Sandy was riding her boyfriend’s motorcycle to the store. My sister and I used to fight over who got to ride in the backest. Each time the symptoms returned, I received another injection, ultimately getting seven injections over a period of two and a half years. If you have a fractured spine, internal bleeding, or other types of injuries that are left untreated, you could end up with serious problems. He was struggling to pay his bills, and he didn’t know what to do.Read More
Swimming Pool Accidents
Almost everyone likes to swim in a pool, is a good way to work out, relax, and is cheaper than a trip to the beach. Unfortunately, like happens in other places, accidents often take place inside these facilities.
When the pool accident involves a person who is trespassing, the due care doesn’t apply. Here, neither the pool owner or the employees are responsible for the accident, even when it is caused by a faulty part or the lack of safety equipment. But some exceptions may apply, especially in states that follow the nuisance doctrine. For example, if a kid gets injured inside the pool area, the owner can be sued for negligence, even when the child is not invited or is trespassing.
Who is Responsible for Swimming Pool Accidents? All pools, regardless if it is public or private, must have a lifeguard and a manager or owner who is responsible for the pool. They must take care of the invitees and licensees who use the pool and ensure that the area is risk-free. According to the law, these visitors have the right to receive the highest degree of care possible. If a visitor gets injured in the pool area, the supervisor could be responsible for the damages.
Pool owners must supervise the pool and the people using it. But this doesn’t mean that he is going to babysit everyone. If the accident is caused by the wrong behavior of the visitor, he alone is responsible for the accident. Here, any kind of personal injury claim is invalid.
Don’t forget to make the claim quickly. All swimming pool accident claims follow the statute of limitations. Meaning that you have a fixed window to make your claim. After it ends, you are not allowed to sue the other party. But if you have a great lawyer, he could be able to extend that window, giving you more time to make the claim and achieve compensation.
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Top Lawyers Pick
- Kathy Jo Cook
- Phyllis Norman
- John S. Wallach
- Michael S. Raff
- H. Scott Overholt
- Maurice G. Woods, II
- Douglas G. McCormick
- Marquette W. Wolf
- Paxton Crew
- Christa L. Kirk
- William Q. Bird
- Rebecca Franklin Harris
Kathy Jo Cook
Kathy Jo Cook is the managing member of the KJC Law Firm LLC in Boston. She represents individuals and businesses in the trial and appeal of civil cases, including personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, consumer protection and employment discrimination. Kathy Jo litigated the first successful claim in Massachusetts to hold that an insurance companys meritless appeal of an injured workers verdict violated the Consumer Protection Statute, securing a multi-million dollar judgment and recently prevailed in ,Law v. Griffith,, 457 Mass. 349 (2010), deemed to be one of the most important decisions of the year.Kathy Jo is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an organization which is open only to those with significant trial experience. In 1999, she was named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of the top five up and coming attorneys in Massachusetts, and in 2007, she became the third lawyer ever to be inducted into the Lawyers Weekly Hall of Fame.,Kathy Jo was the 2008-2009 President of the Womens Bar Association of Massachusetts, and she currently serves on the boards and committees of a number of bar associations, including the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Boston Bar Association.Kathy Jo is an honors graduate of Suffolk University Law School and the University of Houston.
Phyllis Norman is the founder of the Norman Law Firm, LLC, and has 12 years of handling class action and personal injury matters in Kansas City, Missouri. Passionate about representing her clients, Ms. Norman takes an aggressive approach to protecting their best interests. Her successes include obtaining $31 million in two different product liability verdicts, and her participation in negotiating over $100 million in the state of Missouris largest wage and hour class action settlement.A regular contributor to organizations working to improve the legal profession or charitable giving, Ms. Norman served as the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas Citys previous president. When she is not trying cases, she can be found spending some quality time with her family and her cat.She is admitted to practice before all state courts in Illinois, all state courts in Florida, all federal and state courts in Missouri, and all federal and state courts in Kansas. Ms. Norman has also litigated cases before the American Arbitration Association and the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.Experienced in representing people at both the appellate and trial court levels, Ms. Norman takes great pride in her ability to connect with and protect her clients, and get them the compensation they are entitled to by law. She approaches every case with zeal, enthusiasm and a personal investment in the result. As such, Ms. Norman conducts a full investigation into her clients issues, collecting the evidence needed to strengthen their claim. Her cases include trucking, boating and motor vehicle accidents; wrongful death; nursing home abuse and neglect; slip-and-fall and other premises liability accidents; and medical malpractice.
John S. Wallach
Attorney John S. Wallach is the founder and owner of The Law Office of John S. Wallach, P.C. located in St. Louis, Missouri. A top-rated, award-winning trial lawyer with almost 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Wallach devotes his practice to protecting the rights and entitlements of plaintiff clients across Missouri, as well as Illinois, who have legal needs involving any of the following practice areas:,· Personal injury,· Medical malpractice,· Workers compensation,· Product liability law,· Motor vehicle accidents,Throughout his career, Mr. Wallach has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for those in need, earning his membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and solidifying his reputation as one of the areas leading injury attorneys. Among his numerous awards and honors, Mr. Wallach holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and Superb ratings on AVVO. In addition, he has received recognition from The Best Lawyers in America©, and The National Trial Lawyers have named him among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country.A 1977 graduate of Emory University, Mr. Wallach attended Washington University School of Law, where he served as primary editor for the Urban Law Annual of Washington University. He obtained his Juris Doctor in 1980, and The Missouri Bar admitted him to practice that same year. The Illinois State Bar Association admitted him in 1981, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Missouri and the U.S. Claims Court.Fully committed to his practice, Mr. Wallach is an active member of numerous local, state and national professional legal organizations, including the American Bar Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, where he has served on the board of governors for many years. He also supports his local community through his involvement with various civic organizations, and he serves on the board for both Jazz St. Louis and The Sheldon Concert Hall.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.Best Lawyers® and The Best Lawyers in America© are registered trademarks of BL Rankings, LLC d/b/a Best Lawyers and Co. LLC. The names, logo, and database are protected under the trademark, copyright, and fair use laws of the United States of America. Any use of name, including in electronic form, must be made only by permission and under the guidelines of BL Rankings, LLC d/b/a Best Lawyers and Co. LLC.
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Michael S. Raff
Michael S. Raff, an attorney at trial law firm Raff & Raff, LLP, in Paterson, New Jersey, focuses his practice exclusively on representing individuals and their families throughout Northern and Central New Jersey who have suffered personal injuries or experienced the loss of a loved one due to negligence. In addition to taking on a broad range of personal injury cases, including automobile accidents, wrongful death, construction accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice and products liability, Mr. Raff lectures extensively for the New Jersey Association for Justice on the theory and practice of personal injury law as well as related litigation techniques and courtroom technology. His continuing legal education course, A Plaintiff Attorneys Guide to New Jersey Auto Insurance Law, is available free through his firms website.When he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from New York University, Mr. Raff was also inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. He subsequently studied at the Fordham University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor before joining the family law practice.Mr. Raff stays abreast of advancements in his field by participating in a number of local and national professional organizations. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, and he serves on the board of governors for the New Jersey Association for Justice. Additionally, the New Jersey Supreme Court has recognized him as a certified civil trial attorney, a status bestowed on fewer than 1 percent of all attorneys in the state. When he is not representing clients or giving talks on personal injury law, Mr. Raff enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters.
H. Scott Overholt
The founder of his own law firm, H. Scott Overholt divides his practice primarily between personal injury and wrongful death matters and workers compensation. He also has experience representing policyholders whose fire and residential or personal property claims have been denied in bad faith by their insurance companies. Based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Mr. Overholt provides representation to clients throughout the state. Admitted to practice before all North Carolina state courts, Mr. Overholt is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.In his personal injury and wrongful death practice, Mr. Overholt assists people who have suffered economic and noneconomic harm due to the negligence or recklessness of other persons or entities. The types of cases that he has successfully handled have included incidents arising out of truck and other motor vehicle crashes, surgical errors and other forms of medical malpractice, and defective medical devices. In this area, Mr. Overholt has been able to obtain sizable settlements and jury awards on behalf of his plaintiff clients. His workers compensation experience includes helping victims of workplace accidents or occupational diseases with the preparation and timely submission of the required claim documentation, and he provides further representation in the event that a claim is disputed or denied.Mr. Overholt attended the University of Arkansas as an undergraduate, and he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1987. Remaining in Fayetteville, he pursued his legal education at the University of Arkansas School of Law, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1990. Prior to opening his firm, Mr. Overholt clerked for a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and was an attorney with another personal injury firm.
Maurice G. Woods, II
Maurice G Woods, II has been a trial lawyer for 23 years, and founded McAtee and Woods, P.C. in 2001. McAtee & Woods is established within the industry for its thorough, effective and aggressive litigators. The attorneys at McAtee & Woods successfully represent and counsel clients throughout the State of Oklahoma. With nearly fifty years of combined trial experience Mike McAtee and Maurice Woods, II have earned Martindale-Hubbells AV rating and the firm has received a listing in the prestigious Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Our reputation has been built by obtaining results in the courtroom. Many of our clients are insurance companies that look to us for our trial expertise, but that experience also makes our lawyers equally adept at representing Plaintiffs. We have won several seven-figure settlements in the areas of trucking negligence, products liability, and automobile negligence. As problem solvers the firm routinely counsels clients on how to avoid situations or claim practices which could result in litigation. Our near-paperless office system and use of cutting-edge litigation management software allows for unmatched efficiency in handling cases locally or remotely. McAtee & Woods is uniquely positioned to meet its clients needs with a proven edge over the competition.
Douglas G. McCormick
A partner at the law firm of McCormick and Vilushis, which serves Erie, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding cities, attorney Douglas G. McCormick assists his clients in cases that involve matters such as personal injury, criminal defense, workers compensation and Social Security. He helps his clients to obtain the compensation they need to cope with their injuries resulting from car accidents, medical malpractice and other instances of negligence.Mr. McCormick began his education at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, where he majored in anthropology, earning his Bachelor of Arts cum laude in 2000. He then went on to pursue his juris doctor at Washington Universitys St. Louis School of Law in 2004, graduating with high distinction. While he was in school, he enjoyed membership in the fraternity Sigma Chi.After graduating from law school, Mr. McCormick became admitted to practice law in the state of Pennsylvania in the same year. He then went on to serve for three years as the assistant district attorney for the Erie County District Attorneys office. While there, he gained the experience of arguing constitutional issues, among other cases, before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, giving him a unique insight into the legal system. He went on to join his current firm in the year 2008.In order to forge professional relationships and stay up-to-date in his field, Mr. McCormick holds membership in a number of legal organizations. These include the Erie County Bar Association as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He has been recognized by his peers for several consecutive years for his work in workers compensation cases.
Marquette W. Wolf
Marquette W. Wolf is an associate with The Law Firm of Ted B. Lyon & Associates in Dallas, Texas, who began his career at the firm while still a student at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, from which he received his Juris Doctor in 1996. Over the years, Mr. Wolf has established himself as a seasoned trial lawyer who has led dozens of jury trials to verdict, and he has also taken on multiple arbitration cases, including high profile, groundbreaking legal actions in which he played an instrumental role.Mr. Wolfs litigation experience spans cases involving explosions in refineries and on oil and gas pipelines, environmental contamination, catastrophic personal injury, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, consumer rights, transvaginal mesh, child abuse and neglect, and elder care matters. He presently serves as a district attorney pro tempore for Dallas County, where he prosecutes public integrity cases against current and former county law enforcement officers.Among his many honors, which include being awarded Martindale-Hubbells highest rating of AV-Preeminent, Mr. Wolf received the John Howie Award from the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association for the Courageous Pursuit of Justice in the Face of Adversity in 2008. He is admitted to practice before state courts in Texas and Oklahoma and before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas.Mr. Wolf is a member of the executive committee of the American Board of Trial Advocates Dallas chapter, and he serves on the board of directors for the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the honorary College of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association and the Dallas 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.
Paxton Crew is a maritime and personal injury lawyer in Galveston County, Texas. He serves clients nationwide, but primarily on the Gulf Coast. Mr. Crew concentrates his practice on maritime and energy litigation with an emphasis on maritime collision, personal injuries and complicated federal maritime appellate issues. His practice encompasses personal injury, administrative matters, commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and customs and trade issues. Mr. Crew also represents mariners in U.S. Coast Guard license defense cases.A seventh-generation Texan, Mr. Crew earned his J.D. from the University of Houston. He is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Texas as well as the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has recovered and saved in excess of $100 million dollars for his clients in both the plaintiff, defense and transactional focus of his practice.
Christa L. Kirk
Christa L. Kirk is an attorney and the founder of The Kirk Law Firm, PC, in Lawrenceville Georgia. Ms. Kirk practices in the areas of criminal defense, family law and personal injury law, serving clients throughout the Atlanta region.Ms. Kirk has experience with family law matters, including divorce, adoption, child custody, child support and paternity. In her criminal defense practice, she represents clients facing misdemeanors and felonies, including drug offenses and DUI/DWI. Her personal injury practice involves representing Georgia residents who have been injured or lost a loved one due to motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, slip and falls, trucking accidents or wrongful death.Before founding The Kirk Law Firm, PC, in 2013, Ms. Kirk spent nine years working as a prosecutor. She prosecuted thousands of cases while serving in this role and uses this knowledge and experience to help individuals who are facing a criminal charge or the victim of negligence.Involved in many significant cases over the course of her career, Ms. Kirk has been featured on national television programs. She enjoys staying involved in her legal community and is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia.In 2004, after earning her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law, Ms. Kirk received a license to practice law in the state of Georgia. She is qualified to appear before all Georgia state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Georgia and the Supreme Court of Georgia.
William Q. Bird
William Q. Bird (Bill) has been practicing law in Atlanta for over 40 years, working in the field of civil litigation. He is the managing partner of Bird Law Group. He enjoys an outstanding reputation as an honest and uncompromising trial attorney. He is a past president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. He is also an esteemed Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been named one of ,The Best Lawyers in America, since 1989, and has been honored as one of Georgias Legal Elite. Additionally, he has been voted to the, Georgia Top Lawyers ,list for the past 13 years. Bill was chosen by Best Lawyers as the 2010 Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in Atlanta. He has been awarded the prestigious Tradition of Excellence Award by the State Bar of Georgia. Bill Bird is well known throughout the legal community for his ability to handle complex cases and to relentlessly advocate for his clients.
Rebecca Franklin Harris
As founder of Franklin Law, LLC, Rebecca Franklin Harris works with clients in Atlanta, Savannah and throughout the state of Georgia regarding consumer rights and product safety. In addition to dangerous consumer products, her personal injury and wrongful death litigation practice has included cases arising out of motor vehicle crashes, medical malpractice, and premises liability incidents such as inadequate security. During her career, she has obtained several sizable settlements and jury awards on behalf of her clients. In one highly publicized case involving a fatal accident during the filming of a motion picture, along with her husband, Jeffrey Harris of Harris Lowry Manton LLP, obtained a jury verdict in excess of $11.2 million for the parents of a camera assistant who was fatally injured when struck by a train while working.As an undergraduate, Mrs. Harris received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2001. She then went on to pursue her legal education at the University of Georgia School of Law and was awarded her Juris Doctor cum laude in 2004. Mrs. Harris is admitted to practice before all Georgia state courts.Mrs. Harris was inducted into the Fulton County Daily Reports Verdicts Hall of Fame after securing a $16.5 million jury award for an accident caused by a defective tire design by Michelin North America. In 2014, she was one of the attorneys presented with the Georgia Trial Lawyers Associations Courageous Pursuit of Justice Award for her work on a wrongful death case involving the death of a man while in the care of a drug and alcohol facility. She has been named to both The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.