If you live in the Atlanta metro area, you’re probably familiar with the electric scooters that have popped up seemingly overnight. We’ve written about them before, specifically focusing on the significant dangers they present. In response to growing concerns, the Atlanta City Council just adopted Ordinance 18-O-1322 in January of this year in order to regulate the use and operation of electric scooters.

Helping or Causing Greater Danger?

For those who use the scooters regularly, rest assured that this is not an outright prohibition. While much of the ordinance focuses on how and where the scooters are stored, a significant portion of the ordinance is devoted to governing their use. In particular, the ordinance imposes two new restrictions:

An empty courtroom.n our prior post, we went over some of the basics regarding why and when you might need an expert witness. In this post, we’ll address some of the specifics concerning expert witnesses,  including the important role attorneys play in making sure your expert witness is allowed to testify in court.

Georgia Law on Expert Witnesses

Generally speaking, an expert witness is someone who has a certain level of expertise in the subject matter at issue a case before the court.  Georgia law, however, has specific requirements for someone to be considered an expert witness and allowed to testify as to their opinion in your case. In the event that specialized knowledge is required to prove your case, your witness will need to meet the following requirements to qualify as an expert witness:

An empty courtroomIn any personal injury case, you need to prove your case, and in many cases, this requires the testimony of an expert witness. The phrase “expert witness” may sound intimidating, especially to non-lawyers. We hope to alleviate your fears, but also help you understand how a lawyer can help you with proving your claim.

What is an Expert Witness?

In order to understand the role of an expert witness in your case, you need to first understand that, generally speaking, witnesses are not allowed to testify as to their opinions in court. For example, someone who saw an accident while standing on the sidewalk can testify to what they saw but is not permitted to testify as to whether or not they believe one of the drivers was speeding. Similarly, a woman’s husband who was present during his wife’s surgery will not be permitted to testify as to whether the doctor committed medical malpractice.

A pit bull service dogA woman has sued Alaska Airlines for $1.1 million following an incident in December 2017, when her 5-year-old daughter was mauled by a pit bull while in the Portland airport. The dog was in the gate area and uncrated, as its owner, Michelle Brannan, claimed that the dog was an emotional support animal. The lawsuit is seeking to recover over $100,000 in medical bills incurred to treat the girl’s facial lacerations and other injuries, in addition to damages for other losses and pain and suffering. Brannan and the Port of Portland are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.     

A Changing Legal Landscape

Following the incident, Alaska Airlines changed its policy concerning emotional support animals, stating that the change was “based on a number of recent incidents where the inappropriate behavior of emotional support animals has impacted and even injured our employees, other guests and service animals.” Shortly before Alaska Airlines made the change, Delta Airlines announced that it was banning all emotional support animals on long-haul flights.

Two motorcycles parked on the streetOn March 24, 2019, a Columbus Jury awarded $27 million to the mother of a woman killed in an accident that occurred in January of 2017. The jury’s award consisted of $22 million in compensatory damages and $5 million for the woman’s pain and suffering. The case illustrates the increased dangers for the victims of truck or motorcycle accidents, even under routine circumstances.

The Accident

On January 26, 2017, George Hooks was driving his 18-wheeler westbound on Macon Road while Cindy Tran Huyhn was headed east on her motorcycle. Both entered the intersection with Technology Parkway on a green light. The accident occurred when Hooks turned left in front of Huynh, who had the right of way because she was proceeding straight. Huynh immediately slammed on the brakes, veered left, and went into a skid. According to eyewitnesses, she almost avoided the collision but clipped the back-end of the truck’s trailer. She was taken to the hospital but unfortunately died the next day. The cause of death was listed as “blunt force trauma to the torso and extremities.”

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.

The aftermath of a 3-car accidentModern safety features do a tremendous job of keeping us safe, but car accidents can still result in serious injuries. Some of the most serious injuries you can suffer are to your head, neck, or back. The most important thing you can do is get a thorough medical examination, even if you declined treatment at the scene. Nevertheless, you may want to consider contacting a personal injury attorney if you’re injured and in pain to at least understand your options.

Head Injuries

We’ve come to understand that even minor head injuries can be much more serious than we previously thought with the potential for long-term and even permanent damage. Here are some common head injuries that can result from a car accident:

Time-lapse photo of street at night showing streaks of headlights and taillightsThe title of this post may be stating the obvious, but construction sites do present very real dangers for the public at large. It’s helpful to remember that the construction company has an obligation to maintain the area in order to minimize these hazards to motorists and other passers-by. Unfortunately, lapses occur and injuries happen.

Car Accidents

You may drive through a construction zone every day, perhaps even more than one. Construction on our roads and highways can create a number of hazards for motorists. They can cause accidents involving multiple vehicles, or an accident with just a single vehicle. Here are some of the conditions present in a construction zone that could lead to a car accident:  

A doctor holding a chartWhen someone is injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, they deserve to be made whole. In many accidents, covering the medical bills and lost wages may not be enough – the victim has had their whole life turned upside-down. The victim is entitled to be compensated for their non-economic losses. Damages awarded for pain and suffering are how the law attempts to make victims truly whole.

What are Pain and Suffering?

Damages for pain and suffering fall under the category of general damages since you can’t easily assign a specific value to it. It is an attempt to compensate victims for the physical, emotional, and psychological injuries sustained in an accident.

A man turning out his pocketsIf your injury leaves you unable to work, you will be facing lost income and the possibility that you may not be able to pay your bills. You may therefore be entitled to compensation that includes both your lost income and future income, regardless of whether you are a full-time employee, part-time employee, or work on an hourly or salaried basis.

Basic Lost Wages

For this part of your claim, it’s important to emphasize that you are calculating the income you actually lost. As a result, it’s important to carefully track the exact number of days and hours that you miss work, even if it’s just a couple of hours off to go to a doctor’s appointment. This is a straightforward calculation if you are paid on an hourly basis – you simply multiply the number of hours that you missed by your hourly wage. For salaried employees, the calculation is pretty much the same, but you may have to document your claim a little differently.

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