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Using Your Smartphone to Document the Scene After a Car Accident

Using Your Smartphone to Document the Scene After a Car Accident

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For all the car accidents smartphones cause each year, the devices are actually incredibly useful ­after a crash. Virtually every step you should take after being hit by a negligent driver can be fulfilled or greatly assisted by a smartphone and one of its many applications. Despite its universal usefulness, you would be surprised how many people admit to not even pick up their phones following a crash.

Try to keep these smartphone uses and applications in mind after being in a car accident to improve your claim later on:

  1. Emergency assistance: If anyone is hurt or if the damage to any vehicle is extensive, emergency responders need to be notified and summoned by calling 911. If no one requires immediate medical attention, it is easy for people to skip the phone call and thus forget their phone altogether.
  2. Photographs: What better way to document the scene than to take pictures? Break out the smartphone and start taking photographs from all angles. You need pictures of your car, other cars involved, injuries, and the general environment, including weather conditions.
  3. Notepad: How many times have you heard someone say, “I don’t have a pen or paper”? This used to be a real trouble on a day-to-day basis but it really shouldn’t be anymore, now that just about everyone has a smartphone. No way to write down insurance and identifying information? Incorrect! Just use a notepad application to jot it all down there.
  4. Contact information: Apologizing and taking the blame for an accident is the number one mistake you must avoid after being in an auto accident. Even people who know they aren’t liable may inadvertently accept some accountability by talking too much. Don’t worry about filling the silence with conversation; just pass along your cell number and tell them you will be in contact, later. As in after you talk to your attorney.
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6 Reasons You Should Hire a Business Litigation Lawyer

6 Reasons You Should Hire a Business Litigation Lawyer

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There are many reasons to start your own business. It is both an exciting and scary time. While you really want to focus on further developing your products and/or services, and growing your business, you may encounter some legal setbacks along the way. In fact, there are many legal considerations you should be aware of when starting out on your adventure. One of the questions you should ask yourself is: “What happens if you get sued?

If you find that your business is being sued or is in the middle of a dispute, here are some reasons why you should hire a business litigation attorney.

  1. Correct Formation

When you start a business, it must have a legal structure. This means it could be a sole proprietorship, a partnership, an LLC, or a corporation. A business litigation lawyer can work with you to ensure that your business is legally operating under the correct formation type and assist in protecting your rights under that particular formation.

  1. Review Agreements

While it might be a great idea to partner or team up with another individual to run and operate your business, remember that there are a number of legal implications and considerations that go along with this decision. A business litigation attorney can help you draft those agreements and put them into motion to ensure that both your interests are protected in the event of a dispute or breach of contract.

  1. Control Contracts

As a business owner, you know you need a contract for pretty much anyone you do business with, from partners, other organizations, vendors and suppliers, service agreements, and even employees. A business litigation attorney can help businesses with legal disputes surrounding contracts. In fact, the Court will often require that legally binding contracts between entities be drafted by an attorney.

  1. Free from Fraud

We hear about fraud on a daily basis. From healthcare fraud to insurance fraud to consumer identity theft, fraud is all around us. And businesses are at risk too. A business litigation Lawyer can help your business fight against fraudulent disputes that arise.

  1. Regulate Responsibilities

Sometimes in partnerships and in other agreements the break down of roles and responsibilities can get confusing and even lost in translation. A business litigation attorney can help iron out fiduciary duties.

  1. Execute Employment

One of the biggest problem areas for businesses is employment. From workers’ compensation claims to employment contracts to employee lawsuits, if an employee files a lawsuit against you, regardless of the reason or cause, a business litigation attorney can help serve and represent you and protect your entity.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog post is provided for general informational purposes only, and may not reflect the current law in your jurisdiction. No information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice from McElfish Law Firm or the individual author, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information included in, or accessible through, this post without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer licensed in the recipient’s state, country or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction.

 

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Risk of Handling Your Own Personal Injury Claim

Risk of Handling Your Own Personal Injury Claim

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If you’re involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you sustained injuries, it’s possible that a claim representative from the at-fault person’s company may contact you immediately afterwards and try to settle your claim. Be careful dealing with the insurance company on your own, because you may need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you. one risk of settling your claim shortly after an accident is you might later find out that your injuries are more serious than you thought when the claim was settled.

There are limited situations in which a person should handle their own personal injury claim. Although it is possible when the injuries sustained are minimal, the other party involved is clearly liable, and if the insurance company has already paid the medical bills, it is ill advised to handle this situation without representation. There are many other factors that would make hiring a Los Angeles personal injury attorney a vital decision.

For example, a person should get an attorney involved when injuries are long lasting and are not improving, or if it is not clear when it comes to labeling who is at fault. When a claim is handled without the aid of a personal injury lawyer, the property damage may not be handled well, and the case can settle before the full extent of the injuries are discovered. A case might be settled, and six months later, it is discovered that the injury will require more medical attention, incurring more expenses for the victim.

Other Risks of Not Contacting an Attorney

Another risk involved with trying to handle a claim without an attorney includes misunderstanding the law. In California, the Motor Vehicle Reparations Act (MVRA) is a law that is enforced. It is a very difficult law to understand and covers issues such as who pays the medical bills. Without an attorney, it is difficult to understand how to conduct oneself in a lawfully beneficial way during a recorded conversation conducted by an insurance company. People often make a statement inadvertently that was innocent in nature, but ends up damaging their case. A personal injury lawyer is there to protect their clients’ interests, and to get them through all of the dangerous aspects of California laws that are risky to handle otherwise. Being under compensated in a personal injury claim creates a situation that can disrupt the life of any individual, and that is the major risk of handling a claim without representation.

Benefits of Legal Representation

Right after an accident, it is common for people to be in shock and think that they are uninjured. It is possible to be unaware of what is going on in the spine for example, or other parts of the body at the time. It is imperative to get the appropriate medical treatment first, and then to hire an experienced injury lawyer that can effectively handle the insurance company on the behalf of their client in order to make sure that they provide the full amount of compensation for the medical procedures.

It is beneficial to hire an attorney for a wide variety of other reasons. Having a lawyer reduces the risk of settling a case too early for an undesirable amount. As previously mentioned, it is quite possible to discover that the injuries sustained are far more severe than that of their original diagnosis. A lawyer will be there to also advise their client on where to get treatment and what kind of doctors to see.

Overall, having your claim handled by an attorney is a wise decision. They are there to make sure that their client is fully taken care of during their time of need.

Why to Call Immediately

The state of California has a statute of limitations. The deadline for when a claim can be handled will vary depending on the nature of the personal injury case. For example, slipping and falling, sustaining an injury at someone else’s home and it is the home owner’s fault, wrongful death matters, and medical negligence claims all have to be submitted within a year. If injured while travelling on a city sidewalk or road owned and maintained by the city, the deadline to activate a claim is within 90 days. When injured during a car accident, the statute of limitations can require a claim to be filed within two years.

If one does not abide by the statute of limitations, the ensuing consequence would be great in regards to being fully compensated. Waiting to call an attorney even a few weeks prior to the deadline can prove to be problematic. The process of preparing for a lawsuit can take weeks due to the substantial amount of evidence that needs to be reviewed. Do not fall victim to having missed the opportunity of acquiring what is lawfully owed to fully compensate a personal injury.

McElfish Law Firm can help you navigate through the claims process and avoid losing money which you may be entitled to but unable to obtain from the insurance company if you are unrepresented. Before going up against the insurance company alone, ask yourself:  “Am I prepared and knowledgeable enough to handle this on my own without an attorney?”  Of course, the extent of your injuries and the effect on your health and activities is important also.  The more serious your case is, and the more you have at risk, the more you have to lose.  What you need to determine is simply this: “Am I going to come out better or worse with an attorney?”

Attorneys at McElfish Law Firm can help you answer that question. Call us today for a free case evaluation 310.659.4900.

Disclaimer: The information in this blog post is provided for general informational purposes only, and may not reflect the current law in your jurisdiction. No information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice from McElfish Law Firm or the individual author, nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information included in, or accessible through, this post without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer licensed in the recipient’s state, country or other appropriate licensing jurisdiction.

 

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