Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney About Your Case

Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney About Your Case

When you work with a personal injury attorney, communication is key. Staying up to date on your case and any developments can help you feel confident as your case moves forward. Further, your attorney should make you feel like you are always welcome to ask questions or check-in. Here are a few questions you should ask when working with a personal injury attorney.

Can I Call You If I Think of Any Other Details?

When you initially meet with and retain a personal injury attorney, you will spend time talking about your incident and situation. It can be overwhelming and you may not be able to recall or remember specific details until after your initial meeting. That’s okay! Your attorney should give you multiple ways to contact the office if you remember additional details you would like to share.

How Will I Find Out How My Case Is Going?

Each client has different preferences on how much they want to know about their case. You should feel comfortable that your attorney will keep you updated on as many – or as little – details as you would like.

Can You Share Information with My Partner/Designee?

If you are recovering in the hospital or at home, you may not have the endurance to work on every aspect of your case with your attorney. Ask if you can designate your partner or other trusted friend to be a liaison between you and your attorney as needed.

How Do You Think Things Are Going?

Personal injury litigation can take some time, especially if your case heads to trial. During this time, it is common to feel worried or anxious about the outcome. Your attorney should have extensive experience working with client cases similar to yours, and they can offer you some encouragement and feedback about how they think it is going so far. Candor with your attorney is a gift, and you should ask for guidance and feedback along the way.

Are There Resources That Can Help Me?

At MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates, we treat our clients like members of our extended family. We want you to get the compensation you deserve, as well as the resources you need to heal and feel your best. When you work with us, we can help connect you to local resources and support that could take some of the emotional and physical burdens of your injury off your plate.

If you or your loved one has been injured, work with an attorney that is experienced and ready to advocate for your best interests. Call the team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates today.

Navigating Holiday Traditions After Personal Injury

Navigating Holiday Traditions After Personal Injury

If you have been injured in an accident, you already know the road to recovery can be long and tumultuous. As we enter the holiday season, you may find your injuries or trauma will be magnified more than you may expect. At MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates, we have spent decades serving clients involved with personal injury cases and their family members. While we advocate for their best interests in the boardroom and in the courtroom, we can’t help but become invested in their wellbeing. Over the course of our time serving our clients, we have noticed that the holiday season, especially the first one after an accident or incident, can be the most emotional. Here are a few things to consider as you approach this time of year.

Schedule Your Medical Appointments

Your holiday season schedule can get packed quite quickly between family gatherings, work celebrations, and school concerts. Make your own recovery and health a priority by scheduling your medical appointments and therapy sessions for the next few months now. Then, you can schedule your other celebrations around your recovery needs.

Take Time to Rest

Speaking of busy schedules, you will feel like you need to show up and do all the holiday obligations. However, if you are not taking time to rest, you risk setting back your recovery. Instead of trying to schedule in every invitation, commit to only attending the most important ones and never missing moments to rest or recharge.

Ask for Help

You may not be able to go holiday shopping or host your family celebration this year, and that is okay. Instead, enlist your family and friends to fill in those gaps. It can be difficult to ask for help, but your support circle wants to be able to give you the assistance you need. Ask them to run errands for you (or with you), bake or cook your favorite holiday recipes, or take a turn at hosting this year.

This year may be different, and it may make you feel sad, overwhelmed, or disappointed. However, you will create new traditions that will carry you through this time next year, and the year after that. If you are looking for an attorney to represent you in your injury case that will advocate for your interests as well as genuinely care about you and your recovery, call the experienced team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates. We are here to help.

How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or your loved one have been injured due to a situation outside of your control, or if you are trying to make sense of a death due to negligence, you are living with a lot of feelings. You can feel overwhelmed, angry, confused, and heartbreak at the same time. However, once you make the decision to seek the guidance of a personal injury attorney, you can feel even more overwhelmed as you attempt to find a lawyer who will advocate for you.

If you are seeking a personal injury lawyer, here are a few things to consider in order to make the most confident decision that will benefit you.

Is the lawyer in your general area?
Unfortunately, giant law firms claiming to serve people all over the country are gaining popularity among potential clients. These corporate chains offer clients little attention, and the lawyers are unaware of the nuances of state or country courtrooms.

Make a better choice by working with an attorney and firm who are in your general area. These are the lawyers that will know the judges and have extensive experience serving clients in the same courtrooms you will be in as well. A local lawyer is always the best decision for you and your case.

Does your lawyer have excellent results?
Personal injury firms should be able to give youtangible results of the cases they have recently worked on. They should be able to give you references of past clients, as well as information about their most recent court outcomes. If a lawyer cannot produce these references or success stories, it is time to look for different representation.

You should also look for a lawyer that has excellent results with cases similar to yours. That track record can go a long way towards giving you a favorable outcome.

Does the lawyer listen to you and empathize?

You want to work with a personal injury attorney who will listen to your situation and empathize with your struggles. Not all lawyers are able to foster this connection and relationship, but you will feel more confident when you feel your attorney genuinely has your best interests at heart.

The team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates knows the difference this relationship can make. Not only does our attorney Kimball MacCloskey have first-hand experience of serious injury, but our entire team is also dedicated to building a meaningful relationship with our clients in order to guide them through a difficult situation.

Choosing a personal attorney can feel difficult. However, if you base your decision on finding a lawyer who is local, experienced, and empathetic, you will have the peace of mind that you made the right choice.

Call the office of MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates for your free consultation today.

The Problem with Gaps in Treatment

The Problem with Gaps in Treatment

When you are injured in a car accident or other unexpected way, it can be difficult to adjust to all the new appointments in your calendar. From follow up physician appointments to x-rays, MRIs to outpatient therapy sessions, your unexpected injury has suddenly taken over a majority of your life. Unfortunately, some people who were unexpectedly injured begin to feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and downright tired of the appointments and sessions that they simply stop going. This “gap in treatment” or full cessation of treatment can not only harm the person’s body but can also negatively affect insurance payment or other compensation.

Why Gaps in Treatment Happen

When someone is hurt in a car accident, they may feel fine initially. Thanks to our body’s response system, endorphins and other chemicals released by the brain when we are hurt or injured can mask pain. There can also be a sense of pride, with people feeling embarrassed to get checked out by emergency responder after a vehicle accident or other unexpected injury. However, once those endorphins go away, pain can quickly arise.

For many people who were injured in a vehicle crash, pain can arrive three to seven days after the injury and continue for weeks, months, or years. Unfortunately, the longer the person goes without seeking medical treatment, the harder it can be to prove the accident was the cause of the injury or condition.

Gaps in treatment can also happen when a patient gets tired of all the follow-up appointments, especially if they feel no relief. In these cases, the patient ends up suffering from chronic pain due to unresolved complications or an incorrect diagnosis. Similarly to someone who doesn’t seek medical treatment immediately, it becomes more difficult to hold the insurance company accountable for injuries when there are lapses in treatment.

What You Should Do

If you are injured in a vehicle accident or other situation, seek medical treatment immediately. Don’t delay. Keep a journal with your symptoms or concerns. Return to your physician as directed and follow discharge instructions. Finally, call the team at MacCloskey Kesler & Associates. We can help you feel less overwhelmed with the process and assure you are getting the compensation you deserve.

Who Pays My Bills While I Am Injured?

Who Pays My Bills While I Am Injured?

For decades, the team at MacCloskey Keser & Associates has been working side-by-side with clients living with injuries caused by other people or entities. We are proud of our work and have the success stories to prove we can advocate for our clients better than any other local or nationwide law firm. However, one of the things are most proud of here is our commitment to building a relationship of trust with every client we serve. We are here to be your lawyer, but we are also here to be your guide through a confusing and emotional time.

When we work with clients, we work to ease their anxieties and calm their fears. For most of our clients, financial concerns are at the top of their list. They are injured and sometimes unable to work, but medical bills and household bills continue to arrive in the mailbox. It is stressful for the person and for their family members. Fortunately, there are some ways you can receive compensation for your bills while your case is being investigated and litigated.

Your Medical Insurance

If you have medical insurance, we will work with you to assure you are receiving compensation through it. Medical insurance works on a reduced payment, but that does not affect the amount you could be rewarded in court. For example, your Blue Cross Blue Shield bill may be for $4,000 but the services could actually total $10,000. You are entitled to the $10,000 dollar amount and not the reduced fee.

Your Medical Payment Provision

Most people carry auto insurance that has a Medical Payment Provision. While the auto accident that injured you may not be your fault, this payment method will help to pay deductibles and tie you over while your claim is being investigated.

Let Us Help

We have other ways to help you stay above water while you are waiting for your insurance compensation. It is important that you enlist our assistance as soon as possible, as insurance companies are more likely to give you a reduced claim amount if you are not working with an attorney. One thing is certain: when you work with us, you are more likely to receive more money in compensation for your accident or incident.

Call us today to tell us more about your situation and your concerns. We are here to help and ready to serve you.

Trampoline Injuries

Trampoline Injuries

These days, many backyards are equipped with structures to encourage family fun. Swing sets, sandboxes and tire swings can keep kiddos busy when the weather is nice enough to play. However, these backyard additions can also pose the potential for injuries. One of the biggest culprits of backyard injuries? Trampolines.

While trampolines are a great way for kids to bounce, exercise, and burn some energy, roughhousing and catching a double bounce can make the trampoline a dangerous place. The Mayo Clinic reports that childhood injuries for kids can include sprains and breaks, as well as neck or head injuries. If you have a trampoline at home, or if you will be visiting a home that has a trampoline, you should take care to protect yourself and others.

Set Limits
As with most childhood experiences, it is up to the parents to set appropriate limits and rules to keep everyone safe. Don’t allow bigger kids to be in the trampoline with smaller kids, as their weight difference can be especially dangerous. Don’t allow flips or other tricks on the trampoline and encourage only one person to be on the trampoline at a time. Finally, keep a close eye on kids when they are in the trampoline.

Keep the Structure Safe
Trampolines should never be on a hill or uneven surface. Instead, put the trampoline on a flat area of the yard. Next, assure the trampoline has a safety net appropriately installed on the perimeter of the trampoline. Cover springs with pads as well to keep fingers, toes, and feet safe.

In Case of Injury
Taking precautions does not eliminate the chance of injury. If someone is injured on the trampoline, follow first aid recommendations. For an ankle sprain or injury, use ice on the area and follow up with a doctor if the swelling does not go down. For potential head or neck injuries, do not move the person. Instead, call 911.

If you have a trampoline in your backyard, it is your responsibility to let your home insurance company know. Their coverage will be able to cover costs for any injury sustained on your property. If you are injured on someone else’s trampoline, keep all medical bills and work with their insurance company to file a claim.

Working with a reputable and experienced attorney can be beneficial if you, or someone you love, have been injured due to a trampoline. The team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates are ready to advocate for your needs and assure you get a fair outcome. Give us a call to talk more about your options today.