If you were involved in an accident that happened due to the negligent actions of a distracted driver, it’s imperative to seek the assistance of a highly skilled car accident attorney. Law Offices of Gary Green can help.

Although awareness about the dangers of distracted driving is increasing, thousands of people are injured and killed because of it every year. By understanding the significant risks that go along with engaging in activities like texting, using cell phones and smartphones, eating, drinking and adjusting radios and navigation systems while driving, today’s drivers will be able to make better choices while behind the wheel.

Distracted Driving: The Statistics are Sobering

People often underestimate the serious dangers that go along with driving while distracted. But consider this: many people had the same attitude about drinking and driving several decades ago. As with impaired driving, there is plenty of evidence to reinforce the idea that distracted driving is dangerous.

An estimated 3,267 people who died in car accidents in the United States in 2010 were involved in accidents with distracted drivers. In 2011, that number increased to 3,331. As disturbing as those numbers are, it gets worse. 10 percent of all injury crashes involve distracted driving. In 2011, more than 327,000 people were injured in incidents involving distracted drivers.

Will it Get Worse?

Distracted driving is driving while not paying complete attention to the road. Most people associate it with texting and talking on cell phones and smart phones, but it can technically be caused by engaging in any activity that removes your complete focus from the task at hand.

Cell phone use increases every year, and smartphones seem to be in everyone’s pockets. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that distracted driving will continue to be a serious problem. It may even get worse before it gets better. At any given moment, any driver near you on the road may be texting or engaging in other distracted driving behavior.

Distracted Driving Legislation

The problem of distracted driving is so severe that most states have enacted legislation of some kind to combat it. For instance, 41 states currently have bans on texting while driving and 11 states ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving. You can expect to see more of these laws enacted in the months and years to come, and victims of distracted drivers who think they might have a case against a negligent driver should contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible.

Injured in a Distracted Driving Accident? Consult a Qualified Car Accident Attorney

Hundreds of thousands of people are injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers every year. If you have the misfortune to join their ranks, you may be entitled to compensation. By working with a skilled car accident attorney on your personal injury case, you can protect your rights. More importantly, you can hold these negligent, dangerous drivers accountable for their actions. For superior representation following a vehicle accident, contact Law Offices of Gary Green at 1-888-442-7947 or by email at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Driving a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience, but motorcycle accidents are too common on our roadways. Motorcyclists can be hard to see, especially to drivers who may not be driving defensively or are being lax about the rules of the road. About three quarters of all motorcycle crashes involve a passenger vehicle. It does not matter how cautious a motorcyclist is in some accidents, as other drivers’ inattentive or unsafe driving can be to blame.

Motorcycles are often victims of negligent drivers. Motorcyclists are not surrounded by metal and only have a helmet and, hopefully, armored clothing for protection. Injuries are more likely in a motorcycle crash than in a car crash. Additionally, fatalities are more common as well. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found in a 2006 study which found for every 100,000 registered motorcycles, 72.34 will be involved in a fatal crash, but only 13.10 cars will be involved in a fatal accident for each 100,000 registered. This same study found the odds of a fatal crash for motorcyclists was 35 times greater per mile travelled than the risk for a passenger vehicle.

In the event of a crash, motorcyclists may be entitled to compensation.  There might be cause for compensation for their family as well. People affected by a motorcycle accident should contact a motorcycle accident attorney immediately because they are often unaware that they may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death suit, in the most unfortunate cases. Those affected by these accidents may be unaware of all of the options that their rights under the law afford them, and even if they are aware, they may not immediately realize how much an accident can impact them in the long term.

There may be long or short term pain and suffering from crashes, mentally or physically, and this often is cause for compensation. When a motorcyclist suffers a physical injury in a motorcycle accident, he or she might be barred from going to work; enjoying previously enjoyed activities and living their previously normal life may no longer be possible. By working with a motorcycle accident attorney like Law Offices of Gary Green, motorcyclists can recover lost wages, receive payment for property damage, and other monies due to them. Punitive damages, which are to deter the defendant from causing further harm, may also be appropriate in some situations.

As the previously mentioned statistics illustrate, many motorcycle accidents lead to a fatality. If someone is killed in a motorcycle crash, there are many effects for the motorcyclist’s family like loss of companionship, financial hardship, and life-long emotional distress. Family may be entitled to recover compensation for wrongful death and loss of consortium.

If you or a love one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, know that there are motorcycle accident attorneys that care about helping you recover your due compensation. These accidents are devastating for everyone involved, and a caring, experienced attorney can help you learn your rights and help you to move on from this traumatic event.  To find out about the law and the compensation you may be entitled to, contact Law Offices of Gary Green today. You can call toll free at 1-888-442-8947 or you can email ggreen@gGreen.com for more information and your no obligation consultation.

While drunk driving accident fatalities continue to decrease annually, drunk driving is still a problem. Drinking and driving is careless and dangerous, and drunk drivers know this. However, people continue to get behind the wheel when intoxicated, and this leads to accidents. Alcohol-related crashes can be devastating for the victim, the driver, and their families, even if only minor physical injuries occur.

In the event of a drunk driving accident, not only are victims entitled to compensation, but there may be cause for compensation for family as well. Those affected may be unaware that they are eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit or even a wrongful death suit, because they are not fully aware of the law, their rights, and how deeply they are truly impacted by the reckless actions of a drunk driver. This is why victims of drunk driving accidents and their families need to contact a personal injury lawyer like Law Office of Gary Green immediately.

For victims that suffer physical injuries, they often are impacted for their whole lives. Sometimes these physical injuries could bar them from enjoying everyday activities, or prevent them from working. They could be impacted by short or long term pain and suffering, both physically and mentally, and they may be entitled to compensation for this. These victims should consult with a personal injury attorney to recover monetary losses from lost wages, property damage, and more. They may be entitled to punitive damages as well.

Of course, fatalities are a horrible, devastating effect of drunk driving. When someone is killed in an alcohol-related crash, the loss of life isn’t the only effect. The families of both the victim and the driver could face a lifetime of mental anguish and stress. The victim’s family could be entitled to recover monetary compensation due to the loss of their loved one for this emotional distress, loss of companionship, and for comfort and care. The drunk driver’s family may also feel financial pressure, as they could endure civil litigation.

There are many negative effects for the drunk driver as well. Of course, they may be injured or even die in the crash, but even if they are uninjured, a major drunk driving effect is the feeling that life is over due to consequences they will endure. Drunk drivers can face penalties, fines, jail time, and other repercussions such as being barred from certain types of employment. If they were the cause of a drunk driving accident that harmed a victim or took a life, they will have to live with that for the rest of their lives, and might even pay for it through court-ordered penalties or civil suits.

The effects of drunk driving accidents are devastating for everyone involved. If you or a loved one have been the victim of drunk driving, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Law Offices of Gary Green today toll free at 1-888-442-7947 or by email to ggreen@ggreen.com for a no obligation consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer or wrongful death attorney today.

With the holiday season in full swing, it is hard to believe that it will soon be time to take down the decorations and put them in storage until next year. For many households, the attic is an ideal location to store holiday decorations. Pull-down attic ladders are permanently attached to the attic floor and fold down into the room below. When installed properly, pull-down ladders provide safe and convenient attic access without the need to locate a step stool. However, people often fail to recognize the potential risk posed by pull-down attic stairs.

Pull-Down Ladder Failure Can Cause Serious Injury
Although pull-down ladders are convenient, they can be dangerous if they are not installed or manufactured safely. When customers purchase a product, they expect that product to be safe to use for its intended purpose. When climbing attic stairs with a heavy load of holiday decorations, the last thing you want to be concerned about is the ability of the pull-down ladder to support your weight.

Attic ladder injuries that happen during normal use may occur because of a structural defect in the ladder. Common defects of pull-down ladders may be caused by flawed design, poor workmanship or the use of cheap materials. Often, the manufacturer will use inferior materials to save money during production. Unfortunately, their cost-saving measures can put customers at risk.

If a manufacturer continues to create a product that is known to be defective, they may be liable for a product liability lawsuit. One manufacturer has recently been subject to a lawsuit because of frequent hinge failure associated with their pull-down ladders. These hinges are made of a weaker metal that is subject to bending, cracking and shattering. When the hinges weaken, the ladder becomes unstable, increasing the risk of injury. Despite their awareness of the danger, they continued to sell the product, causing many people to become injured.

Hold Defective Ladder Manufacturers Accountable
If you have suffered a pull-down ladder injury, contact a product liability attorney to help you file an attic ladder lawsuit. Product liability lawsuits are an important way to hold manufacturers accountable and protect other consumers from harm. If the attorney can show that the manufacturer was negligent, you may be able to recover financially for your medical expenses and the pain and suffering you experienced due to the ladder defect.

At Law Offices of Gary Green, our experienced product liability lawyers will fight for your legal rights. Our goal is to help victims to recover financially for all expenses associated with their injuries. Because we understand that personal injury cases involve a great deal of stress and anxiety, we work hard on your behalf so that our clients can focus on healing. Our lawyers thoroughly investigate each case to maximize your chance of success. Once we establish that your injuries were caused by the ladder defect, we are able to hold ladder manufacturers accountable for their negligence.

To speak with an attorney, contact Law Offices of Gary Green at 1-888-442-7947 or email ggreen@gGreen.com.

Thursday, 5 July 2012 12:33

Personal Injury

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Law Offices of Gary Green has offices located in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee. Our lawyers are familiar with the individual laws of both states, and practice in the following types of injury:

 

The injured should consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Not having a personal injury attorney can lead to problems with proving a case, obtaining fair compensation and possible issues arising from statutes of limitations.

We accept personal injury claims on a contingent basis. All cases are unique, so call us toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 to discuss. You may also send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com if you have questions or need additional information.

Thursday, 14 June 2012 11:59

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder. Symptoms associated with RSD and CRPS are:

  • Burning Pain
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Swelling
  • Extreme Sensitivity to Touch

 

There are two types of RSD and CRPS. Type one involves no nerve injury. Type two involves nerve injury.

RSD/CRPS normally affects individuals between the ages of 40 and 60 and is three times more likely to occur in women than men.

Two possible causes of RSD/CRPS are injury directly to the nerve or injury or infection in an arm or leg.

Currently, there is no known prevention for RSD/CRPS.

If you or a loved one is suffering from RSD or CRPS due to injury call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 to discuss your legal options or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

The answer is simple: risk reward ratio. Medical Negligence, Nursing Home and Products Liability cases do not settle with a few letters and phone calls. They resolve, if at all, after expensive, protracted litigation. The odds of obtaining a verdict in a Medical Negligence, Nursing Home or Products Liability case are low as compared to suing, for example, a drunk driver. And many times in Medical Negligence, Nursing Home or Products Liability cases there is the need to bring in additional counsel who has experience with a particular product or type of case. These additional fees are paid by the attorneys, negotiated between themselves, with the client’s acknowledgment , but not at additional expense to the client.

At Law Offices of Gary Green expenses on Medical Negligence and Products Liability cases usually run 25 times higher than for general negligence cases!

It is impossible to know how much expenses will be for any case until the case is over, but suffice it to say expenses in Medical Negligence, Nursing Home and Products Liability cases usually run in the scores (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars. Attorneys in Medical Negligence, Nursing Home and Products Liability cases have to hire professional experts to prove the cases. The requirement for proving one’s prima facie case by expert testimony in Medical Negligence cases is by statutory law. The very definition of Medical Negligence is proof, by expert testimony, that the care rendered by the defendant fell below the standard of care for that particular jurisdiction. Especially in Medical Negligence cases, local experts do not want to testify against local defendants. That means we have to fly in out-of-state experts who charge literally thousands of dollars for every hour they are away from their home – some of them bill even when they are sleeping!

Finally, it is often more difficult for a jury to find against a doctor, hospital, nursing home or company that manufactures products. Health care professionals, engineers and company representatives are revered in this country. They are well educated, suave and usually work with, employ or treat many of the potential jurors. Using the drunk driver analogy again, a juror is much more likely to find against a drunk driver than a doctor, hospital, nursing home or company representative.

So there you have it. Higher expenses and less chance of success are why fees go up, usually from 40% to 45%, in Medical Negligence, Nursing Home and Products Liability cases.

Some people can and should handle their own personal injury motor vehicle collision case, keeping the lawyers out of it, reducing costs and making things happen quickly. A good example of when most lawyers would agree with me on this proposition would be on the property damage part of the personal injury claim. To get the lawyers involved to settle the value of your wrecked car usually slows down the process – they are in the middle between you and the adjuster, and things just do not move as quickly when you have to consider a third party’s schedule.

But will the adjuster treat you fairly on the property damage claim? Well, never forget that our civil justice system operates as an adversarial process; and educate yourself as to the value of your property damage claim. If you realize it is the adjuster’s job to settle the claim as inexpensively as he can, and you know what your claim is worth, there is no good reason that you cannot get close to the value of the property damage by dealing directly with the adjuster. If you cannot, then bring in the lawyers (but perhaps at a price).

Now is a good time to mention that Law Offices of Gary Green does not charge a fee for handling the property damage portion of a personal injury claim. If you do not like the stress of dealing with an adjuster and you are not in a rush that a third party attorney could slow down, you might want to just let us handle it for free.

Having said that, if you find the handling of the property damage claim stressful or distasteful, you certainly will not enjoy handling the personal injury part of your motor vehicle collision case!

For the more adventurous, I will offer some general pointers:

1. Put the offending party and the insurance companies on notice, in writing, that you will be handling your own claim. Keep a paper trail.

2. Go ahead and collect the documents that will not change. E.g., get the hospital bills and records if you have been released from the hospital; but do not get your doctor’s bills and records until the doctor has released you. (You do not want to pay for a bunch of records and then have to do it again after more treatment).

3. Realize that before the negotiation is complete you should have compiled every piece of paper, every item that possibly relates to your case – the police report, newspaper articles, medical bills and records. If in doubt about whether you need to get something, get it!

4. Once you are in a position to evaluate the case, send a demand to all possible insurance companies and defendants. This might be the week after the wreck if your bills are high and the available insurance/assets are low. Be careful here! If you are dealing with more than one insurance policy (whether liability, underinsured motorist coverage or uninsured motorist coverage) you should hire a lawyer. Settling with one company or one defendant can inure to the benefit of all defendants or insurance companies! Remember, it is an adversarial system!

5. Negotiating a claim can be like negotiating for other things of value. A first offer and a “final offer” usually are not the last offer you can coax.

6. Evaluating the claim is the hard part. “Comparable sales” reasoning can apply, but cases are unique – more so than real estate is unique. The value of claims can vary greatly based solely on the conduct of the defendant. (If a drunk driver caused the wreck you will receive more than if the same injuries had been caused by a sober driver). Beware of formulas! If someone is in a wreck and dies in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, do not tell me the value of their case is a multiple of the ambulance bill!

7. Realize when you sign a release, it is over. You cannot go back if the money you accepted turns out not to be enough to cover your future needs. If you are ever going to consult an attorney, do so before you sign a release!

When I pay my taxes, I hire a CPA to prepare my return. Could I do it myself? Of course, but doing it only once a year does not keep me sharp enough to know what all I might be missing. While my CPA is expensive, I am convinced he saves me more in taxes than what I pay for his services. Most of the time, particularly with the more serious cases, the same applies to hiring a lawyer. The lawyer’s fee can be a bargain when it comes to the added value the lawyer can bring to the case.

At least, consult a lawyer. You can consult with us for free. At Law Offices of Gary Green there is the no recovery, no fee promise. No recovery, no fee and no expenses. And when there is a recovery, we promise our fee will not be more than your recovery.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010 21:47

Personal Injury

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

There are virtually no injuries that we have not handled at Law Offices of Gary Green. The vast majority of our practice is devoted to personal injury and wrongful death claims. Many of these cases are successfully resolved without having to file suit because of our extensive experience with the law and claims management.

At Law Offices of Gary Green, we understand that injury in a personal injury case means more than the physical injury itself. We take into account our client’s future employment, foreseeable medical treatment and costs, future rehabilitation, vocational retraining, economic loss, and mental health issues. We understand that injuries may have psychological components that impact a client’s life that have to be taken into account as well. Even a routine accident without devastating injuries, frequently results in Post Traumatic Stress which can impact a person’s marriage, job, and normal functioning in society.

Having a lawyer is essential in a personal injury case because the insurance companies’ claim’s adjusters are paid to save their company money. The insurance industry’s own statistics concluded that those who retain lawyers to help them with their personal injury and wrongful death claims fare better than those who do not. That is reason enough to seek out a good law firm to help you.

We accept personal injury claims on a contingent basis. All cases are unique, so call us toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com if you have questions or need additional information.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:18

School Bus Wrecks

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Every day parents put their kids on school buses assuming they are safe and in good mechanical condition. On any given day, approximately 47 million elementary and secondary school children board a yellow school bus, yet remarkably few of these buses have seat belts, and an alarming percentage have either not been properly inspected or failed inspection altogether.

While responsible parents would never put their children in an automobile with bad brakes or allow them to ride in an automobile without the use of a seatbelt, the ubiquitous yellow school bus is a vehicular dinosaur.

Though most states have proposed legislation mandating seat belts on school buses, only a handful actually have them. Even fewer mandate their usage. Studies show that students riding on belt-equipped buses roam the aisles less frequently and are more likely to remain seated. Additionally, bus drivers report being less distracted because they have to spend less time handling student misbehavior and can concentrate more on driving safely.

Seat belt opponents argue that school buses already are the safest form of transportation on the road and that equipping buses with seat belts would reduce overall capacity. Private contractors, as well as many school officials who operate a third of the nation’s school buses, have fought the installation of lap belts on school buses for more than 30 years. For the most part, federal and state governments have gone along with them.

Parents should also be reassured that when they put their children on a school bus each day that the vehicle is safe and has passed a recent inspection. Yet surprise inspections throughout the country have shown that nearly 80 percent of these buses fail inspection—over half of which fail for mechanical reasons.

In a recent survey of school bus mechanics, the braking systems were the most common concern expressed. While the effect of wear and tear may seem obvious, many brake problems are concealed. The brakes may appear to be functional when actually little force is being applied to the brake drums. Ideally, all wheels should be doing an equal amount of work, applying and releasing at the same time. Something as simple as maintaining air pressure in the braking system, can prevent a catastrophic failure. Misalignment or brakes that are out of balance are unseen problems, but certainly can be felt by the driver. It is not enough to repair a problem once a defect is found because of the inspection process; inspection programs must be thorough and preventative in nature, and drivers need to know how to recognize a problem before it becomes an incident. In the event of a serious injury, defective brake issues should be thoroughly explored by experts who have full access to the brakes before changes are made.

School buses should be designed to ensure the safety of the millions of children they transport annually and maintenance and proper inspection of these buses should be the rule and not the exception. Any school bus wreck that transpires is not an accident if the problems that cause them are well known. The National Coalition for School Bus Safety found that some operators are making money by running unsafe buses by waiting for state inspectors to identify defects rather than doing preventative maintenance because it would mean removing the bus off the road for a period of time.

Parents have a right to expect that buses are designed and maintained to minimize student injuries. If a member of your family or someone you know has been injured as a result of a collision involving a school bus, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.