Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I know what type of attorney I should hire?
It is critical to the success of your personal injury case to hire an attorney who specializes in injury law. Just like doctors who have specialties (i.e. neurologists, orthopedists, etc.) or trade workers who have specialties (i.e. finish carpenters, electricians, plumbers), there are also attorneys who specialize in one area of the law. For example, there are attorneys who only handle family law cases or criminal cases. This usually means that these attorneys have extensive experience in these types of cases, compared to a general practitioner has just enough experience in several areas of law to get by.
At our firm, we have more than three decades representing personal injury victims. It is the only type of law we practice.
How will I pay legal fees for my personal injury case?
If our law firm takes your personal injury case, we will charge you on a contingency basis. Contingency basis means that if we are unable to recover financial compensation for the losses you have suffered because of your injuries, we do not charge you legal fees. We only get paid if we are able to recover damages for you. Litigation costs associated with your case are separate from attorney fees. These costs may include filing fees, expert witness fees, accident reconstruction fees, and more. In many cases, our firm will pay these expenses and then be reimbursed from the final award or settlement you receive. We can discuss these details during your free and confidential case evaluation.
What happens in a train to train collision?
A train to train collision is one of the most destructive types of crashes that can happen. The only cause of a train to train crash is negligence on the part of the railroad, either by railroad employees or railroad equipment. These crashes often result in explosions, derailments, and injuries and deaths to hundreds of victims.
What is a train derailment accident?
A train derailment is when the train runs off its tracks. When derailments occur, passengers in the train can suffer serious injuries. Derailments are often caused by train operator error, train malfunction, or improperly or poorly maintained sections of the track.
What is a train and car accident?
One of the most common types of train accidents is train and car crashes. Each year, there are more than 300 people killed when their vehicles are slammed into by a train. When a train hits a vehicle, the force is equivalent to a vehicle hitting a soda can. In the majority of train and car accidents, vehicle occupants usually suffer severe or fatal injuries.
How do I prove that the driver who hit me caused my whiplash?
To succeed in securing a personal injury insurance claim following a rear-end collision, you need a detailed diagnosis from a qualified doctor to establish the existence of a whiplash injury.
Whiplash injuries generally do not result from structural damage, just the sudden overextension of muscles and tendons. The doctor should take x-rays and do other types of imaging such as MRIs or CAT scans to rule out more traumatic injuries. The doctor should also document problems such as pain levels through a range of motion, limitations on range of motion, arm and leg tingling and weakness, frequency and severity of headaches, and tenderness of the neck and shoulders.
Information on the duration, accumulation and intensification of symptoms will be important for supporting an insurance claim.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
The most common symptoms of a whiplash injury are neck pain that intensifies with motion, headaches and stiffness in the neck, shoulders and upper back.
Whiplash symptoms tend to diminish over time with rest, light exercise and over-the-counter pain medications. A significant number of whiplash victims, however, develop chronic pain and experience more disabling effects such as
- Tingling or numbness in the arms,
- Blurred vision,
- Difficulty concentrating and
- Memory problems.
What causes whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when a person’s head snaps back and forth suddenly and with great force.
Rear-end collisions cause the majority of whiplash injuries. The most-common symptoms of pain, headaches and neck, shoulder and upper back stiffness develop when a person’s neck muscles and tendons become severely overextended in less than a second, which is exactly what happens to people riding in vehicles that get hit from behind.
Who is liable for injuries in a limousine accident?
If the crash was caused by recklessness or negligence of the driver (i.e. speeding), or if it was caused by negligence on the part of the company (i.e. failure to maintain the vehicle), the company could be held liable for any losses victims suffered. A car accident attorney can evaluate the case and determine how to proceed.
What does a defective product attorney need to prove to be successful in an injury lawsuit?
An attorney can file a lawsuit if one or more of these elements exist:
- There was a defect in the original design of the toy.
- There was a mistake in some stage of the manufacturing of the toy
- The toy was not packaged, transported, or stored properly and this caused a dangerous defect to the product.
- The manufacturer failed to include sufficient warning about any risks or proper instructions on how the toy should be used.