Sponsored North Port High School Alternative Graduation – 7/16/2020
On July 16, 2020, Boohoff Law sponsored an “alternative graduation” for North Port High School giving the seniors a much deserved time to shine. Covid-19 was going to prevent the class of 2020 from walking across the stage until members of the community stepped up to ensure an outdoor graduation could be held while maintaining CDC guidelines. The day was a major success and Boohoff Law was honored to be a part of the historic moment for the North Port community. North Port High School was kind enough to present a Certificate of Appreciation to the firm for making the event happen.
People who get hurt in accidents and incidents beyond their control often face severe financial strain. Medical treatment for an injury can rack up huge bills. Plus, many victims of preventable accidents miss time at work while recuperating, which limits their income.
The last thing anyone struggling through the aftermath of an unexpected injury thinks they can afford is an expensive attorney. However, here is some good news: even if you have no money at all, you can afford a top-notch lawyer to help you seek compensation after an accident that leaves you in dire financial straits. Let’s take a look at how that’s possible.
A personal injury attorney represents people who have suffered unexpected, preventable injuries through no fault of their own. The attorney’s job is to recover money for those injured people from the individuals or entities whose bad decisions or actions caused the harm.
Virtually all personal injury attorneys offer free consultations. Why? Because personal injury attorneys want to make it easy for injured people to reach out to find out about their legal rights. By offering free consultations, a personal injury attorney ensures that injured people have nothing to lose in connecting with a lawyer who might be able to help them.
A free consultation serves as a “get to know you,” of sorts. During such consultations, injured individuals tell the personal injury lawyer about how they got hurt and who they think may bear the blame. The lawyer asks questions that help him or her figure out if the injured person has a potential legal claim for money damages. Both of them get to size each other up and decide whether they would make for a good fit as attorney and client.
After a free consultation, the lawyer will usually give the injured person a preliminary assessment of whether he or she has a potential legal claim for damages. The lawyer cannot make promises or guarantees, of course. This is just a first meeting, after all. However, the lawyer will usually try to give the injured individual enough information to allow him or her to decide whether to hire the lawyer to handle the case. And again, all of this happens with no up-front payment required.
If an injured person decides to hire a personal injury lawyer after the free consultation, the lawyer will virtually always represent the client on contingency. This means that the personal injury lawyer does not ask the client to pay any money up-front for the lawyer’s services. Instead, the client agrees to pay the lawyer a percentage of any money that the lawyer winds up recovering for the client. The lawyer’s fee is contingent on the lawyer getting the client paid.
In other words, even if you have no money to your name, you can still hire an experienced, skilled personal injury lawyer to represent you, and the lawyer will get to work advocating for your interests without you paying a dime upfront. If the lawyer cannot recover compensation, then the lawyer does not get paid, either. On the flip side, the more money the lawyer obtains for you, the more money the lawyer earns.
These days, lawyers and clients will often agree on a sliding scale of percentages based on the amount of money at stake and/or the amount of time or work it takes for the lawyer to recover money on the client’s behalf.
Whatever the arrangement, the lawyer and client always agree on the percentage upfront, in clear and simple terms, so that the client has a clear understanding of how the lawyer will receive a fee.
Why do personal injury lawyers work on contingency? There are two basic reasons. First, working for a contingent fee gives the injured client access to high-quality legal services. Without contingent fee arrangements, many people who desperately need legal help to recover compensation for an injury would never get justice for the harm done to them.
Second, working on contingency lines up the lawyer’s interests with the client’s. Both want the same thing: for the lawyer to obtain the most money possible to pay for the client’s injuries and losses, and for the lawyer to accomplish that goal as quickly and efficiently as possible. By working on contingency, in other words, a personal injury lawyer “invests” in a client receiving fair compensation for an injury.
Many personal injury lawyers will even pay for the running expenses of a lawsuit out of their own pockets, so clients do not have to spend a single penny in seeking justice and compensation for injuries and losses.
Never Let Money Troubles Stop You From Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer
The fact is that anyone who suffers an injury because of someone else’s careless, reckless, or intentionally harmful actions should still seek out a personal injury attorney, because the cost is effectively zero unless and until the lawyer recovers money, and even then, the lawyer only gets paid out of the money recovered.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in an accident caused by someone else’s poor decisions or dangerous actions, then no matter how little money you have, you can retain a lawyer to represent you in seeking compensation for your injuries. Personal injury attorneys commit their careers to the basic principle that no one should ever go without legal representation in a personal injury case because of financial strain. A personal injury lawyer will not turn you away just because you have no money.
To learn about your legal rights after suffering an injury, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today for a free consultation to discuss your eligibility to file a claim.
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Everybody knows that trucking accidents are serious crashes that often leave a path of debilitating injuries and devastating damage in their wake. However, when we picture these trucking accidents, we often tend to imagine them involving collisions between trucks and some other vehicles—not realizing that trucking accidents that involve falling cargo are just as catastrophic.
When a truck’s cargo is not secured correctly, it often leads to fatal outcomes involving motorists, pedestrians, and truck drivers. In fact, according to a AAA study, falling cargo contributed to more than 200,000 crashes over four years, resulting in 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths. That is why if you have been in a falling cargo accident, you need the help of an experienced truck accident lawyer fighting for you.
How Do Falling Cargo Accidents Happen?
Even though the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides strict regulations regarding how drivers secure their cargo, fatal accidents unfortunately still happen. Sadly, these falling cargo accidents transpire all across the country—from killing a driver in Georgia to crushing a bicyclist in California. Ultimately, the bottom line is these accidents can happen everywhere and result from a variety of reasons; however, the more common causes include the following:
Just because a truck contains its cargo does not mean that the load is safe. Truck drivers still need to make sure to secure their shipments and take specific measures to prevent the cargo from shifting. In addition, drivers also need to check on their cargo periodically during the transport, ensuring that the load is in place at all times. Failing to do so may result in the cargo spilling out of the truck or in the truck tipping over.
Anchors, tie-downs, and other safety devices that secure cargo are crucial in making sure that accidents do not happen. However, what happens when these safety measures fail? To prevent this problem from occurring, drivers need to do regular checks and ensure the condition of these safety mechanisms before securing any cargo.
Uncovered Trucks or Hauling Over the Limit
Materials such as rock, gravel, and sand are not an unusual sight on a truck. However, these loose objects may pose a significant risk to the other drivers and pedestrians if the objects fly off from an uncovered or an overfilled truck. It only takes one rock crashing into a windshield or a motorcyclist to cause a severe and fatal accident.
Serious Injuries Resulting From Cargo Accidents
What makes these specific accidents so deadly is that cargo may fall at any time and without warning—leaving motorists, pedestrians, and the truck driver with little time to react.
As these loads come undone and cause severe accidents, the specific injuries that may result include:
Neck and back injuries: As many victims of falling cargo are either slammed into hard objects or crushed by the weight of the cargo, neck and back injuries are common. These injuries range from moderate to severe and may significantly impact a person’s ability to perform daily activities.
Traumatic brain injuries: These injuries usually result from an external force to the head, such as a blow or a penetrating wound, and are often associated with several severe symptoms, such as headaches, mood changes, vomiting, dizziness, and concentration problems.
Spinal cord injuries: Severe trauma to the spinal cord, which falling cargo can cause, may result in chronic damage to the spinal cord and, consequently, permanent paralysis.
Severe lacerations: Broken glass or sharp metal from the crash may penetrate a victim’s skin and cause severe lacerations or cuts.
Broken bones: Usually, falling cargo accidents involve more broken bones than a regular car crash. Mainly due to the sheer force and weight of the cargo.
Who Is Liable for Falling Cargo Accidents?
Victims injured in these types of accidents not only have to deal with their significant injuries, but frequently have numerous questions, a list of concerns, and needs that they want to be met. Specifically, who may injured individuals hold accountable for their injuries and damages? Proving fault in these falling cargo accidents is quite complicated and requires the injured party to prove negligence on the part of the trucking company and/or the truck driver. Stated simply, to collect compensation for your injuries, you need to show that the at-fault parties failed to exercise a reasonable duty of care in securing the truck’s cargo.
If the trucking company failed to secure its cargo correctly or did not maintain its truck in good shape—resulting in doors opening, safety mechanisms failing, or debris falling—then the trucking company is liable. In this case, injured individuals may hold the company liable for resulting injuries.
Even though truck drivers may not necessarily be responsible for the maintenance of their trucks, drivers are accountable for their actions while driving, such as checking on the load during transport and maintaining good driving behaviors, both of which can help prevent cargo-related accidents.
Sometimes a trucking company will hire a third party to help with particular tasks, such as loading or unloading cargo. If these subcontractors are in charge of securing or loading the shipment, and they did not properly secure the materials, then the subcontractors may share in the liability for your injuries.
How an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney Can Help
Nobody can replace a loved one or remove the pain of a falling cargo accident. However, by obtaining an experienced truck accident lawyer to handle your case, you are ensuring that you’re doing everything you can to maximize your ultimate compensation. These attorneys can not only investigate the accident, obtaining all of the crucial evidence needed for your case, but they can also ensure that you name all potential defendants in your case and pursue all possible avenues of compensation.
If you suffered injuries due to falling cargo, do not wait any longer; contact a knowledgeable and experienced truck accident lawyer today.
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Seattle, WA 98121