Our Success Stories
Client contacted our office for assistance with resolving an issue she was having with her doctor’s office. Client had gone in to have blood drawn for thyroid testing. Client explained to the nurse that she had a history of vasovagal reactions; however, the nurse disregarded Client’s reported history of dizziness and adverse reactions, and left client alone after the blood draw. Client lost consciousness, fell and suffered an injury. The medical staff insisted that she go to the ER and indicated she would be reimbursed for her out-of-pocket expenses since it happened in their office and would have been prevented had the nurse remained in the room. Client required stitches for her injury. Client reached out to her doctor’s office, but was unsuccessful in getting reimbursed for her ER visit. Our attorney wrote a demand letter and in response the doctor reimbursed client for her out-of-pocket expenses. Recovery for client, $507.15.
Client was a 1099 contractor who entered into an employment contract with a congressional politician’s election campaign that stated client would earn a monthly base of two thousand ($2,000.00) dollars, plus a percentage commission on all funds donated to the campaign in excess of a specified amount. Toward the end of the contract, the congressman “reinterpreted” the contract and implied that clients’s salary was a draw against the donated funds that Client raised. After reviewing the contract, our attorney wrote a letter to the congressman demanding that the compensation that client was owed be paid within ten (10) days. In response to our letter, client received payment for the demanded funds. Recovery for client, $4,107.78.
What Steps and Measures Should I Take If I Become A Victim of Identity Theft?
Identity thieves can wreak havoc if they have access to your personal information, such as your name, address, Social Security number, date of birth, or banking and credit card account information. The unthinkable may occur. They may drain your bank accounts, open credit cards or utility accounts under your name, file fraudulent tax returns, receive medical treatment under your name, and even provide your name to the police if they get arrested. There are several telltale signs that your identity may have been compromised. You may start to receive phone calls or correspondence from business or credit card companies or collection agencies seeking money for goods or services you purchased, or past due notices from companies you’ve never dealt with before. The IRS may contact you to advise that multiple tax returns were filed under your name. You may even discover unusual activity on your credit report. Money may be missing from your bank/brokerage retirement accounts, or you may not be receiving bills. Your health insurance provider may even notify that they will not provide coverage for health conditions that you don’t even have. In recent years, many companies have also experienced data breaches, which exposed their customers’ credit card and personal information to identity thieves.
If any of the above scenarios described above applies to you, please follow these recommendations:
Obtain and check your credit reports for any charges that you do not recognize and remove the fraudulent information.
You can then place a credit freeze through the three credit reporting companies: TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. You will, however, have to lift the freeze if you want to open a new account or grant access to your credit report in the future.
If you choose not to freeze your credit, you can place a fraud alert on your file so that creditors can can take additional steps to verify your identity.
Notify the fraud department of the banks, credit card companies, and companies where you know the fraud occurred and ask them to remove the bogus charges.
Change online and telephone pass codes and request replacement credit or debit cards.
Report to the Federal Trade Commission and obtain a recovery plan, or Complete an Identity Theft Affidavit from the website they host: www.IdentityTheft.gov
You may consider filing a police report, in which case you should also provide a copy of your FTC Identity Theft Affidavit.
Contact creditors or debt collectors and ask them to remove the fraudulent charges by providing your FTC Identity Theft Affidavit.
Notify all three credit bureaus and ask them to block the information on your credit report by submitting a written request along with your completed FTC Identity Theft Affidavit.
For IRS Identity Theft, the IRS also has a separate Identity Theft Affidavit Form available to notify them.
If you were a victim of Medical Identity Theft, contact the medical provider and obtain copies of medical records and report any errors or mistake along with your FTC Identity Theft Report.
Consider taking advantage of free credit monitoring services if offered by any of the companies that have recently exposed your information due to a data breach.
Contact your Identity Theft Protection service provider, such as IDShield, if you have a subscription, and their experts will assist you immediately
If you have any questions or pressing concerns, please contact our office immediately. Becoming a victim of Identity Theft can be a very frightening and stressful event. Our Attorneys will explain appropriate steps and measures to take if you or a loved one are victimized.
Recent Firm News
Principal and law firm partner, Attorney Paul Hoffman will be retiring from our firm this month. Paul has had a long accomplished and illustrious career since 1976, during which time he has tried numerous complex litigation cases. Paul obtained his undergraduate degree from Emory University and then attended the University of Georgia School of Law. Prior to joining Deming, Parker, Hoffman, Campbell, & Daly, LLC in 1993, Paul served as a Gwinnett County Court Judge between 1987 – 1993. He devoted seventy-five percent of his practice to litigation, focusing primarily in the areas of personal injury litigation, contract disputes, and business litigation. We will miss him tremendously, and thank him for his years of service and commitment to the firm. He truly improved the lives of his clients and their loved ones. Please join us in wishing Paul and his family all the very best!
2018 Firm Holiday Closings
Independence Day- July 4 (Wednesday)
Labor Day- September 3 (Monday)
Thanksgiving- November 22 & 23 (Thursday & Friday)
Christmas- December 24 & 25 (Monday & Tuesday)