How much is my car wreck accident really worth? Many personal injury victims destroy their case because they are afraid to incur medical bills and do not go to a hospital.
To find out how much your case is really worth study these top mistakes.
- You have an auto, truck or cycle accident and refuse the ambulance so you do not incur a medical bill;
- You fail to go to the hospital the same day;
- You fail to describe all your specific body parts hurt in an accident in explicit detail to the nurses and doctors at the emergency room;
- You fail to photograph your injuries;
- You give a statement to the other side’s insurance carrier and to your insurance company before getting the advice of legal counsel;
- You go to a chiropractor instead of a medical doctor;
- You go to a lawyer or attorney that is not an experienced personal injury lawyer that only occasionally handles motor vehicle accidents who lets you go to a chiropractor;
- You wait too long to call a real personal injury lawyer;
- You build gaps of time between the accident and later medical appointments making it appear that you were not hurt from the motor vehicle accident;
- You go to medical care and then refuse the recommended course of treatment;
- You talk to others about your case;
- You post on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, or other social media devices creating a trail for the insurance carrier to view;
- You mistakenly hire another lawyer and don’t get a free consultation from Brad Pistotnik Law, P.A.
Now, turning our attention to what you need to understand about your personal injury case and your case evaluation you must understand that the case value of your bodily injury claim depends on whether you followed the first 13 rules. It depends on how bad you are injured. It depends on what hospital you go to. It depends on how bad you are hurt and what the doctors find wrong with you. Your case can be worth nothing to more than a million dollars. You do not want to be the million dollar case because that means you are crippled, paralyzed, dead, in a coma, amputated or otherwise severely injured. Kansas is a conservative state and many jurors here don’t believe in giving large amounts for pain and suffering.
Another important factor in how much your case is worth is the level of injuries compared to the level of available insurance. Many bad drivers carry small insurance or none. Then you have to turn to your own uninsured motorist coverage or underinsured motorist coverage. Thus, you should always carry a minimum of $250,000.00 per person and $500,000.00 per accident and one million dollar coverage is better.
You need to realize that if you get hit by a normal person driving a personal car then it is different than being hit by a semi, tractor-trailer, fleet vehicle or other commercial motor vehicle that will be required to carry a million dollars of insurance.
Never speak to lay persons about who to go to for anything. You need an experienced attorney that knows the experienced doctors that are not quacks and that are not scared of lawyers or the court system. If you go to a doctor that is afraid of lawyers and the court system, you lose. They will not back you on a causation opinion and will refuse to testify on your behalf. Normal people don’t understand that 90 percent of the medical profession either helps the workers compensation defense side or feeds off the system so they never want to help an injured plaintiff. There are many good lawyers that know good doctors but the percentage of the total population is low.
When you are really injured and are going to local hospitals in Hutchinson, Liberal, Hays, Dodge City, Garden City, Salina, Colby, Emporia, Newton, McPherson, Arkansas City, Winfield, and other smaller cities, you will always get better medical care at a first level trauma hospitals known as tertiary care facilities. In Western Kansas that means Wesley Medical Center or Via Christi St. Francis. If you or a loved one is hurt ask for an ambulance transfer or Eagle Med air ambulance transfer. It may make the difference on your final result.
Your case value also depends on the level of experience and skill of your retained lawyer or attorney. If you hire an attorney that has never handled any trucking accidents it is likely that they will not know what to do. These cases are labor intensive and you have to understand the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. I wrote the book called Truck Accidents Kill! It teaches a lawyer or safety person how to look at the FMCSR regulations issued by the DOT. You need an experienced attorney whenever you have a tractor-trailer or semi accident case. If you have a trucking or tractor-trailer case and the lawyer is not taking a deposition of the truck driver and the safety director as well as other management in the trucking company then it is difficult to get a truly adequate recovery since the necessary deposition discovery never gets taken. The lawyer has to study these regulations for years to have an adequate comprehension of them.
At this point, you can obviously see why hiring a truly experienced trial attorney is necessary. Most cases settle after the deposition phase and do not have to go to trial. The cases that have to go to trial are usually those cases that have bad facts or large pre-existing degenerative conditions with a causation problem. Many lawyers are good lawyers that have experience in very limited areas of the law. You need a lawyer who concentrates their practice in trial practice and regulatory interpretation whenever you have a trucking case.
Finally, to answer the question about how much your case is worth it is impossible to state the exact valuation until we meet you and learn all the facts of your particular case including how the accident happened, what type of vehicle hit you, whether you need surgery, whether you have complications from surgery and what your final disability is. It is better to call us immediately after an accident for immediate free advice at 316-684-4400 or 800-241-BRAD.
Your first consultation never costs anything and is always FREE! We will explain your rights. I have used the slogan “Know Your Rights” since I created, founded and opened Pistotnik Law aka Bradley A. Pistotnik, Attorney-at-Law in 1983. The firm was later incorporated and then changed to the name Pistotnik Law Offices, Chartered. We changed the name in 2014 to Brad Pistotnik Law, P.A.
We can only be found at 10111 E. 21st Street North, Suite 204, Wichita, Kansas 67206. We are only 3 blocks east of Webb Road and have one beautiful and efficient office. We serve the entire regions of Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois and Nebraska. If you can’t come to us, we will come to you and will drive or fly to you the same day if necessary.
Brad Pistotnik started law school at K.U. in 1978 and graduated from K.U. School of Law in 1981. Brad has been studying or practicing law ever since. Let my personal experience help you and your family through a difficult time. Hire the real Brad!
We now have hired a fourth attorney by the name of Jay Sizemore to assist our growing personal injury law firm and personal injury client base. Jay has former litigation experience as a prosecutor and has a wealth of experience to join our experienced staff along with Tony Atterbury, Bill Barr and myself. In addition to these court experienced personal injury lawyers, we have a staff of paralegals and experienced insurance claims managers who formerly worked for the largest insurance carriers like State Farm and Farmers. They all form a team of experienced professionals to serve you and your family. As of the end of March of 2016 we have 4 lawyers, 3 insurance case managers, 4 paralegals and legal assistants, a full time bookkeeper, a law clerk and runner, our receptionist. Every single person working for me is dedicated to serving injured persons and their families across Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Illinois and other states like Missouri and Texas where we serve as Pro Hac Vice counsel along with the local state lawyers.
Remember, never talk to an insurance company or adjuster without the advice of a skilled and experienced trial lawyer. Once you give a recorded statement it is there forever. The biggest reason you will destroy your case is talking to an insurance adjuster without the skilled legal advice of a personal injury attorney. Adjusters have intense training and follow specially written scripts that are written by insurance company professionals attempting to keep you from hiring an experienced trial attorney. These adjusters do not care about you. You are nothing more than a widget in a factory to them. All you are is a number. To stand out and have a case you need an advocate on your side. We are your advocate!!
When the adjuster calls, just say no. Then call Brad at 1-800-241-BRAD or 316-684-4400. When I say “call me, it’s just that easy” it means that the call is free and calling me is easy. You can call for Brad Pistotnik, Tony Atterbury, Bill Barr or Jay Sizemore. You and your family can relax and let me and my dedicated staff of attorneys, paralegals and former insurance adjusters who switched from the dark side to the side of right help you and your family get a quick easy recovery. We do all the hard work for you. It is essential that you understand the first call is free and we never charge you a dime unless we win or get an offer for you of real monetary compensation. The easy part is picking up the phone. Contact Brad Pistotnik 24 hours a day at 316-706-5020 or Tony Atterbury at 316-617-3447. Email Brad Pistotnik at Brad@BradPistotnikLaw.com or Tony@BradPistotnikLaw.com. You can email Bill Barr at Bill@BradPistotnikLaw.com or Jay Sizemore at Jay@BradPistotnikLaw.com. We are located at 10111 E. 21ST Street North, Suite 204, Wichita, Kansas 67206.-
We pride ourselves on answering the phone for personal injury victims across Kansas and Wichita as well as Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal, Hays, Colby, Hugoton, Salina, Great Bend, Hutchinson, McPherson, Satanta, Peabody, Kingman, Pratt, Hill City, Marion, Madison, Goodland, El Dorado, Augusta, Lyons, Fort Scott, Ulysses, Eureka, Fredonia, Yates Center, Ellsworth, Emporia, Arkansas City, Newton, Wellington, Winfield, McPherson, Topeka, Kansas City, Pittsburg, Fredonia, Coffeyville, Abilene and other smaller cities all over the State of Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois and Oklahoma 24 hours a day. Call us right now for your personal free consultation at 316-684-4400. Don’t forget we can drive or fly to you in any of the 48 contiguous states and we can make it from Wichita to your state in around 1-4 hours at most no matter how far away you live. Of course, you can always come and see us. We can make it to Western Kansas in about one hour. We are lawyers who are dedicated to serving the personal injury victims of Kansas and the entire United States.
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