Hello, my name is Mike Burman and I am a trial lawyer. I only take cases involving personal injury and wrongful death cases. For more than 25 years, I’ve started my day representing people with all types of personal injury cases. Here are some common questions I am asked. Please contact me if I can answer your specific question. I promise an honest answer.
What is “personal injury?”
“Personal injury” means injury to the human body caused by the carelessness of another person or employee of a company. A personal injury can be caused by anything, but the most common causes are:
- Semi-truck and trailer wrecks
- Car wrecks
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Moped wrecks
- Bicycle wrecks
- Pedestrian injuries
- Work place injuries
- Construction zone injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Slips and falls
- Dog bites
What action can you expect from me in your “personal injury” case?
First, I will immediately head up a thorough investigation focused on evidence in your case. This investigation is focused on: (1) what happened, (2) why it happened, (3) who caused it, and (4) the preservation of evidence.
Second, if your case requires it, I will hire experts as necessary to interpret and save evidence.
Next, I will work with you to document your injury and help you develop a winning case. Together, we will develop a plan of action. I will help you ask the right questions of your doctors so you can understand your injury and work with your doctor to reach maximum medical healing.
What is recovered in a “personal injury” case and how much time do you have?
A “personal injury” recovery includes money damages equal to the harm caused. Some common damages for harm include money for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost income. A case for personal injury must be made within a certain amount of time, or the right to make a case expires. Many personal injury cases have a 1 year limitation in which to file a case, so do not delay in contacting me for legal advice, or to find out how much time you have to pursue your case. If you fail to file within the 1 year limitation, then you generally lose your right to pursue the case.
Why hire me, Mike Burman, in your “personal injury” case?
For more than 25 years, I have harnessed technology and developed customized software to win your personal injury cases. And my staff are trained in how to use this technology and software. Our clients believe it makes a difference, but more importantly, it make a difference in building relationships with my clients so I can “see” what is there and what could be there to value your case fully and fairly. Identifying medical – legal issues, and how insurance companies evaluate medical – legal issues using sophisticated software such as Colossus or the “ACE” program designed by McKinsey and Company, is not understood by every lawyer. If your lawyer does not know how Colossus or ACE work, then your case is not going to be fully evaluated and valued by the insurance company reviewing your case.
Further, communicating effectively with insurance adjusters is something I have studied for years, and practice every day. From the first time you and I talk, you will be able to tell that your case is being handled by someone with years of experience in bringing a case together and getting things done. I handle cases throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. Here are a few cities and highways were I have handled actual injury or wrongful death cases:
- Tennessee Cities: Ashland City, Clarksville, Dover, Gallatin, Jackson
- Kentucky Cities: Cadiz, Fort Campbell, Greenville, Guthrie, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Murray, Nashville, Oak Grove, Paducah, Pikeville, and Richmond.
- Interstate I-24 from Paducah to Chattanooga
- Interstate I-40 from Jackson to Nashville
- Interstate I-65 from Louisville to Nashville
- Interstate I-69 through Kentucky
- Interstate I-75 through Kentucky and Tennessee
- We handle injury cases throughout Kentucky or Tennessee..
- We have years of experience with the Judges, the lawyers and the insurance adjusters who handle personal injury cases.
What are my legal fees and how can you hire me in your “personal injury” case?
You do not need any money to hire me. I will explain how I am paid a percentage of what I recover for your, and I will put everything into writing. I don’t spend money on expensive TV ads, so I pass the savings to you. Click Contact Mike to reach me. I will make immediate arrangements to visit with you in your home, or at the hospital, or at my office within 24 hours of your contact.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INJURED AND DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER
Find a doctor you trust. Make sure the doctor understands any medical conditions or symptoms you had before you were injured. Explain to your doctor what part of your body hurts and what has changed because of your injury. If you have trouble remembering what you want to tell your doctor, then write it down at home and take your notes with you to your next doctor’s visit.
Preserve anything that shows what caused your injury. Take close-up photos and area photos. You cannot take too many photos. Look for closed circuit TV cameras. Consider whether a computer recorded something. For example, a motor vehicle has numerous computers recording information. I hire experts to preserve evidence, but you must contact me before the evidence disappears.
Take photos and video of your injuries. Friends and family can take photos if you cannot. In serious injury cases, a good photographer or videographer can document your injuries. It takes a good quality photographic lens to document some injuries, especially bruises.
Sit down and write out exactly what happened. Review this with me so we can form a plan of action on your case.
Be very careful about using social media when you have an on-going injury claim. Never use social media to discuss your injuries. Anything you put on social media can be used against you. It is very easy to take out of context something you put on social media.
Write down the names and phone numbers of any witnesses. A good witness can make or break a case. I have an excellent private investigator to interview witnesses and preserve evidence.
Give the insurance company notice of your claim. If you do not yet have a lawyer, but intend to hire a lawyer, then work with me to give the insurance company notice of your claim.
Follow your doctor’s advice and go to your appointments. If you do not follow your doctor’s advice, then the value of your case will drop. If you cannot do what the doctor advises, then explain to the doctor why you cannot follow the doctor’s advice. Make your appointments on time. If you cannot make an appointment, call and reschedule immediately.
Get back to work it you can. It will not hurt your case to get back to work as soon as the doctor releases you. When your doctor releases you, ask the doctor if there are any physical restrictions to your ability to work at your employment or work at home.
Permanent injuries generally require a lawyer to handle. It is dangerous for you to try and handle a case where your injuries will be permanent or long-term. Consult me, Mike Burman. You are under no obligation. I will explain how I am paid and put everything into writing. I do not have expensive TV ads, so the savings are passed on to you. I will develop a plan of action for your case. You do not need any money to hire me. I look forward to hearing from you. Click Here To Schedule Your Free Consultation