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AUTO ACCIDENTS

Auto Accident Lawyer for Kentucky and Indiana


Each year auto accidents injure or kill millions of Americans.  Causes of accidents include texting, distracted drivers, drunk driving, fatigue, and aggressive driving. Approximately 40% of car wrecks and crashes are fatal and involve alcohol.  If the automoblie accident occurs between midnight and 3 am the percentage increases to 75%.  Different types of car accidents involve: head on collisions, rollovers, rear-enders, side impacts, and more. Car wrecks are the number one and most deadly source of personal injury in the world.  The percentage of being involved in a car crash or auto accident increases by 400% if one is talking on a cell phone.
 

Auto Accidents Cause:

-Brain injuries and brain damage that include bruising, bleeding, tearing and swelling:

-Spinal injuries that include bulging disc, herniated disc, nerve impingement, damage to the motor and sensory pathways, injury to the center of the cervical area of the spinal cord, injury to the right or left side of the spinal cord, loss of sensory and motor function, and bruising:

-Orthopedic injuries that include: broken or fractured bone, strained or sprained muscles, or torn ligaments and tendons:

-Burns affecting the skin or burns that affect the airway:  and

-Pain that includes traumatic pain an injury or wound caused by an external force and/or mental pain such as post traumatic stress disorder.


WHY CHOOSE THE SHUNNARAH LAW FIRM


Everyone should have equal access to the legal system.  I represent clients on a contingency basis which means you will pay no up-front fees or out-of-pocket expenses, and you only pay an attorney fee if I win or settle your personal injury lawsuit. The Shunnarah Law Firm has a proven track record recovering millions of dollars of compensation for our clients.  I have over 30 years of trial experience.  We will thoroughly investigate your lawsuit and work to develop the strongest and most persuasive case possible.


SERIOUS AND CATASTROPHIC INJURIES


The trauma from an auto accident will require expensive medical treatment, harm your ability to work, and cause severe pain and suffering.  In many cases  injuries are permanent.  We can help you answer those important questions.  Can I get medical treatment?  Who will pay my medical bills?  How can I provide for my family if I can not work?  If my injuries are permanent, how will I get by?   Which doctor should I go to?    


TIPS FOR AFTER THE ACCIDENT


1.  Do not sign anything until you have contacted the Shunnarah Law Office.  You could be releasing your claim; 

2.  Call the police and if you are able, collect as much info as possible right after the accident, for example the name of who hit you and names of any potential witnesses;

3.  If you are seriously injured, have the police call Emergency Medical Services (EMS), go to the hospital emergency room, and then make an appointment with your doctor immediately.

4.  Notify your insurance carrier of your accident as soon as possible, your policy will have a provision that failure to timely notify it of the claim may result in denial of coverage.

5.  Do not give any statement to the insurance company.  Their goal is to deny your claim.  My goal is to help you recover the money you deserve. 

6.  Keep a journal. It can be difficult down the road to remember how painful your injuries were right after the accident.


LIMITATION OF ACTION


KENTUCKY

In Kentucky the general rule is the Statute of Limitations requires a lawsuit for injuries from an auto accident or semi-truck accident be brought within two years of the accident or two years from the last payment of BRB/PIP benefits, not to exceed four years from the date of the accident.  It is essential that you contact an auto accident attorney within that time period or you may be barred from filing your claim.  There are exceptions to the general rule, therefore it is always recommended you contact The Shunnarah Law Firm immediately after the collision.   


INDIANA

In Indiana the general statute of limitations for an auto accident or semi-tractor trailer accident is two years from the date the injury occurred.  However there are exceptions for example if a “Governmental Entity” is involved a claim must be filed within 180 days.    


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TRUCK ACCIDENTS

In 2010, estimates showed over 500,000 truck-involved accidents. Of these truck accidents, over 100,000 people were severely injured and over 5,000 people died. The number of deaths recorded from 2009 to 2010 increased by close to 2,000 people. While trucks remain an important part of our lives because they transport essential daily goods, this often results in busy and congestive streets. Moreover, a truck driving job includes driving long distances and strict deadlines, which can be physically demanding on the driver. These factors can lead to both recklessness and negligence on behalf of the driver. However, truck drivers have a duty to drive safely to avoid accidents with other motor vehicles. A person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes. Large trucks include 18 wheelers, tractor trailers, and semi tractor trailers. Large trucks are more likely to be involved in a fatal multi car crash then passenger vehicles. In crashes involving large trucks, 98% of the fatalities are the people in the passenger vehicles. The majority of large truck crashes usually occur in good weather 71%, on dry roads 71%, during the day time 75%, and on weekdays 88%. Truck defects also contribute to large truck accidents. Truck defects include tires or wheels, brake related, engine/ transmition, and steering wheel. Approximately 700 heavy truck drivers and passengers in truck trips die each year. Almost 3,700 passengers in cars die annually in accidents with heavy trucks. If you have been involved with a large truck accident that was caused by someone else, the law entitles you in compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. This is what personal injury law is all about. At the Shunnarah Law office we help injured people receive the compensation they deserve. As your the truck accident attorney, I will aggressively fight to recover money damages for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Never enter an agreement with the insurance company before first talking to Mr. Shunnarah. The insurance company wants to pay as little as possible. They have teams of lawyers whose job it is to save their shareholders money. They do not have your best interest in mind.


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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

In recent years motorcycle riding has become more popular especially among older more affluent riders. Compared to closed vehicles, motorcycles are less stable and less crashworthy. They are also less visible to other drivers and pedestrians. Motorcyclists are 39 times more likely to die in a crash that the occupants of a car.


COMMON CAUSES OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS INCLUDE:


A. Other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way.

B. Failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic

C. Deliberate hostile action by a motorist against a motorcycle rider

D. Lack of attention of the other driver

There is an extremely high risk of injury to those involved in a motorcycle accident. In multiple vehicle accidents motorcyclists are injured 98% of the time and in single vehicle accidents motorcyclists are injured 96% of the time. Approximately 80% of motorcycle accidents result in severe injuries or death. Wearing a helmet lowers a motorcyclist's risk of fatal injury by 39% and reduces the risk of traumatic brain injury by 67%.


Serious injuries can have catastrophic affects upon your life. The trauma of an motorcycle accident can:


A. Harm your ability to work and earn money;

B. Require expensive medical treatment;

C. Severely impair your ability to function in your normal life such as walking, bending, climbing, or lifting objects;

D. Cause pain and suffering; and

E. Be permanent


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PRODUCT LIABILITY

Product Liability Claims


Manufacturers, Distributors, and Retailers have a duty to produce, distribute and sell products that are safe for consumers. When that duty is breached and you suffer an injury, they are liable under Product Liability Law. If you are injured from a dangerous or defective product, you are entitled to recover your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. If they had prior knowledge of the danger of the product but continue to place it in the marketplace, they may be liabile for punitive damages which are damages awarded to punish the offender to deter such wrongful conduct in the future.


Theories of Recovery


There are three theories that support a Product Liability Clalim for a dangerous or defective product, negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty. Under negligence the consumer must show that the defendant had a duty to manufacture, distribute, or sell a safe product, that the defendant breached said duty, that the breach of duty was the proximate cause of the injury, and that the consumer suffered injury. In a strict liability case the consumer must only show that the product was dangerous or defective and it caused injury. In a breach of warranty case, the consumer must show that the product came with an express or implied warranty, that the defendant breached the warranty, and such breach caused injury.


Potential Categories of Danerous or Defective Products


Contaminate food products such as ground beef tainted with E. Coli
Cosmetics
Baby Strollers or beds
Autombiles, automobile parducts, parts and accessories
Children's toys
Medicines

If you suffer injury from a dangerous or defective product call the Law Office of Nader George Shunnarah. I will handle your case personally. My goal is to provide each client with excellent service, to have good communications, and to be dedicated to zealous representation to obtain the compensation you deserve.


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CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS

Statistics indicate that over 1,000 construction workers are killed each year while on the job. Of these, over 300 deaths will result from construction site falls. While many injuries are caused by simple accidents, others could have been prevented if not for the carelessness of someone else. Improperly labeled hazardous materials, faulty tools and equipment, and defective machines can make working on a construction site deadly and dangerous.

Construction workers rely on their employers and contractors for a safe construction site. Injuries are many times caused by safety violations. We provide representation to clients nationwide. If you or someone you love has been injured on a construction site due to someone else’s negligence and you need a Louisville construction injury lawyer, Lexington construction injury lawyer, Indianapolis construction injury lawyer, Northern Indiana construction injury lawyer or Southern Indiana construction injury lawyer, call the Shunnarah legal team. We are experienced and know the laws and regulations regarding construction accidents. With 28 years of experience, the Shunnarah legal team will work with you personally and fight to collect the compensation you deserve.



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DUI ACCIDENTS

Drunk driving accidents occur every day which result in innocent people being hurt or killed. While laws against drunk driving and groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) can help deter these accidents, these initiatives are not enough to stop those who drive while drunk. If you or someone that you love has been injured as a result of a drunk driving accident, you need a Drunk Driver Accident Lawyer who is experienced and on your side. The Shunnarah Law Firm will provide you an aggressive litigator and accomplished negotiator who will help you recover the money you deserve.


Liability


At the Shunnarah Law Office my staff and I will pursue every responsible party. For instance, a liquor establishment may also be liable for an accident if it is found that their employees knowingly sold the drunk driver too much liquor. This is known as dram shop liability. We will help you recover money damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In addition since a drunk driver is commiting a criminal act by driving drunk, you may be entitled to recover punitive damages. Punitive damages are those imposed to punish the defendant for his willful, wanton, and malicious conduct. If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver or a liquor establishment’s irresponsible actions, Call Nader George Shunnarah.


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Call the office or fill out a Free Online Consultation Form for a free consultation. If you are unable to come to the office, my staff and I will come to you.


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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Your Trusted Medical Malpractice Lawyer


Medical malpractice is the reckless and negligent treatment of a patient by a physician, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, or other HEALTH CARE professional. The predominant theory of liability regarding medical malpractice is negligence making this type of litigation part of Tort Law. Although medical treatment for your injury or illness is usually successful, trained medical staff can make mistakes, so in the event you have suffered a serious injury due to medical negligence, contact the Shunnarah Law Firm for your Medical Malpractice Lawyer. You will receive an experienced and aggressive litigator, and an accomplished negotiator for your Medicial Malpractice case.
 

Potential Cases Involve:


-Wrong Diagnosis (Misdiagnosis)

-Improper or Delayed Treatment:

-Pharmaceutical Errors:

-Surgical Errors

-Wrongful Death

-Birth Injuries


Other Medical Providers May Be Liable


Hospital employees such as nurses can also be held responsible for negligence and the hospital itself may be held liable under the doctrine of respondeat superior. The hospital can be held responsible for an employee’s negligence if the employee is acting within the scope of their employment at the time the negligence occurred. To the plaintiff this liability is very important in a medical malpractice case because it insures that the plaintiff can recover money damages from a responsible party.


Negligence


Generally the theory of recovery used in medical malpractice cases is negligence whereby the medical professional was negligent and violated the standard of care for his patient. There are four elements to a negligence claim: (1) duty of care owed by the physician; (2) the physician’s violation of the standard of care; (3) injury; and (4) the injury was proximately caused by the negligent conduct.
To show that the doctor violated the standard of care owed to the patient, expert testimony is necessary. The plaintiff must have on his or her side, a medical expert qualified in the same area of medicine as the defendant who is able to testify that there was a deviation of standard of care to the patient.


Informed Consent


An additional theory of recovery commonly used by plaintiffs in a medical malpractice case is the failure of the medical provider to obtain the patient's informed consent in relationship to the procedure or treatment given causing a cause of action for battery. Generally informed consent essentially means that the medical provider must inform the patient of the potential benefits, risks, and alternatives of any treatment, medical procedure, or surgery and must obtain the patients written consent to proceed.


Other Theories of Recovery


In a small number of cases doctors do promise results and if the patient is not satisfied that they have obtained the results promised they may file a claim for violation of the contract or violation of the warranty. In addition patients may proceed under a theory of Res Ipsa Loquitur when a patient may not know what caused the injury but since the doctor was in control of the treatment, surgery or procedure, the burden is transferred to the doctor to show that he did not violate the standard of care.


LIMITATION OF ACTION


KENTUCKY:

In Kentucky, the general rule is that the Statute of Limitations requires a lawsuit for Medical Malpractice claims be brought within one year from the time of the negligent act or omission. There are exceptions to the rule for example the one year period may be extended if the negligence was not immediately discovered or if the person injured was a minor. It is essential that you contact the Shunnarah Injury Law Firm within that time period or you may be barred from filing your claim.


INDIANA:

Indiana also has a one year statute of limitations for an Medical Malpractice claims. but there are also several important exceptions. For example Indiana also follows the time of discovery rule, the minor rule, but also has the Governmental entity rule which states if a “Governmental Entity” is involved a claim must be filed within 180 days.


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E-COLI

Escherichia Coli, commonly known as E. Coli, is a bacterium commonly found in the lower intestine of warm-blooded organisms. Most strains of E. Coli are harmless but other strains such as E. Coli O157:H7 can be potentially fatal. E. Coli poisoning can be contracted from consuming contaminated food products, most notably raw vegetables, undercooked ground beef and unpasteurized milk. Humans may also spread E. Coli from personal contact or food preparation if they have not properly washed their hands after using the restroom.


Symptoms


The symptoms of E. Coli poisoning include severe abdominal cramps, bloody or watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and potential organ failure. Young children and the elderly are considered high risk for serious kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). If you have recently consumed raw vegetables or undercooked ground beef and are experiencing these symptoms, see a doctor immediately.


Liability


E. Coli litigation is designed to recover compensation for victims of E. Coli poisoning. Several theories of recovery are used including negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty, and product liability. If injured you may have a claim against a manufacturer, distributor, and retailer. We are experienced and know the laws and regulations regarding E. Coli liability.


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BRAIN/HEAD INJURY

Brain damage or head injuries are some of the most severe that a person can experience. The impact upon the injured person and their family can be devastating. These injuries are extremely painful. They can dramatically change a person’s quality of life. Brain or head injuries cost a substantial amount of money for medical treatment and long term care. If you or someone you love has suffered brain damage or a head injury from an auto accident or other personal injury call the Shunnarah Injury Law Firm.


TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY


Traumatic Brain Injury, often referred to as TBI, commonly occurs when sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI also can result when the head mildly hits an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue. Symptoms of TBI vary from mild moderate to severe depending on the extent of damage to the brain. A person with TBI may remain conscious or may suffer a loss of consciousness for seconds or minutes.


Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury

The symptoms of TBI are varied. They may include:

Physical - Headaches, dizziness, loss of balance, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision and confusion.

Mental - amnesia, short-term memory loss, poor judgment and concentration.

Emotional - depression, agitation, apathy, volatile temper, fearfulness, and impatience, sleep and appetite trouble.


Causes


Car accidents and other personal injuries are among the leading causes of brain injuries. According to CDC the U.S center for disease control and prevention there are approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S who suffer from traumatic brain injury each year. Fifty Thousand die from TBI each year and 85,000 people suffer from long term disability. The causes of brain injury include open head injury, close head injury, deceleration injuries, chemical/toxic hypoxia, tumors, infections, and stroke.


Diagnosis


Many times brain injuries can be diagnosed during the emergency room visits by an MRI, CT scan, X rays, or an EEG. Other times brain injuries can not immediately be detected and symptoms may become permanent after a period of time. Unfortunately, brain injuries are frequently permanent in nature and can have devastating effects not only on the individual who has been hurt but upon their family. An individual with a brain injury may have a loss of income, a loss of ability to work and earn money, a loss of his/her normal ability to function as a person. Everything may be affected from walking, talking, or thinking.


Treatment


Immediate medical treatment is essential. Since little can be done to reverse the initial brain damage caused by trauma, the goal of medical personnel is to stabilize the patient and focus on preventing further injury. In order to stabilize the patient, doctors will determine whether there is proper oxygen supply to the brain and body, ensure adequate blood flow, and control blood pressure. A variety of tests and imaging tools are used to determine diagnosis and prognosis. Skull and neck X-rays are used to find bone fractures or spinal instability. Patients may receive rehabilitation which include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, psychology/psychiatry, and social support.


Prognosis


Nearly one-half of patients with head injuries will require surgery to remove or repair a ruptured blood vessel or bruised brain tissue. Disabilities frequently occur. Common disabilities include cognition (thinking, memory, and reasoning), sensory processing (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell), communication (expression and understanding), and behavior or mental health (depression, anxiety, personality changes, aggression, acting out, and social inappropriateness). A patient with a severe head injury may be in an unresponsive state, a coma, vegetative state, or persistent vegetative state (PVS).


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LEAD POISONING

Lead poison may affect and harm young children and babies even prior to birth. Seemingly healthy children can still have high lead levels. Typically lead enters the body when young children ingest lead paint chips or lead dust or contaminated soil. Lead paint chips are sweet and young children ingest those chips.


WHERE LEAD IS FOUND:


Generally lead poison is found in older homes. Prior to 1978 paint contained lead. Homes built before 1978 were painted with lead-based paint. Lead-based paint was banned by the federal government in 1978. Lead poison can be found in the city, country, or suburbs; in private or public housing, inside or outside a home; on walls, on window sills or in the soil; on toys and furniture painted with lead-based paint.


How to Check Your Family


If you suspect your home has lead-based paint you can have your home inspected and tested. Typically your local health department has a lead program with envirnmental experts who can test for home for contamination. If your health department does not have a local lead program then your state office may provide assistance and certainly you can hire private envirnmental companies experienced with testing homes for lead contamination.

If you suspect your child has been exposed or your child exhibits symtoms of lead poisoning, you should immediately take him or her to your family doctor for testing. A simple blood test can detect high levels of lead.


Effects of Lead Poison


Lead poison can effect almost every system in the body. If not detected early in children, it may cause damage to the brain and nervous system, behavior and hearing problems, slowed growth, and headaces. In adults, it may harm the reproductive organs, and cause high blood pressure, nerve disorders, memory and concentration problems and muscle and joint pain.

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WRONGFUL DEATH

What is a Wrongful Death case?

The law authorizes a lawsuit on behalf of a person who died as a result of the intentional, negligent or reckless act of another person. Typically a family member is designated as administrator of the decedent’s estate. The Administrator may file the lawsuit on behalf of the estate.


CAUSES OF WRONGFUL DEATH:

-Auto Accidents: negligent and drunk drivers

-Medical malpractice: negligence of doctor, or other medical provider, treatment or diagnosis

-SUV Accidents: rollovers

-Van accidents: rollovers

-ATV Accidents: rollovers

-Bus Accidents: negligence of bus drivers and lack of seat belts in school buses

-Boating Accidents: usually involve alcohol, negligent operation, excessive speed

-Drowning: second leading cause of death of children, usually because of negligence

-Toxic poisoning: exposure to hazardous substances

The accidents and issues mentioned above are only a few of the incidents may cause death and that give rise to a wrongful death lawsuit. Additional causes include slips and falls, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, airplane accidents, defective medical devices and criminal acts.


What compensation can be recovered in a Wrongful Death case?


The law allows a that the estate of the deceased person, and the surviving spouse, parent or child may recover the following in a Wrongful Death case. Damages for the estate may include:

-Medical and funeral expenses incurred by the death of the victim

-Pain, suffering and mental anguish caused by the victim’s death

-Loss of future earnings anticipated over the lifetime of the victim


Damages for a family member of the deceased may include:

-Companionship

-Financial support

-Parental support

-Mental distress

-Emotional pain

-Loss of wages

Punitive damages may also be awarded if the act was willful, wanton, or malicious.


Wrongful Death Lawyers


We at the Shunnarah Law Office understand that no amount of money can ever replace a loved one lost in a fatal accident. In addition, we are well aware that the loss of a loved one also can place serious financial burdens on the surviving family members. If you believe a family member was the victim of wrongful death, it is very important that you contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases varies from one to three years from state to state and we as your lawyer will need time to gather evidence and file the appropriate paperwork before this deadline lapses.


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