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9 Common Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Claim

9 Common Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Claim

9 Common Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Personal Injury ClaimIf you’ve been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another, you need an experienced, trusted and knowledgeable personal injury attorney to handle your personal injury claim. Why? Well, there are some common mistakes that can hurt your personal injury claim making it so you don’t receive fair compensation. Don’t let that happen to you! Contact the experienced attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm to handle your case.

The following are nine common mistakes that can hurt your personal injury claim.

1. Attempting to Represent Yourself

To receive the most compensation for your personal injury claim you must know and understand the law. This requires in-depth knowledge and experience with legal doctrines, insurance contracts, and regulations, as well as courtroom procedures. Without knowledge of these things, a person cannot plan and structure their case for proper handling. It is probable that you will do or say something that will sink your injury claim.

Here are a few real examples of cases Parke Gordon Law Firm has settled that illustrates how our law firm can maximize compensation for your personal injury case.

Case 1: Alone the client would receive $7,000. With Parke Gordon, the client would receive $29,000.

Case 2: Working alone the client would receive $13,000. Working with Parke Gordon, the client would receive $40,000 in compensation.

Case 3: On their own, the client would receive $30,000. With the help of Parke Gordon, the client would receive $102,000.

Case 4: Without an attorney, the client would receive $10,000. Parke Gordon was able to get $450,000 in compensation.

2. Not Receiving Proper Medical Treatment

If an injury from an accident goes untreated by a medical professional, a jury will then have to decide if the injury was incurred from the accident. Immediately after an accident, seek medical treatment. This will also provide you with proper documentation such as medical records that can later help your case.

3. Delaying Hiring to a Personal Injury Lawyer

After an accident, the first few days are critical. Whether it was a car accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall injury, dog bite injury, or other injuries, you will most likely be bombarded by calls from insurance companies and investigators. It is likely that you will say or do something that can hurt your case. Calling a personal injury attorney right away and have your attorney handle these matters. That will allow you to concentrate on healing and getting back on your feet.

4. Failing to Gather Evidence

In any legal claim, the evidence is crucial. As time passes, evidence fades and the memories of witnesses can become twisted. Preserve as much evidence as early as possible to help your case. Helpful evidence includes taking photos of the accident scene, and visible injuries. Take photos of your injuries right away and then keep taking pictures periodically as your treatment progresses. Gather the names and phone number of any eyewitnesses to your accident.

5. Giving a Written Statement or Recorded Interview to the Insurance Company

Insurance adjusters are trained to get people to agree to a quick settlement. That way, they don’t have to pay the full value of your claim. One of the first things an insurance adjuster will do is attempt to get a written or recorded statement from the drivers and injured claimants. Insurance adjusters will often use a recorded statement to twist the words of a client as the claim progresses. Do not give any sort of written or recorded statement or sign anything before talking with your attorney. Doing so can permanently harm your case.

6. Posting About Your Accident on Social Media

Anything you post about your accident on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube, can be used against you. Any posting on social networks might be requested by other attorneys working against you. It is best to keep everything off the Internet and keep all comments between you and your lawyer.

7. Signing a Release or Medical Authorization Form

Unless you know exactly what you are signing, don’t sign. You could be signing a release or waiving your claims. Frequently, an insurance adjuster will ask you to sign a medical authorization form granting them access to your medical records. No matter what the adjuster says, don’t do it. In addition, do not sign any documents which have any language releasing your claims. Doing so could cause you to lose your rights forever.

8. Failing to Communicate with Your Lawyer

Remember when you hire an attorney from Parke Gordon Law Firm, you and your lawyer are a team. Communicate with your personal injury attorney to make your case go as smoothly as possible. Failing to cooperate with your attorney can waste valuable time and cause your case to fail.

9. Lying or Hiding Evidence

Right from the start, let your attorney know about your medical history or any previous accident claims. This way, your attorney can plan for those matters and be prepared to address them should need to be.

Call a Spokane Personal Injury Attorney

Call now to speak to a Spokane personal injury lawyer. We’re here to help take the stress out of your claim. Let us fight the insurance company for you. Call a personal injury attorney or lawyer at Parke Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.

Let us help you deal with the insurance companies, medical bills, lost wages, and property damages. Our attorneys are trusted and experienced personal injury lawyers in Spokane. Call the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm at (509) 482-7274.

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Compensation for Damages After an Injury Accident

Compensation for Damages After an Injury Accident

Compensation for Damages After an Injury AccidentAfter being injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, semi truck accident or any other type of injury accident, the insurance company will press to come to a quick settlement. This is so you get as little compensation for damages as possible. The insurance company wants to save its money. Many clients don’t even understand what damages they may be able to recover for. This is just one reason why it is important to hire an experienced attorney from Parke Gordon Law Firm to handle your case. Our trusted and knowledgeable personal injury attorneys will fight for every penny you are owed. The following is a list of some compensation for damages after an injury accident.

Compensation for Damages After an Injury Accident

Expenses from Medical Treatment

All expenses that were incurred during treatment are considered medical expenses. Emergency room, hospital costs, doctor visits, chiropractic care fees, physical therapy and/or rehabilitation are all bills that you should be compensated for. Your attorney will help you deal with the insurance companies and medical bills.

Future Medical Expenses

If you’ve been injured so severe that you will need on-going medical care as a result of an accident, your future medical expenses are also recoverable damages. The amount recoverable will be determined based on the advice of your doctors and other medical professionals.

Pain and Suffering

Physical pain resulting from an accident is also recoverable damage. Based on the nature of the injury, the severity of the pain, and by how long the pain lasts your recoverable damage will be determined.

Lost Wages

Sometimes after an accident, the injuries incurred keep a person from being able to work. You may recover lost income that you would have earn had you not been injured in an accident. Typically, the awarded amount includes the wages you would have been making between the time of the accident and the time of settlement or judgment. If you are unemployed but can prove you would have been earning income, you may also recover lost wages. In addition, if you can show that your ability to earn a living was impaired by the accident or injury for future earning capacity, that may also be recoverable.

Consortium Loss

When a spouse is injured in accident damage such as loss of companionship, affection, comfort, solace, help and sexual relations may also be recoverable. These damages refer to the loss of the benefits of married life.

Emotional or Mental Distress

Sometimes a person will suffer emotional or mental distress after an accident or injury. Feelings of apprehension, anxiety, fright, nervousness, loss of dignity, worry, humiliation, shock, grief, or embarrassment are all considered mental anguish and can be considered recoverable damages. In addition, if you suffered permanent disfigurement from the accident, you may also be able to recover for mental suffering.

Property Damage

Obvious recoverable damage from the accident is property damage for your car or any other property that was damaged.

Recover Damages from Your Spokane Injury Case

The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm are experienced. We will recover damages from your personal injury case. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation for their personal injury case. Our experienced lawyers will fight for every penny you deserve. Let us handle the big insurance companies and make sure you get a fair settlement after your car accident, motorcycle accident, semi truck accident, dog bite injury, slip and fall accident or any other personal injury accident. Call our Spokane law office now for a free consultation at (509) 482-7274.

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Before Speaking to a Personal Injury Attorney

Before Speaking to a Personal Injury Attorney

Before Speaking to a Personal Injury AttorneyThere are three things you can do before speaking to a personal injury attorney that can help your case go smoothly.

  1. Do not speak to the insurance company about your case or sign any documents.
  2. See a doctor to receive proper medical treatment and make sure all injuries are documented.
  3. Collect paperwork and documents that will help your attorney with your personal injury case.

By doing these three things before speaking to your personal injury attorney, your case will hopefully go more smoothly and sooner. That means you’ll receive a better settlement, faster.

Do Not Speak to the Insurance Company

Often times after an accident, the insurance company of the other party will attempt to contact you to receive a written statement. DO NOT give it to them. Simply tell them they can contact your attorney. Insurance companies are trained to twist your words in order to make you settle for less. Moreover, do not sign any documents that the insurance company requests you to sign without first speaking to your attorney. It is best to save yourself the hassle and simply let your personal injury attorney handle all conversations with the insurance company.

To be safe, only speak with your attorney about your accident. This will increase your chances of receiving the most compensation possible.

See a Doctor

After an accident, we recommend seeing a medical professional to be properly diagnosed. Even if you do not feel injured, it is best to get checked out. Many times patients do not feel the pain from an accident related injury until weeks later. By waiting to be seen by a medical professional it makes it easy for the insurance company to blame the injury on something that happened after the accident. This can greatly harm your case. The insurance company can deny your claim or argue that injuries were caused by a different accident.

Collect Evidence

While still at the accident scene, there are things you can do to gather evidence that can impact your case.

  1. A police report. Call the police after an accident so an officer can create a police report and properly document the accident.
  2. Photos of the accident. If you are able, take photos of the accident scene, the damage to the cars and any injuries you sustained.
  3. Talk to witnesses. Gather the contact information (name and phone number) of anyone who witnessed the accident.
  4. Medical records. After being seen by a medical professional, request copies of any medical records to give to your attorney. This can save you and your attorney time later.

Call a Spokane Personal Injury Attorney

Call now to speak to a Spokane personal injury lawyer. We’re here to help take the stress out of your claim. Let us fight the insurance company for you. Call a personal injury attorney or lawyer at Parke Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.

Let us help you deal with the insurance companies, medical bills, lost wages, and property damages. Our attorneys are trusted and experienced personal injury lawyers in Spokane. Let the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm help you get back on your feet.

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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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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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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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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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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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