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Meet Our Attorneys

With over 77 years of combined experience, founding partners Richard A. Freese and Tim K. Goss lead a distinguished litigation team at Freese & Goss. Our attorneys, supported by a skilled team of paralegals and staff, possess specialized knowledge and extensive experience dedicated to assisting those who have been wrongfully harmed.

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Richard A. Freese

Founding Partner

Born in Chicago, IL, Richard “Rich” Freese is a graduate of Auburn University (B.A. 1982). Rich graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 1985, where he served as the Articles Editor of the Cumberland Law Review (1984-1985). He became licensed to practice in Alabama in 1985, and Mississippi in 2000. He is admitted to the following courts: Alabama Supreme Court; Mississippi Supreme Court; United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits; United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama and the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi.

Experience

Rich has over 39 years of courtroom experience as a trial lawyer. Rich represents clients in a number of cases each year that result in multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements. His practice takes him throughout the United States and regularly practices in multiple state and federal courts. Rich has always focused his practice on catastrophic injury, personal injury, wrongful death, and mass tort litigation.

He continues to focus his practice in all areas of personal injury, mass tort, product liability, dangerous drug and device litigation, environmental litigation, consumer and commercial fraud, and class actions. In the past, He has obtained many multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements in medical, commercial, environmental, and personal injury cases.

Legal Awards & Distinctions

For the past three decades, Rich has received an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, which signifies the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. This rating is achieved based on reviews submitted by his peers in the legal community.

Rich is a frequent speaker at CLE conferences. He has been an invited panelist at the Practicing Law Institute to lecture on predatory lending practices and consumer fraud. He has also lectured to the Alabama State Bar regarding environmental litigation and the Mississippi State Bar on medical malpractice and tort reform.

Courtroom Success and Notable Cases

· Rich recently secured a $5.5 million dollar settlement for a client injured by a forklift at work.

· Rich previously obtained a $125 million dollar verdict for a client injured by a dangerous prescription drug.

· Rich previously obtained a $19 million verdict against Chevron/Texaco for catastrophic birth injuries caused by the plaintiffs’ mothers’ exposure to lead, benzene, and toulene while pregnant.

· Rich previously represented 23 plaintiffs against Washington Mutual Finance Group, winning a jury verdict of $71,265,000.00 for damages resulting from abusive lending practices.

· In February 2016, Richard Freese represented a woman and her husband against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon in Pennsylvania state court, winning a $13.5 million jury award for injuries she suffered from J&J’s TVT pelvic mesh medical device intended to treat stress urinary incontinence in women.

· In March 2015, Rich represented a California woman against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon in California state court, winning a $5.7 million jury award for injuries she suffered from J&J’s TVT-Abbrevo pelvic mesh product intended to treat stress urinary incontinence in woman.

· In March 2014, Rich represented a Dallas woman against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon in Texas state court, winning a $1.2 million jury award for injuries she suffered from J&J’s TVT-O pelvic mesh product for stress urinary incontinence.

· Rich previously obtained a multi-million-dollar verdict against a doctor for negligently causing the death of a patient by prescribing an overdose of the painkiller Dilaudid.®

· In late 2010, Rich concluded a substantial confidential settlement on behalf of several thousand clients who were exposed to PCB (Polychlorinated Bi Phenyls) from a transformer manufacturing plant in Mississippi.

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Tim K. Goss

Founding Partner

Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Tim Goss attended college at the University of North Texas graduating in 1983 (B.B.A.). Following college, Tim enrolled at Baylor University School of Law, where he was the Casenote Editor for the Baylor Law Review (1985-1986) and graduated cum laude and first in his class in 1986.

Experience

Mr. Goss has over 35 years of experience litigating high-stakes cases.

Prior to forming Freese & Goss, Mr. Goss was a member of the Dallas office of Andrews & Kurth, L.L.P, where he began his legal career in 1986. He specialized in savings and loan litigation, securities litigation, and other complex commercial disputes. In 1992, he joined the Dallas office and was a partner of Scott, Douglass & Luton, L.L.P. In 1994, he co-founded Capshaw, Goss & Bowers.

After forming his own firm and switching to the plaintiff’s side, Tim specialized in consumer class actions, in particular abusive mortgage lending cases. He was appointed class counsel in dozens of nationwide class actions. As a direct result of his efforts, the United States Congress passed private mortgage insurance legislation, which resulted in mandated cancellation of hundreds of thousands of mortgage insurance policies. The passage of the legislation resulted in several billions of dollars of savings for homeowners nationwide. Tim also pursued litigation against a large collection agency and obtained a million-dollar class action recovery for the benefit of the Attorneys General for 5 states.

Since forming Freese & Goss in 2007, Tim has dedicated his practice to representing individuals harmed by the negligence of others. He has successfully pursued mass tort cases on behalf of thousands of victims of wrongful practices by companies that have manufactured or distributed dangerous drugs, medical devices, and other consumer products. He has also represented individuals fatally and catastrophically injured in accidents, 18-wheeler collisions, and workplace incidents. Tim has successfully recovered $1 billion dollars in recoveries for his clients.

Legal Awards & Distinctions

Tim has consistently received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbel®, which signifies the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. This rating is achieved based on reviews submitted by his peers in the legal community. He was also selected by his peers as a Texas “SuperLawyer” from SuperLawyers®, an annual distinction Tim has received since 2013 that is reserved for only about 5% of lawyers. In March 2014, Tim was named Texas Lawyer of the Month. He was featured in Texas Lawyer Monthly in April 2014 for winning a $1.2 million verdict in Dallas for his client that was injured by a dangerous medical device. In 2014, The American Lawyer publication also awarded Tim the distinction of the 26th largest jury award in the nation for his work securing a $73.46 million verdict against one the largest pharmaceutical drug and device manufacturers, Boston Scientific. A year later, Tim obtained a $5.7 million verdict against medical device manufacturer Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson, recognized as one of the Top Ten Plaintiff’s Verdicts of 2015 by CVN.

Education

· University of North Texas (formerly North Texas State University), B.B.A

· Baylor University School of Law, J.D.

Distinctions

· AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®

· Texas Super Lawyer, since 2013

· Texas Lawyer of the Month, March 2014

Admissions

· State Bar of Texas

· State Bar of New York

· State Bar of Pennsylvania

· New York State Bar Association

· American Bar Association

· American Association for Justice

· Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association

· Dallas Bar Association

Courtroom Success and Notable Cases

· Rich previously obtained a $125 million dollar verdict for a client injured by a dangerous prescription drug.

· Tim previously represented 23 plaintiffs against Washington Mutual Finance Group, winning a jury verdict of $71,265,000.00 for damages resulting from abusive lending practices.

· Tim represented a Texas woman in Dallas County, Texas state court against Boston Scientific Corporation, winning a $73.46 million jury verdict for injuries she sustained from BSC’s Obtryx pelvic mesh product intended to treat stress urinary incontinence in women. The American Lawyer publication awarded Tim the distinction of the 26th largest jury award in the nation for his work securing a $73.46 million verdict against one the largest pharmaceutical drug and device manufacturers.

· Tim previously represented 23 plaintiffs against Washington Mutual Finance Group, winning a jury verdict of $71,265,000.00 for damages resulting from abusive lending practices.

· In October 2019, Tim represented a Georgia woman in Pennsylvania state court against manufacturer Rex Medical L.P., winning a $33,684,140 jury verdict for injuries she suffered from Rex Medical’s IVC filter medical device intended to prevent pulmonary embolism.

· In May 2018, Tim represented a Texas fire-fighter against medical device manufacturer Cook Medical, winning a $1.2 million jury verdict for injuries he sustained from Cook’s IVC filter product intended to prevent pulmonary embolism.

· In March 2015, Tim represented a California woman against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon in California state court, winning a $5.7 million jury award for injuries she suffered from J&J’s pelvic mesh product intended to treat stress urinary incontinence in women.

· In March 2014, Tim represented a Texas woman against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon in Dallas County, Texas state court, winning a $1.2 million jury award for injuries she suffered from J&J’s TVT-O pelvic mesh product intended to treat stress urinary incontinence in women.

· In early 2014, Tim represented a minor and her parents in Pennsylvania state court against Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., winning a $3 million dollar jury verdict for birth defects caused from the use of prescription drug Topamax.

· Tim previously secured $1 million for a client injured in a 18-wheeler collision.

· Tim previously secured $1 million for clients in a wrongful death action.

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Tamara "Tammy" L. Banno

Managing Partner

Tammy Banno is managing partner of Freese & Goss and manages all aspects of litigation and daily operations for the firm.

Tammy brings over 25 years of experience representing plaintiffs in all areas of mass tort and personal injury law. Her entire legal career has been dedicated to representing individuals harmed by the negligence of others.

Tammy was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of North Texas (B.A.A.S 1995) for her undergraduate studies. She then attended Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly, Texas Wesleyan School of Law) where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 1999.

Tammy began her legal career at a prominent local law firm representing plaintiffs in personal injury and employment law matters. She then expanded her practice to mass tort litigation, consumer class actions, and product liability actions, eventually forming her own firm. In 2007, Tammy joined Freese & Goss where she continued to focus her practice in areas of mass tort, personal injury, consumer class actions, and complex product liability litigation.

Over the course of her career, Tammy has represented thousands of individuals throughout the country in both state and federal courts harmed by dangerous drugs and medical devices, consumer products, and other personal injury matters. She has also been an integral member of negotiating teams that have resolved numerous large groups of cases involving pharmaceutical and device litigation, including the settlement of cases involving transvaginal mesh, hernia mesh and the drugs Fen-Phen, Seroquel, Lotronex, Zyprexa, Bextra, Avandia, Celebrex, Trasylol, Topamax and Vioxx. Tammy has extensive knowledge and experience developing and effectuating all aspects of complex mass tort settlements. She has overseen all settlement and administrative aspects of some of the firm’s largest mass tort settlements.

Legal Awards & Distinctions

Ms. Banno has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbel®, which signifies the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. This rating is achieved based on reviews submitted by her peers in the legal community

Education

· University of North Texas, B.A.A.S.

· Texas A&M University School of Law (formerly, Texas Wesleyan School of Law), J.D.

Distinctions

· AV rating from Martindale-Hubbel®

Admissions

· Texas State Bar, 1999

· U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

· U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

· Dallas Bar Association

· American Bar Association

· Texas Trial Lawyers Association

· American Association for Justice

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Yvette Diaz

Attorney

Yvette Diaz grew up in the Dallas area and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating UT, Yvette joined Freese & Goss and worked as a legal assistant for nearly two years helping those injured by the negligence of others. Motivated by her experience at the firm, she decided to pursue a career in law. She attended Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, IL graduating in 2014.

Yvette has dedicated her entire legal career to representing and fighting for injured individuals. She has represented injured plaintiffs across the country and has extensive litigation and trial experience. At Freese & Goss, Yvette has helped tried significant cases in both state and federal courts securing million-dollar verdicts for injured plaintiffs against some of the largest corporations. In 2020, Yvette was selected by the National Trial Lawyers for inclusion in its Top 40 under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Since 2019, Yvette has been named a Texas Rising Star by SuperLawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Yvette’s passion has always been representing the underdog in the fight against large corporations and insurance companies. She is proud to be part of a firm whose mission is to represent all its injured clients with relentless aggressiveness and complete dedication.

Yvette focuses her practice in all areas of personal injury and mass tort law. Currently, she represents individuals injured in car wrecks, 18-wheeler collisions, motorcycle collisions, pedestrian collisions, slip and falls, general negligence, work injury and dog bite cases.

In her spare time, Yvette enjoys spending time with loved ones, traveling, and snuggling up to her English Bulldog.

Education

· The University of Texas at Austin, B.S.

· Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D.

Distinctions

· National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2020

· Texas Rising Star, 2019

Admissions

· Texas State Bar, 2014

· U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2019

· U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2019

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Elizabeth Douglass

Attorney

Liz Douglass grew up in Houston, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Business. After graduating from UT, Liz worked as a legal case clerk at a civil litigation firm for nearly two years. Deciding to pursue a career as an attorney, she attended Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2020.

Liz focuses her practice in all areas of mass tort and personal injury law. She represents clients in state and federal courts across the country. In 2023, Liz was selected by the National Trial Lawyers for inclusion in its Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, an honor given to only a select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state for their superior skills and qualifications in the field.

Education

· The University of Texas at Austin, B.A.

· Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D.

Distinctions

· National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, 2023

Admissions

· Texas State Bar

· U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

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Sara Turman-Vedral

Attorney

Sara Turman-Vedral was born and raised in Chadron, Nebraska. She attended the Texas Christian University where she was a National Merit Scholar, graduating in 1994 (B.A. magna cum laude). She then attended Southern Methodist University School of Law where she was a Hatton Sumners Scholar and obtained her Juris Doctorate in 1997(cum laude). While at the Southern Methodist University School of Law, Sara served as the editor for the Southern Methodist University Law Review (1995-1997). She is admitted to the following courts: United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Sara started her legal career in 1997 with Jose, Henry, Brantley & Keltner. She specialized in appellate matters and personal injury cases. In 2000, she formed the Law Office of Sara Turman-Vedral. She subsequently joined Freese & Goss. As an appellate specialist, Sara has had the opportunity to touch on a broad array of legal areas. She has developed a special interest in working on complex litigation matters including class actions, mass tort litigation, personal injury, and consumer actions.

Education

· Texas Christian University, B.A.

· Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D.

Admissions

· Texas State Bar, 1997

· Dallas Bar Association

· Nebraska Bar, 2000

· U.S. Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit

· U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

· U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

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Caroline Swanson

Attorney

Attorney Caroline Swanson is an associate at Freese & Goss, PLLC. Caroline was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. She attended Louisiana State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a Minor in Political Science. After graduating from LSU, Caroline attended law school at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and obtained her Juris Doctorate with a Diploma in Comparative Law and a Graduate Certificate in Energy Law and Policy in 2022.

Caroline focuses her practice in all areas of mass tort and personal injury law, including but not limited to, product liability cases and cases involving dangerous drugs and consumer products. In her practice, Caroline represents hundreds of injured individuals across the country in both state and federal courts.

In her spare time, Caroline enjoys taking her goldendoodle, Rowdie, on a walk, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Education

· Louisiana State University, B.A

· Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D.

Admissions

· Texas State Bar, 2023

· U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas.

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Drew Warren

Of Counsel

Drew Warren was born in Texarkana, Texas and graduated from neighboring Arkansas High School in Texarkana, Arkansas. Drew worked in the oil/gas industry in Fort Worth, Texas before completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Central Arkansas, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He then attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, where he obtained a Juris Doctorate and was a member of the UALR Law Review.

Drew began his legal practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a national law firm focusing on personal injury, including medical malpractice, child birth injury, and products liability. While in Philadelphia, Drew also worked for a high-profile, full-service civil litigation firm where he defended corporations, insurance companies, employers, trucking companies, and numerous businesses and individuals in high stakes product liability and casualty litigation. It was during his time defending “big business” that Drew realized his true passion is helping victims injured by dangerous and faulty products.

Drew’s practice focuses on personal injury litigation and includes a variety of product liability mass tort litigations, including Baby Formula, Transvaginal Mesh, and IVC Filters. While based in Dallas, Drew regularly represents clients in state and federal courts across the United States, including California and Pennsylvania.

Admissions

· State of Texas

· U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

· State of California

· U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

· U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

· Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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Kip Nesmith

Of Counsel

Attorney Kip Nesmith is of counsel to Freese & Goss, PLLC. After graduating from the University of Alabama School of Law, Mr. Nesmith began his career with a civil litigation law firm defending corporations, banks, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, automotive companies and numerous businesses in a nationwide defense practice.

Mr. Nesmith successfully defended banks, bank officers, financial advisors, and broker-dealers in numerous jury trials and /or final arbitration hearings, achieving multiple zero awards under federal and state securities laws. Not all of his practice was on the defense side, however, as he also obtained a multi-million-dollar verdict for a regional construction firm following a two-week arbitration in a dispute arising from a joint venture agreement. Mr. Nesmith has successfully litigated numerous jury trials in both state and federal courts, having recently obtained a favorable settlement for a local client following a two-week trial in a highly publicized case in Jefferson County. Mr. Nesmith also serves as a FINRA arbitrator.

After eighteen years on the defense side of the docket, Mr. Nesmith has turned his focus and his practice to helping those who have been injured or harmed by others. He now primarily represents victims in medical device and pharmaceutical mass tort litigations around the country while continuing to represent clients in the automotive industry.

Education

· The University of Alabama, B.A.

· The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D.

Distinctions

· Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation: 2016-2023

· America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators: 2018-2023

· Benchmark Litigation, “40 & Under Hot List”: 2016, 2018, 2021

· Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” General Litigation: 2016-2018

· Alabama Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” General Litigation: 2010, 2012-2016

· Top Attorneys, “Outstanding Young Lawyers in the Mid-South”: 2019

Memberships

Monday Morning Quarterback Club, Member and Fundraising Captain Dawson Baptist Church, Sunday School Leader for High School Seniors Mountain Brook Athletics, Volunteer Youth Coach

Publications and Articles

“Recent Cases and Decisions in Securities Law,” New Developments in Securities Litigation, Fall 2011 (co-authors Victor L. Hayslip and Benjamin B. Coulier)

“A New Prosecutorial Frontier – SEC Seeks Bans on Municipal Officials,” Bond Case Briefs, Municipal Finance Law Since 1971 (December 2014)

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Kimberly “Kim” Massey

Attorney

Kimberly Massey was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She later moved to Birmingham, Alabama to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Minor in Sociology. Kimberly taught 8th through 12th grade French before deciding to pursue law school. She attended Cumberland School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in May 2020.

Experience

Admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 2020, Kimberly focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, products liability, and mass tort actions. She has represented people hurt by dangerous drugs and medical devices, as well as survivors of child sex abuse. Additionally, Kimberly represents clients in the automotive industry and corporate business clients.

Outside of practice, Kimberly enjoys spending time with her husband and their cat and two dogs.

Education

· University of Alabama at Birmingham, B.A.

· Cumberland School of Law, J.D.

Admissions

· Alabama State Bar, 2020

· U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2021

· U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2023

· Illinois State Bar, (anticipated 2024)

Publications

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, Register No Evil Trademarks?: How Iancu v. Brunetti Changed Federal Trademark Law, AM. J. TRIAL ADVOC. (Sept. 16, 2019), https://wp.me/paIHWv-eR.

With the Recent Growth of the Public Domain, Will America See Another Copyright Term Extension?, AM. J. TRIAL ADVOC. (Feb. 12, 2019), https://wp.me/paIHWv-6P.

Recent Development, Intellectual Property—Three-Stripes and ‘You’re Out’ for Trademark Dilution?—adidas America, Inc. v. Skechers USA, Inc., 890 F.3d 747 (9th Cir. 2018), 42 AM. J. TRIAL ADVOC. 255 (2018).

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Caryn Papantonakis

Of Counsel

Caryn Papantonakis is a trial lawyer who brings over twenty years of experience representing plaintiffs in all areas of mass tort and personal injury law, including but not limited to pharmaceutical and medical device product liability cases, as well as asbestos and first party bad faith insurance cases. Caryn has managed all aspects of litigation from intake and discovery through to trial and has successfully negotiated millions of dollars in settlements on behalf of thousands of clients. She has taken hundreds of plaintiffs and expert depositions, prepared and argued various motions before federal and state courts and participated in several trials.

Caryn is licensed to practice law in the States of Texas and Oklahoma as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She has served on multiple Plaintiffs Steering Committees. She has done many speaking engagements. She is a member of the American Association of Justice, the Texas Trials Lawyers Association and the Houston Bar Association. She is a Founding Board Member of Texas Women Rainmakers, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation aimed at empowering women through education, mentorship and networking to advance themselves in the legal field and ultimately become their own rainmaker. She was also named a Texas Super Lawyer for 2017-2024.

Education

· South Texas College of Law (J.D. 1999)

· Southern Methodist University (B.A. 1995)

Admissions

· State Bar of Texas, 1999

· United States District Court, Southern District of Texas 2000

· State Bar of Oklahoma, 2005

Professional Affiliations and Honors

· American Association of Justice

· Texas Trial Lawyers Association

· Houston Bar Association

· Women En Mass

· Texas Women Rainmakers Board Member (Founding member)

· Texas Super Lawyers 2017-2024

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A personal injury is a physical or mental injury to a person that is the result of someone’s negligence or harmful act. Many possible scenarios may result in a personal injury or a wrongful death.

If you have incurred a personal injury, or if a member of your family has suffered a personal injury or wrongful death, it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel in order to protect your rights. Whether the underlying circumstances of the injury or death constitute negligence or intentional harm, you may be eligible for monetary compensation for losses and damages.

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