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Article first published as Book Review: 'Maximizing Your Injury Claim: Simple Steps to Protect Your Family After an Accident' by Matthew D. Dubin on Blogcritics.

June 20, 2015

Maximizing Your Injury Claim:
Simple Steps to Protect Your Family After an Accident
Matthew D. Dubin
Aviva Publishing (2015)
ISBN: 9781943164127

New Book Gives Priceless Help for Handling an Injury Claim after an Accident

Maximizing Your Injury Claim: Simple Steps to Protect Your Family After an Accident by Matthew D. DubinMaximizing Your Injury Claim is a “must-read” book for absolutely everyone. If you drive a car, ride in a vehicle, or even walk and have to cross a street, you need to read this book. It would be difficult to find anyone alive today who has not been in some sort of automobile accident, so it’s best to be prepared before that happens or it happens again.

Matthew Dubin has been a personal injury lawyer for twenty years. He has practiced in Washington State during that time, owns his own law firm, and has received many honors, including being named A National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyer. More importantly, as the pages in Maximizing Your Injury Claim demonstrate, he cares deeply about his clients and getting them the settlements they need and deserve when they are injured. Not only does he care about his clients, but he knows all the ins and outs of dealing with the legal system, medical doctors, and insurance companies. Many of his clients offer testimonials in the book that he took care of all the details of their claims for them so they could focus on recovering from their injuries.

While Dubin can help you if you are injured, all too often, he finds that by the time people come to him for help, they have already made several mistakes at the scene of the accident and directly after it that will make things more difficult for them to get the financial recovery they deserve. That is precisely why he has written Maximizing Your Injury Claim—so people will be prepared when the worst happens to them. He offers practical advice throughout the book, beginning with what to do before the accident so you are prepared and continuing through topics on insurance company red tape, getting doctors to support your claim, dealing with the court system, how to settle out of court, and if necessary, what to expect if your case goes to trial.

I learned so much I didn’t know from reading this book. Let’s face it—automobile insurance is something that remains somewhat mysterious to most of us. We pay it because we feel we have to, and we hope we never have to use it, but because we seldom use it, we also usually resent paying for it, so we try to get the least expensive policies possible. Dubin takes us through the maze of insurance policies and explains how spending just a few extra dollars for a better policy can make a huge difference in a time of emergency. He also walks us through the issues involved in dealing with the other driver’s insurance company, what to do if your vehicle is hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver, and what to do if your own insurance company is refusing to pay. He even explores how insurance companies use medical doctors to protect their own interests rather than to help you reach a fair settlement.

I can’t imagine there is any scenario Dubin doesn’t cover in this book. He even includes a handy page you can cut out and put in your glove compartment so when you are at the scene of the accident, you are reminded of what information to get and from whom. There are also FAQs sheets for different kinds of accidents, including those involving bicycles, commercial trucks, and motorcycles. Finally, there’s a glossary of terms at the end for quick and easy reference.

Being involved in an injury claim is a stressful and upsetting situation, especially if you’ve been seriously hurt. The stress and worry can hinder your physical recovery. Dubin relieves a lot of stress for his readers and clients by helping them to be prepared. He also writes in a very reader-friendly style, leaving out the legalese and explaining everything in plain English. Perhaps what I most appreciated was how he continually included examples to illustrate the information he provided. Every chapter is filled with stories of people who have been in various situations that can arise during a personal injury claim. These stories range from the infamous McDonald’s hot coffee case that most of us think we know but really don’t, to stories of people who have been in multiple accidents so that insurance companies want to claim they have preexisting injuries, to an entire chapter devoted solely to accidents involving children.

I can’t say enough about what a valuable book I think Maximizing Your Injury Claim is. Dubin is an honest, straightforward, and caring lawyer who really does want his clients and readers to have the best lives possible. I encourage everyone to read this book. Not only will you then have experienced “the Dubin Difference,” but you’ll be prepared for whatever fate throws your way—after all, preparation is the key to protecting yourself and those you love in times of emergency. Don’t let that quick run to the grocery store that turns into a collision leave you wishing you had read this book sooner.

For more information about Matthew Dubin and Maximizing Your Injury Claim, visit www.MaximizingYourInjuryClaim.com.

— Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D., and award-winning author of Narrow Lives and The Best Place

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