Don’t argue about the cause of the accident. You look at your claim in a vacuum. Can you anticipate when the claims adjuster is about to pounce and blow your claim apart? Second, never stop negotiating. Liebeck $200,000 in compensatory damages to cover her medical bills, lost income, and her non-economic damages (see article 18).Read More
Accidents at School
Because they spend a big part of the day inside it, schools are often the second home for children. Either because they are studying or engaged in other extracurricular activities. As they spend so much time inside the school, there are greater chances for accidents. The validity of your claim will depend on the events that cause the injuries. For example, if the school was responsible for the accident, you can sue the owner or school manager. Both public and private schools must take care of all its students and keep the property at top conditions.
Common Accidents and Injuries at School: Even when your children are going to school they are in a potentially dangerous situation. School bus rides are one of the most common sources for school accidents. As school buses typically carry a lot of passengers, the same accident can hurt many people.
Last but not least, food poisoning is another, fairly common accident in schools. If the cafeteria undercooks the food, or don't follow hygiene standards during cooking and serving, it poses a great threat to the students' health.
The most common intentional harm accident is related to bullying. This is a big and rising problem, not just in schools, but in society as well. In these cases, the parents of the bully and the school could be responsible. The plaintiff must prove that the school was aware of the student's misbehavior. But as simple as it may seem, it is very difficult. That is why, most times, this goes unpunished.
When the injury is not so serious, the claim can be settled by direct agreement. But if the defendant wants to abuse you, or the injuries are severe, you must get a lawyer immediately. He will choose the right path of action, and set the strategies for a successful claim.
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Top Lawyers Pick
- James W. Dodson
- William W. Corry
- George H. Anderson, III
- Vincent M. D'Assaro
- William T. Gibbs
- Kevin T. Veugeler
- Michael J. Sudekum
- Scott Liljegren
- Mitchell A. Stephens
- Terry D. Jackson
- Ben C. Brodhead
- Michael L. Werner
James W. Dodson
James W. Dodson entered the private practice of law with Woodworth, Carson & Meissner in St Petersburg, in 1984, primarily handling the defense of medical malpractice and auto tort claims. In 1985, he moved to Clearwater to join Carlson & Meissner and Webb handling plaintiff personal injury, claimant workmans compensation and criminal defense. Jim remained for 17 years, became a partner in Carlson, Meissner, Dodson and Hart, also serving as managing partner. His practice gradually became entirely limited to plaintiff personal injury litigation.In 2001, he formed the Law Office of James W. Dodson (Jim Dodson Law)as sole shareholder and President and has continued to practice exclusively in the area of plaintiff personal injury.Jim Dodson has represented plaintiffs and the survivors of wrongful death in trial and settlement resulting in numerous six figure cases, including seven figure cases. Rather than build a practice through mass advertisement on TV, yellow pages or other traditionalmeans of lawyer advertising, Jim built his practice on referrals from other lawyers along with those of past and present clients who have placed their trust in Jim by referring their clients, family and friends.Over the past four years, Jim has devoted time to building internet websites focused on providing useful consumer information to educate accident and malpractice victims of their rights. These include free reports, videos and numerous educational books on Florida car accidents, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, slips and falls, child injury, wrongful death and Uninsured Motorist Insurance.
William W. Corry
William W. Corry is a partner at The Corry Law Firm, P.A. in Tallahassee, Florida. He has been in the legal field for more than three decades and is committed to providing legal representation for clients in Tallahassee and throughout northern Florida, focusing on serious personal injury matters, including motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and wrongful death.After graduating from Gordon Military Academy in 1965, Mr. Corry attended the University of South Florida and received his Bachelor of Arts in 1969. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law in 1973. Admitted to practice in Florida, Mr. Corry is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 11th Circuits.The current president of the Capital City Justice Association, Mr. Corry has long been a member of the Florida Justice Association and served on its board of directors. Some of the other associations that he is a member of include the American Bar Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Board of Trial Advocates, and he previously served as president of the Tallahassee Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Among the noteworthy awards Mr. Corry has received are the 2004 Staff Appreciation Award and the 2005 In Defense of Justice Award from the Florida Justice Association.As an active member of his community, Mr. Corry has served on the board of directors for the LeMoyne Art Foundation in Tallahassee. He is also a member of the vestry at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Quincy. Highly regarded by his peers, Mr. Corry has received the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.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.
George H. Anderson, III
Attorney Dutch Anderson is certified in civil trial law by the Florida State Bar. His desire to help injured people motivated him to acquire this credential and is his passion in his practice of law. He represents individuals injured in automobile, truck, and motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, birth injuries, pharmaceutical malpractice, nursing home violations, DUI accidents, and many others. He prides himself on providing personal, professional and experienced legal representation and works hard to do everything the law allows to win his clients cases.Mr. Anderson is a Florida native and received his law degree in 1982 from the University of Florida Law School. He is a former member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity in Orlando. He is an attorney with Dan Newlin Injury Attorneys, a firm based in Orlando, Florida.
Vincent M. D'Assaro
Vincent M. Dassaro is an attorney at the law firm of Morgan & Morgan in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Dassaro has more than 30 years of legal experience and focuses his practice on personal injury law. He represents clients throughout the Orlando area in matters involving automobile accidents, brain injury, premises liability, product liability, spinal cord injury, toxic torts, trucking accidents, wrongful death and other catastrophic injuries caused by negligence.Born in New York, Mr. Dassaro earned a bachelors degree from the University of Florida. He received his law degree from Mercer University School of Law and obtained his license to practice law in 1985. He holds an active license in Georgia, Florida, and before several federal courts, including the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.Over the course of his career, Mr. Dassaro has attained substantial recoveries through settlements and verdicts for injury victims. He is board-certified as a civil trial lawyer from The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education. Recognizing his success, Martindale-Hubbell awarded him an AV Preeminent peer review rating, their highest available rating.Active in the legal community, Mr. Dassaro is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association, the Atlanta Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. He also belongs to the litigation section of the American Bar Association, the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar and the American Association for Justice.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.
20 North Orange Avenue, Suite 1600,, Orlando FL 32801
William T. Gibbs
William T. Gibbs is a partner at the Chicago personal injury and medical malpractice law firm of Corboy & Demetrio and concentrates his practice on cases arising from railroad negligence, automobile collisions, participation in sports, unsafe pharmaceuticals or medical devices, construction negligence, medical negligence, premises liability, product liability and aviation litigation.For more than a decade at Corboy & Demetrio, Bill has obtained numerous record-setting and multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. His list of representative clients demonstrates the diversity of his practice.Bill secured a $29.6 million verdict on behalf of a woman who was brain damaged in the derailment of a speeding train in Chicago. The verdict is the largest in Illinois for an individual injured in a mass transit crash. In a Federal District Court case, he obtained a $6.6 million verdict for a family injured in an automobile collision. It was the largest verdict ever in that Court.In another case, Bill secured a $6.75 million settlement for the family of Justyna Palka, who was a pedestrian killed by a tour bus in Chicago.In his sports liability practice, Bill represented Hall-of-Fame White Sox player Frank Thomas in a medical malpractice action and the matter was resolved amicably. Bill currently represents numerous retired NFL players and the Estate of former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson against the NFL in litigation stemming from concussions and CTE suffered by Duerson. Bill was appointed to the Plaintiffs Executive Committee by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson in Minnesota, which is overseeing individual lawsuits against the National Hockey League. In addition to this leadership role in the multi district litigation, Bill represents the Estate of Steve Montador, an NHL player who died at the age of 35 after suffering multiple concussions and the effects of CTE.Bill has appeared on national and international television networks discussing sports and C.T.E. including CNN, FOX Business News, Al Jazeera and Canadian National TV. He has been quoted numerous times by national and international media, including the New York Times, ESPN and Sports Illustrated.He is currently a regular contributor to the Sporting Judgment section of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin where he writes the column, Sports Torts.Bill received a 2017 Trial Excellence Award from the Law Bulletin Publishings Jury Verdict Reporter for having the Highest Reported Verdict or Settlement in Jackson County.In 2015, Bill was chosen for the highly-selective Illinois Top Lawyers and was selected to the prestigious Illinois Leading Lawyers.In 2009, Bill was named by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, which publishes the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer magazine, to its list of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch, and from 2009-2014, he was designated an Illinois Top Lawyer, Rising Star. In 2013, The National Trial Lawyers named Bill one of the Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in the country, and in 2014, he was named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers. In 2017, The National Trial Lawyers named Bill to NTLs Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association Top 25.In 2008, Bill authored an article, A Quick Guide to the Illinois Dead Mans Act, which was published in the Illinois Bar Journal, a publication of the Illinois State Bar Association. Bill is a frequent panelist and lecturer to local and state bar associations, CLE seminars and law schools throughout the country.Active in many community organizations, Bill is a member of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Advisory Board.In 2018, Bill was appointed to the Advisory Board of The Mike Adamle Project: Rise Above, a new initiative created to provide tools, resources and support to patients living with symptoms of CTE.Bill was formerly a high school teacher and varsity football, basketball, and baseball coach. While at the University of Notre Dame, he was a defensive back on the varsity football team.
33 North Dearborn Street, 21st Floor,, Chicago IL 60602
Kevin T. Veugeler
Attorney Kevin T. Veugeler is an associate with the Healy Scanlon Law Firm in Chicago, Illinois. Serving clients throughout Cook County and the rest of the state, Mr. Veugeler focuses his practice exclusively on helping his plaintiff clients obtain the compensation and benefits they deserve after getting hurt at work or suffering an injury or loss caused by someone elses negligence or wrongdoing.After graduating cum laude from Northern Illinois University in 1993, Mr. Veugeler attended the University of Illinois College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1996. That same year, he received his license to practice from the Illinois State Bar Association and his admittance to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Illinois.Handling all types of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and workers compensation claims, Mr. Veugeler has achieved an impressive record of success advocating on behalf of the injured and disabled.Among his most notable achievements include a $9.2 million verdict on behalf of the estate of a construction worker killed on the job and a $6 million verdict for an injured carpenter. He has also secured multimillion-dollar settlements and awards for car and trucking accident victims as well as substantial workers compensation benefits for those in need.Well-versed in his practice areas, Mr. Veugeler routinely conducts continuing legal education seminars and publishes articles on a variety of legal topics such as cross-examining expert witnesses, utilizing effective settlement strategies, handling uninsured motorist claims and many other related subjects.Highly active with the Illinois State Bar Association, he once served as chair of the organizations tort section council, and he has served on the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly since 2007. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice, the Workers Compensation Lawyers Association and The Chicago Bar Association.Regarded among the best in his field, Mr. Veugeler received recognition from the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, which named him as one of the 40 Attorneys Under 40 to watch in 2010.
111 W. Washington Street, Suite 1425,, Chicago IL 60602
Michael J. Sudekum
Partner at Mandel & Mandel LLP, Michael J. Sudekum is a personal injury attorney representing the people of St. Louis and the Missouri metropolitan east area in Illinois. Advocating for those who have experienced a loss at the hands of another, his clients include small businesses, families and individuals. His practice areas include workers compensation, nursing home neglect, motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and any other personal injury case.For the last five years, Mr. Sudekum has been named in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 for three years. The Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section gave him the Outstanding Service Award in 2008. Mr. Sudekum is admitted to practice in Illinois and Missouri, and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.In 1997, Mr. Sudekum graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Saint Louis University. He then attended the University of Missouri School of Law and in 2000, he obtained his Juris Doctor. He is a member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, a former member of the organizations executive committee and a current member of the board of governors.In giving back to his community, Mr. Sudekum was the Chaminade College Preparatory School Alumni Boards president for several years. During his time as a representative for the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section District 9, he gained experience improving the resources for families and individuals who have special needs.
Scott Liljegren is the founder of his own law firm based in San Diego, California. Focusing his practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death cases, he provides aggressive representation to clients throughout San Diego and Riverside counties who have incurred economic and noneconomic losses due to the negligence or recklessness of other persons or entities. Mr. Liljegren is admitted to practice before all California and Missouri state courts.Prior to becoming a plaintiffs attorney, Mr. Liljegren worked for a law firm that provided defense representation to insurance companies in litigation involving negligence. This experience has enabled him to anticipate the tactics that they and their counsel often employ and that he now faces when he is on the other side of the case. The types of matters that Mr. Liljegren now handles have included incidents involving defective products, truck and other motor vehicle crashes, construction site accidents, and premises liability. He has also been involved in several cases assisting clients who have been injured while riding electric scooters or while using ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. Mr. Liljegren has been able to obtain several sizable settlements and jury awards for his clients.Raised in the Midwest, Mr. Liljegren attended the University of Missouri, where he majored in economics and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1995. He then pursued his legal studies at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, and he had two articles published in the Washburn Law Journal before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 1999. After graduation, Mr. Liljegren served his country with distinction as a member of the Judge Advocate Generals Corps before entering private practice.
Mitchell A. Stephens
Mitchell A. Stephens focuses his practice on litigation and has successfully represented clients in both state and federal courts. Mitchs last two jury trials resulted in favorable verdicts for his clients, with the total verdict amounts exceeding $25 million. At his last bench trial, he successfully defended against seven-figure damages claims and obtained a no cause of action verdict. His last trial before an arbitration panel involved defending against a $36 million demand. The final award was a dismissal of the plaintiffs claims with prejudice and no damages awarded. In addition to these favorable trial verdicts, Mitch has prevailed on many other matters in the dispositive motion context. He also has successfully defended his victories on appeal, including to the Utah Supreme Court and Tenth Circuit.Prior to joining Hatch, James & Dodge, Mitch served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Carolyn B. McHugh of the Utah Court of Appeals. Mitch graduated from the University of Utahs S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2007 with Highest Honors.
Terry D. Jackson
As a catastrophic injury lawyer in Georgia, Terry D. Jackson represents those in Atlanta and the surrounding regions and is the founder of Terry D. Jackson, P.C. His practice areas include wrongful death, product liability, premises liability, motorcycle accidents, defective products, bus accidents, brain injuries, boat accidents, truck accidents and car accidents. Unafraid to take on insurance providers and powerful corporations, he uses his 20 years of experience to advocate for the wronged and injured.Mr. Jackson first earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration and accounting from the University of Tennessee, then obtained a Master of Arts in accounting and taxation from the same school. Moving on to the University of Georgia School of Law, he earned a Juris Doctor in 1993 and was immediately admitted to practice in Georgia.After representing clients in over 100 trials in both federal and state courts, Mr. Jackson has recovered several of the largest verdicts in Georgia and has obtained more than $100 million for clients over the years. He is a dedicated attorney who is invested in helping those who have been injured and their families secure justice and the compensation they need to live a high quality of life even after the carelessness of another has influenced their future.Mr. Jackson has a long record of success, with $10.2 million compensation in a product liability case, a two million-dollar compensation in a wrongful death and high-speed police pursuit, a wrongful death verdict of $8.3 million for a dump truck accident, and over one million dollars for a truck accident.
Ben C. Brodhead
Ben Brodhead is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and has handled significant personal injury litigation for nearly 20 years. In 1998, Ben founded his own firm dedicated to representing victims of severe personal injury and wrongful death. Brodhead Law, LLC is a successful personal injury firm that is known for aggressively litigating tractor-trailer collisions, auto collisions, and insurance bad-faith cases. Since the firms inception, Ben has successfully litigated hundreds of serious personal injury cases across the country and has recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients.
Michael L. Werner
Michael L. Werner has dedicated his legal career to seeking justice for those whose lives have been torn apart through no fault of their own. He is the founding attorney at Werner & Associates in Tucker, Georgia, which represents clients who have been catastrophically injured in car accidents, tractor-trailer collisions, motorcycle accidents and medical malpractice situations.After receiving his undergraduate degree, Mr. Werner attended Emory School of Medicine, where he specialized in anesthesiology. While practicing medicine, he witnessed firsthand how devastating automobile accidents were to people, and this encouraged him to become an injury attorney.After law school, Mr. Werner worked with one of the top personal injury firms in Georgia. In 2002, he established his own firm, concentrating on personal injury and medical malpractice. His firm takes very few cases to ensure that each client is a top priority and each case is meticulously prepared. Mr. Werner takes pride in going the extra mile for clients. This tenacity has resulted in several multimillion-dollar verdicts, including two recent eight-figure verdicts.Michael Werner shares his experience and knowledge by speaking at Georgia bar seminars, instructing other attorneys on how to win personal injury cases and maximize the value of a wrongful death case. He was selected for inclusion in Georgia Rising Stars in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Further, he has been recognized in Top Lawyer magazine for not only winning cases that other lawyers claimed could not be won, but also helping clients and their families restore their lives.