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Our attorneys represent individuals in all personal injury matters to win cases involving motor vehicle accidents, product liability, and prescription drugs — ranging from high-stakes individual trucking accident injury trials to sprawling nationwide federal MDL or consolidated state cases involving thousands of claims.
Our plaintiff’s personal injury attorneys welcome and win the most challenging cases, including those brought in difficult circumstances.
Time and time again, the plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers in our network have successfully litigated cases involving accidents pertaining to cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, airplanes, boats, jet skis, trains, ride shares, and more. Additionally, the attorneys handle pharmaceutical cases involving dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, medical malpractice, and toxic torts, among others.
The highly skilled attorneys in our group understand the complexities of personal injury law because they have been setting precedents in some of the highest-profile cases for decades.
The attorneys in our network focus on litigating large-scale, complex cases that require creative and bold action. Our litigators are experienced, ingenious and diligent attorneys who have achieved record-breaking litigation success. And because they only work on a contingency fee basis, you pay nothing unless they win.
The practice areas include Airplane, Bus & Helicopter Accidents, Animal & Dog Bites, Asbestos Mesothelioma, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Defective Products, Dangerous Drugs, Defective Medical Devices Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Defects, Nursing Home Negligence, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Railroad Worker Injury & FELA, Ride Share Injuries, Child Sexual Abuse, Tractor Trailer Accidents, Toxic Mold, Toxic Torts, Workers’ Compensation, and Wrongful Death.
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Our attorneys have obtained millions in jury verdicts and settlements. We handle virtually every kind of claim involving personal injuries and accidents across the country. One thing has been constant throughout. Getting our clients the money they deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured and want to get paid more, call us today.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a wreck that wasn’t their fault, our automobile accident lawyers may be able to get you more money than you realize.
When you’ve been hurt in an accident involving a semi-truck, the trucking lawyers in our network will help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Our personal injury lawyers understand the complexities of personal injury law because they have been setting precedents in some of the highest-profile cases for decades.
If you suspect your loved one’s death was caused by someone elses negligence, the wrongful death attorneys in our network may be able to help you file a wrongful death suit.
In the US, there are close to 60,000 bus accidents annually. If you were injured in a bus accident, Contact our bus accident lawyers for a free consultation.
Too many motorcycle riders are injured annually because of negligent drivers. Our attorneys will help you hold them accountable.
FedEx Truck Accident
Each year, almost 1000 incidents involving FedEx delivery trucks occur. If you were hurt in an accident involving a FedEx truck, call us today.
UPS Truck Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, UPS trucks have been involved in 2,563 accidents during the past two years (FMCSA.)
Amusement Park Accidents
Each year, there are about 30,000 accidents at amusement parks; hiring a knowledgeable attorney is essential to maximizing your compensation.
2,145 road-grade crossing accidents ocurred in 2021, according to FRA. In 2021, there have been 669 crossing injuries and 234 crossing deaths.
Over six thousand pedestrians are killed in the United States annually by negligent drivers. Our lawyers have the experience to hold them accountable and make them pay.
Bicycle accidents in the US result in over 130,000 injuries and close to 1,000 fatalities. The annual cost of bicycle-related injuries and fatalities exceeds $23 billion.
Hundreds of passengers are injured in Uber’s rideshare monthly. When you or someone you know suffers from injuries as a passenger in an Uber, call us.
You need a skilled attorney on your side if you were hurt in a Lyft accident. Our ride-sharing litigation team is prepared to help get you the money you deserve.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, recreational ATV accidents result in more than 700 fatalities and 135,000 injuries each year (CPSC).
If you were hurt in a boating accident we can help. Our boating accident lawyers have handled these challenging claims for decades.
Serious injuries can result from dog bites. The dog bite lawyers in our network can assist you with getting financial compensation if a dog bit you or attacked you.
Amazon Truck Accidents
Serious accidents involving drivers who are transporting cargo for Amazon occur far too often. If you’ve been injured by an Amazon delivery truck, contact us.
Golf Cart Accidents
Golf cart accidents can be very serious since they lack seat belts, airbags, and other safety precautions. We understand how to handle these complex cases.
Jet Ski Accidents
Over six hundred injuries occur annually in the US from Jet Ski accidents. If you were injured on a jet ski, we may be able to help you seek compensation.
Whether the drug is over-the-counter or prescribed, if you suffered injuries because of a bad drug, you have the right to seek money damages.
If someone else’s negligence caused you to sustain burn injuries, you might be entitled to compensation. Our lawyers will fight to get you paid more.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
To explain TBI diagnosis to the jury, you must understand it. Our attorneys take pride in teaching the jury every aspect so our clients can get paid more.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Our spinal cord injury attorneys have a history and track record that is second to none for getting remarkable outcomes in spinal cord injury cases.
Child Sexual Abuse
Our trial attorneys have the resources and experience to handle child sex abuse cases. If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual abuse, contact us.
Annually, approximately 30,000 electrical shock accidents and over 750 people die from being electrocuted. We have a track record with these cases.
If you’ve been sexually harassed at work it’s not ok. Our attorneys will hold them accountable and hit them where it hurts the most, their pockets.
If you suspect your loved one’s death was the result of negligence, the wrongful death attorneys in our network may be able to help you file a wrongful death suit.
The trial lawyers in our nationwide network have a track record that is second to none. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries from someone else’s negligence call us today at (866) 240-2414.
We have achieved record-breaking verdicts and settlements in a wide range of cases listed below.
Sexual Abuse Attorneys
It is disturbing to consider, but a lot of children and young adults are being sexually abused in the houses of their religion, many times by people who are very trusted. While it is difficult to imagine men in robes preying upon our children’s innocence, sexual abuse in clergy, priesthood, and religious settings happen far too frequently. The religious affiliation of the church, be it Protestant, Catholic, or other denomination, has no bearing on where predators will strike.
The trauma and scars associated with these crimes may take years to heal. Often, churches and their employees attempt to sweep these issues under the rug. We are not going to allow that to happen.
Our lawyers are dedicated to helping with all aspects of getting life back for the child, and the family. If you or a family member has been the victim of sexual abuse at your church, whether it was perpetrated by a clergy member, employee, or volunteer, contact our clergy abuse lawyers for a confidential consultation.
Car Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, the motor vehicle injury lawyers in our network can help you navigate through this difficult time. Our auto accident lawyers have more than years of experience helping injured victims get back on their feet; we understand the stresses that you are facing, the medical bills, a damaged car, an inability to work, etc., and our team is here to help you through this. Best of all, when you contact our office, you will get a no-risk consultation and owe us nothing if we do not win your case. Get Paid More is dedicated to helping individuals who are severely injured as a result of the negligent actions of another. Our network of experienced trial lawyers across the country can help you defend your legal rights and obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
We take our clients seriously and have a passion for helping people, so you can trust you will be treated like family.
Our mission is simple: connect attorneys in our network to victims of injuries so that they can offer superior legal representation to victims of auto accidents and fight to obtain as much compensation as possible for their damages. If you are involved in an automobile accident and you have questions about your auto accident or injuries, contact us at our free consultation call. Our team is available 24/7, so do not waste another minute! Call us today at (866) 240-2414 and let us work for you.
No two clients face the exact same issues following an auto accident, and neither do the circumstances surrounding the accident. That is why there is not one fixed fee an attorney charges to every person involved in a crash. Some attorneys charge a flat rate, whereas others charge on an hourly basis. Different auto accident lawyers charge varying rates.
The lawyers in our network charge nothing to you unless we actually win your case. They operate on a contingency fee basis, and they are available to talk with you about your potential case in more detail when you contact us at (866) 240-2414. They offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation, in which they will find out more about your situation to determine whether they believe you have a case.
After being involved in an automobile accident, there are steps that you will want to take to both keep yourself safe and preserve as much of your strength as possible in your potential personal injury lawsuit. The first thing you should do is contact the police. Tell them it is only a car accident. They will get to the accident site once they can.
Check on anyone in the vehicle with you, and on the other driver and his or her passengers. You want to be sure that all are okay, and/or in what state they are in.
Never leave the scene of a crash, as you could actually be in trouble with the law if you do. You want to share the contact information with the other person. This includes their telephone numbers as well as license information. If possible, share the details of your insurance.
If the other party does not cooperate, then wait for the police to arrive on the scene. Take pictures, record videos, and jot down notes about the scene with as many details as you can. If needed, record the surrounding area as well as the immediate vicinity of the incident on video. Trust us when we say that you will be happy that you recorded the scene down the road. Do not accept fault, even when the police appear to place blame.
After being involved in an automobile accident, it is likely that you will be unable to think straight because an assortment of emotions is coursing through your body. If you are uncomfortable answering some of the questions that police are asking, do not answer their questions.
This is important because too often, people who are involved in car accidents do not get medical treatment. You need to get medical help, even if you feel okay. You may feel okay right now, but after you calm down and several days pass, then the effects of a motor vehicle crash on your body and/or psychological state will be clear. Also, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Finally, get in touch with an auto accident lawyer. Better yet, call us at (866) 240-2414 for a free case consultation and review. Our auto accident lawyers can counsel you about what you should do when involved in a motor vehicle accident.
What is the average settlement in a motor vehicle accident? The truth is that there is no average settlement for a car accident. That is because many factors go into play, like whether the insurance company offers a fair settlement outside the courts, and also whether or not the case really goes all the way to trial.
Other factors include the particulars of a motor vehicle crash, such as whether negligence was involved, whether there was distracting driving, if drugs/alcohol were involved, the extent of injuries, and emotional distress, just to name a few. We are strong believers in getting fair compensation to each and every client that we take on. Some things that we will look at in determining what a settlement should include are insurance coverage, medical bills, and pain/suffering.
Depending on your circumstances, we may also factor in vehicle repairs and lost wages from having to miss time from work.
When Should I Get an Attorney for My Car Accident? Has your vehicle been substantially damaged?
If it has, you are going to want to hire an attorney. If you did not suffer injuries at all, and the accident involved just a small car crash, which caused almost no damage to your car, then you may not need a lawyer. In general, though, it is still a good idea to talk with an attorney soon after the crash. As mentioned earlier, there are specific steps that you will want to take following a car crash, the final one being contacting an auto accident attorney.
After being in a car accident, be sure to contact our team at (866) 240-2414. We will tell you if you have a case.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
First, you need an attorney because there are a lot of challenges in getting ready to litigate a personal injury lawsuit. By hiring one of our car crash lawyers, you can rest easy knowing that we will take on most of the load and fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve. We will prepare for your case, including gathering all of the necessary materials to build your lawsuit against the people who were responsible for your injuries. Second, we may be able to negotiate a settlement.
As mentioned above, insurance companies will frequently attempt to negotiate settlements out of court, but often, they will make offers that are unfair. We try to negotiate fair settlements, and if the insurance company offers you a deal that we feel you should not take, we will take the case to trial.
Third, we will manage the preparations for a trial, and if your case goes to court, we will represent you through the Court System. This means that we will prove why you are innocent, present evidence, call witnesses, etc.
It will be determined by your injuries, whether you were partly to blame, and the other factors surrounding your auto accident. In some cases, you may receive just $5k or less, but if you were seriously injured and the crash was not your fault, then you may get a lot more than this. There are many different factors that go into how much you can potentially get back for your damages. To get a better idea of what you might be able to get, you should contact our team at (866) 240-2414.
What types of damages may I be able to recover? There are three types of damages that you can recover in Charlotte, and also throughout the rest of the state. Economic, noneconomic, and punitive are the three. These damages include things like property losses, lost income, and medical care. Anything with financial costs related to your motor vehicle accident can be considered economic damage.
We may be able to discuss specifics surrounding your car accident to determine what types of economic damages you can potentially recover. These types of damages include things like emotional pain, sleeplessness, anxiety, stress, and fear. Noneconomic damages may include the loss of loved ones, and also the loss of pleasure. Anything not valued by money, that is related to the motor vehicle crash, may be included in a lawsuit.
Punitive damages are awarded in cases that involve a defendant causing an accident through willful malice and/or driving in a manner they knew would result in greater harm to the other driver. These are just a few examples of this. In short, punitive damages are meant to be a way of punishing the negligent parties in your case, as well as to discourage others from making the same mistakes. This depends on which state the incident occurred in.
Truck Accident Lawyers
If we take on your case, we promise unrelenting devotion and superior communication. We promise that every single safety violation leading up to that accident will be found and litigated vigorously on your behalf. We promise that we will hold the trucking company entirely accountable for any injuries or wrongful deaths caused by violations of these must-carry safety laws.
Truck Accident Lawyers in our nationwide legal group handle cases in all 50 states. Because of this commitment that we make to our clients, we are able to take on a limited number of these significant truck crash cases across the country. But we will make this extra promise to you: If our panel of attorneys cannot take your case in person, we will still ensure we refer you to an excellent, experienced truck crash attorney in your city and state who knows the laws and legal process surrounding trucking accidents. The truck crash lawyers in our network are shocked by the number of personal injury attorneys that actively advertise and promote themselves as being available to take on trucking accident cases, yet who lack the experience and actual qualifications to take on those cases.
Our most important core value is taking on and changing the industry, which has today become highly unsafe. By protecting our clients, and by the results that we achieve on behalf of our clients, we are working to make unsafe trucking companies safer, and we are helping save lives.
Unfortunately, the inexperienced lawyers who litigate trucking injury cases are giving those unsafe trucking companies a pass for being safe. Trucking companies who are not held completely accountable have learned they can save money by skirting the mandatory safety laws meant to keep us all safe.
The injured victims in preventable truck crashes are hurt twice: once by the unsafe trucking company causing the totally avoidable injury or death, and then by lawyers that failed to find those safety violations causing the accident. The unsafe trucking companies get away with this, and our roads are made even more dangerous.
If we cannot personally accept your case, we will do our best to ensure you are connected to a truly qualified trucking accident attorney in your town or state, one who has demonstrated understanding, knowledge, and experience fighting big trucking companies, and one who shares those fundamental values. Use our vast trucking industry knowledge to win your personal injury case.
Being involved in any kind of car accident is bad enough, but when you are involved in an accident that involves a tractor-trailer or other commercial vehicle, the consequences can be devastating. The size, weight, and potential for losing control of these big trucks make them lethal in a collision. In addition to excess damage to your vehicle, you and your passengers may suffer extensive injuries — everything from fractures to paralysis, and brain injuries to amputations.
Take the first steps toward getting your life back. Call (866) 240-2414 or fill out our contact form to set up a FREE, NO-obligation initial consultation with one of our Truck Accident Lawyers today.
In addition to the road laws, everyone else on the road is required to follow, the trucking industry has a vast set of regulations and laws called Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). These regulations, and how they are interpreted, are critical in building a trucking accident case. Learn more about these trucking laws.
Not all trucking injury lawyers are created equal. Because trucking companies are represented by big, oil-guzzling teams of lawyers, you will want an attorney with a lot of trucking-industry litigation and settlement experience to even the odds.
Learn what to look for in a trucking accident attorney. Cars and trucks might be motor vehicles, but the horsepower and size of tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles make a major difference between a collision involving two cars and one involving at least one truck. In addition to the fact that there is usually more damage and injuries involved in truck crashes, filing a truck crash suit is more complicated than a vehicle accident suit. Learn more about the differences between truck crashes and auto crashes. Do not delay the protection you have.
Call (866) 240-2414 today for a FREE consultation with one of our experienced, knowledgeable trucking accident lawyers.
Construction Site Accident Lawyers
Due to the nature of the building trades, individuals employed at building sites are exposed to hazardous and life-threatening working conditions daily. However, many states worker’s compensation laws can severely restrict the compensation available to those injured in construction-related accidents. State laws prohibiting a worker from suing his or her employer generally also restrict worker’s compensation systems, which may not offer pain and suffering compensation. Innumerable workers’ compensation laws can impose specific limits on the length of time that an injured worker can collect benefits, even when he or she has been hurt for indefinite amounts of time.
Often, in order to collect a remedy to cover pain and suffering, it is necessary to hold parties other than an employer responsible in some way for an injury-causing incident. Knowledge of the Federal regulations that govern the worksite is essential in developing theories regarding the general contractors and subcontractors that can permit lawsuits when such laws seem likely to bar recovery. In addition, your counsel must be experienced at inspecting construction sites, identifying key witnesses, and keeping crucial evidence.
Severe accidents and injuries happen at work sites across the nation at an alarming rate. We have handled various cases of work injury including lift accidents, nail gun accidents, scaffolding accidents, faulty equipment accidents, crane accidents, dangerous energy accidents, logging accidents, and compressed gas accidents, which frequently include injuries such as spinal cord and back injuries, amputations, crushed limbs, burns, brain injuries, paraplegia, and quadriplegia. Thousands of workers are killed or severely injured every year working on the jobsite. This occurs despite the fact that numerous state and federal regulations, along with industry standards, require owners, general contractors, and subcontractors to enact numerous safety measures.
From 1980 through 1995, more than 93,000 workers died in the United States from injuries suffered on the job. From 1980 to 1995, on average, 16 workers died each day in work-related accidents. In 2000, the number of injuries sustained from work-related injuries contributed to about 5,600 work-related deaths. In total, there were 5.2 million injuries and illnesses reported during 2001 at workplaces in private industry.
While workers compensation helps employees when they are injured on the job, it is generally insufficient to fully compensate injured workers for all of the damages they suffer from a work-related incident. Unfortunately, workers compensation alone may not be sufficient compensation.
To obtain fair compensation for injuries, workers should pursue third-party litigation against parties other than their employers. Property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, and even equipment manufacturers can all be held responsible when an accident occurs on the jobsite. In addition to workers compensation benefits, other damages that can be recovered through a third-party action include pain and suffering, extra pay for lost wages, extra health benefits, and loss of consortium.
Manufacturers of construction equipment are liable for designing and maintaining a safe product. Defective or hazardous products can include scaffolds, cranes, power tools, dikes, hoists, conveyors, timber tools, ladders, hoists, trucks, grates, scrapers, tractors, bulldozers, forklifts, backhoes, heavy machinery, boilers, pressure vessels, gas detectors, and other types of construction equipment.
It is usually possible to locate third parties responsible if there is a crash or injury. Because most sites include a number of subcontractors, it is quite common to locate multiple potential third-party respondents. A lawyer might also look into claims against a General Contractor, which might have been liable for oversight, and might have been liable under contract for injuries. In the most complicated cases, legal principles about agency and an analysis of the business laws can result in sophisticated determinations about who is technically the “employee” and who is a “third party” under any given circumstances.
Workers’ compensation laws are designed to assist injured workers, but also employers, with their medical coverage problems. The workers compensation act provides benefits for workers who are injured on the job or who have suffered from an occupational illness that occurred during employment.
Benefits provided under workers compensation include weekly payments, based on a percentage of an employee’s median weekly salary, for temporary total disability, partial disability, permanent and total disability, and permanent loss of function and disfigurement. Workers Compensation also covers medical expenses for treatments that are reasonably, necessary, and related to an injury sustained in industry, as well as services to restore employment. Unfortunately, workers compensation may not provide adequate compensation on its own, particularly for very severe, catastrophic personal injuries.
As noted above, it is necessary to seek compensation from a negligent third party, such as a dangerous or defective product maker, an inadequate safety device, or any other responsible party. These cases need to be handled with urgency and expert knowledge, as it can be hard to find a responsible third party, and the evidence, such as the piece of faulty equipment, needs to be preserved.
You will need representation from an aggressive, seasoned litigation lawyer to make sure that you are properly compensated for your pain. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident at the worksite, you need counsel from experienced work injury lawyers. Call us today for a free consultation or fill out our free case assessment form.
Boating Accident Lawyers
Federal, state, and international maritime laws all have regulations regarding ship accidents. As a result, building a claim for compensation can be an involved process. Our Boating Accident Lawyers have years of experience handling these complicated claims. We have helped clients injured in boating accidents across the U.S. obtain compensation for their losses.
This includes medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We know the details in and out of local boating laws, and we know the little details that can make or break a case, and we have the ability to obtain you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Boating accidents are one of the many practice areas that our litigation attorneys cover, and our particular expertise in this area could be the thing that helps you. If you were injured in a boating accident, please complete our free, no-obligation case review form today.
How Can a Boating Lawyer Help Me?
Our attorneys have handled personal injury and maritime claims, and they will use that experience to identify applicable laws, statutes, theories, and jurisdictions for your claims. With several of our offices located in Florida, we have an intimate knowledge of those laws. With that information, we are able to determine who may be responsible for your losses, depending on which body of water your incident occurred on, and what kind of accident it was. Failing to bring a case within the time limits set by the individual statutes of limitations in your state for personal injuries can result in your failure to collect damages for your injuries. It is important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Boating Under the Influence: Under Florida law, it is illegal to operate a vessel under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If a person is suspected of operating a vessel under the influence, he/she should submit to a sobriety test. Refusal to submit to the tests will result in a suspension of the operator’s boating and driving privileges. An individual is drunk, according to the law, if his or her blood or breath level is at or above.08 percent. Anyone under the age of 21 with a blood or breath alcohol level of more than.02 is considered intoxicated.
Any person who has registered blood or breath alcohol levels exceeding their permitted limit can face a fine, imprisonment, and/or probation. Reckless and Careless Operating: Under the provisions of the Florida Rules of Navigation and Federal regulations, a person operating a boat “with deliberate disregard of the safety of persons or property” can be charged with reckless operating, a misdemeanor, a class 1 misdemeanor. Boat operators are required to operate “their vessels in a reasonable and prudent manner, in light of the movement of other vessels, posted restrictions, the presence of the Divers Down flag, and other circumstances” in order to maintain the safety of other boaters, guests, and property. Failure to comply with these regulations can lead to a ticket for negligent operation. Multiple citations will require an offender to take a boating education class before they are allowed to operate the vessel again.
Jones Act & Longshore Claims: **Our attorneys have also handled claims on behalf of workers injured on the job as they seek worker’s compensation benefits. Learn more about this practice here. Injuries sustained from jet-ski crashes may be much worse than injuries sustained from larger boating accidents, given the exposed nature of the operator. While a Jet Ski accident may be due to the operator’s negligence, defective equipment may infrequently contribute to an accident. Parties that can be held responsible for damages include negligent boat operators, jet ski rental companies who provide equipment, or manufacturers who sold defective and/or improperly designed products.
What legal remedies are available for boating injuries? Victims of a boating accident can pursue legal action to obtain compensation for personal injuries and/or property damages. In some cases, a boater can face criminal charges if he/she is operating recklessly, negligently, or while intoxicated. Negligence is the most common cause of action for which wrongful death claims are filed for boating accidents. In most cases, if an operator of a boat fails to comply with prescribed boating rules, passes the other boat improperly, or fails to use/have adequate safety equipment aboard, he/she can be held responsible for negligence during the accident.
If a case goes to trial, the jury will decide whether the operator of the boat was operating the boat the same way a “reasonable boater” would. To recover damages, a plaintiff’s injuries must be directly related to a boating accident. It is essential to gather evidence, including witness statements, police reports, and photographs at the site of the incident and injuries, in order to make a negligence claim. In these types of suits, an injured person must show that the boating accident was caused by the negligence or carelessness of the other, they were injured in it, and the responsible party is responsible for any associated damages. The parties liable for injuries from boating accidents will differ from case to case.
Liability in boating accidents, and the laws that apply to an injured person’s claims, will depend on an individual’s status aboard the boat (whether he is a member, occupant, operator, or owner), and on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Accidents near the shore are likely covered by the laws of the state of Florida and federal jurisdiction, whereas accidents farther inland might be covered by the laws of the sea. If you are injured in an accident on the water, you could be eligible for compensation. Our personal injury attorneys understand the particularities that set boating accidents apart from other motor vehicle accidents, and they may be able to assist you. To learn more about how our boating accident lawyers might be able to help you, please complete our free, no-obligation case review form today.
Bicycle Accident Lawyers
One of the leading causes of injuries or deaths related to bicycle crashes is brain trauma. Children are required to wear a helmet when riding bikes. It is recommended that adults also wear helmets.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission found that over half (54%) of the people killed in bicycle accidents were not wearing helmets. A meta-analysis of injuries from bike crashes found that wearing helmets reduced the risk of brain injuries by 48%, serious brain injuries by 60%, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) by 53%, and facial injuries by 23%. Although drivers should carefully glance at bicyclists or pedestrians before turning around or entering the roadway, the majority of bicycling crashes occur when a driver looks but fails to see, the bicyclist.
What can be done to address this issue? Studies have shown that wearing gear or fluorescent clothes makes you more visible, making it less likely you will get hit by a car. Wear reflective gear at night or early morning, and bright colors while riding in daylight. This will make you stand out for other drivers and reduce the risk of getting hurt. Attach a bike light to the bike, and ensure that the bike is equipped with headlights at night or in the early morning hours, as well as several lights.
Always keep an eye on the surroundings. Motor vehicles are not always looking out for bicyclists, so make sure you are aware of traffic patterns while biking.
Consider wearing a smartwatch or another device that allows you to call for help in case you are injured and cannot get your phone. It can be an intimidating and, if you are injured, traumatic experience. The first thing you should do is evaluate any injuries you may have, and attempt to walk away from the roadway if you are able. The last thing you want is to get struck by a second car, and sadly, we have seen cases where this happens. Once you make it safely to the curb, dial 911 to report the crash and request an ambulance to treat your injuries.
Even if they seem minor at the moment, it is good to have them checked by a professional. In some crashes, injuries may be far worse than they initially appear, and they might not start showing symptoms for hours or days afterward. If a medical professional suggests you visit the hospital to get a more thorough assessment, follow their recommendation. Ideally, the driver who struck you would have stopped safely, got out, and checked on you. They should call for help if you are not able, and remain with you until first responders arrive.
You may want to use this time to swap contacts and insurance information for later. Fortunately, that is the way it goes most of the time, but we do sometimes see “hit-and-run” scenarios. In cases where a car just drives away, try to obtain a license plate number, or take notes on how the vehicle looks, so that you can report it to authorities at a later time. Every crash is different, but there are certain situations we see often in bike crashes.
The bicycle is crossing in front of the car. Note this is not necessarily the fault of the cyclist, though being aware of the surroundings and checking the cars is definitely recommended. However, there are plenty of situations in which a rider has the right-of-way, but a vehicle does not give it.
Accidents at intersections are almost always the responsibility of the vehicle driver. But, in some cases, a driver can claim the bicyclist contributed to the crash, even though the driver is still largely to blame. Under North Carolinas contribution-to-negligence laws, a bicyclist who is found even one percent to be at fault cannot recover damages against the driver. For that reason, we encourage you to contact a bicycling attorney immediately following an accident. If the driver (or his insurance company) claims that you were to blame, we can help refute these claims and work to defend your legal rights.
The car was hooked, leaving the riders to face. This is usually one of those situations when a motorist does not see a bicycle, for various reasons. Reflective equipment may have helped, but sometimes another car or object blocked the driver’s vision of the bicycle. Unfortunately, it is a highly dangerous kind of accident, too. Sometimes a motorcycle driver cannot stop, and they will t-bone a vehicle.
Or, maybe they have to make a U-turn to avoid that, and go down the street, or crash into something else. In many cases, a vehicle can speed away. Again, most times, bicyclists are entitled to a right-of-way, but drivers are violating that. The car is weaving to get a right-of-way ahead of the biker. In this type of accident, both the bike and car are traveling the same direction, with the car trying to make a left turn, crossing into the path of the bicycle.
Again, it is often because the driver does not see the bike out there. Sometimes, bikes can get into a driver’s blind spots, particularly if it’s a big, square car, such as a delivery truck. Other times, a driver might be turning right at an intersection that the bicyclist is trying to cross.
The driver or passenger of the car opens a door while a bicyclist is passing. This sounds like an odd incident, but this happens more than you may think. Most people realize how important it is to watch before turning or pulling off the road. But many motorists fail to consider looking before opening the door to a vehicle.
If a bicyclist happens to be riding nearby, it could cause a serious injury. There are a number of reasons cars crash into bicyclists. It remains a big issue for a number of reasons, and it is a serious threat for cyclists.
It is difficult to spot a bike when using a cell phone when driving, so always focus on driving while you are behind the wheel. Drivers who approach bicyclists at close range.
It is very important that motorists give the bikers as much room as possible in order to decrease their crash risk. Bikers may also want to try and maintain distance from cars. Wherever possible, riding on sidewalks rather than roads may help mitigate risks. This is never a good idea, but it is especially harmful if there are bicyclists or pedestrians nearby.
Always slow down when you see a bike — this gives you more time to react if they do something unexpected, or get into an accident with another car. Drivers need to know the rules of the road, which include instructions on sharing the road with bicyclists, and knowing when to give up right-of-way. If you are not sure who has the right of way, slow down and let the rider get in front regardless.
Change lanes without being certain that the lanes are clear. Using your mirrors is fine, but before finally crossing, it is best to briefly turn your head and look down lane, in case you missed the cyclist. Run red lights or stop signs.
Again, you generally should not do that, but for cyclists, it can be particularly dangerous since it is harder for them to see. It is really easy to look at either side of you and think nobody is coming, so you are fine just going ahead and running this stop sign or stoplight. But, if you miss the bike heading into an intersection, that could cause a collision.
Today, many ride-sharing companies are operating across the country to take over the times you are drunk. You could also hail a taxi, ride the bus, recruit a friend to act as your designated driver when you are planning on going out, or stay at your friend’s house overnight if you had a few drinks. Most people are aware of the dangers of drunk driving, but did you know driving while tired could be equally as dangerous?
If you are over 24 hours, the effects are the same as having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of.10, which is above the legal limit of.08. Worse, being tired increases the effects of drinking, even in small amounts. If you did not sleep well, or if you are feeling tired or drowsy, take advantage of any of the options listed above to find another way home.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of ways you can be injured in a bicycle accident. Bikes just offer no protection if you are hit by a fast-moving car, thrown from the bike, or both. Taking care of those injuries, or others, can be expensive and time-consuming, and many times, a victim can lose work after an accident.
A single bike crash can financially ruin many people for all of these reasons. Even people who have good medical coverage, they may find that their medical care is unaffordable because of the deductibles or co-pays.
If you are in a crash and trying to figure out how to handle the mountain of medical bills, you will want to talk with a bike injury attorney before making any decisions. They can walk you through your options, including options that you might not have considered to pursue compensation.
Bus Accident Attorneys
Of all of the different forms of transport available to Americans, buses are, statistically, among the safest. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), bus crashes represented less than one percent of the motor vehicle crashes that killed people in 2006. About two-thirds of these accidents involved collisions with other motor vehicles, and a third were rollovers and pedestrian crashes.
When buses actually get into accidents, though, the results can be disastrous. Often, it is because bus companies, schools, and transit agencies do not ensure proper harnesses, or provide safety measures in general.
When you load your children onto the school bus or get on the bus for your own transit ride, you are trusting the bus company and the bus driver to transport you and your loved ones to your destination in one piece. One of the last things you would expect is to become involved in a bus crash. It is a sad fact that bus accidents happen. The absence of standards and proper safety measures is only one part of what makes buses potentially unsafe.
According to NHTSA, about a hundred pedestrians are struck and killed by buses every year in the U.S. This is due, in part, to the fact that bus routes constantly run close to the curbs and through densely-populated areas with pedestrians. In addition, bus drivers generally have restricted vision because of the significant size of their vehicles and their restricted posterior vision. Statistics indicate that other motor vehicles are more likely to hit the side of the bus, suggesting a problem in vision when changing lanes.
In the case of school buses, impatient motorists who are frequently distracted can result in an unpleasant crash involving helpless children if they do not stop for a schools bus when its red lights are flashing. The average school bus weighs over 10,000 pounds and is far more likely to suffer fatal rollover crashes than the average automobile. If bus drivers and other drivers fail to use sufficient caution, a daily commute could turn into a wrenching tragedy. Our Bus Accident Attorneys are available 24/7. Call our Bus Accident Attorney Specialists today at (866) 240-2414.
In the wake of a bus crash, the effects can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating, not just to passengers aboard but to loved ones. Our legal system has procedures to ensure the costs of bus accidents are borne by the person who is responsible, rather than by the innocent victims and their families. Individuals injured in the use of bus travel, and their families, can seek monetary compensation for their losses.
An experienced bus crash attorney from our national network can help you assess the merits of a personal injury claim involving a bus crash, to maximize the amount of money that you are awarded by the liable parties. Call our highly skilled bus accident lawyers today at (866) 240-2414 for a FREE, NO-obligation case review, or fill out a FREE Case Evaluation Form.
As a result of ever-increasing roadway congestion, coupled with the expense of maintaining a car, an increasing number of people are turning to mass transit as the main means to travel. Buses transport about 360 million passengers per year, covering 28 billion miles in total.
In line with an increasing number of commuters using buses as the primary means of transport, there is an increasing number of injuries and deaths following bus crashes. There are nearly 50,000 bus crashes every year, with more than 20,000 injured victims and an average of 40 fatalities. Despite the risks associated with buses, the accessibility of bus travel has kept buses on the roads in alarming numbers.
The amount of buses on the road leads to many different types of buses, and associated accidents, which may occur. The three most common types of bus accidents are school buses, cargo buses, and transit buses. Often, school buses are filled with rowdy students that might not follow all the safety precautions they should while riding in the bus. This makes school bus accidents extremely dangerous.
It is critical for the school buses and potential drivers to undergo thorough inspections and monitoring, as well as for there to be a supervisor in charge of the school bus, in order to ensure safety standards are maintained at all times. Because of this necessity, freight bus accidents are a regular occurrence on our highways. This is because the heavy load being hauled makes it difficult to maneuver a bus. It is crucial for a trucking coach driver to be alert and alert, as well as obey the rules of the road at all times.
Finally, cargo bus crashes are yet another dangerous form of bus accident due to a higher probability of fatalities. So many people ride buses for their daily commutes in and out of town, transport buses are packed to capacity most days. Any complications with the machines, parts or drivers could result in catastrophic accidents. To prevent injuries and other damages, bus companies must take strict quality measures at all times.
Unfortunately, those are not all of the types of bus accidents that you might become the victim of. If you were injured or suffered damages in a bus crash, whether as a passenger on a bus, pedestrian, or occupant or driver of another motor vehicle involved in the crash with a bus, you may be entitled to monetary damages for your injuries and expenses as part of a lawsuit against the bus company or the bus driver.
If you were the victim of a bus accident, contact our Bus Accident Injury Lawyers or Wrongful Death Lawyers at (866) 240-2414 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer all our potential bus crash clients a FREE, confidential consultation regarding their bus crash case. Do not hesitate to call us today for an appointment with an experienced bus accident attorney.
Uber Accident Attorneys
With more and more people opting for rideshare options like Uber and Lyft, there has been an increased risk of auto accidents for Uber and Lyft passengers, as well as resulting injuries. Have you been injured in a Lyft or Uber crash? You might have the right to receive monetary compensation for your injuries, and you might be looking for a knowledgeable Uber accident attorney.
Our network of expert legal professionals may be able to assist. Our Uber crash lawyers have been serving clients across the U.S. for years. Our litigation team has represented clients in California, New York, Minnesota, and all states in between.
Of course, they also have handled cases that involved assaults on Uber drivers and passengers. Together, our attorneys have years of combined experience in the law. We know how to navigate difficult cases and we work tirelessly to represent clients.
For a free, no-obligation consultation with an Uber crash attorney serving your local area, please call (866) 240-2414 There is no upfront fee, and you will pay no attorneys fees unless we win your case and you get compensation. To talk to a Uber crash lawyer, call (866) 240-2414 or fill out the brief form below. Click to call for a FREE consultation! No charge unless you get compensated.
Our attorneys have been fighting for North Carolinians injured in car crashes since 1985. We are serious about getting the justice our clients deserve, and are proud of our record of settlements and verdicts. Recently, we handled a case where a man suffered severe back injuries from a crash with Uber. We eventually settled for over $300,000 total compensation with his insurance company (see our disclosure below). If you were injured in an Uber or Lyft crash, please call (866) 240-2414 to speak with a knowledgeable Uber crash attorney.
The consultation is free, and you will pay no attorney’s fees if we do not recover damages for you. Call (866) 240-2414 today to have us review your case. We will listen, give you advice about your legal options, and if you choose to hire us, fight tirelessly for your rights. In the wake of your Uber crash, make sure to follow these tips to keep yourself safe and to protect your legal rights should you choose to pursue damages for your injuries.
Call 911: If you are involved in an accident with an Uber or Lyft, immediately call 911 to ensure that law enforcement and medical staff are on the scene as soon as possible. Seek Medical Care: If you are injured, get immediate medical care. Follow first-responder instructions, and if needed, immediately seek hospital treatment.
Your safety is what is most important. Talk to a police officer: The officer at the scene will be reporting an accident to Uber, and they want your statements. Be accurate and truthful, and keep in mind that everything you say or do could be used against you. Report your incident to Uber or Lyft: Use the Uber or Lyft app, and report it to the ride-sharing company.
These companies have insurance policies that can cover both driver and passenger(s) for any injuries sustained during an accident. Document the Accident: Take photos of the crash site, including any damage to vehicles, skid marks, debris, etc. Also, make sure you take pictures of any injuries that you suffered. This proof might come in handy later on, should you make a personal injury complaint or a lawsuit.
Contact an Uber Lawyer: If you were injured in a ride-hailing Uber or Lyft crash in the area, contact an Uber crash lawyer to get a consultation. These cases can be complicated, and a knowledgeable lawyer can help you navigate the system.
There is absolutely no fee; we are only paid if we win you money in damages. Those injured by the carelessness of others deserve justice, and our Uber vs. Lyft Car Accident Lawyers will gladly assist you, if we can.
Toxic Tort Lawyers
Toxic tort litigation involves personal injuries that occur from exposure to toxic materials, such as asbestos, radiation, pesticides, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, hazardous waste, and tobacco. Toxic tort cases are typically filed as class action suits due to the high numbers of individuals affected by the same materials. Toxic tort cases can be hard to prove, as personal injuries caused by the material do not usually appear until years after exposure.
In these cases, the plaintiffs need to show that they were exposed to a substance, and that this caused the negative effects that they are currently experiencing. However, unlike plaintiffs in criminal cases, who must prove their case beyond a “reasonable doubt,” plaintiffs in toxic-tort cases need only demonstrate that their claims are more likely than not to be true.
Asbestos causes respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases, and a form of cancer known as mesothelioma. The plaintiffs involved in these cases are typically workers from mines, factories, shipyards, oil refineries, and construction sites. Household chemicals, such as sanitizers, industrial chemicals, such as solvents, and cosmetics, such as cosmetics, are frequently subjects in toxic-tort cases. Children are most susceptible to exposure to these chemicals.
Improper disposal of dangerous waste created by modern industries may result in contamination of the groundwater supply and the release of toxic materials. Medical products, such as medical devices, blood, surgical implants, prosthetics, and hospital furnishings, may be subject to toxic tort lawsuits. Pesticides are used to ward off vermin, insects, weeds, mildew, and mold. Humans may be exposed to pesticides in their homes or while working (as a gardener or a farmer).
The drugs are frequently subjected to toxic-tort lawsuits. Examples of faulty drugs that are currently involved in litigation include: Aduhelm, Beovu, Elmiron, Nexium, NSAIDs, Opioids, Prilosec, Tepezza, and Valsartan.
There has been some evidence suggesting that Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) may be responsible for diseases like leukemia and other types of cancer. Plaintiffs involved in these types of toxic-tort lawsuits are typically individuals who work near high-current electrical equipment or live near high-tension electrical lines.
Tobacco and cigarettes are linked to many diseases associated with smoking. Toxic mold has been linked to a range of health problems, including chronic headaches and nosebleeds, and cognitive difficulties.
Mold infiltrates the home through water damage. Thimerosal is the preservative used to keep more than thirty common vaccines from spoiling. Thimerosal contains two types of mercury, which many believe causes autism in young children. The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend gradually withdrawing thimerosal from vaccines.
Slip & Fall Injury Attorneys
A “slip and fall” injury is an injury to the body caused when an individual slips or trips, typically in a neighborhood that is suddenly slippery, moist, or uneven. If a person falls on the property of another because of preventable, unsafe conditions, the property owner can legally be held responsible for the person’s injuries.
Property owners are not always legally responsible for accidents that happen on their properties. In general, property owners do have some responsibility they owe their guests, employees, or customers.
He or she has caused an unsafe condition (by pouring liquid and failing to clean up, digging a hole that is hard to see, etc.). He or she knew of the condition but did not take steps to remedy it or to prevent injury to others (by failing to clean up a spill, failing to put a sign next to the uneven terrain, etc.). He or she must have known of the danger, as a “reasonable” property owner would have found out about the problem and taken steps to prevent injury (by failing to maintain a facility adequately, failing to inspect a structure regularly, etc.).
In determining if the actions or inactions of the property owner were reasonable, courts should look at how long the unsafe conditions existed, and if the owner had sufficient time to discover and correct the problems. The jury can also weigh whether steps taken were proper or reasonable, and whether negligence by the injured person played a role. The “reasonable person” standard applies to the owner of the property, as well as to the victim.
If a victim is somewhere they were not supposed to be, or is engaged in an improper activity, then the property owner can be relieved of liability. For instance, someone walking down an unmarked pathway or riding their skateboard downstairs could have been responsible for his or her slip-and-fall incident. Similarly, the victim’s own negligence, rather than property owners neglect, could be held responsible if they saw the spill, hole, or other problem and were able to avoid it. Property owners typically have less liability for people trespassing than for people invited to their premises. He or she does not owe as much responsibility for the security of the property to an intruder as to an invited dinner guest or customer.
Children are exceptions to the no-trespassing rule, as the law recognizes that children generally cannot perceive danger in the same way as adults. A property owner should take steps to provide for the safety of children playing in an area, even when they are not supposed to be there. Both federal and state laws enforce specific safety standards for employers, and some are designed to protect against slip-and-fall injuries. Worker compensation laws make employers largely liable for workplace injuries. In return, the laws cap how much money you can collect.
In cases involving public property, such as public parks, the federal or state government can assume liability in cases involving personal injuries occurring at a facility. Slip-and-fall cases against government are covered under the Federal Tort Claims Act or a comparable state Tort Claims Act. The cases must be filed within a specific period of time.
Dog Bite Lawyers
The CDC reports about 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs every year.
Personal injury claims stemming from these incidents are typically covered under homeowners or renters’ insurance policies. Dog-bite liability laws vary by state. Many states have strict liability laws, which make owners liable regardless of the cause. This means if the owner of the dog keeps the animal after discovering the dog has the propensity to attack humans, the owner is held responsible for any attacks thereafter. In such cases, provided that the dog is unprovoked, all that needs to be proven is that the dog attacked.
Pictures, along with medical records, must be provided to a personal injury lawyer. Other states will hold the dogs’ owners responsible based on the circumstances. That means a court would decide whether or not an owner had advance knowledge of an animal’s aggression tendencies. Liability will be awarded on the basis of evidence presented to the court. In such cases, knowing a dog’s past behaviors are essential.
Remember to take into account your local leash laws. In areas that do have leash laws, you have a really good case for personal injury against the owner should a dog attack when off-leash.
Defective Product Lawyers
A defective product is one that causes an injury or damage to an individual because of design flaws, faulty manufacture, or faulty labeling. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 22,000 deaths and over 29 million personal injuries are associated with consumer products every year. Examples of products that have been recently identified as faulty include breast implants, child products (toys and strollers, and others.
Almost every product in your home, workplace, or environment has the potential to be a defective product. However, that does not make any and all accidents associated with this product grounds for a personal injury suit. For example, although cutting yourself with a knife when using it normally is not grounds for a lawsuit, if you were cut while the knife broke due to a flaw in its design, then you would then have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
The CPSC is charged with evaluating about 15,000 types of consumer products, ranging from child strollers to coffee makers. Automobiles are covered under the Department of Transportation. Food, cosmetics, and drugs are covered by the FDA. Tobacco, alcohol, and firearms are covered under the Department of Treasury.
If one of these products is found to be unreasonably dangerous, appropriate agencies work with manufacturers to implement a voluntary or mandated recall. Anyone injured by a defective or unreasonably dangerous product may bring a personal injury suit against the individual(s) involved in the introduction of the product to market–this includes the manufacturer, but also the wholesalers and retailers of the product. After being injured as a result of a defective product, it is good practice to save the product so that you can show it off as proof.
Purchase details and manuals or instructions booklets are also useful. Victims of defective products may bring personal injury suits to recover for medical expenses, lost wages, and property damages. If you think that you are the victim of a defective product, you might want to think about getting in touch with an injury lawyer to learn more.
Prescription Drug Injury Attorneys
Many injuries are caused in the United States every year by prescription and over-the-counter medications. Patients are injured typically because of dangerous side effects, with some of these injuries leading to death. Doctors, pharmacists, and pharmaceutical companies may be held responsible for the personal injuries caused by use of these medications. Drugs the focus of a personal injury lawsuit are usually those which were either recalls or mishandled.
Workers Compensation Lawyers
Worker’s Compensation refers to the money or benefits that employers give an employee if they are injured on the job. Whether paid directly by the employer or by an insurance company, this money is used to help cover medical costs and to compensate for lost wages. Worker’s Compensation benefits are awarded without regard for guilt or negligence. The purpose of worker’s compensation is to get an injured employee back to work as quickly as possible, but also to prevent an employer from incurring needless hardship or losing business.
In return for the benefits of worker’s compensation, an injured worker gives up his right to sue his employer. However, it is still possible to sue a third-party negligent, and if a workplace injury victim is awarded damages, their first responsibility is to pay back their employer or insurer for any compensation they have received before. An employer may also bring suit against the third party to try and recoup part of the funds that they paid the injured worker.
Worker’s Compensation is more commonly used when the worker is injured during a particular event, such as falling off or another incident. However, the system is not limited to injuries suffered during accidents. Illnesses or injuries caused by involvement in normal, everyday workplace environments or routines, such as repetitive strain injuries or problems caused by prolonged exposure to toxic chemicals, can also be eligible for benefits. Mental illnesses or emotional problems are covered only occasionally.
Employees suffering from work-related stress or depression generally cannot count on workers compensation benefits to provide help. However, if there is a particular, traumatic event witnessed or experienced at work that causes a mental or emotional issue, an employee can receive workers compensation. For example, a teller who is robbed at gunpoint during his workday might be eligible to receive workers compensation if he or she needs mental health treatments or counseling following the incident. An employee is entitled to workers compensation benefits if an injury sustained while working or related to the nature or duties of his or her employment.
The employee is responsible for showing that he or she is at increased risk for harm because he or she is working or performing job duties. A worker in a factory who had his arm caught in a machine and injured would not have been injured had he not been working. His work is the only reason why his hand was anywhere near a machine.
An employee who developed adult-onset diabetes after years of smoking, not exercising, and choosing poor nutrition would generally be ineligible for benefits since the risks and injuries were personal, rather than job-related. These cases are the hardest to handle since the contributing factors are mixed or unclear. Examples include a rescuer developing heatstroke on the job, a teacher being attacked by his parents after he leaves for school, and someone being injured at work in an earthquake or other disaster.
In addition to increased risks, the worker has to show that an occupational injury occurred while employed — meaning not just that he or she was employed by a business at the time, but that the place and activities performed were related to the occupation. The injury does not necessarily need to occur during regular business hours in order to qualify for a payout.
Although workers’ compensation was intended to help injured employees, offering protection for their employers, the system has faced criticisms of its shortcomings. In some cases, employees faked or exaggerated injuries in order to obtain financial benefits. In others, employers are reluctant to assist legitimately injured people because of insurance costs.
Despite its inherent potential for abuse, however, the workers’ compensation system has provided recourse to injured workers and led to a greater concern about workplace safety. For many, worker’s compensation benefits have been a source of protection, assistance, or relief.
Car Accident Lawyers
Car accidents are covered by insurance and also by personal injury laws, which is why it is so critical for victims of car accidents to immediately contact a lawyer. Personal Injury Lawyers will act as the mediator between those involved in an accident and insurance companies. A personal injury lawyer will try to establish responsibility by preserving evidence and interviewing witnesses. Personal injury lawyers will also make sure that you get appropriate medical treatment, as well as record your injuries to obtain full compensation.
It is essential that you gather as much information at the scene of the accident as you can. Does it appear that either driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Did any person take any blame for the vehicle crash?
There are several things that you need to do after a car accident. Your insurance company needs to know about the accident.
A police report must be filed if there is personal injury or the damages to both vehicles are more than a specified amount — it differs by state, typically $200-500. If you suffer injuries as a result of the auto accident, regular medical treatment should be sought. Also, in some states, you may be required to file a report with the Department of Motor Vehicles. To complete these things, contacting an attorney who handles personal injury cases can be useful.
Victims of car accidents are usually entitled to compensation. This would include payment of lost wages, property damages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
In cases in which the motor vehicle crash was caused by the reckless conduct of the other party, punitive damages can be recovered. Punitive damages can also be recovered where an accident or personal injury was caused by defects in a car.
Liability laws that dictate who pays for damages after a car crash vary between states. About half the states in the United States have adopted no-fault liability laws, which hold each person involved in an automobile accident liable for his or her damages. In many states, these laws do have exceptions in place if someone suffers serious personal injuries or property damage in excess of a certain amount. The other half of U.S. states have “at fault” liability laws, which require that whoever caused the automobile crash should pay damages for all parties involved.
When you buy auto insurance, you are buying both first-party insurance, which covers you and your belongings, and third-party coverage, which covers others involved in an automobile accident (either in your vehicle or other vehicles involved in the accident). There are several types of coverage that you can buy.
Comprehensive insurance covers your car for things like fire, theft, vandalism, and acts of nature. Collision coverage covers your car in the event of a car accident.
When you are involved in an automobile accident, your insurer will want to know about it quickly. If you fail to notify the car insurance company of an accident, they may try to deny you insurance coverage for that accident.
Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of death among those aged six to twenty-seven. There are an estimated 6,289,000 reported motor vehicle crashes in the United States.
Elder Abuse Attorneys
Elder abuse at a nursing home is defined as abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elder at a nursing home, group home, or assisted living facility. Elder abuse typically comes from people paid to provide care to an individual.
Physical abuse refers to any physical harm done to the elderly by the person in charge of caring for the elderly. This may include but is not limited to beatings, sexual abuse, deprivation of food or water, and improper use of physical restraints. Psychological and emotional elder abuse is defined as inflicting psychological distress upon a senior.
This may include threats, humiliation, verbal aggression, and solitary confinement. Neglect is defined as failure to meet the duties and obligations of a senior. This may include not paying for needed care, or not providing food, water, shelter, medical supplies, clothing, and other necessities of life.
Financial abuse is defined as the theft or misuse of funds, property, or assets by the elderly. Examples of this include theft of the elderly person’s money or assets, falsifying his/her signature, cashing his/her checks without permission, and the abuse of guardianship, conservatorship, or power of attorney. Abandonment is defined as abandonment by the elderly individual of his or her designated caretaker.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Medical negligence may cause serious personal injuries and/or death. It is generally a result of negligence, where the doctor does not practice within the confines of the medical standards. And remember, signing the doctor’s consent form does not mean that you are agreeing to medical care that is below par. Also, there are a variety of types of personal injuries that may result from medical negligence. Most medical malpractice cases are personal injury cases, which typically involve an examination of your private health records.
You have the legal right to see your records, so do not delay.
This will help the medical malpractice lawyer evaluate the strength of your case. It is also important to file your medical malpractice lawsuit once you learn about your personal injuries. The statute of limitations differs between states; so, it is important to contact an injury lawyer right away. If you believe you might be the victim of medical negligence, you might consider consulting with a medical malpractice attorney. Even if you are unsure whether your case is strong enough to proceed to trial, a medical malpractice attorney can see potential where you might not.
Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Pedestrians who survive crashes with cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, or other vehicles typically sustain significant injuries. Some victims need months or years of intense medical care before recovering, and many more pedestrian crash victims can be left with a permanent disability.
Pedestrians do not have any protection when an automobile crashes into them. Motorists have seatbelts and airbags; riders and bicyclists usually have helmets and other protective equipment, but pedestrians do not have anything that can reduce the force of an impact.
Pedestrians may sustain trauma in an initial collision with the car or may be thrown to the ground or onto a nearby object. Head and Brain Injury: Car crashes frequently result in a high-force impact on the pedestrian’s head. This may cause fractured skulls, facial disfigurement, and severe brain injuries. Victims can become unconscious and may even go into a coma, depending on the severity of their injuries.
Upon awakening, they may exhibit signs of physical damage, behavior problems, and cognitive deficits. Rehabilitation can be a lengthy process, and many victims of brain injuries may never recover full function. They may need 24-hour residential care for the rest of their lives.
Spinal Cord Injury — Spinal cord injuries may interrupt the neurological messages coming from the brain, leading to a loss of function of the body parts beneath the damage. Victims will require immediate immobilization and transport by healthcare professionals, and likely will spend long periods in a hospital. Even with the best treatment available, victims may be left with paralysis and will never walk again. Internal bleeding or other internal injuries — Not all injuries are visible on the outside. Collisions may damage internal organs or tear a blood vessel.
Without adequate blood flow, oxygen circulation may become dangerously reduced. Internal injuries usually require emergency surgery and long stays — if doctors spot them in time. Some organs may never recover the capacity to function. Crushing injuries and amputations — Sustained, intense forces may break or crush bones in ways that are hard, if not impossible, to reconstruct. Severe soft-tissue injuries may similarly be irreversible and lead to the loss of a limb.
The rehab process, to say nothing of ongoing care needed for artificial limbs and other concerns, can take help from specialists. Unfortunately, severe injuries such as these frequently alter a crash victims’ ability to get back on with life. Many have to either quit work or drastically reduce their workload.
In the worst circumstances, pedestrian crash victims are unable to live with their injuries. In 2018, over 6,000 pedestrians died as a result of motor vehicle crashes. In addition to the tremendous grief that these individuals experienced prior to passing, loved ones lost their partners, parents, siblings, or children.
Grief is never easy, and in these cases, the deceased person might have even been the provider of a household, leaving the survivors struggling financially. In most states, the law gives some immediate family members and dependents the right to bring a legal wrongful death lawsuit. No amount of compensation can ever bring your loved one back into your family. However, compensation may help your family to continue in a better financial situation so that you can focus on emotional healing.
You might think drivers may be automatically responsible if they strike pedestrians. That is not true, as the law requires that each injured person must prove responsibility before receiving compensation. An injury victim needs to prove the driver was at fault, showing negligence.
Distracted driving — A driver texting or paying no attention to the road in front of them might miss the pedestrian and fail to stop in time to avoid the crash. Drunk driving – Alcohol significantly affects the driving skills of the driver, causing them to have slower reaction times, blurred vision, or reduced vehicle control.
All these things can cause a drunk driver to strike and kill a pedestrian. Traffic violations: A driver driving too fast might not be slow enough for the pedestrian to safely cross. Drivers not following traffic signals or properly yielding in a crosswalk may also run over pedestrians. Assault–In some cases, the driver can literally strike the pedestrian intentionally, either because of rage or other criminal motivations.
A criminal lawsuit would not assist a severely injured pedestrian in fully recovering damages. Instead, a pedestrian should pursue compensation by filing a lawsuit in civil court.
These are just some of the myriad acts of negligence or wrongdoing that can cause a motorist to strike and kill a pedestrian. Drivers are also not the only potential parties to liability. For instance, the car manufacturer could have sold the vehicle with brakes that were designed or assembled incorrectly. When a motorist, unaware, attempts to slow down or stop for a pedestrian, and the brakes fail, the motorist can strike the pedestrian, at no fault of his own.
It is not sufficient to merely blame a driver or another party for being distracted or negligent. The law requires proof to sustain liability claims. Sometimes, convictions may be helpful in showing negligence, whether officers arrested drunk drivers or ticketed drivers for running a red light. Most cases, though, are not that straightforward.
Our investigators strive to establish responsibility and collect the evidence needed to support our client’s claims. We then use this evidence during our settlement negotiations, as well as in jury trials, if needed.
Even when there is a clear case of liability, it is still your responsibility to prove the magnitude of your damages. You cannot just say that you suffered $2 million worth of losses–you have to show proof of those losses. Fortunately, our lawyers are very adept at providing proof when a client’s large losses reach millions of dollars. Our attorneys know the last thing you want to do following a catastrophic injury is have one more issue on your plate.
Call an experienced litigator who handles pedestrian crash claims on a regular basis to get assistance: we keep the legal process as stress-free as possible for our clients. Do not wait, as you could risk losing your rights to collect damages if you wait too long and let the statute of limitations run out.
The pedestrian injury lawyers in our network are committed to seeking full and fair compensation for pain and suffering, current and future medical expenses, lost wages and lost future earning capacity, and permanent impairment to every client in every case. We also know how to successfully seek wrongful death damages for families of pedestrian crash victims who are deceased. Our experienced legal team has obtained substantial settlements and awards for our clients. Many factors have allowed us to consistently represent clients who are severely injured and to achieve the compensation they really deserve.
Dynamic Negotiators: Reaching a settlement that properly covers our clients’ losses avoids having to take a case to trial. Jury trials take a tremendous amount of preparation and resources, and successful settlements resolve claims without adding the time, energy, and expense of litigation. Our attorneys are skilled at using the investigative and discovery processes to collect evidence and bolster our case during settlement negotiations. Skilled litigators — Sometimes, the opposing party will refuse to accept a settlement that will fully pay for the tremendous costs it has caused our clients.
When needed, our attorneys are confident, experienced litigators that will never shy away from protecting the interests of our clients in court. We know what is needed to convince jurors of our client’s rights to full compensation, and we know how to make these cases compelling in the trial. We are prepared to pursue any course of action that the case requires. A Reputation for Success: Our litigation attorneys are nationally recognized for their aggressive, successful, results-oriented approach to injured plaintiffs.
When opposing attorneys see our lawyers, they know that we are not going to back down. They know that we will fight, whether it is at the table or in court.
This reputation benefits our clients every single case, as it helps us get them the result they deserve. When a law firm takes on every case and spreads their attorneys thin, nobody benefits – particularly the clients. Our attorney teams are selective about which cases they choose to accept.
Brain Injury Lawyers
A head injury, brain damage, or spinal cord injury can cause severe physical and emotional disabilities. When you or someone you love has suffered a spinal cord injury or brain injury as the result of a severe accident, you need a knowledgeable lawyer who will advocate on your behalf. Our network of trial lawyers has years of experience arguing cases related to brain injuries, including complicated cases that involve the spinal cord and neck. We tell your story persuasively to insurance companies, judges, and juries, helping you win fair and just compensation for the head, neck, and spinal cord injuries.
Contact us today for legal advice and an assessment of your case. The full extent of damage related to spinal cord injuries or brain injuries, particularly those that are closed head injuries, may be hard to prove. You might not be able to determine the full extent of your symptoms, and your healthcare provider might struggle to make a correct diagnosis.
Our team of lawyers and experts will work to gather any evidence needed to build your case, including medical reports, statements from family members and witnesses, and reports from employers supporting your case. We are experienced with cases that include serious disabilities including quadriplegia and paraplegia, and emotional and brain injuries that cause post-traumatic stress disorder, cognitive impairment, and depression. Our attorneys focus on the severe harm and long-term injuries to the head, neck, and spinal cord that occur as a result of motor vehicles, trucks, construction, and other forms of negligence.
We are experienced with the complicated medical issues surrounding brain and head injuries, and we are equipped to pursue a lawsuit on your behalf. We regularly work with doctors, and professionals, and bring on other experts to build the case on your behalf. Call (866) 240-2414 today for a free consultation with a knowledgeable brain injury attorney.
Burn Injury Lawyer
Severe burns are not just terribly painful; they are incredibly expensive to treat, too, leaving lasting physical and emotional scars. If you suffered serious burn injuries due to the negligence or omissions of another person or party, you deserve justice.
The trial attorneys that specialize in burn injuries are here to help. We have been providing strong representation for victims of serious burn injuries since 1998.Our team is committed to seeking the highest amount of compensation possible for our clients. We have earned a reputation as an aggressive advocate for clients, and we do not back down, even when faced with difficult legal challenges.
Have you suffered from serious burn injuries? Is anyone at fault?
Contact our trial lawyers to see how our Burn Injury Lawyers can help in a free, confidential consultation.
Burn injuries are classified by type as well as severity. Radiation Burns: Caused by radiation from a variety of sources, including sunlight (sunburn), certain forms of cancer treatments, and others.
In addition, individuals may suffer from friction burns (“road rash”) and cold burns (“frostbite”), which may cause severe injuries, but are technically not burns. However, they are generally treated as such because of their serious, and potentially disfiguring, nature. Burns are also classified according to their severity.
First-degree burns: The least severe kind of burn injuries, first-degree burns generally get better by themselves. They may require at-home care, including over-the-counter pain medications and topical ointments. Typically, first-degree burns only involve the upper layers of the skin (epidermis) and can cause redness, localized pain, mild blistering, and scarring.
Second-degree burns: Considered moderate to severe, second-degree burns affect both the upper and lower layers of the skin (epidermis and dermis, respectively). Victims generally require professional medical care and may experience a number of symptoms, ranging from extreme pain to numbness, redness, swelling, blistering, and permanent scarring. Third-degree burns: Classified as the most serious kind of burn injuries, third-degree burns require immediate medical attention.
They can damage both the epidermis and dermis and surrounding bones and tissues. Victims can suffer from skin burns, a whitening or blackened skin, numbness, and other severe complications. As with other types of personal injury claims, a burned-injury claim hinges on questions of liability.
To collect damages, you need to show that another individual or party was responsible for and thus responsible for your injuries. In most cases, the causes of your injuries will indicate who is at fault. For instance, if you were badly burned in a condo fire that occurred due to faulty property maintenance, then your landlord (the owner of the property) may be liable. If you suffered severe burn injuries from using a defective product, the product maker or distributor may be liable. At the Paine Law Firm, we know how to investigate a claim for an accident in order to find out what happened, and more importantly, who is responsible.
As your dedicated Burn Injury Lawyers, our team is prepared to create a complete case describing the full extent of your damages and seeking to hold responsible parties accountable. Contact us today at (866) 240-2414 to learn more in a free, confidential consultation with our Burn Injury Lawyers.
Dealing with the financial fallout from a severe burn injury is stressful enough. You should not need to worry about how you are going to afford legal representation when you are already facing mounting medical bills and lost wages due to the time taken away from work to recover.
All of the trial lawyers in our network offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means you will not owe any attorney fees upfront or out-of-pocket when hiring our firm. Instead, we only charge fees if we are successful in winning a settlement or judgment on your behalf. There is absolutely no risk involved when you talk with a member of our team about your legal rights and options.
Wrongful Death Attorneys
While taking legal action may not be the top priority of people who lose loved ones, it is essential that survivors of a deceased person think about hiring an attorney who handles wrongful death cases as early as possible. In addition to the considerable emotional trauma associated with losing a loved one, families can face considerable financial hardships in the absence of their deceased loved one’s support. The compensation provided through wrongful death litigation may help alleviate these financial burdens.
However, there is a deadline to file a wrongful death claim. This time limit is called a statute of limitations, which can vary between states and with each type of lawsuit. Once this time limit has expired, courts no longer have jurisdiction to punish wrongdoers and award damages to victims, and no further suits can be filed (except under specific circumstances).
The wrongful death attorneys in our firm have long experience in seeking compensation that acknowledges the deceased’s worth and helps the surviving family to recover from its loss. If you have lost a loved one to an unanticipated cause, please complete our free, no-obligation Case Review Form today to see if one of our knowledgeable wrongful death attorneys can help. Wrongful death lawsuits are civil actions filed by survivors of a person who died because of the negligence or malfeasance of another. In such cases, the law allows family members of the deceased person, called the “deposing party,” to bring wrongful death lawsuits seeking money damages.
Wrongful death actions are intended to compensate relatives who rely on the deceased person for economic and emotional support. Wrongful death occurs when a negligent, reckless, or intentional act causes a fatality. Negligence refers to the failure of a person to behave as a reasonable, prudent person would act in a comparable situation. To establish a case for the cause of death, the lawyer must show that an individual had a duty of care towards the decedent, that his actions or omissions violated this standard of care, that his or her illegal actions were proximately (directly) responsible for the injury or death of the decedent, and that damages followed. The courts will look at several factors in determining how much damages should be awarded to the survivors of the deceased.
These factors include the relationship between the survivors and the deceased, the amount of the deceased’s available net income to the survivors, the replacement value of the deceased’s services, and the life expectancy of the parties. As discussed later, the individual’s relationship to the deceased can qualify them for some benefits. Spouse: A surviving spouse can seek damages for loss of the decedent’s companionship and protection, as well as mental pain and suffering, since the date of the injuries. Children: Minor children may recover compensation for the loss of their parents’ companionship, guidance, and direction, and for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury.
Parents: Each parent of a deceased minor child may recover compensation for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury. Each parent of an adult child also may recover compensation for mental pain and suffering, as long as no other survivors exist. All: Each survivor can recover for lost support and services, from the date the decedent was injured until he or she died, the cost with interest, as well as future lost support and services, as of death, reduced by the present value. In addition, the cost of health care or burial resulting from the decedent’s injury or death may be recovered by the survivor who paid for it.
In addition to the above-mentioned compensatory damages, a court may choose to award punitive damages. Punitive damages are appropriate in situations in which the actions of one party, whether intentionally, recklessly, or seriously negligent, caused the death of an individual. These damages are intended to penalize the offending party, and also deter others from acting in the same manner in the future.
Our attorneys understand the difficulties that the family faces following the death of an innocent person, and we are dedicated to seeking just compensation for those individuals. To learn more about your legal options following a surprise death, contact us today by filling out our free, no-obligation case review form. See all of the services we have to offer at our full website.
Our attorneys practice in many areas of personal injury law, including a few that you may run into, and which may add a layer to a wrongful death suit, such as medical neglect. Learn more about the specifics of personal injury litigation here.
Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers
Having brain injuries, particularly at the hands of another, can be highly traumatizing, and the path to recovery can be lengthy and costly. Our personal injury attorneys have achieved an enviable record of success in helping brain trauma victims pursue claims against negligent motorists, doctors, and trucking companies to obtain the compensation needed to cover their medical expenses and lost wages. Our network of lawyers is proud to include brain injury law among their many practice areas, helping those in need. Our attorneys understand that a brain injury affects the victim’s economic stability, but it can also affect their quality of life.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to another’s negligence, we can help you obtain compensation for your financial damages, as well as for any intangible losses, such as the loss of life enjoyment. To learn more about how we may be able to assist with your case, contact our brain injury lawyers today for a free, comprehensive case review. To bring a lawsuit, the brain injured person must have suffered injury due to the other person’s negligence.
Duty of care: This refers to the legal obligation requiring a person to act with a reasonable degree of care in order to prevent injury to others. For example, a physician has the duty to practice at a standard of care established by the medical community. Breach of duty: An individual or organization can be considered negligent when it violates its duty of care. For example, if a physician performed an operation in an unacceptably manner according to the standards of the medical community, he or she may have violated his professional duties. Causation: The defendants neglect must be directly liable for any injuries or damages he caused.
Damages: For the plaintiff to bring suit, the injury must have caused either economic or noneconomic damages. Our attorney’s skill at using expert testimony effectively has led us to our many multi-million-dollar settlements. Our brain injury attorneys partner with medical experts that assist in our demonstration of causality, which is one of the most important, yet hardest, elements to demonstrate in successful liability claims.
To demonstrate the connection between a defendant’s negligence and our client’s injuries, these experts review the medical records, concluding if the healthcare provider failed to meet the standards of care required of their profession. They will also collect evidence that demonstrates failure, such as creating a computer simulation of the incident. Our expert testimony helps to demonstrate to the jury – the jury does not have the necessary medical knowledge to come to its own conclusions – that there is a correlation between negligence by the at-fault party and the brain injuries suffered by our clients. While previous successes cannot guarantee a future result, our attorney’s ability to use expert witness testimony has resulted in numerous successful verdicts and settlements.
What types of brain injury cases are handled by our attorneys?
Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Accidents: In a brain injury case that involves a motor vehicle accident, typically the defendant is a motorist who failed to responsibly operate their motor vehicle. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of hospitalizations related to brain injuries in persons aged 15-44 years. Medical Malpractice/Birth Injuries: Medical negligence occurs when a physician, hospital, or other healthcare provider departs from the expected standard of care within the medical community, leading to harm to a patient.
Workplace Accident: When an employee sustains brain injuries while at work, he or she can seek compensation under worker’s compensation benefits. They may also be able to recover more compensation if a third party was negligent in inflicting their injuries. Medical bills: In brain injury litigation, victims can seek damages for any medical bills related to their injuries. For example, an individual may be able to bring a suit to obtain compensation for costs related to physician visits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and occupational therapy. Pain and suffering: Brain trauma victims may be entitled to seek monetary damages for any prolonged physical or emotional pain, such as brain damage or amnesia.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life: In successful cases of brain trauma, the plaintiff also may be entitled to damages for his or her inability to engage in activities that he or she once enjoyed. Lost Wages: Individuals suffering from a brain injury may lose significant amounts of work.
By filing a brain injury claim, victims can seek damages for any lost wages caused by brain trauma. Additionally, victims may also receive compensation for any impairments in future earning capacity. Wrongful Death: When brain injuries are fatal, a victim’s family may be able to file a wrongful death suit. In such cases, a family can seek damages for any financial losses, such as funeral costs or lost wages, that occur due to their loved one’s death.
Members of the family can also file suit for unique losses that they suffered, including pain and suffering and the loss of companionship. If you or a loved one has suffered brain injuries, our litigation attorneys can help you understand your legal options, and they may be able to assist in filing a lawsuit to obtain compensation for your losses. The statute of limitations allows prospective plaintiffs only to bring their case within a specific period of time, so do not hesitate to contact our office to get a free, no-obligation case assessment.
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