a basis of numerous court cases.

The other form of injury is injury to reputation. In other terms, this is the type of injury responsible for causing a lot of emotional discontent and mental anguish. When well executed, this type of personal injury can also cause significant amounts of financial injury. A perfect example of this is slander, which is perpetrated through the word of mouth or defamation which is published. Media houses have been the commonest victims of court cases involving such types of injury owing to the content they publish regarding both individuals and corporate entities.

The fourth type of injury is intentional injury and this type results from the failure to fulfill a responsibility, something that leads to the harming of others. Note that, the failure to fulfill the responsibility is intentional and the level of negligence is so gross that it ends up being intentional. This form of personal injury can be married with the financial type, in cases where an employer intentionally delays the workers’ salaries or better still fails to pay them knowing very well that the duration that they are supposed to be paid has already lapsed.

Experts advise that you need not wait for bodily harm to seek the services of an attorney. Personal injury exists in the various forms as shown above and as such it is only important to seek legal services once you feel that your personal rights have been abused. For you to be always in the know in regard to whether or not you need to seek legal services regarding affliction of personal injury, you have to be regularly seeking information from a qualified person. You might be surprised at other types of this type of injury which are going to be included in the above categories in coming years.

How to Go About Selecting an Attorney For Your Case

How to Select a Personal Injury Attorney

While there are many factors that affect whether a client wins or loses a personal injury case, or affect the level of the settlement, selecting the right personal injury attorney makes the most difference in winning the case. So, how should one go about selecting a personal injury attorney who will get the best results, and the best settlement, for the case?

Most personal injury attorneys have free consultation. You, the client, should use the consultation not only to have the attorney assess your case, but also to interview the attorney to make sure your case will get the attention it deserves. The first indication as to whether you and your case will get the attorney’s full and undivided attention is how you are treated during the free consultation. Obviously, you should expect to discuss the case with an attorney, not with a paralegal, or other members of the attorney’s staff. After all, you are not hiring a paralegal; you are hiring an attorney to understand your case, research the facts of the case, research the law and win your case for you. You want to be able to talk to the attorney first hand, not through intermediaries.

Once you meet with the attorney, outline your case and answer whatever questions the attorney may have. You should then ask the following basic questions. The answers that you get should determine the level of comfort you have regarding the level of attention that the attorney will give you and your case:

1. Who will be handling and researching your case. Is that person an attorney or a member of the staff?

2. If your case goes to trial, will the attorney be fully involved in the litigation or would he outsource the litigation without any involvement?

3. Will the attorney be your contact at the attorney’s office? If so, will he be available during office hours as well as after hours? Would he give you access to his direct telephone, including his cellular phone?

It is a fact that at the offices of some personal injury attorneys, clients come in contact with paralegals and other office staff but never with an attorney. If the attorney responds that his “competent” staff will give their full attention to your case, get a clue. If the attorney is reluctant to give you his cellular number to contact him anytime you have a concern, get another clue.

Many of my clients have confided in me that the reason why they have not selected other attorneys before knocking on my door was the fact that they could not talk to an attorney. They were able to talk to a paralegal or other staff, but not the attorney.

If you are not able to talk to a personal injury attorney during the consultation, or if you do not feel comfortable that your case will be getting the full, undivided attention of the personal injury attorney, find another attorney. There are many good attorneys out there who are anxious to give you and your case their full, undivided attention.

Ramzy Ladah
Las Vegas Personal Injury, LLC
http://www.ladahlaw.com