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. <>

 

Legal Leader Names Kats Jamison & Associates as one of the Top Rated Lawyers in Philadelphia

2014 Top Rated Lawyers in Philadelphia

We are proud to be published in Legal Leaders as Philadelphia’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2014!

See the full article here: 2014 Top Rated Lawyers in Philadelphia

Marina Kats, a Philadelphia injury lawyer with a focus on clients.

Marina Kats: Philadelphia Injury Lawyer

The most important reason why I became a lawyer is obvious. It is to help others in their moment of need. That answer will probably be given by most attorneys practicing law. For me it’s more than just words. This is a principle that I live by. My law firm is very unique in the sense that we are equally well equipped to handle multi-million dollar cases as well as cases of less potential value. For every person whose case we handle it is the most important case. Most firms that I know of, they either handle very large cases and they will not accept a smaller case or smaller firms will refer the large cases out, as they do not have the capability of efficiently handling the same. A Philadelphia injury lawyer at our firm will take on a case no matter the size.

 

The legal outcome is very difficult to measure. Once an attorney friend of mine choked when he was asked how he was able to get a 16 million dollar verdict on the case, he said I made a mistake on a 17 million dollar case. Since each case is so different and outcomes are difficult to predict, no two results could be compared. For example a cashier at the super market, who broke a finger, as a result of a car accident, and is unable to fully regain the use of the finger, maybe $200,000-300,000 is a good outcome. For the concert pianist with the same injury it could be a terrible result. A Philadelphia injury lawyer from Philly Lawyers would work to get the deserving outcome, no matter who the client is. Therefore the most important element in an attorney-client relationship is the trust and understanding that the lawyer really cares. The client may never find out how much lawyers know, but the client will always know how much a lawyer cares.

 

For the most part the problems can be solved among the parties if everyone dealt with each other in an honest and reasonable matter, but unfortunately that doesn’t happen in our world. I look at myself as an equalizer between the insurance company and someone who is injured in an accident. If the insurance company dealt with those individuals in a completely fair form there would not be a need for me to get involved, but most of the time the person is lost in the bureaucracy of the system. That’s when we will come in and help untangle the web of complications and give straight forward advice and a solution that can be recommended to our client’s satisfaction. I’d go to that lawyer. We help. And that’s the most important thing at the end of the day.

 

I started in college on student loans and I had to work two jobs to go through college and law school. I have built one of the most prestigious and respected firms in the tri-state area because of my humble beginnings. I understand philosophy and the importance of hard work and making it your life mission to assist others. I truly believe that the client comes first.

 

Like I stated earlier, most clients do not care how much a lawyer knows they want to know how much a lawyer cares. Our firm possesses both knowledge and care for our clients. We will and work in a community that we represent. I personally not only have a regular law degree that all lawyers are required to have but I also have a LLM in trial advocacy which translates to the highest possible degree that is attainable by an attorney. There is less than 1,000 of those degrees in the state of PA. When opposing counsel see the credentials they immediately recognize a worthy opponent. I, in my firm, have a number of verdict and settlements ranging from a million to 30 million dollars.

 

Most attorneys employed in our firm have a minimum of twenty years of experience. For example Richard Sydel was a former member of the board of directors for the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and former board member of Governors of Philadelphia Bar Association. He had over 10 settlements on million-dollar plus cases. He has been published over 15 times and has lectured for the bar association and trial lawyers –  we hire the best so that you get the best Philadelphia injury lawyer for your case.

what to do when someone dies

Law | What To Do When Someone Dies

Philly Lawyers Can Help With The Legal Side of This Sad Event

It is unfortunate, but during our lifetime we will experience a loss of a loved one. Many of us do not know what to do in these situations, so we have written this article with law tips of what to do when someone dies. When a loved one dies,  you need to immediately get the letters of administration. If you have questions or concerns that are not answered in this article, we recommend that you contact a trust and estate attorney immediately.  You should go to an office of probate with the death certificate, their form of identification, and request the letters of administration. If you live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester or Bucks county, our trust and estate attorneys can help you with this process. Kats, Jamison & Associates (Philly Lawyers) has experienced attorneys throughout the greater Philadelphia area that would help you every step of the way.

 

Getting the letters of administration is the first step. Once the letters of administration are received the executor/executrices of the will must follow it precisely.  Before the executor distributes any proceeds to the beneficiaries of the estate he or she must inform everyone of their intent and receive the releases from all beneficiaries. Just remember that no good deed goes unpunished, even if the executor did not benefit from the distribution of the estate, but did not follow the will precisely, they might be responsible for the consequences. Once all of the assets are distributed the inventory must be filed together with the tax return within nine months of the death.

 

In a recent case that our firm handled, there were a number of siblings and when the parents passed away, there was a specific intent expressed that the house would go to one of the siblings, except it was not clearly written in the will. Most of the siblings agreed, except for one of the individuals, and the executor had to use estate money in order to defend his action. Eventually the executor was successful, but he could have made his job a lot easier, had he explained the actions to all of the beneficiaries before the distribution of the assets was finalized.

 

The executor should contact a trust and estate attorney to be their guide in what to do when someone dies. This will ensure that no mistakes are made, as litigation is usually costly and unnecessary. Our firm provides legal advice and guidance with the administration of the estate.  We could also recommend a competent accountant who could assist you with tax advice.

 

Please contact us for any questions that you may have. We will provide you with the expert advice and knowledge that you need on such matters.

215-396-9001