What are the Risks if You Settle a Personal Injury Case on Your Own?

Risks If You Settle a Personal Injury Case on your Own - Orange County

What are the risks if you settle a personal injury case on your own? What is the difference in outcome between those who have an attorney and those who choose to represent themselves in personal injury claims? Before we begin, if you have been involved in any motor vehicle collision, no matter how minor, you should always be examined by a trauma physician within 24 to 48 hours.  “But the accident was only minor and I felt ok…”  There are many injuries which occur in relatively minor accidents which can take days, weeks or even months to show symptoms.  If you don’t see a doctor within 24 to 48 hours of the accident you will not be able to file a viable personal injury claim down the road. It is important to understand the insurance company and their adjusters and attorneys you will be dealing with as well as a

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Holtville Truck Accident Has Claimed at Least 14 Lives

Holtville Truck Accident Has Claimed at Least 14 Lives - Injury Attorney

A Holtville truck accident has claimed at least 14 lives this morning in Imperial County California.  A big rig ran into the side of an SUV carrying 24 passengers.  The SUV was designed to carry up to 8 people.  The result of the high speed impact has resulted in a substantial and tragic loss of life. In this case, original reports from CHP at the scene believe the SUV pulled out in front of the oncoming truck from a side road.  Police are not sure if the SUV ran a stop sign or completed the stop prior to pulling out.  It is also unclear what the relationship was between the driver of the SUV and the occupants.  If the driver of the SUV was an employer, the victims of this accident could potentially have a valid injury or wrongful death claim against the owner(s) of the SUV. Accidents in Imperial

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Car Accidents Which Result in a Spine or Neck Injury

Car Accidents Which Result in a Spine or Neck Injury - Mission Viejo Irvine

Car accidents which result in a spine or neck injury in Mission Viejo, Orange County, Riverside or throughout Southern California can make a profound impact on a person’s life.  The forces associated with a car accident are quite powerful.  These forces rapidly and harshly move the body in multiple directions in fractions of a second.  This can result in contortions to your neck and spine which they are not designed to handle.  The result could be soft tissue damage to the discs in your spinal column or a serious and permanent injury. Many people seem to feel “ok” after an accident and are thankful they are “uninjured.”  You may think you’ve escaped with a few bruises, however in many cases there is extensive damage to the soft tissue and fractures of the underlying vertebrae and bones.  Symptoms can take weeks or months to present. Car accidents which result in a

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Common Injuries Caused by Dog Bites in Orange County Riverside and Los Angeles

Common Injuries Caused by Dog Bites in Orange County LA Riverside

What are some of the common injuries caused by dog bites in Orange County, Riverside and Los Angeles? Dogs are known as man’s best friend, but unfortunately, not all dogs are friendly and sometimes they can attack humans intentionally or on accident, and cause injuries. Dog bite injuries can range from the mild to extreme, sometimes requiring extension rehabilitation, treatment, and surgical procedures. The most common injuries inflicted from a dog bite include scratches from their claws, and puncture wounds from bites. Severe dog bites can cause serious lacerations and puncture wounds that tear the skin and muscle.  These wounds often result in scarring and require plastic surgery to repair. Minor puncture wounds may be able to heal on their own. However, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention for any puncture wounds from a dog, as their bites can typically cause infection and complications if not treated and

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How to Treat Your Dog Bite Wound

How to Treat a Dog Bite Wound

Caring for a dog bite wound or injury is important.  Here are some tips for how to treat a dog bite wound immediately following a bite or attack: Call 9-1-1 or seek immediate attention at an ER or Urgent Care if there are any puncture wounds or if the surface of the skin is broken.  In any case it is prudent to visit your primary physician within 24 hours.  If the dog was foaming at the mouth or was a stray you should head straight to the ER.  Rabies can be fatal. If bleeding is severe, elevate the area, cover with a sterile pad or bandage, washcloth or towel and apply pressure. Infection is actually one of the greatest risks.  All wounds can be carefully washed with warm soapy water. Puncture wounds: Do NOT use hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl), iodine or mercurochrome on puncture wounds.  Many puncture wounds may

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Experienced and Proven Irvine Injury Attorney

experienced and proven Irvine injury attorney

What is an experienced and proven Irvine injury attorney and why do you need us if you are injured in a car, truck, motorcycle or pedestrian accident in Mission Viejo, Irvine or anywhere in Orange County?  The central issue here is insurance coverage – this is what will ultimately pay for your medical bills as well as lost income from missed work, other expenses as well as compensation for having to endure your injuries and the process of recovery. Insurance adjusters are highly personable people who are quite friendly and seem very relaxed.  They are anything but.  I worked for major insurance carriers for the first 20 years of my career.  I can tell you from first hand experience these adjusters are highly trained, highly skilled interrogators and negotiators who have only one goal: Settle your case as quickly as possible for the absolutely lowest possible cost to their insurance

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Irvine Injury Lawyer with More than 40 Years Experience

Irvine injury attorney Car Accident Attorney

If you are involved in a car, truck or motorcycle accident in Orange County contact an Irvine injury attorney with more than 40 years of experience.  My name is Rivers Morrell, and for the first 20 years of my work as an injury attorney I managed cases for major insurance carriers.  I know their tactics and the values they bring to each case.  The primary motive of an insurance company is to reduce the value of the claim to the lowest point possible, increasing profitability.  Many insurance adjusters work to gain your trust, however, it is important to remember that they are highly trained and skilled negotiators whose job it is to offer the minimum settlement possible on your case. We can provide dozens and dozens of examples of cases where the insurance company offered a minimal amount (or no settlement at all) only to wind up having to pay

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Pedestrian Hit by a Car in Los Angeles

accidents involving a pedestrian hit by a car in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the biggest cities in the United States, and with its many tourist destinations and pedestrian friendly streets, it is responsible for a high number of motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians. Unfortunately accidents involving a pedestrian hit by a car in Los Angeles are especially common in pedestrian friendly areas such as downtown Los Angeles, particularly around the Staples Center area and other downtown districts. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians can result in very traumatic injuries for the pedestrians involved including: broken bones, major contusions, and head injuries such as concussions.  These types of injuries often require significant medical attention and treatment. The last thing most people want to deal with after being struck by a car, is having to deal with an insurance claim, and accumulating medical bills, etc. An experienced and skilled attorney can help assist you with your claims. At the Law

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Car Accident Injury Lawyer in Mission Viejo

car accident injury lawyer in Mission Viejo

Looking for a car accident injury lawyer in Mission Viejo or southern Orange County?  The Law Firm of Rivers Morrell is conveniently located off of Crown Valley Parkway and I-5 with free parking on-site.  Rivers Morrell has more than 40 years of experience as an accident and injury attorney.  If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a car crash, truck accident, motorcycle accident or pedestrian related injury involving a motor vehicle we invite you to contact us for a free consultation at (949)305-1400. It is important to go to the ER, urgent care or see your physician within 24 hours of an accident, even if you feel you aren’t injured.  The forces involved in any accident are more severe than you may realize.  A visit to the doctor will create a baseline and allow you to be fully examined for injuries which may have yet to

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