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thanksgiving-drinking-1170x660-1-300x169People, during the holidays, downplay drinking, as they are in a festive mood, and therefore drinking becomes more common. However, even when someone feels “buzzed,” they are still driving drunk. If you are hurt by a drunk driver, you should call an Atlanta personal injury attorney as soon as you can.

What the Facts Show

During 2020, 185 fatalities occurred from drunk driving during the Thanksgiving holiday over a period that began at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25 and ended at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30.

personal-injury-case-300x150Contingency fees are how most personal injury lawyers ensure that injured victims are able to secure the legal help they need. That’s because you’re only charged for legal services if they recover the damages for a personal injury lawsuit. What you pay your lawyer is contingent upon their winning a settlement.

So, you may still be wondering how much it’s going to cost. Before you hire a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta, both of you will agree upon the fee first. Again, if they don’t receive a jury verdict or settlement, you won’t owe them any money.

How Much Do Personal Injury Lawyers Charge?

images-1Personal injury cases are complex, and victims often suffer personal injuries and extensive property damage. Understanding the various kinds of damages that may be applicable to your case can help you seek financial compensation for your injuries. Damages are generally divided into economic damages and non-economic damages. 

A personal injury lawyer at Slappey & Sadd, LLC in Atlanta can help you determine what types of damages you may be able to claim in your case. Contact Slappey & Sadd, LLC today at 888-474-9616 to learn more about the different kinds of damages in personal injury claims. 

Economic Damages, Non-Economic Damages, and Punitive Damages 

statute-of-limitations-862x575-1-300x200Every cause of action under Georgia law has its own applicable statute of limitations period. In Georgia, personal injury actions must be brought within two years of the date of injury. Many technical rules may affect the statute of limitations period. For example, you may have suffered injuries but not discovered the symptoms until months or years after the date of injury. Under these circumstances, the statute of limitations period may begin to run after you first notice the symptoms associated with your injuries. 

Due to these complex issues regarding the statute of limitations period, it is highly advisable that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Slappey & Sadd, LLC has years of experience helping injured victims seek financial compensation for their injuries. Contact Slappey & Sadd, LLC at 888-474-9616 to learn more about the legal services we offer. 

The Importance of the Statute of Limitations 

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. 

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