Nobody Plans for anAccidentto Happen

Nobody Plans for an Accident to Happen

Don’t let someone else’s mistake ruin your life. When accidents occur you’re vulnerable. In the aftermath of an accident, you’re physically and emotionally hurt and may be overwhelmed with what needs to be done. A qualified and experienced attorney can help guide you through the steps you need to take and handle the legal aspects of a personal injury claim, while you focus on your recovery.

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If You’ve Been Injured and Need Answers

If you’ve been injured and are seeking an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney, contact me for a free consultation.

Types of Accidents I Can Help You With

I can help you with any type of accident caused by the negligence of another. Accidents are really just another term for negligence and damages can be pursued as a personal injury claim. 

I’m surprised all the time–I’ve worked on cases with some crazy and hard to believe circumstances that proved to be viable and winnable. Below are some of the types of accident cases I have experience with.

  • Car Accident
  • Uber Accident
  • Lyft Accident
  • Bus Accident
  • Truck Accidents
  • Semi Truck Accident
  • Motorcycle Accident
  • Bicycle Accident
  • Pedestrian Accident
  • Boating Accident
  • Drowning Accident
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Train Accident
  • Hit and Run Accident
  • Drunk Driving Accidents – DUI ? or impaired driving, driving under the influence, drugged driving?
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents (premises liability)

Helping You Navigate the Complexities of the Legal System


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Careful What you Say

Once you start talking you’re creating evidence that could be helpful or hurtful. Be mindful when talking to the following that you act in your own best interest.

  • Insurance Companies - Insurance companies train their representatives to handle cases like yours every day. You are at a disadvantage from the start. Calls with an insurer typically start off with the statement, “do you consent to this call being recorded.” From the beginning, evidence is being obtained. Before providing a statement to an insurance company, you should talk with a lawyer.
  • Law Enforcement - Statements made to law enforcement may be included in their reports and relied upon by insurers and experts.
  • Friends and Family - Don’t talk about privileged conversations with your lawyer, or about your case. You should not discuss, text, or post anything about your case with anyone other than your legal team. You should otherwise live your life as if there was no claim or lawsuit.
  • Social Media - Just don’t. Whatever you share on social media can be used against you. If you have social medical accounts, consider adjusting your privacy settings, and restricting what is posted publicly.
  • Doctors - You should follow medical advice as if there was no claim or lawsuit. Be sure to explain to your medical providers how your injury occurred. Don’t minimize any aspect of your injuries.

If you have been injured by the negligence of others, contact me for a free consultation.

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When To Call a Lawyer After an Accident

The earlier the better. I’ve been called by clients while they are still at the scene of the accident. I’ve also been called the day before the statute of limitations will run out. To see if you have a personal injury claim worth pursuing, contact me for a free consultation. The sooner I’m hired, the sooner I can help you navigate the insurance issues and handle all the phone calls and paperwork.

Why Hire a Lawyer Immediately After Accident

You should consult with a lawyer immediately after an accident to see if you have a personal injury case worth pursuing.  If so, evidence can be obtained, and the attorney can start working on and handling the case for you. 

Questions To Ask an Accident Attorney

There are a number of questions you should ask an accident attorney. Below are some examples.

  • What types of accident cases do you have experience with?
  • How long have you been in practice?
  • Have you taken a case to trial?
  • Have you gone to trial with any accident cases that are similar to mine?
  • What are my possible outcomes?
  • Who will be working on my case?
  • What information do you need from me?
  • What do you expect from me?
  • What can I expect from you?
  • What is the best way to contact you?
  • Typically, how long does it take to resolve a case like mine?
  • What are your fees?

Ask enough questions to ensure that the attorney is a good fit for you and your case. The attorney you chose should be someone you feel comfortable with and trust.

Accident Lawyer FAQs

Below are common questions people ask about accidents and pursuing a personal injury case.

What to Expect

When you’re hurt, you probably don’t know what to do. You have competing insurance companies calling you and you’re unclear of their roles and agendas. You may not be fully aware of the benefits you qualify for from your own insurance company — when was the last time you read your policy? — or even who all of the potential at-fault parties are regarding your injury.

The sooner you call the sooner your situation can be evaluated and explained to you — and the sooner I can start working to get you taken care of.

Example of what your experience might be like — from intake to completion

  1. Free Consultation (typically done in person)
  2. If hired, an agreement is signed by both parties. No retainer or advanced cost is required
  3. Notice of representation. I will contact and work with all of the involved Insurance companies.
  4. Ensure medical treatment is given and the proper insurer is paying for it
  5. Assist with damaged vehicle if applicable
  6. Acquire medical records when needed
  7. Once treatment is done, the value of the case can be assessed based on all information available
  8. Settlement negotiations occur
  9. If no settlement is reached a lawsuit is filed
  10. After a lawsuit is filed, a trial date is set
  11. Discovery begins. Discovery will include interrogatories which are written questions answered under oath, and depositions where you’ll be asked questions under oath. In some cases, you may be asked to be examined by a medical expert hired by the defendant.
  12. Many cases settle after the discovery process concludes either informally or through mediation.
  13. If not settled, then trial prep continues.
  14. Trial proceeds.
  15. The verdict is rendered and judgment obtained

Every case is unique and the above is just a general outline of what you may experience. Because both sides are continually weighing the strengths and weaknesses of the case, a case can settle at any time — even during jury deliberations.

Don’t Let Someone Else’s Mistake Ruin Your Life

Regardless of where you’re at in the process, if someone else's mistake or negligence caused you an injury, please submit my free consultation form or give me a call at (425) 374-4907. I can help get things sorted out and make sure you’re getting the medical treatment and benefits you’re entitled to.

I look forward to discussing your case with you,
Derek P. Radtke

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