Dealing with Doctors After a Car Accident

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auto accident injury doctor's visitAfter a car accident, especially if you are in a lot of pain, you likely want to get in and out of the doctor’s office and back home where you are able to rest. But during the rush of everything that happens after an accident – talking with the police and other parties involved – it can be difficult to remember just what to do when dealing with doctors after an accident.

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There are several things to keep in mind when visiting the doctor after an accident.

First and foremost, do not delay medical treatment. Even if you don’t think you are injured, you should see a doctor. Injuries can often manifest under the surface and the more time than lapses between the accident and when you seek medical treatment, the more leeway insurance companies have in denying or diminishing your claim.

While your doctor means well, when he or she offers legal advice, remember that your doctor is not your lawyer. It’s important to listen to their medical advice, but leave the legal advice to your lawyer.

If your doctor says you may miss time from work, be sure he or she knows what you do for a living. Someone who works in an office can usually go back to work sooner than someone who operates heavy machinery or works construction.

Even when you feel better, keep up with your appointments. It is important to continue treatment even when you think you may be healed. Doctors know best, and if they recommend four weeks of treatment, do not quit after two.

Insurance companies look for records. It’s important to keep your own records from the doctor’s office to double check or correct mistakes.

If you are injured in an auto accident, we can help you get the help you need. With years of experience representing the injured in all types of auto accidents, you can trust that we will fight for your rights.

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What Do Personal Injury Lawyers Do?

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court houseIf you aren’t a skilled mechanic, would you attempt fixing your own car? Similarly, if you aren’t a lawyer, would you represent yourself in court? While learning the ins and outs of case litigation, filing paperwork, investigating the accident, etc., you may miss important details or run out of time to build the strongest case possible. Let Philips Law Group take care of the details while you focus on healing and receiving the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a car accident and are thinking about hiring a personal injury lawyer, our skilled personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law in Utah, Arizona, California and New Mexico can help get the compensation you deserve.

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Personal injury lawyers begin by investigating your accident. We will interview witnesses, gather evidence, and investigate what other factors may have contributed to your accident. This can include things not evident to you, like poor road design or faulty traffic lights.

While the police and insurance companies also investigate the accident, they do not investigate with your best interests in mind. It can also be very complicated to figure out what insurance coverage is available to pay for your injuries. A personal injury lawyer will assist you in this process.

A personal injury lawyer will also:

  • File paperwork for you on time
  • Help you determine the amount you should demand and from who
  • Negotiate with the insurance company
  • Hire expert witnesses
  • Take your case to trial if necessary

Contact our personal injury lawyers to discuss your personal injury claim and what a lawyer can do for you. At Phillips Law Group, we provide an initial evaluation for FREE, and our attorneys only get paid when a recovery is made on your behalf. We are 100 percent committed to giving our clients the justice they deserve.

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Poor Road Design and Car Accidents

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poor road design accidentUnfortunately, it is not uncommon for poor road design to contribute to car accidents. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a car accident due to unsafe road conditions, our skilled personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law in Utah, Arizona, California and New Mexico can help get the compensation you deserve. Our experienced lawyers support our clients by fully investigating the negligence involved in poor road design, and have a thorough knowledge of roadway liability laws.

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Did you know that your local, state or federal agency has a responsibility to properly maintain roadways? If a particular roadway poses an unreasonable danger, the given agency must respond in a timely manner and repair the damage. Sometimes this does not happen, and tragically, car accidents can result.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published an extensive report for Congress in 2008 that surveyed the major causes of motor vehicle crashes. The report stated that, “Any adverse roadway condition is likely to increase the crash risk.” In this study, a significant percentage of motor vehicle crashes were attributed to at least one poor roadway condition.

The most common roadway conditions that can lead to an accident included:

  • Hazardous road conditions, such as wet or slick road surfaces not properly treated for snow, ice or other weather conditions.
  • Roadway obstructions that block views due to poor road design or other objects, including unmarked construction, poorly lit marked areas, blind curves, and landscaping that obstructs views.
  • Roadway or highway geometry that is unsafe, which could include roadway features like poorly designed intersections, cross sections, roadsides, ramps and drop offs.
  • Unsafe narrow shoulders or roads.
  • Traffic signals or signs that are missing or have malfunctioned.
  • Poorly maintained roads with potholes, loose gravel, or debris.

Contact our personal injury lawyers to discuss your personal injury claim that was caused by a poorly designed road or road condition today. At Phillips Law Firm, we provide an initial evaluation for FREE, and our attorneys only get paid when a recovery is made on your behalf. We are 100 percent committed to giving our clients the justice they deserve.

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NHTSA Issues Record Penalty to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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336198 justiceOn Monday, July 29, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued record-breaking penalties against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in response to their lack luster effort to fix almost 200,000 pickup trucks and SUVs that were recalled in 2013.

The strict terms of the settlement are an effort to transform FCA’s poor response to safety concerns. With an obligation to protect consumers who purchase its vehicles, automakers should be held accountable for failures that result in injuries to consumers.

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The safety regulator imposed $105 million in civil penalties against the automaker, is requiring the manufacturer issue the largest buyback of vehicles in history and that it accept three years of close oversight.

The penalties stem from 23 separate recalls that included more than 11 million vehicles in 2013. The recalls applied to mostly Ram trucks and Dodge SUVs that were made between 2008 and 2012.

Due to the company’s slow efforts to fix the recalled vehicles, the NHTSA initially wanted the automaker to offer to buy back all of the defective vehicles. However, more than 280,000 vehicles were already fixed, so FCA will only need to offer to buy back the remaining vehicles.

The automaker is offering to repurchase trucks and SUVs that have not been fixed for an amount equal to the original purchase amount minus depreciation, plus an additional ten percent.

If your or someone you love falls victim to a defective product as a result of a negligent manufacturer, do not hesitate to contact our defective product lawyers for a free consultation. We will help you put together a strong case that will help you get the justice you deserve.

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NHTSA Reviewing Safety Rules for Automated Vehicles

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Phoenix auto accident lawyersAmerica’s driving world is in constant fluctuation as new drivers and new vehicles join the roadways. However, new technology-driven and semi-autonomous vehicles have an increasing presence today and are leading to uncharted territory for federal and state regulators.

If you or someone you love is injured in an auto accident that resulted from a driver distracted by the technology in their vehicle, do not hesitate to call our experienced auto accident attorneys today for a free case evaluation.

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Google Inc., Tesla Motors, and General Motors are just a few of the companies at the forefront in designing new techniques and implementing hands-free driving elements into their vehicle designs.

While complete self-driving vehicle systems are still years in the making, elements on a smaller scale, such as hands-free traffic navigation, in-vehicle wireless networks, and robotics systems that watch for potential crash hazards, are already causing reasons for concern.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently deciding what standards and regulations should be applied to this new, yet unfamiliar technology. Clear regulations are still not in place to ultimately protect drivers; in fact, the NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind told reporters, “We have a lot of catch-up to do.”

But this does not have to leave you without options. Should the worst occur, our experienced team of litigators and researchers at Phillips Law Group will strive to get you the justice you deserve. Specializing in personal injury and auto accident litigation in Arizona, we understand that technology can lead even the best driver astray.

If you become the victim of new vehicle technology and are injured in an auto accident, we can help. With years of experience representing the injured in all types of auto accidents, you can trust that we will fight for your rights.

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