Serious Personal Injury

  • Wrongful Death
    Wrongful death is a claim where a person can be held liable for another’s death, whether by negligent actions or a failure to act which resulted in death. The plaintiff must prove that the decedent (deceased individual) would not have died were it not for the negligence of the defendant. Wrongful death is the only recourse available when a company, rather than an individual, causes the death of a person.
  • Automobile Accidents
    If you are seriously injured in an automobile accident it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. There may be complex legal rules involved in your particular claim, or the severity of your injuries might cause your compensation to exceed the norm. Sometimes an insurance company refuses to settle a matter in good faith and it will be necessary for you to take them to court.
  • Medical Malpractice
    Medical malpractice is the failure of a medical professional to follow the accepted standards of practice of his or her profession, resulting in harm to the patient. In order to claim damages, a plaintiff must show that the condition was worsened by a failure to obtain timely treatment caused by the lack of or incorrect information. Malpractice that results in death can give rise to two separate claims: a malpractice claim for personal loss and suffering prior to death, enforceable by the decedent's personal representative, and a wrongful death claim for monetary loss to the decedent's spouse and next of kin.
  • Nursing Home Injuries or Abuse
    All states have a system for reporting allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly. An investigation will usually include interviews with the resident, his or her family members, and nursing home staff and management. If the allegations are founded, adult protective services will provide services to the older person to try to remedy the problems and prevent their recurrence; however, there may be situations where the victim or the victim's families do not feel satisfied or justly compensated for the injury or indignity suffered at the hands of the nursing home. In such cases, the resident or resident's family member should speak to an attorney about bringing a civil action for damages against the nursing home. In addition, the circumstances may warrant a criminal prosecution.
  • Workers Compensation
    Workers Compensation is a form of insurance that provides compensation medical care for employees who are injured in the course of employment in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee's right to sue his or her employer for negligence. Some employers vigorously contest employee claims for workers' compensation payments. In any contested case, or in any case involving serious injury, a lawyer with specific experience in handling workers' compensation claims on behalf of injured workers should be consulted.

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