Reasonable Compensation

When a lawyer is representing you for a personal injury claim, be it an automobile accident or medical malpractice, he or she should feel responsible to do the best possible job for you. Now, we define the best possible job as getting the most money in a settlement that we can for you. But, just because a lawyer gets a large settlement for you doesn’t mean that he will put a lot of that settlement in your pocket. It doesn’t end there.
In order to get a substantial settlement in a case it is more likely than not you’ve endured a great deal of pain and suffering because of the physical problems the accident or the malpractice caused you. That means very often that the amount of money that we get for you may not cover all of your medical bills and still put a sizable portion in your pocket.
The lawyer you hire should feel obligated and in fact be obligated to do everything in his or her power to reduce those medical bills. Yes, believe it or not those bills can be negotiated not unlike you’re negotiating to purchase a used car. There is a certain amount of money that the doctor or the medical provider has already determined is necessary to cover their expenses in your treatment. It’s the responsibility of your lawyer to determine the minimal amount of money necessary to have covered those expenses and be fair to the medical provider. This amount and the amount doctor charges are often no where’s near each other. It is our duty as your lawyer to do the best we can to deal with those medical providers. It is our job to convince them that what they’ve billed and what they’re willing to accept are two different things and that we are only going to be paying the minimal amount necessary. That’s what puts more of that settlement into your pocket and less into the overhead of a medical provider.
It’s a duty we take very seriously here at Q Auto and Injury Attorneys. We work very hard to be sure that the bills are fair, not exorbitant. We can help with those bills. We are Q Auto and Injury Attorneys and we’re here to help. Call us now. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes for free .

Mediation – A Florida Requirement

Here in Florida, our courts require personal injury cases to go to mediation prior to trial. Many times the case is more appropriately dealt with at mediation as opposed to trial, so let me explain to you the mediation process and what you can do to be prepared for that. The mediation process is simply where we sit down with the attorney for the insurance company, a representative with the insurance company itself and a mediator. Both sides give a factual overview of their version of the case and then we actually begin discussing settlement of your case. Don’t worry you don’t have to do any talking at the mediation. We do all the talking for you. Your case has been worked up to the point where you’ve received your medical care. Your deposition has been taken by the insurance company’s attorney and now they know a lot of the information they need to properly evaluate your case. Things that you can do to prepare for mediation are; if you needed to use some medical device after your accident but don’t currently use it such as a neck collar after surgery, crutches or a walking cane bring those devices with me to the mediation. Mediation many times is the first time the insurance company representative is to see you in person and like the deposition we want to impress that person with what you’ve gone through since you were injured. Obviously our goal of mediation is to get the best settlement we can for you. Any information that you can provide to document and demonstrate how your life has changed by your injuries is extremely helpful. Pictures or video are important. Logs and journals that you keep on a regular basis that not only include your medications and doctors visits but simple notes on how you were feeling or what activity you passed up because of your injuries on any particular day is just as important. Documentation will help us get the best result for you at mediation. Although our courts in Florida require each case to go to mediation there is no obligation for you accept the offer being made by the insurance company. In fact, many times we have to walk away from the table in order to get a more appropriate settlement value for your case. But being prepared, being able to show the insurance company how serious your case is including your injuries is just as important at mediation as it is in every other step of your case. If you’ve been injured, if you have questions or if you think you have a case, give us a call. We can help. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.comCheck out our latest podcasts on iTunes for free.