But these decisions have consequences. Without medical treatment, you have neither medical records nor a doctor’s opinion. So what is the insurance company and its representatives thinking? I even tried representing myself and my wife for a short time, but I quickly realized that was a mistake. Even with the best lawyer, your claim will almost certainly have complications.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
- Dereck G. Capaz
- Joel Harris
- Kerry D. Staton
- Ivonne Corsino Lindley
- Robert G. Norfleet
- John N. Zervanos
- Ethan A. Wimert
- Kristin M. Lucey
- Robert J. Dubyak
- Gabriel Z. Levin
- Mark J. LeWinter
- Andrew Wier
Dereck G. Capaz
Dereck Capaz is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney. The AV® Preeminent™ designation is Martindale-Hubbells highest peer review rating of a legal professionals skills and ethics. Mr. Capaz focuses his practice in the areas of plaintiffs personal injury, insurance claims and civil litigation.Mr. Capaz received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. He received a Master of Business Administration degree and Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law. He is a member of The Florida Bar, Hillsborough County Bar Association and Florida Justice Association.Following graduation from law school, Mr. Capaz was sworn in as a criminal prosecutor for the State of Florida. While at the Hillsborough County State Attorneys Office, he developed a reputation as a thorough, successful and well-respected trial attorney. Mr. Capaz was a lead trial attorney of a felony division, handling crimes from DUI with serious injury, drug trafficking, armed robbery, gun crimes, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, sex crimes, attempted murder and 10/20/Life cases.After his tenure at the State Attorneys office, Mr. Capaz accepted a job at well-respected civil law firm in Tampa, Florida representing large corporations, local businesses, and individuals, in a wide variety of legal areas, involving transportation litigation, trucking accidents, corporate negligence, premises liability, and defense of catastrophic injury claims.Mr. Capaz is admitted to practice by The Florida Bar, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and The United States Supreme Court. He is a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members of this highly sought after recognition.
Attorney Joel Harris is an associate at Coker Law in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Harris focuses his practice on personal injury, dangerous drugs and product liability, serving clients throughout the Miami area.Mr. Harris received a bachelors degree in finance from Auburn University. He earned his law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. While attending law school, he served as the election supervisor for the student bar associations on-campus elections. In addition, he was the author of the law schools first ever elections code, which governed how elections are run.Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Harris passed the Florida Bar Examination and attained his license to practice law in Florida. He is qualified to appear before all Florida state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.Mr. Harris has over a decade of legal experience. Prior to practicing personal injury law at Coker Law, he worked at Morgan Stanley and served as in-house counsel at a Fortune 500 company.Since making the decision to focus his practice on personal injury law, Mr. Harris has settled and litigated many noteworthy cases. One such case involved an award of more than $3 million to an accident victim. He provides personalized service and is committed to aggressively fighting on behalf of victims of a catastrophic injury and their families.Mr. Harris enjoys staying active in the Florida legal community through membership in various organizations. He is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, the Jacksonville Justice Association and the Florida Justice Association.
Kerry D. Staton
As a founding partner of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. Kerry D. Staton tenaciously works on behalf of clients in Maryland and Washington, D.C. who have suffered medical malpractice, birth injury and other personal injury incidents. Additionally, on special motion, he has handled cases in Alabama, Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions.In state and federal courts, Mr. Staton is a fierce advocate for people whose lives have been upended due to someone elses negligence. Part of his passion for helping these clients stems from the fact that he has seen firsthand what the effects of these events are; his own mother suffered severe brain damage due to negligent surgical care. Watching that happen, Mr. Staton knew he wanted to support people in similar situations to get on the path to recovery and hold irresponsible providers accountable for the harm they have caused.To date, Mr. Staton has secured countless verdicts and settlements that compensate clients for their losses, including the physical damages they have experienced as well as the emotional turmoil they have undergone. Due to his successes, he has earned honors such as the following: being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America; being elected as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; being a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum; and earning the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell.After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College in 1977, Mr. Staton graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1980 from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.A frequent guest lecturer, Mr. Staton is a member of the American Association for Justice and the Maryland 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.
1211 Saint Paul Street, The Paulton,, Baltimore MD 21202
Ivonne Corsino Lindley
Having thorough knowledge of each of her cases defines Ivonne Corsino Lindleys approach to practicing injury law. She believes that by being well-prepared, she is better able to anticipate probable case scenarios and less likely be caught off guard. Ivonnes primary focus is personal injury litigation, where her main goals are to ensure her clients obtain fair compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering.Ivonne is actively involved in the legal community. She serves as Co-Chair of the Judicial Selections Committee for the state Womens Bar Association. In 2008, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett appointed Ivonne a Commissioner for the Montgomery County Commission for Women. She served the Commission in that role for three years.Prior to joining Stein Sperling, Ivonne served as a law clerk in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland. Outside of the firm, she enjoys taking care of and spending time with her growing family. She also enjoys cooking and going out to dinner with her friends.
25 West Middle Lane, Rockville MD 20850
Robert G. Norfleet
A partner at Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet, Robert G. Norfleet focuses his practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. From the firms office in Kansas City, Missouri, he provides representation to clients residing in the greater metropolitan area who have suffered economic and noneconomic losses as a result of the negligence of other persons or entities. The types of cases that Mr. Norfleet has been involved in have arisen out of nursing home abuse, truck and other motor vehicle crashes, premises liability, boating accidents, and surgical and medication errors and other forms of medical malpractice.Mr. Norfleet has been able to obtain numerous high-dollar settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of his plaintiff clients. Some of his notable successes have included a $2 million settlement for a client whose spinal cord was damaged during a surgical procedure and a $700,000 jury verdict for a victim of a motorcycle accident.A native of Missouri, Mr. Norfleet attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City on an academic scholarship as an undergraduate, and he received several school awards before obtaining a Bachelor of Arts with honors in 2004. Remaining on campus, he pursued his legal studies at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law, also on an academic scholarship, and he served on the Moot Court Executive Board before being awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 2007.Admitted to practice in both Missouri and Kansas, Mr. Norfleet is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. His professional affiliations include the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and the American Association for Justice.
John N. Zervanos
John N. Zervanos is an attorney and partner at the personal injury law firm of Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Zervanos has more than 30 years of experience representing individuals injured due to motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, workplace accidents and other catastrophes caused by negligence. His firm has offices in Philadelphia, Allentown, Lancaster and Reading, Pennsylvania, as well as in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.Mr. Zervanos earned a bachelors degree from Franklin & Marshall College. He received his law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Over the course of his career, he has recovered substantial settlements and verdicts for his clients, leading to inclusion in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He was named one of the Top 100 trial lawyers in Pennsylvaniaand one of the Top 25 medical malpractice trial attorneysby The National Trial Lawyers. He belongs to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, an organization of the top 1 percent of attorneys in the nation.In addition to litigating matters in state and federal court, Mr. Zervanos has arbitrated many uninsured and underinsured motorist claims in various Pennsylvania counties. Active in his legal community, he is a member of the Lancaster Bar Association, the Bar Association of Lehigh County, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice.Mr. Zervanos enjoys giving back to his community. He is the founding president of S.T.A.R. Kids, Inc. and sits on the organizations board of directors.
1525 Locust Street, 8th Floor,, Philadelphia PA 19102
Ethan A. Wimert
Partner and attorney at Heinrich Law, PC, Ethan A. Wimert represents clients in Oakland as well as the greater San Francisco Bay Area. His practice is focused on personal injury including: wrongful death; auto accidents, commercial trucking accidents; motorcycle accidents; bicycle and pedestrian accidents; uninsured/underinsured motorist claims; premises liability; elder law and nursing home injury; dog bites and animal attacks; assaults; and public entity claims.Licensed to practice in all California courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Mr. Wimert is a member of the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.Mr. Wimert graduated from the University of Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in modern literary studies. On scholarship as a member of the Honors Lawyering Program, he attended Golden Gate University School of Law, where he obtained a Juris Doctor in 2009. While in law school, he worked on the Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal as the Pacific Region editor and was given the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in international law and climate change, energy and environmental law, and writing and research.Mr. Wimert has extensive experience litigating both federal and state court matters in a variety of personal injury matters. He also firmly believes that some cases can and should be resolved before a lawsuit is filed. Whether through settlement or verdict, he is prepared to tirelessly advocate on behalf of clients to ensure that the best result possible is achieved.
Kristin M. Lucey
Kristin M. Lucey is a member of GJEL Accident Attorneys, a highly regarded personal injury law firm with a 40-year and more than $600 million track record of success on behalf of injured plaintiffs in Northern California. Kristin received her bachelors degree from the University of Redlands in 1992 and her law degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1996. Over the course of her career, Kristin has successfully represented numerous plaintiffs, at trial and on appeal, in both employment-related lawsuits and in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims involving motor vehicle accidents of all types and other causes as well.In addition to being named a Northern California Top Lawyer in 2010 and 2011, Kristin is an active member of several professional organizations, including the State Bar of California, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Order of Barristers.
Robert J. Dubyak
Experienced in handling both federal and state court matters related to business law, Robert J. Dubyak is principal at Dubyak Nelson LLC. He handles business disputes, complex commercial litigation, real estate, employment law, estate planning, personal injury, debtor-creditor matters and domestic relations for clients in Cleveland, Ohio, and throughout the rest of the state.For over two decades, Mr. Dubyak has worked with both publicly held and private companies to manage the problems that arise in everyday business operations. Developers and builders also turn to him for help with construction disputes, zoning and land use controversies, and tax valuation complaints. His caseload includes matters of trade secret claims, partnership disputes and dissolutions, banking practice matters, noncompetition/nonsolicitation agreements and contracts.For five years, Mr. Dubyak served as an assistant prosecutor for Cuyahoga County. Before that, he attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1992. He previously earned a Bachelor of Science in 1989 from Miami University.Mr. Dubyak is an accomplished, experienced, knowledgeable attorney, and clients rely on him for everything from complicated disputes to simple day-to-day operations. Known for skillful project management, he practices careful communication and value-driven legal services. Also committed to helping the local community, Mr. Dubyak fosters mutual respect, teamwork, collegiality and loyalty with his clients and all those he works with.Admitted to practice in all state courts in Ohio, Mr. Dubyak is also admitted to practice before the following federal courts: the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
Gabriel Z. Levin
As the founding partner of The Levin Firm, Gabriel Z. Levin is committed to representing people in Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware and Chester counties in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and throughout New Jersey. He focuses his practice on personal injury and wrongful death cases that involve the following matters: ,motorcycle accidents,, ,dog bites,, product liability, ,work injuries,, ,car accidents,, ,civil rights litigation,, ,medical malpractice,, ,slip-and-falls,, train accidents and police brutality.After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Franklin & Marshall College, Mr. Levin went on to receive a Juris Doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2002. During law school, he won the North Eastern Regional Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Tournament as a member of the universitys mock trial team. Mr. Levin also won a national championship in trial advocacy and was a two-time winner of a regional championship held by the American Association for Justice.With more than seventeen years of experience helping people who have been injured as a result of negligence, Mr. Levin understands the challenges that victims face. He has successfully secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients and believes in tenacious litigation and thorough communication in order to achieve the best possible outcome. For his efforts, Mr. Levin holds an Avvo Superb rating and has been honored as a Top 40 under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers.A member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Mr. Levin is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as well as all Pennsylvania state courts. He is also admitted to all New Jersey state and Federal Courts courts. The Levin Firm
Mark J. LeWinter
Its not magic that makes Mark LeWinter so successful representing victims of unsafe product and workplace accidents over the past thirty years, as well as being selected as aTop Lawyer, for the past ten years. Its his deep desire and ability to help clients who are injured. In fact, hes been behind many seven-figure verdicts and settlements against manufacturers of unsafe products where safe design principles were not followed, and where workplace accidents occurred. For instance, Mr. LeWinter is responsible for securing a $14 million verdict for a worker who was catastrophically injured on the job when required safety practices were not followed, a $12.5 million settlement for a U.S. tourist who was rendered quadriplegic at a Jamaican resort, and an $8.5 million settlement for a laborer who was paralyzed due to unsafe scaffolding. He is credited also with a $19 million settlement for a 27-year-old ironworker who became quadriplegic due to a fall.But magic has its place for Mr. LeWinter. An accomplished magician, he has volunteered at St. Christophers Hospital and other Delaware Valley hospitals for the past 20 years. Hes written numerous articles and lectured on courtroom magic where he instructs litigators on how they can integrate magic theory to the courtroom.Mr. LeWinter has lectured at more than 100 seminars on product liability issues as well as the use of demonstrative evidence and technology in the courtroom, including for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and the America Association of Justice. He currently serves on the National Board of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. LeWinter was recently selected by his peers for inclusion inBest Lawyers of America,, has been named one of the top 100 lawyers in Philadelphia for four consecutive years, and has received the highest rating in skill and ethics from Martindale-Hubble.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.The Best Lawyers in America® 2010. Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc. Aiken, SC
Andrew Wier is a shareholder at Habush Habush & Rottier practicing at the firms Kenosha office, his practice includes all types of personal injury claims. Prior to joining Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. Andrew served for five years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Racine County District Attorneys Office. He has already tried more than 30 cases to jury in his career.Recently, Andrew, authored the chapter on pretrial motion practice in Civil Procedure Before Trial, Wisconsinto be published by the Wisconsin State Bar in 2018. T,wo articles he co-wrote with attorney Jesse Blocher entitled ,Earn Your Stripes, Part 1: How to Get Civil Trial Experience,and ,Earn Your Stripes, Part 2: How to Get Through a Civil Trial,” were published inWisconsin Lawyer in 2015, and in 2016 he wrote an article published in the Wisconsin Law Journal entitled ,Making the jump from criminal to civil is more natural than you may think.”,In 2017 Andrew was named a Rising Starby Top Lawyers, an honor given to no more than 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40. In 2012 Andrew was appointed to a five-year term on the Police and Fire Commission for the Village of Caledonia and was reappointed in 2017. He is the past President of the Kenosha County Bar Association and continues to be a member of the executive committee. Andrew is a member of the Racine County Bar Association and the Wisconsin Association for Justice.Andrew received his J.D. cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School in December 2008. While a law student, Andrew worked in the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the United States Attorneys Office, for the Western District of Wisconsin, and the Rock County District Attorneys Office and was an active participant in the law schools Mock Trial team. He received a B.A. in History, Political Science, and African American studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2006. He is actively involved in his church and resides in Caledonia with his wife, Angela, and their four children.