Articles Tagged with Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers

A black van with read end damageAccording to the CDC, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. The most recent statistics reported by the CDC indicate that almost 2,500 teens were killed in 2016, with almost 300,000 suffering serious injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents. While we are very concerned about the safety of our young people, the sad reality is that these car accidents often involve other people. Studying the causes behind these startling statistics can help make the roads safer for everyone. 

The car accident attorneys at Slappey & Sadd help accident victims in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia get the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, we will fight for your rights. Call us at 1-888-474-9616 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. 

Who is at Risk?  

A chalkboard with a question mark drawn on itUnderstandably, people can often be reluctant to contact a lawyer. Lawyers have a reputation for being expensive, and maybe you’re worried about suing another person. The problem is that if you wait too long, you could jeopardize your case and even lose your rights. It never hurts to contact a lawyer even if you’re not sure you need one – an experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your options. 

If you’ve been injured, the personal injury attorneys at Slappey & Sadd can help. We can help you assemble the evidence you may need, deal with the insurance companies, and make sure you get the compensation you deserve. If you’re worried about the cost, you pay no legal fees unless we recover compensation for you. Call us at 888-474-9616 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help you.  

What Health Insurance Doesn’t Cover

Many of the clients we meet with are certain that the accident was the other driver’s fault. As a result, they are shocked when the other driver turns thA statute of Lady Justicee blame on them or otherwise denies fault. First, it’s important to understand that the other driver has the legal right to dispute your claim, even if you strongly disagree. Second, you should also understand that these defenses are quite common and may not prohibit you from recovering compensation for your injuries. 

If you’ve been injured in a car accident and need legal advice, the Atlanta attorneys at Slappey & Sadd can help you get the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at 404-255-6677 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and discuss how we can help you. 

The Accident Was Not Their Fault

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 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 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 silhouette on a man bending over holding his back.It’s quite common to hurt your back in an accident. Unfortunately, unless they experience a back injury that requires hospitalization, too many people ignore their back injury and assume that it will get better over time. They subsequently discover, often too late, that their injury is more serious than they thought and will require extensive medical treatment in order to make a full recovery.

Common Causes of Back Injuries

Back injuries can be caused in many different ways and sometimes in ways you wouldn’t expect. We’ve helped thousands of clients recover compensation from back injuries caused by the following accidents:

An illustration of a person fallingFalling as a result of slipping or tripping can result in serious injuries – broken bones, torn ligaments, deep lacerations, facial fractures, and broken teeth. These injuries can require surgery, physical therapy, and weeks or months of recovery. If you’ve fallen on someone else’s property and have been injured, the question then becomes whether or not the property owner can be held liable for your injuries and resulting losses.

In many cases, these falls are the result of the property owner’s negligence – they failed to maintain their property in a condition that was safe for their guests and other visitors. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you assess whether the property owner should be held liable and whether you can recover compensation for your injuries.

However, even if the property owner failed to maintain their property in a safe condition, it may come as no surprise that the property owner is likely to claim that they should not be held liable for your injuries.

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.

Law booksMost people may never hire an attorney, typically because the need never arises. But if you’ve recently been injured in an accident, you may be asking yourself whether you should hire a lawyer.

While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to that question, we would encourage you to not rule out hiring a lawyer right away. For most accident victims, it’s at least worth talking to a lawyer to help you understand how they can help you with your case. To help facilitate that discussion, we thought we would devote some space on this blog to raise some points for you to consider when making this very important decision.

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