Car Wreck in Fayetteville, Arkansas

After getting into a vehicle accident call the police.  Insurance companies require that you have a police report before considering your claim.  Do not agree to simply exchange insurance information with the other party and leave the scene.  The other party could easily give you false or lapsed insurance information.

Once statements have been provided to the police, take pictures of the vehicles and any damage that was caused from the accident. Also, take photographs of the skid marks and any debris in the roadway.  Ask the police officer for the name of other party’s insurance company as well as their insurance policy number.  Make sure that you get the name, address and telephone number of all of the people involved in the accident and any witnesses.

You should immediately report the accident to your insurance company.  It is wise to consult an attorney in any accident situation so they can make sure that no evidence is destroyed and the insurance company is giving you the best care available.  Insurance companies will cut corners and having a good attorney can take the stress off of you so that you can focus on getting better and back to work quickly.

Call the Law office of Jason M. Hatfield at (479) 527-3921 if you have any additional questions or needs assistance with your injury claim.

Auto Accidents in Springdale, Arkansas

Why having a lawyer on your side is important.

If you have been hurt in a car accident you likely have questions about who is responsible for your medical bills and expenses, your lost wages and your pain and discomfort resulting from these injuries.  The other driver’s insurance company responsible for your damages claim may be friendly and even willing to offer you a quick settlement.  However, it’s important that before you sign anything, you have a lawyer review your case.  You do not get a second chance to make a recovery after an accident.

Call the Law office of Jason M. Hatfield (479) 527-3921 if you have any additional questions or needs assistance with your injury claim.

When a Work Comp Claim is Denied

If you have been hurt at work in Arkansas, you are probably already experiencing some aspect of the workers’ compensation system.  Unfortunately, insurance adjusters do not always fairly explain your rights under Arkansas law.

  • If the doctor determines that you are unable to work as a result of your injury, you are entitled to temporary total disability benefits while you are unable to work recovering from surgery.
  • If you are unhappy with the doctor the insurance company assigns you, then you may ask once for a change of physician.
  • If you receive permanent injuries, you are entitled to an impairment rating from your doctor and permanent partial disability benefits from the insurance company.
  • If you feel like you are not receiving the benefits you need, i.e., mileage reimbursement, prescription medication, recommended medical treatment or lost wages, contact the Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield, P.A. today.

 

How can an Arkansas workers’ compensation lawyer help me?

If you have questions about a denied claim, or any part of the workers’ compensation process, take advantage of a free initial consultation with an experienced accident & injury lawyer.  My law office can help you understand how Arkansas workers’ compensation laws apply to your situation, and tell you about your options for moving forward.

Social Media & Injury Claims

Innocent Posts on Social Media Can Negatively Impact Your Personal Injury Claim

Most of us have a social media account, and many regularly post status updates, pictures, and videos online.  Facebook and Instagram allow us to keep in contact with friends and relatives; however these posts can cause major problems when it comes to your personal injury claim.  Insurance companies are looking for ways to discount the value of your claim, and the insurance industry hires investigators to find and monitor your social media accounts and download everything you post.  Some courts have determined this practice to be fair game, since you have posted online and waived your privacy interest.  Armed with this information, the insurance company then attempts to twist the facts in their favor to minimize or even deny your claim.  Let’s say you have suffered a low back injury from a workers compensation incident or car wreck and during your recovery you post a photo enjoying a dinner out with your spouse, celebrating a holiday with family, or attending one of your children’s school events.  The insurance companies will use that information and argue among other things that you are not complying with your doctor’s restrictions, that you don’t appear to be in pain, and that you’re not as injured as you claim.  This forces you to play defense and explain that you had to take extra pain medication before the event, that you were in severe pain sitting in the bleachers watching your child, that you did not enjoy the event but forced a smile for the photo, that you had to leave the event early, or that you paid for it the next day with severe pain from overdoing it.  If you don’t want give the insurance companies the advantage, then don’t post.  If you feel that you must post, take precautions and act as though your posts are being monitored

  1. Don’t trust your security settings.  You may think that having your social media account set to private will be hidden from strangers, but this is not always the case.  The insurance industry investigators have ways to avoid security measures.
  2. Don’t post information about your accident or injuries.
  3. Consult your lawyer.

If friends are reaching out to you on social media, do not respond to their comments and public posts.  You can kindly thank them for their concern, but don’t go into any detail about your case.  If you want to catch up with a friend about what is going on, do it in private.

Make sure that you are not posting about daily activities.  An insurance adjustor can twist a simple comments such as “Walking my dog  today” or “Watered my plants” in a way that makes it sound as though your case is not as severe as it really is.  It may have been a big step in your recovery for you to walk your dog or water your plants, but don’t let the insurance company twist a step toward recovery to instead be a full recovery with no further need of medical treatment.  Insurance companies argue that the ability to complete a normal daily activity is evidence that you are completely healed without impairment.  Don’t give them the argument.  When you are filing a personal injury claim, make sure that your claim is just that: Personal.

If Your SSDI Claim has been Denied

Denied Social Security Disability Claims

How an Attorney Can Help.

When people apply for Social Security Disability benefits, it’s typically because they do not have a lot of other options.  At the Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield, P.A., we understand that receiving a denial for SSDI claims can feel like you have no options left.  If you have had a claim denied, take advantage of a free initial consultation with an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer so you can understand your options for requesting an appeal.

Free Consultation – No Up-Front Fees

We will help you secure the benefits that you are entitled to without any up-front legal fees.  We are paid a percentage of the amount we secure on your behalf, which means if we don’t win, you don’t pay.   Contact us today for a free consultation. 

Social Security Disability

If you have been injured or are otherwise unable to work, you may be eligible for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income).  At the Law Office of Jason M. Hatfield in Fayetteville, Arkansas, we help people secure the benefits that they deserve.  Whether you have been denied and need to appeal, or have an appeal scheduled and would like representation to ensure that it goes smoothly, we can help.

To learn more about Social Security Disability benefits and how we can help you ensure that you get the benefits you deserve, see our website.

How is a Truck Accident Different?

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto or truck accident, having a lawyer on your side is critical.  Injuries from collisions involving semi-trucks are typically much more serious. Insurance companies assign specialized catastrophic injury adjusters to these claims to attempt to settle them for less than they’re worth. It’s important to have experienced and effective legal counsel helping you through the process.

The insurance company will likely try to settle your claim, but more often than not, it will not be enough to cover all of your medical treatments, lost wages and total damages.  In cases where there is a need for on-going future medical treatment, permanent injury with job restrictions or chronic pain, calculating your total damage can be extremely complex.

An experienced truck and car wreck lawyer will ensure that you are treated fairly, that your rights are protected and that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages.  To read more about truck and auto accidents or to arrange a free initial consultation, see our page on Truck Accidents on our main website.