The days and weeks after a serious accident are hard on everyone. Aside from the physical pain, you probably have many questions. Who will cover my medical expenses? What will happen if I can't work? An experienced lawyer can be crucial in guiding you through the legal process.
At Meub Gallivan & Larson, Attorneys, PLC, we can answer your questions and help you get the compensation you need for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Our Rutland injury law attorneys have successfully represented people across Vermont for a number of years. We understand the many different issues involved in these cases, and will develop a strong plan of action to help you move forward with your life.
Getting Results For People Injured in Accidents
Helping Vermonters Navigate Personal Injury Law
Our lawyers have helped many people injured in all types of car accidents, including accidents caused by distracted or drunk drivers. Our law firm also represents pedestrians and bicyclists who have been injured by a driver's negligence. We also have the resources and experience necessary to assist people hurt in truck accidents. Our law firm will go to work immediately in order to prove both the fault of the other driver and your damages.
In Vermont, many people enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and other winter activities. People can suffer serious injuries in any of these activities. If you or someone you love has been hurt, our law firm can help.
When doctors, nurses or other medical professionals fail to live up to their duty of care, people can be injured or even die as a result. At Meub Gallivan & Larson, we can take on all types of malpractice cases, such as surgical errors, birth injuries, medication errors or failure to diagnose. Our law firm works with medical experts to determine whether your doctor acted negligently.
We also take on other types of accident cases, from construction accidents to premises liability and product liability cases. In every case, our only goal is to help you get the financial resources you need during this difficult time.
Vermont Medical Malpractice Lawyers - Holding Doctors Accountable
RUTLAND BIKE ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Bicycling is a rigorous and environmentally friendly activity. Vermont's hills and scenery make bicycling a very attractive choice. Most of our state's roads are two lanes and have narrow shoulders. Some impatient drivers may make bad decisions when trying to pass bicyclists. When cars strike bikes or run them off the road, the bicyclist will nearly always sustain serious injuries.
Even when bicyclists wear helmets, they are at risk for suffering head injuries, spinal injuries, broken bones or other serious injuries. A knowledgeable lawyer can be crucial in helping you get the financial resources you need to put your life back together. At Meub Gallivan & Larson, Attorneys, PLC, our Rutland bike accident attorneys have served people across Vermont.
Vermont Bicycle Accident Attorneys - We Help Cyclists Recover Full Damages
Our lawyers have talked to all types of bicyclists, from recreational cyclists who were hurt while getting some exercise to serious bicycle enthusiasts. We know that top-of-the-line bicycles and equipment can cost many thousands of dollars. If you have invested a lot of money in your bicycle, it can help to work with lawyers who are serious about recovering all of your damages. This means recovering financial compensation for your damaged bicycle in addition to your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
We understand that a serious injury can create a lot of turmoil and uncertainty in your life. At Meub Gallivan & Larson, we try to alleviate this stress, working closely with you from the beginning of your case to the end. We are aggressive advocates who work tirelessly to give you the best possible chance of achieving a positive outcome in your case.
RUTLAND CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS
An automobile accident can be a life-altering, traumatic event. Even if your injuries are relatively minor, a car accident can still be very disruptive. In the aftermath of an accident, it is critical that you work with a lawyer who will help you recover the financial resources you need to move forward.
Based in Rutland and serving people throughout Vermont, Meub Gallivan & Larson, Attorneys, PLC, provides skilled, knowledgeable legal representation to people injured in motor vehicle accidents. Our attorneys regularly represent people who have suffered so-called "soft tissue" injuries, such as whiplash, bruises, strains and sprains. We also help people who have sustained catastrophic injuries, such as broken bones, spine and back injuries, and head injuries. Our law firm also serves families who have lost a loved one in a car accident.
Vermont Car Crash Attorneys - Serving People Injured In All Types Of Accidents
Our firm's personal injury practice is led by Chris Larson, a Vermont native who has successfully assisted many people who have suffered serious injuries. Our law firm represents people injured in T-bone accidents, rear-end collisions, distracted driving crashes, texting while driving accidents, collisions caused by DUI or drunk driving, and every type of accident.
We regularly represent people who have been hurt in low-speed collisions. Even low-impact car accidents at relatively low speeds can cause severe back and neck injuries. When a person travels in a car, even at low speeds, the body builds significant momentum. When a car impacts another vehicle, the momentum stored in the body goes to a person's neck, since a person's neck is not restrained by a safety belt.
The driver's or passenger's head often snaps forward at a high speed, causing the back of the neck to stretch beyond its natural curve. The term "whiplash" describes how a person's head and neck take the force of all the momentum in the body. This can cause serious injury, even where there is little damage to the vehicle. The human body is simply not designed to withstand these kinds of forces.
Whiplash can lead to sprains, strains, herniated or ruptured disks, and a host of other problems. Even if you felt "OK" immediately following an accident, the effect of this accident could cause significant pain later on.
At Meub Gallivan & Larson, our Rutland car accident attorneys know how to build strong cases designed to maximize your compensation for lost income, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Whether your case is resolved in settlement or trial, we will be at your side throughout the process.
RUTLAND DISTRACTED DRIVING ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Driving a motor vehicle requires our total attention. Too many people think they can multitask while driving. It is all too common for people to talk on the phone, read or send texts, or perform other tasks while driving. This is a recipe for disaster.
If you or someone you love was injured by a distracted driver, it is important to work with a lawyer who can help you recover full compensation for these injuries. At Meub Gallivan & Larson, Attorneys, PLC, our Rutland distracted driving accident attorneys represent injured people across the state. We are determined to help people rebuild their lives after a serious accident.
Vermont Texting and Cellphone Accident Attorneys
Talking on the phone while driving is far more distracting than when a driver talks to someone else in the vehicle. When a driver and passengers are having a conversation, both the driver and passengers can still observe the road conditions. Reading or writing text messages may be even worse than talking on the phone. These distractions can impair reaction time, cause erratic changes in speed and other issues.
Vermont, like many states, has enacted laws barring texting while driving. Vermont has also barred drivers under the age of 18 from talking on the phone while driving. Despite these laws, many people continue to drive while distracted.
Our law firm will be with you each step of the way. We will look closely at all of the evidence to prove that the other driver's negligent or reckless acts caused your accident. Although the majority of our cases are settled prior to trial, we will not think twice about bringing your case to a jury and judge if necessary.
Drunk Driver Accidents
RUTLAND DRUNK DRIVER ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Everyone understands that drunk driving is an irresponsible, senseless act. The recklessness of drunk drivers has a very real human cost. Drunk driving accidents can cause serious injuries or even death to innocent people.
The criminal justice system holds drunk drivers accountable for breaking the law. If you were injured by a drunk driver, however, a criminal prosecution will not provide the financial resources you need for your injuries. A lawyer can bring a civil lawsuit for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other expenses.
At Meub Gallivan & Larson, Attorneys, PLC, we stand up for people injured by drunk drivers. Based in Rutland and representing people across Vermont, our experienced attorneys can build a strong case for your damages.
Vermont DUI Accident Attorneys Locating All Responsible Parties
If you were hit by a drunk driver, your lawyer must find every potentially liable party. Vermont has a dram shop law. This law holds bars, restaurants and other establishments responsible for serving alcohol to a minor or someone who is obviously intoxicated. Vermont also has a social host law. Under this law, individuals who allow a minor to drink alcohol on their property could be liable for any damages the minor causes as a result of being intoxicated.
At Meub Gallivan & Larson, our Rutland drunk driver accident attorneys will act decisively and effectively when building your case. If necessary, we will also bring a claim for damages against the bar, restaurant or individual responsible for providing alcohol to the person who caused your injuries. We are tenacious, dynamic lawyers who will spare no effort in making the strongest possible case for your damages.
RUTLAND PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Drivers must look out for pedestrians, bicyclists and other vehicles on the road. Pedestrians are at the greatest risk for injury when drivers are negligent. Pedestrians have no protections against motor vehicles. Even when moving at relatively low speeds, pedestrians can sustain head injuries, neck or back injuries, broken bones, or other serious injuries.
Meub Gallivan & Larson, Attorneys, PLC, helps injured pedestrians in Rutland and across Vermont. Our law firm provides skilled, caring representation in all injury cases.
Vermont Pedestrian Injury Attorneys
After a serious accident, it is crucial to work with a knowledgeable lawyer. Insurance companies have one goal in every accident case, which is to pay the lowest possible amount of money to the injured person. Our Rutland pedestrian accident attorneys will go to work immediately to build a strong case for your damages.
In a serious accident case, these damages can include your medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. After a serious injury, you may not be able to work for quite some time, if ever again. In these cases, we will work with experts who can establish your lost projected earnings.
We will also establish how your accident happened in order to prove the driver was at fault in your case. Many pedestrian accidents are caused by distracted or even drunk drivers. Our lawyers have the experience and tenacity to get to the bottom of your accident.
We Are Ready and Willing to Take Your Case to Trial if Necessary
At Meub Gallivan & Larson, we recognize that most injured people would prefer not to go to trial if at all possible. We try to settle every case on favorable terms for our clients. In certain cases, trial is the only way to get a just result. Our law firm prepares every case with the understanding that trial could be necessary. This way, we will be ready to make a compelling case for your damages.
Premises Liability cases arise from injuries occurring in residential and commercial buildings, shopping centers and parking facilities, hotels and casinos, amusement parks, airports, healthcare facilities, nightclubs and bars, as well as universities and public schools. We have represented a variety of clients in "slip and fall" cases, including stairway accidents, apartment and home related injuries, outside injuries and grocery store falls.
The general rule of law is that the owner or operator of the premises has a duty to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition or at least warn customers of a dangerous condition of which the owner or operator caused, knows about, or should know about.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of dangerous premises or a "slip and fall" then you may have the right to file a legal action.
If you have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, a products liability case can be filed against a variety of parties involved in the manufacturing and sale of the product, including the manufacturer of component parts, an assembling manufacturer, the wholesaler, and the retail store owner. When a defective product causes an injury to a consumer of the product a products liability suit may be appropriate. Products generally are thought of as tangible personal property (automobiles, helicopters, airplanes, ladders, car seats, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, farm equipment, and household products and appliances). Products liability lawsuits, however, also have been based on natural gas, pets, real estate and maps.
In Vermont, a plaintiff in a products liability case must first prove that the product is defective. Product defect claims against a manufacturer or suppliers are based on design defects, manufacturing defects, and defects in marketing. Design defects exist before the product is manufactured. Manufacturing defects happen while the product is being constructed or produced. Marketing defects arise from improper instructions and failures to warn consumers about a dangerous aspect of the product. Proving that the product was defective often is the most difficult and important aspect of a products' liability lawsuit.
At Meub Gallivan Carter & Larson, we have represented individuals who have been injured as a result of an unsafe product that was designed, manufactured, sold, and/or furnished by a person or company. Our goal is to assist those injured individuals in bringing their claims and being fairly compensated for their injuries.
Among others, we have challenged manufacturers of tractors, cars, and industrial equipment, including an action involving a saw used in the making of plywood.
Skiing and Snowboard Accidents
RUTLAND SKIING ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Starting around Thanksgiving and going through March, Vermont's ski slopes are filled with skiers and snowboarders. While skiing and snowboarding can be potentially risky activities, ski resorts are responsible to not make the experience any more dangerous than it needs to be. Skiers and snowboarders can suffer head injuries, spine or back injuries, broken bones, or other types of life-altering injuries. Many of these injuries could have been prevented had the ski resort taken appropriate safety measures.
If you or a loved one has been injured while skiing or snowboarding, it is vital that you work with a lawyer who can help you recover full compensation. We are Meub Gallivan & Larson, Attorneys, PLC Our Rutland skiing accident attorneys have helped skiers and snowboarders across Vermont.
Just Because You Signed a Waiver Doesn't Mean You Cannot Sue a Ski Resort
When you get your ski pass, you are required to sign a waiver releasing the resort from liability. Many people who have been injured at a ski resort assume that because they signed a waiver they cannot sue the resort.
Many times, this is simply not the case.
Ski resorts are still required to properly maintain the slopes, chairlifts and other equipment. Bare spots, failing to pad lift towers, chairlift accidents or improperly marking trails can lead to severe injuries. Our law firm will look closely into the causes of your accident to determine if the ski resort acted negligently.
Vermont Snowboard Accident Attorneys - Ready to Take Action
Achieving a successful result in snowboarding or skiing injury claims is not always easy. Ski resorts will claim that you waived your right to sue the resort, and that it took reasonable steps to make your experience as safe as possible. In most cases, ski or snowboard accident lawsuits must be filed within one year of the injury. Our law firm is up to these challenges. We can work with expert witnesses who will investigate what happened and testify to the ski resort's negligence. Every step we take will be geared toward maximizing your overall compensation.
RUTLAND TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS
A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 40 tons, dwarfing nearly every other vehicle on the road. Considering the disparity in size between commercial trucks and automobiles, it is absolutely critical that truck drivers follow all rules of the road. In addition, commercial trucking companies must follow a number of regulations. When truck drivers or trucking companies are negligent, it can lead to catastrophic injuries or death to other drivers or passengers.
A serious accident requires serious lawyers. The Rutland truck accident attorneys of Meub Gallivan & Larson, Attorneys, PLC, have served people across Vermont who have sustained life-changing injuries by another's negligence.
Vermont Truck Crash Attorneys - Building Strong Cases
After a semitruck accident, your lawyer must be able to investigate all of the evidence. At Meub Gallivan & Larson, we will begin our work immediately, looking at your vehicle, the truck and the accident scene to find out what happened. We will work with experts, such as accident reconstructionists, as necessary, in order to show how the truck driver's negligence caused your accident.
At the same time, we will work closely with you to find out how this accident has changed your life. Our lawyers will compile your past and expected medical expenses, potential lost earnings and other damages in order to show the trucking company exactly how this trucking accident impacted your life.
We build the strongest possible case so we can be ready to make a strong case in trial if necessary. While many of our cases do settle prior to trial, we want to make sure that you have the best possible chance of getting the compensation you need for your injuries. Our detail-oriented, aggressive approach has led to successful outcomes time and again.