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January 2014 Newsletter

cars stranded on Atlanta highway during snowstormAtlanta just got through one of the worst traffic nightmares that we’ve ever seen. The streets were absolute bedlam and the stories of people’s hardships, as well as the heroic efforts of their fellow Atlantans, are everywhere.

If you were the victim of a car accident this week, the law firm of Bruce Hagen is here to help you.

Who Wins in a Liability Waiver Dispute?

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Liability waivers are legal documents, used when there are some risks associated with using a service or activity. The provider wants to avoid being sued if there’s an accident.

Think for example, of kids playing on sports team. Or high risk activities like bungee jumping or zip line rides. Or some school trips for your kids. These are all situations where providers ask you to sign a liability waiver to protect them if something happens to you or your child as a result of participation.

Whether you read all the small print or not, when you sign the waiver, you’re acknowledging that you’re aware of the risks of possible injury. This provides protection to the provider, if or when something happens. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? But it isn’t. There are different kinds of risks, and many different kinds of variables to be considered. (Read More…)

The Bad Behavior of Big Insurance Companies

Most people have problems with their insurance coverage. Their deductible is too high; their claims are routinely denied; their doctor was dropped from their health plan. These ordinary insurance woes, however, pale in comparison to Progressive’s public relations catastrophe of summer 2012.

flo the progressive lady says she will take you to court

On August 10, 2012, comedian Matt Fisher published a blog post entitled “My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer in Court.” The headline made waves through the social media sphere, and Progressive immediately became the subject of Internet ire.

This ire was justifiable, as Fisher’s story painted a picture of a corporation that was more than negligent. In 2010, the comedian’s sister Katie Fisher was killed in a car accident. According to witnesses, she had the right of way. (Read More…)

Call the legal offices of Bruce Hagen today for help with your auto accident or other personal injury case.

Car Crash Forensics

car with damaged frontCar crashes are, unfortunately, the most common way that people are injured in America. From fender benders to major accidents, people are hurt every day. Also, an even sadder fact is that it is very difficult to get the compensation you deserve after you have been injured in a car crash. Insurance companies often put up a big fight before they will pay you the compensation to which you are entitled.

There are many ways an insurance company can dispute your claim, but the most popular one is the fault of the accident and, therefore, where the fiscal responsibility lies. That is why a car crash forensic investigation, and often a car crash reconstruction, is a crucial part of the legal aftermath of a car accident.

A car crash forensic investigation is when a police officer or an independent investigator attempts to understand exactly what happened in a car crash, using a variety of techniques including inspection of the crash site and involved vehicles, as well as measurements and formulas to determine what happened. (Read More…)

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