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You were injured in an accident – now what?

A serious injury resulting from an accident can be an overwhelming experience. Not only have you begun a long recovery process, but you will likely face financial burdens that will only add stress to a difficult situation.

During this challenging time, you will also begin to hear from insurance companies that will start investigating your accident. You should NEVER give a recorded statement to any insurance companies or sign any insurance documents, including from your own insurance, without first speaking with an attorney.

Step 1: Seek Medical Treatment

After an accident, it is important that you seek medical treatment immediately. When meeting with a doctor, be sure to discuss any symptoms or complaints that you may have, no matter how insignificant they may seem now. Not only will this provide a clear picture to your medical provider, who is deciding on the best course of treatment for you, it will also begin the documentation needed by the insurance company to evaluate your potential claim.

The most important advice we can give to you is to follow ALL of your doctor’s treatment plans, including every follow up appointment and referral.

Step 2: Contact our Office

The Miley Legal Group offers a number of resources for you to review and begin making important decisions for your claim, including which attorney to hire. Our FREE CONSULTATION gives you an opportunity to have a discussion about your case with one of our attorneys.

During your free consultation, we will begin to review your case and discuss your options with you. We want to ensure that you have the information you need to make the best decisions for you and your family.

Step 3: Working on Your Case

After you sign with our firm, we immediately begin to process your case.
This process includes:

Contacting the insurance companies, their adjuster and your medical providers to notify them of your status. This notification releases you from the pressure of dealing with insurance documents, medical forms and even some medical bills.
Collecting accident reports, police photos, taking witness statements, gathering accident scene photos and anything else we need to help prove you case.
Reaching out to medical providers to begin gathering your medical records, medical exhibits and any needed affidavits from treating physicians.
Research and identify all possible insurance issues. This includes the gathering of potential insurance policy information that will be used throughout your case. Many accidents involve multiple insurance policies, and it is imperative that this information is gathered immediately.
Step 4: Communication

Communication with our clients is key to our success.

  • Our office will provide you with detailed information on the process of your case to ensure that you have a complete understanding. We want you to be informed so that you can make important decisions that will lead to successfully getting you back on your feet as soon as possible.
  • Communication from our office will be constant. You should never feel that you don’t know what is going on with your case. We will provide you with information on what we have done on your case and information that is necessary for you to deal with medical bills that will begin to arrive.
  • Speaking with your medical providers is also important. Each time you visit with your doctor, it is important that you discuss your injuries as thorough as possible. The information you provide through communicating with your doctor is the information we gather and submit on your behalf to the insurance company.
  • Above all, we will be in touch with you in a consistent manner. However, if you ever have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact our office and ask to speak with your assigned legal assistant.
Step 5: Settlement Process
  • Once you have been released from treatment by your doctors or it has been established that you will no longer make vast improvements from your injuries, we will begin to finalize the collection of your medical records.
  • When we have received all of your records, we will begin to prepare your Demand Package, which will include your “story” of your injuries and the process you took to get better.
  • Final medical bills and insurance liens will be calculated to determine how much of any settlement will be paid out to providers.
  • A meeting will be schedule between you and your attorney to review your demand package and to discuss the value of your claim.
  • The demand is forwarded to the insurance adjuster(s) and the insurance company will place an overall value on the claim. Once that occurs, negotiations will begin and you will be kept up to date during the entire process. If an amount is not agreed upon, a lawsuit will be filed and the next step will commence.
Step 6: Possible Lawsuit

If there is no agreement on a settlement amount, a lawsuit will be filed after final discussions with you and your attorney.

Keep in mind that over 97% of all cases settle without going to court. Even though a case is filed, it could still settle before final court proceedings. However, the legal process will begin, including court filings, depositions and other steps that you will discuss with your attorney.

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Step 7: Post Settlement Phase

After a settlement has been accepted (or a lawsuit completed in your favor), we begin to process and finalize your case. During this phase, what we refer to as the Tiger Advantage, kicks in.

We begin to negotiate all liens and medical bills to increase your final recovery.

All stages of the claim are reviewed to ensure all available funds were accessed for you.

Settlement documents are processed and payment is received from the insurance company. (Any checks are held in our trust account for 7 business days.)

A disbursement is prepared telling you how the funds are distributed and who gets what amount.

You receive your final payment and copies of relevant documents. You will also be asked to provide our firm with a final review of our services that will eventually be shared with those in situations similar to yours.

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We provide you with the tools you need to make the best decisions for your accident claim.

Whether you were involved in an auto accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident or bitten by a dog, we can help you through the accident claims process and get you back on your feet.  

 

"The personal injury lawyer you choose will determine if you have excellent results on your case or no results at all. We are YOUR injury lawyers." -Tim Miley

     You are here because either you or a family member has been injured at the fault of another.  I am sure you have questions or concerns that you need to be addressed.  Take a look at the information we have available and select the right book or blog post that will help you.  We want you to make the best decision possible for you and your claim.  It is our belief that the more information you have, the better you will be prepared when issues come up.  Whether you are dealing with an insurance company, medical providers or sorting through massive amounts of medical bills, we have the tools you need. 

Here are the top 5 questions our office receives to get you started:

As your injury lawyers, we are different because of our experience and how we treat our client. 

1.  Do I need a lawyer for my injury claim?  

Each case is different, whether it is a car accident claim, dog bite claim or oil and gas field injury claim, it is important that your rights are protected and you have the resources available to ensure that your bills are paid and that you are compensated after your accident.  Even if you are injured as a passenger in a car accident or as a worker on a construction site, you need to protect your rights.  Our free case evaluation will help you determine if you need a lawyer.  For more information take a look at this video. 

2.  Who is going to pay my medical bills after an injury caused by another? 

There are a number of methods on how your medical bills after your accident will get paid, ultimately, the person who caused the injury or car accident and their insurance will provide for your medical attention.  The Miley Legal Group will work with you, the insurance companies and your providers to take care of your bills.  Additional information on Med Pay can assist you in dealing with an insurance adjuster.

If you were injured at an oil and gas well or bitten by a dog, it might get a bit trickier, but rest assured our accident lawyers will assist you in addressing your bills. 

3.  Do I really have an injury case? 

A number of factors go into determining whether you have an accident injury case.  Specifically, the damage to your property and your person are usually key factors.  Was the truck accident your fault?  Do you need a motorcycle accident lawyer?  We offer a FREE case evaluation for your car accident, truck accident, dog bit or any other injury claim that can work through those details for you.  Feel free to check out this video to get more information.   

4.  Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company? Should I sign any paperwork? 

The short answer is "No!" The insurance company is not out to protect you or your interests, they are out to protect your bottom line.  Take a look at our FREE report and get more tips on this question and other traps the insurance company will set for you after your accident.  The information they gather can and will be used against you when they offer a settlement or go to trial.  

5.  What is the settlement value of my case?

The settlement value of your case will depend on a number of factors.  These include the extent of your injuries, how the accident has impacted your life, future medical treatment and a number of other factors.  Do not rely on an "Accident Claim Calculator" to give you an accurate picture as those are generic and not specific to your case.

Bonus:  Are you the best attorney for me?

  I am sure you have seen the many advertisements for personal injury attorneys all over your television, the internet, and even billboards.  Each of them wants your business, including us, however, there are a number of important factors to consider when hiring an attorney, including, what past clients have said about them.  You can request our book that walks you through the process of choosing an attorney and get the process started.       

Your Car Accident Lawyers, Truck Accident Lawyers, and Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Fighting for Maximum Recovery and Helping You Get Your Life Back on Track.

At The Miley Legal Group, our clients are our first priority, and we fight to help you receive the maximum compensation available for your injuries.  Every aspect of our practice is geared towards ensuring that we understand and address your needs, that your case is given the expertise and attention it deserves, and that you get the kind of ‘straight talk' you expect from someone you trust.  Our lawyers will help you understand the legal process, explain what to expect, and give you a candid assessment of your case.

But recovering from a traumatic accident is about more than just a lawsuit.  We work hard to help you get your life back on track or deal with the loss of a loved one, and can assist in getting you help with a variety of post-accident challenges, including grief counseling, financial advice, social services and estate planning.  

Don't Lose Your Accident Case Before It Begins

As soon as you can after an accident, it is in your best interest to talk to an attorney.  Why?  There are a number of mistakes that any accident victim can make after being injured or losing a loved one - mistakes that can seriously compromise your case.

Before you sign any paperwork before you speak with the other person's insurance company, and before you make a terrible mistake with your claim, order The Miley Legal Group's popular free book, "The 7 Crucial Factors That You Need to Know After Being Injured in a West Virginia Accident".  Attorney Tim Miley wrote this book because he was fed up with the way insurance companies try to take advantage of West Virginia accident victims during the confusing time immediately after an accident, and he also wanted to provide answers to many of the common questions he hears after someone has been involved in an accident.

       

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