4 common defenses insurance companies use in car accident lawsuits

  1. You’re the problem.” Even though you’re hurt in a car accident, it is very common for insurance companies (even your own) to say that the accident was really your fault. We have seen this happen even when our client was sitting at a stop sign. This defense almost always fails once we take the other driver’s deposition.
  2. Well, you’re part of the problem.” This is called contribution or contributory fault. The insurance company will often say that part of the fault of the accident is because of something you did. Then they will seek to reduce how much they owe you because of something you allegedly did.
  3. You’re not really injured.” The insurance companies love to hire medical experts who will testify that you’re faking it…or exaggerating. They will hire people to spy on you. They will claim that your films don’t really show an injury related to the accident. Don’t worry about these “experts.” We have handled their doctors in every conceivable kind of case. We understand the medicine and know how to attack their doctors’ opinions.
  4. No one could be injured in a low impact crash.” The insurance company will hire bio-engineers who will claim that it’s impossible that you could have been injured in such a low impact crash. We can handle them. Their science is junk; we can handle them. A few times we’ve even been able to have their experts thrown out completely.

If you want a firm with a proven track record of winning car accident lawsuits then call the Law Office of Keith Short. 618-655-9499 or 618-254-0055.

About Law Office Of Keith Short

Keith Short was born in Chicago in 1965. In 1980 his parents moved to Anna, Illinois where he attended high school. In 1989 he graduated from SIUC with degrees in Political Science and English. He then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he graduated in 1992. Mr. Short worked full time employment throughout college and law school: auto repair, cannery, legal clerkship. In 1991 he began a clerkship for the Hon. John Dibble of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Prior to graduation Mr. Short was offered an associate attorney position with Keefe and De Pauli, P.C. in Fairview Heights where his practice concentrated in the defense of Illinois and Missouri workers' compensation claims. In 2000 Mr. Short was hired by Hopkins Goldenberg as an associate attorney representing injured workers. In 2002 Mr. Short was offered a full partnership in a firm later renamed Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli, Rowland and Short, where his practice included toxic exposure litigation, medical malpractice and workers' compensation claims. Mr. Short has litigated product liability/brain damage cases; medical malpractice lawsuits, wrongful death claims and automobile accident cases. He has handled numerous cases in the Illinois Appellate Courts. Mr. Short also actively participated in the federal welding Multi-District Litigation set in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Short is a frequent lecturer having given seminars in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago, San Diego, St. Louis, and New Orleans. He resides in Edwardsville, Illinois with his wife, 5 children and 3 step-daughters. On May 3, 2011 Keith Short was sworn in as a member of the Edwardsville City Council, having been elected to represent the city's 5th Ward. He has been assigned by Mayor Gary Niebur to the Public Safety Commission and the Public Services Committee.
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