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Welcome to After the Accident, where experienced personal injury lawyers share essential information you should know before you hire an attorney or talk to the insurance company. This podcast is brought to you by Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, a Virginia-based personal injury law firm. Contact us at www.cooperhurley.com

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Welcome to After the Accident, where experienced personal injury lawyers share essential information you should know before you hire an attorney or talk to the insurance company. This podcast is brought to you by Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, a Virginia-based personal injury law firm. Contact us at www.cooperhurley.com

    What Should I Say to the Insurance Adjuster After My Car Accident?

    What Should I Say to the Insurance Adjuster After My Car Accident?

    After a car accident, the at-fault driver's insurance company has one primary goal: to close your case as quickly and as cheaply as possible. 

    Adjusters are car insurance companies' "boots on the ground" and are trained to ask leading questions to elicit information that will be used against you in your claim. 

    Insurance adjusters are NOT the same as insurance agents, and it's important to know the difference between the two. 

    Hear from a former insurance adjuster with over 20 years of experience on what you should say after a car accident that wasn't your fault. 

    In this revealing interview, car accident attorney Griffin O'Hanlon of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers asks senior analyst Daniel Jarman about his experience as a former insurance adjuster for a well-known car insurance agency. Together, they answer top questions we hear from our clients about dealing with insurance adjusters, including: 


    What is the primary role of an insurance adjuster, and how significant is their role in a personal injury case? 

    After seeking medical treatment, the first call should be to your own insurance company, right? What are some “need-to-knows” when talking to an adjuster at your insurance company? 

    Do the same rules apply when talking to the at-faults driver’s insurance adjuster? 

    What if you and the at-fault driver share the same insurance company? 

    We often talk about the “dirty tricks” that car insurance companies use to get accident victims to settle their claims early or pay them less than their case is worth. These often happen at the hands of the insurance adjuster. Can you share what some of those tactics are? 

    How does involving a personal injury attorney change this dynamic between the injured party and the at-fault driver’s insurance adjuster?
     Are there any scenarios where it makes sense to deal directly with the adjuster? What are some need-to-knows in those cases?

    You used to work for a well-known insurance company before joining us as an analyst and negotiator. Based on your experience, what are some things that insurance companies don’t want you to know about the claims process? 
    ABOUT COOPER HURLEY INJURY LAWYERS

    Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers was founded to ensure those injured in car, truck, and motorcycle wrecks are treated fairly and properly compensated. Partners John Cooper, Jim Hurley,  Bill O'Mara, Griff O'Hanlon, and John Baker bring together decades of experience in fighting for the victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Cooper Hurley also specializes in traumatic brain injuries, DUI cases,  and railroad worker injury cases throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia.

    Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a main office in Norfolk, VA and client meeting locations in all of the cities of Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore.

    757-333-3333 | cooperhurley.com

    • 28 min
    Every Client Has a Story

    Every Client Has a Story

    At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we listen, we learn, and we fight for you.

    Hear the stories of three Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers clients who suffered injuries after auto accidents in Hampton Roads, Virginia:


    TJ's Story- “I was in a seven-car pileup…I couldn’t read, I couldn’t see, I couldn’t do much of anything for myself.”

    Military veteran TJ shares the obstacles she faced after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a pileup on the High Rise Bridge—and how she was able to focus on getting better with an attorney Griff O’Hanlon by her side.

    Rita's Story-  “My car went up in the air…doctors knew that injuries were very bad.”

    Rita, a working wife and mother from Chesapeake, recounts her rear-end accident on I-264 and explains why calling Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers was the right choice.

    Daniel's Story-  “Just hearing, ‘you died twice,’ and you have no recollection of it—it was a lot for me to go through.”

    Our client Daniel describes the shock of waking up on a breathing machine after his motorcycle wreck and the relief he experienced after a friend referred him to Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers.
    ABOUT COOPER HURLEY INJURY LAWYERS

    Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers was founded to ensure those injured in car, truck, and motorcycle wrecks are treated fairly and properly compensated. Partners John Cooper, Jim Hurley,  Bill O'Mara, Griff O'Hanlon, and John Baker bring together decades of experience in fighting for the victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Cooper Hurley also specializes in traumatic brain injuries, DUI cases,  and railroad worker injury cases throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia.

    Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a main office in Norfolk, VA and client meeting locations in all of the cities of Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore.

    757-333-3333 | cooperhurley.com

    • 12 min
    What to Do After a Hit and Run

    What to Do After a Hit and Run

    Injury attorney Jim Hurley answers the top questions he receives about hit and run accidents, including:
    What is supposed to happen between the drivers of a car accident?Is any hope for the injured victim to receive compensation after a hit and run?What hurdles must be cleared in order to successfully pursue a personal injury claim after a hit and run? What if the driver runs and is caught by the police?What if the police have a suspect but don’t press charges?What if the hit and run driver gets away and there are no suspects?What is the usual outcome after hit and run accidents?What are some final tips or suggestions you have for someone who has been the victim of a hit and run? To request a free consultation, click here.

    ABOUT COOPER HURLEY INJURY LAWYERS

    Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers was founded to ensure those injured in car, truck, and motorcycle wrecks are treated fairly and properly compensated. Partners John Cooper, Jim Hurley,  Bill O'Mara, Griff O'Hanlon, and John Baker bring together decades of experience in fighting for the victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Cooper Hurley also specializes in traumatic brain injuries, DUI cases,  and railroad worker injury cases throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia.

    Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a main office in Norfolk, VA and client meeting locations in all of the cities of Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore.

    757-333-3333 | cooperhurley.com

    • 13 min
    8 Questions to Ask Your Injury Attorney

    8 Questions to Ask Your Injury Attorney

    If you've never been in an accident before or never called an injury attorney before, you may not necessarily know what questions to ask. In this interview, host Cassidy Lewis sits with Bill O'Mara, injury lawyer and partner at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, to discuss the 8 questions you should ask an injury attorney before hiring them, including:

    1. Is the initial consultation free?
    2. Do you have an investigator that you work with?
    3. Are the lawyers here experienced with insurance?
    4. Have you handled my type of case before?
    5. How will you keep me informed about my case?
    6. Has your firm received any awards?
    7. Where can I find client testimonials and reviews?
    8. How do you charge me for handling my case?"

     To request a free consultation, click here.

    ABOUT COOPER HURLEY INJURY LAWYERS

    Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers was founded to ensure those injured in car, truck, and motorcycle wrecks are treated fairly and properly compensated. Partners John Cooper, Jim Hurley,  Bill O'Mara, Griff O'Hanlon, and John Baker bring together decades of experience in fighting for the victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Cooper Hurley also specializes in traumatic brain injuries, DUI cases,  and railroad worker injury cases throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia.

    Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a main office in Norfolk, VA and client meeting locations in all of the cities of Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore.

    757-333-3333 | cooperhurley.com

    • 11 min
    Top 19 Tips for Car, Truck or Motorcycle Accidents

    Top 19 Tips for Car, Truck or Motorcycle Accidents

    On any given day, our attorneys and staff members at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers receive over 100 question about personal injury law.

    In this episode, Cassidy Lewis speaks with injury attorney Griffin O'Hanlon about the top questions we receive about car accidents, insurance, and personal injury attorneys. Tune in to discover:
    What to do immediately after a car wreckWhat to say to the insurance adjuster when they ask for a recorded statementThe type of lawyers who handle car accident cases, and what names they go byHow paralegals and legal assistants help with injury casesWhy waiting too long to seek medical treatment for your injuries can hurt your injury claimYour rights when it comes to full compensation after an accident that wasn't your fault To request your FREE copy of the resource mentioned in this episode, Top 19 Tips for Car, Truck, or Motorcycle Accidents, visit https://cooperhurley.com/free-book/

    To request a free consultation, click here.

    ABOUT COOPER HURLEY INJURY LAWYERS

    Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers was founded to ensure those injured in car, truck, and motorcycle wrecks are treated fairly and properly compensated. Partners John Cooper, Jim Hurley,  Bill O'Mara, Griff O'Hanlon, and John Baker bring together decades of experience in fighting for the victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Cooper Hurley also specializes in traumatic brain injuries, DUI cases,  and railroad worker injury cases throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia.

    Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a main office in Norfolk, VA and client meeting locations in all of the cities of Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore.

    757-333-3333 | cooperhurley.com

    • 31 min
    Jury Awards Our Teenage Client $250,000 After Spine Injury From Car Wreck

    Jury Awards Our Teenage Client $250,000 After Spine Injury From Car Wreck

    Our client was ten years old when the car he was in t-boned the front driver door of a construction vehicle after attempting to cross our client's lane of travel.

    Following a cervical MRI and neurosurgery consultation, our client was diagnosed with two ligament tears. He was fitted with a cervical collar that he was required to wear at all times for eight weeks.

    Thankfully, the ligament tears healed and his cervical spine was overall stable. However, our client was given the unfortunate news that he would forever be at an increased risk for a more severe cervical injury. The neurosurgeon advised that our client refrain from all contact sports. Our client had been an active child who played organized basketball and football prior to his wreck.

    In order to secure the compensation we knew our client deserved, we filed suit against the construction company, its employee-driver, and our client’s host driver.

    Eventually, a two-day jury trial was had in the Norfolk Circuit Court. After over four hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client against the construction company and employee-driver in the amount of $250,000, a staggering 10x the amount of the insurance company's original offer.

    We are proud to have secured this verdict for our young client. While it's rare for personal injury cases to go all the way to court, it is important that your attorney has the litigation experience and resources to take your case to trial if the insurance company isn't playing fair.


    ABOUT COOPER HURLEY INJURY LAWYERS

    Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers was founded to ensure those injured in car, truck, and motorcycle wrecks are treated fairly and properly compensated. Partners John Cooper, Jim Hurley,  Bill O'Mara, Griff O'Hanlon, and John Baker bring together decades of experience in fighting for the victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents. Cooper Hurley also specializes in traumatic brain injuries, DUI cases,  and railroad worker injury cases throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia.

    Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a main office in Norfolk, VA and client meeting locations in all of the cities of Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore.

    757-333-3333 | cooperhurley.com

    • 10 min

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