Occasionally I am called upon to meet an injured person in his hospital bed. These people are usually pretty banged up. They may have recently undergone surgery and they are probably on heavy doses of narcotics. Hopefully they are surrounded by family and friends who can provide necessary support following a catastrophic injury.
Almost every kind of legal claim has a time limit - a deadline after which you lose the right to sue. This deadline is called a Statute of Limitations. The purpose of a statute of limitations is to give a potential defendant certainty. If you could sue for a car accident 20 years after it happened, everyone who ever caused an accident would be living in fear, wondering if they were going to be sued.
If you're like me, you love social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Foursquare, Google Plus. You name it and I've probably posted there in the last twenty-four hours. Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends, engage in community or political activism, discuss current events, and share thoughts and ideas. It is also one of the tools the insurance company will try to use to defeat your injury claim.
Every day I get phone calls from people who have been injured in some kind of accident. Often the first question they have for me is how much it will cost to meet with me to discuss their case. I guess it shouldn't surprise me; most people don't really pay attention to personal injury lawyers until they need one. The answer is simple:
Before I transferred to Yale University, I obtained my Associates degree at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York. I was Student Senate Treasurer and Chair of the Political Activities Club, but the position I enjoyed the most was President of the Model United Nations Club. We would meet regularly to learn how a deliberative body operates. We drafted resolutions, practiced parliamentary procedure, and engaged in sometimes heated debates.
Most Washington residents understand that driving takes considerable skill. While it might look easy, people are actually using their mind and their body in conjunction with each other to safety operate the vehicle. People need to not only understand how their car works, but they need to learn to anticipate potential dangers on the roadways so they can be avoided. In order to do this, people cannot be distracted.
If you've been in an accident, what is the first thing you should do? Who should you speak to and who should you never speak to? Are there any documents you should sign? What kind of doctor should you see and who will pay them? Most importantly, if you aren't a lawyer, how on earth are you supposed to know the answers to these questions?
Car accidents can be very scary for those involved, especially when they happen suddenly. In addition to the physical wounds left by the accident, many people can be left with long lasting emotional damage caused by the wreck.