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auto-accident-injury-settlements-300x200You have been harmed by someone else’s negligence, and the confusion you feel about how best to proceed may have stopped you in your tracks. You probably recognize that you will need to file an accident claim with the at-fault party’s provider – and that settling this claim is the name of the game – but everything beyond this may be a blur. While the goal is to settle your personal injury claim for an amount that covers the full range of your losses, accepting the first settlement offer that comes your way is highly unlikely to be the answer. Before accepting a settlement offer, it’s always in your best interest to consult with an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney who is well versed with the ins and outs of your claim. 

Your Overall Losses

Before accepting a settlement offer from the insurance company that is handling your claim, it’s critical that you recognize the full extent of your overall losses (what the law calls damages). Until these are well represented, you can’t be sure that the settlement you accept is adequate to addressing each category of loss in its entirety. 

A White TeslaInnovations in artificial intelligence (AI) have come in leaps and bounds these past several decades. Various kinds of AI have been developed to help us improve our daily life and safety. In particular, self-driving cars, also called driverless cars, were developed to help prevent drunk driving accidents, minimize road and traffic accidents, as well as reduce the need for people to drive long distances. 

Manufacturers have been testing self-driving cars for a few years now, and some features are already being made available to the public. However, these driverless vehicles raise questions regarding state regulations and accident liability. 

The Risks of Self-Driving Cars

An illustration of a witch riding on a broomEvery October 31st, children and adults throughout the Atlanta area put on costumes and head out to celebrate Halloween. This spooky and fun holiday often involves trick-or-treating, attending parties, or just heading out on the town to celebrate. 

Unfortunately, Halloween festivities also significantly increase the risk of pedestrian accidents, particularly to children. In fact, according to statistics published by ProtectAmerica, children are twice as likely to be killed in an accident involving a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other night of the year. Thankfully, the Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Slappey & Sadd are standing by to help.

What Makes Halloween Night Dangerous?

A man on a road bikeBicycle accidents can leave victims with extremely serious injuries that result in astronomical medical bills and keep them out of work for weeks or months. In addition, victims often experience tremendous physical and emotional pain and suffering as a result of their accident, often long after their initial injuries have healed.

If you have recently been involved in a bicycle accident, you may be wondering how much compensation you will be able to recover. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question, and every case is completely different. That said, there are some factors that will determine how much your case is worth. For more information, call us today to connect with an Atlanta bicycle accident lawyer.

Your Injuries

A phone with social media apps diplayedMany of us are on multiple social media platforms. It can be a fun way to keep up with friends and family, share our daily frustrations, or express our excitement about major life events. Unfortunately, social media can jeopardize your personal injury case if you aren’t careful. In this post, we’ll give you some tips to make sure your social media profiles don’t become the focus of your claim. 

Founded in 1992, the personal injury attorneys at Slappey & Sadd provide our clients with timely legal advice that is relevant to your life. We work with clients in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia. From car accidents to work injuries, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 1-888-474-9616 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help. 

Don’t Leave Your Profile Public

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.

A judge's gavelIf you get injured in an accident, there are multiple issues to consider. First, you need to figure out who is at fault.  Then you need to determine how much compensation you are entitled to receive. Finally, you need to navigate the process for actually getting your claim paid. In most accident cases, someone’s insurance company pays the claim – the at-fault person doesn’t often pay for your injuries out of his or her pocket.  

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the claims process can get pretty complicated once insurance companies get involved. Even if liability or the value of your claim is not in dispute, the insurance company may delay or even refuse to pay the claim. This can create tremendous hardship for the victim. You should be focused on putting your life back together rather than worrying about whether you can pay your bills.  

Bad Faith Defined

Gavel, law book, and paper with the text "personal injury"One of the things we try to do here at Slappey & Sadd is remember what it’s like to be in the client’s shoes. It’s a good way to remember that things that may seem routine or unremarkable are actually unknown territory and fairly intimidating for the people we represent. As a result, we thought we’d use today’s post to walk you through the process in the event that you’ve been seriously injured.  

Seek Medical Treatment

If you’ve been injured, the first and most important step is to seek medical treatment. In some cases, you have no choice – you need to go to the emergency room. In other cases, you felt fine right after the accident, but two days later you were in a considerable amount of pain. Or maybe you did receive immediate medical attention, but now you’re presenting with different symptoms.  Whatever the case, you should listen to your body – if something isn’t right, go get checked out as soon as possible.

When you mention injuries in the workplace, people often think of factories or other jobs that involve heavy manual labor. Unfortunately, workplace injuries can and do happen in almost any line of work – from a slip and fall in the office break room to long-term illness resulting from an environmental hazard such as toxic mold. Perhaps somewhat ironically, employees in the healthcare industry face a surprising amount of risk and potential injuries, and in some ways that you might not expect.  

Lifting and Moving Patients  

A surprising number of injuries originate from lifting and moving patients. Even with proper training, lifting a patient presents the substantial risk of injury to the back, knees, and shoulders. In addition, helping lift or move a patient can lead to a fall and subsequent injury. Injuries sustained from lifting can be very serious, especially if there is an injury to your back. These injuries can not only severely limit your ability to work but also limit your day-to-day living.  

Shoddy construction is being blamed for several injuries sustained when a wooden dome used as a climbing obstacle in a race collapsed last fall in St. Francisville, Louisiana in October of 2016. Witnesses mentioned that there were between 20 and 30 people on the dome. The dome was the third of 12 obstacles of the Warrior Dash obstacle race. At one point, it started to sway to the side, and then slowly crashed to the ground. The Warrior Dash races are held in cities around the country. They feature several obstacles, which often will include ponds, mud, and large objects that participants must climb and crawl over. The races are organized by Red Frog Events.

The obstacle in question is called the Diesel Dome, which is promoted on Red Frog’s website as a 30-by-50 foot wooden dome “with views of the ground that will ignite your vertigo.” Participants in the race had noticed that the structure appeared to be structurally unsound several hours before it collapsed. One participant said that the structure started to lean, then it slowly collapsed by falling to the left. Those that were injured didn’t get treatment for 10 to 15 minutes, the participant said, “because nobody from the event staff knew anything was wrong. The operations manager for Acadian Ambulance, Justin Cox, said that three of the patients were airlifted and seven more were taken to the hospital in ambulances from the event site at the West Feliciana Sports Park.

In August of this year, nearly a year after the accident, authorities filed five arrest warrants against Red Frog, accusing the company of shoddy construction and failing to follow safety procedures, including checking on construction, monitoring each obstacle during the race, and having a staffer at each obstacle to monitor safety. “It truly is a thousand wonders that other structures did not fail,” said Brant Thompson, Louisiana’s deputy state fire marshal. He said that there were young children stationed near the obstacles. They were given radios and told to keep an eye on safety, but they were never given instructions regarding how many people should be allowed on each obstacle at a time. Asked for clarification, he said many safety monitors were about 13 or 14 years old. Thomson also stated that the obstacle included construction defects, such as using smaller boards than were specified in the original plans and nails that were inadequate for the type of lumber that was being used. When boards became detached from the mainframe, they simply patched them up but did nothing that would hold the load of the participants on the platform. In total, five Red Frog employees have been charged with 13 misdemeanor counts of negligent injury, while two employees—contractors Marcus M. Edwards and Daniel L. Lauren—also face one felony charge each of “engaging in contracting without authority.”

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