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Causes for a Car Accident Settlement to Take a Long Time

Causes for a Car Accident Settlement to Take a Long Time

Causes for a Car Accident Settlement to Take a Long TimeSometimes a car accident settlement can take longer than expected due to unforeseen circumstances. That is exactly why it depends on the case when it comes to knowing how long it will take for a car accident case to settle. Every car accident case is determined either by an out-f-court settlement or by a trial. Either way, it could take a long time. Here are some factors that can cause a car accident settlement to take a long time.

To Avoid Trial

The majority of motor vehicle accident cases do not go to trial. Most personal injury attorneys avoid going to trial for the following three reasons.

  • An attorney knows what your car accident case is worth. Due to the experienced of an attorney, they have a good idea of what your injuries cost for medical treatment and damages. Your attorney can usually determine a fair value for your case without the input of a court.
  • A jury is unpredictable. When it comes to personal injury cases such as a car accident, juries have a hard time being objective. A jury may relate to one party over another or they may be unsympathetic to either party if they have experienced a car accident themselves. A good attorney does not want to leave their client’s chances up to the whim of a jury.
  • The cost to go to court is not worth it. Court proceedings are costly, and most attorneys are not willing to upfront the cost of a trial. Instead, an attorney will want to negotiate in a settlement.

In the event that one of the parties involved will not agree to settle, the case will go to trial. The time a trial takes varies from case to case. Typically, you can expect a personal injury case in trial to take at least a year from the date of the accident to the conclusion of the trial.

Unforseen Problems

Sometimes a car accident settlement can take a long time because of problems with the case. For example, proving that the other driver was 100 percent at fault may be difficult and take time if it is questioned at the time of the accident. Your attorney may need to take some time to investigate the accident and prove that the other driver is liable.

Another problem that could prolong a settlement of your case is if the insurer does not accept the evident. In this case, your attorney may need to file suit and take the case to trial.

A Large Payout

If your case has potential for a large payout, it may take a long time to settle. No insurance company likes to hand over large sums of money without a fight. For example, if your injuries are severe from the accident or involve lifelong disability, you could receive a large settlement. The insurance company however, may delay the case in hopes that you will settle for less.

Client is Recovering

If you are still recovering from injuries, your attorney can’t know how much your case is worth. You must reach the maximum medical improvement (MMI) before the true value of your case is known. If your car accident injuries are severe, your case could take months or even years to settle. However, your attorney can make a claim and make sure you are receiving proper medical care.

Car and Auto Accident Lawyers

Looking for a car accident attorney in Southeast Idaho? The car accident attorneys and auto accident lawyers at Brent Gordon Law Firm in Pocatello and Idaho Falls believe every client deserves fair representation, not just big insurance companies. The auto accident attorneys in the law office of Brent Gordon have years of experience representing car accident clients and obtaining impressive results for those clients. Brent Gordon Law Firm is also able to help with wrongful death claims in the event your loved one has passed away from the negligence of another in a car accident.

Don’t wait to call an Idaho Falls car accident attorney or Pocatello auto accident lawyer. Waiting could hurt your case. Call our law firm now to speak with an experienced attorney about your car accident case during a free consultation. Our attorneys can take the stress out of a claim and we’ll fight to get you full value for your car accident injuries. Plus, you pay nothing until your case is settled. Call Brent Gordon Law Firm today at 23-CRASH (208-232-7274) to get started on your car accident case.

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Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation.151 North 3rd, Suite 202A Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208)232-7274

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Five Things to Do to Recover from a Bicycle Accident

Five Things to Do to Recover from a Bicycle Accident

Five Things to Do to Recover from a Bicycle AccidentWhen a bicycle accident occurs, it can be difficult for the injured victim to know what to do. The experienced and knowledgeable bicycle accident attorneys at Brent Gordon Law have decades of experience fighting for their clients and obtaining a fair compensation in their behalf. Our attorneys will answer all your questions during a free consultation over the phone or in person. If a negligent driver has injured you in a bicycle accident, we will aggressively fight to defend your legal rights. The following are five things to do to recover from a bicycle accident.

1. Obtain Medical Treatment

The most important thing an injured victim can do following a bicycle accident is to obtain medical treatment. Medical attention right after the accident as well as throughout the recovery process is essential. Emergency medical attention should be accessed as needed. This could be calling 911 and being transported by an ambulance, or it could be a simple visit to an urgent care facility. If symptoms are not immediately noticeable or worsen over time, the accident victim should consult with their primary care provider to make sure there will not be lasting complications from the bicycle accident. Some injuries can present themselves weeks after the accident. Such injuries should be addressed and treated as needed.

2. Report the Accident

Even if the accident seems minor, call the police to the scene of the accident so a police report is created. This is important to your bicycle accident case. The officer will most likely take statements from everyone involved as well as any witnesses. Give the police a statement of your version of what happened. Be sure to ask the officer how you can obtain a copy of the police report once it is completed.

3. Document

Take photos, video and audio recordings of the accident to be used as documentation. These can often be used as tangible evidence for a personal injury claim. Carefully document the accident itself, and any symptoms or property damages incurred from the accident. Over time bruises, scars, and cuts change. It is also helpful to your case to photograph injures over time.

If you have had to miss time from work as a result of the accident, document how much time you’ve missed and any lost wages. A personal injury attorney can help you determine compensation for such losses.

4. Contact an Experienced Bicycle Accident Attorney Immediately

Once you are able, contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney from Brent Gordon Law Firm. By contacting a personal injury attorney right after an accident, the injured victim can ensure that their right to compensation is secured. This will relieve the stress of paying for medical treatment and allow the injured victim to focus on their recovery. Insurance companies often contact victims after an accident to obtain a recorded statement. Avoid giving one until talking to an attorney. The insurance company will often use the recorded statement against you. An experienced bicycle accident attorney will talk to the insurance company in your behalf and make sure your rights are not compromised.

5. Avoid Discussing the Accident on Social Media

Though it may seem tempting to announce your accident on social media, don’t. Doing so could possibly compromise your personal injury claim. Any pictures or statements you post on social media can be used by the insurance company to decrease the value of your claim. It is best to refrain from posting any information about the accident or your recovery until your claim has been settled or resolved at trial.

Bicycle Accident Attorneys at Brent Gordon Law Firm

The bicycle accident attorneys and lawyers of Brent Gordon Law Firm understand how to get a fair settlement for their clients. We are here to assist victims of bike accidents in PocatelloBlackfootIdaho FallsRigbyRexburg, and other surrounding areas. Our experienced bicycle accident lawyers will take steps to ensure your rights are fully protected. The law office of Brent Gordon will seek recovery for all of your damages and maximize your recovery and settlement. Our injury lawyers have successfully represented bicyclists and obtained impressive settlements for our bicycle accident clients.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation.151 North 3rd, Suite 202A Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208)232-7274

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7 Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know

7 Secrets Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know

7 Secrets Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know1. Recorded statements can hurt your claim.

Insurance companies will make a huge effort to get a recorded statement so they won’t have to pay as much. The questions they ask are written to be used against you later. Check with your attorney before giving a recorded statement.

2. Insurance companies don’t want you to hire a lawyer.

Insurance companies hope you will rely on them to tell you what your case is worth. They know that a lawyer will demand more compensation for your case. One study found that attorneys recovered on average five times more money than people who were unrepresented. When you have an experienced lawyer on your side, insurance companies take your case much more seriously.

3. Tell your doctor about every injury at the first visit.

Often if you report an injury after you’ve already seen the doctor, the insurance company will claim you are lying or that were injured after the accident. It is always a good idea to report even seemingly minor problems at your first doctor visit.

4. Be honest from the beginning.

In cases where the insurance won’t settle, the jury may award you with a lot less than you deserve if they think you are being dishonest. Insurance companies won’t settle if they believe your injuries are being exaggerated. Being honest is always the best policy and will get you the best results.

5. Insurance companies want the public to think lawsuits are pointless.

Insurance companies are for-profit corporations. They want to pay out as little as possible so they can maximize profits. They prefer to deal with someone who doesn’t know their rights or what their case is worth. Brent Gordon Law Firm will hold them accountable.

6. Your insurance will make you a low offer right after your accident hoping you will take it instead of fighting for compensation you deserve.

Insurance companies prefer to settle quickly. It is a mistake to resolve a case before medical treatment is complete and your damages are fully known. Your injuries may be more serious than anticipated. You have the right to be compensated for medical bills and prescriptions, pain and suffering, time lost at work, your vehicle, etc. Brent Gordon Law will value your case and ensure you are fully compensated for all damages.

7. An insurance adjuster is a trained negotiator.

The insurance adjuster will try to test you to see what they can get away with. They may say things such as “that’s my best offer” or “if you don’t agree to accept this offer in 24 hours, it’s off the table.” Don’t be taken advantage of! Let the experienced attorneys at Brent Gordon Law Firm deal with the insurance company and get you the compensation you deserve.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation.151 North 3rd, Suite 202A Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208)232-7274

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How to Protect Your Injury Claim When Speaking to an Insurance Adjuster

How to Protect Your Injury Claim When Speaking to an Insurance Adjuster

How to Protect Your Injury Claim When Speaking to an Insurance AdjusterWithin hours after an injury accident, such as a car accident, motorcycle accident, semi truck accident or other injury accident, an insurance adjuster or other representative of the other party involved will call. What you say during this call could greatly hurt your injury claim. The following are some tips for what to say if an insurance adjuster contacts you that can protect your claim.

Remain Calm and Polite

You may be angry and upset about the accident and your injuries. However, it is important that you remain polite and calm while on the phone with an insurance adjuster or other representative of the other party. Taking out your anger on the insurance adjuster won’t help you get a fair injury settlement. It is always best to keep your cool and stay professional.

ID Who You Speak With

Before you discuss anything, get the name, address, and phone number of the person you are speaking with. You will also need to get the name of the insurance company he or she is with, and the name of the person the company represents (the “insured”).

Give Only Necessary Personal Information

The insurance adjuster should only need your full name, address, and phone number. You could tell them where you work and what type of work you do. However, you need not explain or discuss anything further about your work, your schedule, or your income.

Do Not Share Details Regarding the Accident

An insurance adjuster or other representative may ask you to “give a statement” about how the accident happened. Or they may subtly try to get you to tell them about the accident while engaging with you in conversation. It is important to politely refuse to discuss any specific details about the accident. Most basic facts such as where, when, the type of accident, the vehicles involved if it was a motor vehicle accident, and the identity of any witnesses. Simply state that the investigation is ongoing and that you will discuss further details at a later time. But don’t worry. Once you hire Brent Gordon Law Firm, we will handle all conversations with the insurance company, so you don’t have to worry about it any further. Your hired experienced lawyer will later be sending a personal injury demand letter which will describe the accident in detail.

Avoid Describing Details of Your Injuries

In addition to wanting information about the accident, the insurance adjuster will likely want to know details of your injuries. Now is not the time to get a detailed description of your injuries. If they continue to press, simply say you are “still treating.” The reason you don’t want to give any other information at this time is you might leave something out or discover additional injuries later. Another reason is your injuries may turn out to be worse than originally thought.

Refuse to Give a Recorded Statement

Many insurance adjustors will immediately push you to give a tape-recorded or written statement. Or they may ask if they can record your phone conversation claiming it will protect you later. DO NOT AGREE to have any conversation recorded. You have no legal obligation to be recorded. It is against the law for an adjuster to record you without your permission.

The reason you want to refuse is that most people will forget important details or describe things incompletely when being recorded. A verbal statement is never as precise as written correspondence that you will be sending later. Recordings are also used as evidence against you so the insurance company can make a lower settlement offer.

Decline an adjuster’s request politely but firmly. Tell him or her that you are not comfortable with being recorded but will be happy to provide a written statement when your information is complete.

Resist the Urge to Accept a Settlement

An insurance adjuster will sometimes offer a settlement during the first or second phone call. A quick settlement usually saves the insurance company time, money, and work. Most important, this small settlement amount is usually not what your injuries and damages are worth. Don’t take the bait. Though the money may be tempting, and it may seem like an easy way to get the settlement process done, but it will almost certainly cost you money, even many quite a bit.

Set Conversation Limits

During the first conversation with an insurance adjuster, make it clear that you will not be discussing much without an attorney. Make it clear that you do not want further phone contact and that they can contact your attorney to discuss further matters. Letting them know this upfront will hopefully limit any further attempts to get more detailed information from you or any further quick settlement offers.

Take Notes

Once you’ve ended the conversation with the insurance adjuster, write down all the information you received as well as any information you gave including any requests.

Contact Personal Injury Attorney, Brent Gordon

Southeast Idaho personal injury lawyer Brent Gordon, at Brent Gordon Law Firm, is an experienced personal injury lawyer who is a strong advocate for the injured clients he represents throughout Southeast Idaho, including PocatelloIdaho FallsBlackfootRexburg and Rigby. Injury lawyer Brent Gordon handles car accidentsmotorcycle accidentstruck accidentsdog bite injuriesslip and fall cases and other personal injury cases for clients in or around Pocatello or Idaho Falls, Idaho. Call our Idaho Falls law office at (208) 552-0467 or Pocatello law office at (208) 23-CRASH now for a free consultation. You pay nothing until your case is settled. We will aggressively fight for every penny you deserve. Let us handle the insurance companies and take the stress off of you.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation.151 North 3rd, Suite 202A Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208)232-7274

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How Medical Records Are Important to Your Injury Claim

How Medical Records Are Important to Your Injury Claim

How Medical Records Are Important to Your Injury ClaimAfter an accident, medical records are important to your personal injury case. There are a number of steps a car crash victim should take to maximize their settlement value. One of the most important steps is to establish a solid trail of medical evidence to support your injury claim. In a personal injury case, your medical records serve as evidence that is often used to support your claim and increase your settlement value. While you may be worried about your privacy, your medical records are really the foundation to build a strong personal injury case and maximize your settlement.

Using Medical Records as Evidence

During a personal injury case, medical records will be generated by doctors and other medical providers with details of the medical treatment you have received as a result of injury from an accident. For instance, when you visit the emergency room, medical evidence will be collected for your case. Likewise, during our first visit with your primary care physician, your doctor will be able to determine exactly what injuries or other medical injuries you have experienced as a result of the accident as well as what caused the injuries. This initial diagnosis of injuries is key to building your case. It is important that the medical diagnosis is done as soon as possible following an accident. Failing to seek immediate medical treatment offers the insurance company a chance to argue that you received your injuries at a later date and not during the accident.

Medical Records Tell Your Story

The severity of your injuries is often told by how much follow-up treatment is required or if you need to see a specialist such as a neurologist or an orthopedist. The severity of your injuries, necessary treatment plans, and recovery progress all tell your story and serve as medical evidence for your case.

Once you have finished your medical treatment, your combined medical records and other medical documentation from all providers involved should provide a clear picture of your medical history and greatly help the outcome of your claim.

How Medical Records are Important to Your Personal Injury Case

Your medical records can serve as leverage against the insurance company you are negotiating with. The more complete the records, the more leverage you have against an unfair settlement. Typically, insurance companies are comfortable letting weaker cases proceed to trial as a jury will be less likely to award a fair verdict without strong medical evidence.

Insurance companies are motivated to settle personal injury claims fairly when the plaintiff has a strong case with strong evidence to support the claim. Insurers will fight harder when they believe the claimant has a strong case to bring to trial. An insurance company will feel more pressure to offer a fair settlement when strong medical evidence is present.

Request a Free Consultation with Brent Gordon Law Firm

Brent Gordon Law offers a free consultation with an injury attorney or accident lawyer. We are happy to discuss your case with you during a free case review in person or over the phone. Our experienced attorneys can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. Call (208) 552-0467 now to speak to an accident attorney from Brent Gordon Law. This is your opportunity to speak to one of our lawyers in Pocatello or Idaho Falls to take the stress out of your case and get started receiving the compensation you deserve. The personal injury lawyers at Brent Gordon Law believe every client deserves fair representation not just the big insurance companies with deep pockets.

Idaho Falls Law Office

Our Idaho Falls, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Idaho Falls, including for injuries and accidents in Ammon, Rigby, injuries and accidents in Shelley and Blackfoot, and injuries and accidents in Rexburg. If you are looking for an attorney in the Idaho Falls area, visit or call our Idaho Falls office now. 3423 Merlin Dr., Idaho Falls, ID 83404 Phone:(208) 552-0467

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Pocatello Law Office

Our Pocatello, Idaho law office services clients in and surrounding Pocatello, including for injuries and accidents in Chubbuck. If you are looking for an attorney in the Pocatello area, call our Pocatello office now. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call (208) 232-7274 for a free consultation.151 North 3rd, Suite 202A Pocatello, ID 83204 Phone:(208)232-7274

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