If you have been the victim of an accident, it is very likely that at some point you may receive a settlement offer from an insurance company. Many victims assume that these companies are fair and above-board, so they accept these offers without hesitation. It is only later that they realize that the offer was far too small to meet their medical needs, much less to pay for lost wages, damages to property, and other real expenses, not to mention intangibles such as pain and suffering.
We would all like to believe that others will treat us fairly, particularly when we have been injured and are at our most vulnerable. Sadly, the truth is that insurance companies often try to avoid paying claims in order to save money, even when it is clear that the victim deserves compensation. In many cases, this will take the form of a lowball offer that seems reasonable to the victim, but in reality does not even come close to paying all of his or her medical bills, let alone expenses related to other aspects of the injury. Unfortunately, many victims do not realize this until it is too late and they have already agreed to settle with the insurance company.
Here in Alaska, we love our outdoor sports and activities. As summer rolls around, one of the favorite pastimes for many Alaskans is to take to the hills riding motorcycles and ATVs. For many people, there is no better way to experience the scenery and beauty of our state. In many cases, however, these trips can lead to a hospital emergency room—or worse.
If you have been injured in an accident, the first thing on your mind is probably your physical condition.
At the moment of the crash, fall, or another event, you may not be thinking about who will pay your medical bills or your lost wages. However, it is very important to determine quickly who is responsible for the accident, as this person and his or her insurance company will figure prominently in your ability to pay for these expenses in the future. With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, it is usually possible to determine who is at fault in your accident and who is responsible for paying your expenses.
People who are unfamiliar with the average cost of an accident often see personal injury settlements as inflated. They consider the idea of going to court to be a long, drawn-out process, and often settle quickly to avoid expense and problems. This is just what the insurance companies want.
Many of us have childhood memories of running around outside, climbing trees, riding bikes, and scaling playground equipment. One of the inevitable outcomes of being an active kid is that we had the scrapes and bruises to prove it!
Tripping and falling down as a kid is a regular occurrence. But while it’s completely harmless as a child, a trip and fall accident as an adult can have major repercussions.
After being offered just $50,000 by his employer following an injury on the job, a former employer was awarded $1.63 million by a jury.
Rather than taking the low-ball settlement offer, the victim was wise to secure the services of a personal injury lawyer who was not afraid to take the case all the way to court.
In this issue, the Alaska personal injury lawyers will talk about the specifics of the case, and the importance of selecting a lawyer with the courage to refuse a settlement and proceed to court.
We’re proud to represent Alaskans who have been injured by others and help them secure the financial compensation to which they’re entitled so they can continue with their lives. It’s important to remember, however, that just being hurt – even severely in an accident – doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a valid personal injury … Read more
We’ve implored our fellow Alaskans to never, under any circumstances, attempt to negotiate with the insurance provider of the person, business or organization that has caused an injury. The gist of our argument is that the insurance adjustors who contact you are in no way truly interested in you, your health, or what you’re facing … Read more
As we reported in a recent issue, distracted driving – and its deadly consequences – are on the rise. Just last year, more than 40,000 people died from vehicle crashes caused by distracted drivers. Now, a new AAA study has confirmed that more U.S. drivers than ever before have admitted to dangerous actions behind the wheel that could easily divert their attention from the roads.
In this issue, the Alaska personal injury lawyers with Barber & Associates will share the news that more states are taking action to increase the penalties for distracted driving. While Alaska has the nation’s harshest distracted penalties, others are catching up.