With winter weather upon us here in Idaho, we experience an increase in personal injury cases, personal injury insurance claims, and other personal injury matters related to the winter weather. People often fail to leave a safe stopping distance and drive too fast for conditions, causing an increase in motor vehicle accident cases, car crashes, and auto injuries. If the at-fault driver has good insurance things may be straightforward; if not, you may need a personal injury lawyer to explore underinsured motorist coverage or even uninsured motorist coverage, as well as medical payments insurance coverage under your own policy. We also see an increase in slip and fall cases where the owners of businesses have not done proper snow and ice removal and parking lot or walkway safety. The issue for the personal injury attorney here is to investigate whether they were taking reasonable steps to make things safe and whether there has been any history of problems in the lot or walkway. We all understand that some snow and ice are unavoidable, but the question is: did the business owner take reasonable steps to shovel and place sand or ice-melt to make things reasonably safe for customers once on notice of an issue? Call or email us here at the Idaho law firm of Mahoney Law PLLC for a free review and consultation as to your winter weather related personal injury claim. We serve all of Idaho, including the Treasure Valley - Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and Caldwell.
If you have been in an auto accident or car crash and have sustained personal injuries through no fault of your own, it makes sense to consult a personal injury law firm. Mahoney Law offers free case evaluations, free initial consults, and contingency fees where you pay no attorney fees unless we win your case through settlement or trial to verdict. The deadline for filing a lawsuit arising from an injury accident is usually two years in Idaho, although this may be longer in certain cases (such as those involving minor children). You should not give statements to the opposing driver's insurance company because, often, they will try to obtain admissions from you to establish fault on your part, and they may try to minimize your injuries or recovery process. You should always follow your medical doctors' advice and seek follow-up appointments with appropriate specialists. Your first order of business is attending to your health and reaching maximum medical improvement and stability. We will need to gather police report documents, insurance information, and relevant medical records. Often, car accident cases can be resolved through the insurance claim process, particularly with strong legal representation. We are often successful in getting your healthcare insurance company to reduce the amount it must be paid back from any settlement, leaving more net settlement proceeds for our clients. If you, a family member, or other loved one have been injured, take the time to know your legal rights in the area of personal injury law and injury claims so you can make an intelligent, informed decision on how to best move forward.
In Idaho, a patient usually has two years to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. A personal injury victim also usually has two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. There are certain exceptions to the two year deadline under Idaho law, for example in some cases involving minor children. Certain procedural aspects can toll the deadline from running for a limited time, such as filing certain pre-lawsuit requests in medical cases in Idaho. But, there are even shorter deadlines that can apply in cases with a governmental entity wherein there is a 180 notice of tort claim deadline (for county hospitals, for example), and there is a two year federal notice of tort claim requirement in certain cases involving claims against the federal government. The bottom line is that each case can be different, so do not delay in contacting counsel to review your potential medical malpractice claim or personal injury matter to determine what the deadlines are in your case.
Mahoney Law is pleased to announce our dedicated birth injury website, http://idahobirthinjurylawfirm.com. Please visit our birth injury site for more information on labor and delivery malpractice cases. We help families with all types of medical malpractice cases involving labor and delivery. These include, but are not limited to, cases involving a lack of oxygen at birth, a delay in getting baby delivered, infections, trauma, resuscitations, cerebral palsy, and NICU related cases. Often, the babies and young children we help have been diagnosed with a brain injury on MRI, sometimes called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, which means that the infant's brain was injured at some point from a lack of blood-flow or lack of oxygen. Call, email, or chat to discuss the facts of your situation, free of charge, always with understanding and compassion.