Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

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The Seattle Personal Injury Blog

Adjuster Investigation

Posted Sunday, November 29, 2015 by Chris Thayer

A Seattle Personal Injury Claim Attorney on How Adjusters Obtain Information on Your Claim

Insurance claims adjusters have heavy caseloads and voluminous amounts of paperwork coming across their desk every day. Many, however, feel the need to do more by conducting their own undercover operations to investigate the injured plaintiff.

Discrediting Your Claim

If the adjuster has any reason to suspect you are not injured as badly as you claim or are not injured at all, he or she will try to gather evidence to support that conjecture.

Sub Rosa Investigation

Sub rosa is a Latin term meaning “under the rose,” which was an ancient symbol of secrecy or privacy. Today, the term refers to surveillance conducted secretly. Photographs or video of a personal injury plaintiff performing an activity that he or she supposedly could not do because of the claimed injury can severely damage the claimant’s case.

Canvassing the Neighborhood

Although an adjuster will seldom seek the photographic evidence directly, many adjusters will visit the neighborhood of the claimant and speak with the neighbors. The adjuster will attempt to make this seem like a casual encounter and ask non-threatening questions, which attempt to reveal some contradiction in what the claimant has alleged. For instance, questions will focus on whether the neighbors:

  • Were aware the plaintiff filed an injury claim
  • Have observed the plaintiff doing yard work, shoveling snow or even taking out the garbage cans
  • Have observed the plaintiff engaging in any sporting activities

Private Investigator

If the adjuster believes there is a possibility of fraud, a private investigator may be hired to follow the plaintiff.

Contact a Seattle Injury Lawyer for Legal Advice

Your conduct as the claimant in an injury claim plays a vital role in the case’s ultimate resolution. Learn what to do and what not to do. Call Chris Thayer, a Seattle personal injury claim attorney, at (866) 884-2417.

Nine Questions a Jury Asks after a Car Accident

Posted Monday, November 23, 2015 by Chris Thayer

After a car accident, our Seattle car accident attorneys have found that juries ask the following nine questions.

  1. Were you obeying the laws?
  2. What was the weather like at the time of the accident?
  3. Were you distracted by outside factors, such as a phone call?
  4. Were you speeding?
  5. What is your driving history?
  6. Had you driven in this location before and at this time of day?
  7. How do other drivers at this location normally act?
  8. What type of injuries are you currently suffering from due to the accident?
  9. What type of pre-existing medical issues do you have?

If you need help preparing for a jury trial, contact Chris Thayer, one of our Seattle car accident attorneys, at (866) 884-2417.

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Medical Records

Posted Monday, November 16, 2015 by Chris Thayer

A Personal Injury Attorney in Seattle on Providing an Accurate Record of Medical Bills

When the time comes in your personal injury case for your lawyer to discuss settlement with the defendant’s lawyer, one of the most important elements is the total of all your medical bills from all sources. Despite this, many claims are underpaid because of incomplete records.

Obtain a Medical Bill Each Time you Receive Care

Get a physical copy of the charges incurred for every service that is provided to you due to injuries related to your case. This includes hospital bills, doctor bills, lab tests, pharmacy bills, physical therapy and prescriptions.

Keep the Original and Send a Copy to Your Lawyer

Most lawyers arrange to have copies of your medical bills sent directly to their office, but it is highly recommended to send your own copies as well; at the very least, you are establishing a double-check system.

Create a Master List

Keep a record of each medical service on a master list to include the date, the provider, the type of service and the amount. Provide a copy of this list to your lawyer.

Third-Party Payers

If you have private health insurance or an employer sponsored plan, you must also obtain copies of any services that were paid on your behalf. Update Your Information It is not unusual for some time to pass between the onset of settlement negotiations and an agreement. Be certain to supplement your list and totals if you receive further treatment after you have submitted your records to your attorney.

Contact a Seattle Injury Lawyer for Legal Advice

You can assist your attorney in many ways as your injury claim proceeds. Learn how to maximize the value of your case. Call Chris Thayer, a personal injury attorney in Seattle, at (866) 884-2417.

Seattle Car Wreck Attorney Explains Whiplash

Posted Sunday, November 8, 2015 by Chris Thayer

Although many people associate whiplash with a minor injury, a Seattle car wreck attorney can explain that this medical injury can be quite serious in nature. It involves the muscles, tendons and ligaments quickly expanding due to a sudden jolt, which is common in car accidents. While neck and back pain are often linked with this injury, motor vehicle accident victims can suffer much serious injuries that are the result of whiplash.

Legal Assistance

If you would like more information about whiplash injuries, watch the following video. Then contact a Seattle car wreck attorney from Chris Thayer by calling (866) 884-2417.

Depositions

Posted Tuesday, November 3, 2015 by Chris Thayer

A Tupelo Personal Injury Lawyer on the Importance of Depositions

A deposition is an important discovery tool that is employed in most personal injury cases. Often, what transpires during the depositions in the case is instrumental in determining whether a quick settlement can be reached, if a trial is necessary and ultimately the value of the case.

General Considerations

As uncomfortable as you may be in testifying at a deposition, it is not voluntary; it is required by law. If the attorney for the other side deems your deposition is necessary, you have no choice. You can be compelled to attend a deposition by subpoena if you do not voluntarily do so. The deposition most typically occurs in the office of one of the lawyers involved, is recorded by a court reporter and a transcript is created that you will be able to review.

A Deposition as an Opportunity

Although not identical to trial testimony, a deposition is good practice for learning how lawyers ask questions. Additionally, opposing counsel will be paying close attention to your performance; if you appear to make a good impression as a strong witness, this can be very advantageous in achieving a positive settlement.

The Dangers

The fact that you provide your testimony under oath means that any testimony you subsequently may make at trial must be substantially the same as your deposition; otherwise, you face the risk of perjury charges. At the very least, any discrepancy will make you appear quite unreliable and untrustworthy as a witness, which will severely damage your case.

Contact a Tupelo Personal Injury Attorney for Legal Advice

Understanding your role as the plaintiff in your personal injury case can have a major impact on the final outcome. For questions at any stage of the proceeding, call Chris Thayer, a Tupelo personal injury lawyer, at (866) 884-2417.