Are you concerned that your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company might be taking advantage of you? Unless you work for an insurance company or a personal injury lawyer, you probably don’t know the difference between liability, personal injury protection, and underinsured motorist coverage. It can be reopened at any time. You should photograph the damage to all of the vehicles involved, the overall scene, and any visible injuries.Read More
Slip and Fall Accidents
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.
Let’s talk about your time & notice deadlines for claiming against your city/town. As I mentioned, these deadlines could differ depending on the state, but you can guide yourself with this guide:
- Do not exceed a 30-day deadline after you got injured, and if it is possible, go and make your sue the day after the events.
- You have to go to the proper law department, and once you are there, you must follow these steps:
- Write the exact location where you had this accident.
- Try to be thorough while you explain the events, and be careful to not omit any important detail.
- Describe precisely the sidewalk’s circumstances and point out exactly how they did affect in your accident.
- Depending on your case, the maximum amount of money that you could ask for should not be above the 100,000$
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.
Then, you have to prove that the property owner was intentionally negligent and that he knew about the situation, but he did not want to take action about this. As an example, you can prove that he was avoiding the payment for the repairs.
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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Top Lawyers Pick
- Georganna E. Frantzis
- Ronald S. Gilbert
- Jason Whittemore
- David E. Tompkins
- Paul Dworak
- Kenneth N. Meleyco
- Brian N. Lathen
- Gregory L. Bentley
- Kristine Grelish
- Jared Stueckle
- Alan Hamilton
- Aaron P. Marks
Georganna E. Frantzis
Attorney Georganna E. Frantzis is a litigation associate with The Florida Law Group, which has several locations throughout the greater Tampa region. A highly rated trial lawyer with more than seven years of experience, Ms. Frantzis focuses her practice primarily on personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from someone elses negligence or wrongdoing.A 2006 graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, Ms. Frantzis attended Nova Southeastern Universitys Shepard Broad College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2011. The Florida Bar admitted her to practice the following year, and Ms. Frantzis gained extensive experience representing lenders with regard to foreclosures and reverse mortgage foreclosures.Since focusing on plaintiff personal injury claims, Ms. Frantzis has achieved notable success advocating on behalf of those adversely affected by motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, defective products and other preventable tragedies. Through her efforts, she has helped many clients secure the maximum amount of compensation for the injuries and losses they suffered.In all cases, Ms. Frantzis main goal is to guide her clients through the often-complex legal process while remaining a steadfast advocate for their rights and interests. She always treats those she serves with the compassion and dignity they deserve while aggressively pursuing the most favorable outcomes on their behalf, and she has earned numerous awards and honors from her peers as well as many positive reviews and referrals from her satisfied clients.Highly active in her legal community, Ms. Frantzis is a member of the Clearwater Bar Association, the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association and the Florida Justice Association. She also supports her local community through her involvement with various charitable organizations in her area, including the Boys & Girls Club of Tarpon Springs, the Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center and the Tarpon Springs Youth Charity, among others.
Ronald S. Gilbert
Attorney Ronald S. Gilbert is a partner at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Gilbert has been practicing law since 1983 and has a civil trial practice. He serves individuals in Orlando and throughout Orange County and the Central Florida region in matters involving business litigation, contracts, medical malpractice, motor vehicle and trucking liability, personal injury, products liability and wrongful death.Mr. Gilbert earned a bachelors degree in political science from Furman University and a law degree from Samford Universitys Cumberland School of Law. In addition to being licensed to practice in all Florida state courts, he is admitted before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and has experience before Florida District Courts of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court.Throughout his career, Mr. Gilbert has collected numerous substantial settlements and verdicts for his clients. These accomplishments have earned him membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization of attorneys who have attained million or multimillion-dollar recoveries for their clients.Mr. Gilbert has received additional recognition, including a nomination by the Litigation Counsel of America to be a fellow. He also earned membership in the Order of Barristers.Mr. Gilbert is active in several professional legal organizations. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, The Florida Bar, the Florida Justice Association and the American Association for Justice. He also previously served as associate editor of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy and on the Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board, serving as chief justice.
When he joined Wagner McLaughlin in 2011, Jason brought a wide range of experience that perfectly complements the firms steadfast dedication to protecting the rights of the injured individual. That broad experience provides Jason with a honed ability to vigorously and effectively litigate various complex issues for clients.Jason represents plaintiffs in claims involving premises liability, products liability, wrongful death, automobile accidents, medical negligence and legal malpractice. Prior to joining the firm, he defended corporations in premises liability and products liability claims. His experience representing corporations gave Jason a valuable perspective and insight on the behavior and tactics of corporate defendants – an insight he now wields as extra ammunition in his aggressive legal battles exclusively on behalf of injured plaintiffs.Jason also served as a trial attorney for the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, through the Attorney Generals Honors Program. While with the Antitrust Division, he was dedicated to protecting the rights of victims, which led him to his lifes calling: to protect the rights of plaintiffs who have suffered unforeseen tragedy through no fault of their own. Now a member of the dynamic Wagner McLaughlin team, Jason has the background, passion, and tenacity not only to fight for but to achieve justice for the firms injured clients.Jason is active in several legal organizations and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Florida Justice Association and the Hillsborough County Bar Associations Young Lawyers Division. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the First Tee of Tampa Bay. Jason earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Florida and, later, his Juris Doctorate and Masters in Business Administration from Stetson University College of Law, where he graduated with honors.Born and raised in Tampa, Jason lives with his wife Trisha and their young son.
David E. Tompkins
David E. Tompkins is a principal trial attorney with Lewis & Tompkins P.C. focusing on personal injury cases, particularly car accidents. Admitted to practice in Maryland, Virginia, Missouri and the District of Columbia, he is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the United States Tax Court.Mr. Tompkins handles cases for those who have disfiguring, permanent injuries or broken bones as well as the family members of those who have died due to a personal injury. His clients include those who have been injured in incidents involving plane crashes, medical malpractice, defective products, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents and pedestrian accidents.In 1993, Mr. Tompkins graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Truman State University, then attended the University of Missouri School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1996. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, Mr. Tompkins holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent from. For professional responsibility and ethics, he received the Academic Achievement Award and has an Avvo Superbrating. He is a member of the Missouri Law Review and is Lead Counsel certified.Mr. Tompkins is a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Maryland Association for Justice. With the last organization, he served as the chairman of the Automobile Negligence Section. Extremely active in his community, Mr. Tompkins was on the board of trustees for the Chevy Chase United Methodist Church. 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.
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 330,, Bethesda MD 20814
Paul is a trial lawyer. He defends and prosecutes cases for people and businesses. In 2016, Paul was named Attorney of the Yearby Minnesota Lawyer for his work on a highly-publicized, free speech case. He represented a high school student who was unconstitutionally expelled for responding to a post on Twitter about his gym teacher. The case settled for $425,000.Paul has obtained other large settlements and jury acquittals—sometimes for the same client in related cases. For example, Paul defended a young man shot by a police officer three times in the back. The State charged Pauls client with first-degree assault to cover up the police shooting. Paul convinced a jury to acquit his client, saving him from at least ten years in prison. Paul and his partners then sued the police officer for excessive force. The case settled for $2.85 million.Paul also represents businesses. He was an integral part of a team which aggressively and successfully defended a national paving contractor from claims of racketeering, anti-trust, fraud and breach of contract brought by a multi-national corporation. Paul enjoys prosecuting breach of contract and wrongful termination cases for sales representatives and wholesalers against manufacturers.Paul attended law school at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is now an Adjunct Law Professor for the schools civil rights moot court program. He has won numerous awards for his legal writing.Prior to law school, Paul was a financial analyst and a firefighter. While handling emergencies for the public, Paul learned to think fast on his feet and remain level-headed during tense circumstances—skills that prepared him well for the courtroom.In addition to Attorney of Year,Paul was named Rising Starby Top Lawyers in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, he was also featured in the Next Generationissue of the Attorney at Law magazine.
100 South Fifth Street, Suite 2100,, Minneapolis MN 55402
Kenneth N. Meleyco
Kenneth N. Meleyco, the founder of his own law firm located in Stockton, California, has provided aggressive and caring representation to his clients throughout San Joaquin County and other parts of the state since 1981. He focuses his practice of law on helping those who have suffered harm through the negligence of others in personal injury matters including motor vehicle accidents, products liability and wrongful death cases.After being awarded his Juris Doctor by the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1973, Mr. Meleyco was admitted to practice in California. He then went to work at the Office of the District Attorney for San Joaquin County, staying for seven years. During his tenure as a prosecutor there, Mr. Meleyco handled a variety of criminal cases up to and including murder. He then went into private practice in 1981 and started his law firm. In 1982, he was asked to come back as a special prosecutor for a trial that lasted over a year, obtaining murder and conspiracy convictions against four people.Mr. Meleyco brings the same dedication to people who are injured as he did for victims of criminal offenses. He strongly believes that people who have been injured due to the negligence or actions of others deserve to be compensated, and he has tried more than 50 cases to conclusion. As a measure of the esteem in which he is held by his fellow professionals, Mr. Meleyco has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.Committed to his profession and his clients, Mr. Meleyco is an active participant in a number of legal and professional organizations. His memberships include the American Association for Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California and the San Joaquin County Bar Association.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.
Brian N. Lathen
A partner at Swanson Lathen Prestwich, PC, Brian N. Lathen focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. From the firms office in Portland, Oregon, he represents clients throughout the state. Admitted to practice before all Oregon state courts since 2004, Mr. Lathen is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.Mr. Lathen provides advice and counsel to people who have incurred economic and noneconomic losses due to the negligence of other parties. A significant portion of his caseload in this regard has involved truck and other motor vehicle crashes. However, his experience has also included sexual abuse, defective products, animal attacks, premises liability, assault and battery, and medical malpractice. Regardless of the event that led to the cause of action, Mr. Lathen provides aggressive advocacy to his clients, and he has been able to obtain significant compensation on their behalf, through both jury verdicts and settlements that he has negotiated out of court. His successful track record has earned him the respect of his colleagues, including a Superb peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. Lathen has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40.After attending Linfield College for a year, Mr. Lathen spent two years in Argentina on a church mission, where he became fluent in Spanish. Upon his return, he enrolled at the University of Oregon and in 2001 received a Bachelor of Arts in international studies. He then pursued his legal education at Willamette University College of Law, and he clerked for his current firm before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 2004. Mr. Lathens professional memberships include the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.
3040 Commercial Street Southeast, Suite 200,, Salem OR 97302
Gregory L. Bentley
A steadfast advocate for consumers and partner at Bentley & More LLP, Gregory L. Bentley handles personal injury cases on behalf of people in Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, California. He routinely obtains seven- and eight-figure awards on behalf of people who have suffered incidents related to issues such as products liability and bad faith insurance.When a motor vehicle accident left a client with catastrophic spinal cord and brain injuries, Mr. Bentley went to trial and secured a $31.5 million jury verdict. He has pursued a number of claims involving e-cigarettes, returning a $1.85 million verdict for a consumer who suffered severe burns when the product exploded.These are just a few of the many ways Mr. Bentley has helped people get back on their feet after a serious accident. He is always prepared for a challenge such as litigating against powerful corporations. For his accomplishments, he holds an Avvo Superbrating; the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association gave him its Top Gun Trial Lawyer of the Year award; he has been listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; and the Consumer Attorneys of California granted him its Consumer Attorney of the Year Award.As president of the Consumer Attorneys of California, Mr. Bentley continually demonstrates his commitment to protect people against negligence. He is also a member of a number of other organizations such as the Orange County Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the American Board of Trial Advocates and The International Academy of Trial Lawyers.Mr. Bentley received his law degree from the Western State College of Law at Argosy University.
Attorney Kristine Grelish is the owner of Grelish Law PLLC, a Washington state law firm, with her primary office located in Seattle and a satelite office in Yakima. Ms. Grelish dedicates her practice to personal injury law, representing the injured and their families in cases involving motor vehicle, truck, bicycle and pedestrian accidents. She also represents clients in cases involving wrongful death, defective products, police misconduct, and school bullying.After graduating with honors from the University of British Columbia, Ms. Grelish earned her law degree from Seattle University School of Law, graduating summa cum laude. Following her graduation from law school, Ms. Grelish gained legal experience by serving as a clerk for a Washington State Court of Appeals judge. Today, she is admitted to practice in all Washington courts, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.Committed to education, Ms. Grelish served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law in the fall of 2013, teaching a class on insurance law, and has lectured at numerous seminars and conferences.Ms. Grelish has traveled to many different regions of the world and participated as an observer for the 2006 Ukrainian parliamentary elections. Prior to attending law school, she taught English in Taiwan. Kristine has participated as a faculty volunteer for the nonprofit organization Justice Advocacy Africa, working with attorneys in Kenya and Botswana on various volunteer trips. Recognized for her accomplishments within the legal profession, Kristine was selected to Top Lawyers Rising Star for the years 2010-2018 and selected to Top Lawyers 2019. The National Trial Lawyers named Ms. Grelish to its Top 40 Under 40 list 2012-2017. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington State Association for Justice, the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.
A native of the Yakima Valley, Jared received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Sociology from Central Washington University in 2004, his Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006, and his Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law in 2010.Jared is a member of the Washington Bar Association, the Washington State Association for Justice, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Jared began his legal career defending insurance companies, but after witnessing first-hand the underhanded tactics of insurance companies, decided instead to take up the cause of the injured, fighting greedy insurance companies.
Alan Hamilton is a co-founder of Atlanta, Georgia, based Shiver Hamilton, LLC, where he focuses his practice primarily on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Admitted to practice before all Georgia state courts, Mr. Hamilton is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. In addition, he has appeared pro hac vice in other courtrooms across the country.Mr. Hamilton represents clients throughout the greater metropolitan area who have incurred economic and noneconomic losses as a result of another partys negligence. His cases have centered on inadequate security, commercial and passenger vehicle crashes, dram shop liability, workplace accidents, and defective products. Some of the representative results that Mr. Hamilton has been able to obtain have included a $17 million verdict against Ford Motor Company after an auto products liability trial and a $29.25 million jury award in a premises liability case. His successes have led to his receipt of an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 Superb peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. Hamilton has been named to both The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, and Georgia Trend Magazine has included him in its annual Legal Elite list.Mr. Hamilton is regularly asked to deliver presentations to groups of fellow attorneys on topics related to his practice area. His speaking engagements have included the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Mr. Hamilton obtained his legal education at the University of Georgia School of Law, and upon his receipt of Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2004, he was inducted into the Order of the Coif.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.
Aaron P. Marks
Attorney Aaron P. Marks is the founder of The Marks Law Group, LLC, which has offices in Decatur and Atlanta, Georgia. Serving innocent accident victims and their families throughout the greater Atlanta metro region and surrounding areas, Mr. Marks devotes his practice exclusively to personal injury law, and he has achieved notable success advocating on behalf of those suffering as the result of someone elses negligence or wrongdoing.A passionate advocate for his plaintiff clients, Mr. Marks works hard to help protect the rights and entitlements of those he serves while increasing their chances of securing the maximum amount of compensation they deserve. Throughout the course of his career, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and awards, including an award of over $1 million for the victim of a traumatic brain injury.In addition, he has secured numerous six-figure awards for those who have personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, defective products, public transit accidents and other preventable tragedies. A tenacious trial attorney, he has successfully fought catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims against a variety of large corporations, insurance providers, retailers and nursing homes, as well as municipalities, police departments, hospitals and transportation companies.Mr. Marks graduated cum laude from Wheaton College in 2000, and he then completed studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He then attended Georgia State University College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2007.A consummate professional, Mr. Marks is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the DeKalb and Atlanta Bar Associations. He also supports his local community through his service as a member of Oakhurst Community Gardens Board of Directors as well as being a volunteer instructor with the Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E.