Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
How do I go about contacting your office?
You can call toll-free 1-888-684-3999 or if you live in the Lansing area (517) 349-2700. In addition, you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or use this online submit form, provided that you understand the privacy issues involved in sending personal information over the Internet. In either case, our office should get back to you promptly, upon which you can set up a free initial consultation with Attorney Scott Neuman.
Could I handle my case without an attorney?
Possibly, but by doing so you would lose a lot of the advantages that come from having legal counsel and potentially a lot of compensation. Attorney Scott Neuman has experience with the complexities of insurance law, settlement, and negotiation. He will fight for your just compensation.
What is just compensation?
Just compensation is different for every case. You are generally entitled to pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, economic loss, prospective future medical cost, and various other damages. Attorney Scott Neuman can analyze and explain to you the legal details and possibilities of your specific case. With this information you will better be able to make a decision about what compensation you feel you deserve and the legal course of action you are willing to take over your loss.
Will I have to pay any money up front?
Generally, no. Sometimes there are court and other “out-of-pocket” costs involved that Mr. Neuman will ask you to cover. In most circumstances, however, Mr. Neuman will take your case entirely on a contingency fee basis, meaning that his compensation will be a percentage of the money recovered as a result of your injury lawsuit. This percentage depends on the circumstances of your case and whether the case is settled out-of-court or in trial. The fee agreement you sign with Mr. Neuman will go into further detail on this issue.
Should I settle or go to trial?
This is one of the biggest questions that you must consider, and the answer is different in every situation. Mr. Neuman will be able to help you form this decision after examining the details of your specific case. Often the answer depends on what the insurance company has offered as compensation and your personal needs.
Sometimes legal litigation can be long and drawn-out, and it can take up to several years to receive any kind of return. Settlement, on the other hand, can lead to a quick resolution of the situation but also a less-than-deserved amount of compensation for you.
Attorney Scott Neuman can give you more precise information concerning your specific case, and with the support of his legal expertise you should be able to form the decision that suits you the best. He can be reached at 1-888-684-3999.
Auto & Motorcycle Accidents
If you are involved in a vehicle accident, follow these rules to protect yourself from liability and ensure yourself just compensation:
- Stop and make sure that some kind of warning (flags, flares, hazard lights, etc.) are used to prevent further accidents.
- Contact state, local, or city police.
- Write down names, addresses, phone numbers, license numbers, and insurance information from any other drivers involved and, if possible, names and phone numbers of witnesses to the accident.
- Make sure that the licenses of other drivers are current, and that their registration numbers match the license plate numbers on their vehicles.
- Cooperate with law enforcement authorities, and avoid any confrontation with the other involved parties.
- Make sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible, as many serious injuries that are caused by vehicle accidents may not be apparent for a few days. In some cases, serious injuries cause little to no immediate pain.
- If possible, ask a friend or family member to take photographs of the accident scene and of your injuries the day of the accident and a few days later. This is very important, as sometimes it takes a few days for bruises and scarring to occur.
- Make sure to contact a lawyer, who will be able to answer specific questions concerning your particular accident and its legal possibilities.
If you feel that you are at least partially at fault, it is a good idea to remain silent about the details of the accident to anyone, including insurance agencies, until you have contacted an attorney. He or she will make sure that your statement is clear and consistent with the facts.
Injuries caused by vehicle accidents are a very common type of personal injury. Often such injuries can be devastating for both the victims and their families, and when they occur due to another driver’s negligence the law allows for actions that will insure just compensation for affected parties.
Usually, it is not necessary to go to court on such injuries, as out-of-court settlement is usually a just as effective means of obtaining compensation. Sometimes, however, an insurance company will deny liability and a lawsuit may be necessary.
Mr. Neuman can help you work out the details of your accident, and explain to you what the appropriate legal course of action will be. He can be reached at 1-888-684-3999.
Whether or not you can sue your doctor for medical malpractice is a difficult question that requires an attorney for proper analysis. There are two major considerations: first, that the doctor made an error due to carelessness, and second, that there is provable damage.
Because medicine is not always an exact science, doctors often make a diagnosis that after time proves to be faulty or even damaging. Demonstrating that a doctor made such a diagnosis is not enough to prove that the doctor is at fault for the patient’s suffering. Thus, there is a legal acceptable standard of care that physicians must adhere to when they make a diagnosis or administer a medical procedure.
The patient has the burden of proof to demonstrate that the doctor was somehow careless in his or her practice. If a medical procedure is particularly complex, even direct damage inflicted by the doctor onto the patient may not be a result of carelessness.
The patient must then prove that carelessness on the part of the doctor has led to obvious damage. If the damage caused to the patient is not substantial, it may not be economically worthwhile to take the case to court because of the the cost involved in litigating a case of medical negligence.
For example, if a careless diagnosis made by one doctor is discovered and corrected by another before significant damage occurs, the first doctor may not be held accountable. Mr. Neuman can explain to you what kinds of damages can be attributed to a doctor’s negligence and argued in court.
Medical malpractice is not limited to doctors, however. Health care practitioners include nurses, dentists, psychiatrists, and even hospitals and HMO’s. Carelessness on the part of a health care practitioner can range from failure to diagnose, failure to adequately inform the patient of the risks and complications of a surgical procedure, failure to perform a surgical procedure consistent with the standard of care, failure to properly monitor patient’s progress, and failure to refer a patient to a specialist.
It is important to remember that negligence on the part of a doctor is legally similar to that of even a taxi driver. Both are professionals who must adhere to a reasonable standard of care and may be held accountable for carelessness that leads to damage. When you contact a lawyer to discuss the possibility of bringing a doctor to court, keep in mind that the lawyer must prove both the the doctor was careless in his or her practice and that this carelessness led to significant damage.
Attorney Scott Neuman can give you more information about your particular case and can be reached toll-free at 1-888-684-3999.
Slip & Fall Accidents
The term “slip-and-fall” is used to describe cases that occur when someone falls and injures him or herself on someone else’s property. Other property-related injuries include inadequate security, elevator accidents, and ventilation injuries. The vast majority of premises liability cases are lost because laws heavily favor property owners.
Just because an accident occurs on someone’s property does not give make that person responsible for injuries that occur on the premises. The victim of a slip-and-fall must prove not only that dangerous conditions on the property directly caused the fall and resulting damage, but also that those conditions existed directly because of negligence on the part of the property owner.
Negligence on the part of the property owner is not easy to prove. The victim must demonstrate that the property owner had or reasonably should have had knowledge of the dangerous conditions, had the ability and opportunity to correct the problem or warn of its existence, and negligently failed to do so.
Furthermore, the property owner does not have to immediately fix a hazard. He or she has a reasonable amount of time to rectify a dangerous condition. Rules concerning dangerous conditions vary from state to state and are based on the type of property where the fall occurred.
Many slip-and-fall cases are lost because the victim of the accident is unable to prove how long the condition existed and whether the property owner should have reasonably rectified the situation. Even when the property owner has made been negligent in this capacity, he or she is not always fully responsible for a victim’s damages. The property owner can simply ask in court whether or not the victim saw the hazard in advance.
If the answer is no, the property owner can argue that the condition was not an obvious one that he or she could be held responsible for. If the answer is yes, the property owner can argue that the victim is responsible for his or her own accident because they saw the hazard and were negligent in avoiding it. This catch is largely responsible for the failure of many slip-and-fall cases.
However, victims due compensation often compromise on a settlement with property owners outside of court. An attorney can help you decide what the best way to handle your case is an whether or not your case would hold up in trial. An attorney’s legal expertise and ability as an advocate is furthermore essential in out-of-court negotiations.
Attorney Scott Neuman has been a very successful advocate and can be reached toll-free at 1-888-684-3999.