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How Will My Bills Be Paid After an Accident?

How Will My Bills Be Paid After an Accident?

How Will My Bills Be Paid After an Accident?When meeting with a personal injury client for the first time, often one of the first questions the client will have is “how will my bills be paid after an accident?” The answer depends on the type of accident. An experienced attorney will know your options differ depending on if you were injured in a motor vehicle accident or other types of accidents such as a slip and fall or dog bite injury.

Personal injury attorney Mat Parke understands how important it is for injured clients to receive the medical care they need. Parke Gordon has a goal to make sure every client is fully compensated for all medical expenses, lost wages and other costly damages incurred in the accident.

To learn more about the options obtaining to your personal case, contact our Spokane law office now to speak with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. Call (509) 482-7274

How Medical Bills Are Paid After an Accident

Most commonly, paying medical bills after an accident will happen using your own private health insurance or Medicaid or Medicare. The at-fault party (or parties) will then be asked to reimburse you through a personal injury lawsuit that will claim past, present, and future medical expenses as well as expenses of other damages. Once you have been paid by the at-fault parties insurance, your insurer will seek reimbursement of what it paid for your medical treatment. It is important to know that your insurer is entitled to the only reimbursement of what they paid for your medical treatment and no more than that.

Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane is Here to Help

After an accident, the experienced attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm are here to help take the stress out of your case. Let us get your case under control by handling your medical bills and getting you compensation for lost wages. Call our Spokane law office now to see if you have a good case during a free consultation. Call (509) 482-7274.

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After an Accident, How is Liability Determined?

After an Accident, How is Liability Determined?

After an Accident, How is Liability Determined?Following a motor vehicle accident such as a car accident, motorcycle accident, or semi truck accident, you will realize how important it is that liability is determined correctly. To receive full compensation for your injuries, the fault must be fully placed on the other party. Determining liability after a serious car crash can be a stressful, combative experience. So how is liability determined after an accident? That depends on evidence found at the crash scene as well as the police and insurance adjusters.

Determining Liability

Oftentimes liability is determined by reviewing traffic laws to see if any violations occurred to determine if a persona acted negligently. There are four primary factors used to determine liability which is as follows.

Negligence

The most common way to determine liability is proving negligence. Negligence is careless or unreasonable conduct while driving which results in harm or damage. Examples of negligent driving is when a driver fails to yield the right-of-way to avoid a crash or by running a red light at an intersection. Violating the law such as reckless driving, speeding, or any other violation will most likely determine the driver at fault for an accident.

Witness Statements

Gathering statements from witnesses to the accident often help to determine liability. Their statements have a very clear idea of who was at fault for the accident and can present evidence later on.

Photos of the Accident Scene as Evidence

Expert analysis of the crash scene or photos of the accident scene can determine things such as if any traffic laws were violated.

Other Statements

If a driver involved in the accident admits fault, this can be used to assign liability. Statements such as “I didn’t see them coming,” can do a lot of damage to that person later on.

Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Spokane

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to handle the case. The attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm understand and know how to get the most compensation for their clients by making sure liability is determined correctly. Call our Spokane law office now at (509) 482-7274 now for a free consultation.

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Can a Jury Affect Your Injury Settlement?

Can a Jury Affect Your Injury Settlement?

Can a Jury Affect Your Injury Settlement?If your personal injury case has had to go to court, you may be wondering if a jury can affect your injury settlement. When it comes to deciding a settlement, it is important to understand how juries decide personal injury cases. There are many factors that can determine how a jury can affect your injury settlement. The calculation of an award from a jury can vary due to four main factors as follows.

Multiple Parties Liable

If more than one driver is said to be responsible for a car accident, a jury is asked to determine liability. Depending on what happened in the accident, any jury award or settlement could be reduced for all parties involved if found at fault. Apportionment of liability is the legal term used when determining liability among multiple parties.

Damages

The amount a person can recover for damages incurred from an accident often is put at an upper limit or a “cap.” Depending on the local court rules for your case, a jury could return a verdict in excess of the cap.

In most cases, a jury is not made aware of the damage cap prior to deliberating. A jury delivers their award, and the judge will reduce the amount to the allowable cap under the law.

Economic Damages in the Future

Sometimes after an accident, the victim is injured too badly to return to work. If this is the case, they can be awarded a settlement for future economic damages. The continuing loss of income or loss of future wages is paid at the time a jury award is made and not sometime in the future.

Using interest rates, actuarial tables, and other financial means, a jury must determine the value of your future damages in today’s dollars. This value changes over time due to inflation and other factors.

Collateral Source Payments

Payments made by entities other than the defendant used to pay your settlement are known as collateral source payments. For example, medical insurance payments are collateral source payments. An injury settlement amount could be reduced to pay back insurance that originally paid your medical bills.

Trusted Personal Injury Law Firm in Spokane, WA

If you’ve been injured in an accident, come to the trusted personal injury law firm of Spokane, Washington. Parke Gordon Law Firm is here to help you recover the best settlement possible after an accident. Let us handle the insurance company, get your medical bills paid, as well as get you a great settlement. Call our Spokane law office now for a free consultation at (509) 482-7274.

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What Causes a Car Accident Settlement to Take a Long Time?

What Causes a Car Accident Settlement to Take a Long Time?

What Causes a Car Accident Settlement to Take a Long TimeSometimes a car accident settlement can take longer than expected due to unforeseen circumstances. That is exactly why it depends on the case when it comes to knowing how long it will take for a car accident case to settle. Every car accident case is determined either by an out-f-court settlement or by a trial. Either way, it could take a long time. Here are some factors that can cause a car accident settlement to take a long time.

To Avoid Going to Trial

The majority of motor vehicle accident cases do not go to trial. Most personal injury attorneys avoid going to trial for the following three reasons.

  • An attorney knows what your car accident case is worth. Due to the experienced of an attorney, they have a good idea of what your injuries cost for medical treatment and damages. Your attorney can usually determine a fair value for your case without the input of a court.
  • A jury is unpredictable. When it comes to personal injury cases such as a car accident, juries have a hard time being objective. A jury may relate to one party over another or they may be unsympathetic to either party if they have experienced a car accident themselves. A good attorney does not want to leave their client’s chances up to the whim of a jury.
  • The cost to go to court is not worth it. Court proceedings are costly, and most attorneys are not willing to upfront the cost of a trial. Instead, an attorney will want to negotiate in a settlement.

In the event that one of the parties involved will not agree to settle, the case will go to trial. The time a trial takes varies from case to case. Typically, you can expect a personal injury case in a trial to take at least a year from the date of the accident to the conclusion of the trial.

Problems with the Case

Sometimes a car accident settlement can take a long time because of problems with the case. For example, proving that the other driver was 100 percent at fault may be difficult and take time if it is questioned at the time of the accident. Your attorney may need to take some time to investigate the accident and prove that the other driver is liable.

Another problem that could prolong a settlement of your case is if the insurer does not accept the evidence. In this case, your attorney may need to file suit and take the case to trial.

A Large Payout

If your case has the potential for a large payout, it may take a long time to settle. No insurance company likes to hand over large sums of money without a fight. For example, if your injuries are severe from the accident or involve lifelong disability, you could receive a large settlement. The insurance company, however, may delay the case in hopes that you will settle for less.

Still Recovering

If you are still recovering from injuries, your attorney can’t know how much your case is worth. You must reach the maximum medical improvement (MMI) before the true value of your case is known. If your car accident injuries are severe, your case could take months or even years to settle. However, your attorney can make a claim and make sure you are receiving proper medical care.

Trust Parke Gordon Law Firm

Rest assured that you can trust Parke Gordon Law Firm to handle your case. Our experienced, trusted and knowledgeable attorneys will do everything they can to get you the best settlement possible, faster. Sometimes it may take longer for a case to settle and may require a great deal of patience. Delays may be tactics from the opposing side, but your attorney may also need time to build a solid case and get you the best possible outcome.

If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another, contact Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane today for a free consultation. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. Call (509) 482-7274.

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Meeting with a Personal Injury Attorney for the First Time

Meeting with a Personal Injury Attorney for the First Time

Meeting with a Personal Injury Attorney for the First TimeAfter an accident, you are likely in tremendous pain, under a lot of stress and feeling overwhelmed with what to do and what is to come. Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer will greatly help you to get back on your feet and take the stress out of your case. A skilled accident attorney can help you recover any lost wages, medical expenses, and compensation for your pain and suffering. However, there are some things you can do for your first meeting with a personal injury attorney.

Meeting with a Personal Injury Attorney for the First Time

At Parke Gordon Law Firm, our understanding, knowledgeable and experienced attorneys understand many clients feel nervous at the first meeting. Most of our clients have never been injured in an accident or needed to hire a lawyer before. The following list is intended to help put your mind at ease and help you understand the things our experienced and trusted attorneys will ask of you at your first meeting.

Documents

While every personal injury case is different, there are some important documents that can often be helpful to your case such as:

  • An accident report or police report if your case involves a motor vehicle accident. If you do not have an accident report, you can contact the police department where the accident occurred to obtain a copy of the report. If you have not done this before the time of your first meeting, don’t stress. Our law office is able to obtain a report in your behalf.
  • All medical records and bills as well as any paperwork related to treatment you have received as a result of the accident. For example, discharge papers from the hospital, ER, or doctor’s office.
  • A list of all doctors that have treated you along with their contact information. You will be asked to sign a release in order for your attorney to access your medical records.
  • Medical and car insurance information for yourself and any other drivers involved in the accident if you have it. If you have copies of your insurance policies, this can also be helpful to your case.
  • Any letters from your insurance company or the other party’s insurance company about the claim.
  • Pictures you took of the accident or any of your injuries. For example, if the accident involved other vehicles, pictures of the damaged vehicles could be helpful for your case.
  • A list of names and contact information of all witnesses to the accident if you have this information available. The police may not have gathered the contact information of all witnesses of the accident. If your attorney can obtain this information directly from you it will be incredibly helpful.

Written Statement

After an accident and before your first meeting with your personal injury attorney, it is helpful to write a written statement of what happened before, during and after the accident. Details such as the day and time of the accident, the weather, the road conditions, and anything that the other party might have said to you before or after the accident are often helpful to your case. The sooner you take the time to write this statement the better. Often times details are lost in memory the more time passes after an accident.

Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers of Parke Gordon Law Firm

The experienced, aggressive and trusted personal injury lawyers of Parke Gordon Law Firm are here to help your case go smoothly. We get paid on a contingency fee. That means you pay nothing until your case is settled. If we take on your case, Parke Gordon will upfront all costs until we reach a settlement amount. Call us now for a free consultation with a Spokane personal injury lawyer at (509) 482-7274.

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Expectations During the First Meeting with a Personal Injury Lawyer

Expectations During the First Meeting with a Personal Injury Lawyer

Expectations During the First Meeting with a Personal Injury LawyerAfter being injured in an accident, you must first decide to hire a personal injury lawyer. Hiring a competent injury attorney can greatly help your case to go more smoothly. However, some may be worried about what to expect during the first meeting with a personal injury lawyer. Here are some things you can expect during the first meeting with a personal injury lawyer.

Before the First Meeting with Your PI Attorney

Before the first meeting with a personal injury lawyer be sure to NOT talk with your insurance company. In addition, if the insurance company of the other party tries to contact you, do NOT speak with them. Any statements that you provide to an insurance company could be harmful to your case later. Insurance companies know how to manipulate the things you say in a way that could actually hurt your case.

Bring to Your First Meeting with a Personal Injury Lawyer

  • Health and auto insurance information
  • Any medical bills you may have already received from the accident
  • The information you gathered from the accident such as statements from witnesses, photos of the accident, etc. Read some tips on what to do after a car accident.

During the First Meeting with Your Lawyer

After an attorney has agreed to accept your case, all communications regarding your case should go through your attorney’s office. At your first meeting, you will be asked to sign documentation called a “retainer” or a “representation agreement.” This is a contract with your attorney that outlines the terms of representation.

During the first meeting, your lawyer will ask you greater details about the accident as well as more details about your injuries. To prepare yourself, think of any questions such as who, what, where, when, why, and how regarding the accident or your injuries. This will prepare your mind to answer the questions in your meeting more efficiently. The longevity of your first meeting will depend on how severe your injuries were and who was involved in the accident.

Keep in mind some of the questions your personal injury attorney may ask in your first meeting may be difficult to hear an answer. Your attorney needs the information to better your case and get you the best possible result.

In some cases, your attorney may feel it is necessary to do further research regarding your case. This is not unusual and nothing to be alarmed about.

Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer from Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane

After an accident, we understand the difficulties and stresses you may be facing. In fact, if you are not able to come to meet at our law office, our attorney will come to you. Do not hesitate to call the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm to discuss your case during a free consultation. Call our Spokane law office today at (509) 482-7274. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.

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Our Spokane, Washington law firm services clients in and surrounding Spokane, including for injuries and accidents in Spokane Valley and injuries and accidents in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit or call our Spokane law firm today. Parke Gordon LLC 421 W Riverside, Suite 256 Spokane, WA 99201 Phone:(509) 482-7274

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