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$684k Awarded To Crash Victim After Botched Brake Job

A Nevada state court jury smacked the largest franchiser of tire retailers in North America, Big O Tires LLC, with a $684,000 verdict on Thursday, after the company admitted to performing a faulty brake job that caused a serious car accident.

Jurors deliberated for less than a day following a four-day trial before awarding plaintiff Kathleen Morrell what her attorney Paul Marrero of Golightly & Vannah claims is an amount over 10 times larger than Big O’s highest settlement offer of $60,000. The company admitted liability midway through the trial, according to Marrero, so the jury only deliberated over the amount of damages Morrell’s alleged injuries justified after she was rear-ended in 2013 by a car serviced at Big O.

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Auto Accident Checklist

The scene of an accident can get chaotic quickly. Your recollection of events might get foggy. Referring to this checklist will benefit you if you’re in an accident.

Stay at the scene

You don’t want to be charged with a hit-and-run. Stay there and give appropriate contact and insurance information to other motorists and/or the police.

Check for injuries

If it appears as if anybody has been hurt, let the dispatcher know that when you call 911. Along with police, they’ll dispatch an ambulance.

Don’t move the vehicles

Unless you’re creating a safety hazard, don’t move the vehicles from where they came to rest. This will allow police to make a more accurate assessment of what happened.

Discussing fault

Don’t discuss fault at the scene. You don’t know how what you say might be understood. If the accident was your fault, don’t admit fault to the investigating officer.

Take photos

If you’re not injured and it’s safe, take photos of the scene and the vehicles. You might need those photos in the future.

If you’re hurt

If you’re hurt, there are legal reasons for getting immediate medical attention. Get transported to the nearest emergency room by ambulance. Paramedics and hospital personnel will document injuries. Don’t worry about the cost. That’s why you have insurance.

Contact your insurer

Notify your insurer that you were in an accident as soon as possible. Don’t delay on this. A significant delay can cause very significant insurance problems.

Don’t talk to the other side

You must cooperate with your own insurer, but the law doesn’t require you to talk with somebody else’s insurer. Never give tape recorded or written statements to them. Tell them to talk with your attorney. You’ll never hear from them again.

Don’t plead guilty

Don’t go to traffic court without an attorney and plead guilty. That guilty plea might be used against you in an injury case in the future.

See a lawyer

If injured, see an injury lawyer. If ticketed, see a traffic lawyer. Don’t enter either world alone.

Keep a copy of this checklist in your car. You don’t want to be in an accident, but you might need it.

What is Insurance Bad Faith?

This is a loaded question and surprisingly, it is a question that many people do not really know how to answer. Insurance companies in the United States operate under the assumption of good faith, meaning that they can be reasonably expected to treat their clients with fairness and to act in the client’s best interests. On the other hand, bad faith means that they are exploiting their clients and in some cases, it means that they are purposefully misleading them so that they can keep from paying on a claim or they can pay significantly less than the claim is actually worth. In the United States, this is illegal because every insurance company that operates throughout the country does so on the assumption that they will not participate in these types of practices.

Three Ways Hiring an Attorney Can Help You
Unfortunately, even though acting in bad faith is illegal, it is something that can and does happen. As a result, there are times when it is simply necessary for you to take control of the situation and hire an attorney to represent you so that you can get what is coming to you from the insurance company. There are essentially three different ways that hiring an attorney can help you. All of them are equally important.

Representation
Legal representation is perhaps one of the most effective ways of ensuring that your best interests are met. If you are dealing with an insurance company that is attempting to prevent paying a claim or they want to settle for a value that is far less than what you actually deserve, legal representation is probably the only way that you are going to be able to successfully deal with the situation. In this case, you need someone that is knowledgeable about the situation and that has an excellent track record in similar cases.

Success
If you want to be successful in your case, hiring an attorney is the most obvious way of accomplishing that goal. While it is feasible that you could represent yourself, at least in theory, it is almost impossible to win these types of cases against insurance companies unless you have someone who knows exactly what they are doing. Hiring a lawyer can help you find success. If you fail to hire one, you might as well concede yourself to the fact that you are going to get whatever the insurance company offers you and nothing more.

Peace of Mind
It might sound strange, but when you know that you are getting taken advantage of by an insurance company, hiring an attorney can give you peace of mind. Otherwise, you are leaving the security of your future and the future of your loved ones in the hands of an insurance company that really is not operating with your best interests at heart. This means that you are putting yourself in a very precarious position and you might end up paying the price for it for many years to come.

Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

After you’ve been in an accident, you may feel like you’re completely at a loss. From mounting medical expenses to lost wages due to the time you’ve had to take off from work to recover, an accident can really turn your life upside down. It’s important to know that you don’t have to go through the stress of the aftermath of an accident alone. Hiring a personal injury attorney will assure that you have someone on your side to help you get your life back on track. Here are some of the benefits of hiring a personal injury attorney.

Figure Out a Plan – A personal injury attorney will be able to sit down with you at your initial consultation and figure out, step by step, exactly what you need to do to get your life back on track. From talking with your insurance company to investigating the specific details of your case, a personal injury attorney will be able to create an outline of exactly what you need to do next.

Fight For Your Rights – Whether you need someone to talk to your insurer, set up a mediation or file a court case against the responsible party for your accident, a personal injury attorney will be someone who fights for your rights each and every step of the way.

Ensure That You’re Compensated – If you’ve been wrongly victimized in an accident, then you deserve to have your medical expenses and lost wages reimbursed, in addition to possible punitive damages for the pain and suffering that you’ve experienced. A personal injury attorney will ensure that you are compensated and receive what you deserve.

No one anticipates being the victim of an accident, but if it should happen to you, then it’s important that you find someone who will be in your corner and fight for your rights. No victim should have to go through the post-accident experience alone. A personal injury attorney will ensure that you receive what you deserve so that you can get your life back on track.

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