When you hear the words "personal injury lawyer", what do you think of first? If you're like most people, you probably conjur up images of someone with an ad on the television encouraging you to sue anyone and everyone for something bad that happened to you. Although a lawsuit may sometimes be involved, that's actually a small part of a personal injury attorney's job.
My office just settled a WORKERS COMPENSATION case for a UNION EMPLOYEE at UPS, for several hundred thousand dollars. The client had previously retained an attorney who held himself out as an expert in Workers Compensation law. The client was of advanced age, had a limited education, had worked for UPS for many years in a heavy duty capacity, and had very bad injuries which severely limited his physical abilities. Despite this, the lawyer tried to convince the client that he was only partially disabled and that he should accept a settlement offer of less than half of what we eventually got him. In fact, that attorney's settlement demand was half of what we got the client.
Wet stairs or floors, bunched carpets, spilled beverages or food, and a variety of other things can be considered hazards for slip and fall accidents. If you've been hurt in a fall resulting from one of these hazards, you may be entitled to compensation. To help you get the best care and the most money, it's important to gather as much information as possible at the time of the accident.
We all tend to avoid conflict when possible. After a car accident, you might desire to neutralize hot tempers and calm the situation down. However, there are a few things you should avoid saying to those at the scene, including drivers, police and insurance adjusters.