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Archive for January, 2019

Does your lawyer put your interests first?

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

I once counted more than 10 visible attorney billboards while stuck in traffic on Interstate 15, near the World Famous Las Vegas strip. I have also heard that Las Vegas, Nevada is the second most competitive market for personal injury attorneys in the entire country. Consequently, holding yourself out as a personal injury attorney who specializes in car crashes, slip and falls, and wrongful death cases can be a daunting task.
I am up for the challenge.

Being a victim of a car crash is not easy. In a flash, your already busy life gets thrown on its head. Now, you have to take time to be examined by a doctor and seek treatment, get your car fixed, miss valuable time from work, deal with rental cars, and argue with the insurance company about who pays for what and when. Even if you find yourself through this labyrinth of stress and anxiety, do you know that you are being fairly compensated? Do you know what your legal or financial obligations are if you sign that boilerplate release the insurance adjuster offered you? If you go it alone, which some people chose to do, you can do greater harm to yourself than what any car crash might involve.

A few injury lawyers still get it right. They put their client’s interest (including their financial interest) first. That’s the Remmel Law Firm way.
Are you still apprehensive about calling our law office for a free injury consultation? Feel free to ask around and read over our 5 star Yelp and Google reviews. A majority of the clients are referrals from prior clients or other attorneys throughout Las Vegas. Think about that for a second. Would you trust your legal and financial future to someone because you saw them on television or noticed their flashy billboard? Or, would you rather have individual attention you deserve to ensure that everything is being handled the way that it is suppose to be handled—with your best interest in mind. Knowing, that once the case is resolved, everything has been taken care of—car fixed, compensation paid, doctor bills negotiated, etc.

Writing this blog is not easy for me. The truth is I hate marketing our legal services. Doing the right thing to me is obvious and I’d rather spend my time helping people. Unfortunately, it is not that easy when so many seem to be selling the same service. Trust me. It’s not the same and not everyone who says they do injury law knows how to do injury law and get good results.

So, if you do find yourself in a situation where you need professional advice because of a car crash, slip and fall or worse yet, a wrongful death, please feel welcome to call my office for a free consultation. It’s time you demand more than slick TV ads and fancy billboards. We are open M-F and can be reached at (702) 522-7707.

Is it even worth hiring an injury lawyer, let alone scheduling a free consultation?

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

I get it. You have been bombarded with TV and billboard ads from injury attorneys across the Las Vegas Valley. I see them too. Is it really worth all the hassle to pick up the phone and schedule a consultation? This, of course, comes on top of the headaches associates with your car crash, the near constant phone calls from the friendly adjusters who assure you everything will be taken care of, and the pain in your neck or back that won’t seem to go away.

The short answer is YES.

TRUTH: I have yet to come across a case where we were unable to collect more for our client than what was initially offered to them by the “friendly” adjuster before we were retained. For our car crash client Sarah K., we were able to take a $250,000 pre-litigation settlement offer and turn it into a $1.2 million dollar settlement. For another automobile collision client, Victor L., we were able to take a $68,000 pre-litigation settlement offer and turn it into a $250,000 policy limits offer. We have also taken a case for Claudia R. and her family that had no settlement offers for her husband’s wrongful death and turned it into a $1 million dollar policy limits settlement. These cases take time, sometimes years, but the results are worth every penny.

It is also true that not every case we handle is a seven figure case. So, what’s the difference? Why call? I wish that I could reveal some “secret sauce” about how to make every case a seven figure case. The truth is it primarily depends on what injuries you sustained from the crash. Do you have soft tissue injuries that are expected to heal in 6-8 weeks after conservative care (i.e., chiropractic or physical therapy)? Or, do you have bulges with annual tears to a disc in your spine requiring pain management, injections, or even surgery? Again, it all depends on what the medical evidence shows, as well as some other important factors.

In some instances, the conduct of the at-fault party can also drive the damages in the case. Were they driving under the influence (DUI) at the time of the crash and thus, liable for punitive damages? This too can drive value into the claim.

The honest truth is YOU deserve to have these issues addressed by a qualified professional who specializes in personal injury. My hope is, you will feel a connection with our office and want to call. I don’t need a fancy neon billboard and a $200 haircut to get your attention. I just want to help you the same way I have helped hundreds of other clients. I conduct weekly consultations with no cost or obligation at my office located on Jones, near Charleston. During our consultation, you will be introduced with my staff and personally meet with me to address all of your legal concerns and address whatever questions we can. Remmel Law Firm is open M-F and can be reached at (702) 522-7707.

What Attorney Advertising Says About Injury Lawyers in Las Vegas

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

You’ve seen the cleaver (and not so cleaver) TV ads and driven by the countless billboards. Have you ever wondered what an attorney can or cannot say in their advertisements? Are there limits to what an attorney can claim about your case?

Attorney advertisements are governed by the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct (NRPC). NRCP 7.2 states, “lawyers may advertise services through the public media… not involving solicitation as prohibited by Rule 7.3.”

NRCP 7.2 also requires, among other things, that any actors be identified and fictionalized events or scenes disclosed. Perhaps more importantly, every advertisement indicated that the charging of a fee is contingent on the outcome or that the fee will be a percentage of the recovery, the advertisement must include a disclaimer that “you [the client] may have to pay the opposing party’s attorney fees and costs in the event of a loss.” Look closely, you’ll see this disclaimer in very fine print at the bottom of ads across the Las Vegas valley.

Indeed, there are circumstances where the court may impose the opposing party’s attorney’s fees and costs against a losing party. Don’t leave your case to chance. Hire an injury lawyer that is ethical and has a track record of winning cases in actual litigation. Not every case ends up in litigation, but you should only retain a lawyer who is willing to go the distance if that is what it takes to get you fair compensation for your injuries.

Remmel Law Firm has a proven track record of successfully litigating car crash cases that don’t settle during the claims process. Because of our efforts, thousand dollar pre-litigation settlement offers have, in some instances, become millions of dollars for our clients. This does not guarantee, warrant or predict future cases, but gives you a good idea of what our law firm is all about. Free injury consultations M-F at (702) 522-7707.

How to Avoid Cappers, Runners and Ambulance Chasing Attorneys

Written by Jon Remmel on . Posted in Blog

Who are the people who show up at crash sites and offer legal help? Are they lawyers? What if my tow truck driver recommended a lawyer, should I trust them? What is a capper or capping? Is capping ethical? What can I do if I retained my attorney through a capper?

It’s 2019. It’s time for new resolve, new goals, new success, and probably some new headaches. This year, I want to make it easier for our injury clients and potential clients to know where to turn for honest representation when they are involved in a car crash and need help with their injury claim. For some, this brutal honesty will not be taken lightly. What I am about to share attacks directly at the heart of some unethical marketing schemes used by a variety of injury law firms in Las Vegas. To be sure, I expect some level of retribution.

It may surprise most people to know that lawyers are governed by very specific rules of professional conduct. One of these rules (NRPC 7.3) strictly prohibits a lawyer from soliciting professional employment from a prospective client with whom the lawyer has no family or prior professional relationship. This means if you were involved in a car crash and were approached by an individual at the crash site who claimed to be a lawyer or a tow truck driver who solicited a firm’s legal services, they were in direct violation of this ethical rule and should be immediately reported to the State Bar. In the legal industry, this is known as “capping” and the people who respond to crashes and unethically solicit legal services are known as “cappers.”

If you are the victim of a capper, it is NOT your fault.

If you retained an injury law firm through a direct solicitation should you be worried? The short answer is no. However, some injury firms have a reputation for using cappers. Consequently, some insurance companies have labeled their clients as “frauds” and they are routinely assigned to their internal fraud unit. Injury claims assigned to a fraud unit routinely end up in costly litigation– not because your injury claim doesn’t have merit, but because the unethical conduct of your lawyer falls into question. If claims flagged as potential frauds are settled, they are generally settled for something much less than their real value because of the implications of fraud.

Hiring an unethical lawyer who uses unethical marketing schemes could lead to problems down the road. Did your lawyer promise to take less than you if you are paid compensation? Do you really trust they will keep their promise when they were retained using unethical means? Or, does your case have more value than what the insurance company has offered because your lawyer has been identified as a capper and your claim assigned to the fraud unit?

You have a right to be represented by an ethical lawyer who follows the rules and gets you fair results. You also have a right to fair compensation for your injuries. If you want an ethical, down to Earth lawyer who plays by the rules, I would be happy to meet with you. If I cannot help you, I may be able to find someone trustworthy who can. I offer free consultations M-F and can be personally reached at (702) 522-7707. If you find yourself in this situation, I can help get you out.

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