Sometimes, a claim can be settled, but sometimes, a lawsuit has to be filed to get you a fair recovery. In article 4, we focused on the scene of the collision. Of course, she had other providers as well, but the chiropractor provided a constant through all of her treatment. The next article will address some of the things insurance companies may ask you to do before you can resolve your claim. JUMPING THROUGH INSURANCE COMPANY HOOPSRead More
Public Transportation Injury
Accidents happen anywhere at any time. People get hurt as a result of these events. Most of the personal injuries lawsuits are related to traffic accidents. Public transportation isn’t free from them. If you get hurt while riding a bus, you can sue the company responsible for the service. The severity of the injuries depends on the accident itself. The worse the injury is; the more money is needed to repair the damage. If you get injured by the negligence of a public transportation worker, you can try to find compensation. Normally, the injuries inflicted in these accidents aren’t too serious.
Bus drivers, subway workers, taxi drivers, and even school bus drivers must follow this regulation. They are expected to do whatever it takes to ensure the user’s safety. You are only able to sue the company if you are injured during the operation of the vehicle. But in some states, public transportation companies must prevent any accidents from happening in their installations. For example, if you are in the subway and you fall from the stairs because they are wet, you can sue the company. Providing proof for these scenarios is harder. Because you need to demonstrate that the stairs were wet and there was no warning sign.
Public transportation companies have to follow certain rules. Their drivers must perform with the highest skills and care. For example, bus drivers can’t talk to the passengers while the bus is moving. Sometimes the bus has warning signs to remind the users that this is forbidden. Also, all hazardous zones, inside the installations, must have the appropriate sign. This could free them from any responsibility. Regardless of how the accident went down, you must provide sufficient evidence to support your claim. For this, you will need help from an experienced personal injury attorney.
To clearly explain the meaning of “greater level of care” let’s see the following example. You are inside a bus, then the bus driver puss the brakes hard. As a result, you get thrown from your seat and hit your head. Is this enough to press charges? Well, you have to analyze why the accident happened. If the bus suddenly stops because a child runs towards the street, you will be able to sue neither the company nor the driver. Contrarily, if the driver gets distracted while talking with a passenger, and he presses the breaks to prevent the bus from hitting the kid, you can sue the company. Even if the child was carelessly walking through the street.
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Top Lawyers Pick
- Thomas H. Siniard
- Marc W. June
- Alan S. Pierce
- J. Denise Carter
- John L. Wilbers
- Andrew N. Kohn
- Christina M. Coleman
- Walker M. Duke
- Joe Lopez
- Dean Standish Perkins
- Eric J. Ryberg
- William C. Gentry
Thomas H. Siniard
Thomas H. Siniard is a founding partner in the firm of Siniard, Timberlake and League, P.C. where he practices in the area of personal injury law. He represents clients in their cases involving car accidents, nursing home abuse and negligence, premises liability, slip-and-fall, product liability, workers compensation, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1980 and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Alabama, Northern District Court of Alabama, as well as the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.Mr. Siniard is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which is limited to attorneys who have won million-dollar verdicts and settlements. He is a member of the Alabama Bar Institute, Alabama State Bar, the Madison County Bar Association, and a 25-year member of the American Association for Justice. His firm is located in Huntsville, Alabama.
Marc W. June
The founder of his own law firm, Law Office of Mark June, located in Anchorage, Alaska, Mark W. June has extensive experience providing representation to clients throughout the state. Focusing his practice primarily on personal injury litigation, he assists those who have been harmed by the negligence of others in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, defective products, airplane crashes, workplace accidents and wrongful death. Mr. June also handles maritime and admiralty law matters.Mr. June received a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from Stanford University in 1977, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor by UCLA School of Law in 1980. While he was in law school, he served on the UCLA Law Review. After graduation, he spent several years as an associate and then as a partner at one of Anchorages largest law firms before opening his own practice in 1996. Admitted to practice in Alaska, Mr. June is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. June has received an AV Preeminent peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a Superb peer-review rating through Avvo. He has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. June is actively involved in several legal organizations. His memberships include the American Association for Justice, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Bar Association and the Alaska Association for Justice. Mr. June is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the Alaska Bar Association, and he serves on the board of directors of Alaska Legal Services Corporation.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
J. Denise Carter
A partner at Carter & Putnam, J. Denise Carter is an experienced litigator dedicated to representing clients in personal injury and criminal law issues. She serves people in Overland Park, Harrisonville, Kansas City, Lees Summit, Odessa, Grain Valley, Holden and Warrensburg, Missouri.Having spent her entire career defending people against criminal charges or advocating for victims of negligence, Ms. Carter has handled a number of high-profile issues. Her caseload includes traffic offenses, felonies, misdemeanors, DWI and DUIs. In her personal injury practice, Ms. Carter has success returning compensation for clients who have suffered a slip-and-fall, wrongful death incident, elder abuse, severe burns, electric shock, medical malpractice, drunk driving, car accident or a brain injury.A former public defender, Ms. Carter has spent extensive time in the courtroom. In fact, she has represented clients across the globe, having lived in London, England, and defended soldiers in Iraq against criminal charges.For her accomplishments, Ms. Carter has been listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; she earned the Kansas City Business Journals Best of the Bar award; she has an Avvo Superbrating; she holds a Lead Counsel Verification; and the National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC, named her as a Superior DUI Attorney. Additionally, she is certified in administering the standardized field sobriety tests from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.Ms. Carter was awarded the ACS-Forensic Lawyer Scientist designation after the completion of rigorous training and testing. Ms. Carter is the first and only lawyer in the State of Missouri that has obtained this designation and one of less than 100 nationwide.Ms. Carter is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Cass County, Missouri Bar Association, the Eastern Jackson County Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and the Law Society. She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1992.
John L. Wilbers
John L. Wilbers is an attorney and partner at The Wilbers Law Firm LLC, in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Wilbers represents individuals who have sustained personal injuries due to car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, slip and falls, water craft accidents or experienced other catastrophic injuries throughout both Illinois and Missouri. He also handles workers compensation matters.Mr. Wilbers earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business and obtained a law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. During law school, he gained legal experience by clerking for the Supreme Court of Missouri. He also served as an instructor for the universitys business college and was chairman of the law schools honor and ethics committee.In addition to his university education, Mr. Wilbers received a certificate from Georgetown Universitys Bryce Harlow Institute on Business & Government Affairs. He has been admitted to practice law since 2003 and is licensed to practice in Missouri, Illinois and Montana.Before joining The Wilbers Law Firm LLC, Mr. Wilbers worked for two private firms in St. Louis, litigating claims for railroad workers who were injured on the job. This experience was fundamental in developing his knowledge of the Federal Employers Liability Act.Outside of his law practice, Mr. Wilbers is active in various professional legal organizations. He belongs to the Cole County Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, the State Bar of Montana, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and the American Association for Justice.
Andrew N. Kohn
Andrew N. Kohn, has a wide range of civil litigation and trial experience, primarily in the fields of personal injury, product liability, and business litigation. He also counsels corporate clients, and negotiates real estate and business transactions. Drew is known for his meticulous trial preparation and successful outcomes, having tried over 20 cases to verdict. In January, 2014, Drew was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Additionally, Drew has achieved Martindale-Hubbells highest rating (AV) for legal ability and ethical standards.Drew is involved with many local legal organizations, as well as alumni organizations affiliated with Harvard University and the University of Arizona.A native of Tucson, Arizona, Drew received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard, graduating cum laude. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arizona College of Law, graduating cum laude.Drew has been licensed to practice law in California since 1993. Drew was formerly a shareholder with Klinedinst PC, and served as that firms Chief Operating Officer from 2002 through 2005.
Christina M. Coleman
Christina M. Coleman is the founder of the Law Offices of Christina M. Coleman and represents businesses, employees and consumers in California in matters of wrongful termination, business disputes, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour violations, civil rights violations, wrongful death and personal injury, and whistleblower cases. With two decades of experience, she has handled high-profile cases of real estate disputes, high-end weddings gone bad, and breach of contract and fraud.As an extremely skilled negotiator and litigator, Ms. Coleman is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC), the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), The American Association for Justice (AAJ), and has served on the Board of Governors for the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) since January 2018. In 2010, she was a finalist for the Streetfighter of the Year award from the Consumer Attorneys of California and was a finalist in 2008 for the Consumer Attorney of the Year from the same organization. A frequent writer and lecturer, Ms. Coleman shares her law experience in places such as Pepperdine University School of Law, The Advocate and conferences for the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.Admitted to practice in all of Californias state courts, the California Supreme Court, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California, Ms. Colemans career started with a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1993. She then earned a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1997.In the past, Ms. Coleman has proven her knowledge and experience with several cases that ended in upwards of a million dollars in settlements and verdicts, including an 8-million-dollar legal malpractice case.
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Walker M. Duke
Walker M. Duke is a partner at Dallas, Texas-based Duke Seth, PLLC. Representing clients throughout the metropolitan area and surrounding counties, he focuses his practice primarily on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, assisting plaintiffs who have been harmed by another partys negligence. The types of cases that he handles in this regard have included premises liability, motor vehicle accidents and defective products. Throughout his career he has been able to obtain sizable settlements and jury awards on behalf of his clients. Mr. Duke also has extensive experience in business litigation, including the representation of construction companies that have not been paid by contractors or developers, and he assists homeowners who are facing foreclosure or eviction.Mr. Duke is frequently asked to deliver presentations to groups of fellow attorneys at continuing legal education seminars. He has also written extensively for industry publications on construction law and other topics.Mr. Duke attended Trinity University in San Antonio as an undergraduate, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1999. He then enrolled at the Southern Methodist University Dedman College of Law and obtained his Juris Doctor in 2002. While in law school, he was a member of its Board of Advocates. After graduation, Mr. Duke was associated with two area civil litigation firms before founding the predecessor to his current firm in 2009. Admitted to practice before all Texas state courts, Mr. Duke is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. His professional memberships include the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.
Joe Lopez is a partner at The Lopez Law Firm, located in Austin, Texas. Focusing his practice exclusively on personal injury litigation, he represents clients throughout the area who have been harmed by the negligence of others in matters involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, workplace accidents and similar cases.A native of El Paso, Texas, Mr. Lopez completed his undergraduate studies at St. Edwards University in Austin, receiving his bachelors degree in business finance in 2000. He then went on to attend St. Marys University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 2003. He has been in private practice for his entire career. Admitted to practice in Texas, Mr. Lopez is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.As a measure of the regard in which he is held by his fellow professionals, Mr. Lopez has received an Excellent peer-review rating through Avvo, and he has been listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. Due to the many sizable verdicts and settlements that he has obtained on behalf of his clients, he is a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In order to continue to stay abreast of current developments in his field and to forge connections with fellow members of the bar, Mr. Lopez is an active participant in several professional organizations. He is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Austin Young Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association and the State Bar of Texas.
Dean Standish Perkins
The founder of Dean Standish Perkins & Associates, Dean Standish Perkins has focused his practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation since 1986. From the firms offices in both Seattle and Mount Vernon, Washington, he provides representation to clients throughout the western part of the state who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties. Admitted to practice before all Washington state courts, Mr. Perkins has received recognition from his fellow attorneys for his successful track record and high degree of ethics, including a 10.0 Superb peer-review rating through Avvo. In addition, he has been selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, and the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys has named him as one of Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys in Washington state.Mr. Perkins devotes a significant portion of his practice to truck, car and other motor vehicle crashes. His cases have also included auto-pedestrian, bicycle and boating accidents, and his experience has encompassed lawsuits arising out of unsafe conditions and other aspects of premises liability. During his career, Mr. Perkins has been able to obtain millions of dollars for his plaintiff clients, through jury verdicts, arbitration awards and negotiated settlements.Outside the office, Mr. Perkins has spent considerable time mentoring young attorneys through his participation as a director of Seattle University School of Laws Low Bono Incubator Program. This is designed to help sole practitioners as well as attorneys at small firms serve clients who make too much money to qualify for legal aid but who cant afford to pay big law firm fees. Mr. Perkins is a graduate of that law school, having been awarded his Juris Doctor in 1985, and he serves his alma mater as an adjunct professor.
Eric J. Ryberg
Eric Ryberg is a shareholder in the firm and practices in the Madison office. He has successfully tried personal injury cases in Dane, Rock, Sauk, Waukesha, Eau Claire, Dunn and Brown Counties. He is admitted to practice before the State of Wisconsin and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.Eric is the Past President of the Dane County Bar Association. He is also a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Association for Justice. He has taught trial advocacy and served as a mock trial coach at the University of Wisconsin Law School.In 2011, Eric was recognized by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of the 25 Up and Coming lawyers in the state and has received an AV Preeminent Peer Review rating from Martindale Hubbell. He has been selected as a Rising Star in the Wisconsin Top Lawyers publication by Milwaukee Magazine from 2010 - 2012. He also has been named a Wisconsin Top Lawyer since 2013, including being named to the Top Lawyers Top 25 Madison list in 2014.Eric was born and raised in Wisconsin and is a graduate of Regis High School in Eau Claire. He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Political Science from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, graduating summa cum laude. Eric received his J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, graduating Order of the Coif, cum laude, and in the top 15% of his class. He received the Abner Brodie Award for outstanding achievement in legal study and practical application of law.When Eric isnt practicing litigation, you can find him playing tennis, golfing and cheering on the Badgers. He resides in Fitchburg with his wife Nikki and their two boys.
William C. Gentry
William C. Gentry, the founding member of his own firm, William C. Gentry, Attorney at Law, located in Marietta, Georgia, has been practicing law for over 30 years. He represents clients in the areas of family law, workers compensation and personal injury. Mr. Gentrys cases have included alimony, contentious divorces, high asset divorces, protective orders, parents rights, commercial truck accidents, car accidents, wrongful death and premises liability.After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in the Economics Honors Program in 1981, Mr. Gentry proceeded to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1986. He served as president of the Student Bar Association in 1985.Mr. Gentry is admitted to practice law before the state courts of Georgia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. In order to stay updated in his practice, Mr. Gentry holds memberships in a number of professional organizations, including the State Bar of Georgia, of which he was elected to the board of Governors in 2012; the Atlanta Bar Association; and the Cobb County Bar Association, for which he served as President in 2001-2002.Due to his level of legal skill and ethics, Mr. Gentry has earned multiple honors throughout his career. He holds a 10.0 Superb rating from his peers through Avvo and also holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He additionally has been honored with the Presidents Cup award from the State Bar of Georgia.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
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