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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. 

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.

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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.

Transportation

A man crossing his fingers behind his backMost car accidents are resolved through insurance settlements. That means that if you have recently been hurt in a wreck that was not your fault, there is a good chance that your case will end by negotiating a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. As a victim, it’s important to remember that the insurance company is not on your side and will gladly settle your case for far less than it is worth.

Here are some of the tricks that insurance companies use to justify lower settlement offers. To protect your rights, call one of our Atlanta car accident lawyers today.

Unreasonably Broad Medical Record Requests

a person walking a leashed dog on a pathOver 63 million households in America own at least one dog, according to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Dogs are arguably the most beloved pet for many families. They provide companionship, love, security, and sometimes even services to their owners. Unfortunately, some canines can be a danger to others around them.

With warmer weather and summer days approaching, more people are out walking and hiking with their dogs. This time of year is when dog bites and other dog-related injuries are more likely to occur. If you are the victim of such a bite or injury, do not hesitate to call an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney to learn more about your legal rights. Here are three things you should know about Georgia’s dog bite laws.

Dog Bite Victims Must Prove Negligence

riders on a carousel The average child often lacks the experience and judgment to avoid dangerous situations, especially when unsupervised. However, we have to balance their growth and independence with our desire to keep them safe, which can, unfortunately, lead to accidents. 

No parent wants to receive the news that their child has been injured. Not only is it terrifying, but it can be overwhelming trying to decide what to do next. If your child has been injured on someone else’s property, you need someone on your side who can help you understand your options.  

The Basics of Premises Liability Cases

security guard riding an escalator Whenever you visit another person’s property, they have a legal duty to ensure the property is safe. In the event that their negligence leads to injury, the property owner may be held liable for failing to maintain their property in a safe condition. This is especially the case for business premises, where paying customers and patrons are entitled to a reasonable expectation of safety. 

Slappey & Sadd have been representing accident victims across the state of Georgia since 1992. If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, we can help you get the compensation you need to move on with your life. Visit us online or call us at 404-255-6677 to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys to discuss how we can help you. 

Inadequate Security

a man driving a car as viewed from the backseatUber – and other rideshare companies – arrived on the scene seemingly overnight, and they aren’t going away anytime soon. While hopping in an Uber can be extremely convenient, as drivers ourselves, we also have to contend with this additional traffic. The fact is that drivers for Uber and Lyft (and all the other companies) aren’t commercial drivers in any real sense – but they are out hustling to earn a living and they sometimes cause dangerous accidents. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a rideshare driver, it adds an additional layer of complications to your insurance claim, and you should consult with an experienced Atlanta-area personal injury attorney. 

Claim Complications

The brilliance of most rideshare companies’ business plans is that they keep their profits high by hiring drivers as independent contractors whom they take very little responsibility for. While public outrage and the law is catching up with these companies somewhat, complications remain for those injured in accidents caused by their drivers. If you’ve been injured by a rideshare driver’s negligence, there are some basics that you should understand.

a series of interlinked cogs depicting medical symbolsA common question we hear is why someone would need to hire a personal injury attorney if they have health insurance. This question naturally arises if you have been in an accident but your injuries don’t seem very serious. However, you could suddenly find yourself with thousands of dollars in uncovered expenses if your injuries turn out to be more serious than you initially thought. Understanding what your health insurance will and will not cover is critical to deciding whether or not you should hire an attorney. 

What Your Health Insurance Will Cover

It probably goes without saying, but health insurance only covers your medical expenses. You should also keep in mind that it may not cover all of your expenses – you need to understand how your deductible works, what co-pays you will be responsible for, and what treatments will be covered. 

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