Choosing an Attorney

Choosing the Best Personal Injury Attorney: Traits and Qualities to Look for Accidents can happen to anyone. Worse, they can result from the negligence of others and cause their victims significant pain or losses. Note that the suffering does not have to be physical. Psychological distress can also be too much to bear, which is why it is simply unfair to let it go. The victims will need a chance to recover as well as the means to rebuild their lives, and it is primarily what personal injury attorneys are here for. What Qualifies as Personal Injury A personal injury can be any harm that you sustained due to the carelessness or deliberate error by an individual or organization. Among the most common are car and motorcycle accidents, boat accidents, hit and run accidents, trips and falls, defamation of character, assault and battery, and dog bites. Workplace accidents also count as personal injury. If any of these happens to you, you will need a personal injury attorney to not only represent you in court but also to ensure that your rights as a victim will be properly observed by the law. Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney There are more than a million personal injury attorneys in the United States. That is almost as many as we have Realtors.  How do you know which of them is right for you? It is not a decision that you can make overnight. Similar to choosing a Realtor, when you choose an attorney, you are putting your truest in them.  Also as in choosing a real estate agent, there is a lot of money on the line and very little room for mistakes. It is not just about who is most willing to take your case, as most of them will show that they are. The first thing to do is to know what your needs and preferences are, the goals that you want to achieve. Proximity and availability can help you make a list of the personal injury attorneys to consider. Costs and Fees. Of course, hiring a personal injury lawyer costs money. But it need not be as complicated as some might think it is. Unlike criminal defense and family law attorneys, most personal injury attorneys do not ask for upfront fees from their clients. That is, provided that they charge on a contingent basis. By contingent, it means that the personal injury attorney will not be paid unless the client receives a settlement. The fee that will be asked for by a personal injury attorney can be anywhere between 33 to 40 percent of the settlement. If, for instance, the client receives $100,000 in settlement, the personal injury attorney will receive $33,000 to $40,000, depending on the rate they agreed upon. If they lost the case, the client will not have to pay the personal injury attorney. Experience. The more experienced a personal injury attorney is, the better that he or she should be able to handle your case. Then again,…

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Nursing Home Abuse

Warning signs of Nursing Home Abuse Personal care facilities in the United States provide long-term care for elderly residents who should have the best care and be respected. Instead one of the concerns that are proven out is nursing home abuse. This can fall into two categories both that result in mistreatment of the elderly resident, which can affect their health and quality of life.  Although generally not though of in this way — there is a difference between abuse and neglect and we will cover the differences.    Types of Elder Abuse   Abuse: This involves rash treatment that can result in injury, intimidation, punishment that can cause pain or mental anguish. This is a type of treatment that can also include unreasonable confinement.   Abuse may include:   Threats that are verbal or physical Seclusion Unnecessary restraints Assault and battery including slapping, pushing, pinching, shaking, beating, or kicking. Use of chemical or psychotropic medications as a method of restraint. Sexual assault or battery that can include rape or other forms of sexual assault. Neglect: This is another type of abuse that whether intentional or not is the failure to provide the senior with the proper care and services necessary for their personal care. This is covered in-depth when becoming a nurse. It may include proper medical care, failure to keep the patient free from pain or cause the senior anxiety. Lack of proper medical care for existing medical problems or new medical issues. Depriving the elderly resident of food or water continually or for prolonged amounts of time. Lack of personal care including bathing and other necessary care.   The Warning Signs of Physical and Verbal Abuse   There are warning signs the family may see when visiting the senior family member living in a long-term care facility that indicates nursing home abuse. These signs may include:   Abuse   The elderly person being upset, withdrawn, non-communicative or agitated. Does not speak or is reluctant to speak about care facility staff members. Sudden changes in behavior such as fear of being touched, rocking, sucking, or biting. Bruises, wounds, welts or cuts that are unexplained and in various states of healing. Incidences of broken bones or fractures. Falls and head injuries. Pressure ulcers or bed injuries. Signs of sexual abuse may include fear of being touched, STDs, genital infections, bruising near the genitals, along with other signs of an attack.   Neglect   Signs of dehydration Signs of malnutrition Infections or frequent infections Rapid weight loss or appearance of rapid weight gain. Signs the elderly resident is unclean or unsanitary conditions. Heavy medication or the patient sedated that is not common medical treatment to the family. Frequent illness and illness not reported to the family and physician. These are some of the signs that can indicate elder abuse and should be promptly pursued since it affects the quality of life for the senior citizen that can greatly affect their health and emotional or mental health.   One other type…

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Hit and Run Accident

What to Do If You’ve Been Involved in a Hit and Run Accident in Atlanta GA   Being involved in a hit and run accident can turn your world upside down in the blink of an eye – you need to know exactly what to do. Not only are you concerned about your possible long-term injuries, there is significant damage to your vehicle that needs to be addressed. This is a very confusing matter that is best left to a Atlanta GA personal injury attorney.   These are a few of the benefits of working with a skilled personal injury attorney in Atlanta GA;   Gathering Important Accident Evidence Contacting a local Atlanta GA personal injury attorney as soon as you can use a phone is your best chance of getting the responsible party to be held accountable. Your attorney will have an accident investigative team at the scene of the accident to collect evidence that could be used in court to help win your case. Now is the time to collect this evidence before it is lost and there is nothing to use prove what happened. Your attorney will provide details you can remember to the police to help further their investigation.   Being able to recall a partial license plate, make and color of vehicle, driver description, can assist the officers in their investigation and bring the guilty party to justice.   Getting the Best Medical Treatments While the investigation is taking place and the police are using all the tools they have at their disposal to find the responsible driver, your attorney will have you consulting with the best medical professionals in their respected fields. These physicians will treat your injuries, make sure you receive adequate physical therapy, and will provide the court their expert testimony if needed.   When it comes time for the insurance company to pay, the more evidence and expert testimony, the better chance of being fully compensated today and well into your later years. Helping to File an Insurance Claim If the police eventually find and arrest the driver who caused the hit and run, your attorney will prepare to sue their insurance company for damages. If the driver is not found, your personal injury lawyer will take the matter with your insurance company. Just because it was an accident where the guilty party has not been found, your lawyer still can hold your insurance company accountable to make things right.   These are very complex cases, and your lawyer has the years experience to be able to present all the evidence in a manner that results in the lawyers for the insurance company settling rather than dealing with a costly trial.   Fighting on Your Behalf in Court Your attorney will bring to court the video and pictures of the accident scene, pictures of the damage to your vehicle, the testimony of your doctors, and details of the police report, in an effort to get the insurance company to pay the…

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Victim of Medical Malpractice?

What to Do if You are a Victim of Medical Malpractice?   There are several steps that you will need to take if you are victim of a medical malpractice.   Document Everything The first step is to make sure that you document everything that happened. This is because the whole situation is going to be very stressful and scary for anyone. There is a chance that you are going to forget a lot of important details. Therefore, you will need to write down all of the dates, times, dosages, and the names of the doctors and nurses that you saw. All of your notes are going to need to be very descriptive and document them while they are happening if it is possible. This is especially true if you think there is a chance that you might need to file a lawsuit. But even you aren’t, the documentation will be able to help the situation to be a little less stressful for everyone.   Ask Questions The second step is to make sure that you ask a lot of different questions. This process can be very intimidating but you don’t need to be aware to ask the doctors and nurses any questions that you might have. You have the right to know what is going on, why a certain thing might have happened, and how the problem is going to be fixed. It is very important to be direct and persistent with those doctors and nurses. Every person should know exactly what is going on with their body. This means that you deserve to get answers to your questions so don’t stop until you get your answers.   Get Copies of Medical Records The third step is to ask for a copy of all of your medical records. This will need to include your x-rays. You do not have to explain to the doctors or nurses why you want the copy of your medical records. This is because you don’t want to tell them that you want the medical records since you are going to be contacting your lawyer in order to file a lawsuit. Once you have been given your records, then you will need to go through them to make sure that they include everything. Sometimes you might need to go to a few places in order to get all of the records that you need like from the doctor’s office and the hospital. Most of the time, you will have to fill out a written request to get your medical records.   Hire a Personal Injury Attorney The last step is to make sure that you call an attorney that specializes in medical malpractice cases. If you don’t know one, then you can always call an attorney that you trust so that this attorney can give you a referral for the right attorney for your case. This is a very specialized area of law so you just don’t want any type of attorney trying to represent…

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