Should I Settle My Car Accident Case?

Car Accident Settlement

Individuals who have suffered injuries in a car accident because of another person’s negligence often don’t know where to turn. In many cases, their injuries require extensive and costly medical treatment. If their injuries are severe, they may not be able to work or enjoy life the way they had before the crash.

Thankfully, many victims can find some recourse by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party and their insurance company. However, insurance companies like to offer victims small or moderate settlements so they can avoid a lengthy legal process and a potentially larger payout.

In some cases, accepting the insurance company’s settlement offer might be the right move for you. In other cases, you’ll need to push back with the help of a lawyer and potentially even take your claim to trial.

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident at the hands of a negligent driver, keep reading to learn about some factors that should influence your decision about any settlement offer as well as how an attorney can help you make this critical choice.

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5 Good Reasons to Sue a Nursing Home 

Nursing Home Lawsuit

Nursing home abuse and neglect are more common than most people realize. According to the Nursing Home Abuse Center, between 1 million and 2 million U.S. citizens aged 65 and older have suffered some form of abuse at the hands of a caregiver. Research also suggests that less than 10% of physical elder abuse incidents in domestic settings and fewer than 5% of financial exploitation claims are reported to the proper authorities. 

As people are living longer, fuller lives, they deserve to be treated with respect and cared for in a comfortable environment with compassionate caregivers. Unfortunately, as the statistics above show, this isn’t the case for many seniors. If you or someone you know has experienced or is currently experiencing any form of abuse from a professional caregiver, you should report it to the authorities immediately. And if you’re considering filing suit against a nursing home for abuse or neglect, please contact Atkins and Markoff for a free consultation.  

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Watch Out for Defective Products When Shopping for Holiday Gifts 

Defective Products

Finding the perfect gifts for your friends, family, and coworkers is one of the holiday season’s biggest challenges — so much so that people often overlook the potential hazards those gifts pose when standing in the check-out line or filling their online shopping cart.  

Before you swipe your credit card for another gift this year, read on and learn more about the dangers of defective products as well as how to check for recalls or other safety issues before making your purchase.  

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A Drunk Driver Hit Me in Oklahoma — Can I Sue?

Many individuals who suffer injuries in a crash caused by a drunk driver come to a painful crossroads. They’re suffering through mental, emotional, and physical ailments that make it difficult to work, study, or enjoy their lives with friends and family. In addition, these victims often incur enormous medical bills and lost wages, which places … Read moreA Drunk Driver Hit Me in Oklahoma — Can I Sue?

These 4 Common Truck Defects Cause Deadly Wrecks

Truck Defects

While the truck driver’s actions should receive plenty of scrutiny in the wake of a devastating truck accident, there’s also a good chance the condition of the truck itself played a role in causing the wreck.

Compared to a typical passenger car, trucks are extremely complex and require constant maintenance. Meanwhile, profit-driven trucking companies often try to cut corners on inspections and repairs to pad their profit margins. Together, these factors mean vehicle defects contribute to truck crashes at incredibly high rates.

Read this article to learn some of the common truck defects that often cause deadly wrecks and how an attorney can help if you’ve been affected. 

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How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Cost to Hire an Injury Lawyer

When you’ve suffered an injury, hiring and working with a lawyer sounds stressful. More importantly, it sounds expensive.  

But if someone has injured you, you’re already under a great degree of stress, and you’re probably facing thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages, not to mention other expenses and losses. What if you could find a lawyer who would take on your case, handle the complex investigation, deal with the insurance companies and the litigation paperwork, and let you focus on your health and well-being — all without expecting any money from you unless they helped you get a settlement or favorable jury verdict? 

When you work with Atkins & Markoff, that’s exactly what will happen. Our team of experienced attorneys can evaluate your personal injury claim for free, and if we’re able to take your case, we’ll advocate for you on a “no recovery, no fee” basis. To learn more about how our contingent fee policy works, keep reading. 

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Can I Sue a Restaurant if I Get Food Poisoning? 

Food Poisoning Lawsuit

Food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness, happens when victims eat foods contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, and hazardous substances. Symptoms can begin within hours of ingesting the food and may include nausea, fever, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and bloody stool. Extreme cases of food poisoning can require hospitalization, but most cases usually resolve without treatment in a day or two. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek medical treatment immediately.  

If you’ve experienced severe food poisoning and you believe it was caused by eating food from a particular restaurant, supermarket, farm, or other source, you should contact Atkins & Markoff to learn more about your legal options. If you’d like more information, keep reading to learn about how attorneys prove negligence, determine the level of harm inflicted, and assess the potential damages in a foodborne illness case. 

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Atkins & Markoff Represents Clients Filing Roundup Suits Against Monsanto

Roundup Lawsuits

Roundup is a popular weed killer used by farmers, gardeners, and homeowners in more than 160 countries, including the United States. Monsanto initially developed Roundup, but Bayer now owns, creates, and distributes the chemical. Roundup is currently the most popular herbicide in the United States, and people around the world use roughly 1.4 billion pounds of Roundup every year.

The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and several other types of cancer. Because of this link, Monsanto is currently facing thousands of Roundup-related lawsuits across the United States.

If you or someone you love was exposed to Roundup and developed cancer, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Monsanto and could potentially receive financial compensation. Keep reading to learn more about your rights and find out how the team at Atkins and Markoff can help.  

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Harmed by Talcum Powder? Understand Your Rights

Talcum Powder

Numerous studies have indicated a link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer among women who use the powder in and around their genital area via products like sanitary napkins, condoms, and diaphragms.  

If you or a loved one has used a talcum powder product and developed cancer, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation. Keep reading to learn more about your rights and find out how the team at Atkins and Markoff can help you. 

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Will Self-Driving Trucks Make Our Roads Safer or More Dangerous?

Self-driving technology is already available in consumer vehicles, and trucking companies are eager to leverage this technology for potential profit. A potential switch to autonomous trucks could save the trucking industry billions of dollars, but it might also make our roadways more dangerous, at least according to some highway safety experts.

Keep reading to learn how self-driving commercial trucks could impact the safety of other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on our nation’s city streets and interstates. 

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