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How to Handle the Insurance Companies After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | February 21st, 2020

After a crash that wasn’t your fault, you need compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. For injured drivers and their passengers, settlements typically come from the at-fault drivers’ insurance policies, their own insurance policies, or both. But despite spending big money every year to convince people that they have their best interests in mind, insurance companies are instead focused on protecting their profits.

Big insurers generate huge profits year after year because they reduce or deny the payments that innocent victims are owed. One of the most effective ways they do that is by giving victims a chance to jeopardize their own claims. For example, insurance companies often contact victims in the hours or days after their accidents occur to ask them questions or offer them settlements. If victims admit fault, make contradictory statements, or accept the initial settlements, they may end up with far less money than they deserve.

Whether or not you have personal injury protection or MedPay insurance, you’re still required to alert your own auto insurance provider of a crash. When talking to your insurance company, stick to the facts of what happened. And if the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, the same strategy applies, though you should know that you aren’t obligated to speak with a representative of someone else’s insurance company.

The adjuster you speak to may seem friendly, but remember that their job is to either reduce or deny your settlement. If you have an attorney handling your claim, refer representatives of any insurance company that isn’t your own to your lawyer.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke auto accident attorneys know how insurance companies operate, and we want to protect you from their tactics. Contact us today for a free consultation.

We Stand Up for the Rights of Mistreated Nursing Home Residents

by Staff Blogger | February 13th, 2020

Making the decision to move your loved one into a nursing home was difficult, but it was for the best. While nursing homes often represent the loss of true independence for residents, they also mean greater peace of mind from them and their loved ones, as residents have access to healthcare providers and wellness checks on a daily basis if they need them.

However, the perks of nursing homes can be greatly overshadowed by the potential downsides: namely, abuse and neglect. It’s no secret that nursing home residents in Virginia and throughout the U.S. are sometimes mistreated by staff members, caretakers, and medical professionals. That mistreatment can range from failing to give residents the care and attention they deserve (neglect), to outright physical, emotional, and sexual attacks (abuse).

When abuse or neglect happen, nursing home owners and administrators can be held liable, especially if they knew about the mistreatment or didn’t take action after previous incidents occurred. In addition, they also may be considered responsible if their hiring practices, such as understaffing or hiring unqualified workers, could have resulted in abuse or neglect.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke nursing home abuse attorneys believe that residents deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, and care when living in nursing facilities. In fact, all nursing home residents in Virginia have many rights, and when those rights are violated, they need legal representation to protect themselves now and in the future—and that’s where we come in. If your loved one was mistreated at their nursing home, we want to help. Contact us today.

We Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable When They Collide With Motorcyclists

by Staff Blogger | February 6th, 2020

If you’re a motorcyclist, you know you have many things to worry about when you head out on Virginia’s roadways. Ice, loose pavement, gravel, fallen limbs, potholes, and wild animals are just a few of the dangers you must constantly be aware of while riding. But the biggest risk motorcyclists like you face is other drivers.

Most drivers are on the lookout for other passenger vehicles—not motorcyclists. That means they don’t always take the necessary precautions when turning left, driving through intersections, or changing lanes. When drivers aren’t looking out for motorcyclists, any riders near them face serious risks. And when their negligence results in accidents, we believe they should be held accountable.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know the serious injuries that can result when motorcyclists are struck by cars, trucks, and SUVs. Victims often need immediate medical treatment, with some becoming temporarily or permanently disabled. Many suffer life-threatening injuries, even when they take all the proper precautions and wear safety gear such as a helmet, riding jacket, riding pants, and boots.

We believe that innocent injured victims should never have to pay out of pocket for their own expenses, and that includes motorcycle accident victims. But we also know that insurance companies are frequently biased against motorcyclists. Bikers might even believe that they contributed to their own accidents—even when evidence shows that isn’t the case.

If you or someone you love was hurt on a motorcycle, contact our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers today. We’re here to maximize your chances of getting the compensation you deserve, and we know how to win.

Why You Need a Lawyer After a TBI Affects Your Family

by Staff Blogger | January 30th, 2020

Few injuries are as devastating and life-changing as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). People who suffer TBIs may experience a wide variety of symptoms and complications. Even minor TBIs, also known as concussions, can result in lifelong impairments, while more severe TBIs can cause permanent disability and even the complete loss of being able to live independently.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke brain injury lawyers have helped many TBI victims and their families after accidents, injuries, and medical mistakes that result in brain damage. We know that TBIs can be particularly impactful when they affect primary income-earners in households, as the complications often make it difficult or impossible to work.

To make matters worse, TBI victims often require intensive medical care—sometimes for the rest of their lives. They may have difficulty completing routine daily tasks, such as dressing themselves, eating, or walking. Victims who suffered severe TBIs may need live-in medical care or around-the-clock attention from medical professionals, which can be extremely expensive.

If you or someone you love suffered a TBI, it’s important to have an experienced law firm on your side right away after the injury occurs. Settlements for TBIs often pale in comparison to the full extent of damages that victims and their families incur. Our lawyers can quickly and accurately determine how much your claim is worth, and we’ll fight hard to help you get every penny. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Injured Because of Negligence? Avoid these Common Mistakes.

by Staff Blogger | January 23rd, 2020

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are here to help injured victims get maximum compensation after accidents that weren’t their fault. And while we do everything in our power to build strong, winning claims for our clients, there are a few things that injured victims must keep in mind before they seek help and while their claims are being built.

If you were recently injured through no fault of your own, the things you do—and don’t do—can have an impact on your chances of receiving compensation. It’s vital to avoid these missteps:

  • Don’t wait too long to call a lawyer—Virginia’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date the injury occurred. While that may seem like plenty of time, it can pass quickly, especially if you’re dealing with serious injuries.
  • Don’t talk about your injuries or claim on social media—No matter what type of injury you suffered, the other party’s insurance company is looking for ways to reduce or deny your claim. In 2020, that often means looking at your social media accounts for posts or pictures that can be used as evidence against you.
  • Don’t accept the initial settlement offer—When insurance companies know they can’t deny claims, they may offer victims settlements right away. Those settlements are almost always insufficient to cover full accident-related expenses, and they’re designed to take advantage of victims who are desperate and in shock.

After an injury that wasn’t your fault, you need a legal advocate to protect your rights and help you make the right decisions. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Get an Experienced Law Firm on Your Side after a Truck Accident

by Staff Blogger | January 17th, 2020

Getting compensation after an injury almost always involves some hesitation and pushback by the insurance company. After all, insurance companies wouldn’t post huge profits year after year if they paid out every claim that came their way. But not all claims are treated equally in their eyes, and some are fought more vehemently than others—including truck accident claims.

Because truck accident claims often involve multiple potentially liable parties, including truck drivers, truck owners, and truck companies, more money may be at stake. The fact that truck accidents also frequently result in serious injuries means victims may require more compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. And when there’s more money on the line, the legal complexities increase and the insurance company’s tactics become more aggressive.

Without an experienced Roanoke truck accident lawyer on your side, it’s difficult to be taken seriously by the insurance companies involved, let alone get the money you deserve. Adjusters often count on dealing with unprepared victims who are suffering from serious injuries, and thus unable to properly present their own compensation claims. But that all changes when an attorney is representing that victim.

When you call us, we’ll go right to work collecting evidence to find out who was at fault. Then, we’ll calculate how much money you’re owed for your accident-related expenses. Finally, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to get you every penny you deserve, even if it means taking your claim to trial. Ready to get started? Contact us today.

How Can You Tell if Medical Malpractice Occurred?

by Staff Blogger | January 9th, 2020

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers are here to help people who were harmed by the negligence of doctors, surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

However, it’s important to note that simply getting a poor outcome after a doctor visit, hospitalization, or surgery doesn’t always mean medical malpractice occurred. Medicine is an inexact science, and different patients have different outcomes depending on a variety of factors.

When we take on medical malpractice claims, we look for evidence that proves victims were harmed due to carelessness or a deviation of accepted standards. Common examples include:

  • Failure to diagnose a health problem
  • Misdiagnosing a health problem
  • Operating on the wrong body part or area of the body
  • Failure to read patient chart or consider medical history
  • Failure to order required tests before procedures or diagnoses
  • And many more

In some cases, patients may experience a worsening of their health or ineffective treatments even though their providers did everything they were supposed to do. Proving medical malpractice requires years of experience and a thorough understanding of what healthcare providers are responsible for throughout the patient treatment process.

Our lawyers have built many successful medical malpractice claims, and we know what it takes to win. We also know that hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities are often reluctant to admit that malpractice occurred, and that’s why we never leave anything up to chance. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys collect hard evidence that healthcare providers and their insurers simply can’t ignore.

Contact us today for a free consultation on your case—we’re here to help.

Using Social Media After a Crash Can Hurt Your Claim

by Staff Blogger | January 2nd, 2020

A recent study found that 223 million Americans used at least one form of social media in 2019. Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat, it’s important to understand the effects that social media can have on your auto accident claim after a crash.

Insurance companies report big profits every year, and that’s primarily because they’re adept at finding ways to reduce or deny compensation claims. They have teams of adjusters who dig into claims and the histories and daily lives of the people who file them, including their social media accounts. If they get access to your posts, tweets, or pictures, they may find information that can be used against you—even if they take it out of context.

If you talk about your accident or your claim in a post or tweet and any of the facts don’t line up with what’s in your official compensation claim, it may result in less money or an outright denial. Additionally, if pictures of you are posted on social media that appear to show you taking part in activities that might be difficult due to your injuries, the insurance company may argue that you aren’t as hurt as you say you are.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke auto accident attorneys do everything we can to protect injured victims from the insurance companies trying to deny them, and a part of that is informing victims what not to post on social media. If you have questions or concerns about what to do after a crash that wasn’t your fault, contact us today for a free consultation.

We’ll Give You the Respect and Care You Need After Your Loved One’s Death

by Staff Blogger | December 26th, 2019

If you recently lost a loved one due to a preventable accident, injury, or illness, you’re grieving and may have many questions and concerns on your mind. A common concern after a death in the family is money, especially if the deceased was the primary income-earner for the household. The costs of medical bills and funeral expenses on top of your usual expenses can be too much to bear without the paychecks your family depended on.

At Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our goal to help the surviving family members of people who died because of others’ negligence get the compensation they deserve. Just as we help people who are injured in accidents, we also help grieving family members after the deaths of their loved ones.

We know how difficult the aftermath of a loved one’s death can be. When you contact us, our Roanoke wrongful death lawyers will treat you and your family with the respect, care, and consideration you need during this painful time. In addition, we’ll do everything in our power to maximize your chances of getting full compensation for all related expenses.

You’ve gone through enough already. The last thing you need is to deal with huge bills you can’t afford and an uncooperative insurance company who wants to reduce or deny you the payments you deserve. Let us handle that while you spend time with your family and grieve your loss. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

2 Reasons Why Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Occur

by Staff Blogger | December 19th, 2019

Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places where elderly and disabled people can get the care and attention they need. It’s difficult to imagine that they can instead be places where residents are actively neglected or even abused. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for a large number of nursing home residents in Virginia and throughout the U.S.

Although nursing home abuse and neglect can sometimes be caused by a single employee, it’s often due to a more systemic cause that can be traced back to the way owners and administrators run their facilities. In many cases, it comes down to money and attempting to save it in two ways:

  1. Understaffing—Fully staffed nursing homes are expensive to run and operate. They may need doctors and nurses onsite, in addition to dozens of caretakers and support staff. Some nursing homes try to maximize profits by understaffing, which can put residents at risk.
  2. Hiring inexperienced and unqualified employees—Nursing home employees should have the proper education and training to do their jobs. They should also pass background checks and security clearances. When nursing homes don’t vet their employees, residents suffer.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers know the common causes of abuse and neglect, and we know how to find evidence that owners or administrators failed to do their due diligence to prevent it. If your loved one was neglected or abused in a nursing home, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.