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If you are searching for information on personal injury law in Boise, here are several bullet points and pieces of quick information from our personal injury lawyer.  First, be aware that there are time deadlines, referred to by personal injury attorneys as “statutes of limitations.”  These time deadlines apply to personal injury cases in Boise. These can be short and time-bar potential claims, so do not delay in consulting with a good personal injury law firm.  Second, our Boise personal injury attorney will tell you that one of the most important things to take care of is your health and recovery.  Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions. Third, as Boise a personal injury lawyer, we would advise against giving a statement to the at-fault party’s insurance company unless and until you have consulted with a personal injury attorney. The liable party’s insurance company is not your friend and its obligations are to its own insured not to you.  Fourth, another piece of basic advice for a personal injury case in Boise is to keep good records in a file so that you can bring the paperwork for your meeting with a Boise personal injury firm.  Fifth, a top Boise injury lawyer will tell you that you need to be patient and that if you are interested in a quick, cheap settlement, to look elsewhere.  It takes time and work to properly maximize recovery for a client on a good faith, meritorious personal injury claim.  Finally, we encourage everyone to put safety first and to treat others as you would like to be treated - that will go a long way to minimizing the types of things that require people to consult us.  You can call us for more information or to schedule a meeting to discuss your Boise personal injury lawyer matter.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UL43OhTkPsA

 

As Idaho personal injury lawyers, we follow current issues in personal injury law.  As Idaho personal injury attorneys, we track trends in personal injury law.  As an Idaho personal injury law firm, we work to keep abreast of the latest developments in personal injury law.  One of the most significant trends we see in Idaho personal injury law are increased verdicts on meritorious personal injury cases resolved through jury trial here in Idaho.  There are several possible reasons for this, including an increase in Idaho’s population, a diversification of Idaho’s population, a higher education level of Idaho’s population, and informational awareness on the part of Idahoans due to traditional media coverage as well as social media.   Another development we see is a greater availability of top level expert witnesses who can assist us in understanding and presenting personal injury cases.  A third development we notice is that some personal injury lawsuits are taking longer to resolve because of crowded court dockets, as Idaho’s population grows so too does the strain placed on the federal, state, and local legal systems which are in need of increased resources to expand and keep up with growth.  The cost of healthcare is another interesting trend we see, in keeping with reported trends on the national level as to this issue.  Healthcare bills are greater and more expensive, from ambulance transport, to hospital stays, to imaging, and to specialist costs.  A night in the hospital, with associated care, from a car accident can result in bills of $25,000 or more.  This can make it more challenging to resolve meritorious personal injury claims.  Unfortunately, one thing we do not see materially changing are Idaho’s liability insurance limits for motor vehicles, which are lagging decades behind the increased costs associated with being in a motor vehicle crash. Likewise, although increased for inflation, Idaho’s statutory general damages caps for pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life associated with personal injury claims remain too low for reasonable and just expectations in today’s society.  Check back with us here at Mahoney Law PLLC for ongoing updates on personal injury law in Idaho.    

What constitutes a personal injury claim for which you need to hire a personal injury attorney, personal injury lawyer, or personal injury law firm?  In a nutshell, a personal injury claim arises when one person injures another by way of unreasonable or careless conduct.  Personal injury law refers to unreasonable conduct that hurts another as “negligence.”  The at-fault person must have had a duty to use care to not harm the injured party, such as we have when operating a car, running a business that is open to the public, or the like.  Car accidents and injuries on a business’ property (“premises liability” cases) are what may be thought of as “garden variety” personal injury claims.  Medical providers have a duty to not violate the standard of care and harm their patients, a specialized area of personal injury law referred to as “medical malpractice.”   Product manufactures who design unreasonably dangerous and unsafe products that harm consumers may be subject to a unique type of personal injury law called “product liability.”  The injuries in any of these types of cases may be physical, mental, or both.  If negligent conduct results in the death of the victim, that type of injury claim is referred to as a “wrongful death” action.  All of these types of personal injury cases have certain, very specific things that must be proven under the law, otherwise known as the “elements” of the claim.   All require that the conduct at issue be shown to have been a cause of the injury, and all require proper, documented proof of injuries and resulting money damages. Damages may include medical bills, loss of income, as well as more intangible things such as pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life.  Often, personal injury cases involve insurance issues as well if the at-fault party has liability insurance.  Each type of case is unique given the circumstances of the victim and how the injuries occurred, and each has short time deadlines (“statutes of limitation”) that can bar a claim if legal action is not taken in a timely manner. If you think you or a loved one might have a personal injury claim, please call us here at Mahoney Law to discuss the facts of your situation.

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As personal injury lawyers, we often receive calls from prospective clients inquiring about representation.  Often, these individuals are still in the middle of recovering from their injuries or are still undergoing treatment for their injuries.  The most important thing at this point in the personal injury process is your physical and mental health.  And, the best way to address that is: follow your treating healthcare providers' advice as to recovering from your personal injuries.  Attend all appointments.  Describe to your doctors all problems you are experiencing.  If you are given orders to get imaging done, get the imaging done.  If you are in need of a second opinion, get the second opinion.  Follow the instructions as to prescriptions.  If you are supposed to follow-up with a specialist, make the appointment and attend it.  If you are to complete a course of physical therapy, complete the physical therapy.  If you are under medically documented restrictions, abide by those restrictions.  Far too often, as personal injury attorneys, we see people who have failed to do these things.  Not only does it complicate their personal injury claim, but it can compromise their health and recovery.  So, put your health and recovery from injuries first, follow doctor’s advice, attend appointments, and get to a point of maximum medical recovery and stability.  For a free and confidential personal injury law firm consultation, contact us here at Mahoney Law PLLC in Boise, Idaho.  208-345-6364 

While Mahoney Law’s legal team strives to promote safe driving, you may find yourself having been in a car crash and having suffered a personal injury ranging from minor, to moderate, to very severe.  The first thing we encourage prospective personal injury clients to do is to focus on getting medically better – attend to your health and wellbeing first, it’s the most important thing.  Attend your doctors’ appointments, follow their advice, and follow through with the care and treatment plan.  Second, report the automobile collision to both your insurance company and the insurance company of the opposing driver. Even if you are unsure of what your insurance coverage is, the best thing is to report it.  If the at fault driver who hit you does not have insurance, you still should report it to your own insurance company because you may have under-insured or uninsured motorist coverage.  There also may be medical payments coverage through the automobile insurance as well.  And, report the matter to your health insurance if you are fortunate enough to have health insurance.  Who is responsible for paying what in terms of medical bills will get sorted out.  You may also have rental car coverage to help with a vehicle.  The property damage aspect is usually taken care of fairly promptly by the insurance companies' property damage departments, but you may need to call and remind them to move along your claim for vehicle repair or replacement.  Third, if you are uncertain on how to proceed from a legal standpoint, particularly as to damages for future medicals and past and future pain and suffering, research and hire a top personal injury lawyer.  A good personal injury attorney will help you navigate the liability (fault) issues, the nature of your injuries, and the damages side of things, and help you either settle the personal injury claim for a monetary amount, or proceed with litigation in court if the other side refuses to fairly compensate you through its insurance.  There are time-deadlines that apply to personal injury cases, so do not delay in consulting legal counsel.

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