Auto Accidents

Generaly speaking, the most common type of auto accident is between two cars with the liable party not paying attention to the vehicle in front of him or her. If you have been involved in an accident, you should immediately consult with an attorney in order to protect your rights.
An insurance company makes money by collecting premiums and paying out as little as possible on claims. The typical insurance company is not motivated to act in your best interest.  Rather, a claims adjuster’s primary job is to maximize the insurance company’s profits by getting you to settle for as little as possible.  That is why you need a professional on your side.
If you have been involved in an accident, please protect yourself by doing the following:

  • Call the police and document the accident, get a copy of the police report (or the collision report number) or at least the name and phone number of the investigating officer.
  • Get the name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, vehicle license number and insurance information of the person that caused the accident.
  • Get the name address and phone number of any witnesses to the accident.  Do not rely solely on the police officer, as many witnesses leave the accident scene before the police arrive.
  • Take pictures of your car damage.
  • Save all repair estimates and repair bills.
  • Take pictures of any visible injuries: cuts, bumps, bruises, abrasions,  etc.

  • Do not give a recorded or written statement to the liable party’s insurance company.

  • If you have PIP medical coverage through your own insurance, report the accident to your insurance company and write down the name, address, and phone number of the PIP insurance adjuster who will handle the claim and the PIP claim number.
  • Write down the name, address and phone number of all medical providers that you see.
  • If you are going to be off work, get a doctor’s note authorizing you to be off work and be ready to verify your income loss (name address and phone number of employer, pay stubs evidencing your hours worked and rate of pay etc).
  • Save copies of all medical bills, correspondence with insurance adjusters, and other accident related information.

If you have any questions about what to do after an accident, please call us for a free, no obligation consultation.

Personal Injury
This is a general classification of claims that involves a victim being injured by the acts of another party. While this will typically involve injuries from an auto-accident (including cars, trucks, semi-trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, boats and personal watercraft) it also includes injuries from non-vehicle collisions or accidents, such as slip & fall accidents or other premises liablity claims, injuries from dog bites or from other animals including horses, cows and other livestock.

Product Liability
This form of a claim comes from certain products being defective in some way that causes injury to the user.  A product is generally considered "defective" if it does not work as expected and exposes its user to an unexpected danger.  An example can be a faulty seatbelt that fails to keep the driver/passenger safe, an air bag that fails to deploy or deploys unexpectedly, a personal watercraft that fails to stop when its driver falls off, dangerous presciption drugs, and tainted or unsafe food.
Wrongful Death
One of the most serious personal injury claims is when a family member or other loved one has died as the result of the negligent ("wrongful") acts of another. A wrongful death claim can be the result of a collision, a faulty product, a medical error or any other event where the other person's actions result in the death of a loved one. Wrongful death claims are amongst the most tragic and complicated so it is crucial that you retain an attorney right away to help you.

Estate Planning
It is important to have your affairs in orders well before any crises or tragic event occurs. Our office is capable of preparing your Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Directive to Physicians and/or Community Property Agreement (if married). Also, if you are named as the Personal Representative of a friend or family member's estate, our firm will assist you and preform the necessary legal duties. Call our office for more information regarding the Probate process.