Articles Tagged with personal injury

daan-stevens-282446-1-copy-300x191Under Georgia law, claims made for worker’s compensation benefits should be rather straightforward. The idea is that when an employee of a company is injured while at work, in the course of working, insurance benefits are available to the injured worker. These benefits should cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other related claims. Unfortunately, making a claim is not always so straightforward. If you have questions about an injury you incurred while at work, consult an Atlanta worker’s compensation lawyer today.

Anytime a person begins working for a company, he or she brings an entire past history to the new job. This past includes past injuries, physical incapacities, and other issues that come with a worker, and which can become more complicated when an on-the-job injury occurs. In most cases, it should be a simple matter of compensation after a work related injury, but that is not always the case.

Prior Work Related Injuries

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

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.

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When someone dies as a result of injuries that were caused by the negligence of another, the reckless misconduct of another, or the intentional criminal acts of another, the surviving family members are able to file a claim for wrongful death against the party responsible. With the help of a skilled Atlanta wrongful death lawyer, justice can be sought for your dearly departed loved one.

Wrongful death claims arise in a number of different contexts, including:

  • Automobile accidents.

thThe Georgia Supreme Court recently issued a decision in a case that involves how the court must approach dog bite cases. Proving liability for dog bite cases has largely not been the responsibility of the dog and its owner. In other words, the victim is required to prove that the dog in question had a history of violent or biting behavior that should have placed the dog’s owner on notice that the dog has a violent streak. While it has traditionally been the rule in Georgia that a dog is presumed innocent until it is proven to be guilty of behavior that could cause harm, this recent Georgia Supreme Court decision makes it easier for dog bite victims to reach this burden of proof. If you have been the victim of a violent dog attack, contact an Atlanta dog bite lawyer immediately.

A History of Violence

The state’s dog bite law is clear that a dog’s owner is liable for a bite injury if the owner knows that his or her dog has a history of biting behavior. It is up to the victim to prove that the dog had a history of violent or biting behavior. Dog bite victims are eligible for damages when the dog had at sometime prior to the victim’s incident exhibited dangerous behavior, which should have put the dog’s owner on notice as to the dog’s predilection to attack and bite people. Under Georgia law, victims are required to demonstrate that the dog’s owner knew or should have known that he dog is a biter based on the dog’s past conduct.

According to an article in the Norcross Patch, just last week a Gwinnett police officer seriously injured two pedestrians when the officer’s car left the roadway, drove up on the curb, and struck the pedestrians who has been walking on the sidewalk. One pedestrian suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, while the other pedestrian’s injuries are reported as not life-threatening. This pedestrian accident is a strange one because there is currently no explanation as to why the accident occurred. How and why the officer left the roadway is currently under investigation, the outcome of which will likely have a big impact on the pedestrians’ personal injury lawsuit, should they choose to sue.

At first glance, one might assume that the police officer who was driving will automatically be held legally liable if there is a resulting lawsuit. But is this always the case? In automobile-pedestrian accidents is the driver always at fault? Can the pedestrian ever be liable? This article provides a brief overview of the laws in Georgia that generally apply in pedestrian accidents and seeks to explain how pedestrians in Georgia can in fact be legally liable, either partially or wholly, in automobile-pedestrian accidents.

How is Fault Determined in an Automobile-Pedestrian Accident?

If you have been seriously injured in an accident in Athens, you should speak to an Athens personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Bryce Angell of the Angell Law Firm handles catastrophic accidents in Athens and all over Georgia. If you have questions about the process, what to do next, or what typically happens in accident claims like yours, please do not hesitate to call him now at 770-217-4954.

Types of Serious Injury

  • Auto Accident