Ok, so you are on the Internet searching for an attorney. Make sure you check out AttorneySearchSecrets.com. It will open your eyes to some of the claims you see lawyers make on their websites. After all, you probably don't want to hire someone who does injury cases as a "side-hustle."
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It's A Hassle Just Going Through All the Things You Have to Go Through After an Accident - We Get It
Next, we get what a hassle it is to have been in a car accident that was not your fault. Whoever hit you has just ripped what you were planning to do right out of your hands. Even if your injury is one that is not life-changing, it can still be terribly disruptive. The last thing you need to do is spend time on the phone scheduling (and then getting to) doctor appointments, talking to insurance adjusters and bill collectors, and then carving out time to find a lawyer near you before driving over to that office for meetings.
In the last 5 years, over 75% of Ben Glass Law Virginia car accident clients, many who live hours away from us, never step foot in our Fairfax office and almost none of our out-of-state clients do. We manage this all with technology. This is the way most modern law firms practice. Many court hearings, depositions, and mediations today are held the same way: by video or telephone conference call.
To serve our clients remotely, BenGlassLaw has created a state-of-the-art facility equipped with cameras, full-screen TV, and audio equipment to enable us to meet with our clients who live in other parts of the state.
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Remember Our Job is to Help Tell Your Story to a Stingy and Skeptical Insurance Company.
Some attorneys are all too happy to take your personal injury case, and they never tell you that most small car accidents can be settled without an attorney. How can you know that your case requires an attorney? What should you do if you don’t need an attorney?
BenGlassLaw will never try to convince you to hire us if we don’t believe we will add money to your pocket. BenGlassLaw believes in empowering through education, and settling the case yourself will put more money in your pocket, we will direct you to our resources for handling the case yourself. (For small cases involving little or no medical treatment, this is often your best option.)
How Does BenGlassLaw Evaluate Personal Injury Cases?
Our lawyers perform a Six-Point Assessment of your case to determine whether hiring an attorney makes sense for you.
Determine Fault – Virginia is a contributory negligence state. If you are at-fault for your accident, even 1% at-fault, you cannot recover damages for your accident. Often, insurance companies use this to reject personal injury claims, even when the victim didn’t contribute to the accident.
Current Injury – The worse your injury, the more it makes sense to hire a lawyer for your personal injury claims. Accident victims with serious injuries, like broken bones or torn ligaments, should consult with an attorney BEFORE making any recorded statements with the insurance company.
Previous Injuries – Insurance companies love to use previous injuries as a reason to fight car accident claims. They will point to your previous injuries and claim your car accident injuries are “preexisting.” We will review with you your past medical history to see what impact your health history will have on your settlement.
Treatment – Insurance companies have a ”length of treatment algorithm” that they use to determine how long you should be treating. If your medical treatment takes longer than the insurance company deems is normal, they will not give you a fair offer for your medical bills.
Car Insurance – “You can’t get blood from a stone.” We have seen more good cases torpedoed by poor insurance than we can count. As most people don’t know, it is perfectly legal to drive in Virginia without car insurance. If the person who caused your accident is uninsured or underinsured, we will need to look at your policy to see if we can find coverage to pay for your damages.
Your Health Insurance – Many health insurance companies will seek repayment of bills they paid on your behalf. Will make sure they don’t get more than they deserve (which is sometimes zero).
Your Personal Injury Six-Point Assessment is Free - You Don't Pay us Anything Until the Settlement!
"BenGlassLaw walked me through the whole process. He told me what the case would be like, how long it would take, and all the possibilities. I feel that now I can just move forward and live. This is behind me and I can think about the future and not about the past." - Davis Guzman
You will speak to our Client Care Specialist about your case. They will ask you:
Where the accident happened
What were your injuries
If there was a police report
What happened just before the accident
What happened just after the accident
Who was in the vehicle with you
What your medical treatment has been since the accident
If you missed work or other appointments
What the insurance company has communicated with you
Our Client Care Specialist will make you an appointment to speak with one of our attorneys. If we do not take your specific type of case, we will refer you to one of our attorney partners who can best assist you.
After your call, you will receive an introductory toolkit with information about your case and resources you can use.
We believe in adding value to people's lives. If we see that hiring us will not add value to your claim, we will make a recommendation for an attorney who can help or, give you information on settling your case yourself. We will NEVER pressure you into hiring us for your case if that does not benefit you.
"Is it possible to settle my own case if I was not injured and there was only property damage?" Yes, and we've published a report you can download for free. But the truth is that you should still speak to an attorney about your case, especially if you've been injured in an accident.
"Should I speak to the insurance adjuster?" Yes, you can. Just make sure you're informed about your rights. Keep in mind, anything you say to an insurance adjuster can be used against you in your claim. Feel free to talk to us first. There's no charge for a strategy call!
"Should I sign the medical records release for the insurance adjuster?" The insurance company is going to need to see your medical records at some point. We recommend, at a minimum, that you (or your attorney) see them first in order to make sure they are correct and complete.
"Who will pay my medical bills until my case is settled?" If you have health insurance, submit your bills to your health insurance company. If you don't have health insurance, you will need to arrange payments with your doctor or hospital. Avoid letting your bills go to collections because that can hurt your credit. We can often work with your doctors to delay collection efforts if you do not have insurance