How do pre-existing injuries affect your San Diego personal injury case

Will prior injuries or preexisting injuries destroy or affect my injury claim? Not necessarily. Having a preexisting injury isn’t going to destroy your case. When someone causes your injuries, due to their own negligence, they are responsible for the damage they cause. So long as the most recent accident caused your injuries, and you can show this, you are entitled to full and fair compensation. Now, your prior injuries and preexisting conditions are important to your case. You need to disclose all of your injuries to your attorney, whether they happened right before the most recent accident or 20 years ago. Preexisting conditions need to be disclosed so that an analysis can be done. We need to determine if your present symptoms are caused by the most recent accident. Maybe it is a mix of existing symptoms that are made worse by the most recent accident. Also, preexisting conditions can … Read More

Will hiring a personal injury lawyer increase the value of your case?

When does hiring a personal injury lawyer increase the value of the case? Studies by the Insurance Research Council (an insurance organization) consistently show, injured victims who hire attorneys to represent them in their car accident cases recover 40% to 350% more than those who don’t. Why? Because insurance companies hire adjusters to pay you as little as they can get away with. So if you don’t hire an attorney, they will often refuse to pay you reasonable value for your injuries. Without a reasonable threat of a lawsuit, they will offer unreasonably low amounts, hoping you get frustrated and settle. Unfortunately this happens enough for them to keep with this strategy. When hiring a personal injury lawyer doesn’t help There are times when perhaps hiring a lawyer will not help. When the accident, injuries and medical costs are relatively minor, you might not gain a financial advantage by hiring … Read More

Beware the full and final settlement

Beware the Full and Final Settlement In Your San Diego Injury Case If someone damaged your car, their insurance company may offer to settle your claim directly with you. In my experience their offer is usually much lower than what you deserve. That’s just how they operate. So oftentimes, a dispute will develop between the car owner and the insurance company. The insurance company may try a trick where they offer you a lower amount, and then send you a check in that amount. If you disagree with the amount they want to pay you, be careful in accepting and cashing any check sent by the adjuster. Make sure you take a look at the check, and look for words such as “Full and Final Settlement” or “Payment in Full” or any other words that resemble these. This is important because if you cask that check, and the check contains these words, you … Read More