Many accident victims we speak to don’t consider themselves the suing type. That is to say they don’t feel comfortable taking someone to court to seek compensation for their injuries. These conscientious individuals believe that if they sue, the at-fault driver will have to pay enormous amounts of money out of their own pockets. This is simply not the case.
Insurance companies make a lot of money. In fact, it’s one of the most lucrative industries in the U.S. Their business model is simple. You convince consumers to purchase insurance from your company by promising to be on their side or hold them in good hands when the unexpected happens. You collect premiums until that day comes and then pay them as little as possible for their claim. If you take in more premiums than you pay out in claims, you could stand to make billions in profit every year. That is exactly what Insurance companies do year after year.
(1) Identify Type
Your uncle may handle corporate law cases, but does that mean he handles accident cases. One law firm may practice 10 different types of law, while another may specialize in just one. You want someone who is an expert in what you need. So think about what kind of lawyer will handle your case. If you have you been in a car accident you require the expertise of a personal injury lawyer.
IMPORTANT: Don’t rely on television commercials, bench ads or the phone book. These types of advertisements can’t tell you if the firm is credible, reliable and/or professional.
If you sue for personal physical injuries like a slip and fall or car accident, your damages are tax-free. That may seem odd, since you may be seeking lost wages because you couldn’t work after your injuries. But a specific section of the tax code–Section 104–shields damages for personal physical injuries and physical sickness. Before 1996 “personal” damages were tax-free. That meant emotional distress, defamation and many other legal injuries also produced tax-free recoveries.
Sometimes accident victims decide to settle their own personal injury cases. If you had very minor injuries, no significant medical expenses, and are confident that your injuries have completely healed, you may not need a personal injury lawyer. If you have a serious injury caused by the negligence of another person, however, you are more likely to lose money than to save money by handling the claim yourself.
Mr. Call was stopped at a light preparing to make a left hand turn on 3000 E. He was watching cross traffic in both directions travelling on 6200 W. As the light for cross traffic turned red one vehicle ran through the red light and impacted with another vehicle making a left hand turn. That impact was so severe that it propelled one of the cars into Mr. Call who was at a dead stop.
Sometimes a client may receive payments under a personal injury settlement or from a third party such as an insurance company. The payment, or payments, counts as income in the month received and as an asset the month after receipt. Certain expenses are usually deducted from the total settlement amount before the individual receives payment.
William R. Rawlings & Associates makes you Promises and KEEPS those promises. Over 34 years handling Accident, Injury and Wrongful Death claims….. Below are the promises you can expect our Firm to keep:
Legal team assigned to every case. There will always be someone available to you to answer your questions. You will never be told someone is on vacation or out of town and you have to wait for them to return before you can expect help.
We Come to YOU! We will come to you, your home, office or hospital for your free initial consultation. We want to meet you in an environment you feel most comfortable. This way you can focus on the information we are providing
Bottom Line: If Insurance Companies were fair and reasonable and quick to pay your bills…all Accident/Injury Lawyers would be out of a job.
“I don’t want to sue anyone….how will that look?” Well, we get that, however, is it fair you have enough medical bills to wallpaper your living room?….or losing your job because you missed so much time from work that your employer had to replace you? Plain and simple folks, it is our only system of justice. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if the judge could require the responsible person to do your yard work, housekeeping and laundry for the next 5 years! It just doesn’t work that way…
William Rawlings & Associates is once again proud to announce that our Founding Partner, Bill Rawlings and Associate Travis Alkire have been chosen as one of Utah Business Magazine’s 2015 Utah Legal Elite. The honor is purely Peer based and selected in a statewide balloting process. Members of the Utah Bar are invited to participate by submitting a ballot of Utah Lawyers they hold in the highest regard, i.e. lawyers they have observed firsthand and would recommend to others.