Compensation for Medical Malpractice: What to Expect

medical malpracticeFor victims of medical malpractice, it is important to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. Medical malpractice can have life-long implications, and other patients may face similar fates if your situation is not brought to light. The best thing you can do is to tell someone what happened and seek compensation for your injuries and financial losses.

Damages Available to Victims of Medical Malpractice

The following are the main categories of damages typically available to victims of medical malpractice:

  • Medical Bills – Your compensation should include recovery for all of the medical expenses you have incurred as a result of the doctor’s nurse’s or medical facility’s malpractice.
  • Future Medical Expenses – You are also entitled to payment for the anticipated costs of any ongoing and future treatment necessitated by the medical error. This may include checkups, hospital visits, surgical procedures, rehabilitation therapy, and psychological treatment.
  • Prescription Costs – You can receive compensation for your prescription costs as well.
  • Lost Wages – If you missed time from work because you were in the hospital or because your injuries prevented you from doing your job, you are entitled to compensation for your lost wages.
  • Lost Earning Capacity – Many malpractice victims are unable to return to work even after recovering from their injuries. If you suffer lasting pain or mobility restrictions that prevent you from doing your job, you are entitled to recover what you would have made working if it weren’t for your injuries. This includes salary, health insurance, and other benefits.
  • Pain and Suffering – Damages are also available for the emotional toll of your injuries. If you have suffered from scarring or disfigurement, these may be compensable as well.
  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life or Loss of Companionship – You are also entitled to financial compensation for the restrictions placed on your life as a result of your injuries. If you are unable to enjoy spending time with your family or to be intimate with your spouse, these are losses that deserve to be compensated as much as possible.

Statutory Limits on Non-Economic Damages

Many states have imposed statutory caps on the amount of damages that malpractice victims can recover for pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment and companionship (these injuries are known as “non-economic” damages because they are not directly tied to the victim’s financial losses). However, courts in some states –Illinois and Missouri included – have decided that these laws are invalid.

The Illinois Supreme Court held the state’s non-economic damages cap unconstitutional in 2010, and the Missouri Supreme Court held that a similar law capping non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases was unconstitutional in 2012.

However, in March 2015, the Missouri Senate passed a bill that would reinstitute the state’s cap on the damages available to victims of medical malpractice. If approved by the House of Representatives, the new statute will cap damages at $400,000, with an increase to $700,000 in cases involving catastrophic injuries.

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Distracted Driving MonthThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has dubbed April Distracted Driving Awareness Month. For the past several years, the NHTSA, state agencies, and schools have used Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw special attention to the dangers that arise when drivers taking their eyes and minds off of the road.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

The fight against distracted driving is an extremely important cause. Consider the following statistics:

  • Americans send over 153 billion text messages every month. During daylight hours, at any moment, 660,000 drivers are actively texting or doing something else on their mobile devices behind the wheel.
  • Distracted drivers killed over 3,300 people and injured an estimated 421,000 drivers and passengers in 2012. This represents an increase of more than 30,000 injuries as compared to 2011.
  • Numerous studies have found that hands-free cell phone use is just as dangerous as talking with a phone in your hand.
  • 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of adults surveyed admitted that they have extended, multi-text conversations while behind the wheel.
  • At 55 MPH, if you spend five seconds texting, you will have driven the length of an entire football field without looking at the road.

While teens are the most common offenders, no one is immune from distracted driving. Distractions take many forms besides texting and talking on the phone. Using a GPS device, eating and drinking, interacting with passengers, and tending to children in the back seat are all additional distractions that can lead to serious accidents.

What Can You Do to Curb Distracted Driving?

If you want to help mitigate the risks of driving, the NHTSA provides a number of suggestions and resources for getting involved. Of course, one of the most important things you can do is to pledge to yourself that you will not let distractions interfere with your driving. Consider these tips to help you avoid succumbing to distractions on the road:

  • Finish your texting conversations before you shift into drive. While you’re driving, switch your phone to silent and put it in a place where you won’t see its on-screen notifications.
  • Set your GPS directions and playlist before you go.
  • Unless it is an emergency, let your calls go to voicemail. If you absolutely must answer, consider pulling off in a safe spot on the side of the road.
  • Don’t eat or drink behind the wheel.
  • Make a conscious effort to maintain focus on your surroundings.

You can also get involved in pledge drives, social media campaigns, and other in-person and online outreach programs. For more information, visit the NHTSA’s website, distraction.gov.

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Update on Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuit Settlement

product liability attorneyIndividuals who received Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip implants were granted some extra time to register to participate in the record $1.4 billion settlement against the manufacturer. Following the extension of the deadline to March 16, victims of these defective devices have a last-minute chance to receive their share of the award.

About the Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuit
In June 2012, Stryker Corp. and its subsidiary, Howmedica Osteonics Corp. issued a recall for its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement devices after it was discovered that the devices posed an unreasonable risk of failure. Due to issues with the devices’ metal-on-metal connections, they were prone to fretting and corrosion – resulting in serious injuries and medical complications for those who had undergone hip replacement surgery. Common problems included:

  •       Blood poisoning from chromium or cobalt being released into the bloodstream (known as Metallosis)
  •       Muscle, tissue, and bone deterioration
  •       Pain and swelling at the implant site

Ultimately, these problems required the defective devices to be removed in a follow-up surgical replacement procedure. The lawsuit covers individuals who received Stryker hip implants and had them removed prior to November 3, 2014.

Settlement Awards for Stryker Hip Implant Patients
The litigation was settled in November 2014 for a record $1.4 billion, with recipients of the defective implants who participated in the lawsuit receiving anywhere from $10,000 to $600,000 for their injuries. Most victims are expected to receive a base payment of $300,000, with individuals who suffered catastrophic injuries being eligible for an enhanced award.

The settlement agreement requires at least 95% of the 20,000 Stryker device recipients to participate in order for the $1.4 billion to be dispersed. If you did not register to participate by the deadline, you will need to file your own lawsuit in order to obtain financial damages for your injuries.

Legal Representation for Victims of Defective Medical Devices
While cutting-edge medical devices provide new opportunities for individuals to recover from debilitating illnesses and injuries, as the Stryker settlement demonstrates, they can also present serious risks. When manufacturers or the doctors who implant the devices make mistakes, those mistakes can leave patients worse off than they were before receiving the device. If you are suffering as a result of a defective medical device, you are entitled to compensation. At Carey, Danis & Lowe, we represent clients nationwide in fighting for the compensation they deserve.

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If you received a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip implant and do not yet have legal representation, we urge you to contact us right away. We can help you understand the Stryker settlement and what it means for you. Call us now at (877) 678-3400 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case.

 

Recap of Trucking Accident Blog Articles

trucking accident injury attorneyTrucking accidents often have serious consequences. Due to their size and complexity, trucks present extreme dangers when they are not driven safely. As a result, the trucking industry is heavily regulated, and truck drivers must have special qualifications before hitting the open road. Let’s take a look at some of the topics we’ve discussed about truck safety and trucking accidents.

Trucker Fatigue: Asleep at the Wheel
While truckers certainly aren’t the only people who are prone to falling asleep behind the wheel, they are at increased risk due to the sheer number of hours they spend on the road. This article reviews the federal regulations that restrict truckers’ driving hours and the penalties that drivers and their employers face if they break the rules. We also take a look at what it means for you when a trucking accident results from driver fatigue.

Are Trucking Companies Regulated by the Federal Government?
We have already answered this question in the affirmative, but this article takes a deeper look at some of the additional regulations that are designed to prevent unsafe trucking. It also discusses additional regulations that some states are imposing to keep their drivers safe.

Trucking Accidents in St. Louis: What Are the Common Causes?
Driver fatigue is a serious concern, but it is by no means the only cause of serious and fatal trucking accidents. Inattentiveness, aggressive driving, and driving under the influence are just a few of the causes we examine in this blog post. Beyond driver error, faulty and defective truck parts can also lead to accidents – and may bring multiple responsible parties into the fold.

Ninth Circuit Rejects Trucking Company’s Request to Overrule FMCSA Shutdown Order – Multistar Industries v. USDOT
For the court watchers out there, this article discusses an important case where a federal court refused to provide relief for a trucking company that had been shut down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA shuttered the trucking company due to a host of safety concerns, including use of unlicensed drivers and improper transportation of hazardous materials. On appeal by the trucking company, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with FMCSA – keeping this dangerous operator off the road.

Missouri Truck Accident Kills Amish Buggy Rider: A Tragic Example of Why Truck Crashes Are Not a “Fair Fight”
Coming full circle, this article uses a tragic real-life example to demonstrate just how much force is generated by the enormous size and weight of commercial trucks. We look at the facts involved in a fatal accident involving a truck and a horse-drawn buggy, and use some analogies to demonstrate the violent physical impact of a tractor-trailer collision.

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If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a trucking accident in Missouri or Illinois, we can help you fight for just compensation. To speak with one of our attorneys about your case, contact us online or call (877) 678-3400 today.

 

5 Most Common Types of 18-Wheeler Accidents

truck accident injury lawyerAccording to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as many as one out of every ten fatal vehicle collisions involves a large truck or tractor-trailer. Driver errors are often to blame. However, even when driven properly, 18-wheelers present a greater danger to other drivers than standard vehicles. In this article, we’ll take a look at five common causes of 18-wheeler accidents.

Knowing What to Watch for to Avoid Truck Accidents

Equipment Defects, Malfunctions, and Failures
From defective parts coming right off of the assembly line to issues resulting in improper installation or maintenance, there are any number of ways that equipment problems can lead to 18-wheeler accidents. Faulty brakes, worn tires, tire retreads, engine problems, and transmission issues can all cause truck drivers to lose control.

Unsecured Cargo
18-wheelers often carry tons (literally) of cargo. To prevent this cargo from falling off the truck, the trucking company must be sure to secure it properly before the driver hits the road. Even minor errors and oversights can result in loose loads; and, especially at highway speeds, loose loads are prone to break free, littering the roadway. This can wreak havoc on the traffic situation and often leads to severe multi-car accidents.

Road Debris and Dangerous Road Conditions
Road debris, potholes, unpaved construction zones, and other dangerous road conditions are frequent culprits in 18-wheeler accidents as well. Between the choices of swerving to avoid the hazard or else driving through it, truck drivers are left with two options that are both less than ideal. In either scenario, the driver risks losing control and causing an accident.

Bad Weather
Bad weather is also a common cause of 18-wheeler accidents. Truckers and trucking companies often operate under tight deadlines, and weather conditions usually aren’t justification for a delayed shipment. Rain, snow, fog, and high winds can all create extremely dangerous conditions for 18-wheelers.

Driver Error
Of course, this list would not be complete without mentioning driver error. Many truck drivers get their commercial driver’s license, follow the rules, and pride themselves on maintaining an accident-free record. However, others don’t, and even safe drivers can make mistakes. Each of the following is a common example of driver errors that can lead to a serious or fatal collision:

  •       Drowsy driving and falling asleep behind the wheel
  •       Speeding (including driving too fast for the road conditions)
  •       Aggressive driving
  •       Changing lanes or turning into a vehicle in the driver’s blind spot
  •       Failure to maintain control after a swerve
  •       Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

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How to Prepare for Your Free Consultation at Carey, Danis & Lowe

personal injury lawyerAt Carey, Danis & Lowe, we offer free initial consultations to individuals who have suffered injuries in car crashes and other accidents, or as a result of medical malpractice. The initial consultation is a chance for us to learn about you and for you to learn about us. To get the most out of our meeting, there are a handful of things you can do in advance to prepare.

Things to Do before Meeting Your Personal Injury Lawyer for the First Time

1. Do Not Stress Out
The first thing you can do is take a deep breath. We know that meeting with an attorney for the first time can seem like an intimidating experience. However, the reality is that what you’re preparing for is just a conversation. We are there to listen, answer your questions, and let you know how we can help you.

In fact, we’re the ones who should be nervous. We want you to choose us as your legal representation, but you are free to go with whichever law firm you choose. Our goal is for you to leave the consultation feeling confident that you can rely on us to successfully handle your case.

2. Do Your Research on Local Personal Injury Law Firms
To that end, you should research Carey, Danis & Lowe and other local law firms prior to our initial meeting. Browse our website, read our blog, and compare us to our competition. When we meet, feel free to ask us any questions you may have about our services or what sets us apart from other law firms.

3. Bring Any Documents that Might Potentially Be Relevant to Your Case
Be sure to bring with you anything and everything that you think might be relevant to your case. The more, the better. If we don’t need it, we can set it aside, but it’s better to have everything available so that we can fully assess your situation and evaluate your potential claims.

4. Think about What Questions You Have
Finally, many clients find it useful to come to the initial consultation with a list of questions about what happens after the consultation is over. We will be sharing a lot of information with you, but if you have specific questions, we will be more than happy to answer them. No question is too big or too small. This is your case, after all, so we want you to feel fully informed and engaged from start to finish.

Speak with a Missouri or Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer about Your Case

Of course, don’t feel like you have to be completely organized before you come in. If you’ve been injured in an accident or as a result of medical malpractice, we want to hear from you. If you can be fully prepared for your initial consultation, that’s great. If not, don’t worry. We will walk you through everything we need to get started and make sure you feel comfortable every step of the way.

To schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with Carey, Danis & Lowe, call us at (877) 678-3400 or contact us online today.

Which Cars are the Safest? Which are Least Safe?

mechanic checking carEach year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) releases its list of top safety picks for domestic and foreign vehicles. It recently released its picks for 2015.

Vehicle Crash Statistics

Before we get to the list, let’s take a look at some statistics on vehicle accidents. Notably, fatalities from car collisions continue to decline year over year. Compared to 33,561 fatalities in 2012, there were 32,719 accident-related deaths in 2013. Comparing vehicle years, 2011 model-year vehicles caused fewer deaths than their 2008 counterparts—dropping from 48 fatalities per million vehicles to 28 per million on average. A record nine 2011 models have a driver death rate of zero. These included a mix of luxury models (such as the Audi A4 AWD) and standard brands (the Kia Sorento 2WD).

These figures are consistent with the IIHS’s findings that new cars are – for the most part – considerably safer than older models. This is due to significant technological advances that are both (i) reducing the number of accidents, and (ii) providing greater impact protection when collisions do occur.

IIHS Top Safety Picks for 2015

Still, not all vehicles are created equal. The following are some of the IIHS’s top safety picks for 2015 (all vehicles listed are 2015 model year):

  •       Acura MDX, RLX and TLX
  •       Audi A3
  •       Chevrolet Trax, Spark and Volt
  •       Dodge Dart
  •       Ford C-Max Hybrid and Focus
  •       Honda Civic (multiple models), Fit, and Odyssey
  •       Mazda 3 and CX-5
  •       Mercedes E Class and M Class
  •       Volvo S60, S80, V60 and XC60

Other manufacturers with models making the list include: Buick, Chrysler, Hyundai, Infiniti, Kia, Lexus, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, Scion, Subaru, and Volkswagen.

Least Safe Vehicles According to IIHS

On the other end of the spectrum are the least-safe vehicles according to IIHS. This was measured using the number of deaths per million registered vehicles. The three least safe vehicles are:

  •       2011 Kia Rio (149 fatalities per million registered vehicles)
  •       Nissan Versa (130 fatalities per million registered vehicles)
  •       Hyundai Accent (120 fatalities per million registered vehicles)

It is interesting to note that each of these manufacturers also produced models that made the top of the IIHS’s safety list.

How to Choose a Safe Vehicle

While consumers should always do their research before purchasing a vehicle, the IIHS’s statistics shed light on some trends among safer vehicles. For example, SUVs and large four-door sedans tend to fare better than smaller vehicles. Models with four-wheel drive also fared better overall. However, these rules are not absolutes, so always take care to learn about your specific vehicle before making a buying decision.

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Do Warning Signs Prevent Recovery for Slip-and-Fall Accidents?

Premises liabilityAt Carey, Danis & Lowe, we frequently get questions about whether certain facts and circumstances might prevent someone from obtaining financial compensation for their injuries. One area in particular where this comes up is slip-and-fall accidents.

Factors to be Considered in Slip-and-Fall Accident Litigation

We are often asked if a warning sign (e.g., “Caution – Wet Floor”) is enough to protect a property owner from liability if someone slips on a wet floor. The answer is a simple one, because it depends on the situation. There are a number of factors to be considered, including:

  •       Whether the sign provided adequate warning
  •       The extent of the victim’s injuries
  •       Statements made by the victim after the accident
  •       What the property owner does after the accident
  •       The type of location where the accident occurred

Understanding Rules of “Comparative” Fault

The laws of the state where the accident occurred can also impact your ability to obtain financial compensation for a slip-and-fall accident. One type of law that is particularly important and also varies widely from state to state is the law of comparative fault.

Comparative fault determines whether and to what extent accident victims are entitled to damages when they are also partially responsible for causing their own injuries. Perhaps you can see how this would come into play in a slip-and-fall scenario where there was a sign warning people to stay away.

A Hypothetical Slip-and-Fall Scenario

Let’s consider a hypothetical scenario where someone slips and falls in a grocery store. Suppose the jury finds that the grocery store was 33% at fault because it didn’t completely block off the isle, but finds that the plaintiff was 67% at fault for failing to heed the warning sign. Total damages are $100,000. Is the plaintiff entitled to recover? If so, how much?

Comparative Fault in Missouri and Illinois

In this scenario, the answer will vary from state to state, and even between the two states where Carey, Danis & Lowe has its offices: Missouri and Illinois.

  •  Missouri – In Missouri, the plaintiff would be entitled to recover $25,000 dollars. This is because Missouri follows the rule of “pure” comparative negligence, which makes each party financially responsible for its own negligence.
  •  Illinois – In Illinois, the result would be different. Here, the plaintiff would not be entitled to any recovery. Under Illinois’s “modified” comparative negligence law, a party that is 51% at fault or more is barred from obtaining financial compensation. Basically, if the accident was mostly your fault, you are responsible for your own losses.

As you can see, the facts and circumstances will weigh heavily in determining your right to financial compensation following a slip-and-fall accident. Our attorneys are experienced in handling these types of personal injury claims. We can help you understand your rights and pursue maximum compensation for your injuries.

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The Risks of Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery - medical malpracticeAll forms of surgery carry some level of inherent risk. From undergoing anesthesia to the simple fact that you are being cut open by another human being, there are any number of different ways that surgery can result in aftereffects and long-term complications.

Plastic surgery is no different. Complications can – and do – happen with regularity. In this article we take a look at some of the most common risks associated with undergoing cosmetic surgery.

Risks of Undergoing Anesthesia

Health Conditions that Increase Risk

For most healthy individuals, anesthesia (when administered properly) does not present a significant risk for long-term complications. However, various health conditions can increase the risks of anesthesia-related complications significantly. These include:

  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Medical conditions affecting your heart, lungs, or kidneys

Risks of Improper Administration of Anesthesia

As with all medical procedures, undergoing anesthesia carries the risk that the doctor will do something wrong. Improper administration of anesthetics is a form of medical malpractice that carries significant risks for all patients. Delayed administration, overdose, and lack of oxygen are examples of some of the errors that can result in:

  • Anaphylaxis (a severe and dangerous allergic reaction to anesthesia)
  • Anesthesia awareness (feeling pain but being unable to communicate)
  • Asphyxiation
  • Birth defects
  • Brain damage
  • Coma
  • Heart attack
  • Hypertension
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke

Toxic levels of anesthetics can also result in death.

Surgery-Related Risks and Medical Malpractice

Of course, anesthesia is not the only risky part of undergoing plastic surgery. In fact, the Mayo Clinic notes that the risks tied to the associated surgical procedure are typically greater than with general anesthesia.

The risks vary depending on the type of cosmetic procedure. For example, a face lift carries different risks than a breast implant. In general, these are some of the risks facing individuals who elect to undergo plastic surgery:

  • Bleeding
  • Infections at incision site (which may result in scarring or the need for a follow-up surgical procedure)
  • Internal infections
  • Cardiac and pulmonary issues
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fluid build-up in the body
  • Nerve damage (which can result in weakness, numbness, or tingling and may be permanent)
  • Persistent pain
  • Skin discoloration and irregularities
  • Skin loss

Cosmetic procedures also carry the risk that the final product will not live up to the promised results. Problems such as asymmetry, unsatisfactory scarring, and persistent visible deformities are all real possibilities that may be permanent or require additional surgery.

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The attorneys at Carey, Danis & Lowe are familiar with the risks of surgery and they have represented numerous victims of medical malpractice in Illinois and Missouri. If you are suffering as a result of a flawed surgical procedure, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.

NHTSA’s New Chief Warns of More Recalls

NHTSA RecallIn recent years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has taken heat for failing to fully pursue automakers for vehicle defects. High-profile examples include its failure to identify a deadly ignition switch defect in General Motors vehicles, and its failure to address an air bag defect affecting millions of vehicles across the United States.

Upon assuming his role as NHTSA’s new administrator on December 22, 2014, Dr. Mark Rosekind acknowledged that changes needed to be made and he promised improvements to come. In particular, he pledged to dedicate the resources necessary to crack down on dangerous vehicle defects.

Improving the System to Identify More Vehicle Defects

Dr. Rosekind intends to seek additional funding to bolster the NHTSA’s defect-spotting efforts. With planned improvements to both staffing numbers and the agency’s technology systems, Dr. Rosekind believes the NHTSA can reach a position where vehicle defects can be completely addressed and this unpleasant situation can be put behind the company.

These improvements would allow the NHTSA to proactively force recalls rather than respond to major problems after the fact, which is is Dr. Rosekind’s goal. Auto Blog quoted the new Administrator as saying, “I think we could actually see an increase in the number of recalls…I’d rather have people be preemptive than waiting too long and making a mistake, because you can’t save those lives after they’re gone.”

The Risks of Vehicle Defects

This quote points to the obvious risks inherent in a system that responds to problems rather than seeking to prevent them in the first place. Once a defective vehicle hits the road, there is no telling the injuries and damages it might cause. When you multiply this scenario by the millions of vehicles that get sold in the United States every year, the likelihood of serious accidents and injuries rises exponentially.

There is no shortage in the variety of types of vehicle defects. Examples of common types of defects include:

  • Defective airbags
  • Defective brakes
  • Defective fuel and accelerator systems
  • Defective ignition switches
  • Defective seatbelts
  • Defective tires

What to do if the Manufacturer Issues a Recall for Your Vehicle

If a manufacturer issues a safety recall for a vehicle that you purchased from a dealership, you should receive a notice in the mail. However, you can also search for vehicle recalls on the NHTSA’s website.

Once you learn of a safety recall, you should take your vehicle to the dealer and have the issue corrected. This can be an inconvenience, but the safety improvements for you, your family, and the other drivers on the road will be well worth the investment.

Contact Carey, Danis & Lowe

If you have been injured in an auto accident and believe a defective vehicle might be to blame, you should speak with an experienced attorney about your case. The lawyers at Carey, Danis & Lowe represent injury victims in Missouri and Illinois. You can contact the firm online or call (314) 725-7700 to schedule a free initial consultation.