Nerve Damage After a Car Crash

Nerve Damage After A Car Crash Personal Injury Lawyer

The human nervous system is incredibly sensitive, and sustaining head or neck injuries after an auto or truck accident is fairly common. Even a minor fender bender can leave you with Neuropathy, or nerve damage. After being injured in a car accident, no matter how severe, it is extremely important to contact a professional personal injury lawyer to evaluate your case. Insurance companies will try their hardest to save money on payouts, often at the victim’s expense. The road to recovery can be costly, especially with nerve damage — Combining the costs of medical bills on top of time away from work can severely hurt your bank account. It’s our job to ensure these companies pay what is owed in full.

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“I am very happy with my results.”

Audrey T. of Dallas, Texas, shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience with our staff and customer service while helping her recover from damages stemming from a car wreck involving the Dallas DART.

“Hi, I’m Audrey and I’m here to talk about Reyes, Reilley, and Browne. I was in a car accident on DART back in November 2015. Um, where a young lady hit DART and um, made us slam on brakes and I fell forward and got hurt. I contacted Reyes, Browne, and Reilley and they took my case. And they worked really really hard and really really good on my case. Uh, it took a little minute because, you know, the people was, was giving us a little hard time. Tim Reyes was awesome. (laughing) He did a good job. And I am very happy with my results. Thank you Reyes, Browne, and Reilley.”

Do what Audrey did – research reviews before you decide who should fight the insurance company on your injury claim.

If you have been injured in a car or truck wreck, trust Angel Reyes and the skilled DFW auto accident attorneys of the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm. Fill out our form online, or call (214) 526-7900 for your FREE consultation – we will get you on the road to recovery.

Can You Sue A Self-Driving Car With No Driver?

https://www.reyeslaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/https_2F2Fblogs-images.forbes.com2Fjimmcpherson2Ffiles2F20182F032FAP_18078661760690.jpgOn Sunday night, a self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, on North Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona. It appears to be the first time a self-driving car has killed a human being by force of impact. The car was traveling at 38 miles per hour.

An initial investigation by Tempe police indicated that the pedestrian might have been at fault. According to that report, Herzberg appears to have come “from the shadows,” stepping off the median into the roadway, and ending up in the path of the car while jaywalking across the street. The National Transportation Safety Board has also opened an investigation.

Likewise, it’s difficult to evaluate what this accident means for the future of autonomous cars. Crashes, injuries, and fatalities were a certainty as driverless vehicles began moving from experiment to reality.

Advocates of autonomy tend to cite overall improvements to road safety in a future of self-driving cars. Ninety-four percent of car crashes are caused by driver error, and both fully and partially autonomous cars could improve that number substantially.

Even so, crashes, injuries, and fatalities will hardly disappear when and if self-driving cars are ubiquitous. Robocars will crash into one another occasionally and, as the incident in Tempe illustrates, they will collide with pedestrians and bicyclists, too. Overall, eventually, those figures will likely number far fewer than the 37,461 people who were killed in car crashes in America in 2016.

When people get into car crashes with one another, vehicular negligence is typically the cause. Determining which party is negligent, and therefore at fault, is central to the common understanding of automotive risk. Negligence means liability, and liability translates the human failing of a vehicle operator into financial compensation—or, in some cases, criminal consequence.

Overall, there’s recognition that self-driving cars implicate the manufacturer of the vehicle more than its driver or operator. That has different implications for a company like GM, which manufactures and sells cars, than Google, which has indicated that it doesn’t have plans to make cars, only the technology that runs them. The legal scholar Bryant Walker Smith has argued that autonomous vehicles represent a shift from vehicular negligence to product liability.

On today’s roads, product liability claims arise in cases like the failure of Bridgestone/Firestone tires in the late 1990s, and the recent violent rupture of Takata airbags.

These situations represent fairly traditional examples of product liability: A company designed, manufactured, or marketed a product that didn’t do what it promised, and harmed people as a result.

The pedestrian killed by a self-driving Uber in Tempe shows that the legal implications of autonomous cars are as important, if not more so, than the technology. Read more about the possible legal action that can be taken in The Atlantic article, “Can You Sue a Robocar?”

 

“Car Was Totaled. Was Life-Flighted From the Scene. Couldn’t Feel From the Waist Down.”

Misty P. of Dallas, Texas, shares her Reyes Browne Reilley experience and level of satisfaction with our staff and customer service while helping her recover from severe damages stemming from a car wreck in Dallas.

“I was in a car accident January 17th, 2014.

Car was totaled. Was life-flighted from the scene. Couldn’t feel from the waist down. Was a very traumatic car wreck.

I was in and out of consciousness. I had a major, major concussion. And did regain my mobility from the waist down. Developed seizures from this accident.

Spencer Browne is my attorney. He’s an awesome attorney. I highly recommend him. He took care of everything for me.

When I was unable to think straight because of the brain injury, he was able to get with doctors and have me taken care of.

Best law firm. Highly recommend y’all.

And things were handled in the best way I possibly could have asked for. In fact, it turned out better than what I anticipated.”

Do what Misty did – research reviews before you decide who should fight the insurance company on your injury claim.

If you have been injured in a car or truck wreck, trust Angel Reyes and the skilled Dallas car crash attorneys at Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm – call 214-526-7900 so we can get you on the road to recovery.

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5 Ways to Win Your Personal Injury Case

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If you suffered serious injuries and sustained a lot of damages in an accident such as a car wreck, winning your personal injury claim can make or break your future. Therefore, it’s of utmost importance to take care when pursuing your claim. Get professional legal advice and follow all legal procedures carefully to avoid wrecking your case.

Below are five ways you can benefit your personal injury case and increase your chances of winning and getting the settlement you need.

#1: Collect Every Shred of Evidence

Without evidence, you have no case. You will need two basic types of evidence — evidence to prove the other party’s fault and evidence to prove the extent and effects of your damages. To make the most of your claim, collect any and all information that may help substantiate your claim. Below are just a few examples.

  • Medical, rehabilitation and prescription bills
  • Doctors’ notes and prognoses
  • Photos and videos of the damages and the accident scene
  • Eyewitness contact info
  • Injury journal
  • Proof of lost wages and lost benefits
  • Receipts for every injury-related expense

#2: Follow Your Doctor’s Orders to a T

It’s important to get medical attention, attend all medical appointments and stick to the doctor’s orders. If you fail to do so, the defendant or insurer can use your behavior to prove that your injuries aren’t as serious as you claim. If the doctor says you can only do light activities and you post pictures on Facebook of you working out, your case could crumble. Stick to your treatment plan.

#3: Be Very Detailed with Your Losses

The more detailed you can be about your injuries and damages, the more likely you are to obtain a full and fair settlement. For example, the degree of pain you deal with on a daily basis, how your family has suffered as result of your injury and your emotional damages are all important (and compensable). Your lawyer can assist in creating a detailed, itemized list of the ways your accident has impacted your life.

#4: Exercise Patience – Don’t Rush to Settle

If you are seriously injured and unable to work, it’s easy to panic about your finances. Insurers know this, and some may try to prey on your financial instability. They might offer you a quick settlement that’s far lower than what your case is worth, hoping you will settle and reduce the payout. It’s ill-advised to sign the first offer that comes your way. Speak to your lawyer about what would be a fair offer and allow your lawyer to negotiate.

#5: Consult a Personal Injury Attorney

As already mentioned, secure legal representation before pursuing a serious personal injury case. Having a credentialed attorney with a successful track record working on your behalf can protect your rights and allow you to exercise them.

If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer in Dallas, Texas, you are welcome to call Reyes, Browne & Reilley. Contact us today at (877) 977-2286 for a free consultation.

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing the Right Lawyer

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When you are injured, your choice of a personal injury lawyer can make a huge difference in your financial recovery. Many lawyers handle personal injuries, but choosing the right one can be difficult. When you are trying to decide who to hire, ask these five questions first.

  1. What Kind of Personal Injury Experience Do You Have?

Some lawyers may bill themselves as personal injury lawyers, but their practice may also handle family law, estate law, and a handful of other types. If they handle more cases of family or estate law than they handle personal injuries, they might not have enough experience.

Another concern is whether they handle your specific kind of personal injury. For example, a car accident is very different from a slip and fall in a store, for example, and you should be aware of the particular types of personal injury cases they handle and their success rates.

  1. How Much Are My Injuries Worth?

This is something of a trick question. You should get an answer, but the answer you get should tell you whether to keep the lawyer in the running or cross them off your list immediately.

Any qualified lawyer should be able to give you a ballpark figure for how much you might be able to expect. The key, however, is that it is an estimate and the use of the word “might” or some variation of it. They may also be able to give specific examples of similar cases they have handled and the amounts received.

If they give you a precise figure with a guarantee that you will win that much, you should cross them off your list immediately. No lawyer should make any guarantee about the outcome of your case, and if they do, you do not want to work with them.

  1. Who Will Be Handling My Case?

Unless the attorney is a one-man operation, with nothing more than a paralegal and a receptionist, chances are there are other attorneys in the firm that handle the same kinds of cases. That means that the person you are meeting with may or may not be the one who handles your case.

If you are comfortable with the person you are meeting, that will likely play a significant role in your decision to hire them. If there is a chance they will not be handling your case, you need to know that before you make the decision. You should also ask to meet whoever would be handling your case so that you can see how you feel about them. If it does not feel right with that person, you may decide not to hire that firm.

  1. How Much Do You Expect Me to Participate?

You are hiring a lawyer because you are not qualified or equipped to handle your case yourself, so you should expect that your lawyer will take the lead and do most of the work. But they should expect some involvement from you.

What they expect from you can vary, depending on the attorney, of course, but if they tell you that they do not need any input from you, that is a huge red flag. As the client, you are the boss, and your attorney works for you. Your input and involvement are required for a successful outcome.

  1. Is Going to Trial an Option?

Many personal injury cases are settled out of court. If you and the other party, with the assistance of your attorney, can reach a fair settlement, there is no reason to go to court, but many settlement offers are far too low. Additionally, insurance companies often know which lawyers will settle and which ones will go to trial, and if they know your lawyer will settle, they are much more likely to offer you less.

A good lawyer will prepare for trial in every case. If you are told that preparing for trial is not necessary, or that the lawyer never or almost never goes to trial, you should probably cross them off your list. Having a lawyer that you know will go to trial, if necessary, will make a huge difference in your case’s outcome.

You should also ask any other questions that come to your mind. Hiring a lawyer is an important and complicated decision that requires a lot of information. When you know more information, you can make an educated decision on which lawyer to represent your personal injury case.

Alex is a contributing writer for Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with his family.

The Importance of Hiring a Motorcycle Lawyer After an Accident

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Our attorneys are well-versed in working with motorcycle accident victims. If there’s one thing our clients wish they’d known prior to being involved in a devastating accident of this nature, it’s how imperative it is to contact an attorney as quickly as possible.

After a motorcycle accident with injuries, there is no time to waste in launching an investigation to determine who is at-fault for the accident so victims can seek damages. Motorcycle accident injuries are often far more severe than those resulting from other vehicle accidents. The primary cause for this is that motorcycles offer less protection than a car or other vehicle.

For this reason, it’s imperative to contact an attorney as quickly as possible following a collision. It’s normal to experience confusion and stress following a motorcycle accident. A seasoned auto accident lawyer Washington DC understands this because they often work with victims who are traumatized after an accident.

Medical Costs

Motorcycle accidents are likely to cause a myriad of injuries, including these common ones:

  • Brain damage
  • Road rash
  • Burns
  • Broken limbs
  • Neck injuries
  • Internal injuries

There’s no way to anticipate the injuries one might suffer in an accident, but the above are some of the most common. Each one is serious, and most of these injuries take a long time to heal. Some never heal completely, and those are referred to as catastrophic injuries. If a neck or head injury occurs and causes spinal cord injuries, the victim may be temporarily or permanently paralyzed. Our firm has worked with many clients whose lives were changed forever as a result of their injuries.

Serious or catastrophic injuries are not inexpensive. They often require numerous doctor appointments, one or more surgeries, and medications. If you sustain a major injury, you may need medical care for the rest of your life. We’ve seen clients who spend the rest of their lives in need of medical assistance at home or in a healthcare facility. This is costly, and many insurance policies only cover a percentage of extended medical care. Our legal team can help you recover the medical costs you may face over the course of your life as a result of being an accident victim.

Lost Wages

Even if your motorcycle accident injuries aren’t life-altering or long-term, you’ll likely spend some time in the hospital and more time at home recovering. Even less serious injuries often take time to heal. Many employers don’t pay for that time off from work which means your income is affected. When wages are lost, your family is put at a financial disadvantage. Seeking damages for lost wages is one way we help our clients regain their financial independence.

Insurance Companies Don’t Offer Full Compensation

When you are involved in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else, their insurance company will offer you a settlement. It’s often not enough. These settlements rarely offer you what you actually need to pay for medical bills, time off from work, or life-long care after you’re injured. Never accept their initial offer. Our attorneys work hard to assemble ample evidence that supports a more substantial settlement amount so your family doesn’t suffer financially.

LogoThanks to our friends and contributors from Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for their insight into motorcycle accident cases.

How To Win Your Personal Injury Case In 5 Steps

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If you have suffered serious injuries and sustained a lot of damages in an accident such as a car wreck, winning your personal injury claim can make or break your future. Therefore, it’s of utmost importance to take care when pursuing your claim. Get professional legal advice and follow all legal procedures carefully to avoid wrecking your case.

Below are five ways you can benefit your personal injury case and increase your chances of winning and getting the settlement you need.

#1: Collect Every Shred of Evidence

Without evidence, you have no case. You will need two basic types of evidence — evidence to prove the other party’s fault and evidence to prove the extent and effects of your damages. To make the most of your claim, collect any and all information that may help substantiate your claim. Below are just a few examples.

  • Medical, rehabilitation and prescription bills
  • Doctors’ notes and prognoses
  • Photos and videos of the damages and the accident scene
  • Eyewitness contact info
  • Injury journal
  • Proof of lost wages and lost benefits
  • Receipts for every injury-related expense

#2: Follow Your Doctor’s Orders to a T

It’s important to get medical attention, attend all medical appointments and stick to the doctor’s orders. If you fail to do so, the defendant or insurer can use your behavior to prove that your injuries aren’t as serious as you claim. If the doctor says you can only do light activities and you post pictures on Facebook of you working out, your case could crumble. Stick to your treatment plan.

#3: Be Very Detailed with Your Losses

The more detailed you can be about your injuries and damages, the more likely you are to obtain a full and fair settlement. For example, the degree of pain you deal with on a daily basis, how your family has suffered as result of your injury and your emotional damages are all important (and compensable). Your lawyer can assist in creating a detailed, itemized list of the ways your accident has impacted your life.

#4: Exercise Patience – Don’t Rush to Settle

If you are seriously injured and unable to work, it’s easy to panic about your finances. Insurers know this, and some may try to prey on your financial instability. They might offer you a quick settlement that’s far lower than what your case is worth, hoping you will settle and reduce the payout. It’s ill-advised to sign the first offer that comes your way. Speak to your lawyer about what would be a fair offer and allow your lawyer to negotiate.

#5: Consult a Personal Injury Attorney

As already mentioned, secure legal representation before pursuing a serious personal injury case. Having a credentialed attorney with a successful track record working on your behalf can protect your rights and allow you to exercise them.

If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer in Dallas, please call Reyes, Browne & Reilley. Contact us today at (877) 977-2286 for a free consultation.