We agreed to take the $25,000 insurance limits and an additional $25,000 to be paid over five years. I explain to my clients that while they are still in treatment for their injuries, it is my job to make sure the bills are being paid promptly and by the right insurance company, to protect the client from unwanted contact by the insurance company, and to make sure everything in general is going smoothly. JUMPING THROUGH INSURANCE COMPANY HOOPS Lost income for a self-employed person in a growing business is one of the most difficult elements of damage to prove.Read More
If your child has been seriously injured because of someone else's negligence, the combination of feelings of grief at the tragic event can be amplified by those of betrayal and deep anger. When we send our children to school, day care centers, nurseries and to visit friends, we understandably expect they will be cared for. All too many children are tragically injured because of carelessness in these settings.
Families should be afforded all resources to heal as best as possible. You can file for a compensation claim if your child has been injured on/due to:
- School buses
- Field trips
- Child sexual abuse
- Day care centers
We hope that our children never fall victim to serious accidents or injuries. Unfortunately, negligent individuals, property owners, and companies cause thousands of children to suffer fatal injuries each year in the United States. The livelihood and well-being of our most vulnerable population is often taken for granted for the sake of turning a profit, neglecting proper safety procedures and protocols in the process.
Taking Action To Assert Your Rights: Parents should not have to fear for their child’s safety when on the roadways, in the hospital, or on another person’s property. When the unthinkable happens to your child, you need a personal injury lawyer with the legal resources and experienced team of legal professionals to handle your case.
If you decide to hire a lawyer, he will be able to survey through this list and add the items that fit with your case. This will aid in the personal injury calculation and setting the right amount of money. Our child injury lawyers will bring their extensive experience and expertise to allow in the pursuit of justice for you and your child.
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However, knowing what a claim is likely worth, I am able to set my emotion aside and help my clients make the right decisions for their families. Although the most common claim is against the driver who hit you, claims are possible for negligent design or manufacture of the bicycle, negligent service or maintenance on the vehicle that hit you, or even a claim against the city or government agency responsible for designing and maintaining the path or roadway you were riding on.Read More
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If they are hurt and have a question about their rights, or the insurance company’s responsibilities, I’m just a phone call or an email away. One group believes it is good to put in writing all elements of the pain and suffering the client endured (and possibly still endures) because of the wreck. Insurance companies know - based upon their years of experience and all their past settlement data - that if someone has a pile of unpaid medical bills filling their mail box each day, along with other “past due” bills because the injured victim was not able to work, they can often dangle a small financial carrot in front of that person and they will be forced to take it.Read More
Top Lawyers Pick
- Grant Gillenwater
- Patrick A. Salvi, II
- John H. Bredell
- H. James White
- Samuel M. Wendt
- Andrew T. Drazen
- Joseph W. Belluck
- Paul R. Oppegard
- Clifton L. Holmes
- Michael F. Hanley
- Michael S. Morgenstern
- Maria E. Mena
Grant Gillenwater focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death litigation as an attorney at Morgan & Morgan PA. Working out of the national firms Melbourne, Florida, office, he represents clients throughout the state. Mr. Gillenwater is admitted to practice in Florida and before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.The primary portion of Mr. Gillenwaters practice involves his assisting people who have been harmed as a result of the negligence of property owners and managers. These cases are governed by the theory of premises liability, and they include slips and falls, inadequate security and animal bites. In most cases, the owners were aware or should have been aware of the dangerous condition on their property that led to the incident, but they failed to correct the situation or notify their licensees and invitees. Mr. Gillenwaters defendants have included hotels, retail establishments, parks, apartment complexes and amusement parks, and they have also included swimming pool owners and managers of parking lots. During his career, he has been successful in obtaining sizable jury awards on behalf of his clients, while in other instances he has been able to negotiate favorable settlements outside of the courtroom.Mr. Gillenwater obtained his undergraduate education at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, where he majored in political science and received a Bachelor of Arts in 2009. Remaining in the state, he then went on to attend Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, and he was a teaching assistant in trial advocacy before being awarded his Juris Doctor and being inducted into The Order of Barristers in 2012. His professional memberships include the Florida Justice Association, and he sits on the board of directors of a local nonprofit organization that assists low-income individuals and families.
Patrick A. Salvi, II
Patrick A. Salvi II joined Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. in 2007 and was named Managing Partner of the Chicago office in 2017. He concentrates his legal practice on cases concerningpersonal injury,,medical malpractice,, mass torts, andproduct liability,.Mr. Salvi has obtained many record-breaking jury verdicts on behalf of his clients. Since June 2014 alone, he has tried the following cases to verdict:,$148 million, for a paralyzed 24-year-old female,$50.3 million for a boy who suffered a serious brain injury at birth,$15.2 million, for a 30-year-old male who suffered a crush injury to his foot,$12.7 million, for a 47-year-old female with spinal cord injury,$11.25 million, for the wrongful death of a 33-year-old single mother of an 8-year-old son,$2.065 million, for a 20-year-old female with pelvic fractures,$1.4 million for a 44-year-old female with a neck injury,$1.3 million for the wrongful death of a 44-year-old motorcyclist,$1.2 million, for the wrongful death of a 13-year-old boy killed by an ambulance,Other verdicts include a $33.2 million verdict on behalf of a young man paralyzed in a motor vehicle collision and a $29.1 million verdict in a medical malpractice case on behalf of an infant who suffered a brain injury.Mr. Salvi has also successfully obtained a number of multi-million-dollar settlements in the last few years, including:,$20.6 million for a man left paralyzed after a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of a ruptured aneurysm,$19.5 million, for a war veteran who suffered a crush injury to his foot,$19.5 million for a man brain damaged after a failed routine trach exchange,$14.85 million for a woman left permanently blind after a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of a clot in her brain,$14 million for a woman injured in a car accident,$8 million for an infant who suffered a brain injury at birth,$7.25 million for the wrongful death of a man who died during a blood transfusion,$6 million for an infant who suffered a brain injury at birth,$5 million for a child who suffered a brain injury at birth due to a delayed C-section,$4.5 million for a man injured after falling from a balcony (the largest porch collapse settlement in Illinois history),$4.5 million for a woman brain damaged after a bariatric surgery,In recognition for his outstanding legal work, Mr. Salvi has been named to the Illinois Top Lawyers List since 2014 and was selected as a Rising Starby Top Lawyers in 2012 and 2013. In 2019, he was recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media, a distinction given to less than five percent of all lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois. Prior to that, he was recognized as an Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media (a list of the top 2 percent of lawyers in Illinois who are under 40 years old or have practiced 10 years or less) and ranked in the Top 10 for all Emerging Lawyers, regardless of practice specialty. Every year since 2017, he has been listed in Lawdragons 500 Leading Lawyers in America, an elite guide in the legal profession. Mr. Salvi was recognized in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in America in the field of Personal Injury Litigation.Mr. Salvi has received many additional honors, including:,Law 360s elite Rising Stars list for 2018,The American Association for Justices 2015 F. Scott Baldwin Award, presented each year to the most outstanding young trial lawyerin the country,The 2014 and 2017 Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Presidents Award,The American Association for Justices 2014 Wiedemann and Wysocki Award for his commitment and dedication to the association,A 2012, 2015, and 2018 Award for Trial Lawyer Excellence by The Jury Verdict Reporter and Law Bulletin Publishing Company,The youngest member named to Law Bulletin Publishing Companys 2011 40 Under Fortyattorney list at the time,After he received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Mr. Salvi earned his law degree from theUniversity of Notre Dame Law School,. As a law school student, Mr. Salvi won an award for excellence in trial advocacy from the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.Mr. Salvi is a member of the American Association for Justice, where he sits on the Board of Governors and the AAJ PAC Board of Trustees. He is also an active member of theIllinois Trial Lawyers Association,, where he sits on the executive committee, is a co-chair of the publications committee, and a co-author of the Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook chapter on Informed Consent. He has been a judge at ABA and AAJ trial competitions, as well as ABA Moot Court competitions. In addition, Mr. Salvi holds memberships in theLake County Bar Association,, theChicago Bar Association,, and theIllinois State Bar Association,, where he is a member of the Tort Law Committee.Mr. Salvi is aboard member of the LAF,, an organization that provides free legal services to people living in poverty. He formerly served as a board chair and continues to support St. Agnes of Bohemia Elementary on the southwest side of Chicago. Mr. Salvi has also been a speaker at Kelloggs School of Managements MBA business law class and at Notre Dame Law Schools Personal Injury Litigationclass.
John H. Bredell
John Bredell has extensive experience and expertise in representing injured individuals in all types of serious personal injury claims, including wrongful death and catastrophic injury. John and his wife and partner, Lynn Marie Bredell, have been practicing law for more than 25 years and founded Bredell & Bredell in 1991. Legal services are provided with the highest care and concern for clients, and actions are pursued aggressively and competently, with excellent results. John was admitted to the Michigan State Bar in 1984. He was awarded the 2006 Outstanding Attorney Award by the Washtenaw Trial Lawyers Association, holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and is a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
H. James White
Attorney H. James White is the founder of White Law PLLC in Okemos, Michigan. Nationally recognized as one of the countrys leading trial advocates, Mr. White has served as counsel to a number of high-profile mass-action and class-action cases that have received national and international attention.Chief among these, Mr. White and his law firm represented more than 160 young women gymnasts who were victims of sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Lawrence Nassar, helping them seek justice against Michigan State University and the USA Gymnastics organization. He has also served as counsel in complex class actions involving the Flint Water Crisis, a massive oil spill perpetrated by a multinational energy company, and a case against the city of Lansing involving a police officers reckless driving behavior that led to injuries to numerous civilians.Mr. White also has extensive experience with business litigation, and he has helped many businesses in the state, as well as those in other states with issues such as breaches of contract, tortious interference, trade secret litigation, fraudulent transfers and more.In all cases, whether through litigation or mediation, Mr. White always strives to protect his clients rights and interests and to help increase their chances of obtaining the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve. He has earned a reputation as a tenacious trial attorney whose aggressive tactics have gained him the respect of his clients and peers alike.Among his most notable accolades, The National Trial Lawyers named him as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country as well as a Top 40 Under 40, and he holds Superb client ratings on Avvo.A 1994 graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. White returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law in 2001. Along with practicing before all of Michigans state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.Highly active in his legal community, Mr. White is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, including the organizations criminal law and arts, communications, entertainment, and sports sections. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association and the Ingham County Bar Association, where he has served on the board of directors.
Samuel M. Wendt
Attorney Samuel Wendt is a founding member of Wendt Law Firm P.C. and has dedicated his practice to representing injured people and their families. Mr. Wendt has successfully represented countless people involved in a,utomobile and commercial vehicle accidents,, victims of medical malpractice and nursing home neglect, and wrongful death claims. He has also represented hundreds of clients injured by defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices, such as Diet Pills, Vioxx, Avandia, Actos, and Yaz/Yasmin, to name a few.Mr. Wendt maintains a peer review rating of AV Preeminentby Martindale-Hubbell, the highest available rating. He was the youngest attorney named by the Kansas City Business Journal as Best of the Barin 2008 and has been included every year since that date. Mr. Wendt also has been selected as one of Kansas and Missouris Top Lawyersby Thomson Reuters every year since 2008 and recognized by the publication as one of the Top 50 attorneys in Kansas City and Top 100 attorneys in the States of Missouri and Kansas. In 2010, Mr. Wendt was acknowledged by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as an Up & Comingattorney in Missouri, and in 2011, he was selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of Missouris ,Top 100 trial attorneys, and ,Top 40 Under 40.”, In 2013, Mr. Wendt was included in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States where membership is reserved for those who have won multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements. In 2014, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association awarded Mr. Wendt the ,Thomas J. Conway Award,, which honors a young trial lawyer who exemplifies outstanding trial skills and the ability to be a fierce advocate, while simultaneously a good friend to opposing counsel. Mr. Wendt recently won the Missouri Lawyers Award for one of the largest reported settlements of 2015.Mr. Wendt is a member, in good standing, of the Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois state courts. He is also a member of the following United States District Courts: District of Kansas, Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri, and Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois. Mr. Wendt is actively involved in several charitable and professional organizations, including the Missouri Bar, American Association for Justice, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, National Trial Lawyers Association, Midwest Innocence Project, and Brain Injury Association of Missouri, Inc. In 2009, he graduated from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Associations Bar Leadership Academy and currently sits on the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Associations Board of Directors. Mr. Wendt also sits on the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys Board of Governors and the Midwest Innocence Projects Board of Directors.Mr. Wendt has published numerous articles and chapters and made dozens of presentations concerning his area of practice to companies and organizations, including the Missouri Bar; Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association; Forum on the Construction Industry, American Bar Association; National Business Institute; and Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.Mr. Wendt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology from the University of Kansas and his Juris Doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law. His background has proved quite valuable in handling complex litigation. Throughout his career, Mr. Wendt has maintained close contact with his clients, and their families, to ensure that their legal needs are fully met. Since serious injuries can often alter peoples entire lives, Mr. Wendt works tirelessly to help his clients receive fair compensation for whats been lost.
Andrew T. Drazen
Andy is a litigation attorney with nearly a decade of experience in Missouri and Illinois courts. Before focusing on personal injury, Andy represented clients in various areas, including criminal defense, DWI defense, family law, corporate, and employment litigation. Anyone who has had Andy on their side knows theyre in good hands.
Joseph W. Belluck
Attorney Joseph W. Belluck is a founding partner of the Belluck & Fox, L.L.P. law firm, which has offices in New York City and all across the state. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 25 years of legal experience, Mr. Belluck has earned national recognition as one of the leading attorneys in the country for asbestos and mesothelioma litigation as well as other serious personal injury claims.Over the course of his career, Mr. Belluck has proven himself a compassionate and tireless advocate for those suffering from toxic exposure and serious injuries arising from truck accidents, car accidents and other preventable tragedies. Earlier in his practice, he took on Big Tobacco as a representative for the state of New York, where he was instrumental in forcing tobacco companies to end their sponsorship of misleading scientific research and to remove their billboards across the state. He has represented asbestos victims since 1999.To date, he has recovered more than $1 billion in settlements and awards for victims of asbestos exposure and other personal injuries throughout the United States. Recognized for his success as well as his impeccable professionalism and exemplary ethical standards, Mr. Belluck holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received consistent designations from Best Lawyers since 2007.A 1989 graduate of the State University of New York, Binghamton, Mr. Belluck obtained his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the State University of New York Buffalo School of Law in 1994. He holds a license to practice in New York, Vermont, Colorado and Washington.Regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Belluck has served a number of government appointments, including the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, where he has served as chair since 2017. Mr. Belluck is also a member of the New York Medicaid Redesign Team as well as advisory council member of the Rockefeller Institute Center for Law and Policy Solutions.Maintaining active involvement with his alma mater, Mr. Belluck serves on the board of trustees of the State University of New York. In honor of his selfless contributions to the school, the university created a professorship named after him and his wife. Among his philanthropic efforts, Mr. Belluck serves on the board of several civic and charitable organizations throughout his area, including the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Childrens Rights, Precious Dreams and CMind.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.Best Lawyers® and The Best Lawyers in America© are registered trademarks of BL Rankings, LLC d/b/a Best Lawyers and Co. LLC. The names, logo, and database are protected under the trademark, copyright, and fair use laws of the United States of America. Any use of name, including in electronic form, must be made only by permission and under the guidelines of BL Rankings, LLC d/b/a Best Lawyers and Co. LLC.
Paul R. Oppegard
Paul R. Oppegard has more than three decades of experience representing the largest and most sophisticated consumers of legal services. Paul is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Specialist and is the managing partner of Oppegard Wolf & Quinton. The firm practices exclusively in the area of civil litigation and is regularly involved in a diversity of trial work. As defense counsel for regional, national and international self-insured corporations, insurance companies and third-party administrators, Oppegard Wolf & Quintons trial lawyers handle a broad array of cases from insurance claims and coverage, toxic torts, asbestos, personal injury and wrongful death, to construction defects and products liability. The firm also assists individuals with plaintiff personal injury claims.Paul is also AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell ,http://www.martindale.com/Paul-R-Oppegard/3283584-lawyer.htm
Michael F. Hanley
Michael F. Hanley is an attorney at Plante & Hanley, P.C. in White River Junction, Vermont. Mr. Hanley has been practicing personal injury law for several decades and serves clients throughout Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire in matters involving commercial litigation, insurance litigation, medical malpractice, products liability and more.Mr. Hanley has been licensed to practice law since 1976. In addition to being licensed in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, he is admitted before the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.Over the course of his career, Mr. Hanley has litigated a wide variety of disputes and maintained a mediation practice. Because of his accomplishments and skill, he has earned the rating of AV Preeminent, this highest rating available, by the peer-review organization Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been listed in the publication The Best Lawyers in Americaand been named one of the best lawyersby U.S. News & World Report.Mr. Hanley is a member of many professional organizations. He belongs to the Windsor County Bar Association, the Vermont Bar Association, the New Hampshire Bar Association, the Vermont Association for Justice, the New Hampshire Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice.Mr. Hanley is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School. He also holds a bachelors degree in history from St. Lawrence University.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.
82 Fogg Farm Road, PO Box 708,, White River Junction VT 5001
Michael S. Morgenstern
Michael S. Morgenstern, of Morgenstern Injury Lawyers, is a leading personal injury attorney who has helped numerous clients throughout the Washington, D.C. Maryland and Virginia areas achieve substantial verdicts and settlements when going up against large corporations and powerful interests.Among Mr. Morgensterns winning verdicts and settlements was a jury verdict against Toyota Motor Corp. for $59.7 million. He has also helped secure numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements in lawsuits filed against government agencies, a trucking company and a major municipal transit system.A graduate of American University Washington College of Law, Mr. Morgenstern went on to serve as a clerk for a federal judge for two years before joining a large law firm in New York City. He moved on to teach at Brooklyn Law School, where he wrote treatises and articles for legal publications related to the rights of consumers and accident victims. He continues to write articles about legal and medical topics for professional journals.In 1988, Mr. Morgenstern opened his own law firm in the Washington, D.C. area in order to represent the injured. In the years since, the firm has grown into one of the regions premier personal injury law firms, with offices in Washington, D.C. Virginia and Maryland.His hard work and professionalism have earned Mr. Morgenstern respect in his community and among his peers. He was named in the American Association for Justices list of the nations top 100 trial lawyers, and he has been rated AV Preeminent by the prestigious peer review service Martindale-Hubbell, its highest possible rating.Mr. Morgenstern is currently admitted to practice in Washington, D.C. Maryland, New York and Ohio.AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
77 South Washington Street, Suite 204,, Rockville MD 20850
Maria E. Mena
Attorney Maria E. Mena is an experienced criminal defense attorney who also handles a variety of other legal matters, including divorce and separation, DUI and DWI and Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases. Her law firm, the Law Offices of Maria Mena, represents a diverse variety of clients in Silver Spring, Maryland, as well as throughout Montgomery and Prince Georges counties in Maryland.Born in Cuba, Ms. Mena graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. She went on to earn her law degree from Howard University School of Law. Fluent in English and Spanish, Ms. Mena is licensed to practice in the state courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia.Ms. Mena has represented clients in a wide variety of criminal cases throughout her more than 25 years of practicing law. She has experience with defending clients against charges of drug crimes, sex crimes, violent crimes and weapons crimes, among other types of cases. Her outstanding work on behalf of her clients earned her a BV Distinguished rating from the attorney peer-review service Martindale-Hubbell three years in a row from 2012-2014.In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Mena maintains active membership in professional organizations including the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, the Prince Georges County Bar Association, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association, the Womens Bar Association of Maryland and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She has also presented lectures at a conference for Hispanic defense attorneys, as well as other professional events.AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.