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adult-business-deal-collaboration-1376864-1024x683-1-300x200The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled by the parties without a trial. In many cases, at-fault parties want to settle so that they can limit their liability, as judges and juries can be unpredictable. It also allows injury victims to get paid more quickly and without the stress of going to court. That said, it’s critical for victims to retain an Atlanta personal injury lawyer even if it looks like their cases are going to settle.


Read on to learn why most personal injury cases settle, and call us today to speak to an experienced lawyer about your case. 

Settlement is faster. 

drinking-beer-driving-behind-the-wheel-scaled-1-300x205On May 19, 2022, WXIA-TV 11 Alive reported that a 35-year-old ambulance driver and medic were facing more charges in connection to the death of a 66-year-old man when his ambulance rolled over along a Fairburn road last November. An indictment from a Fulton County grand jury alleged the man had both alcohol and cocaine in his system during the time of his crash, and he is now charged with two counts of first-degree vehicular homicide as well as driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, involuntary manslaughter, and reckless driving.

As recently as June 1, 2022, WSB-TV reported that a former teacher, his wife, and their two children were killed when another person under the influence of alcohol drove a boat head-on into their boat on the Wilmington River. Alcohol-related accidents are unfortunately common in Georgia, and you will want to have an Atlanta alcohol-related accident lawyer to help hold negligent parties fully accountable.

If you sustained major injuries or your loved one was killed by an intoxicated person in any kind of accident in Atlanta, you need to invest in retaining legal counsel. The Law Offices of Slappey & Sadd, LLC has handled many different kinds of alcohol-related accidents and knows how to fight to get victims the money they need and deserve.

florida-motorcycle-accident-attorneys-300x169Motorcycles are a great way to get around and enjoy the ride in the process, but motorcycle accidents are some of the most dangerous traffic accidents. If another driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a motorcycle accident, the first order of business is seeking the medical care and attention you need, but beyond that, you may be at a complete loss. Fortunately, there are four basic steps – that apply to motorcycle accidents across the board – to help you protect both your health and your accident claim, and reaching out to an experienced Atlanta motorcycle accident attorney is one of the most important.

One: Follow Your Doctor’s Advice

It’s critical that you carefully follow your medical team’s advice and instructions. Doing so helps to ensure that you will recover to the fullest extent possible, but it also sends a strong message to the insurance company that you take your injuries very seriously and that you expect them to do the same. The insurance company is looking for virtually any reason to discredit or devalue your motorcycle accident claim, and if you fail to follow your doctor’s instructions, it will translate your actions to mean that you are not as seriously injured as you say you are. 

An illustration of a lawyer standing next to the scales of justiceThe aftermath of a serious, injury-causing accident can be a confusing time. Between doctor’s visits, dealing with insurance companies, and recovering from your injuries, it can be difficult to know how to move forward. One of the big questions that many victims have is whether it’s a good idea to retain an Atlanta personal injury lawyer to represent them.

If you have found yourself in this situation, the good news is that the answer to your question is an easy one: it’s always a good idea to retain an attorney after an injury-causing accident. Some of the reasons for this fact are discussed in detail below.

The Insurance Company is Actively Working Against You

A woman on the phone in front of a car accidentIn many car accident cases, it’s clear whose fault the wreck was. In instances like these, insurance companies often make settlement offers as soon as they can, hoping to resolve claims quickly and cheaply. If you have received an offer for a car crash before you have had a chance to talk to an attorney, it’s highly advisable that you speak to an Atlanta car accident attorney before you accept it. Read on to learn why.

Initial Offers are Almost Always Low

Insurance companies are in the business of making a profit. They do this by bringing in more than they pay out, so they are financially incentivized to settle your case for as little as possible. The insurance company has nothing to lose by making you a lowball offer in hopes that you will just accept it and move one.

Law BooksA personal injury lawsuit can be an overwhelming process. By understanding the process, you will be in a better position to protect your legal rights. Learn more with our guide to the stages of a personal injury lawsuit. For more information, call one of our Atlanta personal injury attorneys today to schedule a free consultation today.

Attorney’s Initial investigations

After you hire an injury lawyer, their first job is to begin investigating your case. They must find all the evidence that supports your claim. This includes physical evidence that proves who was at fault for the accident, as well as evidence of the value of your claim. The value of your claim is determined by the amount of your financial losses (such as medical bills and lost wages) plus the value of your non-economic losses like pain and suffering and lost quality of life. Your attorney also needs to know if there is any evidence that will make it more difficult to prove your claim.

A stopwatchIn your personal injury case, a lawyer is not a luxury – an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney is essential to getting the compensation you deserve. Not only that, but you need to retain an attorney at the first possible moment. Otherwise, your ability to recover financial compensation for your injuries may suffer. Here are three reasons why you should hire a personal injury lawyer immediately. 

Statute of Limitations

You have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. Under Georgia law, your time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the time that you were injured. Once that deadline passes, you lose the right to file a lawsuit, and this is a hard limit. It takes time to file your lawsuit in court since you need to draft a strong legal complaint that would survive an initial motion to dismiss the case. The sooner you hire an attorney, the quicker they can get to work in beginning your case, so you are in no danger of missing any legal deadlines. 

A young person holding an older person's handNursing home neglect is a serious problem in Atlanta and throughout the United States. Unfortunately, in many cases, nursing home abuse goes unnoticed, leaving victims to suffer indefinitely and without compensation for their injuries. At Slappey & Sadd, our experienced Atlanta elder abuse attorneys understand how seriously abuse can affect nursing home residents and are available to review the facts of your case at no cost to you.

Below are some common signs of nursing home neglect that you should be on the lookout for:

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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. 

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