An experienced lawyer can apprise accident victims of state-specific laws, and overarching federal requirements that guide legal action toward the recovery of economic, non-economic and punitive damages. Property damage, or personal injury after an accident may force catastrophic immediate and residual harms upon a victim, or surviving loved ones. In certain cases, a skilled lawyer may need to prove negligence toward the recovery of robust compensation that addresses all accident-related expenses and residual harms. Effective legal counsel will represent victims in court, objectively speak for them against an insurance company’s legal team and act toward a fair monetary award.
A car accident attorney can assist in the determination of damage valuation for auto insurance claims, requiring the payment of compensatory damages for economic losses including lost wages, medical bills, medical care, and treatment, plus household expenses and non-economic losses that include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or companionship. Punitive damages are accessible when a skilled accident lawyer can prove that a defendant deliberately, with reckless disregard, acted in a manner to cause harm to another person. A car accident attorney can apprise individuals of state mandated timelines to file insurance claims and initiate personal injury litigation.
Divorce actions are often time consuming and may cause emotional and financial battles that require objective professional support from experienced divorce attorneys, or mediators. A divorce attorney can draft and submit paperwork to the court to request emergency financial support to maintain the stability of household expenses and child and spousal support until a divorce can be finalized. They can prepare financial affidavits, child support worksheets and other documents including a marriage settlement agreement, and outline and adhere to state-specific requirements that protect divorcing parties, either individually, or in collaborative actions that may reduce expenses and expedite final agreements.
An employment law attorney can assist with violations of labor law, employer discrimination actions and fair compensation issues. Employment law is a demanding field necessary to protect both employers and employees from a multitude of unfair employment practices. Skilled attorneys can initiate legal action to address illegal deviations of labor law resulting in employment disputes that are caused by the wrongdoing of either party. State and federal labor laws can be complex, but an employment lawyer can answer questions through simplified review of those laws during consultations specific to an individual complaint for a relevant cause of action.
Immigration attorneys are familiar with filing timelines and applicable current immigration laws for immigrants making application for permanent residency in the United States. The process is complex and has specific requirements toward the collection of pertinent support documents. Legal counsel can assist with naturalization processes and special provisions for U.S. Military members, and applications for Asylum and Withholding of Removal. Attorneys will communicate with USCIS personnel on behalf of clients who may have language barriers, giving them the opportunity to know of, and respond to any derogatory evidence, or missing information on an application before a petition is denied.
An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can ascertain possible causes of an accident and is familiar with current state and federal laws that will address negligence in support of claims for damages. Motorcycle riders are susceptible to accidents arising out of bad roadway conditions, as well as negative interactions with other drivers, resulting in a death rate 25 times higher than passenger vehicle drivers. An attorney can work with medical professionals, and other experts to determine causes and damage valuations when catastrophic injury will last a lifetime. Comprehensive awards must address physical, emotional, financial, and loss of life situations.
Legal counsel can assist with informal and formal complaints against police departments, and take action to file a lawsuit against an officer who caused harm through illegal police action against an individual. Claims can be initiated on behalf of victims who have encountered actions including:
- Use of force without cause,
- Use of lethal weapon without cause,
- Arresting through discrimination and profiling,
- Physical and verbal harassment,
- Selectively enforcing laws,
- Bribing lawmakers,
- Witness/evidence tampering,
- False arrest,
- Misconduct of a sexual nature.
Attorneys address civil rights violations for victims who have suffered loss through negative police encounters, including wrongful death claims.
Tax attorneys maintain a focus on tax issues in their practice, and afford lawyer/client confidentiality surrounding tax concerns. They can effectively represent clients who have disputes with either local, state, and federal tax agencies. Business tax attorneys can assist individuals and businesses with initial setup of their finances, per the requirements of their designated corporate legal structure, so that audits will not pose problems to individuals via additional costs, fines, and other penalties. Legal counsel can structure repayment schedules through agency collaboration when taxes are due, represent clients for formal audits, and defend individuals and businesses from tax fraud.
Attorneys provide clients an understanding of bankruptcy law protections for homestead, insurances, pensions, and other public benefits. Bankruptcy proceedings are handled by federal courts under U.S. Bankruptcy Code and include legal actions involving a person, or business entity that is unable to repay outstanding debts. Experienced bankruptcy lawyers can perform a means test to determine the appropriate bankruptcy action to undertake, based on a client’s needs, to include Chapter 7, Chapter 11, or Chapter 13. A bankruptcy attorney can offer advice on alternatives to resolve overwhelming debt, when clients have specific concerns surrounding impacts of a negative credit report.
A child custody lawyer can explain state laws, as they pertain to both parents’ legal responsibility to the children. Legal battles involving child custody are best addressed with an experienced child custody attorney, as the outcomes can be devastating. Resolution to custody issues include: addressing physical custody in the best interests of the child; timesharing that provides for opportunities to know and spend time with both parents; visitation that is allowed in cases where one parent is granted full custody; maintaining a safe environment without violence; and maintaining a stable household economically, in the best interests of children.
Drunk Driving Accident
Legal counsel is imperative after a drunk driving accident, and could include representation by criminal lawyers that can represent drivers who are charged with DUI through plea bargaining to maintain certain freedoms, and personal injury lawyers who assist accident victims that suffer catastrophic injury, or loss of life. It is a crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to drive while under the influence of alcohol, referred to as DUI, and DWI, depending upon the state where the accident occurred. The severe penalties are similar in all states, requiring the services of experienced lawyers.
Estate planning attorneys are beneficial to clients who wish to prepare end-of-life directives, plan for incapacity and reduce, or eliminate uncertainties over the administration of probate. Assistance with establishing powers of attorney is one of the more important tasks charged to an estate planning attorney, along with drafting and filing estate planning documents, probate documents, and transfer documents when assets are formally divided after an approved probate action. Attorneys can pre-emptively protect certain assets in situations effective for tax benefit and smooth transition of real estate property transfer to loved ones, depending on probate laws in the state.
An attorney specializing in insurance laws can be of assistance with policy reviews and explanation, claims processing, and intervention against claims denials. All of these actions are meant to protect policyholders, based on tort contract laws between the insured and the carrier. Insurance lawyers understand statutory laws, administrative regulations and jurisprudence that governs and regulates the insurance industry. When disagreements arise, an attorney who is familiar with regulatory law and specific state oversight can assist policyholders with actions to settle claims, increase a comprehensive offer, and/or reverse claim denials in accordance with the provisions of an insured’s policy.
Circumstances surrounding a negative event in a resident’s care are not always clear to someone who was not directly involved, and nursing home lawyers who specialize in nursing home laws may be able to assist in piecing pertinent information together to determine legal action against nursing home dangers. When individuals witness signs of nursing home mistreatment during visitations, they should contact a lawyer who is familiar with nursing home negligence to initiate legal action against it. Mistreatment occurs during daily living situations through verbal, physical, and mental abuse, involuntary seclusion, unintentional abuse, and abuse of a sexual nature.
Services of an experienced probate attorney will allow a smooth transfer of estate assets after a person dies. Probate is the legal process of proving a last will and testament, which means verifying that the will is legal and the deceased person’s intentions are carried out. Probate also occurs when there is no will and a probate court must decide the distribution for assets of the deceased’s estate to his, or her loved ones. A probate attorney will do their best to protect real and personal property, distribute assets to beneficiaries and pay creditors and taxes from estate proceeds.
Truck accident attorneys are skilled at identifying additional parties to an accident claim, separate from the truck driver, including trucking companies, mechanics, or manufacturers of a truck and/or parts, and understand the trucking industry and relevant regulatory laws. They can determine the best legal approach to individual cases such as mediation, arbitration or going to trial, while staving off unnecessary pressure from insurance companies who want to swiftly close out a claim. A truck accident attorney has a skillset that can yield higher compensation to address a victim’s often catastrophic loss, based on size discrepancies after truck accidents.
Attorneys experienced with birth injury actions will build strong legal arguments against health care providers who allegedly caused the harm through acts of medical negligence. Birth injuries are a concern to expectant parents, and unfortunately a reality to many, when something goes wrong during, or shortly after birth. Common birth injuries may be temporary, resolving quickly with low-to-no residual damage, but others are permanent, negatively affecting most aspects of a family’s livelihood, causing emotional and financial stress. Legal counsel will represent victims in court, objectively speak for them against insurance companies, and fight for a fair monetary award.
Child support attorneys work within state-specific family laws, and will take action to make sure all paperwork is filed in accordance with civil court systems by identifying filing distinctions when children are involved: including a child support information sheet; support obligation income affidavits; child support guidelines forms; and a child support guideline notice of compliance, toward securing necessary fiscal support of children. When one responsible parent is delinquent, or refuses to pay child support, a child support attorney can work to locate them through judicial processes and initiate wage garnishments, or fiscal levy to collect child support arrears.
Individuals who are arrested for driving under the influence should immediately contact an experienced criminal law attorney to discuss the particulars of their case, because criminal charges are serious. Successful legal strategies may result in a reduction in charges and fines, or dropped charges, depending upon the circumstances of the arrest, past criminal history, harm to others, and the impact of skillful legal counsel. Without legal counsel, individuals who are charged with a DUI crime could land in jail, incur substantial legal costs and fees, and/or irreparably damage their future and basic freedoms, even if the charges are dropped.
A family law attorney may be a much needed objective support system during unwanted, but necessary interruptions to stable family lives, including divorce actions, child custody, domestic violence, and child support matters. Family law issues can create a wide array of unbridled emotions and irrational actions by parties who are negatively impacted, requiring an impartial and reasonable voice. Family law attorneys may skillfully communicate with opposing divorce counsel, perform mediations to iron out disputes over alimony, child support, marital assets/liabilities, and legally represent parties to ensure their interests are reflected in filed legal documents to protect individual parties.
Medical malpractice attorneys can be effective in the timely resolve of medical malpractice claims after an individual is injured, or dies as a direct result of treatment from a health care provider, while under the care of that provider. An experienced attorney can utilize federal and state laws to initiate litigation that will assist victims who have suffered after: a medical procedure caused complications and side effects; experiencing an actual injury due to a medical professional’s action; a health care professional failed to diagnose a serious condition, or disease; and when individuals suspect they are victims of malpractice.
Individuals should seek out experienced patent attorneys to protect their intellectual property rights because they must be licensed by the USPTO and usually require a background in science, or technology. Patent lawyers work in the special field of intellectual property law and specialize in patents. They represent inventors in the patent application process and can act as litigators to protect their customers’ rights to an invention through prosecuting and writing patent applications; advising on infringement matters related to patents and patent applications; representing businesses successfully by providing subject-specific, strong technological expertise; and adhering to federal laws surrounding scientific developments.
Bus accident attorneys are fluent in common carrier laws requiring a higher duty of care because of paid services to the public. Common carriers must ensure the safety of passengers, and the public they serve. When bus drivers, or companies do not comply with this duty, it may be considered negligence when injury, or property damage occurs. A bus accident attorney can initiate litigation, based on special rules that apply when a passenger is injured as a result of a bus accident, by proving a case to support comprehensive economic, non-economic and punitive damages for bus accident victims.
Criminal defense attorneys are necessary for clients charged with DUI, drug trafficking, theft, or other criminal activities. Criminal charges could result in jail time, substantial legal costs, and fees, and/or irreparable damage to a person’s future and basic freedoms, even when criminal charges are dropped. Benefits of hiring criminal counsel include familiarity with opposing criminal counsel in federal, state, and local jurisdictions. Clients should hire criminal defense counsel based on manageable caseloads, extensive jury trial experience, multiple years practicing, and high success rates with plea bargaining, as these factors may effectuate a positive outcome to a criminal charge.
An elder law attorney can assist individuals with matters surrounding nursing home admissions and care; Medicare/Medicaid claims; social security and disability claims; long-term planning and health insurance issues; estate planning; guardianships; probate actions; trust administration; elder abuse and fraud; housing issues; and mental health concerns that negatively affect the elder safety. Guardianships are important when a formal power of attorney for health care, or finances has not been determined. Elder law attorneys defend the safety and wellbeing of older people threatened by criminal acts, or illegal activities that may rob them of their assets, and endanger their health.
An experienced foreclosure attorney may exercise all available legal options to save a client’s home, or delay its sale. If a homeowner is facing foreclosure action and wants to defend their rights to a property, it is best to speak with a foreclosure attorney, who may be able to assist with legal alternatives to the foreclosure action, based on state laws and the financial position of a homeowner. Counsel can take the necessary steps to move the needle in the direction that is most advantageous to the requests of the homeowner, allowing them to stay in their homes longer.
Mesothelioma is a serious illness that occurs in the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of internal organs, and is related to asbestos exposure. An attorney experienced with asbestos-related cancer can initiate legal action to prove negligence on the part of an employer and seek monetary compensation for victims, and families who may have experienced harm from secondary exposure. Lawyers will work with medical professionals and businesses to achieve a successful damage award for economic, non-economic and punitive damages, depending on the particulars of a case including severity of loss, or harm and knowledge of dangerous exposure.
Personal injury attorneys are skilled at working with experts to estimate a claim’s value, and carry the burden of processing paperwork that is overflowing with legal and medical jargon, while effectively muting a client’s emotions that might otherwise cloud a personal injury victim’s attempt to navigate insurance and legal processes on their own. Personal injury attorneys have a professional reputation in the court system, with attorneys and multiple insurance agencies, all of which allow them to recover the most effective comprehensive award for victims of personal injury and streamline their activities to keep attorneys’ fees at a minimum.
A wrongful death attorney can help victims with formal legal actions filed in court when a person dies because of the negligent, reckless, or deliberate act of another person, or entity. Laws vary by state, but there are requirements as to who can file a claim, a timeline to be followed, and proof of negligence must be undertaken by a skilled attorney with experience in wrongful death actions. Loved ones can seek compensation for their loss with the assistance of an attorney who can work with experts to determine a dollar value for economic, non-economic and punitive damages.
Harassment of Sexual Nature
Knowledgeable legal counsel can represent workplace harassment victims through legal options against general workplace harassment and that of a sexual nature. Attorneys can guide victims through reporting procedures at a place of employment where guidelines are set up that must be followed. Victim reporting may occur through direct reporting to human resources; by requesting mediation as an informal solution to resolve the office problems; through grievance procedure policies; and/or by formal complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. An experienced workplace harassment attorney can streamline this process and address concerns of harassment of a sexual nature.
A workers’ compensation attorney can help workers who are injured on the job so they may recover compensation for related injuries, including medical bills and lost wages. Workers’ compensation laws permit workers to receive a number of benefits, depending on the injury. Each state has a detailed claims process for individuals who are injured on the job, or contract job-related illnesses necessitating a claim for monetary damages. Injuries may be caused by an accident, or a medical condition that develops over time, caused by repetitious use of a body part, or a hazardous workplace environment resulting in harm.
Social Security Disability
Social security disability lawyers can increase the chance of successful SSDI applications and benefit individuals who need to reduce the personal burden and stress associated with the filing requirements. The process can be overwhelming, and experienced attorneys are skilled at handling common and unique issues that arise throughout the application process. Social Security disability cases are won and lost on medical evidence. Experienced attorneys often provide a compelling story, based on relevant evidence from an individual’s medical records, facilitating an expedient resolve and faster access to the proper disability benefit amounts to which the client is entitled.