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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. 

town-n-country-florida-personal-injury-attorneys-300x169If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, the best way to protect your rights – in pursuit of your rightful compensation – is with an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer in your corner. The problem may be, however, knowing what to look for in a personal injury lawyer in the first place. Fortunately, there are some qualities to look for that can help you find the right lawyer for you. 

Experience 

You are looking for an attorney who has considerable experience successfully handling complex personal injury claims like yours. You can learn about a specific attorney’s experience by diving into the firm’s website. Another great resource for better understanding a specific lawyers’ level of experience in cases like yours is the information gleaned from the reviews shared on Yelp and by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). It’s important to remember, however, that some reviews are more credible than others. 

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You’ve been injured because someone else was negligent in their responsibilities, and the path forward may look grim. You’re facing increased expenses and decreased earnings, and the thought of also taking on the cost of a personal injury lawyer may feel completely out of reach. While your reaction is natural, the fact is that you can afford to hire an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney, and doing so can greatly increase your chance of obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled and that you need to pursue a full recovery. 

The Financial Losses Your Face

After being injured by someone else’s negligence, you can expect to face considerable losses, which the law refers to as damages. These can include your medical expenses – both current and ongoing. Consider the following common examples:

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 bicycle parked on a sidewalkWith 80 million bicyclists on the road with various motorized vehicles, drivers and bicyclists should always follow applicable laws and safety tips for the road. Since May is National Bicycle Safety Month, there has never been a better time to review the steps you can take to keep everyone safe. If you or someone you love suffered an injury while riding a bike, a knowledgeable Georgia personal injury lawyer can help.

Bicycle Accident Statistics

Although bicycling is an excellent form of physical exercise and a great way to enjoy the outdoors, it has inherent dangers. The number of deaths from bicycle accidents grew by 29 percent over eight years, from 793 in 2010 to 1,024 in 2017, according to data from Injury Facts®. Of the 1,024 bicyclist deaths in 2017, over 66 percent involved motor vehicles. In 2018 alone, 857 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. This represents a seven percent increase over 2017. Since 1975, bicyclist fatalities have decreased by 15 percent. This is good news, except that these fatalities reached their lowest point in 2010 and have since increased by 38 percent.

gloved hands holding a medical maskThe COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives across the state of Georgia and across the country. From our day-to-day personal lives to the business world and the economy at large, almost no aspect of our life has been left untouched. If you’ve been injured, you may be wondering where this leaves you – should you pursue a claim? If you have already filed one, what happens next? 

Lawyers Can Still Help

Even though their offices may be closed, lawyers can still help you with your claim. Thanks to the internet, most attorneys are able to work remotely and remain available by email and mobile phone. At Slappey & Sadd, we are providing both clients and prospective clients with free consultations via phone or video conferencing platforms. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you can still contact a lawyer to discuss your case. They can at least give an initial evaluation of your claim, help you understand your options, and estimate what your claim may be worth. 

chess pieces on a chess boardMotorcycles can be enjoyable vehicles to operate year-round in the State of Georgia. They can also be very dangerous machines. One of the most dangerous aspects of motorcycle riding is lack of protection. With the exception of their helmets, motorcycle operators and their passengers are directly exposed to the environment. If they fall from their motorcycles in an accident, serious injuries can occur.

Motorcycle operators and other motor vehicle drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles safely while on the road. When they fail to do so, they can cause accidents and serious injuries. If you have been injured in a Georgia motorcycle accident that you did not cause, let the experienced legal team at Slappey & Sadd, LLC assist you with your case today.

Our law firm represents motorcycle accident victims from all over the state, including Fulton County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, Muscogee County, Newton County, Richmond County, Troup County, Walton County, and Whitfield County. Let our experienced attorneys help you pursue the monetary compensation you need.

a man sitting on a motorcycleMotorcycles are becoming a more and more popular way to get around. They’re more fuel efficient, nimbler to maneuver, and are easier to park, but they also leave the bikers who ride them far more vulnerable to serious injuries. The fact is that nothing comes between the motorcyclist and the immense impact of an accident other than his or her helmet and safety gear, and that just isn’t enough when the accident is serious. Fortunately, there are 3 important safety strategies that can help you share the road more safely with motorcycles. If you’ve been injured by another motorist in a motorcycle accident, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney in the Atlanta area today. 

Strategy 1: Start Seeing Motorcycles

You’ve seen the bumper stickers stating, Start Seeing Motorcycles, but implementing this advice is the important bit. You know that you share the road with motorcycles, so make looking for them – and seeing them – part of your driving routine. Most importantly, don’t forget your vehicle’s blind spots. Many of us have become complacent about changing lanes after a quick peek in our mirrors, but motorcycles are so much smaller than other vehicles that they can remain hidden in one of your vehicle’s blind spots. Before changing lanes or merging, check all the way around your car and pay special attention to those blind spots. 

a welder weldingInjuries at work can be a double-edged sword – not only are you in pain and suffering, but you’re also unable to work. If you have been injured on the job, you may be overwhelmed with questions. The first question that you may be asking is whether you qualify for workers’ compensation if you’ve never had to file a claim before. 

If you have questions, the Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys at Slappey & Sadd can help – call us at 404-255-6677 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation about your case. 

Is Your Employer Required to Carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

clipboard with checklist attached Pursuing a claim for compensation is not easy unless you plan to accept the insurance company’s low-ball offer. Even if you don’t plan to go to court, you will need evidence to prove your claim no matter how obvious it seems to you that the other party should be held accountable for your injuries. Unfortunately, this can be overwhelming for many people who have suffered a serious injury. An experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney can help. 

The Basics of a Personal Injury Case

In any personal injury case, you will have to prove to the insurance company or the court that you deserve compensation. To put it another way, you will have to prove the following elements in order to successfully bring a claim: 

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