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Hello. My name is Ed Smith. I’m a Personal Injury Attorney serving Elk Grove . During your free personal injury consultation, your lawyer will want to hear you explain what happened. He or she may request a variety of information from you. The time required to conduct the initial interview may vary from case to case. In some cases like car accidents, the initial consultation probably won’t take all too long. Especially if you have the information requested of you.

Not Ready For Auto Accident Lawyer?
Not Ready For Auto Accident Lawyer?

Ed Smith, is a Rancho Cordova Auto Accident Lawyer. Here is what Ed recommends when you are not ready to talk with an auto accident lawyer about your case:

  1. Whatever you do, don’t talk about your accident details with anyone. Immediate family members may need to know, but ask them not to discuss your accident with others.

road workSacramento’s “Across the Top” project is adding carpool lanes and repaving the highway.  It has been in progress since 2011 and is projected to be completed sometime in 2016.  The project runs for 10 miles from the Sacramento River Bridge east to Watt Avenue.  The project caused a large shift in traffic last year and during that time the California Highway Patrol reported a substantial increase in automobile accidents as follows:

July 2013: 13 accidents compared to 30 accidents in July 2014

October 2013: 16 accidents compared to 34 accidents in October 2014

1412510096v0fayWith nearly everyone carrying smart phones these days, it is usually quite convenient to get good quality accident scene photos.  Remembering to snap key photos at the scene can be very helpful to any sort of damage claim that arises from the accident.  There are certain things that are helpful to document after an automobile accident:

  • An overview of the accident scene from several vantage points;
  • All property damage – detailed photos of the damage to all involved vehicles and any other objects such as a destroyed fence;

While yoga is an practice developed in ancient India nearly 4,000 years ago, it has become very popular in the United States and many alternative health practitioners recommend a practice of yoga for back pain, as it helps to strengthen muscles, improve posture, and increase flexibility.

American yoga classes often consist of a combination of breathing instruction, physical exercise and some meditation. The practice has been employed for thousands of years to prevent disease and promote health.  Many practitioners that suffer from back pain issues say that yoga offers a number of benefits, such as:

  • Pain relief

elderly
There are unique challenges when representing elderly clients in personal injury cases.  Sometimes the injuries suffered in the subject event are discounted by doctors, insurance adjusters and opposing counsel.  Let’s look at the issue of scarring…is if fair that a scar on the body or face of an older individual may be deemed as “worth less” than scarring to a younger person?  The older person may have just as much pride in his or her appearance, and therefore scarring should not be discounted as a damage claim solely due to the age of the claimant.

One area where damages may be legitimately reduced is loss of earning capacity.  The average life expectancy of a plaintiff is used to calculate future wage loss, and obviously an senior citizen is going to have fewer years remaining to earn money than a younger person.  Often an older plaintiff is already retired, significantly reducing this area of economic damage. However, a skilled plaintiff attorney may be able to spin the retirement angle into a compelling argument about how greatly the plaintiff’s “golden years” have been affected by the pain, suffering, anxiety and inconvenience that he or she is dealing with as a result of accident-related injuries.  The plaintiff has worked hard his or her whole life with the expectation of enjoying their post-work life, and any disruption of that enjoyment could be construed as being especially valuable.

Elderly people may experience more serious injuries than younger people due to degenerative conditions, arthritis or osteoporosis.  Additionally, healing time may be longer and treatment may be prolonged.  All of these scenarios could be argued persuasively to increase the “pain and suffering” damages involved with the elderly person’s claim.

patient in hospital room
If you are hospitalized as the results of an accident, you feel lousy, are dealing with doctors and constant medical procedures and prodding and the last thing you may want to do is to see a personal injury attorney.

You may believe it can wait until you are released from the hospital. But that’s really not a good idea.

Here’s why.