Accidents which result in serious injuries or death occur in many ways. Automobile and motorcycle accidents, slipping and falling due to dangerous conditions, defective products, dangerous animals, toxic torts or negligent professionals are some of the most common causes of death and injury.
If you are injured or have lost a family member through the fault of another, the law provides you with valuable rights, including the right to be reimbursed for your medical expenses, lost income, damage to your vehicle and other out-of-pocket expenses. You are also entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, inconvenience, and loss of enjoyment of life. These payments should all come from the insurance company of the person or company that is responsible for your injuries, but to get these payments you need experienced help.
If you are injured while on the job, you have additional rights under worker’s compensation laws. Among other rights, you have the right to receive disability payments while you are unable to work, the right to paid medical treatment, and the right to compensation for any permanent disability.
I am Steven R. Jacobsen, “The Accidental Lawyer”. I can protect your rights.
I can help you obtain the medical treatment you need and deserve, and obtain compensation for other losses. I will speak to the insurance company representatives for you, so they can’t use your own words against you later, and I will negotiate a fair settlement of your claim. You pay me nothing until your case is resolved and you receive payment.
Insurance companies are not anxious to pay, even when you clearly deserve it. They are neither fast, fair nor friendly, and their good hands are protecting their own wallets – not your rights. Insurance companies spend millions on defense attorneys to help them avoid paying claims, and to fight you. For this reason, most people who attempt to settle their own claims with an insurance company find that their rights have been ignored and their settlements are not fair. The best way to ensure that your rights are protected and respected is to have an attorney on your side. The insurance company attorneys will be experienced in fighting claims; you need an attorney who is experienced in fighting the insurance companies.
Fighting for your rights is what I do -- that and only that.
The insurance companies know that the only way to force them to pay your claim is to obtain a judgment against the person who injured you. They also know that most non-lawyers can’t do that successfully, so they offer claimants without experienced lawyers less money – a lot less money – to settle their claims.
The insurance companies know me. They know that if they are not fair to my clients, I will take a case to trial. That helps me settle more cases faster and with fair results, often through arbitration or mediation. Whatever the means, I will always advise clients to choose the course of action which is best for them.
Remember: It costs you no more to have a lawyer on your side from the beginning of your claim than to get one later – after the insurance company has gathered evidence against you. You may also avoid costly problems by having a lawyer before you speak with the insurance company representative.