Why is it Important to Hire an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney to Represent You?

One of the first questions people charged with a crime ask is if it’s necessary to hire a criminal defense attorney. Even though an experienced criminal defense lawyer will be able to help you get the best possible outcome for your case, the cost of hiring a lawyer is often too intimidating.

If you’ve been convicted of a crime in Philadelphia, Bucks County, or Montgomery County, our criminal defense and DUI attorneys can help. Here’s how:

They Understand the Legal System

The legal system is often confusing and extremely difficult to navigate on your own. Our criminal defense attorneys have collective decades of experience moving through the inner workings of the criminal justice system. 

They Can Save You Money

If you’ve been charged with a crime, then chances are you’re worried about losing your job, your home, and your livelihood. By hiring an experienced defense attorney to fight for the best possible outcome, they can help you keep your job, your professional license, and even help you avoid a lengthy court trial that will result in lost income. 

They Can Examine Law Enforcement

Experienced criminal defense lawyers know the ins and outs of every step of criminal justice proceedings, including how evidence needs to be handled for it to be admissible in court. Our attorneys will examine your case to make sure your rights haven’t been infringed upon and will fight to have inadmissible evidence thrown out of your case. 

Whether you’re at risk of losing your professional license, you’ve been accused of domestic assault, or you’re facing a DUI charge, Kats, Jamison & Associates can help. Our team of experienced criminal defense and DUI attorneys will fight to ensure that you get the best possible outcome following your criminal charge, protecting your family and your future.

What to Do if you’ve been in a Car Accident

Six million automobile accidents occur each year in America. Fortunately, most of these accidents only involve damage to a vehicle. However, on an average 33% of those accidents result in personal injury.

If you are involved in a car accident, it is easy to panic and make irrational decisions. The purpose of this post and graphic is to help you know what to do in the event you find yourself involved in a car accident. 

What to do if you’ve been in a car accident:

  1. First, never leave the scene of an accident. This is the definition of a “Hit and Run” which is a crime. Regardless of inconvenience, it is important to remain present while evidence is gathered and witnesses are interviewed
  2. Keep yourself protected and safe. Being on a busy road presents safety challenges every time. Consider purchasing and using a roadside emergency kit including flares and road markings. Use flashlights in the dark. 
  3. Contact Law Enforcement. Whether the car accident is major or minor, it is a good idea to call in law enforcement for help. Law enforcement officers will gather all the initial information which they need to proceed with their investigation.The automobiles involved in the accident should remain at the same place, unless they are in a traffic area. 
  4. Cooperate with Law Enforcement Officials to gather all of the necessary information for their investigation. Tell them what you know about an accident and don’t hesitate to tell them that you don’t know certain things. 
  5. Make sure that you take pictures of the vehicles in case of visible damage. You should also take photographs of visible injuries. Pictures taken at the scene of the accident will help you in further investigation. 
  6. You should exchange basic information such as name, address and telephone number of all persons involved in the accident (drivers and passengers) as well as licence & insurance information should be documented. 
  7. Consider seeking medical attention, even if there are no outward signs of injury. Often, adrenaline masks injuries at the moment of the accident and underlying muscle injuries may not become apparent until the next day. 
  8. Document as much as possible, because evidence may disappear quickly. Keep all your accident-related documents and information in one place. 
  9. Contact a Personal injury attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights. The personal injury attorney can help with compensation for any medical expenses that may arise. 

Your attorney can advise you on major issues like compensation and medication, and they make sure you are getting the best medical treatment and full compensation. If you have been in an automobile accident and would like to speak with an attorney, please contact us as soon as possible so we can help you with your case.

How to maintain Social Distancing if you’ve been in a car accident

At the time of this blog post, our world is still in the middle of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and many of us have been societally isolated by government stay-at-home orders. However, despite these lock-downs, life must go on, and while we are venturing outside for groceries or commuting to our essential jobs, Car Accidents and Truck Accidents are a very real possibility.

 

What adds to that possibility is the fact that more Motorcycles and Bicycles are on the road as the weather has gotten warmer.  And with the Coronavirus being front and center in everyone’s mind, it’s probably fair to say that drivers are more distracted than ever.

 

Just yesterday, as I was driving to get my own blood work done, I saw the aftermath of two separate car accidents. The first accident involved a car and a truck, and the second was a three car collision.

 

Seeing the drivers at these accident scenes got me thinking about how distraught drivers must be today. Whether it’s dealing with the fear of what the “new normal” looks or worrying about a loved one that they haven’t seen in several months, drivers are distracted, and this can lead to pretty significant car accidents. 

What to do if you’ve been in a car accident during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

First, always be sure to wait for the responding officers. Gathering evidence at the scene in the event that you need a car accident attorney is still just as crucial now as it was before the coronavirus.  Even if there are no injuries immediately apparent, do not let fear of the Coronavirus force you to leave the scene of the accident prematurely.

 

Next, be sure to engage in proper Social Distancing practices at the scene.  Odds are that the responding police officers will be wearing face masks, so you should wear your face mask as well.

 

Be sure to cooperate and provide as many details as possible about the accident. Just like before the pandemic, details are important. Evidence tends to disappear, memories fade and stories change. And the fact that the other driver is probably wearing a mask can make identification and recognition more challenging later on.

 

One suggested tip is to ask the other driver to hold their documents in their hands while you take pictures of them with your cell phone. This would include their driver’s license, insurance information and auto registration, all of which will be necessary for you to report a claim. Be sure to extend the courtesy of doing the same for the other driver.

 

Finally, if you have been injured in a Car Accident or Motorcycle Accident, hospitals, medical facilities, doctor’s offices are open. It is important that you get a thorough examination to ensure there is no risk of delayed injuries, so call and schedule an appointment.

 

If you are injured or in paid, remember that suffering in silence will cause more damage to your health and your claim.

 

The Law Offices of Kats Jamison and Associates are here, even remotely, to help you if needed. You can call our office at 1-800-LAW-1917 to schedule a free consultation.

When to call an Attorney if you’ve been in a car accident

There are about 5.5 million car crashes in the USA each year (half of which result in an injury). And regardless of how careful and defensive you drive, there’s always a chance of being involved in an incident yourself because you cannot control the driving of other people. 

If you’ve recently been in a car crash, you may be wondering if you need a car accident lawyer or how long you should wait before finding an attorney. The truth of the matter is this:  if you’ve been injured or if the incident resulted in the filing of any insurance claims or the assignment of fault or responsibility, then it’s important that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

You’re not overreacting when you choose to speak to a lawyer after a car accident. You’re making the right choice to ensure that nothing gets lost or forgotten while the legal system processes your claim. 

Court proceedings can be a long and frustrating process, but they are necessary in order for you to get the justice you deserve, especially if you’ve been involved in a car accident that wasn’t your fault and/or resulted in a personal injury. Simply resolving a filed insurance claim will require as many details as possible, regardless of whether the case goes to trial or not. Unfortunately, over time the details about what happened during your accident can become hazy. 

Finding a lawyer quickly after a car crash will ensure that:

  1. None of the evidence disappears. A lawyer will work with police, investigators, doctors, tow-truck companies and anyone else involved to ensure that all physical evidence is collected and dealt with properly.  That way it is available when the time comes for a judge’s review; and 

 

  1. Witnesses don’t forget what they saw. An attorney will find, speak to and gather the statements of every witness to your accident, and will furthermore know exactly how to organize and document the testimonial dates, images, and other aspects in a way that a judge and jury would understand. It’s important to get these statements as early as possible since time can minimize the accuracy and details of an event. 

The process begins while the facts are still fresh.  You’ve only got a short window of time for legal action after being involved in a car accident. Waiting too long to consult with a lawyer after the date of a collision risks you’re losing crucial physical evidence and witness testimony.  If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident in the Commonwealth of Philadelphia and need an injury attorney, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our team for a free consultation to find out what your next steps should be.

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Victim of Slip and Fall? – What should you do?

In a slip and fall case, the most crucial aspect is what happens immediately after the fall.
To present the case there needs to be a defect that caused you to slip, trip, or fall.

Congratulations MARINA KATS for being selected to present the 2016 Edward J. Ross Memorial Lecture

Philadelphia, PA, March 24, 2016: Congratulations to MARINA KATS for being selected to present the 2016 Edward J. Ross Memorial Lecture in Litigation at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law on Thursday, March 24, 2016, in the Klein Hall Moot Court Room. The Ross Lecture was established in 2008 in memory of Edward J. Ross (Temple Class of 1969), a successful litigator who specialized in the area of adult survivors of early childhood sexual abuse.  This annual lecture has attracted outstanding speakers from the Philadelphia Legal community, and includes such past stellar trial attorney luminaries as Ronald Jay Cohen, Stephen Sheller, Roberta D. Liebenberg, Thomas R. Kline, and Joe Tucker.

Marina Kats received the Leonard barrack ’68 Alumni Achievement Award

At TLAA’s 100th Anniversary Diamond Gala

Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2015: Congratulations to MARINA KATS for being selected as one of the top 3 distinguished Temple Law alums in recognition of the 100th year anniversary of the Temple Law Alumni Association (TLAA) and the 125th anniversary of Temple Law School.  In addition to receiving the Leonard Barrack ’68 Alumni Achievement Award from TLAA this past Saturday night, October 10, 2015 at The Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia (at TLAA’s 100th Anniversary Diamond Gala), Marina was also presented with a congratulatory proclamation from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack.

Marina Kats Receives 2015 Super Lawyers Award

Kats, Jamison & Associates is a full-service law firm providing expert legal advice in the areas of personal injury, including automobile, trucking, pedestrian and slip-and-fall accidents, as well as representing clients in criminal defense, real estate, corporate law, family law and immigration law matters.

 

The firm is unique because of their multi-language and multi-disciplined abilities. When you walk into our office, in addition to English, you hear people speaking in Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, French, Armenian, Hebrew and Spanish.

 

Marina Kats is named to the Super Lawyers list, an honor she has received many times. In addition to practicing law, Marina was named one of the Best 50 Women in Business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She has been inducted in to the Women’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame and was name Consumer Advocate of the Year for five consecutive years. She is on the Board of Einstein Healthcare Network and is a Trustee of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

 

Over the years, the firm has had many successes obtaining multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements, from $1 million to $30 million. There is no case too big or too small for the Kats firm. The clients will receive the firm’s undivided attention whether they have a $5,000 or $500 million case.

 

“Traditional Values and a modern approach to serving clients with the commitment and professionalism they deserve.”

 

This was another triumphant year for the Kats firm. “We keep doing what we do best,” says Marina, who was again selected as one of the Legal Leaders Philadelphia’s top Rated Lawyers. In one of her especially difficult cases, she recently achieved a $1.15 million settlement, which was featured and published as one of the Top Pennsylvania Verdicts and Settlements.

 

The firm continues to expand with Richard Seidel, a 26-year veteran trail lawyer, recently joining. He has many multimillion-dollar verdicts, including an $8.5 million verdict in the field of medical malpractice. He is the former chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Judicial Selection Commission and former chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Board of Governors.

 

Marina earned the L.L.M. in Trial Advocacy, a degree achieved by less than 1 percent of all lawyers in Pennsylvania. She often lectures on law and also judges national law school competitions.

 

With all of the accolades, what Marina values most is the opinion of her clients. “My focus always was, and will forever be, my clients,” she says.

 

Marina Kats and her firm are available 24/7 to meet the needs of every client.

Slip and Fall on Ice: Where Accidents Occur and How to Respond

Almost no one expects a winter accident, but businesses understand and even plan for the danger. Most companies in the Northern United States set aside special funds with the sole purpose of handling the damages from winter accidents. One international company lays aside $1 billion every year for its US division to handle personal injury cases resulting from snow and ice; Kats Jamison and Associates has helped our clients recover substantial damages. Our recent settlement was $750,000 for a woman that slipped and fell on ice and there are many others like it. These incidents happen all the time, and the damages can be severe.

Harsh and unexpected weather conditions can make it difficult to keep properties safe during winter months. The owner has a responsibility to clear snow and ice, and yet these can arise as suddenly as a hailstorm, or an unexpected cold front. Even the most organized business cannot anticipate and clear slippery conditions in order to keep the property 100% safe, at all times.

Pennsylvania law also places some responsibility for caution on the part of visitors, workers, and pedestrian traffic. We urge everyone to take appropriate precautionary measures.

Areas where Most Slip and Fall on Ice Incidents Occur Ice and snow can quickly build-up in areas around businesses before personnel can appropriately respond with snow ploughs, salt, and shovels. As a slip and fall lawyer in Philadelphia, we see injuries most frequently in the following areas: 1. Parking lots 2. Garages 3. Outside the business (unclassified areas) 4. Stairs, ramps, and docks 5. Sidewalks 6. Entryways, such as lobbies and vestibules Despite knowing where slippery conditions are likeliest, the pedestrians in Philadelphia and adjacent counties like Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware County can still fall, simply because the conditions are difficult to see, avoid, or account for. If an incident does occur, then we recommend you take the appropriate actions to ensure a successful case. This protects you from the substantial financial repercussions that a severe personal injury can have on your life.

Kats Jamison and Associates recommends you take the following steps and precautions in the event of a slip and fall on ice. 1. Do not make any detailed statements regarding the accident. 2. Do not make a recorded statement with the insurance adjustors. 3. Take down the contact information for the property owners and managers. 4. Find witnesses and write down their contact information. 5. Take pictures of the defects/hazards and of your injury. 6. Save all clothing, especially the footwear you wore when the slip and fall occurred. 7. Seek immediate medical attention if you are injured. 8. Call our law firm to connect with a slip and fall attorney in Philadelphia and adjacent counties for a free consultation: (215) 396-9001.

We also recommend you report your case to the immediate supervisor in the area where the accident occurred. Do not go into detail regarding the nature of the accident. Simply state where the accident occurred, take the necessary contact information, and move on. How a Slip and Fall Lawyer in Philadelphia Determines Damages for Your Claim Whether the slip and fall happens in Philadelphia or an adjacent area, the determination is basically the same. Our clients frequently ask us to estimate the value of their claim as early as possible. While it is difficult to give an accurate estimate of damages early in the process, we are able to give a figure after all of the medical bills and reports have been submitted.

My office of experienced personal injury attorneys meets on a weekly basis to analyze the cases that have come into the firm; we discuss and make a joint decision on each case. My office makes itself completely available to our clients; we take calls 24 hours each day, seven days of the week; we visit clients in the home or the hospital. If you need anything – from free consultation with regards to your case, to a slip and fall lawyer in Philadelphia, please do not hesitate to call us. And please, stay safe out there. If you are in the Greater Philadelphia area, please call (215) 396-9001. Kats Jamison & Associates is a personal injury law practice serving Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware County, and other adjacent counties. <>