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The scales of justiceIf you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be wondering how you can get your life back. You can’t undo what happened, but you can seek compensation for your injuries. In order to prevail, however, you need to understand the basic elements of your case that you will need to prove. You will not be able to recover compensation for your injuries unless you can prove each element of your case. 

The personal injury attorneys at Slappey & Sadd can help you prove your case so that you can get the compensation you are entitled to. We work with accident victims in the Atlanta metro area and across the state of Georgia. If you’ve been injured and don’t know what to do, contact us at 404-255-6677 to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. 

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A dog splashing in a swimming poolFor many Georgians, summertime means swimming. As enjoyable as swimming can be, accidents happen more often than you think. If you or someone you love has suffered an accident at a pool, it can be overwhelming just getting the treatment you need. If someone else is at fault, it is unfortunately difficult to figure out who should be held liable. 

The personal injury attorneys at Slappey & Sadd can help. We’ve been helping people in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia since 1992. Give us a call at 404-255-6677 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. 

Common Swimming Pool Accidents

lawyer standing next to a gavel with the scale of justice behind himMany people equate personal injury lawyers with car accident cases and aren’t sure who to contact if they are injured in another kind of accident. Some people, unfortunately, aren’t even sure if they have a legal claim against the party who injured them. As a result, there are many victims who wind up missing out on thousands of dollars in compensation that could help them rebuild their lives. 

If you’re injured and want to understand your rights, contact Slappey & Sadd today by calling 404-255-6677. We help people in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia get the compensation they deserve. Initial consultations are always free. 

Personal Injury Lawyers Handle Many Different Kinds of Cases

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The Fourth of July is one of our favorite holidays – it’s a great time to celebrate our nation with family and friends. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most dangerous holidays, especially when it falls on a weekend. Although it falls on a Thursday this year, there will still be a significant number of injuries and even deaths due to the negligence of others.

Founded in 1992, the personal injury law firm of Slappey & Sadd have the knowledge, skill, and experience to help you no matter how you were injured. We work with injured Georgians in Atlanta and across the state. If you’ve been injured and want to understand your options, contact us today to schedule your free consultation by calling 404-255-6677.

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A booted foot about to step onto a banana peelAny injury can be a lot to deal with, but injuries sustained at work can be particularly complicated. Legal issues aside, perhaps the biggest challenge is what to do about your lost income. Thankfully, workers’ compensation is available to most employees, but it’s important to understand how workers’ compensation relates to other options you may have. In this post and the next, we’ll cover the options available to you in order to get the compensation you need.

Understand your options

If you’ve been injured on the job, the first thing to do is to make sure you understand all of your options. In some cases, you may be able to pursue more than one claim. In other instances, you choose one option to the exclusion of all others. As a result, you need to know at the outset which options are available to you and the advantages and disadvantages related to each.  

A pile of one dollars bills.In every personal injury case, the parties are trying to work out whether or not one party should be held liable for the injuries and losses of the other party. If the other party is found to be at fault for the accident, then the question becomes how the injured party should be made whole. Because you can’t undo the damage that was done, the only viable option is to award monetary compensation to the victim. The amount of compensation that the victim is entitled to receive is referred to as “damages” in the legal context.

If you are injured in an accident and meet with a personal injury attorney, one of the first things your attorney will do is try to estimate the damages that you may be entitled to. A discussion of the components of your claim may be helpful in determining how your attorney calculates this amount.

General vs. Special DamagesThe first thing to understand is the distinction between general damages and special damages.

A judge's gavelIf you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be tempted to try to handle your claim without an attorney. In our experience, however, non-lawyers who handle their own claims typically wind up with a less favorable result. And once you settle your claim, that’s it – you can’t go back and ask for more. Hiring a personal injury attorney can make sure that you get a fair result and that all of your losses are covered.

1. A Lawyer Can Help You Evaluate Your Claim

Determining what your claim is worth is not as easy as you might think, and it can therefore be difficult to know what a fair settlement amount is.

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.  

Time-lapse photo of street at night showing streaks of headlights and taillightsFalling asleep behind the wheel is obviously dangerous – nodding off for just a moment can result in a catastrophic car accident. Unfortunately, simply driving while drowsy presents a bigger danger than you may think. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 795 people were killed in car accidents that involved drowsy driver in 2017 alone. In a recent study, AAA reported that approximately one third of drivers admit to driving while almost unable to keep their eyes open within the last 30 days. It is estimated that drowsy driving contributes to around 90,000 crashes per year, although precise numbers are extremely difficult to pin down.  

Why Drowsy Driving is a Problem

Even if you don’t fall asleep, driving while drowsy can affect your ability to drive safely. Studies have show that drowsiness can affect your driving in the following ways:

lawyer standing next to a gavel with the scale of justice behind himPeople who have been injured in an accident have a lot to worry about. Your primary concern should be your health, and recovery can involve a significant period of time for treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery. In addition, you may now be missing days from work or unable to work at all. You’re worried about paying your mortgage or rent and other expenses, and the bills are starting to pile up. On top of it all, you’re in pain and suffering, unable to live your life the way you did before your accident. With all of this, trying to decide how to handle your personal injury claim can be overwhelming.  

Understand the Insurance Company’s Game

First and foremost, you should realize that the insurance company is not on your side, even if it’s your insurance company. Insurance companies are for-profit corporations that are primarily concerned with making money. They protect the bottom line by paying out on claims only as much as they absolutely have to. As a result, they typically “low ball” accident victims by offering a small cash payment in exchange for a full release of any further liability. You may be surprised at how quickly the make the offer – often it is within days of your accident. They will seem very friendly and willing to work with you, but you’ll soon discover that they aren’t willing to negotiate a higher amount.

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