I want to be the shoulder you can rest your head on when you are overwhelmed by the whole process. What if the other driver denies the accident altogether? If you were a pedestrian, bicyclist, or passenger, you may be covered by the driver’s PIP coverage. You may think you have an automatic, sure thing, slam dunk claim. I have more than once told my wife it’s impossible for me to be her loving and supportive husband and her effective attorney at the same time.Read More
I bet once in life you got caught into a situation where you slipped and fell over a sidewalk, and that you wondered: Can I sue someone because of this? And who would be liable? Now, if you are already looking for a guilty one, stop right there! Because you must think about what happened twice after making assumptions.
You must remember that in almost every personal injury case, there is an immense possibility of negligence; so, if you do think that you are not the one to blame, you need to be careful about this.
Remember! You must be careful about picking the right municipal department because some states are highly strict with public sues, and if you do commit any mistake, they can discard your claim.
Some people try to repair all the infrastructure damage after someone can demand, so you need to be quick and cunning, and make sure that you have all the evidence at the right moment.
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. Getting most of these awful experiences will save you a lot of financial problems.
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Instead, we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your claim and the risks to each side in an effort to find an acceptable middle ground. As I write this, the State Legislature is considering a bill that would raise the limit to $100,000. They can also provide testimony regarding the rules of the road as applied to motorcycles. I highly recommend you use this questionnaire to help formulate a “to do” list. ” Some companies use a “70%” figure.Read More
The insurance company can not threaten you with one either. We often will have thousands of pages of medical records for just one seriously injured client. These are some clear examples where the wreck was proximately caused by the defendant driver: You are at a complete stop at a red light and the Defendant is not paying attention to the road ahead and crashes into the rear of your car. If the Defendant is able to show some negligence on your part, the judge and jury can reduce your recovery proportionately.Read More
Top Lawyers Pick
- T. Thomas Metier
- Laura A. Turbe-Capaz
- Brian W. Rush
- Carlos J. Cavenago, III
- Kristie M. Hightower
- Maria K. Patterson
- Kirk Rahm
- John L. Wilbers
- Harry H. Albritton, Jr.
- David M. deRubertis
- Allan P. Sloan, III
- Kevin L. Locklin
T. Thomas Metier
T. Thomas Metier is the senior managing member of Metier Law Firm LLC. He represents clients in Colorado Springs, Denver and Fort Collins, Colorado, as well as people living in Wyoming and Nebraska. Mr. Metier focuses his practice on personal injury, handling cases involving motorcycle accidents, traumatic brain injuries, trucking accidents, motor vehicle accidents, bicycle accidents, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries and paralysis, oil field accidents, industrial accidents, wrongful death, insurance bad faith, nursing home negligence and abuse, psychological injuries, products liability and premises liability.In 1977, Mr. Metier graduated cum laude from Coe College with a Bachelor of Arts. While in college, he was involved in a motorcycle accident. This experience, combined with his passion for helping others, inspired him to seek a career in law. Mr. Metier attended The University of Iowa College of Law and received his Juris Doctor in 1981.For the past 30 years, Mr. Metier has devoted himself to helping people receive the financial compensation they are entitled to. He knows the many challenges associated with personal injury accidents and is known as an aggressive advocate for victims of negligent acts. He is certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. Furthermore, Mr. Metiers superior skills and adherence to ethics have earned him the highest rating possible of AV-Preeminent from Martindale Hubbell.Mr. Metier shares his knowledge and experience with other attorneys and judges as a member of the faculty for Trial Lawyers College. He is also a member of several organizations, including the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, The American Association for Justice and Warriors for Justice. 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.
Laura A. Turbe-Capaz
Ms. Turbe is a former insurance defense attorney who now focuses her practice in the areas of plaintiffs personal injury, transportation litigation and insurance bad faith.Ms. Turbe earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida. She then attended Stetson University College of Law, which is one of the top-ranked law schools in the nation for trial advocacy and legal writing. While attending law school, Ms. Turbe served as an Articles and Symposia Editor for the Stetson Law Review, and she was the recipient of the Elizabeth M. Leeman Award for authoring the best student work published in the Stetson Law Review during 2003-2004. Prior to earning her Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, in 2004, Ms. Turbe served as a federal judicial intern at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.After law school, Ms. Turbe was honored to serve as a judicial staff attorney for the Second District Court of Appeal. This experience allowed her the opportunity to gain a significant understanding of the appellate process and to work directly with the appellate court judges, analyzing and providing counsel on a wide range of legal matters.Thereafter, Ms. Turbe entered private practice and joined a well-respected insurance defense law firm where she focused her practice on insurance bad faith litigation. As a result of representing many of the large insurance companies for more than eight years, Ms. Turbe gained extensive experience handling insurance bad faith claims and accumulated significant insight into the operations of large insurance companies, the insurers evaluation and handling of claims, and the strategies and tactics used by insurers and their defense counsel. The insight, knowledge, and experience gained while representing insurance companies allows the Capaz Law Firm to provide unique representation to its clients in their claims against the insurance companies.Ms. Turbe is admitted to practice by The Florida Bar and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She was previously selected for inclusion and named in Florida Top Lawyers Rising Stars. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Top Lawyers to receive this honor.
Brian W. Rush
I am a personal injury lawyer serving clients in the Orlando and Tampa Bay areas. I am passionate about helping my clients navigate the personal injury process and obtain maximum compensation for their injuries, medical bills and lost wages. My clients and their families always receive the personal one-on-one attention that every case deserves!,Choosing a driven, dedicated and experienced attorney is one of the most important decisions an injured person can make. I have worked very hard at developing a reputation of excellence, and because of this several attorneys consistently refer their most difficult cases directly to me. It is truly an honor and a privilege to level the playing field and help injured clients get back on their feet.I began my career as a trial attorney defending insurance companies against personal injury lawsuits. I handled cases involving wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), negligent security, sexual assault, nursing home abuse, defective products, medical malpractice, and serious automobile accidents. I was mentored by Board Certified attorneys, beginning with the initial investigation all the way through trial. These experiences provided me with tremendous insight into the strategies that are so critical to delivering an extraordinary result. I graduated with honors from the University of Florida and accepted an academic scholarship to the University of Florida Levin College of Law. I have been practicing in Orlando and Tampa Bay since 2011, and in that time I have been able to develop valuable relationships with doctors, testifying experts and others in the local legal communities. I am currently a member of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association and other prominent organizations focused on protecting the rights of injured Floridians.I love what I do, and I look forward to serving you!
Carlos J. Cavenago, III
An associate attorney with Parvey & Frankel, Carlos J. Cavenago III uses his prosecution background to assist injured victims in Fort Myers, Florida, in civil litigation. He handles cases involving personal injury, strict liability, insurance disputes, negligent security and uninsured motorist coverage.A native of Southwest Florida, Mr. Cavenago attended Florida Gulf Coast University, graduating in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, and he was the first student to be given the Emphasis in Law Studies honor. He received his Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2004.While working for the State Attorneys Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit, Mr. Cavenago discovered his passion for helping people who were victims of others actions. Today, he uses that passion to help people attain civil justice. He is admitted to The Florida Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Mr. Cavenago was given the honor of AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell for his legal skills and ethical standards.Mr. Cavenago believes in serving his community and donates his time to act as a mock judge for the Lee County mock trial program and for moot court competition at Ave Maria School of Law. He is a member of several organizations, including the Florida Justice Association, the Florida Gulf Coast University Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Lee County Bar Association. In addition to his legal contributions to the community, Mr. Cavenago holds a yearly fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, serves as a board member on the Coastal Conservation Association, and is a member of the Rotary Club. He also has taught law courses to students at Florida Gulf Coast University.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.
Kristie M. Hightower
Kristie M. Hightower – a partner at Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, LLP, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana – helps clients throughout the area who have been harmed by the negligence of others. Representative matters include product liability, toxic torts and dangerous drug cases. Ms. Hightower also handles class actions and mass tort litigation nationwide.A graduate of Louisiana State University, Ms. Hightower obtained a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication in 1991. She remained in Baton Rouge for several years and worked at the LSU Alumni Association, serving as an assistant director before becoming a paralegal at her current firm. Ms. Hightower remained in that capacity while attending the Mississippi College School of Law. She received her Juris Doctor in 2007 and became admitted to practice before all Louisiana and Mississippi state courts the following year.Since becoming an attorney, Ms. Hightower has earned the esteem of her fellow professionals for her track record and high degree of ethics. She has received a perfect 10.0 Superb peer-review rating through Avvo, and she has also been selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association and the American Association for Justice, where she serves on several of its litigation groups.In the District of Columbia, along with two of her partners and other attorneys, Kristie represents victims who developed brain tumors after cellphone exposure. She also represents clients who have developed Non-Hodgkins Lymphona in litigation against Monsanto.Currently, Kristie is also actively involved with the Talcum Powder Litigation, representing women and the families of women who have used Johnson & Johnsons Baby Powder and Shower to Shower talcum powder products for years and were diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for consolidated Multi-District Litigation, ,In Re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation,, pending in federal court before Judge Freda L. Wolfson, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey in Trenton.
Maria K. Patterson
Focusing her practice primarily on personal injury and wrongful death litigation but with extensive criminal defense and family law experience as well, Maria K. Patterson is an attorney at Patterson Law, LLC. From the firms office in Bowie, Maryland, she provides representation to clients throughout the state as well as in the District of Columbia, and she is admitted to practice in both jurisdictions.In her personal injury practice, Ms. Patterson provides advice and counsel to people who have incurred economic and noneconomic losses due to the negligence or recklessness of other parties. The types of cases that she has handled have arisen out of incidents involving truck, motorcycle, other motor vehicle crashes, auto-pedestrian accidents, dog bites and premises liability, and she has been able to obtain many sizable settlements and jury awards on behalf of her plaintiff clients. Ms. Pattersons family law experience has included both pursuing and defending against the issuance of domestic violence protective orders based on assault, stalking and other similar matters. The quality of her work in all of these areas has earned her the recognition of her colleagues, including a 10.0 Superb peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, she has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 on numerous occasions.Majoring in criminal justice, Ms. Patterson attended the University of Delaware as an undergraduate and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1993. She subsequently went on to pursue her legal education at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 1997. After working for an insurance defense law firm, Ms. Patterson joined a leading insurance company, where as in-house counsel, she defended personal injury and wrongful death claims. She then spent more than two years as a state prosecutor before entering private practice.
Kirk Rahm has been selected to Top Lawyers since 2006 and has been recognized by various organizations including the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was a recipient of the Thomas E. Deacy Sr. Award, Memorial Trial Practice Award and the St. Jude Award, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. He has substantial experience in personal injury, medical and legal malpractice, wrongful discharge, employment and discrimination claims.
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.
Harry H. Albritton, Jr.
An attorney at Dawson & Albritton, P.A. Harry H. Albritton Jr. focuses his practice exclusively on personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death litigation. Located in Greenville, North Carolina, he represents clients throughout Pitt County and surrounding areas who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties. Admitted to practice before all North Carolina state courts, Mr. Albritton is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western districts of North Carolina.Mr. Albrittons cases have arisen out of incidents involving medical malpractice, premises liability and motor vehicle crashes, and he has been able to obtain numerous high-dollar jury awards and negotiated settlements for his plaintiff clients. In his first personal injury trial, he represented people who had incurred catastrophic injuries when a pedestrian bridge collapsed in 2000 at Lowes Motor Speedway near Charlotte. He and his fellow attorneys secured a multimillion-dollar jury award, and this has been followed by many other successes, including a settlement in excess of $1 million in a medical malpractice case based on the improper prescription of sleeping medication. As a result, Mr. Albritton is a member of the invitation-only Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and he has received other recognition from his colleagues as well, including an Excellent peer-review rating through Avvo. In addition, he has been named to both The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.Mr. Albritton is a member of several professional organizations, including the Pitt County Bar Association and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. A graduate of East Carolina University, where he majored in psychology and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1998, his legal education was obtained at the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2002.
David M. deRubertis
David M. deRubertis is the founder and principal attorney at The deRubertis Law Firm in Studio City, California. During his more than decade long career, David has produced numerous settlements and verdicts in excess of one million dollars. He focuses his practice on employment discrimination and wrongful termination.A seasoned trial lawyer, David has successfully argued two landmark cases before the California Supreme Court. He has been repeatedly recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal as one of the states top 10 plaintiff employment law attorneys. David has served on the California Employment Lawyers Association executive board, as well as the State Bars labor and employment law board.In 2009, David was invited to join The American Association for Justice, an organization that extends membership to only 100 attorneys in each state. He is a frequent lecturer at continuing education seminars and has published several professional journal articles. David is a graduate of UCLA and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
Allan P. Sloan, III
As part of Pierce | Sloan, Allan P. Sloan III represents clients in South Carolina and specifically the Charleston area in matters of personal injury, commercial truck accident litigation, traumatic brain injury, commercial litigation, general negligence and physical or sexual abuse of children.An accomplished attorney with decades of experience, Mr. Sloan is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is listed in the Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in America and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. He is also included in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell.In 1990, Mr. Sloan earned a Bachelor of Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South, graduating with Honors in the Order of the Gownsmen. At the University of South Carolina School of Law, he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1994. While in law school, he received several honors, including membership in the Order of the Wig and Robe, the American Bar Association Trial Competition Team and the John Belton ONeall American Inn of Court. He was also the 1994 winner of the University of South Carolina Trial Competition.Mr. Sloan is admitted to practice in Florida and South Carolina. Along with these state courts, he is admitted to practice before the United States District Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.A charter member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of Americas National Advisory Board, Mr. Sloan is currently a member of the Lawyers LogBook publications Editorial Board. Mr. Sloan is also a charter member of the Academy of Truck Accidents Attorneys Board of Regents. 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.
Kevin L. Locklin
As a partner at The Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, PLLC in Manassas, Virginia, Kevin L. Locklin draws upon 30 years of experience in civil litigation to provide vigorous representation to personal injury and wrongful death clients throughout northern Virginia. A dedicated advocate of victims of motor vehicle and tractor accidents, construction accidents, child abuse and neglect, medical negligence and premises liability, he seeks to recover fair compensation for their losses. As a litigator, he has earned a reputation for excellence, and insurance companies often opt to negotiate settlements rather than face him in court.Mr. Locklins impressive professional track record includes substantial verdicts and settlements in hundreds of trial cases. Among the notable verdicts and settlements obtained by Mr. Locklin and his partner at the firm are $5.5 million for a 59-year-old motor vehicle accident victim, $3.1 million for the family of a man killed in a train accident caused by a property owners negligence, and a pretrial settlement of $2.5 million in a motor vehicle wrongful death case. Other notable case results in the areas of medical negligence, nursing home injury, and negligence and dog bite injuries have helped cement his reputation as an effective litigator.After earning his J.D. at the George Mason University School of Law, Mr. Locklin gained admission to practice before Virginia state courts in 1981, and he is also licensed to practice before all federal courts in the state. A recipient of the Special Achievement Award from the United States Department of Justice, he was named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 organization in 2011 and 2012, and Martindale-Hubbell has awarded him its AV Preeminent rating. He is also a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization reserved for trial lawyers who have secured seven-figure verdicts and settlements.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.