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lawyer standing next to a gavel with the scale of justice behind himIf you suffer injuries in a car accident case that is not your fault, you could bring a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. As part of the claim, your lawyer will likely submit a settlement demand package. This package includes copies of all of your medical treatment records, bills, and lost wage documentation. A copy of the police report is also typically included.

Once the insurance company reviews the demand package, the adjuster may make an initial settlement offer on your case. These initial offers are usually very low and are not meant to adequately compensate you for your injuries, suffering, pain, and inconvenience. If the car accident case does not settle, your lawyer will likely file a lawsuit on your behalf in the court system, and the case will be litigated. Upon completion of discovery, the insurance company may make additional offers to settle your case.

If the at-fault driver’s insurance company still refuses to compensate you adequately for your injuries, you and your lawyer might decide to take the case to trial. The knowledgeable Georgia car accident lawyers at Slappey & Sadd, LLC have been taking car accident cases to trial throughout Georgia, including in Fulton County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, Muscogee County, Newton County, Richmond County, Troup County, Walton County, and Whitfield County. Call us today for assistance with your case.

Red car with dented door and front fenderBecause driving is so commonplace, we tend to overlook the inherent danger that we face every time we get behind the wheel. In addition, most car accidents are caused by surprisingly common behaviors and ordinary events. If you’ve been in a car accident, chances are that one of the issues below is to blame.

  1. Distracted driving. Even though we hear about the dangers of distracted driving every day, it continues to be a leading cause of car accidents in the United States. The most well-known distraction is the ubiquitous smartphone, but remember that distractions can come in many forms – eating while driving, dealing with young children, and talking with your passengers.
  1. Speeding. When you speed, it reduces the amount of time you have to react to road hazards and avoid possible accidents. In addition, it changes how your vehicle handles and increased the distance you need to stop safely.

An empty courtroomIn any personal injury case, you need to prove your case, and in many cases, this requires the testimony of an expert witness. The phrase “expert witness” may sound intimidating, especially to non-lawyers. We hope to alleviate your fears, but also help you understand how a lawyer can help you with proving your claim.

What is an Expert Witness?

In order to understand the role of an expert witness in your case, you need to first understand that, generally speaking, witnesses are not allowed to testify as to their opinions in court. For example, someone who saw an accident while standing on the sidewalk can testify to what they saw but is not permitted to testify as to whether or not they believe one of the drivers was speeding. Similarly, a woman’s husband who was present during his wife’s surgery will not be permitted to testify as to whether the doctor committed medical malpractice.

Many A man with a suit hold a piece of paper that says "lawsuit"people think of personal injury attorneys purely in terms of car accident cases. The truth is that a personal injury attorney can help you in any situation where you have been injured through someone else’s fault. Serious injuries can have life-altering consequences. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you protect your future by seeking fair compensation for your injuries and other losses.

Unintentional Torts: Cases Involving Negligence

Personal injury attorneys handle tort cases – cases that involve an action or failure to act that resulted in harm to another person. Tort cases are civil cases, which means that the plaintiff is seeking a money judgment in order to receive compensation for their losses and injuries.

The aftermath of a 3-car accidentModern safety features do a tremendous job of keeping us safe, but car accidents can still result in serious injuries. Some of the most serious injuries you can suffer are to your head, neck, or back. The most important thing you can do is get a thorough medical examination, even if you declined treatment at the scene. Nevertheless, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury attorney if you’re injured and in pain to at least understand your options.

Head Injuries

We’ve come to understand that even minor head injuries can be much more serious than we previously thought with the potential for long-term and even permanent damage. Here are some common head injuries that can result from a car accident:

Time-lapse photo of street at night showing streaks of headlights and taillightsThe title of this post may be stating the obvious, but construction sites do present very real dangers for the public at large. It’s helpful to remember that the construction company has an obligation to maintain the area in order to minimize these hazards to motorists and other passers-by. Unfortunately, lapses occur and injuries happen.

Car Accidents

You may drive through a construction zone every day, perhaps even more than one. Construction on our roads and highways can create a number of hazards for motorists. They can cause accidents involving multiple vehicles, or an accident with just a single vehicle. Here are some of the conditions present in a construction zone that could lead to a car accident:  

A silhouette on a man bending over holding his back.It’s quite common to hurt your back in an accident. Unfortunately, unless they experience a back injury that requires hospitalization, too many people ignore their back injury and assume that it will get better over time. They subsequently discover, often too late, that their injury is more serious than they thought and will require extensive medical treatment in order to make a full recovery.

Common Causes of Back Injuries

Back injuries can be caused in many different ways and sometimes in ways you wouldn’t expect. We’ve helped thousands of clients recover compensation from back injuries caused by the following accidents:

Red car with dented door and front fenderMany people who get injured in a car accident aren’t eager to sue the at-fault driver. They don’t want to cause financial hardship for someone else, given that it was an accident and not intentional. However, drivers are required to carry insurance precisely so that the victim does not have to bear the financial losses arising from the accident. The other driver’s insurance company should cover the victim’s losses, and in the event of litigation, will provide an attorney to handle the case.

But what if the other driver doesn’t have insurance? These are challenging cases because a lack of insurance often indicates that the other driver doesn’t have any money. Who is going to compensate you for your injuries?

Other Parties May Be Held Liable

A doctor holding a chartAccidents happen every day. Thankfully, most of them are minor, but many can result in life-changing injuries. If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may have a legal claim against them in order to receive compensation for your injuries. However, there are first five things you need to do in order to protect your rights.

Seek Medical Treatment

Your health is your most important asset. If you didn’t see a doctor right after the accident and are in pain, go get checked out. It’s not uncommon for some injuries to manifest themselves days or even weeks after an accident. Your symptoms could signal a more serious injury, and you’ll need medical treatment in order to make a full recovery.  

Red car with dented door and front fenderIf you’ve been involved in a car accident, witness statements can be vital to successfully recovering compensation for your injuries. A detailed, credible statement can help you settle your case or prevail at trial. They can also help confirm facts and prove details, as well as establish who was at fault in the accident. In order to make the most of your witnesses, it’s important to get them to provide a thorough and detailed statement. In this post, we’ll go over some suggestions to help you assemble a strong set of witness statements.

Get Their Contact Information

It’s really important that you get all of your witnesses’ personal contact information. You may need to contact them for follow-up questions or clarifications as your case proceeds. More importantly, you may need the witnesses to testify in the event that you have to file a lawsuit. As a result, be sure to carefully write down the following:

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