Personal Injury Practice Areas
People become hurt in many different ways in Vernonia. The most common personal injury practice areas include:
- Motor vehicle accidents that involve cars, trucks, and motorcycles
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability accidents, when someone is injured on another person’s property
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents, including those that occur on construction sites
- Accidents caused by defective products
- Wrongful death
Vernonia Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
Do Not Deal with the Insurance Company Alone
Most personal injury claims are filed with an insurance company, and not the person or entity who caused the injury. For example, if you were hurt inside someone else’s home, you would file a claim with the company that provides them with homeowner’s insurance. Or, if you were injured by a distracted driver, you would file a claim with the insurer who provides them with auto insurance.
Accident victims sometimes make the common mistake of thinking that insurance is there to protect them, and that the insurer will happily offer the full amount of damages they need. Unfortunately, this is rarely true. An insurance adjuster will likely reach out to you shortly after your accident. They will act friendly and as though they really want to help you. This is rarely true. Instead, the adjuster is hoping that you will accept a settlement offer that is far lower than you deserve and that will not cover all of your losses.
Insurance companies also use many tactics to deny accident victims a full settlement. They may ask you to make a recorded statement so they can later use your own words against you. Or, they may ask you to sign a medical release so they can obtain your medical history and look for a pre-existing injury, and not the accident, to blame for your current condition.
To ensure the insurance company is not successful with these tactics, and that you obtain the maximum damages you are entitled to, it is always best to speak to a Vernonia personal injury lawyer. An attorney will know the tactics insurance companies use, and how to avoid them so you are treated justly and fairly. A lawyer will also have the expertise to negotiate with the insurer to make sure that you receive the damages you need to make a full recovery. Even if an insurance adjuster contacts you in the days following an accident, you should always redirect them to a lawyer who is fighting on your behalf.
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