Whether you’re working through estate administration for a
friend or family member and have
questions about probate, or you have been hurt in an accident or on the job
and need assistance from an
experienced personal injury attorney, hiring a lawyer can seem
near me” into Google and calling the first law firm or solo practice
attorney that pops up is risky, as you likely won’t know much about that
lawyer’s expertise in the specific area of law you need. And, while most
attorneys will be upfront with you about their legal specializations and types of cases they handle, there
are some with little experience who may be less than transparent about their
Indeed, hiring a lawyer is a little bit like interviewing
candidates for an essential job in your company. You want to choose a candidate
who has the right experience and is an excellent fit for the job you’re
offering. However, many people—unless they work in human resources or own their
own business—have likely never conducted a hiring process.
That’s why today’s blog post offers some of our best tips on
how to hire a lawyer.
Whether you decide to consult with one of our caring family
law, estates and probate, or personal injury attorneys here at May, May &
Zimmerman, or you go with another law firm, we want you to have confidence in
the lawyer you ultimately hire so that your legal matter or case is handled
with the proper care.Continue reading “Our Top Tips on How to Hire a Lawyer”
Whether your court case relates to personal injury or a
family law matter like divorce or custody,
posting the wrong things on social media—even if your account isn’t fully
viewable by just anyone—could negatively impact your case.
In an earlier blog post, we talked about how
video footage from the scene of an accident or fall can make or break your
personal injury case potentially based on mobile device footage taken by
someone else. Social media posts made by other parties—or by you yourself—can
be harmful, too, whether or not those posts contain video.
The fact is, social media posts on platforms like Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, and the like can be found by insurance companies and investigators—and
manipulated during litigation and used as evidence against you. And you don’t
necessarily need to be in a formal court trial for these posts to reflect
poorly on you. Even the most
experienced attorneys may not be able to help you prevail if you post
certain things online that present you in a negative light to a judge or jury.
Today’s blog post focuses just a little bit more closely on how social
media as evidence may be brought to bear in your legal case.Continue reading “Social Media as Evidence: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You”
Did you know that Pennsylvania stiffened penalties for hit and run drivers in September of 2012? For victims and their loved ones that may be seeking justice, this is great news. Of course, locating the guilty party in a hit and run traffic collision is not always an easy feat.
Additionally, just because a hit and run driver is facing
criminal charges—as we’ve talked about in the past related to drunk
drivers injuring innocent victims—it does not mean you will automatically
receive compensation for your lost wages, out-of-pocket medical expenses, or
pain and suffering. You will need to consult with a skilled
personal injury attorney to determine your options for pursuing civil
action against the hit and run driver.
The to-do actions in today’s post represent the typical
process for hit and run cases. However, you should know that these do not
represent a step-by-step ordered list. Every car accident
case is unique, and if you have been injured in a traffic collision, getting
medical treatment as soon as possible is your top priority. Seeking assistance
from authorities like law enforcement, insurance companies, and personal injury
lawyers is also key to your recovery from a hit and run car accident.Continue reading “What is the Process for Dealing with a Hit and Run Case?”
Our recent blog post answering the most frequently
asked questions about slip and fall cases introduced the legal concept of premises
liability. It’s true that if you have experienced a slip and fall
injury, premises liability will likely come into play in your personal injury
But, what other types of incidents beyond slip and fall injuries
could potentially constitute a premises liability claim? And, who can be held
responsible for a victim’s personal injury or wrongful death
in those premises liability claims?
Today’s post addresses these questions and demonstrates
again the crucial point of ensuring that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney for guidance when you have
been injured on someone else’s property.Continue reading “What You Should Know About Premises Liability in Personal Injury Cases”
A little while ago, we shared a blog post covering the
basics of what
most people should know about personal injury law. In that article, we
introduced so-called “slip and fall” cases, which are more officially known in
the legal world as premises liability cases.
It’s true that slip and fall
cases don’t necessarily involve anyone actually slipping and falling, which
is why personal injury lawyers prefer the technical name. However, no matter
the term you prefer, if you have been injured by a dangerous property condition—trip
hazards, a slippery substance on a floor, malfunctioning elevators and
escalators, even inadequate lighting or security that leads to a criminal
attack—you may be able to recover compensation from the property owner or
another responsible party.Continue reading “Answers to 6 Common Slip and Fall FAQs”
It’s no secret that video cameras are all around us. Especially in public spaces like stores, banks and airports. Even on the streets of many towns, we’re continuously being monitored by video—and often recorded. While video footage is typically gathered in the name of public safety—by police body cams and traffic cameras, for instance—it’s true that it can have broader applications, and it’s particularly useful in personal injury cases.
In fact, one of the first things insurance adjusters—as well
as personal injury attorneys—look for when investigating an injury claim or
case, is video footage that might show the mechanism of injury – i.e. how a
person was hurt.
Whether it’s a slip and fall/premises
liability case or a pedestrian
accident that resulted in significant injury or wrongful death,
there are often video or still photography images available related to the
original incident that are available and could be useful as evidence.
So, can video footage make or break a personal injury case?
In short, absolutely.
Today’s post highlights the types of surveillance footage
that might be brought in as video evidence to either prove or disprove your
injuries. We’ll take a brief look at Pennsylvania’s rules about how video
evidence may be used in personal injury cases, as well.
It’s important to remember that when you or a loved one has
suffered an injury—or even death—based on another’s negligence, it
is your right to seek compensation for your financial losses, pain and
suffering, and future disability from
the parties at fault for the injuries. And, our experienced personal trial lawyers at May, May & Zimmerman are here
to help you build the strongest possible case.Continue reading “Can Video Footage Make or Break Your Personal Injury Case?”