Civil Litigation

CIVIL LITIGATION

Mr. Karas has extensive experience in civil litigation handling multi-million dollar personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, environment tort, construction defect cases, etc..

Mr. Karas is selective in deciding which cases to accept so please provide as much information about your potential case in the Contact Form below.

Civil Lawsuits

Wrongful death is a special type of lawsuit that can be filed when someone has been killed due to someone else’s negligence.  A “wrongful death” lawsuit enables recovery of damages that are unique and higher from those available when someone suffers non-fatal injuries.

Dangerous and defective products as well as improper warnings and operation manuals can cause serious injury.  Examples of harmful products include dangerous medications, consumer products, and children’s’ products; defective vehicle parts and medical devices; toxic materials and chemicals.

Injuries resulting from everything from exposure to toxic chemicals to asbestos, mold/mildew, lead based paint, etc. at your workplace or home.

False, Misleading, Fraudulent Advertising as well as Unfair Competition Law violations which in many instances include statutory fines, penalties and an award of attorney’s fees in addition to actual damages suffered.

Injuries or death to anyone over the age of 65 negligently caused by (1) Skilled Nursing Homes, (2) Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (“RCFEs”), (3) Assisted Living Facilities (“ALF’s”), (4) Long Term Acute Care Facilities (“LTACs”), (5) In-Home Health Care Providers, (6) Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers, (7) Facilities for Mentally Challenged Adults and (8) Hospitals.    

Insurance companies owe a “Fiduciary Duty” and “Good Faith Fair Dealing” to its insureds (meaning placing your interests ahead of their own) and breach of those duties can lead to a lawsuit for Insurance “Bad Faith”.  Typical insurance polices issued include policies covering cars, homes, boats, airplanes, life insurance (whole life or term), disability insurance, etc.

An insurers failure or refusal to accept a tender of defense (if you have been sued), delays in paying out under a policy of insurance (such as care and treatment under a health insurance policy), not investigating a claim properly or “low-balling” an insured’s loss can all lead to an Insurance “Bad Faith’ lawsuit.

Wrongful termination, discrimination in the workplace (race, gender, age, etc.), Title VII claims, whistle blowers, unpaid wages/overtime, etc.

“Premises Liability” refers to any injuries caused by a dangerous or defective condition on someone’s property (commercial properties such as grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, malls and retail stores to a neighbor’s home) including slip and fall, dog bite cases, etc..

Car accidents are the most common situation where a person is injured as a result of the negligence of another driver. Damages can be obtained from the other responsible party, his/her insurance company or both.  In some instances, a “Public Entity” (city, county or state) can be held responsible under the “Dangerous Condition of Public Property” doctrine.

Excessive force, false arrest, unlawful detention, failure to provide medical care while in custody, etc..  Can be filed in state or federal court but more advantageous in Federal District Court (where Mr. Karas is admitted to practice law) for strategic reasons and to maximize recovery of damages.

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