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Reader-Views-Reviewers_Choice_Award-gold-width_900px.pngWhen I started writing my book, "Maximizing Your Injury Claim," I simply wanted to get important information about auto insurance and the injury claims process to more people. I was so frustrated by injured people coming into my office who had no idea of their rights and how the insurance companies were taking advantage of their uncertainty.

Lawyers don't have to be rude to be effective

angry-man.jpgI believe in being a strong and aggressive advocate for my clients. I believe that injured people deserve to be compensated for their injuries and the effect on their lives, and I am prepared to use the full extent of the law to obtain a complete recovery for my clients. But there is a big and important difference between being aggressive and being unprofessional. I always conduct myself with professionalism and courtesy to everyone involved in my clients' claims. This professionalism starts with my clients themselves, and extends to their families, their doctors, as well as the insurance personnel and the opposing attorney. While I have found that most attorneys share this value and attempt to treat me and my clients with courtesy and respect even while disputing the claim, some claims adjusters and attorneys are consistently rude and antagonistic for no good reason. Perhaps they think being rude will intimidate me. Perhaps they think that to be a good advocate, they have to be insulting and dismissive of the other side, making demands and threats without regard for the other side's needs. In my experience, claims adjusters and attorneys like this are doing their clients a great disservice and making a favorable outcome less likely.

Seattle drivers are likely to have a collision every 6.9 years

bad drivers.jpgDo you drive in Seattle? Do you find yourself complaining about Seattle drivers? Maybe you think you're being too hard on your home town drivers, but maybe there's some truth in your complaints. Possibly a whole lot of truth.

Don't be a road rage victim - Video

The other day, as I was driving home from work I had an encounter I want to share with you. I was driving on Interstate 5 in the left lane, but I was approaching my exit, so I engaged my turn signal and began to merge to the middle lane. Shortly after I started changing lanes, a guy from the right lane also began to merge into the center lane. He was gonna hit me, so I laid on my horn and slowed down. He continued to merge in front of me, and once he was ahead of me in the center lane, he stuck his hand out the window and flipped me off.

You Can Afford Medical Treatment After an Accident - Video

One of the saddest things I experience as an attorney is when a person comes to see me six months or a year after their accident, and they haven't gotten any medical treatment because they didn't have insurance and they were afraid to go into debt.

When it comes to back pain, I'm right there with you

disk extrusion.jpgIf you've read my book, Maximizing Your Injury Claim (and you should), or if you've followed my blog, you know that I injured my low back in a 2002 rear-end car accident. I received all kinds of treatment, including chiropractic and massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, and epidural steroid injections. I even had a surgeon who offered to perform surgery on my lower back. I considered the surgery, but eventually, the pain subsided and I was able to resume my fairly active lifestyle.

Filing a Lawsuit - When negotiations fail

lawsuit.jpgMost of the time, if your claim is good, a negotiated settlement can provide the best opportunity to compensate you for your injuries. Of course, money never makes what happened to you okay, but for the most part, it's all the law has to offer, and it certainly can help. Sometimes, however, the insurance company refuses to make a fair offer to settle your claim. In those cases, we have little choice but to file a lawsuit. In this chapter, I will discuss how a lawsuit gets filed, and we will explore the risks and benefits of taking your case toward trial.

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