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Monday, October 31st, 2011
As a Cincinnati car accident lawyer I have been asked by clients, “What kind of doctor should I get to treat my car accident neck injury?” As a car accident lawyer for over 30 years I have seen many clients with serious neck injury.
It is important that you get the right doctor for you injury. I usually advise my clients to see their family doctor to start with. They should be able to assess your injury and advise you what kind of doctor to see.
A Critical Mistake for Car Accident Victims
Some times I have seen the family doctor treat a car accident neck injury with benign neglect. They pigeon hole your case as a “whiplash” injury and let you go about your business since they feel it should heal up in due time. Some do, but unfortunately many do not and require intervention. Additionally, if you go 4-8 weeks without seeing any medical provider and you do not heal up, you have now jeopardized your chance for a fair recovery of money damages. The insurance company adjustor will be suspicious that if you really were hurt you would have gotten earlier intervention.
Where You May Start for Your Accident Injury
I advise starting with the family doctor normally an internist. Hopefully they will start you on some physical therapy. Or you could ask your family doctor to refer you to an orthopedic specialist to direct your care. Orthopedics is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention or correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments.
Another type of doctor you could see would be an osteopath. Osteopathy is a system of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system affect other bodily parts, causing many disorders that can be corrected by various manipulative techniques in conjunction with conventional medical, surgical, pharmacological, and other therapeutic procedures.
There are also physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists. Also called physiatrists, they deal with the treatment, prevention, and diagnosis of disease by essentially physical means, including manipulation, massage, and exercise, often with mechanical devices, and the application of heat, cold, electricity.
There are other kinds of doctors you may end up with such as neurologists, neurosurgeons, chiropractors. It often depends on what kind of injury you end up with from your car accident. Knowledge is power and it’s important that you take control of your medical care and treatment. The range of injuries from car accident neck injuries are vast. From a strain to a herniated disk to paralysis.
For a free case evaluation call me a Cincinnati car accident lawyer. I can help you put your case together so you can present it in the best light and back you up if the insurance company tries a low ball offer. I also have a full time registered nurse case manager on staff that can interface with your doctors, review your medical records, and help me help you.
Saturday, October 29th, 2011
If you have been injured in Ohio in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident or other personal injury you probably have a lot of questions. As I am a Cincinnati car accident personal injury lawyer practicing law in the state of Ohio I may be able to answer some of your questions.
There are many of the same questions I hear over and over from my personal injury clients. After all, no one goes to school for this stuff except lawyers and trained insurance adjusters. Knowledge is power and I would be happy to give you some knowledge so you know what steps to take after a car accident injury or other bodily injury.
Some Questions frequently asked of a Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer
1. How much does it cost to speak to a personal injury lawyer.
A. Most personal injury lawyers will give you an initial consultation at no cost
2. How can I afford to hire a personal injury lawyer.
Most lawyers charge on the basis of a contingency fee. This means if there is no recovery you do not pay them a fee.
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3. What are the expenses of putting my claim together and how could I afford those.
At the beginning of the case expenses are for primarily gathering medical records and reports and documentary evidence such as a police report as well as photographs or payment of an accident reconstructionist in more complicated motor vehicle accidents. But in a serious cases the expenses, if suit needs to be filed, can get rather steep in the thousands of dollars. I customarily advance those expenses and only get paid back in the event of a recovery. Other lawyers may be different.
4. If I don’t have the money to pay for the expenses and I have an attorney that won’t advance expenses how can I prosecute my claim.
A. It becomes impossible to do so and you probably will be stuck with the insurance low ball offer if you or your attorney can not afford to properly prepare your case.
5. If I hire you will I have to go to trial.
A very few personal injury cases actually go to trial. You case needs to be prepared as if you expect a trial so big insurance knows you are serious and offers you top dollar.
I still have questions about my car accident personal injury case you may be saying. I fully expect you do.
So call me for a free no obligation consultation from a Cincinnati car accident personal injury lawyer 513-621-2345
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Then contact the Attorney Anthony Castelli for your FREE No Obligation Consultation at 1- 800-447-6549, or 513-621-2345. We really do welcome your call.
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
Finding a great doctor is not always easy. Finding the right doctor for your personal injury can even be more difficult if it is a personal injury claim. Many doctors think they are going to be hassled by lawyers. But most Doctors with care for their patient and confidence in themselves know it goes with the territory.
Recently I took a friend to see a hand specialist for ulnar nerve entrapment or cubital tunnel syndrome. This is caused by trauma to the elbow or repetitive pressure on the ulnar nerve. The nerve that runs under the elbow.
A neurosurgeon had give my friend a dire prognosis. One that left him with little hope. But the injury is really not the neurosurgeon’s realm. It is more the realm of a hand surgeon. As I read in the literature from the Hand Surgery Specialists they provide shoulder to fingertip care. They have specific training in the care of upper extremity disorders.
I am very familiar with this group as they have treated many of my clients. Their records and reports were accurate and their treatment was top notch for my clients. So it was not by accident that my friend went to see Dr John Mcdonough, a wonderful and compassionate doctor.
For help with your injury contact Anthony Castelli a personal injury lawyer today for a free case evaluation.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
Recently the following was reported on line by fox news. An accident on the ramp leading out of Fort Washington Way to I-75 north and US-50 west resulted in a two car crash with injury. Police say the accident was caused when a person driving a car had a diabetic emergency at about 8:15 pm Tuesday night, causing him to crash into a wall. No word on the extent of the injuries of the drivers.
Recently I settled a case where a City of Cincinnati employee was driving in an apparent diabetic come.The defense attorney raised the fact that her diabetes caused the car crash in an attempt to exonerate her. I am very familiar with diabetes as I have represented many diabetics in an attempt to get them SSI benefits for their diabetes. So I’m very sympathetic to diabetics. But if they are driving this should not exonerate them from responsibility for a car accident injury.
The Ohio law regarding sudden medical emergency is that it must be a condition that is unforseen. The classic example is a heart attack. Luckily after I dug into this person’s background, it was clear they had longstanding uncontrollable diabetes and had not even done the basic things to prevent a diabetic incident from happening. So we were able to achieve a settlement in spite of their assertion of sudden medical emergency.
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Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
If you are involved in a personal injury case your treating doctor is a critical witness. That makes his records critical pieces of evidence. Normally a personal injury lawyer will have your doctor write a report about the nature and extent of the injuries he treated that were hurt in your car accident or other accident injury case.
It is critical to closely review your doctor’s records to see if they contradict anything in their report. For instance your doctor might say, “patient is doing well after surgery” in their office notes. But even after back surgery for a herniated disc or even more invasive fusion surgery on your neck or back you may have permanent limitations that the doctor notes in his report.
The fact that your doctor said you were doing well after a surgery does not necessarily contradict permanent restriction on your ability to lift, carry and stand for extended period of times. It will be important though for your lawyer to bring that out with the doctor. They could simply ask, “does the fact that you said they were doing well after surgery contradict your report or testimony?” And when the doctor asnwers no ask them why. Of course your lawyer should prepare your doctor for the questions they will ask .
Preparation and attention to detail are often the difference between a victim of personal injury getting a substantial settlement or one that’s not rewarding. To get your questions answered on Ohio accident injurylaw click find a Cincinnati Personal injury lawyer
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
If you are looking for a Cincinnati car accident lawyer you could google best cincinnati car accident lawyer and you will find several different types of lawyer listings. The first three listing that came up the day I did this were paid adds. That means the lawyer paid someone to place them.The next listed were organic listings. And then there were more paid adds. The organic were chosen by Google as the most relevant to the search. Does coming up on page 1 in google organic search mean they are the best Cincinnati personal injury lawyers? Not necessarily and ethically no lawyer should hold themselves out as the best unless they can prove it. So they probably did not refer to themselves as best. Well then is it meaningful in any way? I would argue yes. If you are saying to yourself, I was hurt in a car wreck and need the help of a lawyer then at least you have a start.——————————————————————————————————————————————-Now you can go to each lawyer listed and find out what they have to say on their web site. If I want to hire a personal injury attorney and more particularly a car accident lawyer I want to know the following:1. Do they have experience with cases similar to mine. Some lawyers list case results with the disclaimer that every case is as different as a snow flake2. Does the lawyer tell you how many years of experience they have?3 Do the attorney provide videos that help you learn about your rights as well as learn about the attorney4. Does the lawyer tell you what their peer review ratings are. Companies such as Martindale Hubbel , AVVO and Super Lawyers rate or list the lawyers. This gives you some idea of what independent groups and the lawyer’s peers think of them.5 Does the attorney provide testimonials from their clients. It’s always nice to know what some other clients think of the attorney6. Does the lawyer talk about his staff. A lawyer must have a dedicated staff. An experience nurse case manager like I have is a plus in my opinion.7.D oes the lawyer tell you that they will be the one to handle the case or will they pawn you off to someone else.8 Has the lawyer written any authoritative books or articles on the law of personal injury.9. Does the web site provide you with any guidance and educational materials that can help you protect your rights10. Does the lawyer explain how they get paid.11. does the lawyer tell you about expenses of litigation and whether they are willing to advance them12. Has the lawyer handled at least 10 personal injury jury trials.———————————————————————————————————————————-These are some of the things you want to find out so you make the best (there’s that word) choice possible for your case and your circumstances. Cincinnati has some very good personal injury lawyers. Some of them might be listed on this first page of Google but not necessarilly and not all of them .Sure if you have a serious case I hope you choose me . I would be happy to talk with you for a free no obligation case evaluation. But maybe I’m not the attorney for you. Boy was that hard to say. Maybe you are more comfortable with a big downtown law firm. Maybe you want someone 2 minutes from your house. At least now you have a sense of where to look and what to look for.…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Know this. If you have a serious injury, the insurance company is not out to be your friend and pay you as much as possible . There own documents say that you are likely to get a higher settlement with an experienced personal injury lawyer. So do the right thing. The time is now. Find a lawyer that believes in you and has the tools and the heart to stand up for you to help you get justice and full money damages.
Here is the Search Result that showed up for me.
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Monday, October 17th, 2011
Personal injury lawyers -what are they? Even better questions may be, “what do personal injury lawyers do.”
Who needs a personal injury lawyer? If you have been injured by the fault of another, possibly in a auto accident, you may go search on the internet with, “I was hurt in a car accident that was not my fault what steps should I take?”
Some sites will talk directly about car accidents , others will discuss personal injury lawyer. Know that in Ohio there is no certified specialty as personal injury lawyer. So a personal injury lawyer is anyone that holds themselves out as handling or representing personal injury victims.
So a personal injury lawyer represents people that have had a bodily injury. It could be physical or emotional. Normally some part of your body has been injured in a mishap, such as a car, truck or motorcycle accident. Maybe you fell in a store on a wet floor, maybe someone’s dog bit you. Normally the injury would be caused by someone’s fault or negilgence.
This involves civil law. The area of the law that is not criminal. A car accident that caused bodily injury because the driver was drunk can have civil as well s criminal issues. The prosecutor would bring a criminal case for criminal law violation and the accident injury victim would seek the services of a personal injury lawyer to help them get money damages for their injury, either from the wrongdoer’s insurance company or the victim’s insurance company or both.
Personal Injury falls under Tort Law. Personal Injury involves civil law cases where you are trying to obtain compensation for an injury you sustained to your person. The definition of tort law is a civil wrong other than contract. So a personal injury lawyer must know about the law of recovering damages from others for causing their client bodily injury.By the way, law schools don’t have a major in personal injury. They have courses called insurance law, torts, civil procedure, evidence, trial practice.
The most important thing to learn about the attorney you hire for your personal injury is whether they have taken personal injury cases to a jury trial and gotten a verdict and collected money for their client. Ultimately most personal injury cases will settle pre law suit or after law suit with out a trial. But unless you have an attorney that is trial tested you really don’t have much of a personal injury lawyer. It’s like hiring a body guard that has no weapons.
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Sunday, October 16th, 2011
As a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer I am often asked the following question, “If I hire an attorney will my accident injury case have to go to trial.” Many injury victims view a trial as something to be feared, that they will be questioned relentlessly, they will be embarrassed and it’s just to much trouble.
The short answer is that most personal injury cases do not go to trial. In fact less that 50% of my personal injury cases actually get filed in court. One of the reasons for this is that your lawyer needs to prepare every case as if its going to trial. When the insurance company sees this work they know that you are prepared and ready to take the case to trial if they do not come up with a fair offer. So they usually come up with a fair offer.
In fact, most personal injury cases do not get filed into court for the very same reason. Hard work and preparation by your attorney helps get the insurance company to resolve the case. So don’t fear hiring an attorney because your case may get files and go to trial. It’s rare for a claim to go to trial, but you certainly want an personal injury trial lawyer if you have a serious case so they can be prepared for every eventuality and help you get what’s fair compensation for your injury.
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
This is a Cincinnnati Social security disability lawyer resource help page. If you are so ill or injured that you are unable to work you may be untitled to social security disability benefits. One place you can go to start your application is over the computer at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability.htm
Or you can file your application at a local social security field office such as 550 Main street in Cincinnati, Ohio or you can go to one in Cincinnati off Reading road. You can also call social security at their 800 number 1-800-772-1213. Before you apply you need to take a few minutes to educate yourself.
I have Cincinnati Social Security Disability lawyer resources page for you at my website. Here you can learn the definition of disability and two critial action steps that can help you win your case. You need to learn social security disability speak. And if you can talk in the language they want, you have a better chance of winning your case.
You can also find a Cincinnati social security disability lawyer practice center . Here you will find many short articles and videos to educate yourself . Watch video to learn about the disability application process. Get tips on what you need to have to win your case. Learn the difference between SSS and SSDI. Read about the 5 keys to winning your social security claim.
I invite you to call me Anthony Castelli a Cincinnati social security disability attorney click for directions and callfor a free case evaluation 513-621-2345
Monday, October 10th, 2011
Teenage driving can end in a catastrophe. But is does not have to be that way. Even though the statistics are sobering. There are things you can do to heighten the awareness of your child auto driver.
We all know about the driver’s education classes. The classes and seminars that some schools give. but this is where you should do more as a parent. Sure your child will be resistant at first. But your goal is to prevent their injury or injuring someone else seriously in a car accident. Be firm.
This is an area you can surely get their attention. Just tell them until they sit down with you and go over your ground rules there will be no driving and no riding with other teenagers. I have created a page on my web site called Child Parent Safe Car Driving Contact Download by Cincinnati Lawyer
This is where you can go to find statistics to back you up. More importantly this is where you can download the Child parent safe car driving contract. Do this and hopefully you won’t need a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer
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