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No-Gimmick Low 25% Fee for Favorable Police Report Accident Cases:
If you were in a car, truck, boat, or motorcycle accident and you were driving and were not cited by the police for a traffic violation but the other driver was cited by the police for a traffic violation, or if you were an innocent car passenger, or if you were a pedestrian and you were not cited for jaywalking or other violation but the driver was cited for a traffic violation, then we will take your case for a low discount 25% contingency fee. Since the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police have quit responding to some accident cases, we also offer this reduced 25% fee if you were a driver who was stopped for a red light and got rear-ended, even if there is no police report. UNLIKE SOME OF OUR COMPETITORS WHO ADVERTISE A LOW DISCOUNT CONTINGENCY FEE ONLY IF THE CASE SETTLES W/O FILING SUIT, OUR 25% FEE WILL STAY AT 25% EVEN IF WE HAVE TO FILE SUIT OR EVEN IF WE HAVE TO GO TO TRIAL. (THIS RATE IS LIMITED TO CLIENTS FINDING US ON THIS WEBSITE OR BY REFERRAL FROM PREVIOUS CLIENTS.)
A contingency fee, such as our 25% contingency fee, means that you don't owe us any fee until we collect money for you.
What if there is no Police Report under Metro's new 2014 Policy of Not Sending an Officer to Most Collisions?
First, the passenger is never at fault with the rare exceptions of a passenger providing alcohol to the driver or physically interfering with the driver. So the passenger will qualify for the 25% contingent fee.
Second, if you are the driver in a no-police report case, give us a call and we will talk to you and make a decision as to whether to offer you the 25% fee.
Why We Can Offer Aggressive Representation, Excellent Service and Charge Less than the Usual 33.33%-40% in these cases:
Police reports carry a lot weight with insurance companies and judges and juries. If the police have investigated and found in your favor in a car or truck or pedestrian accident we don't need to charge more. Have you ever stopped to consider how much it costs to advertise on tv, on billboards, in the phone book, or for personal injury cases on Google and other search engines? We spend virtually no money on advertising so we don't have to share your fee with the phone company or a tv station or Google. It's your injury; you need the money.
Unlike some personal injury advertisers when you call us you speak to an attorney and a lawyer will handle all aspects of your case. Some of our competitors warn that you "get what you pay for" when you try and get a discount on legal fees. In favorable police report cases we offer the 25% discount based on the odds which favor making this case easier on average than a case in which there is no police report, or the police cite both drivers, or we have a legal malpractice claim or defective products claim. We do charge fees of 33.33%-40% in other personal injury cases. We prefer to think of our discount 25% fee for favorable police report cases as a situation of passing on savings to our clients.
You Get What You Pay For?
In many situations paying less does not get you less. For example, I have checked into a nice hotel on a $100 Priceline reservation while the guy in front of me who walked in paid $175 which the clerk told him was the minimum rate that night. But to feel confident about our firm, call the Nevada State Bar at 702-382-2200 or toll free at 1-800-254-2797 and ask if I or any member of my firm have any record of discipline with the state bar--we don't. Most of our competitors don't either but at least one big Las Vegas TV advertiser does. Also check me out on www.avvo.com, the most common lawyer rating site.
What to Do If You Are in a Motor Vehicle Accident:
AT THE SCENE: If you believe the other driver is at fault, request the police come to the scene to investigate. If you don't do this, the other side may deny liability and now it's a "he said, she said" confusing situation. We have had quite a few clients who have been "tricked" by the other side into not calling the police to investigate because the at fault driver shows his license and insurance, admits fault, and says, "Why wait for the police?" but then when we make a claim the at fault driver sings a different tune such as, "Plaintiff seemed like a nice lady; I wanted to save her getting a ticket for being at fault since she gave me her insurance information." Unfortunately, the police generally will not come to accidents on private property such as parking lots at malls unless there is serious obvious injury or an issue of a drunk driver. (However, if a cab is involved in a private party collision, the taxi-cab authority in Las Vegas will come to investigate.)
Be polite to the other driver, but do not make any admissions of fault. "Are you hurt?" is a proper question to ask the other driver or their passengers, but "Oh, I'm so sorry," is an admission of liability.
(However, if you fall in a casino or store and are hurt and think it was the casino's or store's fault that you fell, do ask to speak to security and fill out an incident report so that your incident gets into the company's records.)
AFTERWARDS, NO CONTACT WITH THE OTHER DRIVER'S INSURANCE COMPANY: The job of the person from the other side's insurance company is to contact you and get information and statements, whether recorded or not, from you. As they say in the defense business, "You get more flies with honey than vinegar." In other words, do not mistake politeness and expressions of concern by the person from the adverse insurance company as an interest in helping you or being fair with you. Statements you make to the insurance company could come back to hurt your case later. The reason for this advice is NOT because we as your lawyers will try to change your testimony. Instead the reason is that because human memory sometimes makes mistakes, the more times you give an account of what happened the greater the chance is that you will contradict yourself and even innocent contradictions, if the case goes to trial, can be used by the insurance company to make you look dishonest.
Unless you are determined to handle your case without a lawyer, it is best to hire a lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you manage your medical treatment for injuries in a way that is likely to get you a larger net settlement. Medical treatment begun more than a few days after the accident is always suspect. If you have health insurance a lawyer can tell you when it will be advantageous to use your health insurance for treatment versus when it will be to your advantage to treat on a lien basis with care providers outside of your insurance coverage. If you don't have health insurance a lawyer can help you get treatment. Repeated trips to the emergency room as a last resort provider of care is neither convenient nor good for your case.
IF YOUR CAR HAS BEEN MADE UNDRIVEABLE IN THE COLLISION: If your car has been made undriveable in the accident, your lawyer should be able to speed up getting you into a rental car at the expense of the at fault driver's insurance.
MEDICAL BILLS: If you have health insurance and need an ambulance ride or need to go the emergency room, if you can, insist that your health insurance is billed. There is a recent tendency of some of these providers to bill auto insurance. This is undesirable for at least four reasons:
- If you have med pay coverage, your own insurance company will pay out the med pay on a first come, first served basis, without instructions from your attorney. Typically, med pay either doesn't negotiate a discount or can't negotiate as good a discount as your health insurance with respect to all emergency room and related bills.
- Also, if you have med pay, your lawyer can ask that no payments be made until he or she directs and the lawyer will be able to use the med pay in lien reductions negotiations at settlement time.
- Usually ambulance bills are paid in full no matter what insurance you have or don't have. But, if you have health insurance and they pay the ambulance bill in full and you have a lawyer representing you, the lawyer can usually get the health insurance company to reduce the lien it will have on your settlement.
- If you have health insurance but not med pay, or you have just a little bit of med pay, the bills to auto insurance bounce and then you start getting hassled when your health insurance company should have paid the bill minus the deductible.
SOCIAL MEDIA: You should assume that anything you post on Facebook or other social media WILL become known to the adverse insurance company. Do not post items on social media that could hurt your case by raising suspicions about the seriousness of your injury.