A traffic collision, also known as a motor vehicle collision, motor vehicle accident, car accident, automobile accident, wreck, car crash, or car smash occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree or utility pole. Traffic collisions may result in injury, death and property damage. A number of factors contribute to the risk of collision, including vehicle design, speed of operation, road design, road environment, and driver skill, impairment due to alcohol or drugs, and behavior, notably speeding and racing. All over, motor vehicle collisions lead to death and disability as well as financial costs to both society and the individuals involved. For over 50 years this firm has represented injured persons involved in automobile, motorcycle, truck accidents and other injuries on this highway with professionalism and confidence.
Workers' compensation provides wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee's right to sue his or her employer for negligence. While plans differ among jurisdictions, provision can be made for weekly payments in place of wages (Also known as Disability Insurance), compensation for economic loss (past and future), reimbursement or payment of medical and like expenses (Also known as Health Insurance), and benefits payable to the dependents of workers killed during employment (Also known as Life Insurance). General damage for pain and suffering, and punitive damages for employer negligence, are generally not available in workers' compensation plans, and negligence is generally not an issue in the case. This law firm for over 50 years has represented with confidence those workers who were injured in the course of their employment.
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
The most common types of personal injury claims are road traffic accidents, accidents at work, assault claims, accidents in the home, product defect accidents (product liability) and holiday accidents. The term personal injury also incorporates medical and dental accidents (which lead to numerous medical negligence claims every year) and conditions that are often classified as industrial disease cases, including asbestosis and peritoneal mesothelioma, occupational deafness, occupational stress, and repetitive strain injury cases. Depending upon the intent or negligence of a responsible party, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation from that party through a settlement or a judgment In the United States.
Wrongful Death is the taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons. If a person is killed because of the wrongful conduct of a person or persons, the decedent's heirs and other beneficiaries may file a wrongful death action against those responsible for the decedent's death. Originally, wrongful death statutes were created to provide financial support for widows and orphans and to motivate people to exercise care to prevent injuries. An action for wrongful death may be brought for either an intentional or unintentional act that causes an injury that results in death. Wrongful death statutes do not apply to an unborn fetus, as an individual does not have a distinct legal status until he is born alive. If an infant is born alive and later dies as a result of an injury that occurred prior to birth, an action may be brought for wrongful death. One of the highlights of this firm’s practice has been representing people either injured or killed as a result of the carelessness of others. This includes premise liability cases, dram shop cases, and accidental injuries or death away from the work place.
Wills & Estate Planning
A will is the legal document that permits a person to make decisions on how his or her estate will be managed and distributed after his or her death. If a person does not leave a will, or the will is declared invalid, the person will have died intestate, resulting in the distribution of the estate according to the laws of Descent and Distribution of the state in which the person resided. Because of the importance of a will, the law requires it to have certain elements to be valid. Apart from these elements, a will may be ruled invalid if the person who made the will was under the influence, is fraud, or made a mistake. A will serves a variety of important purposes. It enables a person to select his or her heirs rather than allowing the state laws to decide. A will allows a person to decide which individual could best serve as the executor of the estate. A will safeguards a person's right to select an individual to serve as guardian to raise his or her young children in the event of his death.
Estate planning is the process of arranging for the disposal of an estate during a person's life. Estate planning typically attempts to eliminate uncertainties over the administration of a probate and maximize the value of the estate by reducing taxes and other expenses. However, the ultimate goal of the estate plan is determined by the specific goals of the client. Our firm is willing to assist our clients in preparing for their future and preserving their assets through Last Will & Testaments and Powers of Attorney.
A real estate transaction is the process whereby rights in a unit of property, is transferred between two or more parties. It can often be complicated due to the complexity of the property rights being transferred, the amount of money being exchanged, and government regulations. This law firm has assisted purchasers and sellers with regard to real estate transactions.
Martimonial & Family Law
Family law (also called matrimonial law) is an area of the law that deals with family matters and domestic relations, including:
- Marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships
- Adoption and surrogacy
- Child abuse and child abduction
- The termination of relationships and ancillary matters, including divorce, annulment, property settlements, alimony, child custody and visitation, child support and alimony awards.
- Juvenile adjudication
- Paternity testing and paternity fraud
Many of our clients come to us with matrimonial and family problems which we are able to assist them with kindness, patience and professionalism. This includes the handling of divorce cases, child custody, child support, adoption, and Prenuptial Agreements.