Savannah Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal Injury Law

Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney will provide you with many benefits, including answers to many of your questions and guidance to manage your way through a complicated legal matter. 

No one ever wants to be seriously injured or ill, especially by a workplace condition or occurrence or by someone else’s negligence. Your primary concerns when you are hurt should be mending and ensuring the well-being of your family.  You need to know how your medical expenses will be paid, how you can recover your lost wages and other losses, and what you can expect in the future.  How will you deal with, and survive, the illness or injury?  All of this can be very stressful.

We have the experience and knowledge to obtain optimal results with injury claims and to give you confidence that your claim will be properly handled. Contact us today!

7 Proven Benefits Of Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer

Below are some of the reasons why you should hire a personal injury attorney:

1. They Can Help You Recieve Compensation For Your Injuries.

If you don’t have access to a lawyer who knows how to maximize and manage your claim and how to position it for resolution at the right time, you will be at the mercy of those on the other side, who do not consider your best interests. It will also likely delay the resolution of your claim, meaning that getting full compensation could take significantly longer. Immediately after your accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will be able to stand between you and the adjuster, attend to details, assemble documents, document your losses, and guide you through these unfamiliar waters.  An experienced personal injury lawyer is familiar with claims like yours and the law that relates to those cases, so he or she can avoid stumbling blocks or roadblocks and assist you in receiving compensation as quickly as possible.

2. They Have Good Negotiation Power.

Knowledge is power.  Experience and training provide knowledge.  So, experience and training are critical in successfully handling a personal injury claim.  You want someone on your side who can go toe-to-toe with the adjusters and lawyers on the other side of your claim.  Before going to law school, Mr. Hunter worked in the claims department of a large national casualty insurer, so he understands what insurers want to see, what gives claims substantial value and how to maximize the value of your claim.

A liability insurance adjuster is trained how to settle claims for the fewest dollars possible.  That adjuster handles injury claims on a daily basis, knows how to put you at ease, how to gain your trust, how to take advantage of your lack of knowledge and information and that adjuster can be highly persuasive. Claims negotiations are adversarial encounters and dealing with insurance companies can be difficult.  They may do whatever they can, including providing you with incorrect information, to get you to accept an offer that is less than fair.

In every negotiation, there is a winner and there is a loser.  You do not want to be a loser, since that will cost you money.

Having the right attorney on your side in a serious claim WILL make a huge difference in your claims experience and will yield a much larger settlement or verdict in the long run.

3. They Can Help You Get Faster Medical Attention.

In every bodily injury claim, the most important thing is to get any and all medical assistance and treatment that you need.  After all, nothing is more important than your health and getting timely medical care will help you get better, faster.  Emergency care is usually available following an injury, but follow-up care can be difficult to get at times.  (If you add your personal injury attorney’s phone number to your telephone contacts, they’ll be one of the first people you may want to contact, if anything bad happens to you.) They may be able to assist and guide you with getting medical attention. The timing, nature, quality and quantity of your medical care and treatment will largely determine whether or not you recover quickly and will have a significant impact upon the overall value of your claim. Your experienced lawyer can work to make sure you get the best treatment possible.

4. They Help You Make Informed Choices.

Personal injury claims may be confusing, particularly if you are not familiar with them or if you are not a lawyer, and they will require a number of decisions and choices along the way, most of which will have consequences.  Who should fix your vehicle?  What type of doctor should you see?  Should you have a third-party (medical insurer, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.) pay your bills while your claim is pending? Should you put your own insurer on notice of your claim? The list of important choices, frankly, goes on and on and, as I said, most will have an impact on your case.  Good choices lead to good results and bad choices lead to bad results.  The choices you make will affect the length of time it will take to resolve your claim.  For example, most claims are resolved without litigation, but you need a lawyer who can realistically advise you on the value of your claim and who is willing to litigate your claim if necessary, in order to obtain fair value for you.  The choice to settle or sue requires insight of the current valuation of the claim and an assessment of whether litigation, with the extra time and costs involved, would be worth the effort. 

And, yes, the choice of which attorney you select is important. If an insurance company knows your lawyer will litigate your case, if necessary, you are much more likely to receive better compensation.  Insurance companies know the law firms who settle cases for less than fair value and they also know the law firms who will fight them, if necessary, to get a fair result.   An experienced bodily injury lawyer can help you decide the value of your case and whether an offer makes sense for you, considering the time and cost of litigation, among other factors.

5. They’re Objective And Professional.

It is often difficult to make informed and objective decisions when you are unfamiliar with the rules and vagaries of bodily injury claims and when you are, figuratively, in the eye of the storm.  Bodily injuries cause great pain and emotional distress. Therefore, having an advocate who can understand what you are going through, but who can also examine your claim from a somewhat detached perspective, insures that your claim can be handled competently, timely and within reasonable expectations.

6. They Offer Peace Of Mind.

No one wants to be taken advantage of and to realize one day that he should have hired a good lawyer.  As with many aspects of life, what you don’t know can hurt you.  Having an experienced bodily injury lawyer handle this very important legal problem – your bodily injury claim – assures you that everything that should be done, will be done.  Since you have enough to contend with from the injury alone, it will be comforting for you to know that your advocate will make sure that the details are taken care of and that you are fairly and promptly compensated for your injuries.  A bodily injury claim, with its many complicated and unfamiliar aspects, should be handled by an experienced lawyer, providing you the peace of mind to concentrate on getting better.

7. They Help You Save Time And Money.

An old saying goes that “A person who represents himself has a fool for a client.”  While that is not always true, of course, it is true when one is unfamiliar with the process, aspects and law relating to a specific topic, injury or claim.  The handling of a bodily injury claim by someone unfamiliar with such matters, for example, can be likened to crossing a minefield, where the enemy knows the location of the mines, but you do not.  Mr. Hunter has often told clients that he has a rudimentary understanding of physiology and, if he had to, he could probably remove his own appendix.  That said, he would rather not take the chance or suffer the consequences, when there are trained surgeons available.  So it is with processing and litigating, if necessary, bodily injury claims.  It is always beneficial to have someone, who knows what he is doing, handle a difficult, complicated matter, especially, when you are likely to realize a better and faster result..

Mr. Hunter, an experienced personal injury lawyer, knows what to do and when to do it. You can concentrate on recovering by devoting less time to legal and insurance issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is A Personal Injury?

A personal injury occurs when someone else’s intentional, wrongful act or negligence causes harm to another. Medical malpractice, premises liability, construction accidents, escalator injuries, swimming pool accidents, and traumatic brain injuries are all examples of places and occurrences where personal injuries may happen.

  • What Are The Signs That I May Have A Personal Injury Claim?

If someone did something he should not have done, or if that someone failed to do something he should have done and caused you or a family member to suffer an injury, and you would like to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney, contact us. In that case, Thomas Hunter Law Firm will do a preliminary evaluation of your claim at no cost to you or your family.  If you have a viable injury case and we believe we can help you, we will then discuss representation with you.

  • Who Is Liable For My Injuries?

Sometimes, it is not obvious who may be liable for your injuries.  Certainly, the person or party who negligently caused your injuries may be held liable, but there are others who may also be responsible. An experienced bodily injury lawyer will seek to determine all potentially-liable parties in order to makes ure that you are fairly compensated.  In a car accident, the other driver may be liable.  Sometimes, an employer, principal or other may be held liable under the concept of vicarious liability.  In a medical malpractice case, a physician or other care giver may be held responsible.  When a person’s actions fall below the standard of care expected of them under the law, a cause of action against them may exist.

Top-Rated Personal Injury Attorney In Savannah, GA

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation to help you recover and to compensate you for special damages, like medical expenses and income losses, and for general damages, like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, that you may have suffered due to an accident.  Sometimes, you may even be entitled to recover punitive damages against the other party.

Thomas Hunter Law Firm is a seasoned personal injury attorney in Savannah, GA. We have decades of personal injury, auto accident, and other litigation experience. We’re tenacious, conscientious, and focused on getting things done. We prioritize our client’s needs. This dedication has resulted in millions of dollars recovered over the years. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is essential to hire an experienced lawyer, who understands the physics of motor vehicle collisions and the defenses the other side is likely to assert. Get in touch with us today to discuss your injury case.

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Savannah Wrongful Death Attorney

Wrongful Death Lawyers

There is no easy way to deal with the sudden death of a loved one. The pain that comes with this loss can be devastating in any situation, but it’s tougher when they died due to the negligence of another in a motor vehicle collision.  Not only has the loved one passed away, but now you will be pitted in a fight with insurance companies over whether to pay for a death claim and, if so, for how much.

Wrongful Death Attorney Savannah | Thomas M. Hunter

The death of a family member can have a wide range of consequences for the remaining relatives. The pain that comes with such a loss is difficult to bear, but a death in the family can also lead to financial difficulties. For most people, dealing with a loved one’s final expenses is an unanticipated challenge. Anyone who relied financially on their deceased relative could find themselves in severe financial trouble.

Thankfully, every state recognizes the right of certain survivors to file wrongful death cases. This civil case allows the surviving family to seek compensation from the negligent party for causing their loved one’s death. A wrongful death lawyer may be able to assist you if you believe your family is entitled to compensation.

Mr. Hunter, a wrongful death attorney at the Thomas Hunter Law Firm in Savannah, GA, has represented many survivors in wrongful death cases and helped those survivors obtain just compensation for the loss of their loved ones.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need legal assistance due to the unexpected death of a loved one!

Wrongful Death: What You Need To Know

What Is A Wrongful Death Claim?

When a loved one dies as a result of a negligent or intentional (and, wrongful) act of another, a civil claim can be made against the wrongdoer for the value of the life that has been taken. Usually that claim is brought by a surviving spouse, children or others set forth in the state law where the death occurred, but it might also be brought by another representative of some description.  Usually, a statute dictates who has the right to bring the suit and the priority of claims.  These claims are claims for money damages.

A wrongful death claim is a civil case. If your claim is successful, the at-fault party (or that party’s insurer(s)) will compensate you financially. These claims can arise from any death caused by another person or entity’s negligence or intentional act.

A wide range of reckless behaviors might result in wrongful death claims. Car accidents, athletic accidents, violent crime, motorcycle accidents, and medical negligence are just a few of the most common wrongful death lawsuits.

How Does A Wrongful Death Claim Work?

Even though states approach wrongful death cases with some variation, the process is substantially the same in all jurisdictions. To begin with, only certain parties have the legal authority to file these claims. Wrongful death claims are different in each state. Claims based on the same facts could look very differently, depending upon where you live.

The early stages of a claim usually require an examination of who is entitled to bring the claim and a detailed investigation of the cause of the death. This would include identifying any and all persons or entities who may have contributed to the death and establishing how the death occurred.  If the death occurred as a result of wrongful behavior, a claim would then be instituted.    A detailed process would follow to establish the value of the life of the deceased, including the financial impact that the loss of the loved one has on his dependents and survivors.  Once the total impact can be assessed, a demand for payment would be made to the at-fault party. This demand asks for money in exchange for a promise not to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

At this time, some wrongful death claims are settled. However, others will eventually lead to legal action. When a plaintiff files a wrongful death lawsuit, it may one or more years, to carry the case through a jury trial and to verdict.

What Exactly Constitutes A Wrongful Death?

Any careless or criminal act that causes the death of another person could be the basis of a  wrongful death claim. In general, these claims are from irresponsible, reckless, or intentional misconduct and result in someone’s death. Wrongful death cases can result from any type of incident, such as car accidents or violent assaults.

What Qualifies As A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Although the definition of the term differs by state, the same kinds of situations are considered wrongful death claims across the country. In general, any fatality resulting from another person or entity’s negligence or intentional (wrongful) acts or omissions may qualify.

Wrongful death can take numerous forms. The majority of the time, they are the outcome of unintentional death. However, this does not mean that every unintentional death will result in a valid wrongful death lawsuit. Liability is based upon notions of fault and it is necessary to establish that someone or some entity was at fault.  These mishaps must be the result of someone else’s negligent, reckless, or otherwise, wrongful behavior. It is true whether the underlying act was criminal or not. It’s not always clear if the loss of a loved one qualifies as a wrongful death lawsuit. Mr. Hunter, a wrongful death lawyer from Thomas Hunter Law Firm, can help you determine whether you have grounds to seek compensation or not.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who Is Entitled To File A Lawsuit For Wrongful Death?

The ability to file a wrongful death case differs from state to state. Every state prescribes who may be entitled to prosecute such a claim.

  1. Spouses

A wrongful death case is most often filed by the decedent’s spouse

  1. Children

Children of a deceased person often have the same legal rights as the surviving spouse in bringing a wrongful death claim. However, a child can only file a lawsuit in some states, if the surviving parent is unable or unwilling.

  1. Parents and siblings

Siblings and parents of the deceased are typically lower on the ladder when it comes to those entitled to bring a wrongful death claim. This is undoubtedly in recognition of the fact that they are not as close in familial relationship or dependency to the deceased as are spouses and children.

  1. Representative of the Estate

In some states, the estate’s official representative has the right to initiate a wrongful death lawsuit. In such instances, the estate may file the claim, but the proceeds recovered will go to the decedent’s heirs.

  • How Long Do Wrongful Death Claims Take To Resolve?

Wrongful death claims, like more ordinary personal injury claims, have statutes of limitation, but a number of factors will dictate how long that SOL may run. Since there is so much at state, suffice to say that a lawyer should be consulted immediately following the death of the loved one. Once a claim is in process, it is handled like any other personal injury claim and will follow the same path, more or less. It is not common in these situations to reach a settlement before filing a lawsuit or, if suit has been filed, then before the case gets to trial. These cases can take a long time to resolve.

Cases involving a dispute over liability take substantially longer to resolve. When a claim results in a lawsuit, the length of time to resolve it usually increases. For example, a wrongful death lawsuit could take years to conclude, depending on the court’s caseload and the time to prepare the case for trial.

Reliable Wrongful Death Attorney In Savannah, GA

Have you lost a loved one in a potentially preventable deadly accident? Contact the wrongful death attorney at Thomas Hunter Law Firm in Savannah, GA today!

We’ve been fighting for families who have lost loved ones due to someone else’s negligence for years. Our wrongful death lawyer, Mr. Hunter, has successfully resolved many wrongful death cases, ranging from terrible car accidents to medical malpractice and more.

Premises Liability Accidents

Property owners or occupiers are required by municipal, state, and federal regulations to maintain reasonably safe facilities in specific circumstances and to warn people of any harmful conditions. While these rules differ depending on where you reside, the basic underlying principle remains: property owners should make their land and buildings safe for visitors and people doing business there. When an injury happens on someone’s property due to unsafe, dangerous, or faulty conditions, a premises liability action may arise.

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Savannah Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Medical Malpractice Lawyers

If you have been significantly injured or harmed due to medical malpractice, you should consider legal action. By filing a lawsuit, you may be able to hold the health care provider accountable and receive compensation for your medical bills and other losses or for those of a loved one, if the act of negligence led to your loved one’s death.

At Thomas Hunter Law Firm in Savannah, GA, we understand the nuances and scope of medical malpractice law and we are committed to seeking justice for those who have experienced medical negligence.

Mr. Hunter, who has years of experience in personal injury litigation of all types, knows how to prosecute your claim best and has a thorough understanding of medical malpractice cases. So get in touch with Thomas Hunter Law Firm today to get started on your claim!

Top 10 Benefits Of Hiring A Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Below are some of the advantages of hiring a knowledgeable attorney for your medical malpractice legal process:

1. Dealing With Insurance Companies

Dealing with insurance companies is one of the most challenging components of making a medical malpractice claim. These cases almost always require that suit be filed and suits must be filed in just the right way.  A suit against a doctor is very personal to that doctor, since it hits him or her at their very essence – the proper care of their patient.  Doctors fight these claims defiantly and there are peculiar aspects of the doctor’s professional liability coverage that encourage them to do so.  Consequently, you will get nowhere trying to handle a medical malpractice claim on your own.  A lawyer will examine your claim – liability and damages – and decide whether a suit is warranted under the circumstances.

2. Managing The Never-Ending Paperwork

Malpractice claims necessarily involve mountains of medical evidence – hospital records, prior medical records, test results, lab reports, operative reports and notes, etc.  In addition, there are the documents involved with prosecuting a claim.  Legal requirements and procedures can be headaches, if you’re not familiar with them, but attorneys have the know-how and systems in place to deal with them. For example, in a medical malpractice claim, a large volume of medical documentation must be examined, potential experts must be identified, interviewed and employed, the lawyers must interact with the experts to identify actionable negligence by the defendant-parties, depositions must be taken, motions must be filed and responded to and on and on.  However, attorneys who are familiar with the work necessary to handle these cases, are also undaunted by the mountain of paperwork they involve.

3. Knowing How Much A Claim Is Worth

How much might a future jury, one composed of people from currently unknown walks of life, people you do not know, say your claim is worth, after hearing all of the evidence in your case and after sizing up the parties, witnesses and lawyers?  That is the question in every personal injury case, including medical malpractice cases. 

There is no book, resource or standard you (or your lawyer, for that matter) can consult to determine the actual value of your claim.  In truth, every claim, ultimately, is worth exactly – and only –  what some future jury says it is worth after years of litigation and after a trial.  Short of going all the way through trial, however, a claim is worth what the two sides of the controversy can agree it is worth.  Looking at prior case settlements or verdicts can provide helpful guidance, of course, but, like they say in the financial world, past experience is no guarantee of future performance.  Just because a “similar” case settled for a sum, or a jury rendered a verdict for a sum, does not mean your result will be the same, more or less.  Prior results were in the past and the facts and circumstances will differ in your case from every other claim that ever was or ever will be.  A jury that heard another case, some other time, will be different than a jury you might see a year or two or more down the road.

Different insurance companies have different claims philosophies and claims practices.  Some will make you file suit before they will take your claim seriously.  That is the case in almost all medical malpractice cases.  Some insurers rely upon human experience in setting claims reserves; some rely upon artificial intelligence or historical data programs to create statistical valuations.

In some rare cases, liability will be admitted; in most, liability will be contested.  The personalities of the parties will differ; the type, amount and nature of injuries and treatment will differ; the life experiences of the parties will differ; the credibility and persuasiveness of the medical providers will differ; the evidence of future consequences on the injured party will differ, and on and on.  Basically, anything that can persuade or tilt (yes, bias or prejudice) a jury one way or another can affect the value of your case. 

So, how is your claim valued?  If you represent yourself, the insurance company knows that you lack knowledge of the process, and, likely, the law, and they will likely ignore you.  If, by chance, you did get their attention and they offered you anything, it would be negligible or far less than your claim is worth.  If you represent yourself, they know that you pose no immediate threat.  If you have an experienced malpractice lawyer, however, the insurer will realize that your lawyer would not take on your claim unless it likely has merit and significant value.  The mere fact that your lawyer will invest significant time and money in your case sends them a signal that your claim deserves attention and that you deserve compensation.

Ultimately, your lawyer will consider a wide range of factors – lost earnings, medical expenses, pain and suffering, permanent disabilities, physical restrictions, the probably makeup (conservative/liberal, rural/urban) makeup of a future jury, and the probability of success at trial, among others, to develop a reasonable settlement range for your claim.

There are no substitutions for experience, knowledge, credibility and tenaciousness.  It is important to have a lawyer represent you, but it is even more important to have the right lawyer represent you.  The right lawyer will value your claim from the totality of your circumstances and the factors involved in your case and will consult with you in arriving at a settlement position.  Pick your lawyer with care.  The more experience the lawyer has, the better he or she will be at assessing the value of your case and getting fair value for you.

4. Negotiating The Best Possible Settlement.

Experienced personal injury attorneys deal with insurance company adjusters and lawyers all the time, but the practice of medical malpractice law is a different and specialized animal.  Insurance companies know which lawyers put their clients’ best interests first and will do whatever it takes to make sure their clients are treated and compensated fairly.  Experienced personal injury attorneys know “what legal buttons to push”, what data and evidence the insurers want to see to complete their files, how to establish a rapport with those on the other side, what psychological approaches to take with insurance company adjusters and their lawyers and how to lead the insurance companies down the path toward a satisfactory resolution of your claim.  Good personal injury attorneys have a knack for negotiating. A personal injury lawyer wants those on the other side – the adjusters and their attorneys – to think of him or her as being smart and tough, but also fair.  Credibility and reputation are important attributes for a good personal injury attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney won’t be intimidated by the legal team of an insurance company and he or she will know how to construct a bargaining strategy that works.

5. Prosecuting Your Case In Front Of A Judge Or Jury

If a case cannot be reasonably settled, the personal injury attorney will present the plaintiff’s case to a jury. The attorney must be able to assemble the evidence, comply with the law and civil procedure, comfortably and pleasantly present the case in a simple, but interesting, understandable and compelling way and to “connect” with the judge or jury in a way that puts his client’s case in the most favorable light.  Persuasion is the art of bringing others over to your point of view and that is an attribute that a good personal injury attorney cannot do without.

6. Making Sure You Don’t Make Any Mistakes

It’s what you don’t know that can really hurt you.  That is true for life, in general, but it is absolutely true when dealing with a medical malpractice claim.  You cannot handle this type of claim on your own.  From the moment of the negligent act, everything anyone does or says, and, sometimes, some of what is not done or said, can be evidence in your case.  Having an experienced personal injury lawyer to guide and advise you after your injury can be extremely important.  Since there is the possibility that one day you may have to stand before a jury to seek fair compensation, everything, and I mean everything, has to be viewed through the prism of “How would this or that look to a jury, if it was presented to the jury as a part of the evidence of your case?” 

Usually, if you make mistakes, it costs you money.  If you don’t know what to ask, when to ask for it, who to ask, how much to ask for and what to do that is most likely to get you what you want and deserve, your “mistakes” can cost you.  You’re considerably more prone to make these errors if you have no clue how to prosecute injury claims.  An experienced personal injury attorney will avoid those mistakes.

Medical malpractice claims are a special category of personal injury practice and often have much stricter requirements that ordinary negligence claims.  For example, in Georgia, in order to prosecute a medical malpractice claim, the complaint needs to be accompanied with a proper affidavit, signed by a competent medical practitioner in the same field, citing at least one act or omission by the defendant that fell below the requisite standard of care expected of practitioners in that field or specialty.  Medical malpractice claims are not cases for laypersons to be their own lawyers!

7. Speed Up The Case

People often say that “Time is money,” and smart people understand the time value of money.  Insurance companies certainly understand the time value of money – they want to hold onto their money for as long as they can so they can earn as much as the can earn on that money while they hold it.  An intelligent lawyer like Mr. Hunter understands that there is an optimal time to resolve every case, that is, when his clients’ damages are clearly determined or ascertainable.  He is committed to moving each case forward, in order that his clients receive satisfactory results at the earliest possible time.  We understand that it is better for you to be compensated for your damages at soon as possible, so that you can use those funds to get your life back on track.

8. Saving You Time

A medical malpractice claim is a complicated process that can take time to complete, even by the most experienced plaintiff’s attorney.  If you believe you or a loved one were harmed through the negligence of a medical provider, it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible for guidance and advice.  If a death occurred, an independent autopsy is invaluable in proving the claim.  Your attorney will know how to “separate the wheat from the chaff”, know where to look and what to look for, to determine whether a claim exists and whether it is feasible to prosecute.  Medical malpractice claims, are expensive to prosecute and involve countless hours of investigation, research, review of medical records, consultations with experts,  depositions (sometimes around the country!), motions, briefs, and on and on.  Your lawyer in one of these claims will earn his or her money!  These are not claims that can be handled well by those without the knowledge and experience in this field of law.  Your first and most important task should be to seek legal counsel as soon as you perceive that something went wrong – for example, in an operation, a prescription side effect or a failure to properly diagnose or to read or interpret tests or diagnostics in a timely fashion – and let your lawyer provide guidance and handle it from there, if a good claim exists. 

9. Tapping Resources

When you engage an attorney, the attorney will consider what will be necessary to prevail in your case, including what evidence is necessary and who can provide that evidence.  Oftentimes, that “evidence” will be medical expert evidence, people who are well-trained, who are familiar with technical medical terms, procedures, treatment protocols and standards of care.  Since plaintiffs have the burden of proof in almost every aspect of a civil trial, they must, for instance, prove that actionable negligence occurred.  The doctor on trial for negligence will, of course, deny that he did nothing wrong, so having a similarly-qualified doctor refute that and specify exactly what the defendant doctor did or did not do that constituted negligence is essential to the success of these claims. 

10. Having Someone On Your Side.

It is comforting to have an advocate, someone who will stand up for you, care for you, support you and do what is necessary to make sure your interests are served.  Your attorney is one person you should be able to reach, who will answer your questions, explain the anticipated timeline of your case, explain the strengths, weakness and possible outcomes of your claim.  Having someone on your side also means having someone who will “tell it to you straight.”   When you select the appropriate lawyer, you can be assured that you will always have an ally on your side.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional, such as a doctor, hospital, nurse, chiropractor, therapist, or other medical practitioner, negligently treats a patient. This can be due to the right thing being done, but being done poorly or improperly, or by the failure or omission to do the right thing. A medical provider who fails to follow the acknowledged standard of care in diagnosing or treating a condition may be held liable for damages that result, including pain and suffering, medical expenditures, lost wages, and wrongful death.
  • Who May Be Responsible For Medical Negligence?

A leading misconception about medical malpractice is that it is restricted to doctors. That is certainly not the case. Any certified medical practitioner might be held accountable for medical negligence, including, but not limited to:
  1. Medical Doctors (of every specialty)
  2. Surgeons
  3. Nurses
  4. Hospitals
  5. Staff at the hospital
  6. Dentists
  7. Chiropractors
  8. Therapists
  • Do The Majority Of Medical Malpractice Cases End Up In Trial?

Medical malpractice cases are different in many ways from typical, ordinary negligence claims. First of all, since these cases are so expensive to litigate, lawyers will usually only undertake cases with substantial damages and with a high probability of success. Few cases are settled before a suit is filed. The stronger the evidence of malpractice, the more compelling the plaintiff’s “story”, the more catastrophic the damages are and the more concerned the medical provider is of bad publicity or potential for an excess judgment above insurance limits, the greater the likelihood that the claim will be settled. Absent either of those factors, the case is much more likely to go to trial, where medical providers, despite their growing loss of connection with individual patients, still enjoy considerable esteem. So, generally, only serious cases get filed in court and, of those cases filed, only those cases in which the medical provider anticipates a positive result will go to trial. A recent study by the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that around 93 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits settle before trial.

Professional Medical Malpractice Attorney In Savannah, GA

Thomas Hunter Law Firm’s Savannah medical malpractice lawyer assists individuals who have been affected by preventable medical errors as well as families who have lost loved ones as a result of medical errors.

You will not be charged any upfront costs at Thomas Hunter Law Firm. We are only compensated for our services if we are successful in recovering damages on your behalf. Our knowledgeable attorney can help you with every area of your claim and fight for the highest possible compensation.

A construction or building site is typically chaotic, and when a construction worker is hurt or killed, any one or more entities may be held legally accountable. It could include the site owner, contractors, subcontractors, or machinery or equipment manufacturers. In addition, while employees may be eligible for compensation through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, certain workers may also be entitled to compensation through a third-party claim, which may be instead of or in addition to workers’ compensation.

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Savannah Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Lawyer

Nursing Home Negligence And Abuse Lawyer

Aside from a hospital, one can find the highest incidence of care for older adults in a nursing home. Nursing homes provide custodial care and assistance and may include occupational or physical therapy. Unfortunately, although most nursing homes treat their elderly residents with care and dignity, some nursing homes do not provide adequate care to their elderly residents.  This population is among the most needy and dependent upon diligent attention from healthcare workers. 
In the United States, nursing home neglect and abuse is a tragic but all-too-common problem. It can occur when nursing home residents are neglected, abused or ignored and when prescribed care is not provided, all of which can lead to suffering and further health problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that nursing home negligence is any action (or inaction) that fails to meet an older person’s basic needs such as food, water, clothing, shelter, proper hygiene, and medical care in a nursing home.
On the other hand, nursing home abuse occurs when a resident is subject to physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse.  Nursing home negligence may not be intentional; however, it can still result in serious injuries or even death of elderly residents.
In both cases, victims of nursing home negligence or abuse, families may pursue legal action to rectify the wrongdoing.

Types of Nursing Home Negligence

Nursing Home Physical Negligence

Severe medical issues arise when a nursing home fails to provide proper nutrition and hydration to its residents.
Another example of physical negligence is failing to assist an elderly resident going to the restroom, often resulting in a slip and fall injury when the resident attempts to go alone. The facility might fail to administer the proper medications to patients at appropriate times, resulting in severe consequences or even death.  A patient may be bedridden and the facility may fail to “turn” or reposition the patient for long periods, which can cause pressure sores to develop.  These may become infected.  Sadly, bedridden patients are sometimes left to lie in soiled bedsheets, which, again, can lead to severe infections.

Simply failing to meet the physical needs of elderly residents can lead to catastrophic outcomes like illnesses, injury, or death. A family’s primary goal in placing a loved one in a nursing home is to ensure that they receive appropriate and compassionate care and supervision, essential to maintaining a healthy quality of life. When a nursing home fails to provide this care and supervision, it may lead to a nursing home negligence claim.

Nursing Home Emotional Negligence

While physical nursing home neglect can result in serious injuries or death, emotional nursing home neglect can also harm elderly residents.

Emotional neglect can result from failing to meet a resident’s emotional needs, such as allowing them to visit with friends and family. Because many elderly residents already have neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, emotional neglect can cause serious emotional and physical issues.

Types of Physical Abuse Inflicted on Nursing Home Residents

Physical abuse by nursing home staff or other residents happens far too frequently. The frail and elderly are particularly vulnerable to this type of abuse due to their additional health problems and frailty. In addition, residents of nursing homes are frequently isolated from their families or see them infrequently, causing them to suffer in silence and sustain long-term physical and psychological injuries due to their abuse.

Physical abuse against the elderly is often classified into three types of mistreatment:

1. Active Abuse

This type of abuse is deliberate, with the perpetrator intending to injure or cause pain to the resident. Examples are pushing, slapping, pinching, punching, burning, shaking, and shoving the victim.

2. Abusive Use of Restraints

While it is against federal law to use restraints for purposes other than appropriate medical care, nursing homes frequently misuse restraints as a way to discipline patients or for staff convenience. When residents attempt to free themselves from restraints, they may sustain serious injuries. Additionally, residents may experience loss of muscle tone, body mass, and other complications due to being restrained in an immobile position.

3. Physical Neglect

This is a form of elder physical abuse and neglect in and of itself. Examples include lack of food and liquids, lack of clothing, failure to maintain sanitary conditions for the resident to live in—both physically and in the facility as a whole.

Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Consequences

Negligence and abuse manifest in various ways and can have long-term consequences for both the victim and the victim’s family. These consequences can vary in severity depending on whether or not the abuse is discovered.

  • Individual Health and Abuse of the Elderly

Numerous types of abuse can put a senior’s health at risk. Physical abuse is the most noticeable, with the elder suffering broken bones, bruises, fractures, or other physical ailments due to the caregiver’s actions. Emotional and sexual abuse can also have a detrimental effect on an elder’s physical and mental health, manifesting in their ability to care for themselves or willingness to interact with others. Financial abuse can also result in an elder not receiving the food, utilities, or care they require daily to maintain their overall quality of life.

  • Strain In Relationships And Elder Abuse

A nursing home resident’s emotional abuse can take many forms, including isolation. This isolation can take the form of physical separation from other residents in a nursing home or visiting family members. It can also be through manipulation that an elder is isolated, with a caretaker or care staff convincing the resident that the resident’s family or loved ones mean to harm the resident in some way. If the abuse is not detected, the lack of communication and possible abrupt change in attitude associated with this manipulation can cause relationship strain up to the elder’s death. Additionally, there are psychological ramifications. As a result of long-term emotional abuse, an elder may also develop other psychological disorders or mental illnesses.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Do I Report Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse?

Contact a long-term care ombudsman for additional assistance or report it to state or local authorities. A local ombudsperson advocates for nursing home residents and can assist in investigating claims of neglect.

You can also report neglect to law enforcement, Adult Protective Services (APS), and social workers, all of whom are trained to assist you in keeping a senior safe.

Finally, you may want to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer who can assist you in demanding compensation to cover medical bills and other expenses.

  • When Can I Sue for Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse?

If you or a loved one endured serious health problems as a result of nursing home neglect, then you may be able to file a lawsuit. Taking legal action for nursing home neglect is a critical first step. It enables you to seek financial compensation to cover medical treatment costs and hold the nursing home accountable.

Call the Thomas Hunter Law Firm for a free case consultation today to see if you have grounds to sue for nursing home neglect or abuse. 

  • How Do I File A Case for Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse?

  • 1. Find an Experienced Lawyer for Nursing Home Abuse

If you suspect your loved one in a nursing home suffers abuse, you should seek the advice of a lawyer who is familiar with this area of law and who has handled nursing home cases in the past. Your lawyer can assist you in better understanding the case of a loved one and determining what evidence will be required to prevail.

2. Prepare the Necessary Documents

The evidence you’ll need to proceed with a nursing home negligence or abuse case will depend on where you are and what type of case you’re filing. If you are not the resident yourself, you will need to be appointed (if you have not already been appointed) to act on the part of the nursing home resident.  The following are examples of possible evidence:

    • Medical bills on abuse treatment
    • Police records (if applicable)
    • Compare your loved one’s previous medical history to their current records.
    • Witnesses’ Accounts
    • Photographs or video footage of the abuse and injuries
3. File Your Petition

File a complaint—in other words, your case—in a court of law with the help of your nursing home abuse lawyer. This document will identify the parties and state the allegations against the defendant(s).  Nursing home abuse cases are often filed quicker than other types of injury cases, simply due to the age and health condition of the injured parties.  If the resident is coherent, it is generally better to litigate sooner than later in order to preserve the resident’s testimony, just in case the resident’s condition takes a turn for the worse.

4. Go to Court

If the case does not get resolved in mediation, it will go to trial.  You and your lawyer will present your evidence in support of your cause.  Unfortunately, these cases, like many other cases, take time to prepare and take time to get into the courtroom, so it is impossible to predict how long it may go on before resolution.

Credible Legal Assistance For Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Cases

The National Center for Victims of Crime says that neglect is the cause of 15.3 percent of elder abuse complaints in nursing homes. Sadly, negligence and abuse in nursing homes is a more common occurrence than society would like to admit. Although most nursing homes show respect to their elderly residents, there are many cases where nursing homes do not provide adequate care to their elderly.

If you want to initiate legal action against the person or institution who abused or neglected your loved one, compensation for the mistreatment can be demanded.  Damages that may be claimed include medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, wrongful death (if appropriate) and punitive damages, if the facts support that element.  

The Thomas Hunter Law Firm represents elderly victims and their families who have been subjected to neglect and abuse in nursing homes. We can assist you if you need to file a nursing home negligence or abuse case. We provide our clients with sympathetic and solid representation.

A “slip and fall” happens when a person trips and sustains severe injuries while visiting someone else’s business or residence. These types of lawsuits are typically grouped under the broad category of “premises liability” claims. This is because “slip and fall” accidents frequently occur on someone else’s property or premises,” and the property or premises owner may be held legally liable.

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Savannah Burn Injury Lawyer

Burn Injury Lawyers

A burn injury can be excruciatingly painful and dangerous. This type of injury may have long-term ramifications that influence every aspect of your life.

If your damage was caused by another party’s negligence, whether due to a fire, a faulty product, or something else, you may have a burn injury claim that can be made.  An experienced burn injury attorney can assist you with the legal process. Your lawyer will examine the facts of your case and devise a plan to make a just and fair recovery for you.

Thomas Hunter Law Firm is a personal injury law firm representing burn accident victims due to someone else’s carelessness.

Our experienced personal injury attorney will guide you through your case seeking just and fair compensation. Thomas Hunter Law Firm can provide the representation you need.

What You Should Know About Burn Injuries

What Are The Causes Of Burn Injuries?

The causes of burn injuries can be classified into four main categories:

1. Thermal

These are burns that are caused when a person comes into contact with a hot object. A hot object can be anything that holds or generates high heat, such as fire, steam, scalding liquid, etc.

2. Radiation

Exposure to levels of UV rays, X-rays, or other forms of radiation can cause radiation burns. Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays – sunburn – is the most common cause of radiation burns. While the damage done by thermal burns generally appears quickly following contact with a hot object, radiation burns might take days or even weeks to appear.

3. Chemical

If you touch or ingest various caustic substances, acids, or solvents, chemical burns can occur. These substances react adversely with the body’s tissues.  Chemical burns are often caused by the misuse of everyday household products, such as cleaning or cosmetic solutions. Another prominent cause of chemical burns reason comes from the handling of corrosive chemicals at work.

4. Electrical

Electricity is an essential utility in the modern world, but it poses danger and must be handled with care.  An electrical burn can occur when electricity comes into contact with your skin. If someone touches exposed wiring from an appliance, if children bite on electrical cords or stick their fingers in electrical outlets, or if someone makes wiring repairs without first turning off the power source, electrical burns can occur. The amount and duration of the exposure and the characteristics of the electrical power, all figure into the level of harm that can result.  The harm might range from a minor skin irritation/burn to significant tissue and organ damage, or even death.

What Are The Various Kinds Of Burns?

Burns are classified by their severity. 

1. First-Degree

A first-degree burn is a slight burn that affects your skin’s top layer. Skin redness, itching, discomfort, and swelling are all possible symptoms. You may observe skin peeling in the burn area after a day or two. Because the discomfort is usually minor and of short duration, it may not necessitate medical attention.

2. Second-Degree

Second-degree burns, which affect the top two layers of your skin, are more severe than first-degree burns. Severe sunburn, fire exposure, or contact with boiling water can all cause this form of burn. Blisters, wetness, discoloration, and extreme discomfort are all symptoms of the affected area.

Second-degree burns might be modest in some cases, but they can also be severe and even life-threatening in others. Longer recovery times are also likely, with full recovery spanning several weeks.  Due to the increased possibility of infection presented by 2nd degree burns, medical care is recommended.

3. Third-Degree

This type of burn, also known as full-thickness burns, destroys the top two layers of the skin and the fat tissues. As a result, your skin may appear burnt, white, brown, or black. It could also have a leathery, dry texture. Third-degree burns require urgent medical attention. Often, extensive therapy is required, including possible skin transplants and surgery.

4. Fourth-Degree

A fourth-degree burn is a severe burn that destroys your skin’s top layers, tissues, nerves, and maybe even muscles. It may appear burned, and there may even be visible bone. However, you may not immediately experience pain commensurate with the damage, because many nerves are most likely injured.

A fourth-degree burn is a medical emergency, which requires immediate,  emergency care. The longer you wait for treatment, the worse the effects might be, including loss of tissue and bone, amputation or death.

Who Is Responsible For Burn Injuries?

The compensation you may receive is influenced by who is responsible for your burn damage. If the burn occurs on the job, you may receive those benefits allowed under workers’ compensation.  If the burn occurs due to the negligence of a third party, special, general and even punitive dames may be recovered.  The following entities, among others, are sometimes responsible for burn injuries:

  1. A malfunctioning product’s manufacturer
  2. A property owner, where a burn injury occurred on their property
  3. An employer, whose employee suffers a burn while in the course and scope of the employment

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is A Burn Injury?

Radiation, sunshine, electricity, chemicals, and heat can all cause tissue damage and result in a burn. In addition, inhaling heated air, such as steam, touching or ingesting hot liquids, contacting certain gasses or flammable substances, or coming into contact with fire can cause scalding, burns, or inhalation injuries.

  • How Long Do Burns Take To Heal?

First-degree burns usually take a week to ten days to recover completely. It usually takes two to three weeks for severe second-degree burns to heal completely. Scarring or discoloration can occur as a result of the healing process. Third-degree and fourth-degree burns will most likely necessitate surgery, which may include skin grafts. Multiple procedures and a long recovery time are expected for third-degree and fourth-degree burns.

  • How Much Time Do I Have To File A Lawsuit For A Burn Injury?

Burn injuries, like other forms of injury, are subject to state-specific statutes of limitation.  If you do not bring a lawsuit within the applicable statute of limitations, you may lose your right to compensation. Therefore, to protect your legal rights, we strongly advise you to contact Thomas Hunter Law Firm as soon as possible.

Burn Injury Attorneys In Savannah, GA

If you have suffered a burn injury, it’s essential to know your legal rights. Thomas Hunter Law Firm’s skilled burn injury attorney has over forty years of experience representing injured clients in Savannah and surrounding areas.  We are ready to prosecute your claim aggressively. So, get in touch with us right away to talk about your case!

Head injuries are prevalent when motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are involved in car accidents or traffic accidents. These injuries can be external or internal, and they can affect the brain in some way, ranging from minor concussions to irreversible brain damage. Head injuries can cause symptoms and consequences immediately or take hours or even days to manifest. That is why anyone who suffers a head injury in an accident should seek immediate medical help, as soon as an injury is suspected or when symptoms appear.

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Savannah Chemical Exposure Accident Lawyer

Chemical Exposure Accident Lawyers

Chemical exposure is much more common than you might think. There are numerous ways for an adult or child to be exposed to harmful compounds, ranging from household cleaners and insect repellant to work-related chemicals. Exposures can be due to irresponsible use or due to a failure to appreciate the inherent dangers of the product’s chemicals.  Many times, product producers fail to sufficiently alert or warn the product’s users of important information, such as proper handling and safety guidelines and the risks of harmful exposure. When you contact harmful or toxic compounds, the consequences can range from mild to devastating and may be noticed immediately or may take years, sometimes decades, to manifest themselves.  For example, repeated exposure to some toxic chemicals may interact with the body’s chemistry to cause cancer that shows up many years later.  As a result, the results of exposure can go untreated for lengthy periods, leading to the chance of chronic or permanent harm. 

Have you been burned or otherwise injured due to chemical exposure? If harmed by chemical exposure, you may suffer medical costs, anguish, pain, and other problems.

Contact Thomas Hunter Law Firm chemical exposure attorney in Savannah, GA, Garden City, or Pooler for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation for assistance with chemical exposure-related litigation.

Chemical Exposure Accidents 101

What Is Chemical Exposure?

Chemical exposure lawsuits include injuries caused by prolonged or repeated contact with chemicals and exposure to toxins or hazardous materials. These can occur in various circumstances and can lead to catastrophic damage, such as chemical burns, birth deformities, cancers and other issues.

What Causes Chemical Burns At Work?

Chemical burns occur at work when workers come into contact with toxic or harmful chemicals.  Exposures to such chemicals can be avoided when people are adequately protected with safety equipment and trained in suitable safety and handling measures. On the “flip side,” chemical burns occur when people utilize low-quality safety equipment, aren’t sufficiently trained to handle chemicals, or aren’t provided or aren’t diligent about wearing safety equipment when required.

Chemical burns can be slight or severe depending on a worker’s occupation and the substances with which they come into contact. Working with potentially hazardous chemicals is frequent in the following fields:

  1. Construction 
  2. Chemical factories
  3. Agriculture
  4. Beauty business
  5. Laboratories
  6. Repair facilities
  7. Mining
  8. Painters
  9. Welders
  10. Petrochemicals

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of A Chemical Burn?

The severity of a chemical burn is proportional to the chemical’s concentration strength and the amount and duration of body contact with it. As a result, it’s critical to recognize and treat a burn as soon as feasible. The following are the most typical symptoms of chemical burns:

  1. Inflammation and burning
  2. Pain or numbness.
  3. Blisters, blackened skin, or dead skin
  4. Eye vision problems
  5. Cardiac arrest or death

What Chemicals Are Frequently Used At Work?

Many vocations require the use of potentially hazardous compounds.  Employees who work with these chemicals should be trained in their proper use and provided with appropriate safety equipment.  Many acids, lubricants, cleaners and other harmful, toxic and unstable substances are commonplace in today’s world.  Just check the labels in the bottles under your sink! 

Sulfuric acid, used in drain cleaners, fertilizer, and automobile battery fluid, is employed in some of the most common compounds used at work. Hydrochloric acid is another common chemical used in metal, stone, and pool cleaners. Potassium and sodium hydroxide are often utilized in dentures and oven cleaning in the workplace. The significant components of some bleaches and ammonia are sodium and calcium hypochlorite.
People can be “burned” by either an acid or a base, but, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, bases are generally more harmful than acids.  Because different substances may react differently on contact with flushing solutions, one should always be aware of the recommended remedial course to take in the event of contact with an offensive substance.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who Can Be Held Liable In Chemical Exposure Accidents?

Different parties may be held accountable for chemical-related harm depending on the circumstances. For example, a person in charge of the safekeeping of chemicals might be held liable in various cases if they were negligent in managing the chemicals or the chemical container. A driver hauling hazardous chemicals is an example of this. In addition, if careless or reckless driving causes a spill or chemical fire after a crash, they may be held accountable for chemical exposure injuries.

In other circumstances, a building or other property manager may be held accountable if they fail to conduct required inspections or repairs to correct a hazardous chemical condition. Employers might be held responsible for similar workplace circumstances as well.

Do I Need A Lawyer For A Chemical Exposure Claim?

Chemical exposure litigation can entail a variety of laws and may necessitate the assistance of a lawyer. If you require legal assistance, it may be in your best interests to retain a personal injury lawyer in your region. Your lawyer can help you with your claim by giving you advice and guidance.

  • What Sorts Of Compensation Might I Be Eligible For If I Was Injured Or Became Ill As A Result Of Chemical Exposure?

You may be entitled to compensation for all of your expenses incurred due to the harm, including medical expenses, missed wages, continued medical treatment, lost earning potential, and any other out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of the illness or injury. In addition, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life due to the chemical exposure. Finally, in some circumstances, such as where hazardous substances were unlawfully deposited, you may be entitled to recover punitive damages, which are meant to punish the party who caused the exposure.

Top-Rated Chemical Exposure Attorney In Savannah, GA

Our experienced attorney at Thomas Hunter Law Firm has the experience, resources, and dedication needed to successfully assist our clients in pursuing legal entitlement to compensation for harm caused by chemical exposure on the job, at home, or in the environment. Thomas Hunter will strive tirelessly to determine the cause of the damage you have experienced due to your exposure to the chemical.

Contact us to book an initial consultation or review the details of your chemical exposure accident to see if you have a claim.

Nursing home doctors, nurses, and staff may be held accountable for failure to deliver reasonable, necessary and good-quality care. When we entrust our elderly relatives to nursing homes, we must trust that they will be adequately cared for and attended to by long-term care experts responsible for the residents’ safety and well-being.
Our attorneys can assist you if you have experienced a significant accident or sickness or lost a loved one in a nursing home, rehabilitation center, or assisted living facility. Our nursing home negligence lawyer at Thomas Hunter Law Firm has more than 40 years of legal experience with personal and bodily injury cases. He will listen carefully to your story, provide you with an honest and accurate appraisal of your case, and vigorously seek to protect your rights.

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Savannah Food Poisoning Injury Lawyer

Food Poisoning Lawyers

Every year, food poisoning kills over 5,000 people in the United States and causes over 300,000 hospitalizations, resulting in suffering, discomfort and more. This happens because food is not handled or cooked correctly and becomes contaminated and hazardous, sometimes with lethal microorganisms.

If you have gotten sick from food poisoning, be sure to contact the Thomas Hunter Law Firm as soon as possible.

If you suspect you had food poisoning or a related ailment—you may be entitled to financial compensation. Throughout our 40+ years of practice, we have collected millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. We can collect just compensation for you.

Food Poisoning: Everything You Need To Know

What  Food Poisoning?

Food poisoning (sometimes known as “foodborne illness”) is caused by consuming bacteria or viruses in food.

There are many ways that food can become contaminated. Food can be contaminated on the farm, during packaging, on the way to the grocery store, in a restaurant, or even in a consumer’s house. Food contamination can also occur due to poor food handling, storage, or preparation. Food poisoning can be challenging to diagnose and isolate since symptoms often occur days after consuming contaminated food. Here are some of the symptoms of eating contaminated food:

  1. Nausea
  2. Vomiting
  3. Diarrhea 
  4. Abdominal pain
  5. Cramps
  6. Fever

Food poisoning can have symptoms similar to the stomach flu or other ailments, making it difficult to diagnose.  Since an initial step in recovering for food poisoning is proving that food poisoning occurred, see your doctor upon the first sign of an intestinal or stomach disorder and be prepared to inform your medical provider of your suspicions.  If you happen to have some remnants or uneaten portions of the suspect food, preserve that specimen and be prepared to have it analyzed by your medical provider, if requested.

Can People Who Suffer Food Poisoning File A Lawsuit?

Yes, you can sue any responsible party if you suffer food poisoning.  The identity of the negligent party may be difficult and may require the intervention of government agencies to trace the negligence to its source.  

An adulterated food claim is a personal injury claim that arises when tainted food is sold and individuals become ill due to its consumption. You may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses, hospital bills, lost wages, and other losses by filing a valid lawsuit.

Food poisoning lawsuits are more likely to succeed when there has been an outbreak or a government agency has identified the cause of food supply contamination. In addition, food poisoning events can sometimes result in class-action cases.

What Are Some Of The Practical Issues That Come Up While Filing A Food Poisoning lawsuit?

Filing a food poisoning case has several practical challenges:

  1. First, people often develop symptoms of food poisoning days after consuming tainted food, making it difficult to determine which meal was to blame.
  2. The food may pass through many hands on its way to the ultimate consumer, so figuring who did what can be a major hurdle.
  3. Many food poisoning incidents aren’t bad enough to justify the time and expense of filing a lawsuit.

It is not uncommon for restaurant dishes or packaged food products to cause food poisoning, so finding multiple incidences, with multiple similarly-injured persons can lead to the common source of the food poisoning.

A personal injury lawsuit may be financially viable if the injuries are severe enough.  Often that will be decided by the type of toxin involved, the effect upon the human body presented by that toxin, the extent of medical care and duration of residual problems from the food poisoning and similar considerations.  In cases where people die due to food poisoning, the surviving family members may be compensated through a wrongful death lawsuit.

Who Can Be Held Liable In The Event Of A Food Poisoning Or Foodborne Illness?

The following parties involved in the food distribution chain could be held liable for food poisoning injuries:

  1. Restaurants
  2. Supermarkets
  3. Farmers
  4. Retailers
  5. Fast-food restaurants
  6. Wholesalers
  7. Distributors

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • What May I Sue For In A Food Poisoning Claim?

All claims for damages are different, but the categories of damages that are available are generally the same.  Injured persons can recover compensation, including the following:

  1. Medical costs in the past and future
  2. Lost earnings
  3. Loss of enjoyment or quality of life
  4. Pain and suffering and emotional distress

A lawyer can tell you how much you’re entitled to and what you’re likely to be able to claim.

  • How Much Compensation Am I Entitled To As A Result Of My Food Poisoning Claim?

The amount of compensation is determined by many factors, including the severity of your injuries, the impact on your life, the amount of your medical expenses and income loss, the length of time you are affected by the injuries, permanent restrictions due to the injuries, and so on.

Once a lawyer understands your injuries and the evidence, the lawyer will have a better understanding of the reasonable value of your claim.

  • How Long Does It Take To Recover On A Food Poisoning Claim?

The length of time it takes to recover on a food poisoning claim will vary based on the severity of your injuries, the facts of the case and the pace of civil litigation in your jurisdiction, if a suit must be filed.  Complex cases might take months to years to resolve, depending on the circumstances. 

Food Poisoning Attorney In Savannah, GA

If you or a loved one has become ill due to food poisoning, you may be entitled to compensation. Food poisoning is common, and the Thomas Hunter Law Firm can help you get fair compensation for your injuries. We handle food poisoning cases in Savannah, GA, and we’re ready to put our knowledge, experience, and resources to work for you.

A swimming pool is perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. In an ideal world, there would be no need to be concerned as long as children are supervised and pool owners practice good safety steps with regard to their pools.  Unfortunately, swimming pool accidents can still happen and can result in tragic consequences, including severe injury or death. 

The property owner may be liable for damages, if someone is harmed or drowns in a swimming pool accident and if the owner failed to do something that should have been done or did something that should not have been done.  Pools are “attractive nuisances”, meaning that they attract people to them, especially children who have inadequate regard for their own safety. For this reason, fence enclosures, fences latches, warning devices, surveillance systems and pool covers are often utilized to deter unwanted, uninvited swimmers, to alert the owner of the presence of such persons and to minimize or abate unauthorized access to the pool in its entirety.

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Savannah Escalator And Elevator Accident Lawyer

Escalator And Elevator Accidents Lawyers

Elevators and escalators are used by millions of people every day, yet their safety is often overlooked. Mishaps can happen when riding on an escalator or in an elevator. A mechanical or electrical failure can cause accidental injuries.

If injured in an escalator or elevator accident, Thomas Hunter Law Firm can help. We’ve helped many personal injury victims in Savannah, GA, and we have the knowledge and experience to help you win your elevator or escalator case. So, get in touch with us today!

Everything You Need To Know About Escalator And Elevator Accidents

What Are The Most Common Escalator Accident Causes?

Common flaws cause the majority of escalator mishaps. They are as follows:

  1. Soft shoes, such as Crocs, can cause entrapment.
  2. Poor installation. For example, missing safety cables and side panels.
  3. Sudden braking or stopping
  4. Missing and loose elements, like gears and comb plates
  5. Lack of regular maintenance

Escalator accidents frequently involve young children drawn to the escalator’s moving elements, but are not yet old enough to comprehend the risks. For example, in side-entrapment incidents, children are hurt because they stand very near the escalator side panels while trying to grasp onto the railing. As a result, their shoes, hands, and feet, as well as their hair, might become caught in the escalator’s moving sections. Parents, in particular, should instruct their children to grip the parents’ hands rather than the railing.

Elevator and escalator accidents require a significant degree of legal experience.  The attorney must be familiar with the mechanisms and devices themselves, how they should work, what can make the devices malfunction and what maintenance is necessary to prevent malfunctions.  These machines incorporate  complicated engineering designs of many interconnected, moving pieces and their complex electronic control systems. As a result, the law firm you hire to represent you in your elevator and escalator accident lawsuit must be able to understand situations like these.

What Are The Common Elevator Accident Causes?

The following factors can cause elevator mishaps:

  1. Sudden elevator drops or braking fails
  2. Design flaws in lifting and braking systems
  3. Lack of regular maintenance
  4. Door movements that aren’t working or door safety strips that aren’t working

Elevator malfunction is linked to several common accidents. A few of these accidents are slip or trip and fall accidents due to elevator misalignment at the floor stops, elevator collapse, limb entrapment due to malfunctioning elevator doors, or falls due to broken brakes or stretched wires.

After An Escalator Or Elevator Accident, What Should You Do?

If injured in an escalator or elevator accident, Thomas Hunter Law Firm escalator and elevator lawyer can help. Victims may be left with persistent pain, medical bills, lost income, and psychological anguish.  Injured persons may recover compensation for all losses, damages, and costs. Our knowledgeable attorney has handled a wide range of premises liability cases and can advise you on the best course of action following an elevator or escalator accident.

Who Is To Blame In The Event Of An Escalator Or Elevator Accident?

Responsibility and liability in the case of an escalator accident or an elevator injury may be determined by several variables. These include the location and circumstances of the accident.

In most cases, the owner or occupant of the building where the accident occurred would be held responsible. However, accidents on escalators and elevators in apartment and office buildings, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, and other similar areas are also frequent occurrences. Generally, the entity responsible for the installation and maintenance of the escalator or elevator is the first party contacted. 

In addition to the owner/occupier of the premises, manufacturers, as well as companies that are responsible for installation, inspections, and maintenance, may share responsibility. This equipment must be installed and maintained correctly, and any failures in these areas might have profound implications.  In some instances, claims are made against all such entities and the facts and responsibilities of the parties are determined during the claim process.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Elevator And Escalator Accidents Fall Under What Legal Category?

An injury on an elevator or escalator is a premises liability claim and bodily injury laws apply.  Since a municipality or local government is usually in charge of safety inspections and oversight of elevators and escalators, they are a good source of inforation to support a claim. Elevators and escalators are typically examined annually and regularly.  When there is an injury to a rider, there is a good chance that a safety code violation may be involved. 

  • Who Can Pursue A Wrongful Death Claim In The Event Of An Elevator Accident?

The deceased’s family members, such as the spouse, children, or parents, can pursue a wrongful death action.  The authorized parties are determined by the laws of each state. 

  • How Does An Escalator Injury Accident Occur?

When a bodily component, usually an extremity like a hand or foot, becomes trapped in an escalator, it can cause injury. Shearing or lacerations are common injuries. In addition, escalator accidents disproportionately affect children. If the escalator is not maintained correctly, if safety equipment is faulty or missing, or if the escalator lacks state-of-the-art safety equipment, accidents can occur.

Professional Escalator and Elevator Injury Attorney In Savannah, GA

Mr. Hunter of Thomas Hunter Law Firm has many years of experience representing injured people in Savannah, GA.  If you or a loved one has been injured due to a dangerous elevator or escalator, we can put our experience and knowledge to work for you.  We are committed to safeguarding our clients’ rights and interests. Contact Thomas Hunter Law Firm today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss the details of your case.

Toxins responsible for food poisoning can linger and persist anywhere from hours to several days, depending upon the environment. With the speed of food shipments today, from across the county to across the world, adulterated foods can be delivered to many places overnight.  In such situations, a food poisoning outbreak can sicken hundreds or thousands of people virtually overnight. Symptoms might include stomach pains, nausea, stomach cramps, fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. Symptoms might be mild or severe, and they may develop over an extended period. If you suspect you have food poisoning, you should first seek medical attention and then get legal advice.

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7505 Waters Ave, A1 Savannah, GA 31406 (912)231-1116

Savannah Head Injury Lawyer

Head Injury Lawyers

Head injuries are among the most common results of car accidents and traffic collisions. These can be attributed to negligence or misconduct on behalf of pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and drivers. These injuries can be outside the skull, like lacerations or damages to the soft tissue that cover the skull, or inside the skull, what is typically described as a “brain” or “closed head” injury.  Brain or closed head injuries range from minor concussions that the afflicted individual will recover from to irreversible brain damage.  A loss of consciousness in the collision, memory loss, brain fog, trouble concentrating, persistent headaches, nausea and similar symptoms may all be signs of a brain or closed head injury and require immediate medical attention.

Should you or your loved one suffer from this unfortunate circumstance, a personal injury attorney at Thomas Hunter Law Firm in Savannah, GA, will assist you in receiving the compensation to which you are legally entitled.

What You Should Know About Head Injuries

What Are The Causes Of  Head Injury?

Individuals can suffer head injuries in a variety of ways. Motor vehicle accidents, such as truck or motorcycle collisions, are the most common causes of head injuries. In addition, head injuries can occur due to “whiplash”, or when an object directly strikes the head or the head directly strikes an object.  The brain rests in the skull and sudden changes in direction or movement can cause the brain to strike the inside surface of the skull, bruising or otherwise injuring the brain.  Bruising can lead to bleeding, which can lead to swelling, which can lead to a life-threatening situation.

Construction accidents can potentially result in head injuries. Falls, as well as falling items, can cause head injuries. Even a hardhat provides little protection against a brick or heavy metal item falling from a significant height.  Head injuries can cause significant lost time from work or necessitate extensive medical treatment.

What Are The Signs Of A Head Injury?

Head injuries present significant obstacles, whether you’ve been in a slip and fall accident, construction, or automobile accident. For example, while most catastrophic head injuries are promptly detected in the emergency room after an accident, many minor head injuries are not diagnosed right away.

Symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury, for example, can take days or weeks to appear and show. While these symptoms may not be as severe as those associated with severe traumatic brain injury, patients may have mood swings, memory loss, trouble sleeping, and cognitive problems, all of which can interfere with their ability to work or engage in daily activities.

Because mild traumatic brain injury might go untreated, it’s critical to get medical help as soon as possible following an accident, even if you don’t appreciate the severity of your injuries.  Get “checked out”, just in case.  It’s also crucial to keep an eye on your loved ones who have been injured in an accident, as they might develop symptoms of a brain injury over time. Here are some of the signs and symptoms of a head injury:

  1. Thinking problems
  2. Headaches
  3. Changes in mood and irritability
  4. Feeling sluggish
  5. Dizziness
  6. Sadness
  7. Problems concentrating and focusing
  8. Problems with body balance

What Are The Treatments For Head Injuries?

Serious head injuries can be treated in various ways, both immediately and in the long run. Emergency personnel may provide life-saving assistance or emergency surgery to keep you alive right after an injury. If you have bleeding in your head or a blood clot in your brain, surgery may be necessary. Skull fractures can be dangerous because bone fragments might get stuck in the brain, necessitating surgery or causing more catastrophic consequences.
Serious head injuries may necessitate a lengthy healing period. Individuals may require nursing and round-the-clock care right away. Brain injuries can affect balance and coordination, and physical therapy may help. Individuals with brain injuries may have trouble speaking or thinking and may require additional treatment to address these difficulties. After a catastrophic brain injury, some people cannot return to their previous careers and may require occupational therapy to find alternative employment. A head injury can impact every part of your life, including your mood. Psychological counseling may be necessary.
Head injuries will also affect your capacity to work and earn a living. Hence, you need the help of a head injury lawyer to get the compensation that you deserve for the damage from which you are suffering.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I Have Grounds To File A Claim For A Head Injury?

    Head injuries can happen in a variety of ways. Whether your brain damage is caused by a car accident, a fall, a sports-related injury, or any other form of accident, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim, if injured as a result of another’s reckless, negligent, or careless conduct.

    How Long Does It Take For A Head Injury Case To Be Resolved?

    Many of these cases, especially cases involving severe brain trauma,  take years to resolve, primarily because it takes a while for the nature, extent and scope of the injuries to come into focus. 

    How May Thomas Hunter Law Firm Assist Me In Pursuing A Claim For A Head Injury?

    Pursuing a head injury claim on your own is never a good idea, especially when so much is on the line. The necessity of hiring the best personal injury lawyer possible cannot be overstated.

    Mr. Hunter has the experience and understanding to investigate all aspects of your accident and make those responsible accountable. In addition, he will work tirelessly to provide you with excellent assistance and support throughout your case. Thomas Hunter Law Firm is committed to doing whatever it takes to get you the compensation you deserve.

Professional Head Injury Attorney In Savannah, GA

One of the most severe injuries a person might suffer in a car accident or at work is a head injury. Traumatic brain injury can cause severe physical and mental disabilities that can last the remainder of a person’s life.

Thomas Hunter Law Firm is a Savannah, Georgia-based head injury law firm representing clients with concussions and other traumatic brain damage. Whether your injury occurred on the job, resulting from a construction accident, a car or motorcycle accident, or a fall, we can assist you. Our head injury attorney can assess the circumstances of your accident, identify the person(s) at fault, speak with insurance adjusters, and fight to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation allowed by law.

Buses are developed for safety since they are designed to transport people. Still, bus accidents can be devastating when they happen. Exiting passengers, walkers, bicyclists, and others are at risk in bus accidents.

Have you been hurt in a bus accident, rollover, or collision in Savannah, Georgia? Don’t hesitate to contact Thomas Hunter Law Firm if you need assistance. While you work hard to get back on your feet, we’ll assist you in fighting for the money you need and deserve.

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Thomas Hunter Law Firm

7505 Waters Ave, A1 Savannah, GA 31406
(912)231-1116

Savannah Brain Injury Lawyer

Brain Injury Lawyers

A brain injury can be a life-altering event. Not only does the victim have to cope with the physical and emotional aftermath of the damage, but the victim must also face the numerous challenges that come with living with a brain injury. Fortunately, though it does not take away the damage, justice is available. A brain injury lawyer can provide support and guidance throughout the legal process and ensure that victims receive the compensation that they deserve.

Thomas Hunter Law Firm has 42 years of experience representing injured persons in Savannah, GA, including many who have suffered brain injuries due to the negligence of others. Mr. Hunter is a lawyer who has helped people recover for claims of this nature. Contact us today for your brain injury case!

5 Advantages Of Hiring A Brain Injury Lawyer

The following are some of the benefits of hiring a brain injury attorney:

1. To Gather Evidence And Construct A Strong Case

Following a significant injury, a brain injury has far-reaching consequences for both the injured person and those who care for him or her. Brain injury cases are complicated and a lawyer needs a good understanding of the human anatomy and the medical issues that may be involved.  The lawyer may not be a doctor, but the lawyer, who knows the symptoms that may accompany a brain injury, is another “set of eyes” on the injured person and the lawyer can provide useful alerts and information to medical providers.  The lawyer, who knows the time and struggle that a brain injury can involve, can make sure that potential future needs are considered in the presentation of a claim.  Access to qualified experts, who can reasonably opine on the client’s needs, prospects and future course of treatment, is important to ensure fair and just compensation. 

Thomas Hunter Law Firm will gather evidence to demonstrate and prove how your brain damage has affected your personal life, work, relationships, peace of mind, and health and use it to present your case.

2. To Fight For The Best Possible Compensation And Medical Treatment Available

A brain injury can change your quality of life and overall well-being. An experienced brain injury attorney can assist you in determining the extent of your injuries and prosecuting your claim for the compensation that you rightly deserve for your severe impairment.

Thomas Hunter Law Firm will ensure that your compensation includes all of your present medical bills as well as all of your future medical costs, including medical appointments, therapies, transportation, and more.

3. Help You Get The Right Diagnosis And Treatment For Brain Damage

Following a brain injury, getting the correct diagnosis and treatment is crucial to your rehabilitation and quality of life. You will have the best chance of healing if diagnosed and treated early. Because brain injuries are so complicated, they must be diagnosed and treated by medical specialists who specialize in treating them.

We work with qualified physicians, brain injury specialists, and neuropsychologists, who are  proven and respected leaders in their fields of medical care. In addition, Thomas Hunter Law Firm has extensive experience in personal injury litigation. We’ll work to ensure that you get the best medical care possible.  We will make sure that you and your loved ones know how the claim system works, how to document and preserve evidence of your injury’s impact on your daily living and how to make sure that your medical providers stay on top of your situation.

4.  Getting Compensation For A Lifetime In Case Of Permanent Disability

Brain injuries that are not fatal can result in lasting damage from which an afflicted person may never fully recover. In such cases, ongoing medical treatment and compensation are needed to cope with the long-term challenges of your brain injury.  Our civil justice system requires us to claim all of your damages – past, present and future – in one proceeding, so we need to realistically gauge and determine what those damages are likely to be.  No one can predict the future with absolute certainty, but we can call upon experienced medical experts to tell us what you can reasonably expert.  

2. To Fight For The Best Possible Compensation And Medical Treatment Available

A brain injury will change your quality of life and well-being. An experienced brain injury attorney can assist you in determining the extent of your injuries and prosecuting your right to the compensation that you rightly deserve for your serious impairment.
Thomas Hunter Law Firm will ensure that your compensation includes all of your present medical costs, as well as all of your reasonably-anticipated future medical costs, including medical appointments, therapies, transportation, and more.

3. Help You Get The Right Diagnosis And Treatment For Brain Damage

Following a brain injury, getting the correct diagnosis and treatment is crucial to your rehabilitation and quality of life. You will have the best chance of healing if diagnosed and treated early. Because brain injuries are so complicated, they should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

We work with leading physicians, brain injury specialists, and neuropsychologists who are proven and respected leaders in their fields of medical care. In addition, Thomas Hunter Law Firm has extensive experience in personal injury litigation. We’ll work to ensure that you get the best care possible.  We know that you will have so many concerns during this time beyond the injury itself, so we will do everything we can to make the claim process easier, less worrisome and as fast and smooth as possible.  

4. To Get Compensation For A Lifetime In Case Of Permanent Disability

Brain injuries can be fatal or they may result in lasting damage from which an afflicted person may never fully recover. In such cases, ongoing medical treatment and compensation are needed to cope with the long-term challenges of your brain injury.
At the Thomas Hunter Law Firm, we assess the whole range of care required for someone who has suffered brain damage. If your brain injury is permanent, we will work to ensure that your benefits are adequate to adequately compensate you for your damages.

5. To Get The Justice You Deserve

If you or someone you care about has suffered a brain injury due to someone else’s negligence, the Thomas Hunter Law Firm will help you get the justice you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Are The Signs of A Serious Brain Injury?

The following are some, but certainly not all, of the possible signs of a brain injury:

  1. Loss of consciousness
  2. A strong and/or persistent headache that lasts or worsens over days, weeks, and months.
  3. Vomiting and nausea episode
  4. Seizures or convulsions
  5. Difficulty sleeping
  6. Drowsiness, lethargy and sluggishness
  7. Memory loss
  8. Difficulty with concentration  
  • After Sustaining A Brain Injury, When Should I Contact A Lawyer?

You should contact a lawyer immediately. Brain injury symptoms might seem minor at first, but they can escalate and become greater, if left untreated.  In addition to medical care, you should get legal advice as soon as possible.

  • Do I Have Sufficient Evidence To Win A Brain Injury Case?

Every successful case depends upon persuasive evidence.  An injured person must be able to prove that the negligent party did, or failed to do, something that party would reasonably be expected to do, or not do.  You must show that the negligent party’s breach of duty caused your injury and that you suffered damages as a result.  Not only will be looking to prove that the accident caused your injury, we will also seek to document your lifestyle before and after the injury to show how, and the extent to which, the injury has affected you.

To be sure, each case is different, and speaking with an experienced brain injury lawyer can assist you in determining the strength of the evidence and the extent of your damages.

Brain Injury Attorney In Savannah, GA

A brain injury, including one caused by the negligence of another person, is traumatic and the path to recovery can be lengthy and costly.
At Thomas Hunter Law Firm, we have an exceptional track record of success. We help brain injury victims file claims against negligent parties for the compensation our clients deserve.  That compensation will be for the damages allowed by law, including medical expenses and lost income, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering and the like.

If you suffered a brain injury due to another’s negligence, you will the assistance of an experienced, skilled and caring attorney. This is not a claim you should try to handle yourself.  Contact us for a free, comprehensive case analysis to learn more about how we can assist you with your claim.

Burn injuries can be excruciatingly painful and can leave physical and psychological scars that last a lifetime. Whether it’s a chemical burn from a dangerous product, an accidental burn in a housefire or a malfunctioning electrical appliance that catches fire, you may need the help of an experienced injury lawyer to ensure you’re reasonably compensated for your medical bills and pain and suffering.

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Thomas Hunter Law Firm

7505 Waters Ave, A1 Savannah, GA 31406 (912)231-1116