Hello, my name is Mike Burman. I am a trial lawyer. This article is a general overview of what I see in a personal injury case so you can start thinking about your case.
What is a “personal injury” case?
You have a personal injury case when: (1) you are injured, (2) by the carelessness of another person, and (3) there is insurance to pay for your harms and losses. Let’s break that down.
Injury to the human body includes physical and emotional harms and losses. You first want to identify the physical and emotional harms and losses with an accurate diagnosis from your doctor. You want to quantify the damage caused by your harms and losses, and that is where I help you. Medical bills are easy to quantify, because you can mathematically determine the exact amount due. But what about pain and suffering, how do you calculate that? Working with your doctor, I study your injury and break down how your harms and losses damaged you not just in the present, but into the future as well.
Carelessness can be caused by an individual or by an employee of a company. But what happens when people or companies are careless? Usually they try to cover it up, or spin it to favor them and make you look bad. I investigate your case to protect the facts. I help you understand what is real and what is hype.
Insurance to pay for damages is generally required; otherwise, the careless person or company might take bankruptcy. Insurance adjusters hired to handle insurance claims must be dealt with effectively. Insurance adjusters must follow certain standards when evaluating cases for settlement purposes, but if you do not put in front of the adjuster the facts that create a valuable case, then the adjuster is not going to go look for it. My job is to look for these facts, and make sure the adjuster pays full and fair value based on these facts.
Here are some common types of personal injury cases:
- car wrecks
- motorcycle wrecks
- semi-truck and tractor wrecks
- overloaded semi-truck accidents
- over-sized farm equipment accidents
- pedestrians injured by motor vehicles
- slips and falls at retail businesses
- dog bites
- wrongful death
- malpractice by Army or Military or civilian doctors
- highway design defects and highway construction injuries
- death at work caused by a third party
What should I do to next? What can I expect?
I have over 25 years experience. Contact me from this website or call me. I will answer all your questions before you decide to hire me. If you hire me, I will immediately develop a written Plan of Action for you. Second, I will begin a thorough, cost effective, investigation to gather evidence in your case. This investigation focuses on: (1) what happened, (2) why it happened, (3) who caused it, and (4) the preservation of evidence.
If your case requires it, I will hire experts as necessary to interpret and save evidence.
Where your case involves medical treatment, I will help you understand what is important to your doctor. An accurate diagnosis is critical to your case. If your injury is permanent, I will work with your doctor to determine how the injury will affect you in the present, and in the future as you age.
What amount of money is my case worth?
It takes time and work to value a case. Personal injury and wrongful death laws allow you to recover money for pain and suffering, loss of earnings, medical expenses, and an assortment of other money damages for the harms and losses caused by the personal injury or wrongful death. Every case is unique. There is no charge to talk to me about your case and decide if you want to hire me.
How much time do you have?
A case for personal injury must be made within a certain amount of time, or the right to make a case expires. Many personal injury cases have a 1 year limitation in which to file a case, so do not delay in contacting me for legal advice, or to find out how much time you have to pursue your case. If you fail to file within the 1 year limitation, then you generally lose your right to pursue the case.
Why hire me, Mike Burman, for your case?
I know how important this case is to you and your family. For more than 25 years, I have harnessed technology and developed customized software to win injury and death cases. My staff and I are trained to “see” what is there and what could be there to “drive up” the value your case so you receive a full and fair outcome. This is very important. Insurance companies use sophisticated software such as Colossus or the “ACE” program designed by McKinsey and Company to evaluate claims. These programs are not general understood by all injury lawyers. If your lawyer does not know how Colossus or ACE work, or how to present your case properly for Colossus or ACE review, then your case is not going to be fully evaluated and valued by the insurance company reviewing your case.
Where can you hire me for your case?
I handle cases throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. We have experience with the Judges and lawyers and insurance adjusters who handle these cases. Here are a few cities and highways were I have handled actual injury or wrongful death cases:
- Tennessee Cities: Ashland City, Clarksville, Dover, Gallatin, Jackson
- Kentucky Cities: Cadiz, Fort Campbell, Elkton, Greenville, Guthrie, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Murray, Nashville, Oak Grove, Paducah, Pikeville, and Richmond.
- Interstate I-24 from Paducah to Chattanooga
- Interstate I-40 from Jackson to Nashville to Knoxville
- Interstate I-65 from Louisville to Nashville
- Interstate I-69 through Kentucky
- Western Kentucky Parkway from Madisonville to Elizabethtown
- Interstate I-75 through Kentucky and Tennessee
What are my legal fees and how can you hire me in your “personal injury” case?
You do not need any money to hire me. I will explain how I am paid a percentage of what I recover for your, and I will put everything into writing. I don’t spend money on expensive TV ads. I spend money on your case. Click Contact Mike to reach me. I will make immediate arrangements to visit with you in your home, or at the hospital, or at my office within 24 hours of your contact.