Automobile Collisions - Auto collisions can range from merely being an annoyance, to being a complete disaster for a family. Our law firm has represented clients in hundreds of automobile collisions over the years. Our legal staff and attorneys understand what should and should not be done in these types of cases. If you have been injured in an automobile collision, call us first for a free consultation. We relieve our clients of the difficult decisions regarding dealing with the insurance company and their adjusters. We deal with the insurance company and investigative matters, while you concentrate on just getting well.

Motorcycle and Bicycle Injuries - While many of the same characteristics of automobile collisions are similar to the motorcycle and bicycle accidents, injuries sustained when a car hits a bicycle or motorcycle are usually much more serious than in car-to-car collisions. Proving fault is frequently more difficult in these cases because of the experience shared by many jurors and insurance adjusters of seeing a bicycle or motorcycle being ridden recklessly. Special expertise and knowledge of accident investigation is often required to prove the collision was the fault of the automobile driver rather than the fault of the motorcyclist or bicyclist.

Wrongful Death Claims - The loss of any family member or loved one is a tragedy that can never be adequately compensated by a financial recovery. But our legal system allows only money damages for such a loss. There is no other way to punish the negligent party or to try to ensure they correct the faults that caused such a loss. Money damages can be paid for such items as loss of earnings, future earnings, support, love and affection, medical expenses, and pain and suffering prior to the time of death among others.
After the loss of a loved one, the last thing the family wants to think about is taking legal action. But in many cases, prompt action is required to investigate the circumstances and to preserve evidence. Waiting to retain legal counsel can be damaging to any future claims.

Pedestrian Injuries - We have handled many claims for clients who were struck by a vehicle as they were crossing or standing near a roadway. These claims often involve very serious injuries, and they can be difficult to prosecute successfully because jurors are inclined to find in favor of the motorist. We will be glad to discuss these matters with you.

Bus, Truck and Train Collisions - Just as collisions between a car and a motorcycle frequently involve serious injuries, collisions between a bus, large truck, train or automobile many times involve significant property damage and serious injuries or even death to vehicle occupants. Sometimes in bus or truck collisions the insurance company will deny a claim for no reason other than to protect the driving record of the truck driver. Truckers must follow specific guidelines of State and Federal governments. It is important to retain a law firm that understands and knows these regulations. A prompt and thorough investigation into the truck driver’s driving record, the condition of his tractor trailer rig, and driving  logs are critical. Train or bus collisions usually involve very serious injuries and such significant property damage that investigation can be very difficult and expensive. The services of an accident reconstruction expert is necessary in these cases. With Bus, Airline, Truck or Train disasters, it is extremely important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The bus, airline, trucking or train company will have their investigators on the scene immediately after the accident, looking for evidence that may assist their side of the case.

Prescription Drug Injuries - Occasionally drug manufacturers release drugs to the market or fail to recall drugs from the market, even after they become aware of possible harmful or fatal side effects. If you have suffered due to harmful prescription drugs, please call us.

Pharmacy & Nursing Errors - There is a shortage of properly trained pharmacists and nurses at this time. Unfortunately, this means that some pharmacists and healthcare workers are pressured to work longer hours and process more prescriptions and healthcare than in the past. This situation can lead to disastrous results if a prescription is incorrectly filled, or the nurse makes a mistake. Perhaps the medicine itself is wrong, or perhaps the dosage is incorrect. Either way, the effect can render the drugs either ineffective or lethal. Nurses are an essential part of our medical system. No hospital could function without them. But nurses can make mistakes like anyone else. Nurses are professionals, and must meet minimum standards of care in performing their duties. When nurses fail to meet this standard and cause injuries, they must be held responsible. If you believe you or a family member has been injured through nursing negligence, call us for an appointment to discuss your situation.

Premises Liability - This category of personal injury claims includes such matters as inadequate security, but by far the most common claim is the "Slip and Fall" type of injury. The law in this field is very much on the side of the property owner. The burden is on the injured person to prove that the property owner either caused the dangerous condition or knew about it before the fall and took no action to warn the injured person. This can be a difficult burden to meet. An immediate investigation is usually important, and it is extremely helpful to get the names of any witnesses. Photographs of the site of the fall are often key to a successful claim. Our firm has handled many of premises liability cases over the years, of many different types.

Defective and Harmful Products - This is the area of law known as Products Liability and concerns the legal liability of manufacturers and sellers to compensate consumers for damages and injuries suffered because of design defects, manufacturing defects or marketing errors.
Some examples of defective products are automobile seat belts and automobile air bags. Other examples would include improperly designed swimming pool walls and improperly installed diving boards. We invite you to call us if you believe you or a family member has been injured due to any defective product.

Inadequate Security Claims - Inadequate security cases usually involve situations where innocent people are victims of a crime while at a property owned by someone else. These claims can arise at hotels, apartments, convenience stores, shopping centers or other business establishments. Under current law, an owner of these premises may be responsible if the likelihood of criminal activity is "reasonably foreseeable." These are often difficult cases and a thorough investigation is necessary for a successful result.

Dog Bite Injuries - Every year millions of Americans, mostly small children, are bitten by dogs. Fortunately, most of these bites are minor. However, some attacks by large dogs produce disfiguring or life-threatening injuries. If you or a family member has been injured by a dog attack, please call us to discuss your legal rights. In general, if the dog’s owner had reason to believe the dog was dangerous, or the dog is reasonably known to be of a dangerous or aggressive breed, or did not take the necessary steps to protect innocent victims, the owner may be liable for injuries caused by the dog.

Other accidents involving serious injury or loss of life - It is almost impossible to list the many unfortunate ways injuries can occur due to the negligence or carelessness of others. We invite you to call us about any serious injury, and we will be glad to give you our opinion as to whether you have a legitimate claim.

Insurance Disputes - Insurance disputes include legal actions against your own insurance company for breach of contract, unfair claim practices and refusal to pay valid claims. Insurance companies are notorious for finding ways to keep from paying you all the benefits you are due. Our law firm has dealt with hundreds of insurance companies over the years and we are experienced in interpreting insurance policy provisions. If you are having a problem collecting benefits you feel you are entitled to receive, call us for an appointment.

Automobile Collisions
Motorcycle and Bicycle Injuries
Wrongful Death Claims
Pedestrian Injuries
Bus, Truck and Train Collisions
Prescription Drug Injuries
Pharmacy & Nursing Errors
Premises Liability
Defective and Harmful Products
Inadequate Security Claims
Dog Bite Injuries
Other Accidents Involving Serious Injury or Loss of Life
Insurance Disputes
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