A Deposition is Not a “Practice Run”

It’s a common misconception that a deposition is simply a “practice run for trial”. In fact, the exact opposite is the case. If you tell your story to the insurance company, show them what you’ve gone through, show them how your life has been changed from this accident and provide a strong deposition, many times a trial not even the schedule, because the insurance company will settle your case. If you come in unprepared, not dressed appropriately, not ready to explain how your life has been changed or affected by your injuries, the insurance company is now going to force your case to trial figuring they have many more points in their favor that they can argue to a jury. If successful, they can request a jury give you little or no money at all. This is why taking notes, keeping a journal, keeping a log, whatever you want to call it, is so vitally important to your case right from the very beginning. I tell our clients keep that log, keep that note pad right by your favorite chair, your night stand, the home telephone, refrigerator somewhere that you walk by each and every day so that you can make a note and keep these details in mind as your case progresses. Otherwise, you may end up in trial and it may not turn out as favorable as you would like because you haven’t documented your case from the outset. 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.

Reluctant

Sandra Bucha, Attorney with Q Auto & Injury Attorneys has seen more than her fair share of medical malpractice cases. She shares this advice.
I often get calls from people that simply do not want to file a malpractice case against a particular doctor. But, they do have questions about whether he made a mistake. I find myself quite often telling them, “I understand that you like this particular doctor. I understand that you’ve grown to trust this particular doctor. But, even your doctor can make a mistake and it is important for him, for the sake of other patients that he might see, to be responsible for those errors that he has made.”
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M.M.I. Doesn’t Mean STOP!

After you’ve been in an accident your medical treatment status might be confusing, even after the doctor has explained it to you. He might say he’s given you a permanency rating or even say you have reached maximum medical improvement or M.M.I. When you reach M.M.I., the doctor is simply telling you that he has done all he can to help improve your condition. This may mean that you will have to seek another doctor or specialist. This might lead to different types of treatment including; different types of physical therapy, epidural steroid injections or other medications, or even surgery. After you reach M.M.I. you might think that all you can do now is go home and to sit around waiting for your case to settle. This is where you’d be wrong. Remember, that by continuing treatment you are sending a message to the insurance company that you are seriously, if not permanently injured. This continuing treatment might be costing you but it not only helps your physical condition due to your accident but helps us get you the proper settlement in your personal injury case. If you have been injured, have questions or 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.

Borrowing Against Your Claim

I have to tell you about one of the things that is the most miserable things we deal with in a personal injury case. Companies out there who want to lend you money against your claim. I’ve seen it too many times and it’s understandable, people run into financial problems as a result of an accident or being laid up as a result of malpractice. I know that sometimes you cannot work. Sometimes there are ongoing medical problems and you’re financially strapped. But, I have to warn you, whether you’re one of my clients or the client of any other attorney out there, do not borrow money from companies willing to take a lean on your personal injury claim.
A lean means that they attach their loan to that personal injury case and when your case is settled they’re right there like the buzzard ready to pick that settlement clean. Now you might think, ‘well they were good enough to offer me money so why not borrow it’? I’ll tell you why not, because the interest on that is astronomical.
You may think you’re only borrowing a thousand or two thousand dollars. But six months, a year or two years later when your settlement comes through you may find that the one thousand dollar or two thousand dollar loan, has now become a ten or twelve thousand dollar payback!
Think I’m exaggerating? Talk to some of the people you know that have been involved in some kind of a claim that have in fact borrowed the money and you will hear the stories from them of how terrible the amount of interest is they had to pay. Believe it or not, in the state of Florida it is absolutely legal for these companies to do that.
I’m warning you, do anything you can to avoid these companies. Go to your credit union, go to a bank, go to your mother or father or your cousin or your sister or some friend to help you out. But do everything you can to avoid these companies that want to take advantage of you during a very difficult time.
We can help you make those decisions. If you have any questions call us. We can 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 at
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When Police Are “A No Show”

There’s been an interesting change in the investigation of automobile accidents in the state of Florida. Most jurisdictions today, from the local sheriff to your local police department, may not respond to an accident after you’ve called them. As long as there are no major injuries or hazard to the public safety, they don’t want to be bothered. It’s very time consuming and with budget changes in the state they no longer have the funds to go out to every accident. As a result, you’re often left standing there for a long period of time, assuming that someone is coming and make a report of the accident, take down the information of the driver that caused your accident and maybe even issue a ticket. Now-a-day’s that’s often not the case.
It’s important that you record all the information that you can about accident and the other driver/drivers involved. It’s you who will be making the report to the police after the accident is removed from the scene and everyone has gone. Be sure you get the other person’s name and address and above all get the name of their insurance company. Remember, they won’t be the ones repairing your car or paying your medical bills. It will be their insurance company and they are going to want proof before they pay a claim. Insist on getting that information from the other driver.
What if they don’t have that information? I would suggest you call the police back and insist that someone come out because that driver is telling you they don’t have any insurance. It’s against the law to drive in Florida without any insurance coverage. You must carry proof with you every time you operate a motor vehicle. Almost everyone carries a phone with them that is capable of taking pictures. Be sure you take as many as you can to show the damage, road conditions and general environment. Record not only the other drivers’ information but if there are witnesses be sure to take down their information as well so they can be reached later if you need a statement. At Q Auto & Injury Attorneys we’ve created an app for your iPhone or Android that will help you record all the important information and give you some tips on other things to note in your accident. The app is free at the iTunes Store or from Google Play. It really can be a handy thing to have if you ever need it.
Remember, if you’ve suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence; an auto accident, a slip and fall, or more importantly medical malpractice call us. We can help. We’re here for you. Call us at 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com.
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What is a “Contingency Fee Attorney”?

We get phone calls inquiring whether or not we are willing to represent an individual who has suffered a loss as a result of an automobile accident. The first thing we are asked is, “How much is it going to cost me? I don’t have a lot of money and I really can’t afford, at this time particularly, to pay for a lawyer.”
It’s important for everyone to realize, you don’t pay up front for a personal injury lawyer. Personal injury lawyers are called “Contingency Fee Attorneys”. We only get paid if you receive a settlement. Our fee is contingent upon you receiving some money. We get a percentage of that. A contract approved by the Florida Bar, which is used by most lawyers, grants the attorney one third of the total recovery. Believe me, when you have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in doctors’ bills you want the best recovery you can get to pay off all those medical bills, to pay off the repairs to your car and to put money in your pocket for future problems you may experience. Paying a third for that privilege is a bargain.
If you’ve suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, an auto accident, a slip and fall, or more importantly medical malpractice, call us. We’re here for you.Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at
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A Doctor’s Negligence

One of the most difficult aspects of being a medical malpractice attorney is that we get calls from people that have very real injuries, life threatening injuries, permanent injuries. Whether it’s physical scarring or actions that occurred during surgery that left them completely paralyzed or brain damaged or caused strokes. They call us up and they say, “You know I really, really trusted my doctor. I thought that he knew what he was doing. I don’t really want to go after him for monetary damages. It’s not really about the money. It’s about how I’m going to have to live with this permanent problem for the rest of my life. What can I do?” To the best of my ability I try to answer some of those questions. It is heart-wrenching. These people do not necessarily want to sue their doctor. They may have had a relationship with this doctor for years. This is especially true when you’re dealing with mothers who’ve seen their own doctor for years. Perhaps they’ve had a number of pregnancies before that have been handled perfectly appropriately, and those children are living perfectly healthy lives. But then they have one child and during the pregnancy they’ve trusted their doctor and that doctor fails to do something or treat the mother while she was pregnant in some way that has caused that baby to become blind at birth, brain damaged at birth or to require future surgery. It is heart-wrenching to hear that an infant that may only weigh three to four pounds or a less may require open heart surgery. It is hard because these patients that come to us truly have trusted their doctor and they find it difficult to say, “Doctor you did something wrong and you left me harmed.” I try to work with these patients, our clients and tell them it isn’t about the money, it is about neglect. I tell them that even doctors make mistakes and even doctors need to be held accountable. Only through the court system and the legal system at this point can we even begin to attempt to compensate these families for their devastating losses. If you believe you or a family member has been injured as a result of medical negligence of the provider or a hospital 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 at http://goo.gl/srejbD

Fight for What’s Right

I want to tell you an interesting story about a property damage issue. Many people call us after being involved in an automobile accident because no one is willing to fix their car, it doesn’t run, they can’t get to work, they can’t get to the doctor. Yet, they have insurance and the person that caused their accident has insurance.
We had a situation in our office where one of our employees, two weeks after purchasing a new car, was in a parking lot when an individual backing out of their parking space, backed into the side of my employees new car. My employee immediately took the car to the dealer to get an estimate for repair. The insurance company for the person who caused the accident sent out an adjuster. The figures to repair that car had a difference of $80, only $80. My employee did not feel that it was necessary for her to pay that $80, it wasn’t her fault. It was a stupid accident getting backed into in a parking lot because the person driving the other car didn’t pay any attention. So, she told the adjuster, “No. I want the full amount that it’s gonna cost me to repair my car at the dealer.”
He said he wasn’t going to throw that $80 in.
I called him and said, “Do you realize she works for personal injury lawyer? Pay her the $80.” He took on hard stand as they often do and refused to pay that $80.
Lo and behold, my employee began to complain to me that she suffered some neck and back pain. So we proceeded with a claim for her personal injuries against the insurance company. Let me tell you, the insurance company paid a lot more money to that employee then they would have if they had paid that $80 and been done with it. I’m sure that the frustration that my employee felt in dealing with them probably cause the stress that ultimately led to her aches and pains. But, that’s the way you get treated by the other insurance company.
You have a problem as a result of an automobile accident, please give us a call. Let us fight for you.Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at
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Informed Consent

Attorney Sandra Bucha, specializes in medical malpractice law with Q Auto and Injury Attorneys.
We often receive telephone calls from individuals who have been left with severe injuries as a result of what they thought would be a routine medical procedure. They often tell me, “My doctor did not explain to me that I could be paralyzed from this procedure. My doctor did not explain to me that I could be left without an ability to speak as a result of this procedure.”
A provider may tell you that the procedure they are recommending for you is routine, but ask your doctor about any and all complications that could occur from your procedure. Only then, only after you are fully informed of all the potential consequence and complications of any medical procedure should you then decide to proceed or not with the treatment.
If you believe you or a family member has been injured as a result of medical negligence of the provider or a hospital give us a call we can help. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at
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Why Should I Hire a Lawyer?

Leonard McCue, PA, founding partner of Q Auto & Injury Attorneys offers his thoughts on an age old question….
So, I’m often asked, “Why should I hire a lawyer?” It’s a question we hear all the time. It always reminds me of the story of David and Goliath. Keep in mind, you’re David and the insurance company is Goliath, a formidable opponent. Remember that when you are dealing with the insurance company of the person who caused the accident. You are at a serious disadvantage. They don’t want to deal with you because you are trying to pry money, for whatever reason, out of them.
You may want to have your car fixed. They don’t want to do it. You may want to have your doctor’s bills paid for. They don’t want to do that either and they will make life difficult if not hell for you. As a matter of fact, insurance companies are the greatest source of referrals to our office, because of the frustration that they can create for an individual trying to deal with them.
Just keep in mind that you do not have the slingshot that David had. More likely than not, you’re not going to topple Goliath by yourself. If you have a problem as a result of an automobile accident, please give this a call. Let us fight for you. Our toll free number is 800-332-1992 or email us at info@qlaw.com
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