Articles Posted in Personal Injury

dan-gold-240112-copy-169x300It is no secret that dogs are hugely popular as pets in this country. We see them everywhere, even in places where we would not have seen them years ago, such as on airplanes. Whether at the grocery story, park, or church, people’s pets now go everywhere their people go. Often labeled as emotional support animals, it is not uncommon to see a dog in every imaginable place. Without commenting on the merits of this shift in our culture, it is evident that with an increased presence of service and other support dogs comes an increase in biting incidents with those dogs. This is what we learned from a recent, horrific story of a dog attack on an airplane taking off from Atlanta International Airport. The case has been referred to an Atlanta dog bite lawyer, and for good reason..

Dog Attacks Airline Passenger

According to reports coming out of Atlanta, a combat veteran with an emotional support dog was seated in the aisle and middle seat of an airplane bound for San Diego. Another passenger, a man, was seated next to the window when the large dog began to growl at him. Minutes later, the dog began attacking the man, biting his face. The attack lasted for several minutes, and the man is now awaiting plastic surgery to reconstruct his face.

bethany-legg-14229-copy-300x200A few years ago the transportation-for-hire business was turned upside down with the advent and widespread use of new smartphone technology for sharing rides. What started out as an application on the phone to share rides with people traveling from one place to another has become the number one choice for paying for rides and getting from point A to point B. This is true across the country, from big cities like Atlanta to small towns. With this increased presence has come increased exposure to liability for the ridesharing companies. In the past, when a taxi driver took passengers from place to place, the driver and his company faced the liability possible when an accident occurred. Now that those drivers have been largely supplanted by rideshare drivers, the liability has been shifted to those drivers and to the ridesharing companies, as well. If you have been involved in a accident involving a driver for a rideshare company, contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer right away.

Conflicting Reports

Despite this clear reality, there are conflicting reports about whether ridesharing companies should be held liable when their drivers get into accidents. One recent report from Time.com included an account of the author, who was actually hit by an Uber driver when running down the street. She was fine from the accident, but it caused her to wonder whether, if she had bee seriously injured, she could have sued the rideshare company.

sebastian-pociecha-393843-copy-300x169A Georgia court of appeals recently reversed judgment in a slip and fall case in which a woman was badly injured at a church. The case is an example of why letting a case continue to a jury for a true judgment is risky, particularly when reasonable minds can disagree about the issue of liability. It is also an important lesson for property owners who invite the public to visit, and the responsibilities that entails. If you have questions regarding an injury you incurred on someone else’s property, reach out to an Atlanta premises liability lawyer today.

This case began in July of 2015 when a woman was leaving the funeral services for her mother. As if that event was not enough for her to deal with on that day, as she was leaving the church where the services were held, she was seriously injured after falling on the stairs. As a result she broke her leg, and sustained other serious injuries, as well.

The Evidence in This Case

tim-mossholder-212047-copy-300x200In today’s work climate, it is not unusual for a company to require one or more of its employees to travel and lodge away from home for work. This might be the case for a construction company that travels around Georgia from worksite to worksite, or for a tech employee based out of Atlanta who has to travel to perform work. In either case, if the employee is injured while staying where his or her employer requires, could that employee apply for workers’ compensation under Georgia law?

This question can easily be answered in most cases, but because of the fact-based nature of any workers’ compensation claim, it requires the experience of a qualified Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer. This is an important point about Georgia worker’s compensation law of which most people may not be aware, and why speaking with an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer is so important.

Continuous Employment: When it Applies

mark-cruz-330105-1-copy-300x200Often there is a question by those injured in an accident, through the negligence or thoughtless act or by an extreme omission of another, about who is liable for what happened. In all cases, the negligent actor him or herself will be held liable, but in many cases, there are third parties who face liability, as well. This is an important factor to understand in an accident for a number of reasons, and an Atlanta personal injury lawyer can help you do so.

One of the big reasons why this is important is because of the liability that companies face when one of their workers acts in a way that injures another. This is generally known as vicarious liability, and can involve several different people, organizations, or entities, regardless of whether they were directly part of causing the harm in question.

Respondeat Superior and Employers

gilles-lambert-8649-copy-300x200We could all set our calendars by the technological announcements that are made from the biggest tech company in the world. Every fall that company announces new products and software that is sure to impact the world over. This year there was a change to the company’s main phone software that should help many of us be safer drivers on the road.

Distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of accidents, injuries, and catastrophic results on the road in Georgia and throughout the country. Everyday there are many accidents caused when drivers thoughtlessly pick up their phonse to answer a text, send a tweet, or look at some update. These accidents cause injury, pain, suffering, and even death. While many of these results can be resolved, in part, by an Atlanta car accident lawyer, it is much better to avoid them altogether.

Software Updates

nathan-dumlao-360833-copy-200x300An informative case was recently decided by the Georgia Court of Appeals regarding personal injuries and which statute of limitations applies in different situations. It was informative because of the several different people involved, and the question of whether the court should have applied a personal injury statute of limitations, or a premises liability statute of limitations. These nuanced distinctions can get tricky, so if you find yourself considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer for assistance today.

Many people understand the concept of statutes of limitations in the context of criminal law. This is largely due to news reports and the sensationalization of crimes that criminal get away with based on this legal technicality. Statutes of limitations apply in almost every area of the law, however, in both criminal and civil cases.

Civil Statutes of Limitations

jesse-orrico-62699-copy-199x300Whether you work in an office job, a manufacturing plant, or a coal mine, each worker faces the prospect of being injured on the job. Georgia workers’ compensation laws exist to ensure that those who are injured on the job are compensated for their injuries, no matter how severe. Both workers and employers have duties and responsibilities to fulfill to ensure that the workers’ compensation system operates smoothly. If you have been injured while at work, contact an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer right away.

Under Georgia law, nearly all employers are required to hold a current workers’ compensation policy. These policies are much like any other insurance policy where the company pays a premium every month on the number of employees it has and the risk of the particular line of work in which the company is involved. The company also has the responsibility to facilitate a workers’  compensation claim following a work accident and to not discriminate against injured employees in any way.

Workers’  Rights

esther-tuttle-280714-copy-300x200Many of the accidents that happen each year in and around Atlanta, Georgia happen because of drunk or drugged driving. So what is a victim of this kind of accident supposed to do? How is the negligent party responsible to pay for the damages that can occur as a result? Those damages can be far reaching, including lost wages, hospital bills, pain, suffering, and more. If you have been involved in an accident with a drunk or drugged driver, contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer right away.

These and other questions are on the minds of several Lumpkin County residents after an alleged drugged driver recently crashed into a popular restaurant, injuring several people and causing a chain reaction that made nine cars crash into each other. The police quickly arrived on scene and began investigating what happened and what caused the pileup and injuries.

What happened in this case is what happens in a lot of the cases involving car accidents. Once the police investigated the cause, they determined that the man who began the chain of events and ran into the restaurant was driving under the influence of drugs. As a result, he was charged with DUI, but now the victims of this alleged crime are left wondering what their options are.

hermes-rivera-265372-copy-300x200According to reports, the state of New York will settle with a little-known boxer for over $20 million dollars after those involved botched his medical care following a boxing match. The case began in 2013 when two heavyweights went toe-to-toe in a marquee matchup in Madison Square Garden. The problems for the victim began when his opponent smashed his face with a forearm, and it went downhill from there.

The whole fight lasted for 10 rounds, when it was called. The victim was suffering from a broken jaw and severe swelling to his whole head. The problem was that the doctors on site (it is alleged) did not treat him adequately, and even left him to fend for himself to get a taxi to go to the hospital in spite of the fact there was an ambulance just outside the venue.

What resulted was a severe head injury that left the man without many of his normal functions. According to the reports, the victim cannot now put a sentence of words together, and is suffering from brain damage. The settlement he reached with the state of New York will go a long way to ensuring that he gets the proper care going forward.