Deposition – Pain & Suffering

During a deposition questions are always asked about how your injuries have affected your hobbies, your life activities or the things that you do on a daily basis. These things could be related to your employment, they could be related to things at home such as gardening, hobbies around the house, or activities with your family and your friends. These details are generally referred to as, “Pain and Suffering”. Pain and suffering is extremely important for you to document and discussed during your deposition. Taking regular notes will help you remember all of these little details. Here are some examples of what I’m talking about. Sometimes people will have a vacation that was planned before the accident that was scheduled to take place right after their accident had occurred. They have to cancel that vacation because of their pains and their injuries. As time goes by they may have forgotten about this family vacation and don’t realize that is one aspect of how the injuries have affected their lives. As time passes you may get more used to your pain levels and that fact that your body is in pain on a regular basis. This pain often forces you to stop doing things you regularly would do and over time you forget about those activities. With today’s social media people document their lives. Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites on the internet post things that are being done with family and friends. You need to be very, very careful about what you post online because insurance companies will look to your Facebook page or look at your Twitter accounts to see what you’ve been doing. I’m not sitting here telling you you’re supposed to do absolutely nothing because you’ve been injured. We want you to try to be as active as you can but also be mindful that certain activities are changed because of your injuries and a picture may not appear to show the real pain that you are suffering. Keeping notes about changes in lifestyle, health and well being will help you be prepared for your deposition and help explain to the insurance company how your injuries have not only affected you financially with regard to medical bills but also have affected you from pain and suffering standpoint with activities, friends, family and possibly even employment.
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.com Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes for free.

How Do I Find The “Right Lawyer”?

Here’s some good advice from Founding Partner, Leonard McCue, PA..
I’m always advising people to get a lawyer to help them with any claim that arises out of an automobile accident or medical malpractice. But “how do you find the right lawyer?”. Do you simply open up the yellow pages and poke your finger at the odd page that you come to or do you go on a website and simply type in, auto accident attorney?
It’s certainly a way of making an initial contact with a lawyer. But is that all? How do you know that one you’ve chosen from the yellow pages or whose website looks really glamorous, is going to do the best job for you? You have to ask questions. For instance, ask them how long have they been doing this type of legal work? More importantly is this the only type of work they do?
I know that I don’t want to have a divorce lawyer handling my medical malpractice case. If the lawyer you contacted doesn’t primarily do injury cases your best moving on and finding another attorney. I think one of the critical questions to ask is, “Do you try cases?”. That means do you take cases to court and try the case before a jury. The reason that’s an important question is because insurance companies know the law firms who are willing to challenge them in court. Challenging an insurance company in court is a very nerve wracking process. So it produces a great deal of anxiety. A lot of Lawyers do anything they can to avoid experiencing that anxiety. They don’t take their cases to court. Insurance companies, knowing that, low ball their offers of settlement for that law firm’s clients.
You don’t want to be one of those clients. You want to know that if the lawyer doesn’t believe he can get the absolute limits for you in a legal settlement for the satisfaction of the pain and suffering you’ve experienced, that he’s willing to take that case before a judge and jury to challenge that insurance company to be sure you’re satisfied with the outcome of your claim.
We take our cases to trial. At any time, on any day, in the course of our work we have a hundred or more cases scheduled for a trial. Now it’s true, insurance companies get just as anxious and just isn’t as nerve wracked over taking these cases on as the lawyer does. So it is often on the steps of the courthouse that they will settle the case. But, if they don’t settle, we do take those cases before a jury and challenge the insurance company to try to defeat your right to a good settlement for your case. Call us, we can tell you about our experience in trial. Give us a call, we’re Q Auto and Injury Attorneys and we can help. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes for free. 

Communicating with your doctor

Communication with your doctor after an accident is key to a proper settlement of your personal injury case. It might seem unfair that you have to pay for your own medical bills after an auto accident, but, Florida is a “no fault” state when it comes to auto insurance, meaning you are on the hook for your own bills, not the at-fault driver. That’s why Florida requires every driver carry a minimum of $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection or PIP benefits. However, depending on the severity of the accident the $10,000 minimum might not be enough to cover all of your bills. This is why you need to make sure your doctor knows all of your injuries. So, any ache, pain or stiffness you have you will need to report to him. Whether it’s a sore neck in the morning or stiffness during the day, anything that has occurred after the accident could be related to the accident. Keep in contact with your doctor. A small pain in the neck in the morning could be a big problem down the road. Whether it’s the new pain or re-aggravation of an old pain, let your doctor know so that he can help you and treat anything before it becomes long term nerve damage and so your lawyer can be sure the cost of that treatment is covered in your personal injury claim. 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.com Check out our latest podcasts on iTunes for free.