March 13, 2021

How Does Progressive Insurance Handle Drunk Driving Accident Claims?

When you think of Progressive Insurance, you probably picture a smiling and slightly dopey brunette dressed in all white with the Progressive logo planted firmly on the front of her apron. This character, Flo, has been the mascot of Progressive Insurance since 2008, appearing in over 100 commercials with her breezy positive attitude. Flo makes Progressive Insurance look simple as she skates (sometimes literally) around smiling customers, helping them find the perfect insurance for their budget.

However, when it comes to drunk driving accident claims, Progressive works like any other insurance company — attempting to minimize their liability and amount of money owed. Here are the steps you should take when filing a drunk driving accident claim with Progressive Insurance.

Step 1: Write Your Personal Injury Claim

After an accident with a drunk driver, you should immediately begin crafting your personal injury claim. Make sure you have all the necessary information before contacting the adjuster at Progressive. It’s important that you come forward with a well-written settlement claim, detailing your demands in the aftermath of the incident. Additionally, you should be confident in the amount you are asking the insurance company for. Do not ask for anything less than what you need. This includes all medical bills, wages lost for time spent off work, pain and suffering damages and more.  If you’ve never filed a personal injury claim before and don’t know how to go about writing your settlement claim, you should meet with a car accident attorney who can ensure your demands are reasonable and well crafted.

Step 2: File Your Personal Injury Claim 

Progressive Insurance will likely have you file your claim either through their website or over the phone. Before reporting the claim, you should have certain information on hand in order to ensure a smoother transaction. These include:

  • Date, time and location of accident
  • Contact information for all parties involved in the accident
  • The make, model, year and license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident
  • List of injuries and damages to parties and vehicles involved

You should file your claim as soon as possible; although you should wait until all medical issues have been treated so you know the final total of any medical bills.

Step 3: Speak with a Progressive Representative 

Once you’ve reported your claim, Progressive will put you in touch with a claims representative. This representative will speak with you and ask several “on the record” questions about the incident. Once the questions are answered, the representative will discuss coverage options, set up a time to inspect the damages and answer any of your questions.

If you were a victim of a drunk driving accident and need to speak to Progressive Insurance, reach out to a qualified car accident attorney, like a Bethesda car accident lawyer from Cohen & Cohen, P.C., to discuss potential damages and settlement claims in order to ensure you are compensated for any effects of the accident.

February 5, 2021

Common Carrier Litigation: An Overview of Relevant Case Law by Ryan Quinn

An article written by Ryan Quinn was featured in the latest number of The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association — a quarterly magazine with a substantive, hands-on approach to issues relating to trial practice. The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association is a voluntary bar association established in Williamsburg in 1959, dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, skills, and professionalism of trial lawyers and committed to improving the law and the fairness of Virginia’s system of justice.

Common Carrier Litigation: An Overview of Relevant Case Law
“Successfully litigating personal injury cases involving common carriers requires a nuanced understanding of several legal principles unique to common carrier litigation. This article will examine the relevant case law and set forth the broad legal principles that guide legal assessments in common carrier cases.” To read the full article click here.

September 23, 2020

Misdiagnosis and Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Sometimes we trust doctors and medical professionals more than we trust anybody. We figure they spent so much money on education that they have to get it right. Anytime we feel ill or hurt they are usually the first that we went to. Unfortunately, medical professionals are educated but they are not perfect. They are sometimes when they may miss diagnose or can even cause injury. Been missed diagnosed can cause a domino effect of other health concerns and can lead to a lot of financial burden. In the event that you or someone you know has been improperly diagnosed, depending on what other issues that led to you may be able to be compensated for any damages or trouble.

Just being misdiagnosed is not enough to win a settlement. There must be some sort of negligence that the doctor or medical professional is guilty of and this negligence led to some injury or some sort of illness to you or your loved one. In order to prove this, sometimes it is best to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney who has experience with these types of cases. The injuries or illness cannot be due to your own negligence. There must be proof that these injuries or illnesses came to be based on the doctor or medical professionals’ lack of care, and it is up to you to prove to an insurance company or a judge that the doctor is the reason these things happened.

The scary thing about a misdiagnosis is you may take the wrong prescription, or not even be aware that you are ill. This can lead to other health related issues. We spoke with the attorneys at Andrew R. Lynch who explained, having a medical malpractice attorney will give yourself the opportunity to not only recover as much as possible but also be compensated for any medical bills and expenses or any other financial burdens that occur due to this injury or illness. In the event that you or someone you know has suffered from a misdiagnosis, contact an attorney to see what your legal options are. There are so many things that can contribute to a successful claim as well as so many things that could contribute to a failed claim. There is no need to do this alone, speak with a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible and get what you deserve. Sometimes a misdiagnosis or no diagnosis at all, can lead to lifelong illness, injuries, or even death.

April 24, 2020

Virginia House & Senate Vote Against Surprise Hospital Bills

Earlier this month, both the Virginia House and Senate unanimously passed identical legislation to stop issuing surprise hospital bills for some Virginians. The legislation will go into effect on January 1, 2021.

Surprise bills, also known as “balance billing,” are issued to patients who seek emergency care at either an out-of-network hospital or receive treatment from an out-of-network doctor at a facility included in their network.

The major problem with balance billing is that patients may not even realize that they are receiving treatment from an out-of-network provider. Thus, the large medical bills come as an unwelcome “surprise.”

According to an article in Virginia Lawyers Weekly, a teenager was billed $34,000 after a plastic surgeon outside of his network treated his broken nose. The treatment occurred at a hospital included in his family’s insurance plan.

The article also references studies that suggest surprise billing occurs in as many as 20% to 42% of emergency room visits statewide.

The bill was modeled after a law passed in Washington state which states that patients who receive out-of-network emergency care must be charged the in-network rate mandated by their plan. This includes their standard copay and deductible.

Insurers are the ones responsible for compensating any out-of-network providers a “commercially reasonable” rate. However, if the medical professional or facility that offered the treatment disagrees with that rate, they have 30 days to reach an agreement with the insurer. If an agreement cannot be reached, both sides can make their cases to an arbitrator who will decide the final amount. In Virginia, the arbitrator is not required to be an attorney.

The new law only applies to Virginia patients with state-regulated health care plans. Those who hold Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plans must opt into the law for it to apply.

If you have any questions about the new law and how it may affect you, feel free to reach out to our firm. The Law Offices of Ryan Quinn, PLLC has been assisting clients with medical malpractice issues for years and our attorney is familiar with Virginia law and local practices.

Have you or a loved one been hurt by a medical professional or while in the care of a hospital or clinic? You may have a case. Contact us today to speak with our Arlington medical malpractice attorney.

April 22, 2020

Law Offices of Ryan Quinn Wins Client $135,000 Settlement in Pedestrian Accident Case

On April 20, one of our Arlington pedestrian accident clients received $135,000 in damages, a settlement that was nearly two years in the making.

On July 16, 2018, the plaintiff was lawfully crossing N. Edison Street where it intersects with Carlin Springs Road when he was struck by the defendant’s car. The plaintiff suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured rib, a broken nose, and a facial laceration. Though his injuries were serious, he fortunately made a full recovery and suffered no long-term consequences.

However, the damage had been done and he had medical bills to pay. Not to mention the emotional trauma one suffers after getting hit by a car, which the plaintiff had to endure as well. The plaintiff contacted our firm and we worked together to build a case that would help him receive the settlement he needed to pay off his medical expenses, eventually going head to head with the defendant and his attorney during settlement negotiations.

Following the accident, the defendant was not ticketed or charged and denied liability. He claimed he was “sun blinded” at the time of the accident, therefore relieving himself of any fault. However, during his deposition, the defendant divulged that he did not use his vehicle’s sun visor nor wear sunglasses on the day of the accident. Moreover, he revealed that he was familiar with the area where the accident occurred, as it was part of his daily commute. He also disclosed that he had previously had issues with the sun being too bright near the same location. These admissions revealed that the defendant knew of the risks and yet didn’t do anything to mitigate them, thus hitting the plaintiff.

Once this information came out, Attorney Ryan Quinn negotiated with the defendant’s attorney and together they agreed to the final settlement.

Have you been injured in a pedestrian accident in Arlington? Attorney Ryan Quinn may be able to help you as well. We provide every client with personalized attention, consistent communication, and tireless advocacy. Reach out to us today at (703) 647-4113 or contact us online.

October 7, 2019

Will Amazon Take Steps to Reduce Bicycle Accident Injuries?

As Amazon begins their plans for HQ2 construction, a local sustainability group is bringing attention to the potential downsides of the construction. Any increase in jobs results in an increase of commuters to the area—and Sustainable Mobility is urging Amazon to do their part to keep Arlington green by adding or upgrading bike lanes in the area.

The company recently pledged to be carbon-neutral by 2040, so green practices will likely crop up on their campuses and fulfillment centers around the world. The question of whether they’ll support employee efforts to reduce their own impact remains to be seen.

Should We Be Worried About Bicycle Accidents?

Just looking at the stats shows that bicycle accident rates fell between 2016 and 2017—but those numbers don’t tell the whole story. The percentage of fatal bike accidents has risen across the US; 783 Americans died due to bike accidents in 2017. Trends suggest that measures like the ones suggested by Sustainable Mobility could make a big difference. Analysis shows that:

  • Nearly 70% of bicycle accidents happen in urban areas
  • Most fatal bike accidents that take place on weekdays happen between 6 and 9 p.m.—when commuters might be heading home after a long day of work
  • Cities that have seen an increase in bicyclists, but no infrastructural changes to ensure safety, are much more dangerous than those that have added bike lanes and other helpful features

On average, bikers involved in urban accidents face more serious injuries than those in rural areas. When cars and bikes come into close quarters with one another, they often collide—and the cars almost always win.

The Dangers of Bike Accidents

It’s been proven time and again that wearing helmets can help protect bicyclists from fatal injury, and doing so can cut the risk of head injuries by 1/3—but cutting the risk of head or brain injury doesn’t protect against shoulder, arm, wrist, hip, or leg injuries (bikers less commonly suffer injuries to their chest, abdomen, or back). Likewise, though helmets help prevent fatalities, bikers may still need extensive treatment after an accident. A study of Finnish bikers found 3 out of 10 injured bikers were hospitalized; those who received outpatient care likely incurred fewer costs, but many still had to visit specialists or attend physical therapy to achieve full recovery.

In bicycle accidents that involve cars, bikers are likely to suffer serious injury, including:

  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Sprains or strains
  • Deep lacerations that may become infected
  • Concussion
  • Other brain injury

Bike accident injuries can be just as expensive as those sustained in car collisions. In fact, the CDC estimated that in 2010, non-fatal bicycle accidents ran up a bill of $10 billion when considering continued medical costs and missed work.

Finding a Lawyer After a Bicycle Accident

If you’ve been in a bicycle accident, you’re facing a lengthy process just to receive compensation for damage to your ride, reimbursement for doctor’s bills, and consideration of lost wages and future medical expenses.

As Amazon HQ2 begins to hire, Arlington will see many more commuters—and those on foot, bike, or scooter may be at risk unless Amazon builds with pedestrian and biker safety in mind. Our experienced team at the Law Offices of Ryan Quinn, PLLC is here to help you in the aftermath of a bicycle accident.

Questions about a bicycle accident? Call our office at (703) 647-4113 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.