You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat it Too


You have often heard the expression "you can't have your cake and eat it, too." (1) But that's exactly what the insurance companies try to do in handling claims. Whatever the situation, they try to argue that means the injured person wasn't hurt very much. Sometimes they create a problem, and then try to benefit from it. Just the other day I had a case with a claims adjuster where this expression applies.

To give you a little history, the claim involved a motor vehicle intersection accident where our client sustained soft tissue injuries. The collision was so hard his car was totaled. Even though there was an independent non-biased eyewitness who told the police officer at the scene that the…

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Tips to Help Ensure the Success of Your Case

R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, Va Personal Injury Attorney

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, Va Personal Injury Attorney

There's no doubt about it - you play an important part in your case. Here are 9 things you can do to help insure a successful recovery in your personal injury case.

1. Follow your doctor's and other health care providers' advice. When your attorney submits your case documents to the insurance company to discuss settlement, the insurance company will analyze your medical records closely. Your dedication and commitment to your own recovery - including physical therapy programs - are extremely important. Failure to follow your doctor's advice, missed appointments, or gaps in treatment will reduce the value of your…

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What Can I Do To Help Get The Best Result In My Case?

Author: Attorney Charles "Litt" Allen

As a personal injury trial lawyer, I am often asked by my clients when I first meet with them what they can do to help get the best result in their case. The answer is simple. I tell them to "be a good patient."

What does that mean?Three things:

First, keep your appointments with your doctors, therapists, or other health care providers.

Secondly, follow the doctors' advice.

Third, when asked by the health care provider how you are doing, give a thorough and accurate response.

Being a good patient helps to get the best result because the treating doctor's comments and opinions…

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