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What Qualifies for a Personal Injury Claim?

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What Qualifies for a Personal Injury Claim?

“Personal injury” is a term most Americans are familiar with, but may be unsure of what truly qualifies for a personal injury claim. With accidents occurring daily, it can be beneficial to know the facts about personal injuries before you suffer from one. Kamerow Law Firm has the experience to offer valuable insight into this manner.

Torts and Personal Injury

A tort is an action or lack of action on behalf of an individual or entity that causes injury or illness to another person or entity. For example, if a driver runs a red light and causes an accident that inflicts severe injury on another, it will result in a tort situation. Torts are largely a result of car accidents, product liability and medical malpractice in the United States.

Personal Injury Basics

If you have suffered an injury, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to help you decide if you should file a personal injury claim:

  • Did you suffer a physical injury, psychological injury or emotional injury?
  • Did the injury occur because of another party’s negligence?
  • Did that party have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care?
  • Did that party breach the duty of reasonable care, and did that breach cause your injury?

While some of the questions might seem redundant, it is important that you can answer yes to all the questions. The determination of what qualifies as a personal injury is best made by a qualified and reputable attorney.

Your Personal Injury Attorney

Kamerow Law Firm can help you answer these challenging questions, and advise you whether or not you should file a claim. Our firm will never misguide you or tell you a suit should be filed if there is no basis for a claim. We work on a contingency basis when we represent personal injury claims; we do not collect a payment unless we win a settlement for you.

Have You Been Seriously Injured from a Motorcycle Accident and Need Legal Help?

Virginia has breath-taking countryside to take in and enjoy. Motorcyclists often take advantage of the scenery and ride with one of the most uninhibited views available on the road. Unfortunately, the same mode of transportation that allows this luxury also offers little protection if the motorcycle driver is involved in an accident. If you have been seriously injured from a motorcycle accident and you need legal help, you will need to enlist the representation and guidance of the injury attorneys at Kamerow Law Firm.

Critical Steps for the Best Motorcycle Injury Claim

There are a few critical steps you can take after a motorcycle accident that will greatly help your attorney in the development of your case:

  • Call for emergency help. Even if you don’t believe your injuries are life-threatening, you will need a police report and you should always seek medical care for your injuries.
  • If you are able, you should photograph the accident scene. If you are unable due to your injuries, try to ask a witness to take the photos for you. If neither option is available, have another person return to the scene and take pictures of the area.
  • As soon as you are capable of writing, record the facts of the accident as you remember them.
  • Obtain the contact information for witnesses.
  • Maintain all records from your medical care and expenses.

Motorcycle Injury Attorney

The motorcycle injury attorneys at Kamerow Law Firm will work diligently to obtain the settlement you deserve. Protect your rights and contact our firm to schedule your consultation today.

4 Diverse Documents that Contribute to a Well-Built Estate Plan

As tax season approaches, we are all reminded of Ben Franklin’s famous quote, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” A well-built estate plan will not only protect you, your loved ones and your belongings; it will also reduce the taxes, stress and discord for your family if you become severely ill or die.

Document diversity is an important aspect of a well-built estate, and something Kamerow Law Firm can help you create. Our lawyers will guide you in this imperative aspect of your estate planning and ensure your desires are carried through in a clear and legal way to minimize any future conflicts among family members.

Four documents that should be part of your estate plan include:

  1. The Advanced Health Care Directive – this form spells out exactly what you desire for your healthcare needs if you are ever unable to communicate effectively. Your physicians, family members and other healthcare providers will know what types of procedures you do or do not want. This form also includes a list of people who will have the power to make decisions for you if you are unable to communicate your wishes. While everyone over the age of 18 should complete this form regardless of their wealth or lack thereof, few people take the time to actually do it.
  2. Power of Attorney for Asset Management – this specific form appoints a trustworthy person to take over your financial affairs should you become incapable of doing so. You can list all areas you wish for the appointed person to handle and those you want to withhold for someone else to handle.
  3. Will – a will can be used to distribute and transfer your assets and property once you pass away. In most cases, your belongings will have to go into probate, which can delay the distribution and cost your loved ones further expenses.
  4. A Living Trust – this method is typically a better option for the distribution of your assets upon your death. A living trust allows your assets to be distributed in a confidential manner with fewer expenses to your survivors. Your loved ones can avoid the issues of probate. For people who have a greater amount of wealth, some taxes can be eliminated with a living trust.

Estate Planning Lawyer

A specialized estate planning lawyer at Kamerow Law Firm can offer valuable guidance through this tedious process. Contact our firm today to help ensure you have the diversity you need for a well-built estate plan.