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What should I do if an insurance adjuster asks me to give a recorded statement after a motorcycle accident?
You should tell the insurance adjuster that you are represented by an attorney and that all communication about your case should be directed to your attorney. Of course, you can only say this if you are in fact represented by a lawyer. Therefore, it is important to understand what the insurance adjuster is trying to accomplish by getting your recorded statement and how a lawyer can help you in this situation.
The Insurance Adjuster Is Trying to Pay You as Little as Possible
It is the insurance adjuster’s job to maximize the profits for the insurance company which employs him. Insurance companies make money by taking in more premiums than they pay out in claims. For this reason, insurance adjusters want to do whatever they can to minimize the amount that they pay out to people who have been hurt in accidents. One of the ways that they may do this is to get you to give a recorded statement in which they ask you seemingly easy questions that are designed to confuse you or to trick you into saying something that contradicts your injury claim.
A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Make Sure Your Rights Are Protected
You are under no obligation to provide a recorded statement without seeking the advice of your motorcycle accident lawyer. Instructing the insurance adjuster to contact your lawyer will not make you less likely to make a fair recovery and may instead ensure that your rights and your potential motorcycle accident recovery are protected.
Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers are also riders. We understand what you are going through and we understand what the insurance company is trying to do. If you contact us and we take your case, then we can make sure that you are treated fairly, that your claim is not harmed by insurance company tricks, and that you have every opportunity to recover for your medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain, and suffering. Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation and to learn more about your rights.
How can I find the right motorcycle accident injury lawyer to represent me after an Illinois bike wreck?
Getting the names and contact information for Illinois attorneys is easy. An internet search or a call to your local bar association can provide you with a list of lawyers who are admitted to the bar in Illinois and who are legally allowed to represent you. You can narrow down this list by finding lawyers who have previously represented motorcycle accident victims. However, you will still be left with a potentially long list of names.
Gather All of the Information You Can About a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
You want information about the attorney’s legal experience, customer service, and personality. You can begin to gather this information on individual attorney websites by:
- Reading the firm’s mission statement.
- Reviewing client testimonials.
- Reviewing case results.
- Watching videos that the attorney has made.
- Reading books or other promotional materials the firm has created.
This may help you narrow down your list, but it won’t give all of the information that you need.
Make the Most of a Free Consultation With a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Most motorcycle accident lawyers will provide you with a free consultation. You can use that time to ask the attorney important questions to get to know the lawyer better. Some questions to consider include:
- How much do you know about riding?
- How will my case be staffed?
- How will you be paid?
- How will you communicate with me while my case is ongoing?
- What will happen if the insurance company is unwilling to settle for a fair amount?
- Do you have trial experience?
Of course, you should also add your own individual questions to the list.
It is important to hire a lawyer with whom you feel comfortable with and that you believe will fight hard for your fair and just recovery. As experienced riders and injury lawyers, we are passionate about helping other riders who have been hurt recover for their past and future medical expenses, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, pain, and suffering. Please call us, text, or reach out to us via this website to schedule your free consultation with us today.
How do I decide which motorcycle accident lawyer to hire after an Iowa bike crash?
It may seem like the choices are overwhelming. A simple internet search, for example, can provide you with the names of many different local lawyers who represent motorcycle accident victims. Technically, any lawyer who is licensed to practice law in Iowa can represent you in an Iowa motorcycle injury case. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t important differences between the lawyers.
How to Find the Right Motorcycle Injury Lawyer for You
There isn’t one lawyer who is right for everyone. As you think about your choices, consider:
- How much an attorney knows about riding. An attorney who is also an avid motorcyclist can provide valuable insight into your case. Many of our lawyers are passionate riders who understand the enjoyment and the risks of riding.
- An attorney’s experience representing people who have been hurt in motorcycle crashes. Motorcycle accidents are different from car crashes and other types of personal injury cases. Therefore, you want to work with a lawyer who has represented motorcycle accident victims before. We regularly represent motorcyclists and are experienced in this area of the law.
- What other people think about the lawyer. You can look at client testimonials and on independent sets such as Avvo.com for reviews on a specific attorney. We are proud of the relationships we have with former clients and with colleagues. We invite you to browse our testimonials or look us up on Avvo.com or other sites to learn what they think about us.
- Whether the lawyer is willing to go to trial to protect your rights. If the lawyer is only willing to negotiate a settlement, then you can’t be sure that your fair recovery will be protected. We aren’t afraid to go to trial and insurance companies know that.
- The firm’s policy and procedures for communicating with clients. A common complaint among clients is that they do not hear back from their lawyers in a timely manner. However, at Hupy and Abraham, our lawyers make client communication a priority.
You have a lot at stake and the right lawyer can help you protect your fair recovery. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with us in any of our Iowa offices, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, or Quad Cities, or at a location of your choice, please contact us at any time. We would be happy to answer your questions and to get to know you so that you can decide for yourself whether one of our lawyers may be the right motorcycle accident injury lawyer for you.
What should I do if a loved one's been killed by a police officer's deadly force?
You lost your loved one due to unnecessary force. We understand that it is a devastating, painful, and overwhelming loss. As you grieve and adjust to life without your loved one, it can be very difficult to know what to do next.
Protect Important Evidence
As the plaintiff in a police brutality wrongful death claim, it is up to you to prove what happened. This will require evidence. Depending on the specific circumstances and location of the incident that took the life of your loved one, this evidence may include:
- Police cameras. Cameras on patrol vehicles, body cameras, and surveillance cameras in police stations may have captured what happened to your loved one.
- Other cameras. If your loved one was hurt on the street, for example, then area businesses or homes may have captured the incident on their private security cameras and you may be able to get these recordings.
- Police dispatch records. This should tell you which officers were at the scene of the incident. One or more of these officers may have used excessive force, and one or more of these officers may be witnesses to what happened.
- Witnesses. It is important to find out if anyone else saw what happened. Their testimony may be very useful.
Other forms of evidence may also be useful in your case and should be discussed with your lawyer.
Talk to a Police Brutality Lawyer as Soon as Possible
It is not up to you to know what evidence to seek, how to report an incident of police brutality, or what steps to take after your loved one has been the victim of police brutality. Instead, you can leave these things up to your police brutality attorney who will advise you of rights and protect your potential recovery. To learn more, please contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678 as soon as possible. We would be pleased to provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation so that you can learn more about your rights.
I’ve been charged with a crime. During my arrest the police acted with excessive force and I was hurt. Will pursuing a civil police brutality case impact my criminal case?
You may have been hurt by police brutality while you were being arrested for a crime. However, even during an arrest you have legal rights. Police officers do not have the right to use excessive force against you. If you are hurt by police brutality then you have the right to consult with a police brutality lawyer and to pursue justice—even if there is a criminal case pending against you.
While some facts may overlap, the criminal case against you and a civil police brutality case are independent of one another.
The Criminal Case and the Police Brutality Case Will Be Handled Separately
The two cases have different standards of proof, will be heard in different courts, and will have different outcomes. Furthermore, different government lawyers will represent the government’s interests in the criminal case against you and your police brutality case. While government prosecutors will try to make the case that you broke the law, government defense attorneys will represent the municipality, the state of Wisconsin, or the United States in any civil police brutality case that you bring.
Contact a Police Brutality Lawyer Today to Make Sure That Your Rights are Protected
You are likely trusting a criminal defense lawyer to help you with the criminal case pending against you. You also deserve legal representation in any police brutality case that you bring. You did not deserve to be hurt by excessive force, and our experienced police brutality lawyers will work hard to make sure that your rights are protected now.
Please contact us online or call our office directly at 800.800.5678 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We would be happy to welcome you in any of our Wisconsin offices, Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Madison or Wausau, or to come to you if you can’t come to us. Please call us, text us, or fill out our online contact form to learn more.
Does your law firm hate the police?
No. Instead, quite the opposite is true. Our law firm respects and supports police officers. We understand how difficult their jobs are and how important they are to our communities. The majority of officers work hard every day to uphold the law and to keep us safe. They often do this work while putting their own safety at risk.
Good Police Officers Should Not Be Harmed by Cops Who Abuse Their Power
We believe that the police officers who use excessive force, who sexually assault people, or who otherwise engage in police brutality should be held accountable. This accountability is important not only to the victims who were hurt by police brutality, but also to the hardworking and law-abiding police officers who do their jobs day in and day out without resorting to excessive force.
When the cops who act with excessive force are held accountable, it may:
- Deter other police officers from using excessive force in the future. They may see the consequences of police brutality and think carefully before acting in stressful situations.
- Increase public confidence in the police. When the public see officers who acted with excessive force being held accountable, they may be more trusting of officers who do not use excessive force. Everyone may be safer as a result.
- Protect the reputation and honor of the police force. Police officers should be proud of the important work that they do. When individuals who commit acts of police brutality are held accountable, the honor and reputation of the rest of the police department is protected.
For these reasons, we believe that holding individual officers accountable for police brutality shows our support for law enforcement officials rather than our distrust or disrespect for them.
Police Brutality Victims Deserve Justice
Police brutality cases not only protect the “good cops,” but they also protect the rights of the individual who was hurt. Our police brutality lawyers are committed to helping people who have been seriously hurt by the excessive force of a police officer. If you would like to learn more about your own rights, we invite you to contact us online or call us directly at 800.800.5678.
Can I report police brutality to the federal government?
You may be hesitant to report police brutality to the police department that employs the officer who hurt you. You may worry that a fair and accurate investigation won’t be done because the officer’s friends and colleagues will try to protect him.
Federal law protects you—and everyone in the United States—from police misconduct. Accordingly, the United States Department of Justice may be able to investigate your allegations of police brutality even if you were hurt by a local cop or an Illinois State Police Officer.
How to Report Police Brutality to the Department of Justice
The Department of Justice handles both criminal and civil cases. If you believe that the police violated a criminal law then you may file a complaint with the Department of Justice. You should send your complaint in writing to:
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
P.O. Box 66018
Washington, D.C. 20035-6018
If you believe that the police violated a civil law such as the Police Misconduct Statute or Title VI of the Civil Rights Act then you can send a written complaint to:
Coordination and Review Section
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
P.O. Box 66560
Washington, D.C. 20035-6560
Either type of complaint should include basic information about your claim including:
- Your name and contact information.
- The name of the officer and law enforcement agency involved in the incident.
- A detailed description of what happened.
- Contact information for anyone who may have witnessed what happened.
The Department of Justice May Investigate, But it Will Not Represent You in a Police Brutality Incident
The Department of Justice may advise you of your rights, but it will not act as your lawyer. You do, however, have the right to work with a police brutality attorney to make sure that all of your rights are protected and that you are seeking justice from all the appropriate sources.
We encourage you to contact our experienced Illinois police brutality lawyers if you’ve been hurt or if a loved one has been killed by police brutality. We would be happy to meet with you and to discuss your claim. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, please contact us online or call our office directly at 800.800.5678.
What is police brutality?
Sometimes police officers have to use force to protect themselves or the public from harm. The law allows police officers to use reasonable force to arrest a suspect or to protect someone from getting hurt.
Unfortunately, some police officers abuse their power and position. Instead of acting with reasonable force they act with excessive force and hurt a member of the public.
The Use of Excessive Force Is Police Brutality
The difference between reasonable force and excessive force is dependent on the unique circumstances of the situation. When reviewing a police officer’s actions, it is important to consider things such as:
- What a reasonable police officer would have done in the same circumstances.
- Whether the suspect or member of the public was armed.
- Whether the police officer had reason to believe that he, a fellow officer, or a member of the public, was in physical danger.
These factors are considerably more important than any physical harm that is done by the police officer. Imagine, for example, that a police officer used deadly force and a person died as a result. If the officer reasonably believed that the person posed a serious physical threat to the public or the officer, then the officer may have used reasonable force even though the person died because of his actions. If, however, the person did not pose a serious physical threat and the police officer killed the person anyway, then the police officer may have used excessive force.
Examples of Police Brutality
Excessive force may involve a gun or a physical attack, but it doesn’t always. The following may be examples of police brutality:
- Violence or a physical attack
- Strip search
- Use of tasers or stun guns
Whether any one of these things is considered police brutality in a specific situation will depend on the specific circumstances of the situation.
Each Case of Police Brutality Is Unique—it Is Important to Talk to an Experienced Police Brutality Lawyer
Police brutality is against the law. If an officer has used excessive force, humiliated you, or otherwise acted in a way that was out of line given the situation and you have suffered an injury as a result, then you may have a police brutality case.
You can expect that the police department is going to fight back against your allegations of police brutality. Since each police brutality case is highly dependent on the unique facts of the situation that led to an injury, it is important to work with an experienced lawyer who can evaluate your claim and advise you of your legal rights.
Hupy and Abraham has secured the largest police brutality settlement in Wisconsin state history. We understand how to evaluate police brutality claims and how to fight for the rights of our clients.
If you would like to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us, please contact us online or call our office directly at 800.800.5678. We would be happy to speak with you and to discuss whether you may have been the victim of police brutality.
What should I do if my child is hurt getting on or off an Iowa school bus?
The answer depends on how your child is hurt. If your child trips on her shoelaces or misses a step while texting, then making sure that your child sees the school nurse or her primary care doctor may be all that you need to do to protect your child’s recovery.
If Your Child Was Hurt by the Bus or Another Motor Vehicle Then the Steps You Take After the Bus Accident Should Be Different
Kadyn’s Law requires that all vehicles near a school bus are required to stop while the child safely exits or enters the bus. This includes not only the bus itself, but drivers around the bus that must abide by the school bus’s stop sign, stop arm, and flashing lights. If a driver failed to abide by this law and struck your child then it is important to:
- Make sure the police are notified. The bus driver or an eyewitness may make this call. However, if for some reason the police are not immediately notified then it is important for you to contact the police as soon as possible. There are criminal penalties for violating Kadyn’s Law and the police may do an investigation that is useful not only for criminal charges but also for any civil personal injury claim that you bring on behalf of your child.
- Get your child immediate medical care. Even if your child claims that he isn’t hurt, it is important for your child to see a doctor to make sure any injuries are promptly diagnosed and treated. Some injuries, such as concussions, may not have immediate symptoms.
- Take quick steps to make sure that all evidence is preserved. This may include video footage, pictures, and locating eyewitnesses.
Whether your child is a kindergartner or a high school senior, it can be devastating when your child is hurt getting on or off a school bus. Your child deserves to travel to school safely. If that didn’t happen because of a driver’s negligence then we encourage you to contact our experienced Iowa personal injury lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will review your child’s claim, determine who was legally responsible for the accident, and do everything that we can to help your child make a fair recovery. Contact us online or call our office directly at 800.800.5678 to learn more.
I was hurt in a pedestrian crash. Why do I need a lawyer?
It may be tempting to try to handle your pedestrian accident case on your own. You may think that it is an open and shut case and that hiring a lawyer may make the case more complicated and costlier. However, neither of these things is true.
Pedestrian Injury Cases Can Be Legally Complex
Even if you were the one who was hit by car or truck, you will still need to prove that the driver (or another party) was negligent and that the negligence caused your physical injuries. In other words, you will need to convince the insurance company or the court that the driver:
- Owed you a duty of care.
- Breached the duty of care by failing to act as a reasonable driver would in similar circumstances.
- Caused your injuries by breaching the duty of care.
Additionally, you will need to prove that you have a legal right to recover damage.
If you fail to prove just one of these things then you will fail at protecting your recovery.
Hiring a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer May Be a Smart Financial Move
You have one chance to settle your pedestrian accident claim. Once you agree to a settlement, the terms of the settlement will prevent you from seeking additional compensation later.
Additionally, insurance companies are more likely to take you seriously and to settle for a fair amount that truly compensates you for your past and future medical costs, lost income, out-of-pocket costs, physical pain, and emotional suffering when you are represented by counsel.
For these reasons, it is important to work with a personal injury lawyer. We invite you to contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We would be happy to meet with you in one of our Illinois offices (Bloomington, Gurnee, or Rockford) or to come to you. If you decide to hire us and we take your case, then we won’t be paid an hourly fee. Instead, our compensation will come when your compensation comes, as a previously agreed upon percentage of your settlement. In the end, you may be able to recover more compensation with our help than you could on your own.
Contact us online or call our office directly at 800.800.5678 to schedule your free consultation.