FAQs

What is a personal injury claim?

If your insurance company has acted in bad faith or improperly refuses to pay a claim, yes, you can sue your insurance company. Sometimes, that does happen and here at D’Amore Law Group, we handle a lot of those types of claims where the insurance company, for a variety of reasons, just decides that they’re not going to pay a claim, or they’re not going to pay a fair value on a claim.
I would recommend hiring an attorney early. Don’t wait until late in the process, because like every one of these claims, you have to a thorough investigation, you need to do an investigation early so that evidence doesn’t go away so that memories don’t fade. Any time you’re going to bring an insurance claim, I would recommend speaking to an attorney first, to make sure that you’re doing all the things that you need to do. Hire that attorney if they’re experienced in that area. It’s typically going to make your life easier for your bringing the claim. Also, it may increase the value of your claim to have expertise early on.

How do I report elder abuse?

Elder abuse has become rampant in our society. One of the reasons is that Americans are just living longer and there are more elderly people who need help. Unfortunately, some people prey on the elderly because they are so vulnerable. So, sometimes folks will take advantage of the financial situation of the elderly — get access to their bank accounts, get access to their real property records. There are various types of elder abuse that can happen from a financial standpoint. But then there is also the type of elder abuse where they are either sexually abused, physically abused, or emotionally abused. Here at D’Amore Law Group, we help and assist elderly folks in dealing with those situations.

When is the time to hire an attorney after an accident?

I always tell folks as early as possible. You want to get the investigation done early. You want to speak to the witnesses early. You want to evaluate the extent of the injury and make sure that the injured person is seeing the right type of medical providers. Unfortunately, cases don’t get better over time. There’s a tendency for cases to get worse over time if you don’t have experts or attorneys working on the case, building up the case, building up the evidence early on. We at D’Amore Law Group always try and tell clients that, it’s good to get the attorneys involved early on in the case.

How do I sue an insurance company?

If your insurance company refuses to pay on a claim that they have to pay or they’re required to pay under the law, sometimes you have to sue them. You can bring a lawsuit directly against your insurance company to force them to pay the benefits that they’re required to pay. You, as a policyholder, have paid premiums for the event that something bad happens. When the insurance company refuses to pay when they owe on a claim, it’s considered a bad faith insurance practice. You need to have an attorney that is experienced in bringing lawsuits against insurance companies.

What information should I get if I get in a car accident?

When you’re involved in a car accident, you need to gather some information at the time that it occurs. You should always get the contact information of everybody that’s been involved in the collision, the person that hits you. If there were multiple cars involved in a car accident, you have to get their information. You also have to get their insurance information, the name of their insurance company and their policy number.
If there are witnesses, you need to get the names and phone numbers of all the witnesses that observed what went on. There’s a lot of gathering information that you should do. Sometimes, it’s difficult. If you’ve been injured in that accident or seriously injured, you’re not going to be able to gather that information right away. You need to make sure you contact an attorney or a family member and let them know what has happened so that they can do the investigation.

What does it mean to file an insurance claim?

When you have been injured or a family member has been injured in some sort of incident, some sort of collision, accident, the first thing that is generally done is an insurance claim is filed. And what that means is that the insurance company is contacted and told that there has been an incident either your insured person caused an injury or you’re contacting your own company to let them know that you’re making a claim. That’s the majority of what we do, is that somebody who has been injured because of the fault of somebody else and then an insurance claim has to be made. If the insurance claim or the insurance company is not addressing it properly or refuses to pay a fair amount for the damage that’s been done, then we file a lawsuit and the lawsuit process will begin. But the important thing is to file your insurance claims early and do the investigation early. And that’s what we do.