Even for alert and conscientious drivers, a car crash can come out of nowhere, caused by someone else’s negligence or reckless driving conduct. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 5.6 million motor vehicle crashes– more than 1.6 million with injuries – took place in 2012 across the United States. Alcohol-impaired drivers, distracted drivers and the sheer volume of traffic can increase the odds of being involved in an accident.

If an auto accident has left you disabled, it is important to actively pursue maximum compensation for the losses you have suffered. The settlement you receive can make all the difference in your future quality of life.

It is essential to obtain a fair settlement that covers all your losses. You could be out of work for a long time after a serious accident, and your settlement needs to compensate you for future lost wages. You may have long-term ongoing expenses associated with your injuries.

You may not be able to rely on Social Security Disability benefits, although you are disabled, because of the program’s strict medical requirements and complicated application process.

Will Your Insurance Company Take Care of You?

As Michigan is a no-fault state, your own insurance company will cover most of the economic losses you suffer in an auto accident, regardless of who is at fault. This is known as a first-party claim. The losses you claim can include your medical bills (past, present and future), out-of-pocket expenses and lost wages.

As your insurance company’s paying customer, you may expect the company to look after your interests and ensure that you receive a fair settlement. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Insurance companies are in business to make a profit, and the company’s bottom line may take precedence over your well-being.

Do not accept the first settlement offer you receive from the insurance company. It is more than likely that the offer will not be for a fair settlement. Claims adjusters know that you may be vulnerable and in need of money after an accident, and they want to get your claim settled and off their books as soon as possible.

Your best course of action is to retain an experienced personal injury lawyer to represent you. Your attorney can help you accurately determine the full value of your losses and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.

Permanent Injury and Disability Claims

Under Michigan law, you will need to file a third-party claim to recover damages for pain and suffering if your injuries were caused by the fault or negligence of another. Settlement value in permanent injury and disability claims can be difficult to calculate because losses can include ongoing expenses, physical pain and emotional distress. Assigning a dollar value to such losses can be a challenge.

At Goodman Acker, P.C., we handle both third-party claims and first-party no-fault insurance claims. We have represented thousands of auto accident victims and obtained million-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients. We know how to deal with insurance companies to get maximum results inthe least amount of time.

 

Post provided courtesy of Goodman Acker, P.C.

10. April 2013 · Comments Off on Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President on Disability Policy · Categories: Uncategorized
Vice President Joe Biden Announces Chicago Attorney Kareem Dale as Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy
Kareem Dale. (PRNewsFoto/R.J. Dale)CHICAGO, IL UNITED STATES

CHICAGO, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Vice President Joe Biden has announced that Chicago Attorney Kareem Dale will serve as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama for Disability Policy.

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Biden made the announcement recently at a stop in Boise, Idaho, with Dale present, at a Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes Event he attended as Presidential Delegation leader at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Dale, 35, who is partially blind, will have direct access to President Barack Obama in this role, and will be responsible for coordinating the Administration’s efforts to ensure that people with disabilities are on a level playing field with all Americans.

“I am indeed honored to be appointed to this very important post,” said Dale. “The Obama Administration is committed to programs designed to improve the livelihood of Americans with disabilities and special needs. As advisor to the Obama Administration, I will represent the voice of the disabled and recommend policy changes needed to make life better for those with disabilities in this country.”

A native of Chicago, Dale previously served as the National Disability Director for the Obama for America Campaign. He also served on the Arts Policy Committee and the Disability Policy Committee for then-Senator Obama.

Prior to being appointed Special Assistant for Disability Policy, Dale was founder and chief executive officer of The Dale Law Group (DLG) in Chicago, a firm that specialized in areas of personal injury, products liability, mass tort litigation, contract disputes and other general commercial litigation.

Dale spent eight years in the Litigation Department of Winston and Strawn, where he honed his litigation skills before he founded DLG in 2007.

Very active in community work and affairs, Dale served as chairman of the board of directors at Black Ensemble Theater for three and one-half years, and prior to that, served in various other roles at the theater, such as secretary and vice president. Under his direction as chairman, Black Ensemble secured a $6 million TIF from the City of Chicago to purchase the theater’s current building, located at 4440 N. Clark. Also under his chairman leadership, the theater began its $20 million capital campaign.

He has received several community recognition awards for his community work and many honors, among them:

    -- Featured in the 2006 Inaugural Edition of Who's Who in Black Chicago
    -- Honored in Ebony Magazine as one of the 30 Leaders of the Future
       Under 30

Dale received his bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He graduated Cum Laude with a law degree and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May, 1999.