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Actionable Sports Injuries

When you play a sport in school injuries can happen. However, if you feel that you have sustained a serious injury due to another's negligence which could have been prevented, call Karns Burman. There is case law in Rhode Island which may support your claim against the school and/or town for the injuries that you received during a game or practice despite the fact that coaches are immune from prosecution in this State. In Schultz v. Foster-Glocester Regional School District 755 A.2d 153 (R.I. 2000), the plaintiff was injured during cheerleading practice when a new maneuver was introduced without the proper safety precautions causing a 100 percent displaced radial head fracture of her right elbow. The Rhode Island Supreme Court held that the plaintiff was an identifiable person to whom the school district owed a special duty and therefore, plaintiff could proceed with her claim against the school district. I have handled many of these cases and have the experience to get you the compensation that you deserve.

Compensation for Diminished Value of Your Vehicle

So many past clients have struggled with the issue of proper compensation for their motor vehicles after an accident. A young client came in last year after an accident. She was injured and her recently purchased Volvo had sustained disabling damage. I advocated on her behalf at no cost to have the liability company repair her vehicle at the body shop of her choice. However, there was no legal recourse for her to obtain compensation for the diminished value of her vehicle due to the accident. While she loved her vehicle, when she decided to sell it the Volvo would inevitably have lost value due to the fact it was involved in an accident through no fault of her own. Now as a result of Sikorskj v. Amica Mutual Insurance Company, an intelligent personal injury lawyer such as myself, has further recourse for clients' in this situation. This case decided that a Rhode Island plaintiff is entitled to arbitration of a claim that the accident resulted in the value of the vehicle being diminished.

Don't Accept Partial Fault

This year New England has been plagued by every winter weather related driving condition you can think of. Between endless snow, freezing temperatures and distracted driver's texting, accidents have been happening at a more rapid rate. Due to these weather conditions insurance companies are more likely to place partial fault on both sides merely based upon the weather without looking further into issues of negligence. Do not let yourself be held accountable for someone else's reckless driving. If you are confident that you are not at fault it is imperative that you hire an attorney who will represent you. Protect your good driving record and low insurance rates, call the Karns Law Group. I will make certain that your property damage is handled, you receive the medical treatment you need and are not held responsible for an accident you did not cause.

About Me & My Practice

I am a personal injury attorney who has practiced in the state of Rhode Island for over a decade. During the course of my practice, I have met people who were offered small sums of money and upon taking over their case I have successfully increased the amount of the settlement to what is fair compensation. My goal is to go above and beyond for my clients and get the top dollar for their claim. I never settle for less than what is deserved. In 2014 I was presented with a case where an individual had been involved in a motor vehicle accident in 2013 and he was hesitant about attorney involvement. He had back surgery after a motor vehicle accident ten years before. When he came to me for representation he advised me that the liability carrier had offered him a few thousand dollars to settle and wanted to know whether he should accept. I told him "no way." This client was extremely injured and required a second back surgery. I was able to settle for $100,000.00, the liability limits. The client was not only more than satisfied with the settlement but was also happy with the results from his second surgery. I strive to make certain that my involvement allows the client to focus on their medical treatment while I handle the legal aspect of their claim guaranteeing they receive a settlement that is fair and they are pleased with.

Make The Call

When you communicate with a lawyer to assess the facts of your case, let her do the screening. Your only job is to lay out all facts and then the attorney can determine what information is relevant and portrays your case in the best light. This is my job and what I do best. Remember, everything is you say is confidential and falls under attorney/ client privilege. This is true regardless of whether you actually retain me or not. So make the call and discuss your claim with me. I am confident that if you do, you will want me to fight for you and get you the money that you deserve but even if you don't that information is still privileged.

Tweet Responsibly

Social media is an important part of daily life in 2015. Whether you are using it to communicate with friends, voice your opinions or sell something these thoughts, pictures, and ideas form a permanent virtual record. Think before you act and before you post or send information. Once you hit send or post that information is no longer private and can be forwarded or re-tweeted. These words and images are then used by insurance companies to pigeonhole you as a person and minimize your claim. In fact, destroying your pictures and words can prevent you from obtaining a personal injury settlement. Former clients' claims, college acceptances and job applications have been negatively affected by their posts. Don't let this happen to you. To learn more, contact Attorney Sarah Karns Burman.

New Limitations to Court Access

Since November 5, 2014, the Rhode Island Judiciary has become paperless meaning that any individual wishing to access or file a court document may only do so by registering with the online judicial site. This system is referred to as e-filing and requires users to create a username and password. Handling your own personal injury claim has never been easy but now more than ever, hiring a knowledgeable attorney is crucial to your success. Attorney Sarah Karns Burman has the experience and familiarity with the new e-file procedures. To ensure your claim is properly handled, contact the Karns Law Group with locations in Middletown, Providence and Rhode Island.

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