Personal Injury Lawsuits call for Tough Negotiation
In all of our years working in personal injury law, experience has taught us that there is one thing we can count on when we are retained by a new client: No two motor vehicle accidents are ever the same.
A large percentage of motor vehicle accidents, 29% according to an Allstate Auto Insurance study, are ‘rear-ender’ collisions, but that in no way implies that all of them involve the exact same set of circumstances. For bikers, one of the leading causes of fatal crashes with another vehicle is the ‘left turn in front’ scenario, where a motorist does not see the oncoming motorcycle, and turns left directly into their direction of travel. Each of these accident situations may all be lumped under a certain category, but that’s where any similarity ends – no two accidents involve the exact same cause and result.
When a client comes to Goldberg, Racila, D’Alessandro & Noone for help after being seriously hurt in a crash, there are certain questions that need answers. We are here to help people who, through no fault of their own, have suffered serious physical and financial harm as the result of an accident, and they don’t know what to do.
“What’s My Case Worth?”
That’s one of the first questions we get from new clients. In evaluating and researching the facts involved in each and every case, our first job is to determine exactly who was at fault for the accident, (in many cases it can be multiple parties), so that we can assess and assign liability for the crash, or who is financially responsible. Once liability has been established, a value needs to be associated with the amount of damages that resulted from the crash. There are two kinds of damages – economic and non-economic. Economic damages are financial losses that are a direct result of your accident and the resulting injuries. These can include monies spent on medical treatment for your injuries, damage or complete loss of your vehicle, and lost wages from not being able to work.
Non-economic damages are those that relate to your resulting pain and suffering after being involved in a serious crash, and what type of financial impact that will have on your life. And because no two accidents are ever alike, this is where intense and skilled negotiations come into play.
Suppose there are two accidents, both involving two cars. You may have a passenger in one vehicle who was a promising young athlete, a local basketball star about to start his college career, his whole promising life before him. In the other car, an elderly woman has been seriously hurt while her son was driving her back to the assisted living residence where she lives. In attempting to assess any non-economic damages they will have to pay as a result of their clients’ causing a crash, giant insurance companies will attempt to determine the amount of damages on the case are ‘fair’. The problem is most large insurance companies use computer software and so-called analytic data to spit out a number that is supposed to compensate your for your injuries, pain and suffering.
This is when you need a personal injury lawyer who is not afraid of tough negotiations with armies of attorneys representing an insurance carrier.
Few Cases Ever See a Courtroom
In working with our clients to determine a value of a serious accident injury or the resulting loss of a beloved family member, we present the facts of each individual case to the entities or persons responsible, or liable, for the accident. This involves detailed research and discovery of every single fact relating to how the accident happened, and the overall, life-long impact of the resulting physical injuries you have sustained. Through our determined negotiations with hundreds of insurance carriers over our attorney’s more than eighty-five years of collective legal careers, they understand we can’t be intimidated. We do not back down, and we fully prepare for every case to go to trial.
Decades of helping people put their lives back together after a bad crash caused by someone else have shown us that that’s the only way to maximize our value to our clients, and help them obtain the fair and just financial compensation they are entitled to under the law.
The true value of a personal injury case can best be determined by an attorney who has spent decades negotiating thousands of accident scenarios with the biggest insurance companies in the world. Our attorneys at Goldberg, Racila, D’Alessandro & Noone are available to speak with you at any time, day or night, in your home or even the hospital. There is no cost to you for a no-obligation consultation with us, to get your questions answered. This is the first step in getting on with your life after a serious injury, and we’re here to help.
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