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Practice Areas Overview

Personal Injury

When someone is injured in an accident or by someone’s intentional actions, the effects can be devastating. An injury can cause problems in every area of life. You may be in pain or unable to enjoy the things you did before you were injured; you may be permanently disabled and unable to work for a living. The stress of an injury can cause issues in a person’s relationships with others as well. You may also have a lot of medical bills and other expenses related to your injury.

An injury can also be fatal, leaving a family behind who is now both emotionally devastated and in financial trouble due to the loss of their loved one.

When someone else is at fault for an injury, they should make things right by compensating the injured person for all the damage that the injury has caused. The legal system cannot heal wounds or bring back a lost loved one, but it can try to compensate those who have been injured by restoring them financially.

If you need a legal representative to help you and your family get the financial compensation that can help ease the difficulty caused by an injury or death of a loved one, contact us and we will put our years of experience toward getting you the most compensation possible. We will also handle your property damage claim (such as the damage to your car in a car accident) without any additional fee. We also work on a contingency basis, meaning that you if we don’t recover, you don’t pay. Additionally, our contingency fees are based only on the amount we recover that is greater than the insurance company’s initial offer. Most law firms base their fees on the total amount recovered.

Auto & Truck Accidents

An Automobile or Truck Accident can cause physical injuries and damage property. If the accident is the fault of another person’s negligence or due to some malfunctioning equipment, there is a way to get financial compensation through the court system. Although some drivers are covered by insurance, the insurance companies are not on your side. Insurance companies are businesses that have a goal of making as much profit as possible. They are not concerned with ensuring you and your family are properly compensated for the damage caused by an accident. In fact, they may try to give you the least amount possible for your claim. This is why you need a legal professional to help you get the amount you need to compensate you fully after an automobile or truck accident. Contact us today for help with your vehicle related accident claim.

Coal Mining & Gas Accidents

A large majority of people are hard working, spending most of their days working to make a living for their families. When someone is injured on-the-job, it can be especially devastating to that person and their whole family. Employers are responsible for ensuring that the workplace is a safe environment for their employees. If they fail in this responsibility and someone is injured, they should be held accountable.

Mining and Gas Industries are very Dangerous and Result in Workplace Accidents

Working in the mines or in the gas industry is particularly dangerous, and as a result there are a lot of extra safety requirements. Both the state and federal government have laws in place to protect workers. If your employer has violated their duty to keep you safe at work and you have been injured and need a legal professional to hold them accountable, contact us today.

Brain Injuries

A brain injury is a very serious type of injury that can cause multiple problems for many years after the injury. This type of injury can cause permanent damage and may even cause a lifelong disability. Because this type of injury is so severe, the results can be very devastating financially as well as physically and emotionally. If the injury was caused by negligence or by an intentional act of another person, they can be held accountable in court and required to compensate the injured person or their family financially. If you need help getting compensation for a brain injury, contact us today.

Medical Malpractice

We trust people licensed to practice medicine when we are at our most vulnerable; we trust them with our lives. Most medical professionals want to help people and do their best to take care of their patients. However, medical professionals are human and make mistakes. And some medical professionals are less careful than others. When they make mistakes, lives can be devastated or even lost. If a medical professional fails in their duty to perform their job at the same standard that most people in their profession would, and as a result someone is injured or loses their life, they have committed medical malpractice. The court can help by holding them accountable for their mistake and compensating the injured person financially. If you need help getting compensation for an injury or if you have lost a loved one because of a medical professional’s negligence, we can help you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Many elderly persons suffer abuse in silence because they are unable or too afraid to tell anyone about it. It is important to know the signs that someone is going through abuse. Pay close attention to any changes, and if you notice a change in personality or the body’s physical condition, take notice and find out what is behind the changes. If you or your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse and/or neglect, you may be owed compensation. Report any suspected abuse to your local authorities, and contact us to fight for your rights and ensure you are properly compensated for the pain and suffering caused by nursing home abuse and neglect.

Insurance Disputes

Insurance companies are required by law to operate honestly and fairly. In the legal world this is called the duty of good faith and fair dealing. When you pay your insurance company for coverage and they don’t provide that coverage, they are not operating honestly or fairly. If you have an insurance claim that has been denied improperly, you can fight to get the insurance company to pay. In fact, if they have acted in bad faith, they may owe you more than what the original claim was for. Contact us today for help disputing your insurance claim denial.

Wills, Estates & Trusts

Do you know what will happen to your assets after you pass away? If you die without a will, your wishes may not be followed. In order to be sure that your wishes are followed, you need an estate plan. An estate plan can involve wills and/or trusts. We can give you peace of mind knowing that your wishes will be followed after you are gone. Contact us today for help planning your estate. We are the largest firm for estate planning in the area; let us put our years of knowledge and experience to work for you so that you can ensure you wishes are followed.

IRS Tax Matters

Tax debt can cause a lot of stress, especially if you are having difficulty paying the IRS. We can help! Our firm can help you negotiate with the IRS. You may be able to reduce your payments, get more time to pay, and avoid paying penalties and interest. We have experience dealing with the IRS, so contact us today for help with your IRS issues.

Family Law

When you need legal help with a family matter, you need attorneys who have experience to make the matter go as easily as possible, and attorneys who are compassionate and understanding because legal issues that involve family matters can be particularly stressful and emotional. A divorce is a very stressful time for the whole family. Dividing marital property, and issues with alimony, child custody, and child support, are all very difficult issues. Our attorneys can help guide you through this difficult process with both experience and compassion. Contact us today for help with your divorce, child support, and child custody issues.

Spinal Cord Injuries

No one wants to be injured; injuries are painful and can cause problems that affect a person’s whole life. Spinal cord injuries are particularly devastating because they can cause partial or total paralysis and permanent disability. The severity of this type of injury places a very large financial burden on the injured person and their family. If the injury happened because someone caused it, ether intentionally or negligently, the court can hold them accountable. If you need help getting compensation for an injury, our attorneys are compassionate and knowledgeable. We can help you get the most compensation possible. Contact us today.

Corporate Law

Creating a corporation, partnership or limited liability company for your business can be incredibly beneficial. It can offer tax benefits and can help to protect your personal assets from creditors. It is important to choose the correct corporate form and to follow all the rules of formation. It is also important that you follow all the formalities required by law to ensure that your assets will be protected. Our experienced attorneys can help you with formation of a corporation, help you to choose the right type of corporate entity for you, and help you with other issues that may arise in relation to your business entity.

Criminal Defense

Being accused of a crime can be a terrifying experience. It is important that you have an attorney on your side to defend you against criminal charges. Let us be your voice for justice. We will stand up for you in court and protect your rights.

Social Security Disability

Social security disability insurance provides financial support for people who at one time worked and paid into the social security system, but now meet the government’s strict definition of disabled. The odds of having your social security disability claim approved increase greatly by having an experienced attorney on your side. Many claims get denied in the early stages of the application. Having an attorney on your side who has the experience to know how to navigate the complicated nuances of the application process can help significantly increase the chances that your claim will be approved.

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