How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim

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Insurance companies don't want you to know what your personal injury claim is worth. And many lawyers want you to believe you can't handle a claim without their help. Neither is true. Armed with the right information, you can handle a claim-and save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in the process. How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim shows you how to handle almost every accident situation, and guides you through the insurance claim process step-by-step. This revised edition of How to Win Your Personal Injury...
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Insurance companies don't want you to know what your personal injury claim is worth. And many lawyers want you to believe you can't handle a claim without their help. Neither is true. Armed with the right information, you can handle a claim-and save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in the process. How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim shows you how to handle almost every accident situation, and guides you through the insurance claim process step-by-step. This revised edition of How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim has a new chapter about hiring and working with a lawyer, plus new information for claimants who must undergo medical examinations.
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Editorial Reviews

Reference & Reseach Book News
"Explains insurance coverage, the compensation formula, the demand letter, settlement negotiation, and the formal settlement document."
Los Angeles Times
Finally a book that takes the mystery out of personal injury claims.... consumers can confidently handle claims against insurance companies and save the cost of legal fees.
Reference & Research Book News
Explains insurance coverage, the compensation formula, the demand letter, settlement negotiation, and the formal settlement document.
San Francisco Examiner
Can help you handle your own personal injury claim without slipping on a legal banana peel.
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“Reveals step-by-step how lawyers and insurance firms process personal injury claims, and the secret formulas used to pocket a hefty share of your settlement.” San Francisco Examiner

“Finally a book that takes the mystery out of personal injury claims…consumers can confidently handle claims against insurance companies and save the cost of legal fees.” Los Angeles Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413300819
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Matthews has been an attorney since 1971, and from 1975 to 1977 taught at the law school of the University of California, Berkeley. He has for many years been involved in matters relating to seniors, and is the author of Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions and Long Term Care: How to Plan & Play for It, as well as How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Who Can Use This Book?
A What Kinds of Claims Can You Handle Yourself? 2
B How to Use This Book 3
1 Handling Your Personal Injury Claim
A Why You Often Can Handle Your Own Claim 2
B When You Might Need a Lawyer 5
2 Whose Fault Is It? How Legal Responsibility Is Determined
A Basic Rules of Legal Responsibility 2
B Liability in Specific Types of Accidents 9
3 Initial Steps in Settling Your Claim
A The First 72 Hours: Protecting Your Rights 2
B Getting a Claim Started 9
C Special Rules for Accidents Involving the Government 19
4 Understanding Insurance Coverage
A Motor Vehicle Insurance 2
B Nonvehicle Liability Insurance 17
C Your Own Health Coverage and Accident Claims 20
D No-Fault Laws: State Summaries 22
5 How Much Is Your Claim for Injuries Worth?
A The Damages Formula 3
B How Injuries Affect Compensation 5
C Demonstrating Pain and Suffering 10
D Lost Income 16
E Property Damage 16
F Arriving at a Final Compensation Value 17
G Examples of How Much Different Claims Are Worth 20
6 Processing Your Claim
A Collecting Information 2
B Preparing a Demand Letter 14
C Sample Demand Letters 22
7 Property Damage Claims
A What Type of Claim to File 2
B Amount of Compensation 6
C Processing Your Claim 7
D Negotiating a Settlement Amount 10
8 Negotiating a Settlement
A Adjusters: Who They Are and How They Work 2
B How the Negotiation Process Works 4
C What to Do When You Can't Get a Settlement 20
D State Departments of Insurance 28
E State Statutes of Limitations 33
9 Finalizing Your Settlement
A Confirming the Offer and Acceptance 2
B Formal Settlement Document 2
C What to Do If the Check Doesn't Arrive 5
D Liens on Your Settlement Money 6
E Taxes on Your Settlement Money 8
10 The Last Resorts: Lawyers, Arbitration, and Courts
A Small Claims Court 2
B Arbitration 12
11 Working With a Lawyer
A Reasons to Use a Lawyer 2
B Finding the Right Lawyer 4
C Paying the Lawyer 8
D Managing Your Lawyer 12
E Trial 15
Appendix Accident Claim Worksheet
Index
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    64 pages - really? For the FULL price?

    I just purchased the FULL book but only got 64 pages! This is the sample - WTH? B&N - you have my e-mail. I'll check it in a few when I get up.

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