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10 Common Mistakes in Personal Injury Cases

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Personal injury cases are tricky—proving pain and suffering alongside whatever parts of the injury are physically visible requires an experienced attorney and a strongly built case. Even the slightest unintentional error can affect your case’s progression and overall success, which makes every conversation with another attorney or insurance adjuster crucial. Even a post carelessly made to Facebook about the accident could be the difference between a win or a loss for your case. Below, we’ve gathered and elaborated on ten of the most common mistakes made in personal…

Personal Injury: An Overview

General Personal Injury  

If you’ve suffered an injury due to the negligence of a third party, the last thing you want to do is search for references to learn about your options for filing a personal injury claim and then have to figure out how to translate all the legal jargon within. Here is a quick walkthrough of the components of a personal injury case. What is a personal injury? A personal injury is defined as harm suffered by a person in an accident. The personal injury category extends to car accidents, medical malpractice, and more, so it can occur in almost any type of setting in a broad…

Filing a Claim When Another Driver Isn’t at Fault

General Automobile Accidents Construction Accidents Motorcycle Accidents Personal Injury Trucking Accidents  

Sometimes it’s easy to know who to point fingers at in the aftermath of an accident. In some cases, however, driver negligence isn’t a factor in an accident. There are actually countless cases in which the factors that caused the accident were outside the drivers’ control. So when the other driver is not the cause, how do you go about getting compensation for any injuries you sustained or damages to your vehicle? When no one is at fault for the accident, the drivers involved have to explore other potential causes for the accident in order to make a claim—some…

6 (Actual) Tips to Combat Driver Fatigue

General Automobile Accidents General Negligence Personal Injury Trucking Accidents  

It’s one thing to be a bit tired in the last few miles of your drive before getting some shut-eye. It’s another to be drive while experiencing fatigue, which is defined as the result of physical or mental exertion which impairs performance and may come about due to a lack of adequate sleep, extended work hours, strenuous activities, or a combination of these or other factors.  The LTCCS (Large Truck Crash Causation Study) reported that 13% of commercial motor vehicle drivers were fatigued at the time of their crash. On that note, we’ve referenced the Federal…

Steps to Take After an Accident

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What should I do immediately after an accident? This is a very common question, and whether you've been in an accident before or if this is your first experience, it can be overwhelming. When you’re involved in an accident, and even for some time after the accident, it’s difficult to get enough clarity to know what you need to do next. You may be injured and the on-scene portion of the aftermath may go by in a blur because of that or because you’re experiencing some level of shock. We’ve put together a list of things to do after an accident (if…

Tips for Dealing with Insurance Companies

General Practice Areas Automobile Accidents General Negligence Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Disputes Personal Injury Trucking Accidents  

In most cases, people don’t interact with insurance companies unless they are purchasing insurance or have been in an accident. To add to the stress of being in an accident (and possibly sustaining injuries), it can be time consuming and emotionally draining to worry about obtaining a fair settlement. This is  not to say all insurance companies aren’t fair, but the completely fair ones can be few and far between. We’ve compiled some tips for dealing with insurance companies so you can be ready to deal with those calls when the time comes. A few general tips…

6 Unexpected Dangers of Summertime Driving

General Practice Areas Automobile Accidents Personal Injury  

At a glance, a clear, sun-warmed road is much more welcoming than an icy one in the middle of a snowstorm for the average driver—that's what we think of as the main difference between winter and summer driving. Summer driving is always better and easier than winter driving, right? In a lot of ways, yes—but not always. Summertime offers its own dangers to drivers and the road just becomes more dangerous by other drivers who are overconfident without ice, snow, or other foreseeable obstacles to impede their progress. As in any situation in which you’re behind the…

Farm Rescue Equipment Prevents Workplace Injury

General Practice Areas Electrocution, Shocks, Explosions, Burns Personal Injury Workers' Compensation Claims Workplace Injury Claims  

Someone is driving farming equipment to harvest grain. Farming has long been ranked among the most dangerous occupational fields and poses a number of risks to farmers and their workers, including tractor rollovers, injuries from heavy animals, and electrocution—in fact, around 60 farmers die every year from accidents based in electrocution alone. One industry partner is striving to make the rescue process for farming workplace accidents safer for workers and firefighters alike.  The Homer City Volunteer Fire Department is gathering community support in an effort to bring a newly developed farm rescue tool to the area. They…

Workers’ Compensation Rates in Indiana vs. Illinois

General Personal Injury Workers' Compensation Claims Workplace Injury Claims  

Two industrial workers are at a construction site. Why are so many people moving to Indiana from Illinois? According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 20,000 Illinoisans moved to Indiana in 2015 alone. That’s the equivalent of 54 people relocating to become Hoosiers each day.  This statistic is no anomaly. Over the past 10 years, more than 119,000 Illinois residents crossed over to become official Hoosiers. This steady, decade-long migration from the Land of Lincoln begs the question, “Why are so many people moving to Indiana from Illinois?” First and foremost, Indiana is more affordable for…

Trucking Accident Results in Triple Fatality Near South Bend

General Practice Areas Automobile Accidents Personal Injury Trucking Accidents  

A semi-truck crashed into a small sedan causing a fatal accident. The slick, snowy weather conditions near South Bend, IN played a devastating role in the death of three women this weekend. A fatal car crash involving a westbound 2008 Pontiac G6 was struck on the passenger’s side by an eastbound semi-truck hauling steel coil. LaPorte County Police Captain, Mike Kellems shares, “What sequences of events led up to that, we don’t have the answer for that right now.” He further indicated that drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as a possible cause.  The accident took place on U.S. 20 near Rolling Prairie, and though…

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