This month I thought I would do a quick review type post for what I believe are some of the best well-designed websites of personal injury solicitors and lawyers both in the UK and the USA. Below is my shortlist with some notes on why I like them so much.
Would be interested to hear what you think and whether your personal injury law firm can do any better?
Sunderland Personal Injury
These personal injury solicitors in Sunderland have an all-in approach to accident claims as you can see from their website. It’s chock full of pretty much every single accident claim you can think of so no matter what personal injury you have, you should be able to find out information about. You can see for yourself on the Personal Injury Sunderland website.
They use a lovely grey and blue color palette which as most people working in law will know is a very good colour for trust – which is why so many lawyers and solicitors use it.
As well as that there’s a nice call to action above the contact form which lets people quickly get in touch should they wish to make an accident claim in Sunderland so go check it out.
Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers
Next up is this firm from Chicago. It’s very different from the first design from Sunderland UK we reviewed as with this one the two main lawyers from the firm are heavily featured on the homepage. In my view this is a great tactic as it lets prospective clients get a real feel for who they will be dealing with and definitely adds to the trust factor, go take a look yourself.
They also put the enquiry form right in your face, and I am sure they must get a heck of a lot of enquiries for their no win no fee services by placing this so upfront. It looks like this firm of lawyers truly understand the user-experience of web design. I love it.
They also have the option for a live chat plus offer their services in Spanish which I think is critical for any American lawyer as that is the second most spoken language in the country, spoken by millions of Spanish speakers.
New York Personal Injury
Next up is this personal injury firm from New York, again in the United States. As you can see from the screenshot shown they have gone even further than the Chicago guys and put everyone on the homepage. Gives a good family feel to the firm and has the line that they “We fight for you. We fight for change” – lovely sentiment I am sure you will agreed. Take a look at the website here.
They also make great use of a live chat function, and overall I would say that this is the most beautiful design, but perhaps not the most user-friendly. Still an excellent example of how personal injury solicitors can make stunning websites online.
So, that’s my shortlist for December 2015. In January I will be posting up more reviews of law firms so please come back or bookmark the website to see if your firm is featured, or just even if you want some inspiration for your web design.
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Accident! – What to do?
The most important information about rights and responsibilities for the real thing.
Whether self-inflicted, through no fault of, at home or abroad: An accident is a tricky business and associated with different rights and obligations. A lot of trouble can be spared you with the correct behavior. DEKRA has compiled the most important tips and interesting information at a glance for you.
First, all necessary for the settlement of claims information and evidence at the accident site should be backed up – regardless of the question of guilt and the country where the accident happened.
- Photographing the scene of an accident and the vehicles involved.
- Make next to overview photos and detail photos of the damage caused.
- Customise accident sketch.
- Pay attention to signs of slowing, and liquid spills.
If necessary, call the police. This should always be the case if people were injured or high material damage. Also on suspicion of offenses such as hit and run, abuse of alcohol or drugs, as well as an unclear situation, the police should be contacted.
- Registration plates of the vehicles involved
Names and addresses of the accident opponents
Insurance companies in the accident opponents (they are not known, they can be replacement delivery information)
Names and addresses of witnesses
A useful document that helps you at the accident site, you can download here:
Accident! – What to do? Put this checklist best equal to your glove compartment!
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Each victim is exposed even in so-called. Unique accidents numerous cost traps. Therefore, any traffic accident belongs to the settlement in the hands of independent professionals (lawyer specializing in traffic law) and not in the hands of the opposing insurer or by repair shops. The legal fees will have to assume under the responsibility of the opposing insurer.
The following table presents an overview of claims for damages that can make an injured person after a traffic accident claim in Germany.
The in a traffic accident victim has a variety of possible bases for claims against the opponent’s insurer or the opposing driver. The claims are usually set against the opponent’s insurer, the direct contact with the responsible party is thus not given.
It lies in the nature of things that the regulation behavior of the insurer is different because the insurer to each other are facing tough competition and want to keep the regulatory sums as small as possible. Fast polite letter to the injured suggest goodwill. The reality shows that the claims are intended to be kept as low as possible. So in the regulation should also be kept out lawyers, “the only cost money”. Insurers offer here the so-called. Damage management. Attention, that sounds good, but good is the enemy insurers, not the needs of victims.
The damage must be determined first. This includes not only the car damage, but possibly also accessories and damage to personal items or clothing.
In car damage is urgent because of delayed damage assessment (Opinion) passes valuable time. A rental car is claimed, the “mediated” by the friendly driver of the tow truck was (“pays the Gegegnseite yes”), caution is required:
On the one hand the so-called can. Car accident Spare tariff (the much more expensive than the usual rental fee is) prepare later to the amount of problems (see also our commentary on the judgment of the BGH on 07/02/2007 Az. XII ZR 125/04), as well the rental period (loss mitigation) or the fact that later the repair is not carried out or a replacement car is not procured. Then eliminates the so-called. Terms will and it will be replaced no car hire expenses.
Even if no rental car is claimed, will be presented in the calculation of Ersatzansprüchs for a so-called. Loss of use of money.
The duration of use is calculated failure in a non-roadworthy vehicle as follows: First, the injury analysis period is preceded by the ends with receipt of the opinion. Without knowledge of repair costs, replacement value and residual value the claimant may before the receipt of the opinion, not be expected to repair or replacement. After that, a consideration time follows, which lasts for circumstances between three and seven days. Then joins the period of repair or replacement. Taking into account of public holidays or Sundays and holidays can avail grow significantly this period.
If there is a repair damage, must not be allowed the possibility of occurring (mercantile) Impairment aside.
Accident damages of any kind are unasked notify the buyer by the vehicle owner in the sale case. This leads the potential buyer to the requirement for a price discount. Therefore, a mercantile reduction in value is also to be paid if a technical reduction in value does not remain. The mercantile reduction in value of an accident damaged vehicle is also to be reimbursed if the owners continue to use the car, the lesser value therefore not concretized in a sale (see .: BGH 03/10/1961 AZ: VI ZR 238/60). This impairment is a real loss to the affected owners. If the owner decides to use the accident damaged vehicle after the repair even further, there is no reason that this decision should lead to a relief of the tortfeasor. A mercantile reduced value is must therefore be allowed to the person concerned at continued use of the vehicle in the same way as this is of course the sale of accident car.
Next is remarkable that vehicles today have a much longer shelf life and service life. He regularly comes into consideration for vehicles up to a registration period of 5 years.
In determining the cost of repair also a total loss or called. Economic total loss may be present.
In total loss as economic total loss the replacement value of the car involved in an accident and whose residual value is determined. Already the determination of these values can be controversial. Furthermore gem. § 249 para. 2 BGB to account for the VAT. This does not exist, if no repair bill will be submitted.
Insurers often cause adverse calculations for the injured. It should be noted that when accounting for (economic) total loss based initially on the gross – replacement value of the residual value is to be deducted and then the VAT is herauszurechnen. In the other case (replacement with sales tax) must not first of net – only the residual value will be deducted replacement value and then the VAT will be added.
The replacement value is defined by the Supreme Court as “amount which the injured party has to be paid at a reputable used car dealer in the radius of 50 km of his place of residence for a comparable vehicle” (BGH VersR 1966 830). A determination of the replacement value on the so-called “Mobile.de – market price.”, As it proposes the BSVK (Federation of experts), therefore precludes the Court of BGH.
The tortfeasor (Cars – civil liability insurance) is not entitled to the gross – herauszurechnen replacement value turnover, if it is damaged in the accident vehicle is an older car.
An accident victim may also with his (scrap) method vehicle at will. He can utilize this himself, but he may also declare that he would take no further conditions on the wreck and make them available to the insurer, in this case, it must receive the full replacement value from there. The injured party is not committed to the acts for which there is virtually no spare in the professional trade and is traded only on the private market (Cologne Higher Regional Court, judgment v 05.12.2003, AZ. 19 U 85/3 = NJW 2004, 1465 – 18.08.2003 C 331 7459 // 03, AG Borken v AZ:: 15 C 130/03, there € 3,100.00; NJW 2004, 1916 AG Munich v 25.06.2003 AZ; there was a car old- 6 years.. ff). Operate residual value realization itself (cf.. BGH VersR 1983 758). The residual value buyer has to pay the value in cash and the victim of inconvenience indemnify, as should a written caveat emptor be agreed.
In an economic total loss it is possible to repair the damage, if the repair cost is up to 130% of the replacement value.
The expert’s report is relevant to the question whether a repair is economically sensible. If the amounts reported in Opinion repair costs do not exceed the 130 per cent limit, so the injured party also has the right to compensation for the full repair costs, if it transpires in the course of repair, that this limit is exceeded. He’ll have to make proof of the actual seizure of the 130 per cent limit on rising costs (repair bill).
If the amounts reported in the expert’s report estimated repair costs already exceed the 130 per cent limit, so a repair usually is not economically viable. The injured party decides nevertheless to carry out the repairs, he may, after a minority opinion (Huber, “You capping of VAT on the notional damage settlement” in NZV 2004 105, 110) demand compensation for the actual repair costs when under the 130-percent limit are. If both the expected, and the actual cost of repairs to the 130 per cent limit, so he can settle only on a total loss basis.
Problems can arise if the injured party immediately (up to three months) sells the vehicle after the accident, and this is known to the insurer.
The above findings are not in accordance with applicable for damage to vehicles or so-called lovers. Classic cars.
The injured party would be well advised to hire a lawyer or specialist solicitor to draw personal injury advice, because besides the question of the amount of an estimate of the pain and suffering, and possibly also in the form of a pecuniary pension, also the problem of (unrecognized) late effects, side-effects such as acquisition damages increased needs and budgetary losses from a layman simply can not be completely overlooked. Rashly accepted severance arrangements may prove costly mistake. The injured man is overwhelmed usually with asserting its claims.
Smart money is always paid out in total payments, pension payments are an exception (eg. As in children). As a result, the amounts should be congruent.
Possible long-term consequences (for example, in joint fractures regularly osteoarthritis or unilateral blindness later complete blindness) should (due to limitation danger with the effect of a declaratory judgment
It should be reserved. Injuries (if possible) are well documented (photos) and the attending physicians are fully informed.
Further, a so-called. Sick diary should for monitoring subsequent medical reports be conducted by the victim, the number, type and location of the respective medical treatments or therapies / rehabilitation measures considered and performs subjective complaints by type, scope and duration.
The lawyer can thus check later medical reports or certificates for completeness and relevance.
Next the injured party about his expenses, installation finished (z. B. over practice fees, co-payments pharmacy, therapies, etc,) and photocopies of supporting documents should contain the for the lawyer.
Ultimately, a ride of expenditure (date, reason, destination and indicating the number of kilometers or receipts for bus, train or taxi) should be made.
It should also limitations by injuries such as lost on his boat or disability in hobbies like also to be carried out and already firmly planned work not (conversion etc) are documented. If this leads to even costs (cancellation fee – substitute performance), these should be documented.
In addition to the medical certificates also Parameters for the design of the pain and suffering is the duration of an attested incapacity (MDH / AU) or reduction of the financial management capacity (necessary here the description of the household, number and age of people who are in work, size of the apartment which floor or house with much floors / garden size, number of carers / animals, and to what extent the period for which accidental limitations templates). The financial management damage can be calculated concrete or abstract.
Under the proposed by Schulz-Borck / Hofmann method, which predominantly follows the case-law (BGH VersR 98, 333; BGH VersR 90, 907; BGH VersR 88, 490; BGH VersR 89, 341), is initially the objective amount of time required for the continuation of the budget in the previous standard with the percentage of specific disabilities and the net hourly wage a necessary assistant (BAT X or caregiver) to multiply. To calculate there are tables that uses the specialist lawyer accordingly.
If a sick leave for professional or other reasons not to take place, this should be the treating physician to confirm the indication of how long an AU would be active.
Those who do not “sick celebrates” should not disadvantage when determining the amount of damages suffered (cf. OLG Saarbrücken judgment v 27.04.1990 AZ: 3 U 169/88; AG Andernach v AZ 4.9.2001:… 6 C 1144/00; AG . Zwickau v 2.3.2001 AZ: 4 C 1744/00).
In inpatient costs also visit close relatives are eligible for compensation, if this is medically certified as for the healing process medically meaningful action to be supported for the healing process.
It is noteworthy, whether a so-called. Commuting accident exists. In this case, a professional association is an admission charge. Here also services can be provided, for example, are to be counted against the financial management of damage, since pass over claims to the trade association by law. But do not count on the services of the pain and suffering itself. This is a highly personal claim.
Pension entitlements may arise even in permanent damage to a statutory pension insurance; it shall be submitted to the pension insurance institutions here such requests.
Privately completed accident insurance should not be forgotten, since there may also be private law claims of victims occur.
Loss of income should be calculated by the employer, if it is not covered by sick pay, this should also allowances, bonuses, vacation pay and Christmas include other additional remuneration that are not achieved due to an accident.
For self-employed the calculation is more complex and can be generally prepared by the accountant or be made plausible before the accident as a basis of comparison for the loss period by presentation of profit and loss accounts for the past 3 months.
Should the training be delayed due to an accident or the merit to be permanently impaired, a fictitious calculation of damages should be made, as the harmful event has adversely affected the development.
Ultimately, the spare capacity of psychological consequential damages a complex field. These should be used by specialists and have been causally caused the accident.
Also indirectly by the accident victims can pain and suffering claims make. . The prerequisites for damages claims in connection with the so-called shock damage (bsplw news of the death of their own child.) Under the following conditions: Severe impairment – health damage to the person concerned (survivors) must by nature and gravity, clearly go beyond what Affiliated than indirect victims suffer in such categories of cases to impairments. (The better documented the greater the chances of success). Only close family member is entitled to the claim. But managed also fiancée and spouses (LG Ffm NJW 1969, 2286) .The shock must be understood in terms of its rise. This has been true in death and serious injury even then, when the national has not even witnessed the event, but “only” notified accordingly (BGH NJW 85, 1390).
Pain and suffering claims can now also be inherited. With the death of the victim go his claims to the heirs.
In the event of death of the victim have the members entitled to funeral expenses (all costs in connection with the services of a funeral home are) Repatriation Grabstein-, Grabbepflanzung-, Trauerkarten-, Bewirtungskosten- as well as damages for lost maintenance claims from members.
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The danger of involved in a traffic accident in road traffic is high. Even if you can be made not at fault reproach because you have behaved einwanfrei, you can be involved in an accident due to the negligence of other road users. Courtesy of a German law website seen below.
In such a case it is good to know what you are entitled to claim.
But one thing first: Immediately after the traffic accident you should hire a lawyer working in the traffic law to safeguard their legal interests. In many cases the victims are trying to regulate the traffic accident by contacting the opponent’s liability insurance to take into their own hands. This is not recommended, because it will be out of ignorance always forget individual damages positions or rejected by the opposing party liability insurance with a legally untenable argument.
What claims are available to principle?
In the German tort law the principle that the victim must be made as it would if the accident had not occurred is valid.
Important are in particular the following heads of damage:
1. Experts Costs: If the traffic accident caused solely by the opposite side and in debt, you may instruct an expert of your choice with the assessment of your vehicle. An evaluation by an expert is in practice often indispensable, since can only be determined by evaluating how much of the damage to the vehicle is or how high the repair or replacement cost will be. However, I recommend before the commissioning of an expert consultation to keep up with the lawyer you trust, so that it can be clarified whether the appointment of experts in individual cases make sense.
2. Repair costs: From the opposite side, the estimated by the expert repair costs or actually incurred repair costs are required replacing. It should be noted that a refund of VAT. Takes place only when the attack can be detected.
3. replacement value (minus residual value): If there is a so-called total loss or economic total loss, the injured party by the other party may request the replacement value minus the residual value..
4. loss of use compensation: For the time in which the injured his vehicle as a result of a traffic accident can not be used, he is entitled to a grant of compensation for use. In case of repair, the refund for the time of the (estimated) period of repair is carried out. In case of total loss, the so-called. Replacement period shall prevail. Alternatively, a rental car be availed. The reasonable costs are here to report also.
5. Schmerzensgel: You were injured by traffic accident, you are also entitled to damages. The amount is dependent on the individual case and should be determined in each case by using a lawyer.
6. Housekeeping Damage: In individual cases, you can make a financial management damages. The calculation is complicated and should be performed by a company engaged in traffic law attorney.
7. Cost of treatment: they incur, also replace as a result of accidental injury costs of the medical treatment to be carried out as these are of the opposite side.
8. Loss of earnings: Have you had recorded as a result of the accident loss of earnings, so the other side is an admission charge for these.
9. Other damage items: From the opposite side can further damage positions, such as Logon and logoff costs, travel expenses, disposal costs etc. and a flat rate payment are required. These (mostly smaller costs) are in practice often forgotten. In individual cases, additional compensation items are conceivable.
10. legal costs: The other side has, if the traffic accident has been exclusively caused by the other party to pay the legal costs of the victim.
Even at the time being clear traffic accident occurs in the regulation often results in difficulties due to the behavior of some regulatory liability insurer.
They are therefore well advised to hire a lawyer immediately.
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The party that wins a claim for personal injury is entitled to receive money from the defendant – read this blog post if you want some tips on how to further increase your chance of winning. This money is called compensation. There are two categories of damages: damages and punitive damages. Compensation for damages seeks to compensate the victim for the loss suffered and restore the situation that existed before the injury. Moreover, punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant for their actions to prevent the behavior that caused the injury recurring.
Compensation for damages
There are two categories of compensation for damages: special damages and general damages.
Special damages compensate the victim for monetary loss related to the injury. Typical categories of special damages include:
Expenses doctors-This type of damage can include medical expenses incurred in the past and anticipating the future. If the victim is believed to need medical attention for the rest of his life, the cost of such care is determined by the life expectancy of the victim.
Back lost wages This type of damage can cover lost income from work and the “loss of the ability to earn an income,” that is, the inability of the victim to generate as much income as it generated before the injury .
A property-damage against the victim is also entitled to receive compensation for damage to his property. Such compensation is determined based on the fair market value for the property at the time the damage occurred.
Special damages can be determined with reasonable certainty. Instead, general damages are less specific and have a specific monetary value. Some typical categories of general damages include:
Such pain and suffering-attempts to compensate the damage suffered physical pain because of the injury, but may also include emotional distress of the victim. However, it is harder to get compensation for emotional distress.
Loss of consort Such damage indemnifies the spouse of the victim for loss of marital companionship due to changes in mood, comfort or sex.
The second type of damages that can be awarded punitive damages are. These damages are rarely awarded. In general, only they obtained if the plaintiff is able to prove a pattern of repeated bad behavior or demonstrate that the defendant’s conduct was particularly egregious it.
In most jurisdictions, the decision to award punitive damages to the plaintiff is in charge of a jury. If granted, often the decision is subject to approval by a judge. The judge can increase the amount or, if it considers that the jury’s decision does not conform to the facts of the case, reduce it.
One aspect of health care directly related to personal injury compensation to all claimants should know is the principle of harm reduction. This doctrine states that a claimant must take reasonable steps to prevent further injury after suffering injuries caused by the defendant.
For example, suppose Susan ankle fracture in a car crash in which the defendant was negligent. After the collision, the doctor tells Susan that must undergo ankle surgery to cure it properly. And he warns that if it does not undergo such surgery probably feel pain in his ankle for the rest of his life.
Susan decides not to undergo surgery, and as the doctor warned, often feel pain in the ankle. Under the principle of harm reduction, the defendant is not liable for Susan suffers pain since she decided not to have surgery. If Susan had performed surgery as the doctor had told him, he would have fully recovered.
The theory behind the principle of harm reduction is that it is not fair to hold a defendant for something that the plaintiff could have easily controlled. In short, the plaintiff must undergo a reasonable medical procedure to reduce the duration of the effects of the injury.
Enforcing the judgment
Finally, when a person makes a claim, the victory is not absolute. The defendant must still pay the damages, and this, as you might expect, not always done voluntarily. Generally, if the defendant has money or is covered by insurance, it is not difficult to obtain payment. This is simply because the defendant wishes to demand end to avoid that measures be taken to collect the money.
However, if the defendant refuses to pay or does not have the money, there are some steps that can be taken to obtain payment. In many states, a plaintiff can garnish the defendant’s wages (up to a certain percentage) to comply with the ruling. Some states allow a claimant to revoke the driver’s license of the defendant. If this happens, the license may only be reinstated after compliance with the ruling. In addition, some states allow the plaintiff defendant kidnap certain assets, such as bank accounts or accounts receivable, if the defendant is a company.
The process to collect compensation from a judgment varies by state. It is best to consult a lawyer experienced in credit right about specific methods.
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Insurance Claim: 3 Ways to Win Your Personal Injury Claim. How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim
When attempting to put a dollar amount on a personal injury claim, you must take several factors into account. The compensation for a claim must cover the injured party’s initial medical costs, on-going care, damaged property and loss of income.
Method 1 of 3: Settle Your Personal Injury Claim without a Lawyer
1 – Research the insurance company’s claims process. Most personal injury claims result from car accidents. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, the respective insurance company likely has a protocol it follows when handling personal injury claims.
Familiarize yourself with the process so you’ll be an informed, active participant when it comes time to settle the claim. Insurance claims adjusters typically don’t have a legal background, so feel free to ask questions about the company’s process and expect answers free of confusing legalese. Personal injury claims resulting from home accidents can often be resolved without hiring a lawyer. When filing the claim, request information on the insurance company’s claims process so you know what to expect.
2 – Exercise patience when dealing with claims adjusters. It may take the adjuster a bit of time to review all of the information regarding the accident and to receive medical reports. Stay in contact with polite letters and phone calls.
3 – Negotiate for an amount you think is fair, but realize claims adjusters usually have a small amount of flexibility when offering settlement amounts. If you cannot come to an agreement, you’ll need to hire a personal injury lawyer. Your final compensation may end up being less than the original offer after paying legal fees, so be sure that the offered settlement amount truly will not cover your damages.
Method 2 of 3: Find a Personal Injury Lawyer
1 – Ask friends and acquaintances if they can recommend an attorney. Personal references are often the best way to find a good personal injury lawyer.
2 – Meet with various lawyers for an initial consultation. Most lawyers offer a free consultation. This is your opportunity to ask questions to determine if this is the right lawyer for you. Think of this meeting as a job interview. You are hiring the lawyer to perform a service, so you’ll need to be confident in the lawyer’s abilities.
3 – Compare the various lawyer’s fees and experience. Your lawyer’s job is to win your personal injury claim, but it’s your job to make sure you’ll receive adequate compensation after paying your attorney’s fees. Before hiring an attorney, make sure the firm has previously handled similar cases. The ideal lawyer will be one who offers competitive fees and has a track record of winning cases like yours.
Method 3 of 3: Go to Trial or Settle the Claim
1 – Determine if you can settle the claim outside of court. The majority of personal injury claims never go before a judge. If the insurance company or individual offers an acceptable settlement, it’s typically in your best interest to accept it rather than going to court, particularly if you’re paying attorney fees.
2 – Go to trial if you cannot reach a settlement. If the two parties cannot reach an acceptable settlement, a judge or jury will decide how much the injured party should be compensated. Be aware that this amount may be lower than the settlement that was offered.
3 – Absolve the guilty party. If you accept a settlement, you’ll be required to sign documentation releasing the guilty party from any further responsibility. Know what you’re signing. Once you absolve the insurance company or individual, you cannot receive any more money, even if you later have complications resulting from the accident.
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Fantastic video here that I just found on YouTube. Essential viewing if you run a legal business or a law practice and want to hire a personal injury solicitor or personal injury lawyer. You can see it below.
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