Find out why getting an attorney can help you through the trouble after a car accident.
Even though there is never a good time to get in a car accident, it is commonly known that increased travel times, more traffic at shopping areas and celebrations during the holidays can certainly make it more inconvenient, yet more likely to be involved in a fender bender or even a major collision. Did you know that compared to the average weekend night, the 12-hour window between 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 6 a.m. on Jan. 1 tends to have about 71% more crashes where alcohol or drugs are listed as a contributing factor?
If you were involved in a car accident during the holidays, whether you were at fault or not, here are a few reasons why your next step should be hiring an attorney:
An attorney will help you negotiate with insurance companies
Even though filing a claim after a car accident is something that some people choose to do for themselves, the process can be tedious and confusing due to excessive amount of paperwork, technical terms and harsh negotiations that will try to prevent you from getting the full amount you deserve.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Organization, “An accident attorney— especially a personal injury attorney—can help you go up against big auto insurance companies and their team of lawyers. Your attorney already knows the personal injury laws and procedural rules and can effectively handle all the legwork for you. He or she will act as your advocate throughout the entire case.”
If you’ve been injured, a personal injury attorney will help with compensation
In addition to the high expenses associated with a car accident during the holidays, if you’ve been injured you will also have to deal with medical expenses, potential follow up visits and even therapy, depending on the injury. All this could also lead to loss of wages and missed work. The good news? You could be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party.
By allowing a professional at law to take care of these negotiations and potential trials, you are more likely to get the compensation you deserve. Click here for more on personal injury attorneys.
An attorney will be fair and objective
After a car accident, it is normal to feel emotionally distressed and start receiving advice from multiple sources. Even though people mean well, it is hard for you to make the right decisions in a moment of vulnerability, so you are more likely to settle for less or take responsibility for something you shouldn’t. Luckily, if you find yourself in this situation, an attorney will have the right skills and experience to negotiate and help you out of an unfortunate circumstance.
Did you have a car accident after the holidays? Contact us today to find out how we can help you navigate the murky waters of insurance and legal negotiations.
Consider Yourself “Lucky” you Have a Lawyer on Your Side After a Wrongful Death Occurs to a Loved One
How an attorney can help you navigate after a wrongful death
Even though finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is a childish idea we remember during St. Patrick’s day, there are more serious times in which a little bit of luck and the right decisions can make a big difference. Handling a wrongful death of a loved one definitely fits this scenario.
We understand that losing a loved one is never an easy process. These hard steps, however, can be even harder when the loss of a loved one has been caused due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct.
So what exactly is a wrongful death case?
According to this Enjuris.com article, “These are civil actions brought by the surviving family members of a decedent who passed away prematurely because of the negligent actions of another. These careless actions are the underpinnings of the case. Additionally, these actions are meant to compensate the living members of the family, not the decedent. Courts do take into account the pain and suffering of the decedent, but they are part of the overall picture.
If you’re struggling to feel “lucky” after an unfortunate situation, here’s how hiring an attorney could be the ray of hope you and your family are in need of:
Determining and Getting Compensation
Many times, after a wrongful death the person at fault (a doctor, a careless driver, the company who developed a dangerous product) can be sued. Even though this can vary from state to state, generally, those who can benefit from compensation are:
Taking the stress and responsibility off your shoulders
If you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, it’s understandable that you might not be in the right state of mind to negotiate with insurance companies, state conditions and a series of complicated processes. This could only lead to you missing deadlines and potentially getting less money … inarguably a high-stress situation for anyone. Luckily, an attorney with the right negotiating skills and experience will help you get the compensation you and your family deserve.
Ensuring you’re making the right decisions
Because a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed by a representative on behalf of the eligible survivors who suffered harm from the decedent’s death, it’s important to find the right professional who will fit your needs, make you feel comfortable and help you understand the steps to follow.
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Even though an attorney won’t bring your loved one back, let us help you navigate these murky waters by providing professional guidance and the support you need at this time. Contact us today to learn more about skilled professionals that will help you through this situation.
On behalf of Perrotta, Lamb & Johnson, LLC posted in Injuries on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
You may have heard reports on the news about suspects who have been charged with aggravated crimes. It is rarely clarified, though, what exactly this means. How is an aggravated assault different from or worse than a regular assault? There are several factors that determine whether charges are upgraded to aggravated, and if you are facing such charges, you should understand the reasoning. These are a few of the most important things to consider.
Whether or not a weapon was involved
One of the most common reasons for a crime charge to be upgraded to aggravated is the presence or use of a weapon. In some instances, you do not even need to use the weapon to face the more serious charge. If you have allegedly used a weapon in the crime, though, it is likely that this will net you an aggravated charge.
The identity of the victim
In many areas, crimes against certain groups are automatically considered aggravated offenses regardless of the severity of the crime itself. In Georgia, for example, if you are charged with a crime affecting a police officer or an individual over the age of 65, it will automatically be classified as an aggravated charge. It is worth noting, however, that in order to convict you, there must be proof that you knowingly committed the offense against a member of a particular group.
Injuries sustained by a victim
Instances wherein a victim's identity may be cause for an upgrade to an aggravated charge are generally the exception. In most cases, factors such as the severity of damage or the method of the crime are more relevant. This is true for cases in which the injuries of a victim cause a charge against you to be aggravated. Aggravated charges may indicate that an injury occurred or that the injury was particularly severe.
You likely already know that the major difference between simple charges and aggravated charges is the potential consequence for either. You stand to face far more jail time, higher fines and greater repercussions if you are convicted of an aggravated crime rather than its simple counterpart. This is just one reason why it is important to defend yourself against charges-whether they are aggravated or not.
One of the best ways to accomplish this is to seek out legal counsel from a lawyer. Hiring an attorney can connect you with the defense you need and help you navigate the legal system successfully.