Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Injury Compensation
At Litster Frost Injury Attorneys, we understand what clients go through in the event of an accident. Significant pain and suffering, accumulation of medical bills, missed workdays, and lost working capacity. Vehicle accidents cause the most significant injuries, although other cases may still result in temporary or permanent disability.
That is why we are dedicated to representing you until you are rightfully compensated. Here are answers by an Idaho Personal Injury Lawyer regarding frequently asked questions about compensation.
What should I do immediately after an accident?
Your health matters more than anything. Therefore, the first thing after an accident is to seek immediate medical attention. If you are not severely injured, take contact information of witnesses and photos that may be useful in trial. Consult an attorney to handle negotiations from then on and decline to admit fault or say anything that can be used against you to harm your case.
How do I determine whether I have a case?
You can make the decision on your own by looking at whether it was a clear case of a fault. However, the best thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and explain the details of the accident. With their experience, they will easily advise whether you are eligible for compensation or not. Proving negligence may not be straightforward as it sounds.
What will happen if I do not feel hurt?
Talk to your attorney to determine whether you still have a case if you do not experience pain. It is also advised that you seek full medical evaluation as traumatic events can prevent you temporarily from feeling pain. Some symptoms develop much later. Do not dismiss the thought of filing a claim right after the accident. Follow the procedure.
What are the steps if insurance adjusters make contact?
After an accident, expect insurance adjusters to call you claiming to have an offer. Do not fall for it. Otherwise, you will receive compensation that is reduced. Instead, use the advice from the attorney to handle them. Alternatively, let the attorney handle the negotiation for you. In fact, if anyone else wants to negotiate or talk about the case, let the lawyer handle everything.
How much will I receive as compensation?
How much you receive depends on the type of accident and the injuries sustained. What is common is that compensation covers medical bills, missed income, pain, and suffering, and reduced working capacity. If something was damaged, you would also receive compensation for material damage.
Can a preexisting condition affect my compensation?
Do not hide a preexisting condition for fear that it will affect your compensation. Otherwise, the defense might use that against you. In fact, you can use the condition to your advantage if the accident aggravated it. It is also important that you ask for the attorney’s advice on this.
Experts at Litster Frost Injury Attorneys will handle everything for you. You need personal injury lawyers with the experience and passion for aggressive representation until you are rightfully compensated. Additionally, you need legal advice throughout the case. Schedule an appointment today or call (208) 333-3333 for a free consultation.
Should I expect compensation for what I’m going through?
Accident victims often suffer painful injuries that require extensive medical treatment. The most important thing to remember is that you must get medical treatment so that you can properly heal. You should know that insurance companies compensate victims for what is called “pain and suffering” above and beyond payment for medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Litster Frost is here to help you through the healing process and to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Should I sign the information releases that I received from the insurance adjuster?
No, you should not sign any release forms without talking to an attorney. The fact is that the insurance company adjuster has the insurance company’s best interest in mind. Adjusters have only one job – to keep the payments they make to accident victims as small as possible. At Litster Frost, we fight to make sure big companies don’t take advantage of you. Have our attorneys review any release forms you have received, because signing them may jeopardize your case.
What happens when I’m injured by an uninsured or underinsured driver?
It can be difficult to understand what your uninsured or underinsured motorist claim is worth under your policy. Keep in mind that even if you have coverage, your own insurance company will try to pay as little as possible on your claim. The experienced attorneys at Litster Frost understand Idaho insurance law and will help you get maximum recovery on uninsured or underinsured motorist claims.
What if I don’t have a driver’s license, insurance or residence?
Even if you have no driver’s license or insurance you may still have rights under the law. Regardless of their immigration status, insurance companies compensate the victims for the so-called “pain and suffering” above and beyond the payment of medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Many people believe that if they are not documented that this means they have no legal rights. Some think that if you speak with an attorney, he is going to report them. This is false. Your lawyer is not the police. Your lawyer is not the immigration police. In fact, whatever you tell your attorney is private and protected. Call your lawyer today and find out your legal rights. Your Attorney is to protect your legal rights and regardless of your immigration status.
If I hire Litster Frost, will I have to go to trial?
No. You have the right to a jury trial in civil cases under the 7th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. But because of our experience and expertise, we at Litster Frost are able to settle about 95% of our cases for full value without going to trial. However, if an insurance company refuses to treat you fairly, we will take your case to trial to ensure that you get justice!
Do I have a case if I’m already receiving workers comp insurance payments?
Some workers assume that a case has ended because they’re receiving monthly wage or impairment compensation. They don’t pursue the balance of the case before the deadline expires. We will evaluate your case free of charge. And even if you’re already receiving insurance payments, we will get you more in your pocket or we won’t take a fee.
What is the number one, most important thing to do after an accident?
The most important thing to do after an injury is to see a doctor and follow their instructions. With all the bills, paperwork, exams, and appointments, some accident victims lose sight of the single, most important thing to do after an accident—make sure that you heal. Many victims suffer for the rest of their lives because they didn’t make healing the number one priority. You get only one chance to try to recover from an injury. At Litster Frost, we make healing “front and center” in the recovery process. With decades of experience and have successfully helped thousands of clients, we know exactly how to walk you through the process of healing—both physically and financially.
Is your attorney here in Idaho?
Surprisingly, some personal injury attorneys who practice in Idaho don’t even live here. They simply have offices or liaisons here, which may mean that your phone calls are answered in Salt Lake City or elsewhere. You are best represented by a local law firm, Litster Frost, located right here in Idaho. Our attorneys and staff look forward to meeting with you face to face and as often as you wish because we care.
Does your injury attorney offer any guarantees?
Our clients have the benefit of the “three Litster Frost guarantees”: First, if you receive compensation, no matter how high your medical bills are, you’ll get money in your pocket regardless of the insurance policy limit. Second, even if you’ve already received an offer from an insurance company, our tough, aggressive, and experienced team at Litster Frost will get more money in your pocket or you’ll pay nothing. Third, we guarantee that we’ll stop harassing creditor calls that often follow an accident if you’re unable to work or pay for medical treatment. These guarantees are just “3” of the many reasons you should choose Litster Frost, the unique personal injury law firm in Idaho.
Automobile, Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents
Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident that was not your fault? Knowing your rights and responsibilities can help bring justice to your suffering, and monetary compensation for your pain. The legal team at Lister Frost can help you obtain compensation for damages to yourself and those you love. You can also help avoid future calamity by understanding some of the causes and conditions most common in road accidents.
Conditions for Automobile, Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents
- Road hazards, construction, or defects – This is one of the most dangerous road conditions of all. Merging traffic, unfamiliar lane movement, and changing traffic flow can confuse drivers especially at night.
- Driver negligence during lane change – Blind spots and constantly moving traffic is hazardous during lane changes. Check and double-check for other traffic around you before you change lanes. Pay special attention to motorcyclists; they are often difficult to see. Look again before you move over!
- Drivers tailgating motorcyclists – Motorbikes can stop much more quickly than automobiles; this can cause a major accident if the cyclist hits his or her brakes. Most people are not thinking about the traffic behind them. It is up to you to be cautious when following cars or motorcycles.
- Driving Under Influence of drugs or alcohol – Anything which impairs judgment can be detrimental to traffic flow. Many people are forced to live each day on some sort of medication. Often, the only warning on the label is a caution for drivers, and many of those people do not realize they may misjudging the road conditions and traffic around them. If you believe a fellow driver is driving erratically under the influence of alcohol or drugs, call an officer and report the danger. You can avoid many automobiles, motorcycles, and bicycle accidents by staying alert.
- Failure to heed red or caution lights – Before crossing any intersection on a green light, quickly survey the opposite traffic. There may be a stray vehicle that did not observe the traffic light.
- Speeding Faster than Posted Limits – Motorists who drive too fast for road conditions or traffic are a hazard to others. Be careful not to be one of those people who think they are entitled to drive faster than the law allows. Slowing down to the speed limit can save a life.
- Simple Negligence – Sometimes people are distracted by children, animals, music, cell phones, or sunlight. While their absent-mindedness can result in pain and suffering for you or those you love, you can help avoid some accidents by paying attention to those around you.
If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a vehicle accident, be sure to call Lister Frost as soon as possible. We can help you make sure you do not jeopardize your legal rights to overall justice and relief from as much pain, suffering, and anxiety as possible. There is no need for you to suffer without compensation. We can help you explore all legal options related to automobile, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents.
Semi-Truck Accidents Can Be Avoided
Statistics show that one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves semi-truck accidents. That is nearly 5,000 truck-related fatalities every year. Many fatalities could be avoided if passenger vehicles and truckers would follow these simple tricks of the road.
Passenger vehicle drivers take note
- Trucks maneuver differently than cars. You should be extra alert when approaching. They cannot stop as quickly, and require much more distance to turn.
- Truckers are trained to warn you when they are about to make a change. Watch those blinkers and brake lights! Stay back away so the trucker can make his move without crushing you.
- Avoid blind spots. If you can’t see their mirrors, they cannot see you. Statistics show that nearly one-third of all semi-truck accidents occur because a car got into its blind spot. Don’t be the next one!
- Don’t cut them off. If you are approaching your exit and a trucker is in your path, lag behind it and get over. If you try to swerve in front of it and get off the road, he may have to hit his brakes. This can cause the large load to sway, taking the truck out of the control of the wheel and even if you get out of the way, there may be a wreck for which you are responsible.
- Understand how a truck turns. Even if the truck appears to swing left, he may in fact be swinging wide to turn right. If you try to pass on the right to get past, there is a good chance that you will broadside the cab. The wait is worth the time to avoid an accident.
Truckers Be Safe
- Take care of yourself. Eat well, stay fit, and get enough rest. Long hours on the road can make any driver weary, so stop once in a while just to enjoy the countryside and get some fresh air. Also, don’t forget to fasten your seatbelt before you get back on the road. It could save your life.
- Slow down in work zones. Highway construction can wreak havoc on truck driver’s schedule and their nerves. Take your time and expect delays, uneven roadways, and directional changes. Also, watch out for those workers in orange vests!
- Keep your distance. Don’t depend on passenger vehicles to know your limits and stopping distance requirements. Make concessions for uneducated motorists, and anticipate hard braking situations. Drive defensively.
- Maintain your vehicle. Vehicle inspection is your responsibility. Check brakes, identify safety defects, and get repairs before risking your life and the lives of others on the road.
Some semi-truck accidents seem to rise up out of nowhere regardless of caution. If this should happen to you, be sure to call the professionals at Litster Frost to help you navigate the legal traffic jam in which you find yourself. Be prepared, stay safe, and give us a call today. Don’t be another statistic.