Personal Injury

The TJ Smith Guide to Personal Injury Law

Recovering damages for a personal injury following an accident can be a complicated and frustrating experience. Many insurance company adjusters are quick to look for reasons to deny or attempt avoiding payment of a claim when they think they can find a technicality to support their position. Insurance companies are not obligated to a claimant beyond paying damages for what can be proven in court. In addition, insurance company claims adjusters are professionally trained negotiators who recognize when a claimant can be persuaded to settle a claim in short order with a full future medical liability release, effectively ending the claim for less than its full value. These reasons alone are enough to establish that any individual who is injured due to the negligence of another person should have experienced personal injury legal representation.… Continue reading

Medical Malpractice By The Numbers

Research done by Johns Hopkins Medicine states that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. More and more Americans are dying from medical mistakes on a yearly basis. John Hopkins research further states that over 250,000 Americans die from medical errors each year. The ranking falls behind heart disease and cancer.

Medical Errors

According to the Civil Justice Resource Group, 65,000 to 200,000 deaths occur because of medical accidents per hospital records. The accidents took place because of communication breakdown each time hospitals transfer patients to other departments. In most instances, patients do not die from the diagnosis of a disease but the care the hospital gives them.

Sometimes doctors review the wrong chart and prescribe a faulty medicine for patients.… Continue reading

10 Labor Day Safety Practices

Labor Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. Many people find this as the last real weekend of summer, and others see it as a gateway to the holiday season. Whichever way you think of it, Labor Day is also the holiday that has the most accidents associated with it, both in and out of vehicles.

The following 10 tips will help you stay safe this Labor Day weekend.

1.Don’t Drink and Drive. Labor Day weekend has the third highest rate for drunk driving related accidents, following New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July. If you have to travel, be extra cautious of others on the road, and never drink and drive.

2.Pack Flares and Safety Kit When Traveling.Continue reading

What To Look For In A Personal Injury Attorney

Any time someone finds themselves in a situation where they need a lawyer, it can become confusing and a bit stressful. What do you need to look for? Who should you hire? Is this the best person for my case? These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to questions that you may have when selecting an attorney, and that’s why we’re here to help. We’re going to give you five helpful tips to keep in mind when you’re selecting your attorney so you get the best fit possible.

Find an Experienced Attorney

One of the best recommendations for someone looking for representation is to find someone with experience who has worked a case like yours in the past.… Continue reading

How to Drive Safely With Bicyclists This Spring

It’s almost that time of year again. After a long, cold winter, people across the country are anticipating warmer temperatures, and they’ll be sure to start spending more time outdoors. One of the most popular outdoor activities is biking. However, every year, around 800 people lose their lives when they become involved in a crash on their bicycle. As you set out on the road this spring, there are some tips to keep in mind to make sure you share the road with bicyclists safely. 

Understand Their Rights

Many wonder why cyclists don’t use the sidewalk. This is because they are considered to be using a slow-moving vehicle, and this could pose risks to pedestrians. It’s important to understand and respect their rights on the road.… Continue reading

Best Law-Related Movies on Netflix

Courtroom dramas are becoming an increasingly popular genre in the media. Television shows and movies alike are making an effort to whet the appetite of viewers who enjoy a bit of courtroom tension. With the Netflix era upon us, there is no better place to binge watch some great law-related movies. Here are some of the options currently available for streaming on Netflix.

To Kill a Mockingbird

This movie is a classic that is set in Alabama during the 1930’s. The courtroom drama aspect of this story focuses on a man named Atticus Finch, who is an extremely respected lawyer in the community. When a black man is accused of rape within the community, Atticus decides to defend him during the trial.… Continue reading

What are ‘Bad Faith’ Insurance claims?

Under United States law, insurance companies owe a duty of good faith and fair dealings to the clients they insure. When insurance companies and attorneys knowingly break that trust to avoid paying fair compensation to their customers or to injured parties who are suing them, which is called acting in bad faith.

Insurance coverage is becoming more expensive each year. We live under a system where certain coverage like automobile insurance is mandatory. Now, under Obamacare, we’re also bound by law to have medical coverage.

As much as paying these premiums can hurt at times, having a legitimate insurance claim denied by companies using bad faith claim tactics makes it even worse. It’s like pouring salt in an open wound. People who are victimized by greedy companies who stonewall claims and refuse to pay just compensation have a right to feel angry and violated.… Continue reading