Why You Should Hire a Local Personal Injury Attorney

If you have ever watched television late at night, you have probably seen ads for personal injury attorneys who represent clients across the country in large class action lawsuits against drug companies and manufacturers. If you have suffered an injury similar to the ones described on television, your choice of a personal injury attorney is very important to the success of your case. For your peace of mind, you want to be sure you are making a choice that will be comfortable, lead to success, and allow you the ability to understand and control your case. Before calling the toll-free number you see on the screen, consider the advantages of hiring an attorney in your own state or city.

State Licensing

 

All states require attorneys who practice within their borders to be licensed. Even though victims may be located throughout the country, any lawsuits on a victim’s behalf should be brought in the state in which the victim resides. Often, law firms who handle multiple lawsuits against a large defendant will have to hire local attorneys to do the actual work involved with filing suit in each state. These local attorneys may work in conjunction with the main firm but are ultimately responsible for the cases within their jurisdictions. By hiring a local attorney to handle your case, you will be able to choose the attorney you want to represent you.

 

Personal Attention

 

If the law firm representing you has thousands of clients, it may be difficult to talk to the attorney handling your case. When you have questions or concerns, it is comforting to have access to someone who can give you answers when you need them. It is also comforting to know that you can talk to your attorney in person.

 

Familiarity with Local Courts

 

When you are involved in litigation, unfamiliarity with local court rules and procedures can lead to delays and could even hurt your chances of success. Choose an attorney who knows your local laws and court rules.

 

The personal injury attorneys at The O’Brien Firm are well equipped to handle any case, large or small, and able to handle the most complex litigation. The O’Brien Firm is also available when you need to talk to see if you should file suit. Do not trust your case to a stranger hundreds of miles away – instead, call us today at 717-907-7777 for a free in-person or virtual consultation. Visit our home page here for more information.

Seeing Your Doctor After a Car Accident

If you believe that you may have been injured following a car accident, it is always imperative to see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you are not experiencing any immediate symptoms. Sometimes, symptoms may not appear until hours or even days after an accident, but waiting too long to receive medical attention may not only make injuries more difficult to treat, but could also make it more difficult to receive compensation for your damages. The longer someone waits to seek medical care, the more difficult it will be to prove that any injuries were caused by the accident rather than some other cause.

Length of Treatment

In most cases, injuries sustained in an auto accident are diagnosed and treated, and the patient is released from care within a few days or weeks. With more serious injuries, treatment may continue for months or even years. During that time, an injured person may be out of work and worried about supporting family or paying for medical expenses. It may be tempting to accept a premature settlement, but that would be unwise. Once a settlement has been accepted, any future medical treatment or other damages will not be covered. It is important to continue treatment until released by a doctor, or until a doctor has determined that the injuries, as well as the future need for medical care, will be long-term or permanent. It is never advisable to discontinue treatment without consulting with both your doctor and attorney.

 

Long Term Medical Care and Personal Injury Settlements

 If you need long term medical care after an accident, it is usually possible to receive ongoing payments for medical expenses before a final settlement is reached.  Payment for lost wages may also be available. Your personal injury attorney will help identify all possible sources of compensation and arrange for any compensation for medical treatment or lost wages.

If a doctor determines that an injury is likely to be long-term or permanent, a settlement can be arranged that takes into account the cost of future medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

 

New York Accident Lawyers

 If you are injured in an accident, do not wait to seek medical or legal advice. Your chances of receiving full compensation for your injuries will be greater if you talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. At The O’Brien Firm, we concentrate our practice on representing injured people. We will help identify and preserve important evidence, collect necessary medical records, and work with insurance companies to get compensation for medical bills and lost wages while your case is pending. Once your treatment is completed or the extent of any long-term or permanent injury is known, we will work to get a fair settlement or take your case to court if necessary. You can arrange a free consultation by calling us at 716-907-7777.  For more information about our firm and our personal injury experts, visit our website here.

What to Do When You Are in an Accident While on Vacation

The last thing you want to think about when planning a family vacation is the possibility of an accident, but unfortunately, accidents don’t wait for the most convenient time. Whether you are taking a road trip in your own vehicle or renting a car when you arrive at your destination, some advance planning can save a lot of trouble if an accident does happen.

 

Plan Before You Go

If you plan to rent a car, check with the rental company about the laws of the jurisdiction in which you will be driving in. Some jurisdictions have “no-fault” laws, meaning that in a minor accident, each driver’s insurance will pay for the damage to their vehicles, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. If you are traveling to a “no-fault” state, talk to your insurance agent before you go to see if your policy will cover damages to your rental car. Regardless of where you are traveling, you should make sure you are adequately covered by your insurance when renting a car. If your insurance does not provide the coverage you need, supplemental insurance is always available from the car rental agency.

 

If your vacation plans include travel to any foreign countries, it is even more important to check with your insurer before you go. International travel may not be covered by your plan.

 

Extra Caution is Important

Many factors can increase the chances of accidents while traveling. A common cause of accidents for travelers is unfamiliarity with their surroundings. When traveling in an unfamiliar area and relying on GPS navigation, you may find yourself having to brake quickly or make a sudden lane change. Since those actions are among the most common causes of highway accidents, it is important to plan your route in advance to minimize such situations. Missing an exit and having to backtrack is a minor inconvenience compared to an auto accident, which at the very least, will set back your vacation plans.

 

If you are renting a car or recreational vehicle, take some time to familiarize yourself with the vehicle before you get on the road. Distracted driving is almost as dangerous as drunk driving, and you do not want to be searching for your light switch or turn signal while driving on the highway at 65 miles per hour.

 

Special caution is needed if you rent a recreational vehicle, especially if you have never driven anything larger than a passenger car. Drive the vehicle around for a couple hours before you start your trip to become accustomed to its size and handling. Learn where the vehicle’s “blind spots’ are. When traveling, remember that a larger vehicle will take longer to stop, and may be more likely to overturn than a passenger car.

 

If You are in an Accident

If you do find yourself in an accident while traveling, remember the following tips:

 

  • Report the accident to your insurance company, and to the car rental agency if you are in a rented vehicle.
  • Report the accident to the local police and get a copy of any police report.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you are injured or think you may have been injured.
  • Talk to a local attorney as soon as possible after the accident.

 

New York Accident Attorney

If you are involved in an automobile accident while vacationing in New York, the attorneys at The O’Brien Firm can help. Call  716-907-7777 or Visit our website for more information.

 

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