Tips on hiring a Personal Injury Attorney: (1) Be sure not to simply hire the first law firm that sends you flyers in the mail. These days, many so called "trial law firms" are routinely sending direct mail advertisements to injury victims. These lawyers troll the police reports and other sources to find the names of people who have been involved in car accidents. They send out catchy mailers, brochures, guidebooks, etc., etc. trying to convince you to hire them. Ask yourself: if they are really that good would they need to send out direct mailers to me? Probably not the firm to go with. (2) Look for a firm with a track record of actual results that they share. Results speak louder than words. (3) Look for a firm with the resources to actually go the distance. The only way you will obtain maximum value on your claim is to have an attorney who has the resources to fight to the end, versus a lawyer looking for a quick settlement. Even if your case is one that should settle relatively quickly, you will only get maximum value if your lawyer is of the sort that is prepared to go to trial, that way the opposing insurance company knows that if they low ball you, they are in for a fight.
A key consideration in any personal injury case, including car accidents, is that Idaho has a two year statute of limitations for most cases. Cases involving children have longer deadlines, and cases involving governmental entities have shorter deadlines. So, be very mindful of time-limitiations; your personal injury attorney can guide you on this issue. Another important rule of thumb to keep in mind is: do what your doctor says! Follow medical-professional advice in terms of your healing and recovery. Your health is the most important part of the initial process -- do what the doctors order to give yourself the best chance at a full recovery, dealing with personal injury attorneys is an important part of the process but really should be secondary. Lastly, in most cases it is not wise to speak with the insurance company for the opposing, at-fault driver for anything other than getting your vehicle fixed or replaced, i.e., your property damage claim. Conversations about fault and liability are best had with your own personal injury lawyer.
We are pleased to report that Mahoney Law, PLLC recently settled a birth injury cerebral palsy case for $2 million. The case invovled allegations of mishandled labor and delviery by the doctor and hospital staff. We are proud to have helped this young family turn corner in their lives and to have held those responsible accountible for their negligent care.
Mahoney Law, PLLC in Boise settled a birth injury case against the United States for $7.2 million. The case involved negligent care provided at a local, federally funded clinic, hence the case was brought against the clinic via the United States under the provisions of the Federal Tort Claims Act. The case involved mishandled prenatal care by staff of the clinic (failure to screen for intrauterine growth restriction), as well as a botched labor and delivery by a doctor employed by the same clinic (failure to timely call for an obstetrical consult for cesarean section). The settlement is invested for the young child and is projected to provide $19 million in returns for lifetime benefits.
Mahoney Law is pleased to report that we recently obtained a $500,000 insurance policy limits settlement in a case involving a 4-wheeler ATV rollover accident. Our client's pelvis was crushed in the ATV 4-wheeler rollover. We were able to obtain the insurance policy maximum from the at fault driver by thoroughly documenting and presenting our client's injuries, damages, and permanent impairments.