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Personal Injury and Accident Attorney

When you are injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, medical bills and lost income are often not the only things you are after. If you are like many people who have been hurt by careless drivers, you want justice. After all, you didn’t cause the accident, why should you be the one paying the price?

Some personal injury claims can be fairly settled without the assistance of an attorney. If the accident was a mere fender bender or the injuries were very minor, an attorney might not be needed. You may be able to reach a reasonable settlement with the insurance company on your own. On the other hand, if you have been seriously hurt, the last thing you want to do is to try to navigate the complex legal system alone.

If you are ready to get answers to your questions, contact injury lawyer Shane Smith by calling (980) 246-2656 or filling out our online form. We will review your accident case, free of charge, and explain your legal options.

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  • In an injury case, this is frequently determined by the length of time the victim needs to heal. A victim would not want to settle a claim until he has received the necessary medical care for his injuries. The physician will release the accident victim when he reaches MMI. Once the physician has released the victim or his future accident-related medical expenses can be determined then a settlement amount can be negotiated.

  • A physician will conclude treatments with a victim when he has reached maximum medical improvement or MMI. This is the medically determined point where a victim's health has stabilized and he is as healthy as he can be. This may not be the same health level as the victim enjoyed before the accident. If this is the victim's reality then the physician may assign the accident victim a permanent impairment rating as determined by American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines. Auto insurance companies may seek the permanent impairment rating as part of the settlement or trial proceedings.

  • Intentional misconduct refers to conscious or willful disregard of the rights and safety of another. It means conduct by a person with knowledge at the time of the conduct that the conduct is harmful to the health or well-being of another person. It includes battery (an intentional act causing harmful or offensive contact with another), false imprisonment (wrongful detention), and intentional infliction of emotional distress (outrageous behavior resulting in severe emotional distress).

  • Law firms frequently handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis which means the firm's fee and court costs are deducted from the settlement amount. If there is no recovery then the firm receives no fee. A client typically must pay court costs regardless of the case's outcome. These include filing fees, medical records costs, and copy costs for obtaining police records or deposition transcripts. Shane Smith Law handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis and provides a free initial legal consultation.

  • Most personal injury claims are settled before they go to trial. Often, settlements are made between the insurance company for the party that is at fault and the victim. Settlements avoid trial expenses and delays and may lead to a higher net recovery when deducting trial preparation costs. However, if an acceptable settlement offer is not made then it may be necessary for the case to be tried in court.

After an accident, you need an experienced attorney on your side.

There are many benefits to having accident attorney Shane Smith in your corner. Here are some reasons why you may want to reach out to a personal injury attorney after a car or truck accident:

Hiring an experienced attorney levels the playing field. You may have the right to full and fair compensation for injuries and property damage caused by another person, but the legal system is complicated, and insurance companies are not going to be looking out for you.

Insurance companies would rather offer the minimum payout for property damages than give you a fair settlement, including payment for lost income, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

Many DUI victims don't know how or when to file a civil suit. If a drunk driver injures you, the person responsible may be sentenced by a criminal court, but does that pay your medical bills? Your auto accident attorney can explain the laws and settlement options for DUI victims.

Our Promise To You

  • Providing Answers & Solutions
    We understand that this can be a scary and overwhelming time. We pride ourselves on providing you with the answers you need to make educated decisions about your case. Each step of the way we want to ensure you are fully aware and on board with the trajectory of your case.
  • Solely Focused on Personal Injury
    Unlike other firms, our ONLY focus is helping individuals and families who have been wrongfully injured. We dedicate all of our time, efforts, and resources to those who have been injured because of someone else's negligence.
  • No Case is too Big or Small

    When you have been injured, whether it's a small accident or a major one, our team dedicates the same amount of professionalism and commitment to maximize your result. Small or large we are committed to getting you a good and fair settlement.

  • Focused on Your Recovery
    At Shane Smith Law, we care about you, the individual. We genuinely want you to feel better and get good treatment. Thus, we not only help you obtain results, but we also help you obtain quality doctors and providers.


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