Did you fail to get photos of the accident scene and the damages? Rental car coverage pays for a rental car when your car has been damaged, is undriveable, or is in the shop getting repaired. They tell me stories of trying for weeks to speak to their lawyers without success. I can tell my clients what the legal consequences might be of getting $20,000 of acupuncture with no other treatment, or of taking months off from treatment before resuming again, but I never prescribe treatment.Read More
Wrongful Deaths: What to Do and What to Expect
Dealing with death is always a troubling and painful process. Especially if the person didn’t die by natural causes. This includes any kind of death ranging from murder to wrongful death. For the last case, you’ll need help from a specialist accident lawyer to deal with all the procedures. Besides, it will be easier to find some kind of retribution from the disaster if you have the right attorney.
Reasons for compensation: The accident attorney should find as many reasons as possible to get the maximum quantity of money as compensation. Your lawyer could appeal to different types of items to achieve it. Some of them are:
- Cost of the after death procedures like funeral and burial
- The medical cost associated with the deceased or injured individual
- Loss of the victim’s income and inheritance
- If the victim left someone that depends on his/her tutoring or guidance
- Damages and prejudices suffered by both the victim and the victim's family before his/her death
- Loss of love partner or companionship. This is applicable if the victim lived with someone and they were either married or not
It is paramount to find the right lawyer for your case. He will be responsible to find out the truth behind the accident and deal with dishonest testimonies form either part. If possible he has to get the other part to fully accept responsibility for the accidental death. By doing this you are most likely to get great compensation, and you'll close this process faster.
The type of relatives that can file a wrongful death claim varies from State to State, for example
- In all the States: Immediate family members like parents, legal partner, and children (including adopted ones)
- In some States: Life partners, financial dependents and distant family members
If you find yourself in a situation where you lost a loved one, is essential to contact the best available lawyer. This way you’ll have all the help that you need to file a claim in the right way. It may seem like an easy job but is better if you leave it to professionals. Remember that there is a law firm for every kind of wrongful death scenario. Most of them offer free consultation and guidance for the very first steps.
Finally, remember not to let the time pass by, the sooner you address the situation the better. you’ll get the best deal possible and the most important thing is that you’ll be able to get out of the tragedy by the fast lane.
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Top Lawyers Pick
- Joel L. DiLorenzo
- Eric "Rick"" Block"
- Jason R. Margulies
- Ted Smith
- B. Clark Batten, II
- Jack J. Schmerling
- Franklin R. Strokoff
- Alan S. Ripka
- Travis Prestwich
- Brian Brandt
- Stephen T. Harper
- Dustin Davies
Joel L. DiLorenzo
The founder and managing partner of The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC, Joel L. DiLorenzo focuses his practice on complex personal injury and wrongful death cases. From the firms offices in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City, he assists clients throughout the country who have been injured or killed due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others in matters involving defective products, dangerous drugs, medical malpractice, automobile and commercial vehicle accidents, asbestos and other toxic exposure, mass torts, construction site and other workplace accidents, and airplane crashes.As an undergraduate, Mr. DiLorenzo attended Auburn University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in public relations in 1997. Remaining in Alabama, he pursued a law degree at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, earning his Juris Doctor in 2000.Since founding his firm in 2008, Mr. DiLorenzo has received the recognition of his fellow professionals for the successes he has obtained on behalf of his clients in both the courtroom and at the negotiating table. He has been named by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys to its Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under Age 40 list. Mr. DiLorenzo has also been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40, and he has received an AV Pre-eminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell as well as a 10.0 Superb peer review rating by Avvo. A member of the Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. DiLorenzo is active in other legal groups as well, including the American Association for Justice and the Alabama 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.
Eric "Rick"" Block"
A personal injury attorney with Morgan & Morgan PA, Eric S. Block represents clients in Jacksonville, Florida. His priority is helping those with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and those involved in biking accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and car accidents. He is fluent in both English and American Sign Language.Mr. Block attended the University of Florida, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in pre-law English in 1980. After graduation, he moved on to Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1985. While in law school he was also a Book Award Winner, and since then, he has spent decades advocating for those who have been injured by anothers negligence. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell.Admitted to practice in the state of Florida, Mr. Block is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. Some of his most successful cases include a verdict of $5 million for a woman injured by a falling vending machine and a knee-injury verdict of $7.8 million. Mr. Block is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.Mr. Block has been a family law mediator and circuit court mediator for the Florida Supreme Court and is a founding member of the Jacksonville Justice Association. Other professional organizations he holds memberships with include the Jacksonville Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the Florida Justice Association and the Jacksonville Bar Association.As owner of Big Picture Presentations, Mr. Block is also president of the North Florida Music Association and a former president of Positively Jacksonville!, 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.
Jason R. Margulies
Jason R. Margulies is an experienced maritime lawyer and an active trial attorney. He was admitted to the Florida bar in 1995 and is board certified in admiralty and maritime law. Mr. Margulies focuses his practice on personal injury, cruise line sexual assault and wrongful death claims as well as product liability and commercial litigation claims. He is also a founding member of the Florida Admiralty Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the American Association for Justice.Mr. Margulies has an AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 rating, awarded the 10 Best award for Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, and has a perfect 10.0 Avvo rating. Due to his extensive experience and recognition, Mr. Margulies is interviewed regularly by major media outlets covering cruise ship accidents and advising on maritime law issues.
One Biscayne Tower, Suite 1776, Two South Biscayne Boulevard,, Miami FL 33131
The founder of Ted Smith Attorney at Law, Ted Smith focuses his practice primarily on Social Security Disability law. With offices in Indianapolis and Anderson, he assists clients throughout the state of Indiana who have become unable to work due to an illness or an injury and who are seeking their rightful benefits from the Social Security Administration. Mr. Smith helps them navigate what can be a discouraging and lengthy process, and in that regard, he reviews his clients medical records and consults with the clients physicians in order to better communicate to the hearing officers how the particular medical condition is limiting the clients activities.Mr. Smith also has a personal injury and wrongful death practice, in which he helps people who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties in cases arising out of motor vehicle accidents, premises liability and animal bites. In addition, he has significant experience in complex civil litigation, commercial real estate transactions, and the negotiation and preparation of contracts. Mr. Smiths performance in all of these areas has earned him a 10.0 Superb peer-review rating through Avvo, and he is AV Preeminent peer-review rated through Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1973. Remaining in South Bend, he went on to attend the University of Notre Dame Law School, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1976. Admitted to practice before all Indiana state courts, Mr. Smith is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. He is an emeritus member of the board of directors of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association.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.
B. Clark Batten, II
Attorney B. Clark Batten II is a founding partner of the OBrien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC, law firm in Lexington, Kentucky. Serving clients throughout Fayette County and all across the state, Mr. Batten devotes his practice to helping those who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone elses negligence obtain the full amount of compensation to which they are entitled.Handling all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims, Mr. Batten has achieved notable success advocating on behalf of his plaintiff clients adversely affected by motor vehicle accidents, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, dangerous property conditions, boating accidents and other preventable tragedies. Over the course of his career, he has helped recover millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts, including several multimillion-dollar awards.Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Mr. Batten holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has earned a reputation as one of the top trial advocates in the state for aggressively pursuing the most favorable outcomes possible for those he serves.A 2001 graduate of Transylvania University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Mr. Batten obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2005. The Kentucky Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.A consummate professional, Mr. Batten is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, the Kentucky Justice Association and the Fayette County Bar Association. He also facilitates courses on litigation skills to aspiring law students at the University of Kentucky College of Law.Committed to helping make his local community safer for all, he also helped establish and serves on the board of the Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association, an organization devoted to increasing awareness and helping to prevent deaths caused by electric shock drownings.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.
921 Beasley Street, Suite 150,, Lexington KY 40509
Jack J. Schmerling
Jack Schmerling works as the sole attorney at the Glen Burnie, Maryland, law firm he founded. Mr. Schmerling serves clients in Glen Burnie and Anne Arundel County with a focus on workers compensation claims for those injured on the job. In addition to workers compensation claims, he also provides compassionate representation to individuals in personal injury, DWI and traffic cases, and Social Security Disability claims. As the only attorney at his firm, Mr. Schmerling takes pride in offering personalized service and attention to each of his clients. He also offers a complimentary initial consultation to all prospective clients.Mr. Schmerling obtained his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law and has more than 35 years of experience. During his career, he has acquired a deep level of knowledge in the workers compensation field. He is often called upon to testify as an authority on the subject in cases before the circuit court. Mr. Schmerling frequently shares his knowledge with others through lectures funded by the Maryland Workers Compensation Education Association, the Maryland Association for Justice and Anne Arundel County Bar Association.In 2010, Annapolis magazine named Mr. Schmerling among their Leading Lawyers in the workers compensation category. He was also asked by the Maryland Workers Compensation Commission to sit on a committee charged with rewriting a portion of the states workers compensation law. He has also won Awards in 2012, 2014, and 2016.When not serving his clients, Mr. Schmerling enjoys spending time with his wife, Sara, and their four sons. He also serves his community by serving on the boards of various charities and other nonprofits at both the state and county level.
7429 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Glen Burnie MD 21061
Franklin R. Strokoff
One of the most frightening aspects of suffering a personal injury is the uncertainty of the future. As an attorney at The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP, Franklin R. Strokoff puts clients minds at ease by counseling them through every phase of the claims process. This hands-on approach is the reason he has been successful in representing people in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.Among his achievements, Mr. Strokoff advocated on behalf of a client who suffered a cervical spine injury, torn labrum and torn rotator cuff in a car accident. He secured a $1.75 million jury verdict. In another case, a client in a slip-and-fall incident received more than $500,000 in a jury verdict due to a herniated disc and resulting treatment.These outcomes represent a piece of the impressive track career Mr. Strokoff has had. He has been listed in the National Association of Distinguished Counsels Nations Top One Percent; he holds an Avvo Superbrating; he has been listed in the American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Lawyers Under 40; and he has been listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40.In 2003, Mr. Strokoff graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Albright College, going on to earn a Juris Doctor from the Delaware Law School- Widener University in 2006.As a former insurance defense attorney, Mr. Strokoff gained insight into how these companies attempt to deflect claims. He is a certified arbitrator, helping people reach resolutions using alternative dispute resolution methods.Active in the legal community, Mr. Strokoff is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the New Jersey Association for Justice.
Alan S. Ripka
Senior partner at Alan Ripka & Associates, Alan S. Ripka represents clients in the New York City metropolitan area, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties. As an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney, he has extensive trial experience, and as a former Assistant District Attorney he brought dozens of cases to a successful end. For the last five years, he has had the highest verdicts for New York State.His practice areas include mass tort, products liability, medical malpractice, general negligence, consumer fraud, wrongful death and construction accidents. Passionate about protecting the rights of his clients and ensuring a successful future for them, Mr. Ripka is admitted to practice before all New York State Courts and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. In California, Florida and New Jersey, he also holds a variety of pro hac vice appointments.A regular consultant on programs such as Live with Nancy Grace on Court TV and CNN Headline News, Mr. Ripka has had several cases that resulted in awards of well over a million dollars. Currently he is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Associations Board of Directors, the American Bar Association and the Medical Malpractice Hall of Fame.After completing his undergraduate studies, Mr. Ripka was accepted to Quinnipiac University School of Law and earned his Juris Doctor in 1990. Since then, he has been advocating for the rights of the injured and their families. He is known for his extensive trial experience, knowledge of the law and commitment to the legal profession.
Attorney Travis Prestwich works exclusively representing injured parties and their families in the wrongful death and personal injury cases. He focuses on all types wrongful death and personal injury cases, including automobile accidents, nursing home negligence, premises liability and product liability cases. He recognizes that these cases require experience and personal attention to bring about the best and most just outcome for his clients. Mr. Prestwich engages in alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation, settlement conferences and arbitration where possible to reduce the stress and expense for his clients.Mr. Prestwich recently worked with a national law firm in prosecuting a mesothelioma case in Portland, Oregon, in which they obtained a $5M verdict on behalf of their clients. In two recent wrongful death claims, one resolved in mediation and the other litigated through arbitration, Travis obtained very favorable results for his clients. However, when these methods are not possible, he is a very effective trial attorney in both jury and bench trials. He recently obtained a jury verdict in a disputed liability premises case in which he obtained a judgment nearly nine times the offer made. He recently completed a four-year term on the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors and was the chair for the Bars Public Affairs Committee. This position allowed him to lead the Bars legislative efforts, both by working with Bar staff and fellow Board members, as well as, testifying before the Oregon legislature. A highlight of that service was his leadership in obtaining changes in Oregon law regardingcy pres,, i.e. giving unclaimed monies in class action lawsuits to legal aid rather than refunding those monies to the corporate wrongdoer. Although he grew-up in Utah and Arizona, Mr. Prestwich considers himself an Oregonian, having spent more than 20 years in Oregon. He enjoys spending time with his family and the various activities in which his children are involved. He also believes in serving in his community, whether it be on a board or committee or, more importantly, as a coach and mentor for children. He has served as a basketball and/or baseball and softball coach for nearly 20 consecutive years.
3040 Commercial Street Southeast, Suite 200,, Salem OR 97302
Brian Brandt of the Law Offices of Brian Brandt is committed to assisting those who have been injured due to the negligence of others. With more than 25 years of legal experience, Mr. Brandt has earned the respect of his peers in the legal profession and the gratitude of his many clients in Southern California.Mr. Brandt graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984 with a double major in anthropology and psychology. He continued his education by receiving a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara Law at Santa Clara University in 1987. He was admitted to practice in California later that year. Since then, Mr. Brandt has focused his efforts on helping the injured to receive fair and just compensation.Being injured or losing a loved one through someone elses negligence can have catastrophic effects on those involved and Mr. Brandt understands the deeply rooted emotions such situations can carry. His passion, experience and resources allow Mr. Brandt to go up against powerful insurance companies and fight for his clients in many types of cases, including traffic accidents, medical malpractice, elder abuse, defective products and accidents on other peoples property.With the help of Mr. Brandts commitment and hard work, many of his clients have obtained jury awards and settlements worth over $1 million.Mr. Brandt is active in many professional organizations, including Consumer Attorneys of California, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association.His skills and experience have earned him recognition and honors from the media and the legal community. He has been listed as one of the best Inland Empire lawyers by Inland Empire Magazine and was rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbells peer review service.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.
Stephen T. Harper
With experience trying cases in the highest courts in the state, including the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals, Stephen T. Harper of Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC, handles cases of personal injury and workers compensation for the residents of Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Richmond and the rest of Northern Virginia. He has also worked on cases that have been the catalyst for changes and new precedents in Virginia workers compensation law, working to improve the rights of injured workers.Mr. Harper graduated from the University of Richmond Law School with a Juris Doctor after obtaining an undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 1995, he has handled cases of workers compensation and is extremely knowledgeable in the ways that personal injury and workers compensation cases are related.As a regular racer in the NASA Mid Atlantic region circuit, Mr. Harper has up-close experience in disability and accident situations, and in 2014, he was named by the Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG) in the Top Injured Workers Advocates Program. A former chair of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Associations (VTLA) workers compensation section, he is currently a member of the organization. He is also on the board of governors for VTLA and WILG and a member of the American Association for Justice and the Richmond Bar Association.During Mr. Harpers first years as an attorney, he tried several dozen personal injury cases to conclusion, and since then, he has worked on hundreds of bench and personal injury trials. Mr. Harper regularly lectures and writes articles on the legal areas of his practice.
I am a trial lawyer. I am devoted to helping people through tough times and that makes all the hard work and attention to detail I put in the cases for my clients worthwhile. My practice is devoted to personal injury and wrongful death, as well as medical malpractice and products liability.I am a Georgia native. In 2007, I graduated from the University of Georgia ,cum laude, with a degree in Political Science, and in 2011, I graduated from Mercer Universitys Walter F. George School of Law. At Mercer, I was as a member of the Mercer Advocacy Council and competed in mock trial competitions. In addition, I was a pupil in the William Augustus Bootle Inn of Court and was awarded the Guerry R. Moore Insurance Law Award for excellence in the study of insurance law.Since becoming a member of the Georgia Bar, I have successfully tried cases and represented clients in courts throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Jon Pope and I obtained a $2.8 million verdict in a dental malpractice trial in DeKalb County in August 2014. This is the largest dental malpractice verdict ever in Georgia.Since 2012, I have obtained nine verdicts in excess of the available insurance coverage.As a result of my trial success, in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, I was selected by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 40 under 40 trial lawyer in Georgia. I am an Associate Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.In 2014, I graduated from the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia Leadership Academy. From 2014 to 2015, I served as an elected Member-at-Large Representative of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Division. From 2015 to 2017, I served on the Board of Directors of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Division, as Director of Law School Outreach. I currently serve as a member of the State Bar of Georgias Statewide Judicial Evaluation Committee.I am a member of the Litigation Committee of the Young Lawyers Division; Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; Southern Trial Lawyers Association; American Association for Justice, where I am serving a three-year term as a member of the Public Affairs committee; an Associate Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America; Georgia Legal History Foundation; Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association; and Blue Ridge Bar Association.As an active member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, I currently serve as a District Vice President. I also serve as Secretary of ,GTLAs Civil Justice PAC. ,I am a graduate of, the 2015 GTLA Leadership Education & Avdanced Direction (LEAD) program, the purpose of which is to educate and prepare future leaders in the organization.Based on achievements in my practice and invovlement and contributions to the legal community, I was named to the Daily Reports On the Rise 40 Under 40 class of 2015.I am licensed to practice in all trial courts in Georgia, the Court of Appeals of Georgia, the Supreme Court of Georgia, and all United States District Courts in Georgia (Northern, Middle, and Southern). I am also licensed to practice law in Tennessee.