Los Alamos Personal Injury Lawyers

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Unfortunately, we live in a dangerous world where you can suffer a variety of injuries from a wide range of accidents such as car accidents or medical malpractice. In some cases, accident victims may suffer serious or life-threatening injuries that may take weeks or even years to heal while other victims may suffer permanent or fatal injuries. The aftermath of these accidents can often be confusing and difficult, for the victims as well as for their families and loved ones. That’s why it’s important to call Los Alamos personal injury lawyers near you in case of an accident.

Fortunately, you do not have to face this aftermath alone. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident in Los Alamos, New Mexico, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced accident lawyers. If we are not able to win your case, you will not owe us anything.

common types of personal injury accidents

Injuries can be suffered in a wide variety of accidents, such as:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Commercial vehicle accidents
  • Motorcycle and bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Defective products
  • Workplace accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Medical malpractice
  • Construction accidents
  • Wrongful death

Accidents can occur in a seemingly endless variety of ways, and determining the causes of the accident can be complex; for example, in medical malpractice cases, it may be difficult and take significant time and effort to determine which healthcare professional was responsible for injuries suffered during a surgical operation. Fortunately, a skilled medical malpractice or accident attorney can help you navigate the personal injury claims process as well as help you determine how your accident was caused and who may be liable for your injuries and damages.

common injuries suffered by accident victims

Injuries suffered by accident victims can range from minor scratches to severe, life-threatening, or even fatal. Indeed, injuries are the leading cause of death among people ages 1 to 44 in New Mexico, according to the New Mexico Department of Health. On average, five people die each day in New Mexico from injuries, while over 700 people are seen daily at emergency departments and more than 2,000 others are treated at other health care facilities across the state; these cases involve both intentional and unintentional injuries, taking place all over the state, from Albuquerque to Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Depending on the type of accident, victims may suffer a wide variety of injuries, such as:

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement
  • Torn ligaments and tendons
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal organ injuries, such as internal bleeding or ruptured organs
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Temporary or permanent paralysis or other disabilities

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, injuries cost victims in New Mexico over $4 billion per year, with immeasurable emotional costs. While the length of time it may take you to recover from your injuries will depend on their extent and severity, hiring an experienced accident attorney to handle your case can allow you to focus on your recovery while your attorney helps you pursue the maximum compensation you may be entitled to.

do i need to call Los Alamos personal injury lawyers?

Personal injury claims involve a complicated process that is difficult to navigate without the assistance of a skilled attorney to help you understand your legal options and how to pursue the compensation you may be entitled to. Hiring a skilled personal injury lawyer means you can take advantage of your accident attorney’s extensive knowledge of New Mexico’s personal injury laws as well as their experience helping other accident victims pursue maximum compensation for any injuries or damages.

Further, insurance companies may attempt to take advantage of accident victims by offering much less than their claim may actually be worth; insurers generally have teams of lawyers who work to make sure the insurance company pays as little as possible to victims. Indeed, these insurers may even attempt to deny your claim or delay the process to pressure you to accept a lower settlement offer. Fortunately, hiring an experienced injury lawyer in Los Alamos, New Mexico, can help you pursue your claim and obtain a reasonable settlement from the insurance company or take your lawsuit to court if necessary.

how long will it take to settle my case?

The length of time it may take to settle your case will depend on the specific facts and circumstances of your case, such as the extent of your injuries, the number of potentially liable parties, the strength of the evidence proving their liability, and the skill of your accident lawyer. It may take a few months or even one to two years, perhaps more, depending on the unique circumstances of your case. In cases where liability is clear, your case may be settled within a few months without the need of filing a lawsuit, as the insurer may simply pay the claim.

Factors That May Affect Your Settlement Timeline

The amount of time it may take to settle your claim also depends on a variety of factors, such as:

  • The severity of your injuries and the length of time and medical treatment it may take for you to recover and know the full extent of your medical expenses
  • The length of time it takes for your attorney to obtain the necessary documentation, such as medical records, income statements, accident reports, or other information to present a demand letter to the other party to begin the process of settlement negotiations
  • If the insurance company refuses to settle your claim initially, a personal injury lawsuit will generally need to be filed to pursue the compensation you may be entitled to, including by taking your case to court if necessary.
  • The discovery process where both sides will generally conduct thorough efforts to find out more about the other’s case, through written questions and depositions
  • Additional negotiations between your attorney and the insurance company, which will often take place after some discovery has occurred so that both sides have a more accurate understanding of the facts of the case and the strength of your claim
  • The length of time it takes for your case to reach trial, if a settlement is not reached beforehand

Oftentimes, hiring an experienced Los Alamos, New Mexico, injury lawyer, reduces the time it takes to settle a case and some clients are able to receive the compensation they are entitled to sooner.

what is the statute of limitations?

Like every other state, New Mexico has a statute of limitations which establishes the amount of time that you have to file a personal injury lawsuit pursuing compensation after an accident. This legal time limit established by the statute of limitations generally starts from the date of the accident and runs until the expiration of the statute of limitations; however, in some cases, the statute of limitations may be tolled, which means it will not begin running until a later date.

In New Mexico, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is three years from the date of the accident. Generally, if you do not file any lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries and damages before this statute of limitations expires, you will likely lose your ability to pursue your claim at all.

Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations

In rare cases, the statute of limitations may be tolled if the victim is incapacitated or disabled at the time of the accident. For example, if the victim was a minor at the time of the accident, the statute of limitations will generally not begin to run until the child turns eighteen, at which time he or she will have three years from the date they turned eighteen to file a claim.

Meanwhile, if the victim is suffering from a serious mental disability, this incapacity may also toll the statute of limitations until the disability no longer exists. However, if the disability or incapacity was not present at the time of the accident, such as if the victim is later injured in another accident and placed in a coma, the statute of limitations would not be tolled. Your attorney in Los Alamos, New Mexico, can help you determine when the statute of limitations applicable to your claim began running and how long you may have to file any claim.

contact an accident attorney near you today

Being injured in an accident is difficult for anyone, but it can be especially difficult if you do not have someone to help you through the recovery process. The aftermath of your accident may leave you feeling alone and confused, unsure of which steps to take next, whether you may have a claim, or how to obtain compensation from the party responsible for your accident. Fortunately, our skilled team at Zinda Law Group can help you navigate the personal injury claim process and help you seek the maximum compensation you may be entitled to for your injuries and damages suffered in your accident.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident in Los Alamos, New Mexico, call Zinda Law Group as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced accident lawyers to discuss your legal options and how your attorney can help you pursue compensation. Call (800) 863-5312 today for a free consultation with a personal injury attorney from Zinda Law Group; you will not pay anything unless we win your case because we offer you a No Win, No Fee Guarantee.

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How to Master Law School and a Legal Career Later in Life

Have you ever gone to work, sat in your desk, and had a nagging feeling that everyone was living their dreams except you?

That was me over a decade ago.

I was working as a pit boss in Las Vegas when one of my colleagues at the casino decided to apply for law school. Before I knew it, he was graduating and talking about taking the bar exam. I thought, “Well, if I would have done what he did, I’d be in his shoes.”

During a time when most people are having mid-life crises, I decided to drop everything and return to the classroom. Little did I know, I wouldn’t just find a job; I would find my vocation. Plus, I’d learn a lot of valuable lessons along the way.

Deciding to attend law school later in life means deliberately choosing a difficult but rewarding path. If you’re wondering whether you should attend law school in your 30s, 40s, or 50s, consider it carefully. Working as a lawyer can be incredibly rewarding, but it doesn’t come without a few challenges.

Jason Aldridge

The Path Toward Law School

The decision to attend law school in my late 30’s stemmed from several moments in my life. I was born in Arizona in a trailer park in a little army town. We didn’t have much, and I remember asking myself, “What can I do to avoid being poor when I grow up?”

My first choice was to join the army, so I became an army medic. While I was in the army, I saw a golf pro giving lessons to a beautiful young girl, and I wondered how I could do the same. So, I became an assistant golf pro for a few years. After that I sold cars, waited tables, served as a bartender, and more.

As rewarding as my experiences were, I always wondered whether I should attend law school. Time was my biggest concern. I had a family, and I initially thought that I couldn’t possibly drag them through a process that would take years. In making my decision, I consulted my wife, and she encouraged me to go for it.

Before I knew it, I was gearing up for a challenging three years in hallowed halls. Plus, I worked during school and raised my kids. When I passed the bar, I turned down several offers that were not the right fit. In fact, it wasn’t until I found my current job at a nationwide personal injury firm that I knew I was in the right place.

Admittedly, it takes a specific type of person to be a successful trial lawyer. Life experiences matter in this field because you meet people from all walks of life. Contrary to the negative stereotypes attributed to personal injury lawyers, our work depends on our ability to genuinely connect with people. My clients call me when they are at a low point in their lives, and it’s my job to position them in a better place.  My job is also incredibly fast-paced and accuracy is key.

How to Succeed as a Law Student and Lawyer Later in Life

If you’re still on the fence about attending law school, or you’ve already received your acceptance letter, here are a few important things I wish I knew before I stepped foot inside a law classroom:

  1. 1. Make the most of free time in law school.

If you are considering law school, you might be surprised to learn that you do have free time; however, you will (mostly) spend it studying. Be intentional with your free moments and make them count. For example, if you have a long commute to class, listen to case discussions or oral arguments in the car. Some law professors even provide audio lessons that help students navigate key concepts.

Between law school, work, and my family, every moment I had was pretty much spoken for. One of the best aspects of law school is that most people in your class are high performers. They want to do well. If you gravitate toward a certain group of people and develop the same study habits, these people can help you understand ideas much more quickly and perform better on exams.

Just as you wouldn’t show up to work late or unprepared, always prepare for class and exams. Treat law school like a job because it is one. I found that older students who worked or had families outside of school were able to treat law school more easily like a workday. I didn’t do a lot of the extracurriculars or other activities most students did because I really had to focus on everything else.

  1. 2. Set yourself apart from job applicants.

Before I landed at my current firm, I remember searching for jobs one morning and came across an ad for a firm that promised $150,000 per year, no experience required. I took a shower, put on my suit, and waited for the firm’s doors to open that day. I did this for about five days in a row, and no one would meet with me. The attorneys would not even come out and say, “We’re not hiring.” I began to think, “Wow, I really don’t want to work here.”

I knew that my first job out of law school had to be the right one because I simply didn’t have the time to work somewhere for three years and realize I was in the wrong place. When I found the personal injury firm I currently work for, I applied for an attorney position in person and dropped off my resume. Our CEO has a policy that if you do that, you automatically get an interview.

I also knew that if I stayed in the mix with the college kids and didn’t set myself apart, I wouldn’t get the job I wanted. It’s very hard to stand out in this field, so you’ve got to meet people and make connections to get noticed. You have to show that you are more dynamic than your resume, especially in personal injury law. I also found that it was better to apply to my top three places and really nail my cover letter, resume, and interview, rather than putting minimal effort into several applications at once.

  1. 3. Accuracy is crucial in practice.

When I was a pit boss, my job was to make the casino happy and handle large bets. I mean, huge bets. We’re talking millions of dollars. It was a high-pressure environment that forced me to work quickly and accurately, and mistakes were not part of the equation.

As a trial lawyer, you must be quick on your feet and avoid misstating the law, as that can have a detrimental impact on your case. People who have already learned that in previous careers tend to have a leg up over other lawyers and law students. Everything I do has an impact on a client’s life and their legal rights, so I must be quick but thorough.

If you have a keen attention to detail but can plow through a day’s work quickly, working as a lawyer could be for you. If you prefer a more relaxed career, reconsider law school. As lawyers, we constantly work to hone our skills and become better at our craft. There is no such thing as perfection, but excellence is a must.

  1. 4. Remember connection and empathy.

When I was a car salesman (yes, that was a thing), I immediately noticed the difference between a good car salesman and a bad car salesman. Great car salesmen listened more than they spoke. They learned what customers wanted and used that information to figure out how to get it for them. The bad salesmen talked more than they listened and lost customers as a result.

Similar to car sales, practicing law also requires incredible listening skills because attorneys must make genuine connections with their clients for clients to feel comfortable and for cases to succeed. When a client comes into your office with a problem and is looking to you to fix it, they are also searching for ways to relate with you. Some lawyers don’t realize this, but you have more in common with your clients than you think. When they visit with you, remember to find common ground to build a meaningful relationship.

Now you’re probably asking, “Can clients tell if your connection isn’t genuine?” Yes. I have yet to meet someone who couldn’t tell if their lawyer was faking it. For example, I’ve seen lawyers say “howdy” or “ya’ll,” even though it was not natural for them. You can’t force or fake connection, so the best thing you can do for your clients is bring your whole self to work. This includes your past experiences because a lot of people may relate with them.

  1. 5. Don’t wait for lessons (and opportunities) to find you.

When you’re a new attorney, you should actively try to learn as much as possible. One of the first lessons I learned in practice was humility. In law school, you are expected to know more than your peers. When you are practicing under senior attorneys, however, it’s important to admit when you don’t understand a legal theory. By doing so, you learn valuable lessons instead of missing a learning opportunity. Truthfully, a lot of people struggle in practice for a while because they fail to admit when they don’t know what they are doing.

Plus, you may get more autonomy in practice when you are honest about not knowing the answer. As a personal injury attorney, it’s so important to know what you don’t know. As you gain experience over time, people begin to trust that you know where to find the answer to a problem. Admitting what you do not know also pushes attorneys outside of their comfort zone. This has been key to my progress at a personal injury firm.

Importantly, no one is going to tell you, “I don’t want you to do work I don’t want to do.” If there is a part of case you think you can handle, volunteer to work on it. At the right firm, people will always encourage you to learn and help. While it’s tempting to say, “I can’t handle this wrongful death case, so I’m out,” offer to handle the investigation or review the deposition transcripts. The best attorneys take up space and volunteer for responsibilities earlier in their careers.

If you are considering law school and a legal career later in life, it’s time to set clearly identifiable goals and work on achieving them, even in the early stages. What type of law do you want to practice after law school? Where do you want to be five years post-graduation? The last thing you want to do is go to law school without a plan. With the right background, skill set, and drive, you can excel as a lawyer if the law is your calling.

Jason Aldridge is a senior trial lawyer at Zinda Law Group, where he handles car accident cases, traumatic brain injuries, product injuries, premises liability cases, and more. He is licensed to practice law in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. He is also a Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and was honored as Texas’s Top 10 Attorneys by Attorney and Practice Magazine. You can learn more about Jason here.

Student Scholarship

We Want to Reward Your Passion for Knowledge and Growth.

About the Zinda Law Group Scholarship

Zinda Law Group is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm that serves clients across Texas, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida and throughout the United States. The lawyers at Zinda Law Group understand that education is incredibly important for all generations. We want to help students in their paths to higher education, which is why we have created the Zinda Law Group scholarship.

If you share our goal of helping individuals fully understand their rights and the benefits of hiring a skilled personal injury attorney, we want you to submit an essay for the chance to win $3,000. 

Eligibility Requirements

The Zinda Law Group scholarship is open to undergraduate and law students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

How to Apply

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must submit the following in an email to [email protected], with ‘Zinda Law Group Scholarship’ in the Subject:

  • Name of school, area of study, and intended graduation date
  • An essay (max 2,000 words) or a video (max two minutes) included as an attachment

The submitted essay or video must include your response to one of the following essay topics:

  • Why you chose law as a career
  • What is one example of when you were able to assist another person in their time of need, and what were you able to learn from the experience?

Deadline for Submission

The essay submission deadline is 12:00 p.m. CST, September 30.

Selection Process and Notification

The winning applicant will be announced within two months of the submission deadline. The Zinda Law Group scholarship committee will email the winning party.

Additional Details

The $3,000 scholarship award is intended for academic use.

Questions?

Contact the Zinda Law Group Scholarship Committee at [email protected]

About Zinda Law Group

Our accident lawyers have extensive experience handling a wide range of personal injury claims, including:

Our firm is devoted to providing each client with all the resources of a large firm but with the individualized attention of a small practice. Unlike many other injury firms, we have the ability to conduct investigations, hire expert witnesses, and utilize cutting-edge technology to help you build the strongest case possible.

Employment Opportunities

Our experienced litigators have immense passion for their practice, and they stay on the edge of their respective fields. Zinda Law Group also prides itself on the quality of its support staff. Our extensive support infrastructure allows our attorneys to focus 100% on serving our clients. We firmly believe that every member of our team is valuable and should have the opportunity for a financially and personally fulfilling career. Everyone who works at Zinda Law Group goes home at the end of the day knowing that they have done a great service for our clients and made a positive contribution to the lives of others.

Our attitude is one of professional compassion, and it shows in everything we do – from the results we earn to everyone who works here. Each and every member of our staff is charged with duty and purpose, and we strive for excellence every day. This approach allows us to continuously impact lives and build relationships with our clients. Join us as we make a difference, one case at a time.

Since our founding, Zinda Law Group has based everything we do around two core values:

Excellence Always

Every interaction, every communication, and every piece of work we do for our clients has one thing in common – excellence. Good enough is not good enough for our clients, our staff, or our community.

We Hire Only The Best

Our attorneys, paralegals, and staff make us stand out, and only the best and brightest make the cut. If you have what it takes and want to make a difference, please consider employment at Zinda Law Group.

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Zinda Law Group identifies important insurance information related to the Texas winter storm. If you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident related to the winter storm, call the personal injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group today. We are here for you and are ready to answer your questions.

Where Zinda Law Group Practices:

We were founded in Texas and have a team of Austin personal injury lawyers as well as attorneys in Dallas and Fort Worth.

 As we’ve grown we expanded out west to El Paso, Texas subsequently into Arizona adding Tucson Personal Injury Lawyers to the firm, as well as adding offices in Colorado including Denver Personal Injury Lawyers and the surrounding cities such as Colorado Springs.

What Can I Receive in a Personal Injury Suit?

What Can I Receive in a Personal Injury Suit?

Whenever an individual or company negligently harms you, the civil justice system allows victims in these instances to collect money for ‘damages’ under Texas tort law. In general, personal injury damages include the following:

Compensatory Damages

The most common type of damages in personal injury cases are called compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are there to alleviate the financial and physical losses suffered by the victim or their family. Below are just some of the types of compensatory damages that an injury victim may receive:

  • Medical bills

  • Lost wages

  • Property damage

  • Pain and suffering

  • Emotional distress

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages in personal injury cases punish the responsible party for negligent conduct that caused the accident resulting in an injury. This type of damage is typically awarded only in cases involving severe negligence or reckless conduct on the part of the defending party. The goal of punitive damages is to deter similar conduct in the future. Many state laws have set a cap on punitive damage in certain types of personal injury claims, such as medical malpractice.

 

Court Costs

In some cases, the jury will order the responsible party to pay the court costs of the injured party, which may include the cost of filing fees, process server fees, deposition transcripts, court transcriptions, and translators’ fees.

No Set Amounts

There is no minimum or maximum settlement amount in a personal injury case. Every case is different, and any settlement that you receive is heavily dependent on the seriousness of your injuries, the extent of your medical treatment, the nature of the defendant’s liability, the amount of available insurance coverage, and a slew of other factors, including:

  • amount of your medical bills
  • your loss of past income
  • costs of future medical care
  • your age and earning capacity
  • any permanent limitations you now have
  • activities you can no longer participate in

The amount of money that may be given to a personal injury victim to make up for the harm that’s been done will vary on a case-by-case basis. In order to find out more about your legal rights after suffering an injury, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Zinda Law Group.

Is the Person Who Caused My Injuries Able to Compensate Me?

How Do I Know If the Person Who Caused My Injuries Is Able to Compensate Me?

When victims of personal injury are investigating whether or not they have a case, they usually have a lot of questions about what the law allows them to recover and when. However, they often overlook the practical aspect of whether or not the person who caused their injury will even be able to compensate them for their injury, assuming that they can prove the law allows them to recover. A good example of how this practical aspect of a case can be just as important as the legal aspects is a recent judgment in the 193rd State District Court in Dallas, when on May 7th, 2013, Judge Carl Ginsberg ordered a defendant psychic to pay $6.8 million dollars, for causing a couple to suffer public hatred and loss of privacy after falsely claiming that they had a mass grave on their property. Although the plaintiff couple now has a large judgment against the defendant, and has invested thousands of dollars in trying the case to a jury verdict, they still have no idea whether or not the defendant will be able to compensate them for their injuries,

In Texas, it is extremely difficult to collect against a person’s personal assets or income. This is in part because of the practical difficulties of tracking and legally attaching an individual’s finances, and in part because of laws in Texas that are designed to protect individuals from court judgments that would otherwise bankrupt them.

Consequently, often, whether or not you are compensated depends on whether an insurance policy covers the defendant’s actions. Auto, Homeowners, and Business insurance often cover negligent actions. Moreover, in many situations a personal injury attorney will be able to tell you whether or not there is an applicable insurance company before incurring the time and expense of a lawsuit.

If you have questions about your ability to be compensated, call our office to talk with a personal injury attorney.

What Are My Rights When My Neighbor’s Dog Attacks Me?

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When you or someone you love is the victim of a vicious animal attack, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and confused about exactly what the animal owner’s responsibilities and duties are to you. By the same token, it’s common to be confused about whether you should even talk to a lawyer if, for example, the animal’s owner is offering to pay for you medical bills.

First, you should know what compensation the law allows you to receive. In Texas, you can recover for any medical expenses you incur as a result of the attack, for any lost wages from time you missed from work, for the pain, suffering, and trauma you experienced as a result of the attack, and for any incidental expenses directly related to the wreck.

The second question is a bit trickier. When an animal’s owner is offering to pay out-of-pocket for your medical bills, it is easy to fall into the trap of not wanting to “make a fuss,” or not wanting to make life difficult for a person who seems to be willing to do the right thing.

Unfortunately, all too often the owner of an attacking animal will string you along with promises to pay for your hospital visit, but then balk at compensating you once they actually see the bill. In most situations involving animal attacks, the smartest thing to do is to ask the owner to report the attack to their homeowner’s insurance, and let them take it from there.

If you have questions about your rights following a vicious animal, contact our office for a free consultation.

New Rules Make Your Attorney’s Litigation Skills Important

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In November of last year, the Texas Supreme Court issued a series of mandatory new rules creating a new way of handling claims for less than $100,000.00. Under those rules, those claims will be handled in an “expedited” process aimed at getting them to trial more quickly and with fewer pre-trial procedural disputes in front of the judge.

In addition to quicker trial settings, the new rules greatly restrict the tools attorneys for each side have to obtain documents from the other side and to find out what the other side’s contentions are. The rules also waive the mediation requirement for expedited claims, ensuring that, in the future, more cases that are filed will get to trial.

The full effect of this new method of handling claims will not be known for months or years, but one thing seems fairly clear: how your attorney handles themselves in the courtroom just became more important. Because the odds of you having to actually try your claim in front of a jury have increased, your attorney’s trial savvy should be a factor you consider carefully at the outset of your claim. Some attorneys spend their entire careers without having to try a case.

The personal injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group have all received hands-on training in trial strategy and are comfortable trying cases in front of juries. The prospect of explaining one of our claims to a jury excites and motivates us. If you have questions about a claim or how it might be affected by the new Supreme Court rules, one of our attorneys would be happy to speak with you.

The Right Time to Settle

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One often overlooked but vital factor in a personal injury claim is the strategic timing of when you accept a settlement offer from the insurance company.  Sometimes, the closer you get to a lawsuit and then a trial on the merits of a case, the more pressure there is for an insurance company to offer you higher settlement amounts.  On the other hand, if you are able to negotiate a successful settlement without the cost of litigation and a trial, you may take home more in real compensation at the end of the day.

Your course of medical treatment also impacts the strategic timing of offers.  An insurance company will never offer “pay-as-you-go” for your medical bills. Instead, it will want to write you one check, one time in exchange for a release from ever having to speak with you again. For that reason, sometimes injured people will settle with the insurance company too soon, only to discover later that completing their medical treatment will cost far more than anyone realized at first. Unfortunately, at that point their leverage with the insurance company is gone, because they have already signed away their rights.

If you have questions about whether or not it is the right decision to accept an offer to settle from an insurance company, contact an attorney. The personal injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group will be happy to speak with you in a free consultation to determine your rights.

Beware of the Danger of Monster Energy Drinks

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Monster Energy maintains a position that their energy drinks are safe to consume as long as they are used in moderation, but the Food and Drug Administration begs to differ. According to recent reports, five people have died as a result of consuming the highly-caffeinated drinks. One young woman recently died after consuming two 24 ounce cans of the Monster Energy liquid within 24 hours. Studies show that the amount of caffeine in two Monster Energy drinks can be equated to the amount of caffeine in one dozen Coca-Colas. The 14-year-old went into cardiac arrest while watching a movie at her home. Her family has already filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Monster, which has every intention to resist the allegations.

Monster claims that they have sold over 8 billion drinks and only heard of five fatalities as a result of abusing the liquid. Monster also includes labels that warn consumers that they should not have more than one energy drink within 24 hours. Still, the family who is bereft of their teen says that Monster Energy drinks are dangerous and that the company should stop marketing the products. A coroner determined that the deceased 14-year-old died of “cardiac arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity.” While the Monster drink may have sparked the condition that caused her death, the young woman had a genetic illness that made her prone to the cardiac complications.

The FDA said that it investigates every report of injury or death that it receives in connection to Monster Energy drinks, but has not yet seen a reason to go after the company. Regardless of whether or not the FDA will announce an official warning, the bad press from the death of 14-year-old Anais Fournier has caused Monster’s sales to spiral downward. If you have been injured by consuming a dangerous energy drink, then contact a personal injury attorney at Zinda Law Group and start your quest to seek the compensation that you deserve!