July 6, 2023

How to Get the Compensation You Deserve After a Car Accident

Learn how to begin a car accident personal injury or wrongful death case

How to Get the Compensation You Deserve After a Car Accident

How to Get the Compensation You Deserve After a Car Accident

You are here for legal advice about your personal injury or wrongful death case. Mike Burman at Burman Law offers a free consultation to answer your questions. During your consultation - if you are comfortable - Mike will cover these six key steps with you:

  • Preserve important physical evidence so nothing critical is lost
  • Interview witnesses and law enforcement
  • Take custody of photographs and video
  • Impound or take custody of the car or the contents
  • Provide you with a free case evaluation so you understand what the case is about
  • Provide you with a plan of action so you understand how the case will be handled

Mike is a death and injury lawyer with 25+ years of experience helping hundreds of accident victims against at-fault commercial operators and careless drivers of all types. Other lawyers often call Mike for advice with their personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits. Once you begin your free case evaluation with Mike, you will know the legal advice is coming from an experienced attorney.

  There is never any pressure. Your consultation is strictly confidential.  Mike will provide legal advice and answer all your questions. and explain traffic laws, so you know what is important about your case. If you are dealing with an insurance company adjuster, Mike will give you advice based on years of experience.

  Mike and the staff at Burman Law understand that starting a personal injury case or wrongful death case can be overwhelming and intimidating.  To help you, the friendly legal team at Burman Law average over 10 years of paralegal experience with personal injury claims and wrongful death claims.  Your free access to the Burman Law Client Portal means you stay informed.  You can contact us  through the portal, by phone, by text, or by email.  If you contact us on a workday, we almost always can respond to you that day.  

  For the legal process to work, several steps in a car accident claim must be addressed quickly, especially the preservation of evidence and the location of witnesses against the at-fault party.  The police report needs to be checked for accuracy.  Medical care by specialized medical professionals familiar with car accident injuries should begin.  Medical bills and lost wages should be submitted to insurance for payment.  

  Our legal team will help you:

  • plan for medical expenses not paid by insurance
  • plan for lost income and time off from work
  • calendar the statute of limitations under state law so you do not miss any time limits
  • answer all the FAQs, as well as the questions unique to your case
  • meet with surviving family members and explain the legal process
  • fill out the necessary paperwork for your insurance policy or insurance claim
  • provide advice on your property damage claim for automobile repairs or total loss or the replacement value
  • lay the foundation for you to receive a fair settlement amount  without the expense and delay of a car accident lawsuit


We handle every type of car crash or motor vehicle accident where the at-fault driver has failed to meet the duty of care.  We handle motorcycle accidents and cases involving punitive damages and non-economic damages for pain and suffering.  Our legal team is also experienced in medical malpractice cases that sometimes arise.  We handle or assist with probate matters involving a decedent in a wrongful death lawsuit.  We hand loss of consortium cases for the loss of a spouse or minor child.  Our experience ranges from semi-trucks and trailers to farm vehicles.  Our case values range from tens of thousands of dollars to millions of dollars.  We can practice in all federal or state courts throughout Kentucky and Tennessee.  Burman Law is a car accident lawyer with offices in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and Clarksville, Tennessee to better serve you.  


Every driver has a duty to exercise ordinary care for the safety of other persons using the highway. We investigate and prove fault by motorists who:

  • Fail to maintain a safe distance
  • Fail to slow to a safe speed
  • Fail to allow time for safe clearance
  • Fail to obey traffic signals (i.e., red lights or stop signs)
  • Fail to keep a proper lookout for pedestrian traffic
  • Fail to pay attention, especially at night or during inclement weather
  • Fail to perceive a dangerous condition or immediate hazard
  • Fail to drive free of impairment by drugs or alcohol
  • Fail to stop operating a cell phone while operating an automobile


In every personal injury case, we investigate and preserve evidence.  We locate and contact all available witnesses.  We notify all necessary parties and insurance companies, notify all lienholders, gather and protect evidence and damages,  prepare a settlement demand, negotiate a car accident settlement, resolve liens, and distribute a fair settlement to you.  Automobile injury and death cases require quick attention from an experienced personal injury law firm. Mike Burman is a personal injury attorney with the staff and financial resources needed to take on any insurance company.  As your automobile accident lawyer, Mike Burman and his law firm will work quickly to answer all your questions and learn about your injuries-including those hard-to-find injuries that are oftentimes overlooked, such as brain injuries or labral tears in the hip.

Once evidence from the scene is secure, we use information technologies to transform this evidence into a visual representation of your car crash to prove the harms and losses behind your injuries. Our in-house media service prepares professional digital charts, blowups, and videos while keeping costs under control. Our goal is to communicate your case so that anyone can “be sure” what happened and “understand” what should be done to right the wrong done to you. We work to provide the insurance adjuster with a thorough evaluation of your case so you achieve a full and fair out-of-court settlement.  But if you must file suit, Burman Law will help prepare your case for trial.  At trial, we will visualize your case to the jury, so the jury understands exactly what happened to you, and how your life changed. In this way, the jury has the power to right the wrong done to you.


Insurance companies and insurance adjusters use several tactics to deny claims and pay less than the value of the claim.  Some of the most common we see are:

  • Blaming accident victims for their own injuries
  • Reducing the value of the case by misinterpreting medical records
  • Denying the injuries are related to the car crash
  • Making low settlement offers for pre-existing or age-related factors
  • Delaying claims as long as possible until you must take a low settlement offer
  • Making lowball settlement offers to reduce the amount you think is reasonable
  • Telling injury victims they do not need to hire a lawyer


You need no money to hire me. I am paid a reasonable fee out of the money paid to resolve your case.  The decision to resolve your case is always yours to make.  I work for you.  All fees and costs will be transparent, upfront, and in writing.  We are paid a percentage of the money recovered in your case.  Many personal injury lawyers now charge a fee of 40% to begin your case.  Our fee has been 1/3 for more than twenty-five plus years.  We do not spend time or money on expensive Tv Ads, and we pass that savings on to you.  There are no hidden disclaimers.  We are transparent at all times.

With our free consultation and free case evaluation services, you can discuss your car accident case with Mike Burman in confidence.  Mike will help you understand your rights and give you a plan of action based on real experience.  There is never any pressure.  We put all fees and case expenses in writing.  As a Burman Law client, you will receive our free client portal so you can post anything you want 24/7/365.  We respond to portal messages by the next business day, or sooner.   And you can always contact Mike on his personal cell phone number which he will give you.  Burman Law staff average ten years of paralegal experience.  Mike has more than 25+ years of experience in personal injury and wrongful death involving car accidents and safety in Kentucky and Tennessee.

We would be honored to help you or your loved ones. You can schedule a consultation with Mike by clicking:

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  • 1-800-200-1578



At Burman Law, we don’t rely on expensive TV ads, we rely on you.  Below is a more detailed checklist of the actions we take in every car accident case.  The checklist we actually use every day is two pages long, but this gives you a good understanding of what is involved:

  • Establish an attorney-client relationship.
  • Determine your main concerns and needs.
  • Set up all lines of communication and Burman Law Client Portal.
  • Investigate and preserve critical evidence.
  • Search for CCTv video/audio, ring doorbell, or security cameras from local businesses.
  • Locate and interview witnesses.
  • Consider the need to download the “black box” computer on the “at-fault” vehicle.
  • Gather damages – medical, lost wages, pain & suffering and other incidental damages.
  • Review your claim and go over things that will devalue or reduce your claim.
  • Discover all insurance carriers and amounts.  Put all on notice.
  • Review for coverage issues.
  • Apply for personal injury protection benefits/medical pay coverage and disability insurance.
  • Apply for health care coverage.
  • Contact all insurance companies and insurance adjusters with letters of representation.
  • Work with your PIP adjuster to get your lost wages while you are off work.
  • Work with you to get your medical bills paid.
  • Prepare a settlement demand.
  • Get Settlement Authority.  Burman Law will never settle a case without your permission.
  • Negotiate a fair settlement when possible (Burman Law settlement rate is over 90%.  That means 9 times out of 10, your case will settle to your satisfaction without filing suit.)
  • Get your liens resolved.
  • Distribute your settlement to you.  All distributions are completely transparent.
  • File a lawsuit if necessary.
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