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You do not need an attorney to settle a small personal injury case. In fact, you might end up with a net smaller settlement after the attorney subtracts his or her fee in smaller cases. This outcome would not be fair to you; therefore, I do not handle very small personal injury cases.

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When lawyers say they handle “personal injury,” “wrongful death,” “auto accident,” or “serious accident” cases, what are they talking about? Well, here are the basics.

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Persons injured in Kootenai County or elsewhere in Idaho are entitled to ask the jury for monetary damages for past and future medical bills and past and future loss of income. However, a person injured in a car crash or some other injury caused by the negligence of others, is also entitled to ask that the jury award monetary damages ...

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It is unfortunately true that many claims adjusters take advantage of injured people before they have a chance to speak with an attorney. Some adjusters will try to scare you by telling you that an attorney will take a portion of your recovery for just a brief consultation. Some claims adjusters will put unreasonable time pressure on your settlement decision.

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A number of things must be proved at trial to win a personal injury case. Although most cases are settled before trial, it is important to muster the evidence needed to demonstrate to the insurance adjuster the fact that your case will be a winner at trial if the case is not settled

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Persons in Kootenai County or elsewhere in Idaho will find that, after successfully settling a personal injury case, they must now deal with reimbursing their health insurance company out of the proceeds of the settlement. This principle is known as the right of subrogation.

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Recently I handled a Kootenai County motorcycle death case which involved one of the most common types of motorcycle accidents; namely, when a car turns left in front of a person driving the motorcycle. The general category of the cause of the crash is that the car driver is looking for the absence of cars, not the presence of motorcycles.

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