RiibeMIST is a term that many insurance companies use to denigrate a car accident with minimum visible damage that causes injuries to the soft tissue in the neck and back.

MIST cases are often the hardest collision cases for a personal injury lawyer to handle. The liability is clear and the pain is real but insurance company offers are often low. Many cases have to be taken to trial.

The liability carrier’s argument that the crash does not appear to be so jarring that someone could have been injured is medically invalid. The goal of Berenson Injury Law is to prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of people who have been hurt. But with all of the trucks and SUVs and the increased traffic on the roads in North Texas, we see these crashes often. We fight to get fair settlements and jury verdicts for our clients.

Good recovery obtained for our client

For example, last week we finalized a $35,000 recovery for our client who was driving this truck. It was rear-ended by another pickup truck at a low rate of speed. Neither driver claimed injuries and they drove away. But our client’s head, neck, and back began hurting an hour later and the next day he had to go to a minor emergency clinic to be checked out. Later when the pain continued to increased he went to a hospital and chiropractor. An MRI was inconclusive.

The insurance company attorney for the at-fault driver did not believe our client could have been very injured. He also argued that our client was already 50-years-old, as if that proved he was hurt already. However with the help of our experts, we convinced the attorney that these property damage photographs were irrelevant, that our client was hurt, and that his company had to pay a reasonable settlement.

We then substantially reduced our client’s outstanding medical bills and our fee, waived expenses, and he received $21,700.

Our client was very pleased with our work and very nicely wrote this review on Google:

***** Mr. Berenson and his team did a thorough job on my case. I was happy with the settlement and the communication with me as it progressed. Highly recommend!

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If you have been injured in a crash caused by another driver you might be asking these questions:

  • Who do you contact to get your car repaired and doctor bills and lost wages paid?
  • Should you file on your health insurance?
  • Are you required to give a recorded statement?
  • How much is your case worth?
  • Will you have to file a lawsuit?
  • Can you handle all of the details yourself?

Unless you were involved in a fender bender and were not injured, navigating the complicated legal/insurance/medical process is almost impossible on your own.

You should hire a good car accident lawyer to handle the investigation and paperwork and fight to get you a good recovery of money. The sooner you hire an experienced professional, the better.

You especially need an injury lawyer in these situations:

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Front-plate-SmallBerenson Injury Law has filed suit in Cameron County (Brownsville) on behalf of a Fort Worth man whose vehicle was crashed into by this 18-wheeler.

Our client, who was also driving a tractor-trailer, sustained serious injuries and had to undergo a lumbar surgery. He has huge medical bills and lost wages and may have to have a second operation.

Injured victims of car and truck crashes can face years of physical pain and emotional injuries caused by negligent drivers.

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Bill Berenson Injury Law has donated $2,500 to help the Humane Society of North Texas free animals from their severely overcrowded cages, just in time for Independence Day.

This offer to pay adoption fees for all of their small animals is valid tomorrow from noon to 6 p.m.

The Humane Society is located near downtown Fort Worth at 1840 East Lancaster Avenue.

Berenson Injury Law has resolved a Fort Worth man’s injury case for the available Colorado insurance policy of $25,000.

We then continued to fight for our client and negotiated with his liability company to get him more money. We got him an additional $6,000.00 from his underinsured motorists benefits.

Almost all of the vehicle crash cases we handle are here in Texas but our client had traveled to Denver in December to visit a friend. Since we rarely see snow here, Joe wanted to go up into the Rockies to see mountains covered in snow.

dreamstime_xs_37117254Getting injured in an automobile or truck crash can be very expensive.

When you are rushed by an ambulance to an ER, have x-rays and/or or MRI’s performed, and go to doctor’s and physical therapist’s appointments, the bills can quickly add up to thousands of dollars. You may not be able to work.

Getting your medical expenses paid can be one of most difficult and frustrating parts of being in a wreck.

Why? Although you might assume that State Farm is going to start paying your bills, the opposite is true. The other driver’s insurance company does not want you to get the medical treatment you need so it doesn’t have to pay for it.

So a friendly representative will often make vague promises to someone not represented by a lawyer, only to delay and even deny his or her claim. The injured person won’t think he needs to hire a lawyer and will then be forced to accept a low-ball offer —  and still have to pay back a stack of bills.

Read Top 10 ways insurance companies trick you after you are in a car accident.

If the company should decide to pay you, it won’t ever pay your bills right away. Texas law does not impose any deadlines and you can be sure that State Farm is not in a hurry to write you a check before it has to.

In the meantime, you need help. How can you get the medical treatment you need and pay for it?

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As Tom was driving home from work, a tractor-trailer collided into his pickup as they turned left at an intersection.

He was rushed to the emergency room by ambulance. CT scans results were normal and he was discharged with the common strain/sprain diagnosis. He hired our law firm after he was jerked around by the insurance company, also common after a truck wreck.

Mr. Berenson, who has represented the injured victims of truck crash cases for almost 40 years, met with Tom and mapped out a strategy. He and his staff immediately investigated the scene and secured necessary evidence.

Mr. Berenson made the insurance company admit that its driver was at fault after it said it would not pay any money, arguing they had a statement from an adverse eyewitness and there was not much damage to the tractor-trailer.

Tom was badly injured. His shoulder was painful and Mr. Berenson referred his client to a doctor and paid for a Magnetic Resonance Image which showed a partial tendon tear.

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***** Mr. Berenson is Awesome!! He has helped me and my father, and my father wife with our car accident. I was in a car wreck 2/18 a few days later I was going to therapy working on getting my broken finger back to working. lol His wonder staff always kept me updated on my case! They are wonderful. Mr. Berenson is the funniest man alive once you meet him! And believe me, when he says he going to do something he gets it done. I recommend any one that gets into a car accident your best bet is to choose Bill Berenson!

Alexus

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A charter bus was taking a group of senior citizens from DFW to the casino owned by the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma.

Lloyd Rieve (photo courtesy of nbcdfw.com), who worked for Cardinal Coach, lost control of the bus in Irving. It flipped over and landed on its side. Sue Taylor, who had organized the trip, and two women, Alice Stanley and Paula Hahn, sustained fatal injuries.

Family representatives filed a lawsuit for the wrongful deaths of Ms. Stanley and Ms. Hahn. The plaintiffs settled with Mr. Rieve and Cardinal before trial and proceeded against the Choctow Nation, which denied any liability. It blamed Rieve and Cardinal for the crash.

The plaintiffs argued that the casino derived most of its income from bus trips like this, with most of them from here in North Texans. Cardinal had apparently failed to perform the required safety background check on its employee, Mr. Rieve, who had a bad driving record.

The trial took two weeks. The jury deliberated for four days.

The verdict awarded the Hahn family approximately $6 million and the Stanley family $5 million.

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