Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers Blog

You May Not Need a Lawyer

by Cary Graham | May 9th, 2016

Auto accidents happen every day in Roanoke, though only a fraction of accident victims hire a lawyer to represent them in their injury claim. That shouldn’t be surprising. A lot of folks feel like they don’t need a lawyer because their injuries aren’t severe, think it’s too much of hassle, or simply don’t know which firm to call, so they call no one.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we don’t believe every accident victim should hire a lawyer. However, we do believe every accident victim should call one. We get thousands of calls every year, many of which are accident victims simply seeking advice on what to do next. We’re always happy to field their questions for free, because we know information is a vital component in making the right decision. Often after hearing the specifics of their situation, we tell them they actually don’t need a lawyer, giving them confidence to take the next steps in the process—confidence they wouldn’t have had if they hadn’t consulted with a lawyer first.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, call our Roanoke car accident attorneys for a free consultation. There’s no obligation and it’s absolutely free. Don’t risk making a mistake that could negatively impact your family’s future. Call us today.

Life Insurance Fraud in Norfolk

by Cary Graham | May 2nd, 2016

Life insurance is an important component in protecting your family’s future. It gives you the peace of mind knowing that they’ll be taken care of after you’re gone. That’s why many of us faithfully pay into a life insurance policy for years, if not decades, because we want to provide that financial stability for those we love. Unfortunately, some insurance companies take advantage of this devotion by jacking up premiums later in life to discourage policy owners from keeping their policies.

Some may call this tactic sleazy. We call it insurance fraud.

In recent years, we’ve seen a number of cases in the Norfolk area where life insurance companies have informed their policyholder that their premiums are skyrocketing, leaving the policyholder with one of three options:

  1. Cancel the policy.
  2. Pay the outrageously high premiums for no additional benefit.
  3. Wipe out the life insurance policy savings you’ve accumulated.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we think you should consider a fourth option: give us a call. We know how to deal with insurance companies that take advantage of their customers, and we’ll do everything within our power to make them regret they ever tried to cheat you out of your hard-earned money. Protect your rights and your family’s future and give us a call today.

Are You on the Insurance Company’s List?

by Cary Graham | April 25th, 2016

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we love making lists. There’s just nothing like writing out everything you have to do and systematically knocking them out. Every time you cross an item off, it’s a small victory. Insurance companies love lists too, but instead of things they need to do, their lists consist of names, and if you’ve been in an accident, you better believe your name is already on there.

We’ve mentioned before on this blog that insurance companies can process more than 35,000 claims a day, but that statement seems a little cold and isn’t completely accurate, so let’s restate it a different way. Insurance companies can process more than 35,000 people a day.

Take Bill who was rear-ended by a distracted driver. Bill is going to have serious neck problems for the next several years, and will eventually need surgery to relieve the pain. All told, his medical bills are going to be over $100,000. It’s in the insurance company’s best interests to cross Bill off their list as quickly as possible to avoid paying for all his medical treatment, and they might if Bill doesn’t get a lawyer on his side.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know how the big insurance companies operate. We don’t let them cross our clients off their lists until they’ve paid them every penny they deserve for their injuries. If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Norfolk car accident attorneys today for a free consultation and put our experience to work for you.

Even the Fight With the Insurance Company

by Cary Graham | April 18th, 2016

If you’ve been in a serious accident, you’ve got a serious fight ahead of you, and it’s up to you whether you’re going to stand up for yourself or stand down. We’ll be honest, most people give up without a fight. Their opponent is a massive insurance company with teams of lawyers on their side. It seems like putting up a fight is futile, and the truth is it can be alone.

That’s why it’s vitally important that you get an experienced Norfolk car accident attorney on your side. We have years of experience fighting on behalf of accident victims who weren’t willing to lie down and let the insurance company roll all over them. We know how to deal with the insurance company and will fight until they do the right thing and pay you what you deserve for your injuries.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the fight ahead may seem daunting, but it’s a fight worth taking. The good news is you don’t have to fight alone. Call us today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate your case, determine a plan of attack, and then execute that plan to the best of our abilities. Take the first step to putting this accident behind you and give us a call today.

Change the Equation with Lowell Stanley

by Cary Graham | April 11th, 2016

We’ve handled hundreds of cases over the last 30 years and dealt with pretty much every car insurance company out there. We’re still amazed at some of the tactics they use to pay accident victims less than they deserve, but we’re never surprised. The insurance companies are in this business to make money. They do that by collecting more premiums than they pay out claims. It’s simple arithmetic. If Paul pays $10,000 in premiums over the life of the policy and they only pay out $1,000 for his claims, they can pocket the other $9,000.

Car insurance is a billion-dollar industry, so they’ve obviously mastered that equation. Our job at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers is to change the math by adding a new variable to the equation: an experienced Norfolk car accident attorney. Over the past 30 years, we’ve stood up to the insurance companies to get maximum compensation for our clients. If the insurance company doesn’t want to play fair, we’re not afraid to come down hard on them. Why do you think they call Lowell Stanley “The Hammer?”

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll get started on your case immediately and do everything within our power to get you full compensation for your injuries. Don’t try to take on the insurance company alone. Call us today.

What is Medical Malpractice?

by Cary Graham | April 4th, 2016

Medical malpractice is one of the most misunderstood legal terms, as it is often confused with medical negligence. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we feel it’s important that potential victims and their families know the difference so they can make an informed decision on what to do next. Let’s take a look at both terms separately.

Medical negligence is improper, unskilled, or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician or other medical professional. An example of medical negligence is if your physician prescribed the wrong dosage for a medication. That was negligent and improper treatment and would fall under the medical negligence category. However, it can also be medical malpractice if we add one element to the equation: harm.

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by the negligent behavior or treatment of a medical professional. If taking the incorrect medication dosage prescribed led to physical or mental harm, you may be the victim of medical malpractice. The key to a medical malpractice case is injury. If you received negligent care but did not sustain any injuries, you probably don’t have a case.

However, if you believe you were the victim of medical malpractice, call us today. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers will investigate the cause of your injuries and hold the responsible parties accountable. Call today for a free consultation.

Make the Call

by Cary Graham | March 28th, 2016

The telephone revolutionized communication. Before Alexander Graham Bell’s tinkering turned into a working prototype, communication was accomplished by letter, telegraph, or good old fashion face-to-face conversation. Since then, there have been some pretty significant phone calls. From presidents informing parents their sons and daughters are coming home to peace talks across oceans, the telephone has made it possible to inform and unite people instantly at any time.

Each of us can think of a phone call or two that were pivotal in our lives–some heartbreaking, some joyful. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, one upcoming phone call can impact the rest of your life more than any before. The insurance company may be calling with a settlement offer soon. Although they seem nice and understanding on the phone, their main objective is to get you to take as little money as possible for your injuries. It’s nothing personal. They’re just trying to make a profit. But if you take it, it’ll become real personal to you, real quick.

There’s no way to know how much this accident is going to cost you at this point, so how can you know if what they’re offering will be enough? The answer is you can’t. That’s why you should never take the insurance company’s first offer. When they call, do three things: Tell them you’re not signing anything, hang up, and call us.

Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers knows how to deal with the insurance company, and we’ll work to get you what you truly deserve. Don’t go it alone. Make the call that could change your life today.

Your Next Move Matters

by Cary Graham | March 21st, 2016

We’ve been helping accident victims in Norfolk for more than 30 years. In that time, we’ve fought for the rights of hundreds of injury victims, whether at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. When it comes down to it, experience is worth more than any promise you might hear from other law firms. In fact, you’ll never hear us promise you anything. We don’t have to. Our track record speaks for itself.

However, we will say this. The law firm you choose to handle your injury claim matters. If you’ve been injured, the one thing standing between you and a fair settlement is the insurance company. Those insurance companies handle thousands of injury claims like yours every day, many of which involve a personal injury lawyer. They keep track of which lawyers settle cheap and which ones push back.

You want a lawyer on your side with a reputation for fighting hard on behalf of their clients; someone that’s not afraid to take the insurance company to court if they won’t play fair.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we stand up to the insurance companies every day. They know if they try to push us, we’ll push back. That’s what our clients have come to expect from us, and that’s what they get. If you’ve been injured, call our Norfolk car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. Your next move matters. Make the right one.

When Your Case is a Win

by Cary Graham | March 14th, 2016

We are all creatures of habit. We each have our routines that help us start our days on the right foot. Whether drinking your coffee on your porch or taking a walk every morning with your dog, these routines provide familiarity and comfort. When they’re taken away, they can throw your life out of balance.

We talk a lot on this blog about the big things we do for accident victims, such as ensuring they get the best medical treatment available and helping get them maximum compensation for their injuries. However, often it’s the smaller contributions we make that can mean even more.

Our main goal is to help accident victims get their lives back on track. That means doing our best to restore the life that they loved before this accident robbed them of it. When we get a large settlement or verdict for a client, it’s a huge win for the client and their family, but that’s not when the case is won in our book. When we check in a couple months later and they’ve reclaimed those life routines we all take for granted, that’s when we consider the case a win.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s more than getting you maximum compensation for your injuries, it’s about helping rebuild your life. If you’ve been in a serious accident, give us a call for a free evaluation of your claim. We’ve helped hundreds of accident victims in Norfolk, and we’re ready to help you too.

We Keep Insurance Companies in Check

by Cary Graham | March 7th, 2016

Over the years, we’ve seen some pretty pathetic offers from the insurance company to accident victims. We expect the first settlement offers for an injury claim to be low, but occasionally we’ll run across an offer that is flat out pitiful. Insurance companies are in business to make money, not friends. Paying out what’s fair to every accident victim would impact their bottom line, so they shoot them low at first to see if they’ll take it. That might sound like good business sense to some, but to us, it’s just plain wrong.

Personal injury law exists to keep big business, such as the car insurance industry, in check. We fight on behalf of those who can’t fight for themselves to make the insurance company play fair. Every time we win big for our clients, it’s more than a financial victory; it’s a moral one. We take pride in the fact that we’ve helped the injured people of Norfolk put their lives back together for more than 30 years, and we’re just getting started.

If you’ve been injured in a car wreck, call our Norfolk car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ve helped individuals in your same situation, and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you.