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Bike & ZipCar Accident

As a top-rated injury lawyer with 20+ years of experience, I would like to share a few case studies for claims I handled to provide some perspective on why we are different and what we can do for you.  This particular case study is ongoing but promises to deliver a very favorable injury settlement.


Overview of Case

Our client was riding his bike home when he entered a crosswalk late at night.  A car turned to the right and struck him in the crosswalk.  He fell over and broke his left hand, which required urgent surgery.


Challenges Faced & Solutions Provided

The car that struck the client was a ZipCar and the driver said he had no insurance.  We investigated that issue and found their insurance and reported the claim.  Our client was told he needed surgery when he went to urgent care the day after the accident.

He did not know a surgeon and did not know how insurance worked in an injury claim. This is something we find with many of our clients. We always try to help our clients who may be unaware of the standard procedures or unable to receive the medical attention they require due to a lack of funds or a lack of knowing how the claim process works, for example.  I was able to get two surgeons to see him the next week, and he chose the one he liked best and had surgery.


Measurable Results Of The Legal Service Provided

Our firm managed to give our client peace of mind without having to worry about his bills being paid, and without insurance companies calling him incessantly. He was also able to have surgery within the week from a prominent local surgeon. Additionally, ZipCar accepted the claim and coverage and took fault on behalf of its driver.

It is best to treat before you settle and our insight and experience will navigate the challenges so you can get all the care you need without worrying about the medical bills.


Insurance Will Pay Its Maximum Policy to the Client

Insurance companies look to blame others if given the chance.  In a pedestrian (and bicycle) claim, it is critical to get the facts of the accident straight and clear.  We take this seriously because it changes the outcome of the case.  I (Dax Jones) met our client on a Saturday in the office. We discussed the facts of the accident and provided follow-up calls and texts to ensure that the facts of the accident would be correctly stated when he completed the civilian traffic report. Small details matter.

This allowed us to prove the driver was at fault even though the police did not come to the scene.  Details make a difference.  ZipCar recently offered to pay its maximum policy limit and we are now pursuing additional insurance proceeds. This case is ongoing.


Claim For Personal Injury From A Car Accident

In the event that you were hurt in an automobile or bicycle accident, you may be entitled to financial support for your medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other losses. Call The Jones Firm and we can file the claim, help you get medical care, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and, if required, represent you in court.


How Do Personal Injury Lawyers Assist With Claims?

Personal injury lawyers are essential in assisting individuals in navigating the legal system and obtaining compensation for injuries experienced as a result of another party’s carelessness. In order to help with claims, they carry out a range of activities, such as:

  • Investigating the case: To create a compelling argument, personal injury attorneys will look into the incident’s background information, acquire proof, and speak with potential witnesses.
  • Communicate with insurance companies: In order to protect your interests and prevent the insurance company’s adjusters from taking unfair advantage of you, lawyers speak with the insurance company on your behalf.
  • Negotiating a settlement: Your attorneys will work to reach a reasonable settlement that compensates you for any medical costs, lost earnings, and other losses you may have suffered.
  • Legal representation: If required, personal injury attorneys will represent you in court and submit your case to the judge or jury.
  • Giving legal advice: Personal injury attorneys will counsel you on the best course of action to pursue in your particular circumstance and assist you in comprehending your legal rights and alternatives.


Record Car Accident Injuries Concisely

If you’ve sustained an injury, you may find the Stick Figure Method helpful for documenting it. Begin by drawing a stick figure from head to toe and indicating any areas of pain or injury on the figure. It’s crucial not to overlook any injuries, even if they appear to be minor. For example, if you have difficulty bending over or raising your hand, you may have a torn labrum or rotator cuff problem. Seek medical attention right away for any injuries to avoid additional damage and complications.

This could be useful if you need to file a compensation claim. Finally, if you need assistance with the claims process, consider contacting The Jones Firm.


How To Record Your Car Accident Injuries Using The Stick Figure Method

The stick figure method is a simple and effective way to document injuries, especially in situations where you may not have a pen and paper readily available. By using this method, you can ensure that you accurately record all injuries and their location on your body.

Here are some additional tips to keep in mind when using the stick figure method:

  • Use a clear and concise representation of your body. Draw a stick figure with a head, torso, arms, and legs.
  • Indicate the location of the injury on the stick figure. For example, if you have a broken arm, draw a line through the arm and label it as “broken.”
  • Use arrows to indicate the direction of pain or discomfort. For instance, if you have back pain that radiates down your left leg, draw an arrow from your back to your leg.
  • Be sure to note any pre-existing conditions that may have been aggravated by the accident.

Remember, it’s important not to overlook any injuries, even if they seem minor. Some injuries may not present symptoms until days or even weeks after an accident. Seeking medical attention immediately after an accident can help ensure that any injuries are properly diagnosed and treated.

Witness testimony can be crucial in proving liability and obtaining compensation for your injuries. This should be done immediately after the accident and as advised by your car accident lawyer.

If you need help filing a compensation claim, consider contacting The Jones Firm. Our experienced attorneys can assist you in navigating the complex legal process and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.


Car Accident No Insurance

Getting into a car accident is a stressful experience, but it can be even more so if you don’t have insurance.

Here are five important steps to follow if you find yourself in this situation:

  1. Stay Calm: The first thing to do is to remain calm. Don’t argue with the other driver, exchange information, and don’t admit fault.
  2. Call the Police: It’s important to call the police, even if you don’t have insurance. They will create a police report, which can be useful in any future legal proceedings or insurance claims.
  3. Document the Accident: Take pictures of the damage to both vehicles, the license plates, and the surrounding area. It’s also a good idea to write down the other driver’s information.
  4. Seek Medical Attention: If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately. Even if you don’t feel hurt, it’s still important to get checked out as some injuries may not be immediately apparent.
  5. Contact a Lawyer: Since The Jones Firm specializes in car accidents, we can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected.


Car Accident Insurance with Zipcar: What You Need to Know

Zipcar offers its members the minimum amount of coverage required for auto insurance. If an accident occurs, Zipcar ensures that drivers have enough coverage to meet the minimum requirements for that particular state.


Key takeaways

It’s worth mentioning that Zipcars come with the minimum required amount of insurance, including physical damage coverage. However, if you’re looking for more liability coverage, you can purchase it separately. In the event that you don’t purchase a damage fee waiver, you could be responsible for up to $1,000 in damages.

Keep in mind that Zipcar insurance only covers damages after any existing insurance you may have is used up. While having your own insurance policy isn’t required to rent a Zipcar, it’s always a good idea for added protection.

Zipcar’s insurance also includes coverage that pays for the cost of repairing physical damage to a rented vehicle. Members have to pay up to $1,000 if they’re involved in an accident — even if no claim is filed — but higher-tier members can pay lower fees.


The Jones Firm Partners With Medical Treatment Facilities

The Jones Firm is a legal practice that helps people who have been injured in accidents, whether at work, on the road, or in some other context. We help our clients by assisting with medical treatment and expenses while awaiting compensation claim payouts.

We understand that sustaining an injury can be difficult and overwhelming, both physically and financially. Medical expenses can accumulate rapidly, and it can be challenging to manage everything while you are unable to work.

That’s why we are dedicated to providing the necessary support to help our clients overcome the challenges and relieve the burden of their situation.

We have done so by partnering with leading medical facilities and medical professionals to ensure you have access to medical treatment without the financial burden while you wait for your compensation claim settlement.


Find A Personal Injury Law Firm That Helps With Medical Expenses

Contact The Jones Firm and we can help today.  We can locate medical providers who will see you and wait to be paid until the time of settlement, including surgeons, MRI clinics, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, etc.


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