Legal 9/10/19 – gtg-short

From personal injury to workers’ compensation, our attorneys provide aggressive and personalized legal services to help each client with his or her legal needs. Below is a list of the areas of practice that we have extensive experience litigating both in a settlement stage and in the courtroom. If you would like additional information about any of these areas, please contact us today.

Automobile/Tractor Trailer Accidents
Automobile Crash Worthiness & Defects
Products Liability/Defects
Medical Malpractice/Negligence
Nursing Home Negligence
Premises Liability/Slip and Fall
Railroad Accidents/Crossing Accidents
Marine/Boat Accidents
Workers’ Compensation
Federal Employer’s Liability Act
Jones Act
Insurance Claims
Animal/Dog Attacks
Wrongful Death

Automobile/Tractor Trailer Accidents
Distracted, aggressive drivers are prevalent on our highways, making automobile accidents an everyday occurrence. Being injured in a collision can have serious effects on a victim’s life. Automobile accident victims often face high medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, severe injury, permanent disability, or even death. If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation — even if you are not sure that the other driver was at fault, our firm may be able to help you.

The police report is crucial to the initial evaluation of a car crash. It provides information regarding the drivers and witnesses and may also contain notations about critical evidence. You should obtain a copy of such and have it available at the first meeting with our office. You should also have a copy of all of your automobile insurance policies that show the type and amount of coverage you have.

Automobile Crash Worthiness & Defects
Sometimes defectively designed seatbelts, seat backs, air bags or other vehicular components can cause injuries more severe than would normally be expected in a car crash. If you have any reason to believe that you have suffered a serious injury as a result of a defect in any component of a car, you need to provide that information to our office immediately and make sure you preserve the vehicle for inspection by experts.

Products Liability/Defects
Manufacturers and store owners have a responsibility to consumers. They must ensure that the products they sell are not unreasonably dangerous due to a defective condition. If a party manufactures, distributes or sells a product that is unreasonably dangerous when used in a reasonably anticipated manner and it causes an injury to the user of the product, our legal system holds the manufacturer, distributor and/or seller strictly liable because they are in the best position to detect and correct the defect or provide an adequate warning of the dangerous propensities of a product. It is crucial for you to keep any product that you believe is defective and provide it to our office along with any receipts or other documents regarding your purchase or rental of the product. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, please contact us today.

Medical Malpractice/Negligence
Nursing Home Negligence
In order for a client to file a lawsuit for medical negligence, he or she must obtain a written statement from a licensed physician stating that the medical provider treating the client failed to provide the basic level of care and treatment established by the medical community, and consequently, caused the patient to sustain injury. Since medical records must be obtained and reviewed in order to evaluate any claim of medical negligence, we ask that you bring the records to your initial meeting at our office.

Contrary to current media reports, health care providers who practice have long enjoyed the benefits of a short statute of limitations and a cap on judgments that may be entered against them. Despite such favorable treatment and a reduction in claims against them, insurance companies have continued to raise premiums. This is to offset bad investments, a declining stock market and poor management within the insurance industry. The legal system merely seeks to hold health care providers accountable for their mistakes, which can have devastating consequences on patients and their families. Please let your lawmakers know that you oppose any further restrictions on holding doctors responsible for their acts of negligence. If you fail to take some initiative, you may not be able to receive fair and just compensation for injuries inflicted by medical negligence. If you believe you or a family member is the victim of medical malpractice, our firm can help you receive the compensation you need. Please contact us today.

Premises Liability/Slip and Fall
People who slip and fall on another person’s property due to unsafe conditions may be eligible for compensation. Property owners are responsible for keeping their premises safe and for warning visitors of any potential hazards. For example, if a supermarket owner mops the floor and doesn’t mark the area to warn consumers, he or she may be legally liable for a slip and fall injury occurring in that location. Similarly, a homeowner who fails to warn guests of a broken step may be liable for his guests’ injuries.You should obtain photographs of the area where you fell as soon as practical–in order to depict the condition as it existed at the time of your injury–and present them to our office at the initial consultation. By the time you contact our office it may be too late to get photographs of the area as it existed at the time of the injury. Evidence of prior injuries is crucial and you should provide any such information to our office as soon as you become aware of such.

Railroad Accidents/Crossing Accidents
Marine/Boat Accidents
If you or a family member is injured at a railroad crossing or as the result of railroad operations, you should contact our office immediately. You can expect the railroad to have its investigators and claims handlers on the scene within minutes, intending to build its defense. In cases like these it’s imperative to have someone who will protect your interests from the outset. Our office is familiar with railroad operations and can assist you in pursuing your claim. Likewise, in the event of a boating accident you should immediately contact our office so that crucial evidence can be gathered and preserved.

Workers’ Compensation
Federal Employer’s Liability Act
Jones Act
Virtually all employees who are injured on the job are entitled to state workers’ compensation benefits. This is unless you live in a state where it is optional to have Worker’s Compensation. The benefits include coverage of medical expenses; temporary total benefits for the period that an employee is being treated for their injuries and unable to return to their job; and permanent disability benefits for the limitations caused by a disability expected to last beyond the conclusion of medical treatment. Your employer will generally have an insurance company handling all such claims and will hire an attorney to protect the interests of both the employer and insurer. It only stands to reason that you should have an attorney representing you. Please contact our office to assure that your rights are protected and you receive the necessary medical care, treatment and evaluation of your particular injury.

Third party lawsuits can be pursued beyond a workers’ compensation claim against individuals or entities other than your employer if they are responsible for causing your injuries. Some examples would be a claim against the manufacturer of a defective tool or piece of equipment that causes an injury while working, or a negligent driver who runs into you or your vehicle while you are working. If you pursue a third party claim, you must generally reimburse your employer for the workers’ compensation benefits that you received. The amount of reimbursement is calculated according to a defined formula which is based upon the amount of any recovery obtained from the third party.

Railroad, barge and marine workers are not covered by state workers’ compensation statutes. Railroad workers are covered by a federal statute that is the same regardless of the state in which he or she is located at the time of injury. This is called the FEDERAL EMPLOYER’S LIABILITY ACT. We have nearly 20 years of experience, making us well-versed attorneys in railroad operations and terminology. Please contact us immediately so that we can bring the wealth of my experience to bear on behalf of you and your family.

Barge and marine workers are covered by the JONES ACT, which essentially adopts the provisions of the FEDERAL EMPLOYER’S LIABILITY ACT. In such claims, however, you are entitled to “maintenance and cure” from the owner of the vessel. Again, you should contact us immediately so that we can take appropriate steps to assure that your legal rights are asserted.

Insurance Claims
Although you pay premiums for insurance coverage, the insurance company may use specific provisions in your policy as a basis for denying coverage. This action may be the basis for a vexatious refusal claim against your company if you follow the requirements of the statute. We have experience pursuing legal actions against insurance companies in an attempt to compel them to pay benefits to my clients. We have also given seminars regarding insurance law to practicing attorneys. Please contact our office if your insurance company is denying coverage or benefits so that we can evaluate your insurance policy and advise you on your rights and obligations under the policy.

Animal/Dog Attacks
If you, a family member or a friend are injured due to an attack by an animal, you may be able to recover from the animal’s owner/possessor if the breed has known vicious tendencies or has attacked and/or injured other individuals. It is important to obtain any information about the animal’s prior behavior and provide such to us as soon as possible.

Additionally, you should not give a recorded statement about the events surrounding your injury to a representative of the party at fault, because it can only be used against you. You should first seek medical attention and follow the instruction of your doctors. You should not be intimidated by those who are conducting an investigation of your injury but simply refer them to our office if you have entered into a contract hiring us to represent you.

Wrongful Death
Losing a loved one is truly one of life’s most difficult experiences. If the death is caused by the negligence of another, however, the wrongful death statute, permits certain relatives to bring an action to recover damages. Other statutes such as the Workers’ Compensation Statute and the Federal Employer’s Liability Act also provide for recovery by certain relatives in the event of the death of a family member. Although we understand that nothing could diminish your personal sense of grief, please contact our office immediately so that we can evaluate the possibility of pursing a wrongful death case on your behalf in order to obtain just and reasonable compensation for your economic loss in the event that such a tragedy strikes your family.

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Defective Product Attorneys and Personal Injury Lawyers

Our attorneys have handled many types of personal injury cases. We have the resources and the trial experience to manage even the most complex personal injury lawsuits. We handle everything from on site investigation to independent medical examination to make sure that our clients get the compensation they deserve.

Our practice covers a broad range of situations, including workers’ compensation, car accidents, truck accidents, products’ liability, slip and falls, serious injury, and other personal injury matters. If you have lost a loved one to the negligent conduct of another, we can help you recover damages for wrongful death. We understand what it takes to prepare an aggressive and professional personal injury lawsuit.

If you are an attorney in need of a personal injury law firm for your clients, we handle referrals for many lawyers who cannot, or do not wish to handle serious personal injury cases. We often work with our own economist to develop a clear picture of lost ages, and other financial effects of a personal injury. We work with doctors, nurses, rehabilitation experts, life care planners, and other expert witnesses to get independent medical exams and accurate information concerning the nature and extent of an injury. We work tirelessly to obtain the appropriate relief for every one of our clients.

We provide the thorough investigation and preparation required to take any case to a judge and jury. We zealously safeguard our clients’ best interests. If we cannot get a fair settlement, we are not afraid to present a case at trial.

Contact us today to make an appointment with one of our experienced and aggressive defective product attorneys and personal injury lawyers.

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Spinal Cord Injury and Serious Accident Attorneys

A serious injury will often have medical repercussions for the life of the victim. At our firm, our personal injury attorneys have substantial experience assisting clients who have suffered a serious injury accident to get the compensation they deserve. In these difficult situations, it is important to have an aggressive and knowledgeable lawyer watching out for your best interests.

Serious injuries can result from car accidents, truck accidents, defective products, slip and falls, and other personal injury matters. If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by negligent conduct, we can help you recover damages for wrongful death. Whatever the source of the injury, we will help you fight for what you are entitled to.

Whether you need a brain injury attorney, a burn injury lawyer, or a representative familiar with closed head injuries and paralysis, we can help you assess your legal situation and figure out how to proceed. We have helped quadriplegic victims, people facing multiple injuries and bone fractures, and countless others who have suffered catastrophic injuries in an accident. These situations require extensive preparation and effort to prepare for trial. We often work with doctors, nurses, rehabilitation experts, and other life care planners to get independent medical exams and truly understand what the cost of the injury will be.

Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our spinal cord injury and serious accident attorneys.

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Personal Injury Attorney

Our Law Center was founded in 1987, and over the years in practice has developed powerful resources and skill to bring to the table in all types of personal injury cases throughout the area. The legal team focuses exclusively on personal injury cases, and is recognized as an aggressive, hard-hitting and relentless group of attorneys who will fight on behalf of the injured victim. No matter how serious the injury, our legal team is prepared to fight forcefully for fair compensation for damages in injury cases.

During the years in practice, it has become evident to the legal team that individuals who do not have strong legal representation after an accident may receive a lower settlement, compensation amount or judgment than those that enlist the assistance of our legal team. Each case is thoroughly reviewed and analyzed in order to determine what claims should be made for the injured client; the case will then be initiated with the required documentation gathered and submitted on behalf of the injured or their families. Injured clients should not have to deal with insurance companies who consistently make efforts to reduce claim amounts or deny valid claims. The case will be prepared skillfully and thoroughly, and will be negotiated aggressively on behalf of the injured.

The legal team will address each case with the same dedication and relentless determination to get what is fair for the client, no matter whether the case is a soft-tissue injury or more serious injury case. Once the case is taken on, you can be assured that it will be given the time, attention and focus that it deserves. It is strongly advised that you contact the firm at once if you have been injured; in personal injury cases documentation must be carefully gathered and provided in the claim, and the longer you wait the more difficult it could be to negotiate your claim.

Never discuss your case with an insurance adjuster from the responsible party’s insurance company without legal representation from our attorneys to advise you. Avoiding the pitfalls that exist for those who proceed without a lawyer is vital; many have discovered that their valid injury claim will be denied and do not know how to proceed. They may accept a settlement that is ridiculously low, considering the damages suffered, but may accept it in frustration. Don’t make this mistake – contact the firm at once if you have been injured in an accident or through the recklessness or negligence of another party.

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Whiplash compensation claims need to be considered immediately after an accident. The delay in the proceedings will only make it harder for the claims settlement specialists to about their job. The policy holder should therefore actively seek the advice of experienced and reputable professionals to get the right benefits. Compensation that is awarded should be on par with the overall damage caused. It is therefore necessary to avail the services of reputable lawyers who can provide the right advice.

Whiplash resulting from the mistake of a third party will make the claimer eligible for compensation. But it is important to know about the right references and legalities that are involved in the process. A claims advisor is the best person to keep the insurance holder informed about different ways to make things happen.

Here are some complexities that may be resulted due to lack of awareness.

Intimating the authorities on time:

Intimating the authorities on time will help in bringing the right kind of rewards. The delay would only slow down the process and would give less scope for the claim advisors and lawyers to act on your behalf. Insurance company should receive the necessary documents in order to process the whiplash compensation benefits.

Medical records:

Medical records should be kept handy for future use. To process the claims in a short time, it is important to furnish medical proof of whiplash. Evidences like these can help insurance holders to get the benefits in less time.

The hospital management can provide the required support in terms of documentation of the necessary facts that can be helpful in claims settlement.

Taking the right help:

It is important to take the right kind of help if you are not aware of the legal proceedings that are required to get the benefits on time. Choosing the services of lawyer will help in availing the whiplash compensation on time.

The impact of the injury can only be minimized through the right compensation awarded to you, it is therefore important to understand the possible avenues that can increase the compensation benefits. Whiplash compensation claims provided by claims advisors can prove to be effective to a large extent.

Whiplash compensation benefits:

Whiplash compensation is awarded for insurance holders who have been injured owing to the negligence of a third party. The cost for treatment would therefore be covered under this compensation plan.

Choosing the right lawyer would result in innumerable benefits. Whiplash compensation is the legal right that insurance holders have against possible situations. In order to speed up the process, it is necessary to take the support of the established agencies that can work on your behalf to get you the best support. Whiplash compensation will reduce the impact of the loss with the equivalent compensation benefits that will be processed through the support of a reputable lawyer.

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