I hope this blog post will clarify some common assumptions and keep you safer in the event that you or a loved one is in a car accident. Injured people benefit from acupuncture after car accidents because it reduces pain, speeds wound healing and helps with overall stress. Too frequently, I find that people are not aware of their legal or insurance rights after an accident. Being in pain and stressed out makes decisions much more difficult too. This 2 part interview with personal injury attorney, Scott Kauffman has been inspired by the needs of my car accident patients. The goal is to share commonly held, but hugely inaccurate, myths about what happens in the aftermath of accidents. This is a timely interview with Scott. I trust him. He is smart, experienced, and makes it his life work to help people who have suffered in accidents get the best care possible and best options possible for recovery.
Karen Reynolds, Acupuncturist in Corte Madera, CA:What if I am involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist? What are my rights?”
Scott J. Kauffman, Personal Injury Attorney in San Rafael, CA: Myth #4 If you purchased uninsured motorist coverage, you have the right to make a claim against your own company for injuries, wage loss and pain and suffering damages experienced following an accident.
Karen Reynolds, Acupuncturist in Corte Madera, CA:I have had patients ask me this question too: “My health plan paid for all of my medical treatment after my car accident and they just sent me a letter requesting to be reimbursed out of my injury settlement. Do I have to pay them back?”
Scott J. Kauffman, Personal Injury Attorney in San Rafael, CA: Myth #5 Most people do not realize that health insurance companies such as Blue Cross or Cigna, or even Kaiser Permanente always seek to recovery reimbursement for medical expenses related to your accident and paid on your behalf out of your injury settlement. An experienced lawyer can either secure significant reductions or a waiver of these health insurance claims.
Karen Reynolds, Acupuncturist in Corte Madera, CA:I have had patients say they can settle their own injury claims. On the internet it says that insurance carriers will simply pay a multiple of medical bills ie if medical bills total $2,500, they will pay out $7500.00 to resolve the case. Is this accurate?
Scott J. Kauffman, Personal Injury Attorney in San Rafael, CA: Myth #6 No, this is no longer the case. Today, Insurance carriers look at many factors including the type of treatment received, extent of injuries, consistency and length of medical treatment, property damage, mechanism of injury, and many other factors.
For more information or to speak with Scott Kauffman personally, please see his contact information below:
Kauffman & Associates, PC
Personal Injury Attorneys
633 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Tel: (415) 507-0507
Fax: (415) 721-7005