Month: May 2017

When Truck Drivers Nod Off at the Wheel

Published on May 29, 2017, by Matthew Sharp

Car Accident, Personal Injury

Drowsy driving is a deadly problem that causes over 100,000 accidents in the United States each year. These accidents cause an estimated 40,000 injuries and claim 1,500 lives. Long hours, long distances, and tight schedules make truck drivers especially prone to drowsy driving. Studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association show that up to 65% of truck drivers admit to having experienced fatigue while driving, and 75% have admitted making at least one driving error while fatigued. Most disturbing is that the same study showed that [...]
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Five Things You Should Know About Initial Settlement Offers From Insurance Companies

Published on May 24, 2017, by Matthew Sharp

Insurance Bad Faith

Insurance companies are profit-driven businesses that want to settle injury claims for the lowest amount possible. Each injury claim is unique and there is no one formula that can accurately determine what is a reasonable compensation amount. When insurance companies make an initial settlement offer,attorneys for insurance claims can analyze the case and help injured parties determine the amount of money that will fairly compensate them for medical expenses, lost wages, and possible emotional distress or degradation of their quality of life. Reaching an appropriate settlement amount with [...]
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Bad Faith Insurance Claims Can Give Rise to Punitive Damages [infographic]

Published on May 22, 2017, by Matthew Sharp

Infographic, Insurance Bad Faith

Bad faith insurance is a claim brought against insurance companies that wrongly deny insurance coverage to a policyholder. If a bad faith claim is successful, it can give rise to additional damages, including punitive. Bad faith insurance claims are powerful tools that policyholders can use against their insurance companies. (Article continues below Infographic) ______ The Basics of Bad Faith Insurance Insurance companies give policies to clients. The policy defines the nature of the relationship between the insurer and the insured. For example, car insurance policies define what types [...]
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Do Insurance Companies Rely on Biased Doctors for Claims Denials?

Published on May 17, 2017, by Matthew Sharp

Insurance Bad Faith

Recent studies reveal that insurance companies commonly use reports generated by biased physicians to determine the result of injury claims – a bad faith insurance tactic that can result in a case being minimized or denied altogether. It is common practice for insurance companies to use Independent Medical Examinations (IME) to help them determine whether they will pay an injury claim to victims who are injured in motor vehicle crashes, workers compensation cases, and other accidents. While this technique may seem like a good idea on the surface, [...]
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Matt Sharp Offers Insight Into Bill to Modernize Car Insurance

Published on May 15, 2017, by Matthew Sharp


Bill to Modernize Car Insurance Heard Today in State Senate CARSON CITY, Nev.–If a driver with a bare-bones liability policy hurts someone, the victims are out of luck once the bills exceed the driver’s policy limit. This morning, the state Senate transportation committee takes up a bill to raise the minimum amount an auto-insurance policy must cover. Currently, state law requires drivers to carry a policy that will pay out $15,000 per person for bodily injury; $30,000 per accident and $10,000 for property damage. But, Reno personal injury [...]
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