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Personal Injury

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Services | 0 comments

Personal Injury

Injuries or death of a loved one are even more difficult to overcome when they are caused by someone else’s negligence and those at fault are not paying for their responsibility. Thurman & Flanagin help clients get compensation due to an injury or family members compensated for the wrongful death of a loved one by representing them against the responsible party.  We work with insurance companies and medical facilities to ensure their injuries are treated and those responsible pay for that care.

Accidents happen
Accidents happen and they usually are not intentional, that’s why they are called “accidents.” While some accidents can be prevented, the attorneys of Thurman and Flanagan hold the responsible parties accountable. This includes people who cause car, motorcycle or tractor-trailer accidents, homeowners who do not provide a safe environment for guests, and people or companies who do not take the right steps to prevent injuries or provide adequate compensation to those they negligently injured.

Our clients receive the benefit of the years of personal injury litigation experience of each attorney. Our personal injury clients receive the benefit of both attorneys’ experience on each case, as they are handled jointly and the attorneys often try these cases as a team.

We handle all types of personal injury cases including:
• Wrongful death
• Tractor-trailer accidents
• Car wrecks
• Burn cases
• Brain/spinal injuries
• Neck/back injuries
• Motorcycle accidents
• Home-based accidents

We get you paid
One of the first things we tell potential personal-injury clients is to never let an insurance company decide how much their injury is worth. If the insurance company represents the responsible party, then it is in that insurance company’s best interest to decide that an injury is worth less than it really is.

We also tell clients to not put off treatment for their injuries. We recognize how frustrating it can be when an insurance company won’t pay for injuries that haven’t been treated but many doctors won’t treat a patient unless that patient can pay immediately.

We work hard to assist our clients with obtaining the necessary medical treatment which can include explaining to the doctor or medical facility the need to treat our personal injury client under a medical lien agreement.

We at Thurman & Flanagin also work closely with clients to make sure that they get timely responses from insurance adjusters about property damage settlements. Any delays in an adjuster examining property can make a difference in their assessment and it’s usually not in the victim’s favor. We help encourage the process to progress on schedule so that insurance payments can be made and our clients can move on with their lives.

Experience Matters. At Thurman & Flanagin we’ve recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our injured clients.

Disability

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in Services | 0 comments

Disability

Fighting to get the SSI/Disability Benefits you deserve after becoming unable to work because of an illness or disability can be a frustrating and difficult process. At Thurman & Flanagin, we guide each client through the disability application process from initial application to appeal so that their mind can be at ease. We’ve helped thousands of clients get the SSI/Disability benefits they need and deserve. Our experience includes handling appeals in administrative arenas and federal court.

Understanding SSI and SSDI

There are two programs offered to people with disabilities through the federal government’s Social Security Administration.

  • Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) is a federal income supplement program that is designed to help people with little or no income because they fall into one of three categories: the aged, people who are blind and people with disabilities. SSI provides cash to meet basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. It is based on financial need.

What is a disability?

This may sound like an absurd question, but not all people with disabilities are considered “disabled” under the Social Security rules. Social Security only pays for “total disability” not partial or short-term disability. Total disability is based on the individual’s inability to work, generally using the following three criteria:

  • The individual cannot perform the same work as before the disability
  • The Social Security Administration decides that the individual cannot adjust to other work due to the person’s medical condition
  • The disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death.

What if I’m denied?

Being denied for disability benefits after the initial application is not uncommon; in fact it’s usually expected. We tell clients to not lose hope and that we can help them with the appeal process. Clients need to be able to help us obtain medical information and work history information to prove their disability claim.

Criminal Defense

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012 in Services | 0 comments

Criminal Defense

When a person’s freedom is at stake because of a criminal case, the quality of representation can make the difference. Thurman & Flanagin provides excellent criminal defense for many types of criminal cases including all felonies and misdemeanors in local, state or federal court.

 

 

We have represented clients facing many different kinds of criminal charges from the minor misdemeanors to major felonies including:

  • Drug cases
  • Assault and battery
  • Domestic violence
  • Theft
  • DWI or DUI
  • Alcohol-related offenses (examples: drunk and disorderly, public intoxication, providing alcohol to minors)

Misdemeanor vs Felonies

Illegal actions are categorized generally in to misdemeanors and felonies according to how they appear in penal code, vehicle code or health and safety codes (which applies to drug offenses). The seriousness of the crime is a primary decider if the criminal charges are a misdemeanor or a felony.

Misdemeanors are more serious than petty offenses but are less serious than felonies. Sometimes the dollar value involved in the crime determines which criminal category that the charges are placed. For example, stealing property of a small value would be a misdemeanor, but stealing property worth a higher amount would be a felony.

 Your Rights

Everyone has rights, even those who have been charged with or accused of a crime. The rights include:

  • Miranda rights-which are read to an individual upon arrest and remind the individual of his or her right to have an attorney present for questioning and the right to remain silent, among other rights
  • Search and seizure rights-which means suspects do not have to submit to unlawful searches of their property or person (including searches without a warrant or no probable cause)
  • Trial rights-which include the right to speedy trial, right to face one’s accuser and the right to not be prosecuted twice for the same offense (known as double jeopardy)
  • Right to counsel-which applies to most criminal cases and gives the defendants the right to have legal presentation. This includes the right to a public defender if the individual cannot afford his or her own attorney

Family Law

Posted by on Jun 2, 2012 in Services | 0 comments

Family Law

Family situations are increasingly complicated as families blend, grow or change. Family law involves any area of law that deals with the family or domestic relationships.

Family court and family law is different in each state. The experienced attorneys at Thurman & Flanagin guide clients through the details of family law as they pertain in Arkansas. The attorneys also work with law firms in other states when there is a family situation that crosses state lines.

The experienced lawyers at Thurman & Flanagin can help clients dealing with any family-related legal situation including:

  • Adoption- we represent adoptive parent and private adoptions
  • Divorce-we represent either party in a divorce proceedings or other domestic partnership dissolution
  • Child custody-we represent either parent in custody battles to find the best solution for the child
  • Parental rights-we represent either parent to help the client gain the parental rights he or she needs and deserves
  • Paternity-we represent clients who either want to prove paternity or who they believe they have been falsely accused of paternity
  • Child support-we represent clients who either need to collect child support from the other parent or the parent who owes child support
  • Alimony-we represent clients seeking alimony support in a divorce settlement either during the actual divorce or if there is a change in family circumstances at a later time