3 Indicators That You May Have a Personal Injury Claim

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Did You Know?

Many people either fail to pursue monetary compensation for a personal injury claim or fail to get full compensation?  After an injury and the initial shock wears off, it is natural to wonder whether you can recover from the terrible losses you have and will continue to experience.  The Lawrence Law Firm knows you may be confused, and while the only way to know to what steps need to be taken is to have your accident reviewed by an experienced lawyer, below are 3 important factors you should remember when dealing with a personal injury claim

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1) Injury Must be Proven


Injuries must be proven in a personal injury case.  That sounds simple enough, but the proof requirement extends to causation and injury.  You must prove the accident caused the injury.  This is complicated by the fact that some people are not in perfect health.  People with pre-existing conditions can and do get injured.  An insurance company will argue injuries were pre-existing or not a result of the accident.  The latter tends to come up in minor car accident cases.  Most experts know there is no correlation between property damage and bodily injury, but it is still can be an effective argument with juries.  If you were injured, it is important to seek medical care immediately.  If you think you have a personal injury case, please schedule a free consultation with the Lawrence Law Firm.

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2) Insurance companies will try to settle with you if there is a potential case.

The lens through which personal injury claims are viewed is trial.  That is how the value of a case is determined.  An attorney or insurance company will look at all the information and try to determine what a jury would potentially do.  The insurance companies goal is to pay as little to settle the case as they can.  The insurance company will be nice, and the insurance company will be friendly.  However, the insurance company does not always have your best interest at heart, and the adjuster are trained to be nice and friendly in hopes that you don’t get mad and hire an attorney.  If an offer is made, it is safe to assume the insurance company thinks there is some risk and you probably have a case.  You should always speak with an attorney prior to accepting an offer from an insurance company.  The Lawrence Law Firm would even provide a free consultation to anyone considering a settlement offer from an insurance company to help determine if they should accept it.

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3) Injury Includes Pain and Suffering 


Pain and suffering injuries are referred to as non-economic damages.  Injured people are entitled to non-economic damages, but they tend to be the hardest damages to quantify.  Medical bills are easy, the number is right there on the paper.  Quantifying pain and suffering requires an attorney to fully understand the impact an injury has on a person’s life.  Did a back injury prevent a parent from playing with their child?  Did an injury cause ongoing pain to someone who had to continue working to put food on the table and keep a roof over their head?  Injuries are more than medical bills, and it is always important to remember that you can seek compensation for these types of damages.



Information provided on this site is NOT formal legal advice. It is generic legal information. Under no circumstances should the information on this site be relied upon when deciding the proper course of a legal action. Always get a formal case evaluation from a licensed attorney if you think you might have a personal injury lawsuit. Contact the Lawrence Law Firm to schedule a free consultation.

5 Things Your Lawyer Won't Tell You


1. “You’re always on the clock.”

Most lawyers bill you for every minute they spend talking or even thinking about your
case. If you happen to run into your lawyer at the grocery store and ask about your case,
that conversation could be billable. Therefore, every communication you have with an
attorney should begin with the question: “Are you billing me for this?” Thankfully, here at
the Lawrence Law Firm we offer free consultations and our emphasis is honesty when it
comes to handling our clients. We also rarely do billable hour cases. The Lawrence Law
Firm wants to ensure that all our clients feel like they are being treated like family.

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2. I charge as much as you'll let me

Most lawyers can charge for their services in a variety of ways: a flat fee, an hourly rate of
typically $100 to $300 an hour, or a contingency or percentage of the award, usually billed
at 30% or 40%.
Which do we use? It depends on the case. For criminal matter, we offer flat fee
agreements. Flat fee agreements give lawyers an incentive to solve the problem efficiently.
When you're filing suit for, say, personal injury, employment discrimination or
malpractice, you're generally better off paying a percentage. This is the typical, you don’t
pay us unless we recover for you type of agreement. At the Lawrence Law Firm, we won’t
try to hide anything, and our emphasis is to get you the most out of your money, so that you
can be a satisfied client.

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3. Sharks Usually Don’t Win Cases

If TV legal dramas have taught us anything, it’s that litigation is won by lawyers who shout
down their opponents and eventually make witnesses break down into puddles of tears.
Much of the grandstanding and posturing is usually only an act to lure the client in. Judges
and other attorneys are not taking them very seriously. In fact, the most aggressive lawyers
will end up costing you the most money. The key factor here is simple: Do not go looking
for the nastiest shark.


4. I’m training junior attorneys on your dime.

Oftentimes the lawyer you hired is not the one you will work with. While the seasoned
attorneys are used to lure in clients, your matter might be delegated to younger attorneys.
There is nothing wrong with this, but a junior lawyer that is handling your matter may
spend 10 hours doing something that a more experienced attorney could do in 1 hour. At
the Lawrence Law Firm, if you hire Mr. Lawrence to work on your case it will be Mr.
Lawrence who works on your case.

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5. You don’t always need a lawyer

Attorneys who do not have a full understanding or appreciation of their role in society and/or just want your money at any cost--including their ability to look themselves in the mirror and even possibly keep their license to practice law--may tell you that you must ALWAYS have a lawyer accompany you every step of the way in all legal matters and proceedings. This may or may not be the case, depending on what kind of issue or case it is. Factors to determine include, how complicated the case is, how much experience you personally have with that area of law or with the law in general, whether courts let you represent yourself in that type of case, etc.