What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, nearly 31 million injuries occur in the U.S. that require medical care every year — and a large portion of these injuries actually occur on-the-job. If you have been injured on-the-job, you should look into hiring a work injury attorney. A personal injury attorney law firm will help you put together a lawsuit, where a judge and/or jury will determine whether you have a case or not. Injuries sustained on the job are only valid for a personal injury lawsuit if they occurred during a dangerous situation on a job site. What can experienced personal injury attorneys do for me? A work injury attorney with years of experience will be able to help you prepare your case for court and also help you avoid costly errors (such as not asking for the amount of money you deserve). How to find a personal injury lawyer This shouldn’t be too difficult as long as you know what to look for. Here are a few things you need to know about attorneys. Your first consultation will most likely be free. After you find a personal injury lawyer, the initial consultation will take place to discuss the background of your case and organize facts. Experience is everything when it comes to dealing with the law. A work injury attorney should be able to answer any questions you may have about the court or claim filing process. They will also need to know and be up-to-date with all current state laws. Attorneys know that not all cases require you to file a lawsuit. In fact, only...
General Motors Begins Servicing Claims for Victims of Faulty Vehicles

General Motors Begins Servicing Claims for Victims of Faulty Vehicles

The door is open for the fund Automaker General Motors established in July to help pay for auto accident injury claims resulting from faulty ignition switches, which the American corporation knowingly used in many of its vehicles. In 2014, reports Los Angeles Times, GM recalled an astounding 2.6 million vehicles after it was made public that a problem with the ignition switch caused vehicles to shut off in transit or not start at all. While many of the car accident compensation claims brought against GM will be to pay for things like lost wages and productivity, medical bills, and repair bills, many others will be brought by families who lost loved ones to an issue that is now widely believed to have been a matter of common knowledge among GM executives for over a decade — that’s following a formal inquiry into the situation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It’s estimated by Reuters that at least 74 people died as a result of the company’s negligence. GM Losses Estimated in the Millions According to The New York Times, General Motors was already assessed a $35 million fine for neglecting to repair the switches, which many estimate have been flawed since 2001. However, when compared to what the company estimates it will have to pay to make all victims of the most recent issues whole, that government fine will be a very small drop in the bucket. Over the coming months, car accident injury claims brought against the company are expected to be in the hundreds to low thousands. Payments for these car accident injury claims will likewise range...
Case Study: Will an Atlanta Concertgoer's Personal Injury Suit Against Tim McGraw Get Anywhere?

Case Study: Will an Atlanta Concertgoer's Personal Injury Suit Against Tim McGraw Get Anywhere?

Country music superstar Tim McGraw is being hauled into court, as one of his fans accuses him of assaulting and injuring her after a concert in Atlanta in mid-July. Jesslyn Taylor, as detailed in a report from The Tennessean, claims that she, like many of McGraw’s other fans, was hyped up from the energy of the concert and reached out to try and get a touch or a hug from the country sensation. In her version of the story, McGraw reacted by slapping her, injuring her physically and embarrassing her publicly. McGraw tells the story a bit differently. According to the online music newspaper Music Times, Taylor reached out from the crowd as McGraw was walking out to give high-fives and sign autographs. She wasn’t reaching for a hug, the star alleges. Instead, she grabbed a hold of his leg and began to pull his jeans down, actually tearing the pants in the process. McGraw says he reacted by instinct, swatting Taylor away as he struggled to keep his pants on. Unfortunately for Taylor, witnesses ostensibly support McGraw’s version of events. That said, Taylor has still hired experienced injury lawyers to take the singer to task in court. The Plaintiff is Unlikely to Get Anything More Than Attention The plaintiff in this case could hire a team of high powered experienced injury attorneys to make her case and help her get some sort of compensation, but the chances are it wouldn’t make a difference. First, McGraw’s corroborated version of events shows that Taylor was acting in an aggressive, inappropriate manner. He responded to defend himself, without using more force...
GM, Others Ready For Car Accident Compensation Claims Following Recalls

GM, Others Ready For Car Accident Compensation Claims Following Recalls

[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left]A new report published by NBC News on July 1 highlights yet another slew of recalls by American automaker General Motors (GM). In February, the corporation had to recall an astounding 2.6 million cars due to a defect in their ignition switches, an issue that caused vehicles to suddenly shut off while in transit. This new recall, rumored to affect 8.4 million vehicles worldwide, is for another ignition switch issue in six different GM models. So far, the defect is known to have caused seven accidents, eight injuries, and three fatalities, though many in the industry estimate those numbers will be revised upward after an official government inquiry is completed. Many Wonder Who is Going to Pay for Damages Operational failure remains a relatively uncommon cause of car accidents, certainly a far cry from the 40% of accidents caused by speeding, the most common cause of crashes. However, as automakers all over the world continue to recall vehicles and discover that their products are affecting and even ending lives, the more than 45,000 personal injury lawyer law firms in the United States are being inundated with calls from people wondering who is responsible for providing car accident compensation. As NOLO.com, a popular online resource for legal information, writes, it isn’t always clear who victims and their car accidents lawyers should be asking to pay car accident compensation. More often than not, this results in cases being brought against car manufacturers, parts producers, and dealerships or dealers — all at the same time. It can get complicated, but the important thing is that in the event of product failure, the...
Client And Lawyer Credibility Is King

Client And Lawyer Credibility Is King

[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left]In real estate, the accepted mantra in determining the value of a home or piece of property is location, location, location.  In litigation and the trial of a case, the mantra is credibility, credibility, credibility.  Credibility is king.  More than any other variable, the perception of a party’s credibility determines the success or failure in any case. What does this mean to you? Credibility is defined by Merriam – Webster Dictionary as “the quality of being believed or accepted as true, real, or honest”.  Additional definitions include “the quality or power of inspiring belief”; “capacity for belief”.  How can you, a prospective party to a case, establish or create credibility.  One thing is clear.  Credibility cannot be created on the day of trial or at the time of deposition.  Credibility cannot be created at the time of an initial visit to a lawyer.  If a client waits until these points in time, it is likely too late. Credibility must be established at the time of the event for which you seek a lawyer’s help.  Everything you do or say once an incident has occurred helps to establish or tear down your credibility.  The one question which must be asked is:  “would I want to defend this action (what I said or did) in front of a judge or jury?” In times of stress or conflict, it is easy to lash out or communicate with anger or in an angry tone.  Every communication – be it verbal, writing, email or text – has the potential to set the tone for how you will be viewed by the decision makers in...