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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

side mirror of a car showing highwayRear-end accidents are among the most common car accident cases we handle. A rear-end collision can result in serious injuries, leaving you unable to work or take care of your family. If you’ve been injured in a rear-end car accident, a Georgia car accident lawyer can determine whether you are entitled to compensation and help you understand your options. 

Liability in Rear-End Car Accidents

In a rear-end accident, the following driver is almost always at fault. Rear-end accidents typically occur because the following driver was negligent. Below are some common causes of rear-end accidents: 

Many of the clients we meet with are certain that the accident was the other driver’s fault. As a result, they are shocked when the other driver turns thA statute of Lady Justicee blame on them or otherwise denies fault. First, it’s important to understand that the other driver has the legal right to dispute your claim, even if you strongly disagree. Second, you should also understand that these defenses are quite common and may not prohibit you from recovering compensation for your injuries. 

If you’ve been injured in a car accident and need legal advice, the Atlanta attorneys at Slappey & Sadd can help you get the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at 404-255-6677 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and discuss how we can help you. 

The Accident Was Not Their Fault

It’s no secret that Americans love shopping. “Retail therapy” is one of our favorite pastimes. In addition to recreational shopping, how much time do you spend at the hardware store or shopping for groceries? When you add it all up, we spend a lot of our time at retail shopping locations.  

But what happens if you’re injured when you’re out shopping? Slip, trip, and fall accidents happen every day. If you have been injured in a fall at a retail store, there are some important things you need to know.  

The Retailer’s Duty to You

When discussing injuries that arise from medical treatment, people typically think in terms of a standard medical malpractice case: the doctor or hospital was negligent in providing care in some way which leads to the patient’s injury. However, even when there are no issues with the treatment received, injuries can just as often arise from the medical devices that were used during treatment, or as part of the post-treatment recovery process.

People rarely want to blame their doctor, someone who has earned their deepest trust. The reality is that he or she may have given you the best care available, but the device they used was defective. Don’t ignore symptoms if you’ve received medical treatment but the recovery has not gone as planned. If you’re suffering, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you identify the potential source of your problems.  

Because medical device liability is complicated, it may be helpful to review the ways that these devices can be defective and who may be responsible.  

People most are familiar with car accidents, they are fairly common. Accidents involving buses, planes, cabs, trains, Uber or other ride-sharing services are less common and are referred to as “common carrier” accidents. These cases present some unique challenges when compared to accidents involving only personal vehicles.  

If you’ve been injured in an accident with a common carrier vehicle, it is important to understand these differences. You should first seek medical treatment, but you should also seek experienced legal counsel to help you understand your rights and the potential implications of how to proceed.  

The Role of Insurance

If you have fallen when you were on someone else’s property and are injured, you could be entitled to ask for compensation for your injuries and other losses. Personal injury attorneys refer to these as “slip and fall cases.” Even though slip and fall cases are less common than cases arising from automobile accidents, they can result in injuries that are every bit as serious. These injuries can result in thousands of dollars in medical bills and have a significant impact on your quality of life. If you’ve fallen and are in pain, you should get checked out by your doctor or another medical professional as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so.  

The attorneys at Slappey and Sadd have years of experience in handling slip and fall cases. We have helped many of our clients recover compensation for the common injuries listed below.  

Visible Superficial Injuries

Dog bites are typically portrayed on tv and in movies as comedic events, but in reality, they are no laughing matter. Not only can you be seriously injured by a dog bite, but getting attacked by a dog is a traumatizing event. If you’ve been bitten by a dog and suffered serious injury, it’s important that you understand your rights under Georgia law.  

Statute of Limitations

The phrase “statute of limitations” is legal jargon for the period of time during which you can file a lawsuit. There are different time periods for different kinds of cases, and they vary by state. Georgia law requires that you file a lawsuit for personal injury due to a dog bite within two years of the incident. This is important because if you fail to file the lawsuit during that period of time, you will be barred from receiving compensation for your injuries.  

Imagine this scenario: You are sitting at the end of a long line of cars at a stoplight, and suddenly, your vehicle is violently struck from behind by a speeding driver who didn’t stop in time. To add insult to injury, the driver speeds off and you couldn’t make out his license plate number. After you are treated for your injuries, it turns out that the car that hit you was stolen.

This situation raises an interesting question—who is liable for your damages, the thief or the vehicle owner? In most cases, the thief will be solely responsible for your injuries. However, as with every legal issue, there are exceptions to the rules. Read on to find out when, and under what circumstances, vehicle owners can be liable for damages caused by thieves driving their stolen vehicles.

Vehicle Owners are Generally Not Responsible for Damages Caused by Their Stolen Vehicles…

Auto insurance protects you, your passengers, your vehicle, and other drivers and their vehicles when you are involved in an accident. After all, that is why we pay for auto insurance–to help us out in the event of an auto accident. But about injuries that are not sustained while you are actually driving, but you are still using the car in some way? For example, could you file a claim against your insurance company if you were burned by your car’s radiator when adding coolant? What about if you slip and fall when you have just parked and are exciting the vehicle? These incidents are auto insurance “edge cases” and auto insurance generally manage to avoid paying these types of claims.

But all of that might be about to change after a recent ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court.

What is “Transportational Use”?

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