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Time Expected to Settle a Personal Injury Claim

Time Expected to Settle a Personal Injury Claim

Time Expected to Settle a Personal Injury ClaimThe time expected to settle a personal injury claim really depends on the case. It’s impossible to predict an outcome of any case. There are two factors that greatly impact any personal injury claim. They are:

  • Liability – who is responsible for the accident
  • Medical Evidence – documentation of the accident, any injuries and property damage

Time Expected to Settle a Personal Injury Claim

If you are looking to make a quick claim, the insurance company will typically make a low-ball offer within a few weeks after the accident. However, most clients that hire Parke Gordon Law Firm are looking to get the best settlement possible. To obtain the best settlement it will usually take some time, months in fact.

To receive the best settlement an insurance company will require medical records and medical bills showing evidence of your injuries. This will show them what the injury was, if you’ve had any follow up appointments, and what medical treatments you might need in the future. The insurance company will typically require a client to reach maximum medical improvement. Meaning you have been given all of the necessary medical treatment available. This could potentially but rarely take years. Other documentation such as employment records as well as all bills after reaching maximum medical improvements may also take months to obtain.

How to Make Personal Injury Claim

When you’ve been injured in a personal injury accident the first step is to seek medical attention if necessary. Next, contact the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm. Our exceptionally experienced personal injury attorneys will then go to work contacting insurance companies, collecting bill amounts for any medical treatments you may have had, etc. We can help you recover compensation for any lost wages, medical bills, and property damages from the accident. We will fight to get you every penny you deserve.

Personal Injury Lawyer Mat Parke

If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another in a personal injury accident, contact Harvard law grad Mat Parke at Parke Gordon Law Firm. Mat Parke believes in offering top-tier representation to every client. He has served many personal injury clients in the Tri-Cities area from Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco as well as other surrounding areas. Call the law office of Mat Parke in Tri-Cities today for a free consultation at (509) 582-7274.

Tri-Cities, Washington Law Office

Our Tri-Cities, Washington law office provides legal services to injury clients in and surrounding Tri-Cities, including clients injured in accidents in Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Washington. Visit or call our Tri-Cities office now. Parke Gordon LLC 8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274

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How Social Media Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Case

How Social Media Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Case

How Social Media Can Hurt Your Personal Injury CaseSocial media can hurt your personal injury case without you even realizing it. The way we interact with each other has changed a great deal over the last decade because of the expansion of social media. For example, when looking to hire a personal injury lawyer, you may go to social media to ask for recommendations from friends you know and trust. Another example and one which you should avoid, is posting about an accident. Sharing details about yourself or what happened in an accident could be used against you by insurance companies.

Social Media Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Case

Approximately two-thirds of adults in the US use social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook according to the Pew Research Center. It may seem natural to share with your family and friends’ things that happen in your day to day life. However, be cautious in what you share on social media. In many instances, what you share on online can be used against you to dispute a personal injury claim. The Internet is often the first-place insurance companies look to investigate a claim. Your posts can be used against you to dispute the severity of your injuries, the day the accident took place and where.

Protect Yourself on Social Media

Here are a few things to avoid posting to protect your personal injury claim thereby helping your accident attorney to win your case.

Avoid posting:

  • Status updates indicating you can participate in activities contrary to your injuries or treatment plan.
  • Photos or videos of you engaging in physical activity that would disprove the injuries you claim to have.
  • Photos of you drinking. This could indicate you enjoy alcohol and perhaps you were driving drunk.
  • Never post anything that sounds like you admitting fault or anything that could cast doubt that you are partially to blame.
  • Do not post about your finances.
  • Avoid posting negative comments about the insurance company.
  • Do not give information about when you return to work.

Also, be aware of what kinds of things your friends post about you and monitor this to help your case.

Hire Tri-Cities Personal Injury Attorneys at Parke Gordon

Let the personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon assist with your case. Our law firm has handle many car accident, motorcycle accident, semi-truck accident and personal injury victims in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and surrounding areas. We have the years of experience and aggressiveness you need to win your case. Call Tri-Cities personal injury attorney office Parke Gordon today at (509) 582-7274 for a free consultation.

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Our Tri-Cities, Washington law office provides legal services to injury clients in and surrounding Tri-Cities, including clients injured in accidents in Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Washington. Visit or call our Tri-Cities office now. Parke Gordon LLC 8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274

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Determining Liability

Determining Liability

Determining LiabilityInsurance companies often portray that determining legal responsibility, what’s commonly called liability, for an accident is a complicated question.  Insurance companies sometimes contend liability so they can avoid upholding their obligations to compensate injured individuals.  It can be intimidating for an injured person when an insurance company refuses to pay medical bills and lost income because it denies the insured is responsible for the accident.  But the fact is that liability is not as complicated as insurance companies would like people to think it is.

Typically, liability can be determined by asking if the accident occurred because someone was careless – or as attorneys would say “negligent.”  If, for example, two people were in an accident and one person was less careful than the other, then that person must pay for at least some of the damages suffered by the more careful person.

Proof Needed to Determine Liability

Ultimately the law determines liability by requiring the injured person to prove four things:

First, that the person who’s actions caused the accident had the legal responsibility to avoid hurting the person who was injured.  This is called the “duty of care.”

Second, that the person who caused the accident failed to meet their legal responsibility (duty of care) and therefore committed a “breach of duty.”

Third, that the accident occurred because of that person’s breach of duty.  Referred to as “causation”  (because that person’s breach caused the accident).

And finally, that injuries, or “damages,” resulted from the accident.

Hire Personal Injury Attorney Mat Parke

Injuries can seriously affect your physical capabilities and appearance and beyond establishing liability, Parke Gordon Law can ensure that folks who have suffered serious physical injuries and other damages receive the just compensation they’re entitled to under the law.

 

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What Happens When A Child Is Injured Due To Someone Else’s Negligence?

What Happens When A Child Is Injured Due To Someone Else’s Negligence?

What Happens When a Child Is Injured Due To Someone ElseIf your child is injured due to someone else’s negligence what would you do? If you are like most parents, you would do all you can to protect your child. I’m signing my son up for football and I am required to sign a liability waiver before he can play. As a personal injury attorney, I know that any liability release or waiver a parent signs for their child is completely void and unenforceable. How many parents don’t pursue claims for their children because they mistakenly believe the liability waiver is valid?

When a Child is Injured Due to Someone Else’s Negligence

Despite having signed a liability waiver, your child may have a case. Some things you should consider is the type of injury, the age of your child and what state you live in. States have different laws about child lawsuits. Be aware that a child has a lot longer than an adult in most states to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitation is suspended for a period. Even so, it is best to file a case as soon as possible to have a fresh memory of the incident and preservation of evidence if needed.

Must Be Approved by a Judge

Finally, a child’s settlement must be approved by a judge. The money for a child can be invested until the child turns 18 so the child can pay for college. This is done through a structured settlement.

Hire Personal Injury Attorney, Mat Parke

If your child is injured due to someone else’s negligence, call personal injury attorney, Mat Parke. Mat can find out what rights your child has even if a liability waiver has been signed. As a Harvard law grad, Mat understands what is needed to receive fair compensation. Call (509) 482-7274 for a free consultation.

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Personal Liability Reduces Negligence

Personal Liability Reduces Negligence

personal liability reduces negligencePersonal liability reduces negligence; here’s why. I’m often amazed at how well our tort system drives safe behaviors in people and businesses. As an injury attorney, I am probably more aware of conduct of businesses that are intended to reduce liability exposure for negligent conduct than most. You can’t escape it: product warnings, employee safety training, building design, and so on. Safety, safety, safety!

Do you think people and businesses would be as safe if they weren’t liable for their negligence? Studies show that people are more careful when they can be held responsible for their actions.

But this liability exposure can also lead people to cover up or hide evidence of their negligence. It’s not a perfect system, but it works pretty well.

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Our Tri-Cities, Washington law office provides legal services to injury clients in and surrounding Tri-Cities, including clients injured in accidents in Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland, Washington. Visit or call our Tri-Cities office now. Parke Gordon LLC 8905 W Gage Blvd, #200 Kennewick, WA 99336 Phone:(509) 582-7274

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