Accident Attorney & Lawsuits: How It Works

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Accident Attorney

Do you know the most suitable way to end a dispute? Just pay for what you broke. Suppose you break your neighbor’s window while playing baseball with your kid. Now you can’t bring that old window back, but you can buy a new glass and repair it to avoid any trouble with the resident. Just like that you can pay damages and end a dispute of an accident or injury case.

In accident or injury case this payment is called a structure settlement. This is applicable for similar civil cases also. Statistics show that because of damage payments 70% cases get resolved before a trial. But can all damages be paid out? To know that you have to know about the types of damages:

  1. General Damages: These damages can be measured by the value of money. Like damage to property or vehicles. Suppose you broke someone’s car. The owner had to pay $500 for the repair. Now you can pay him that money and end the dispute.
  2. Special Damage: This can’t be measured in money. As an example if your actions cause someone an injury. But how do you pay for that then? Well in cases of special damages the damages are converted into value of money. As an example medical bills, wages he missed etc.

That’s not all about it. To understand the functions of damage payment you have to know about structured settlement as well.

Structured Settlement

Suppose a guy named Joe gets an accident attorney & charges a cleaning company. The company got charged because one of their workers caused him physical damage by which Joe cannot work anymore. Now instead of a lump sum of money as the damage charge the victim asks for a structured settlement. By that he can receive annuities instead of a lump sum for the rest of his life.

Another advantage of this is for the defendant. This settlement won’t be carried out by the defendant. Instead it will be carried out by his insurance company. The plaintiff can also sell the structured settlement for a lump sum later.

Structured settlement is only applicable in cases of serious injury, or in cases of permanent injuries.

 

Conclusion

Augustus Hair said that, “no matter how you fix a broken glass, the scars won’t go.” So yes all damages can be paid out, but cannot be recovered. You cannot bring back the victim’s previous health condition. But you can pay so that the victim doesn’t face any problems for it.

 

Stephen Zee

 

9 Comments
  1. Sophia

    January 19, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Protecting this right comes down to three things: documentation, patience and persistence. Settling a car crash claim without resorting to formal litigation can be a challenge, but when armed with the appropriate support for your claim and equal amounts of patience and persistence, you and your attorney (if you have one) can often negotiate a satisfactory resolution to your car accident case. The aftermath of a car crash can be chaotic. Immediate medical attention, if necessary, should always be your first priority. However, if your injuries are not serious you will be helping your claim immeasurably if you take the time to document as much as you can about the scene and the moments leading up to the accident. Good evidence is key to winning your claim.

  2. Steven

    January 20, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Police involvement adds another layer of documentation to your claim. A police report carries a great deal of weight with insurance adjusters and claims attorneys; do not hesitate to call the cops after a car crash. Very often, the party causing the crash will attempt to keep the police out of it. Don’t fall prey to this tactic. If you are injured or your car is damaged, call the police. Unless the other driver is injured, your number one priority should be protecting your rights and setting up your future claim. A police report will provide documentation of the accident scene, and will often include evidence of fault. Don’t skip this step in an attempt to be a “nice guy.”

  3. Mike R.

    January 21, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Always try photograph the scene. Use a camera or phone, and make sure you can easily reference the date the photos were taken, so they can be authenticated. If you don’t have a camera or camera phone, ask witnesses if they would be willing to take pictures. Photograph the scene, any damage to your vehicle or the other party’s vehicle, and any obvious injuries you have sustained. If a traffic light, sign or lack thereof contributed to the accident, photograph that as well. I will also suggest to talk to witnesses. Get as much information as possible, including their contact information. Ask them if they would be willing to make written or verbal statements. Get a sense of what they saw happen — ask questions and solicit information. The more corroborating information you obtain from witnesses, the stronger your claim will be.

  4. Jenny

    January 22, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    If you are injured in a car crash, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Treatment records, medical bills and doctor’s notes are the absolute best evidence of the injuries you’ve sustained and the financial damage the accident has caused. Whether dealing with your own no-fault insurance carrier or the at-fault driver’s insurer, a complete set of medical records pertaining to the accident will reduce the administrative cost of reviewing your case, will provide difficult-to-refute evidence of your physical condition, and will provide an accurate basis for your settlement demand.

  5. Louis

    January 25, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Don’t forget about insurance either. Insurance adjusters and claims attorneys are dealing with hundreds of claims at a time. While your claim is, understandably, your number one priority, it is very rarely theirs. Dealing with insurance professionals requires patience and persistence. The old adage about getting more flies with honey than vinegar applies in car crash claims. If you want to maximize your settlement amount, it is essential you stay on the insurance adjuster or claims attorney’s good side. They hold the purse strings, and ultimately, they decide your fate unless you are ready to bring a lawsuit.

  6. Silas Ledgeer

    January 26, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Accident attorneys are also called personal injury attorneys. Most accident attorneys are well-versed in more than one type of accident law.

  7. Zoanda

    January 27, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Does the attorney charge up front? Does he or she charge only if the case is won? If the attorney charges only if the case is won, does he or she require the plaintiff or defendant to pay court costs and other miscellaneous fees up front?

  8. Hornase

    January 29, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Every year, thousands of people are involved in an accident that can leave them injured, facing lawsuits and with no place to turn to for help.

    • STRUCTURED SETTLEMENTS

      March 22, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Sometimes the number is even more.

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