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The Whaley Law Firm Personal Injury Podcast – Episode 1

Hosted by Louisville personal injury attorney Aaron Whaley

In the inaugural episode of The Whaley Law Firm Personal Injury Podcast, Louisville personal injury attorney Aaron Whaley and co-host Jim Ray welcome listeners to the podcast before diving into this week’s topics. Have you been injured in an accident due to negligence? Contact our law firm today for your free consultation.

Whaley Law Firm Personal Injury Podcast

EP001 Notes

General Intro – Jim

  • Welcome
  • Frequency - Look for a new episode every 2 weeks.
  • Distribution The episodes will be available on many of the more popular podcast directories, such as Apple Podcasts/iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, etc.
  • Subscribe it’s “FREE”

Primary Practice Area Explanation – Personal Injury

  • Motor Vehicles
    • Cars/Trucks/Motorcycle
    • Tractor Trailer Cases
  • Pedestrian Accidents
    • Vehicle Collisions
    • Slip and fall
  • Dog Bites
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Aaron handles cases across the state of Kentucky, including the Western District of Kentucky for Federal Court cases.
  • Which state has jurisdiction in an injury case?
    • If you don’t live in Kentucky, but get involved in an accident in Kentucky, you can file a lawsuit here.
    • There are some situations in which cases will end up in Federal Court
      • Typically, this happens when all of the people involved are from different states.

Let’s Talk about Your Background

  • Family
    • Married for 19 years
    • 2 daughters
  • School
    • Aaron graduated from J-Town High School, in Louisville
    • Western Kentucky University for Undergrad
    • University of Kentucky for Law School
  • Motivation
    • Aaron decided to have his own practice, focusing primarily on personal injury
      • It’s very interesting and there’s a lot involved
      • Aaron is a trial attorney and enjoys litigating in the courtroom
      • Because of this, Aaron starts each case with the understanding that it could eventually end up in a trial.
    • Best Part of the Job as an Attorney
      • Being able to help people with significant problems
      • Aaron likes negotiating and litigating against insurance companies
        • Often the insurance adjusters are simply wrong
        • The insurance companies are generally not there to help
        • They are trying to help themselves and their bottom lines

What are Important Steps to Take if You’re in an Accident

  1. Take Pictures – Key evidence in presenting your case
    1. Your Car and their car
      1. Location of vehicles at end of collision, before they get moved
      2. Debris laying in the roadway
      3. Where you came from and were heading at the time of the collision
  1. Get Contact Information
    1. Other Driver – License, Insurance Card and Registration
    2. Other Diver’s Passengers
    3. Your Passengers
    4. Witnesses – Name and contact information
  1. Document EVERYTHING You Remember
    1. Time of Day
    2. Traffic Conditions
    3. Debris in the road prior to the accident
    4. Pedestrians/Animals in the area
  1. Seek Medical Treatment
    1. Keep a journal of your injuries and what you’re feeling
    2. Start the Medical Record
      1. ER or family doctor
      2. Urgent Care
      3. Chiropractor
  2. Do It in the 1st 24-48 hours
    1. Insurance companies will try to blame the injury on other issues
  3. Keep Off Social Media
    1. No public pictures or statements about how you’re feeling
    2. Insurance adjusters and lawyers will use those statements against you
  4. Personal Injury Protection “PIP coverage” ($10,000)
    1. You have insurance to get treatment
    2. This is called “no-fault” insurance
    3. PIP claims should not cause your insurance rates to increase

The biggest mistakes people make when they’ve been in an accident?

  • Fear
    • Causes you not to seek medical treatment
    • May cause you not to file a claim

For more information, visit www.louisville-accident-lawyer.com

Important Disclaimers:

The information provided on this podcast is for general informational purposes only.  It should not be construed as legal advice and does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.  You should seek the advice of an attorney for guidance related to your specific situation.  I am only licensed in Kentucky, so the general advice provided may not apply outside of Kentucky. This podcast maybe freely shared but may not be the modified or edited in any way. This is an attorney advertisement. Co-host Jim Ray is a non-attorney spokesperson.