Articles Tagged with atlanta personal injury attorney

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.

clark-young-143622-copy-300x200What happens when a person slips and falls at a business, and gets injured as a result? That is a question that has to be answered far too often for those who patronize the businesses in and around the Atlanta area. For those who are injured by slipping and falling at a place of business, or other place where they were invited, there is an answer. Georgia law protects the rights of those injured, that is why contacting a great Atlanta premises liability lawyer to enforce those rights in in your best interest.

The area of the law that protects those injured after slipping and falling is part of the wider body of law known as personal injury, or tort law. The basic premise of all tort law is that all of us (including property owners) are under an obligation to act reasonably so as to prevent others from being injured because of our negligence. This duty to act in a prudent and reasonable manner extends to property owners via premises liability laws.

Property Owner’s Duty

aidan-bartos-313782-copy-300x200In most cases involving a doctor, patient, lawyer, and a lawsuit, it is the patient suing the doctor over medical malpractice, or a related claim. But in a recently filed lawsuit, the tables have turned, and reports indicate that a doctor is suing his former patient and his attorneys. The underlying claim is that the doctor was not paid in full after the work he put in to prove the patient’s personal injury case following a car accident. If you need assistance with a personal injury claim, contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer today.

This case goes back to earlier this year when the accident victim (now the defendant) was awarded a large verdict for the damages he suffered in a car accident. According to the reports, the victim was able to drive away from the accident, but the minor accident severely exacerbated prior back injuries, and resulted in the need for major treatment and pain control.

Doctor Works With Victim

sirotorn-sumpunkulpak-180515-copy-300x200A  recent case out of the Georgia Court of Appeals Second Division illustrates why the details and facts involved in a personal injury case are so important to the outcome. In any instance in which a person is injured, and even badly, recovery is nearly impossible unless all of the exact and accurate facts are produced in the course of trying to recover. Depending on the case, these essential facts can be locations, dates, people involved, and more.

In this case, Williams v. City of Atlanta, the complaint was straightforward and should have led to a recovery for the victim. The victim in this case was walking down the road in Atlanta when he stepped in a uncovered water meter hole. He was injured as a result, and brought suit against the city after contacting an Atlanta personal injury lawyer. However, personal injury cases operate differently when the city is involved.

Ante-Litem Notice in Personal Injury Cases

christopher-ayme-157131-copy-300x200The Georgia Supreme Court decided a case earlier this year that provides a good overview of Georgia dog bite laws. In it, we learn about the different elements that go into a claim for a dog bite in Georgia, and what can and should happen after a person is bit by a dog and incurs serious injury. It is also an important lesson for both dog owners and victims of dog bites alike. If you have been bitten by a dog inGeorgia, seek the assistance of an Atlanta dog bite lawyer right away.

The case Steagald v. Eason, began in 2011 when one neighbor visited another in their backyard. The visiting neighbor approached the dog and extended her arm. Immediately the dog bit her arm. In her attempt to escape, the dog latched onto her leg. Both the arm and leg were badly injured because of the dog bites, and as a result, the victim brought a suit against the owner of the dog, and the property owner who let the dog stay there.

Before the vicious dog bite that ended in a lawsuit, the owner of the dog moved into the home owner’s home, and asked to bring the dog. The homeowners said it would be alright, as long as the dog owner built a pen for the dog, as it was a pit bull. The pen was built, and later on it became evident how aggressive the dog is. He snapped at the homeowner without being provoked, and otherwise barked and acted aggressively. These facts were important in the ultimate lawsuit.

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The Atlanta suburb Roswell is facing a lawsuit from a former police officer there who was in a motorcycle accident. The case brings to the fore questions about victims’ rights, federal and state law protecting those injured or disabled after an accident, and what remedies a person has to uphold his or her rights. It is also an example of how important it is to hire the right Atlanta personal injury lawyer following an accident.  

This case began in February of 2014 when the veteran police officer was doing a side job, escorting a funeral procession. On the road, during the procession, he was rear-ended by a woman driving a car, and left on the road, severely injured. As it turned out, he suffered an open-pelvic fracture, paralyzed right hand, and spent some time in a coma. All of these injuries led to a substantial period of recovery for the man.

Return to Work

felix-russell-saw-234901-copy-300x200An oft-stated realism of the law is that most cases settle before trial. This is true of both criminal and civil cases. In the vast majority of litigations and prosecutions, both sides would rather settle their dispute on mutually agreeable terms than throw the case in front of a jury to have them decide the parties’ fates. This is not to say that some cases should absolutely go to trial, but the fact is that most do not.

This is also true when it comes to accident and injury cases. In most situations, there will be a victim, a negligent party, and a company who represents the negligent party and is part of the case as a result. The object of filing suit and bringing a claim against the negligent actor and insurance company is to ensure that the injured victim is justly, and appropriately compensated for the injuries they suffered. Because most of these case will end up in settlements, the details and laws revolving around settlement are important to know. If you have questions about your personal injury case, contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer today.

Details Matter in Settlements for Georgia Cases

niklas-rhose-14302-copy-300x225Most people have probably heard the term, “statute of limitations,” and it is likely that there is a vague understanding of what it means in the general public. In most instances, when people refer to a statute of limitations, they are talking about a crime and how the state cannot prosecute someone if it waits too long before filing suit. The legal term, “statute of limitations” applies more than just criminal law, however. If you have questions about the statute of limitation in your case, contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer today.

The civil side of the law also has statutes of limitations. This means that there are limits on how long a person can take to make a claim for something like a personal injury, breached contract, property loss, and other types of claims. Each of these claims has a statute in the Georgia code limiting when a claim can be brought, which a personal injury attorney in Atlanta can help you understand further.

Personal Injury

jens-lelie-20096-copy-300x201The majority of personal injury cases settle out of court with an agreement between both parties and never go to trial. If you have been injured and have questions about filing a personal injury lawsuit, contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. A recent personal injury case involving the Georgia-based gunmaker Glock and an Arkansas police officer settled out of court after the officer sued the company under personal injury laws in federal court. The judge dismissed the case once the parties settled.

This case began in June of 2013 when the police officer reportedly shot himself in the foot without even pulling the trigger. The lawsuit was based on a theory that the pistol was unsafe in its design because of the potential to misfire without such safety measures as a safety or an un-cocking device. Whether these arguments would have won the day in court remains to be seen because both sides negotiated a settlement, and a judge or jury did not provide a judgement.

The details of the settlement will not be released to the public, under the orders of the judge who oversaw the case. Under the terms of the settlement and dismissal of the case, neither side can disclose what happened in settlement negotiations or for how much the case settled. This is quite common in cases involving large companies. If you have questions about your own potential personal injury settlement, contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer today.