Business Spotlight: Havel Law Office

LINDA H. HAVEL – A TRUSTWORTHY LAWYER WHO CARES

Finding a lawyer that will fight for you and touch base with you on a frequent and personal level is not easy to do.  When you hire me, this is the type of communication you will get.  I have 23 plus years of experience in personal injury litigation and trial work.  I have represented individuals suffering from serious injuries to the brain and body including but not limited to brain injuries, neck and spinal injuries, eye injuries, burn injuries, and injuries of the limbs including paralysis.

I will help you understand what your damages are including possible long term impairment, the amount of any past lost wages, and the loss of your ability to continue working in your present job or to compete in the workplace.  I fight for payment of your past and future medical bills as well as compensation for your pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement, permanent impairment, scarring, cognitive impairment, emotional distress, and the overall loss of the quality of your life.   Regardless of the size of the case, I fight as hard as I can for my clients.

PROACTIVE STEPS YOU CAN TAKE

TO PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM BEFORE YOU

HIRE AN ATTORNEY

When someone is injured in an accident, whether it’s an auto, motorcycle, or bicycle accident, a slip and fall, or some other circumstance caused by another’s negligence, that person is in shock.  It is difficult to think straight or ask the right questions.   Many times, a person is too injured to do anything at the time of their injury other than seek medical attention.  But often, that is not the case.  Knowing what to do beforehand can help you protect your claim.  Here are some simple tips on what to do if you are injured:   

Collisions involving moving vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks

Photograph the scene where the collision occurred before vehicles/motorcycles/trucks or bicycles are moved

Photograph the damage on all vehicles/motorcycles/trucks or bicycles before they are moved

Provide a statement to the investigating officer explaining what occurred from your point of view

Obtain a copy of the police report from www.Buycrash.com

Notify your auto insurance carrier right away that you have been involved in an accident

Don’t agree to allow your motor vehicle to be salvaged by your insurance carrier until you have had a chance to examine your vehicle and take photographs.  If liability is in question, you may need the property damage information to help your case.

Slip and Falls

Photograph the rug, mat, spill, step, hole, obstacle or other item or circumstance that caused your fall.  If the slip occurred as a result of a mat or rug, photograph the underside of the mat or rug before leaving the scene

Report the fall to a person with authority and provide your own written account - do not sign their written account

Ask for a copy of the incident report before you leave the scene

Ask for the name of the company’s insurance carrier and request that a claim for your medical expenses be opened pursuant to their med-pay coverage

If the fall occurs at someone else’s home, ask for a copy of their homeowner’s insurance policy and/or the name of their homeowner’s insurance carrier

For all situations:

If requested, provide a tape recorded statement to your insurance company only – do not provide a tape recorded statement to anyone else’s insurance company or an investigator

Seek immediate medical attention – do not wait and delay treatment

Explain how you were injured to the attending physician

Follow all of your doctor’s orders and keep a copy of all medical visits, prescriptions and records pertaining to you injury

Know your health insurance coverage and keep track of your co-pays and expenses

If you have an injury and believe you may have a claim, I encourage you to contact me on my cell phone at 317-525-7754 or at my office at 317-576-8620 for a free consultation.

When Life Gets Tough

When bad things happen to good people, clients usually want to know the “why.” Although this is a normal question to ponder, it can be a difficult one because oftentimes there is not a definitive why.

 If you think about your life and the circumstances that have occurred, you may question why the situation had gone downhill, worked against you or taken such a deadly turn. When catastrophes happen, or tragedies occur, people often question what they could have done differently to have prevented them in the first place. Although these are all normal reactions to difficult situations, we often must live with the fact that we may never get the answers. So much of life is outside of our control and there really was not anything that one could have done to prevent the situation from occurring. If your marriage resulted in divorce, it is natural to take an inventory and ask yourself “what might I have done to turn the situation around?” If your child is on drugs, it is normal to ask yourself “what might I have done to prevent this addiction from occurring?” If your company got downsized, it may be necessary to ask, “what might I have done to be one of the employees who was retained as opposed to let go?” But after you ask, how might I have contributed to the problem, it is important to recognize that sometimes you did not contribute to the problem at all. There will be times when a spouse will make choices to be with another person even though he/she was perfectly happy in the marriage.  It is conceivable that your child who was on the honor roll will try using recreational drugs and will be swept up by the addiction because he had a genetic predisposition for addiction. In this uncertain financial climate, there will be businesses that are forced to downsize even if you were an exemplary employee.

Unfortunately, too many people beat themselves up and ruminate over 3 questions that keep them feeling inferior and inadequate. This keeps them in a state of low self-esteem.

3 questions that they play over and over in their heads are:

·       Why wasn’t I good enough?

·       Why didn’t I see this coming so that I could have prevented it?

·       Will I ever feel safe again to trust that the world has my back?

When life deals you a rough blow, it is especially important to remind yourself that often things are out of your control and that your next step is to build your self-esteem and start focusing on the what you might be able to do to grow from the situation.

When you are dealing with situations that left no clues prior to the discovery, you must be able to tell yourself that sometimes people with addictions, or infidelity issues are masters at deception and that the normal person would not have seen it coming. And downsizing is normal and can be a catalyst for change.

When your life has been shaken to the core, it is important to take yourself out of the victim role and ask yourself, how can I grow stronger from this and more importantly how can I have faith that I will not only grow stronger from it, but I will also choose to believe that these changes will work to my benefit. When you chose to use these strategies, you empower yourself to grow stronger.