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An illustration of a witch riding on a broomEvery October 31st, children and adults throughout the Atlanta area put on costumes and head out to celebrate Halloween. This spooky and fun holiday often involves trick-or-treating, attending parties, or just heading out on the town to celebrate. 

Unfortunately, Halloween festivities also significantly increase the risk of pedestrian accidents, particularly to children. In fact, according to statistics published by ProtectAmerica, children are twice as likely to be killed in an accident involving a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other night of the year. Thankfully, the Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Slappey & Sadd are standing by to help.

What Makes Halloween Night Dangerous?

A doctor holding a chartMedical malpractice is one of those things that all of us have heard of, but few understand. Here are some of the most common questions we hear from clients who come to us for help after a poor medical outcome. For more information or to discuss the specifics of your case, call us today to speak with an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a form of professional negligence that occurs when a medical professional fails to use the degree of care that would ordinarily be used by another medical professional with similar experience or training. Common forms of medical malpractice include failing to order the appropriate diagnostic tests, misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, performing the incorrect surgical procedure, leaving surgical instruments inside of patients, and emergency room errors.

The Lyft LogoRidesharing services like Lyft and Uber have changed the way that Atlantans get around the city. Unfortunately, ridesharing drivers get into accidents just like anyone, often causing serious injury to their passengers, other motorists, or anyone else unlucky enough to be in the vicinity.

Ridesharing accidents can be legally complicated, but an Atlanta car accident lawyer at Slappey & Sadd can help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Here are some of the general principles regarding liability in ridesharing accidents in Georgia. To learn more, call our office today.

Fault Determines Liability

tree-99852_1920-300x199With summer nearly behind us, many people in the Atlanta area are looking forward to cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and some Falcons Football. While there is much to celebrate about fall, it’s important to remember that changing seasons also bring changing injury risks. Below we discuss some of these risks and what to do in the event that you are injured. For more information or to discuss a specific case, call us today to speak with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer.

Back to School Accidents

As children and many young adults head back to school, it can expose everyone to new injury risks. For example, traffic is often heavier when school is in sessions, and new traffic patterns can increase the chances of a serious motor vehicle accident. In addition, students who bike or walk to school expose themselves to the risk of involvement in a bicycle or pedestrian accident. Finally, there is a wide variety of accidents that can happen at school, including slip and fall accidents, recreational or sports accidents, playground accidents, and incidents involving negligent supervision.

A man looking at letters "FAQ" on a chalkboardSlip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of accidental injury. Despite being so common, slip and fall claims are not commonly understood by people who do not have experience dealing with them. We’ve answered some of the most common questions we hear in the material below. For more information or to discuss your case with a slip and fall lawyer in Atlanta, call our office today.

When Can You File a Claim for a Slip and Fall Accident?

Under Georgia law, any accident caused by the negligence of others typically entitles victims to compensation for their injuries. So, if your slip and fall was caused by someone else’s negligence, you can likely file a claim. Some examples of slip and fall hazards that are usually the result of negligence include:

Traffic signal indicating a left turnAs motorists, try as we might, we all eventually have to make left-hand turns across traffic, and they can be daunting. The fact is that left-hand turns are disproportionately associated with dangerous accidents on our roadways, and contrary to popular belief, the motorist making the left-hand turn is not always at fault (or entirely at fault). If you’ve been injured by another driver’s negligence in a left-hand turn accident, don’t delay consulting with an experienced Atlanta-area personal injury attorney. 

The Dangers Inherent to Left-Hand Turns

Intersections are those places on our roads where traffic traveling in all different directions converges, which makes them some of the most dangerous places on our roads. Making a left turn in an intersection is about the most dangerous maneuver you can perform – due to the fact that you’re directly crossing the path of oncoming traffic. This leaves you exceptionally vulnerable to potentially deadly head-on (or nearly head-on) and T-bone collisions. 

A construction siteWorkplace accidents injure thousands of people each year. In most instances, injured workers are entitled to benefits through Georgia’s workers’ compensation program. The good thing about workers’ compensation is that you can obtain these benefits regardless of whose fault an accident was. In return for guaranteed benefits, injured employees are typically barred from suing after a workplace accident.

Unfortunately, this often results in uncompensated losses, as workers’ compensation does not provide benefits for non-economic losses like pain and suffering or lost quality of life – damages that are typically available in a personal injury claim.

There are some situations, however, in which injured workers can file a personal injury claim after a work-related accident or incident resulting in injury. Some of the most common are listed below. For more information or to discuss the specifics of your case, call us today to speak with an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer.

Aerial view of a busy intersectionWhen motorists fail to abide by the rules of the road, dangerous accidents happen. Failure to yield is one such issue, and it is one of the most common infractions on our roadways. Some motorists take it upon themselves to scoot in and out of traffic according to their discretion and believe yield signs and yield rules are intended for other drivers. If another motorist’s failure to yield leaves you injured, contact an experienced Atlanta-area personal injury attorney

Yielding the Right-of-Way

There are many situations on the road in which we must slow down to allow for the safe passage of others, and the law dictates who has the right-of-way in these situations. Georgia’s right-of-way laws help keep our roadways from devolving into dangerous chaos, and they include:

A stethoscopeCar accidents happen on a daily basis in the Atlanta metro area. While vehicle crashes are certainly capable of causing extremely severe injuries that require emergency medical attention, in most car accident cases, victims are able to walk away without a trip to the ER.

This is not to say that people do not sustain serious injuries in these less-than-catastrophic accidents, however. Victims who do not need emergency medical attention may still suffer from injuries such as whiplash, concussions, and serious soft tissue injuries. For this reason, they need to protect their rights by seeking medical attention and calling an Atlanta car accident lawyer as soon as possible.

Call Your Physician Today

Children getting on a school busThere is no doubt that 2020 has been a year of uncertainties for school-aged children and their parents. With back-to-school dates right around the corner, many families still do not know whether their children will learn virtually from home, attend in-person classes, or a combination of the two. Because Fulton County schools are planning to resume in-person classes in September, it is important to remember to review school safety with your child.

August is Back to School Safety Month observed by the National Safety Council (NSC). This event is meant to spread education and awareness of how to best keep our young students safe during the school year. The following are some key issues to address with your child if they might be attending school this fall. In the unfortunate event that your child is injured, call us immediately to connect with an Atlanta personal injury attorney.

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