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foremost in its actions, but in reality, it will be the insurance company’s interest that governs the response. It can be an arduous task to decipher what the insurance policy or contract actually says or means. Legal cases are time consuming, but a few minutes with an attorney or staff member could benefit you or a family member or at least allow you to make a more informed decision about your next move. Before accepting a quick settlement check from an insurance company, an attorney may advise you to focus on the first priority of healing and covering all medical-related issues. The next concern will be to determine how much coverage is available for your ongoing bills and losses. Lastly, you can make a personal decision as to whether you are satisfied with the settlement options, if they exist, or if you want to take the next step based on how the incident will affect your future health and ability to earn a living. In some cases, a previous injury or illness may have been aggravated. The purpose of the coverage or suit is to attempt to return the individual to a condition prior to the incident. I always ask, “Why are you here and what do you want to accomplish.” You should ask any questions that are on your mind and the attorney will determine where the claim fits or doesn’t fit into the legal system. Attorneys, like doctors, are often offering opinions, and you are definitely encouraged to seek a second opinion.”

right: Dave Gorman is a graduate of NMSU in City and Urban Planning and earned his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. He has practiced law with Lopez and Associates, PC, since 2006.

Lopez & Associates, P.C. 1311 N. Grant Street Silver City, NM 88061 (575) 538-2925 www.dml@qwestoffice.net

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