Defiance Injury Attorneys
The law recognizes that when someone else causes your injury, it is unfair for you to have to incur the financial consequences. In order to get the money you are owed, you generally either have to file a lawsuit against the negligent party or a claim against that party’s insurance. This can be a tricky process. Insurance companies are not in the business of handing out money. They will require that you prove every claim that you make against your policyholder. That is where a Defiance personal injury lawyer can make all the difference.
How a Defiance Personal Injury Attorney Improves the Value of Your Claim
Even in open and shut cases against a negligent individual who was clearly in the wrong and clearly owes the plaintiff for his injuries, insurance companies will not necessarily make fair offers that represent the full value of your claim. How do they do this? There are a number of ways.
- Blame you (in part) for the accident. The insurance company can reduce their liability by blaming you (even in part) for the accident. If they can prove that you were 10% responsible for an accident, that reduces their liability by 10%.
- Say your injuries were part of a pre-existing condition. You can recover damages when a pre-existing injury was aggravated by an act of negligence. However, the aggravation of that injury must be the direct result of the incident that caused your injury.
- Claim that you can still do your job even though a doctor says you cannot. In a personal injury case, you are entitled to recover lost wages when, as a result of someone else’s negligence, you lose wages from your job. However, you will need a doctor and your employer to sign off on that claim. If you do not, the insurance company can claim that you could have done your job, but simply did not.
- Not compensate you for pain and suffering damages. Even if you can prove the at-fault party is 100% at fault for the accident, the insurance company is unlikely to offer you compensation for pain and suffering damages. This is where your lawyer makes his money. While it may be easy to get compensation for medical expenses and lost time from work, a personal injury attorney will emphasize the emotional elements to get you compensation for physical pain, emotional trauma, reduced quality of life, loss of enjoyment, loss of consortium, and loss of society.
Talk to Defiance Injury Attorneys Today
If you have been injured by another person’s negligence, the attorneys at Lafferty, Gallagher, & Scott can help you recover the maximum possible settlement for your injuries. Give us a call or talk to us online to set up a free consultation today.