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We take serious accidents seriously. All we do at The Angell Law Firm is focus on personal injury claims. When you are hiring a personal injury attorney in Atlanta, you want someone who is not only familiar with cases like yours, you want someone who lives and breathes personal injury claims. Our Atlanta personal injury lawyers are ready to help with your personal injury, car accident, or workers' comp case no matter where you are in Georgia!
All too often, a victim finds that their life has changed forever because someone else failed to act with reasonable care. Some examples of personal injury cases include those arising from car accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, work injuries, defective drugs, and nursing home negligence. In many of these situations, a catastrophic injury is involved. An injury is considered catastrophic when it causes severe and permanent harm to the victim. These injuries may include serious harm to the brain, spinal cord, or central nervous system, which in turn affects many other parts of the body. Catastrophic injuries can result in amputation, blindness, brain damage, severe burns, coma, paralysis, disfigurement, and even organ damage.
Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of injuries in Georgia. Driving is a privilege, rather than a right. It is critical to remember that every driver owes others on the road a certain duty of care. If you have been injured in a car accident due to a driver’s carelessness or wrongdoing, you can typically take legal action by filing a negligence claim against that driver. Negligence occurs when an injury or death results from a driver failing to use the level of care and caution that a reasonably prudent driver would have used behind the wheel under the same or similar circumstances. This inadequate care must have been a direct cause of the harm that you suffered. An Atlanta personal injury attorney can help victims gather the evidence that they need to prove a car accident claim. Some common types of behavior that often support negligence claims include distracted driving, aggressive driving, speeding, or failing to yield at an intersection.
According to the United States Department of Transportation, there are approximately half a million truck accidents each year across the country. In Georgia, there are over 200 fatal truck accidents and over 5,200 non-fatal truck accidents per year. In the interest of safety, truck drivers are subject to both federal and state regulations. Examples of these regulations include hours of service restrictions to curb driver fatigue, regular drug and alcohol testing, and proper documentation to ensure that the truck is in compliance with various requirements. It is important to note that if you have been hurt in a truck crash, you may be able to sue the truck driver’s employer in addition to the truck driver if the accident took place while the truck driver was acting within the scope of employment, such as when making a delivery. The company also may be directly liable for its own negligence under theories of negligent supervision or hiring.
In Georgia, there were 19 bicycle-related fatalities in 2014, which increased by 21 percent to 23 bicycle-related fatalities in 2015. Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other people using the road. Unfortunately, bicyclists are often injured and even killed because other drivers fail to see or acknowledge them. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident that was not your fault, you can recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against a careless driver. To establish negligence, you must prove that the driver owed you a duty of care, the driver violated that duty of care, and the driver’s breach of duty was a direct cause of your bicycle accident and resulting injuries.
The number of alcohol-related fatalities on the road in Georgia has increased in recent years. The basic offense of driving under the influence (DUI) consists of getting behind the wheel with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher. Moreover, DUI does not just refer to intoxication by alcohol. Any drug or substance that impairs your ability to drive could form the basis of a DUI charge, including illegal drugs, legal prescription drugs, and even over-the-counter medications. Anyone who gets behind the wheel while intoxicated and causes a DUI accident will likely be liable for negligence. If this has happened to you, you need to act quickly because Georgia has strict deadlines for personal injury claims, known as statutes of limitations. Generally, a plaintiff has two years from the date of the accident to file a claim in civil court. In some cases, a third party also can be held liable for a crash with the assistance of a personal injury attorney in the Atlanta area.
It is estimated that more than four million Americans are victims of dog bites each year. In Georgia, a dog owner is only liable for their dog biting another person if the victim can prove that the dog owner knew or should have known of the dog’s propensity to bite. In short, the victim must be able to demonstrate that the dog has bitten another person previously. Under this rule, known as the “one bite” rule, the burden is on the victim to prove that the dog owner was aware of the danger that their dog posed.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident that was someone else’s fault, we can help you file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. Georgia law defines a wrongful death as a death caused by the negligent, reckless, or criminal acts of another person or entity. The surviving family members of the victim will be able to recover compensation if they succeed in showing a defendant’s liability. These claims are time-sensitive, like ordinary personal injury claims. The statute of limitations in Georgia for a wrongful death claim is two years, which begins to run on the date of the death.
Slip and Falls
Slip and fall accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, including wet floors, uneven pavement, poor lighting, defective handrails, and more. Slip and fall injuries can result in serious and long-term conditions. These cases typically fall under the broader category of cases known as premises liability. Property owners in Georgia have a legal obligation to make sure that their property is safe. If a property owner is aware of an unsafe condition, or if it is something of which they should know, they are obligated to fix the condition or warn visitors about the condition in order to prevent potential harm.
Unfortunately, workplace accidents are common in Georgia. If you have been injured in a work accident, you can likely recover damages through a workers’ compensation claim. The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act provides a remedy for employees injured on the job and families dealing with the death of a loved one on the job. The workers’ compensation program is a type of insurance that employers in Georgia are required to undertake, and it is completely free for employees. An employee can typically seek medical bills, lost wages, disability, and other benefits for their injuries. Workers’ compensation is regarded as the exclusive remedy for on-the-job accidents, meaning that an employee injured on the job typically cannot sue their employer for negligence.
If you are a pedestrian who has been injured in an accident that was not your fault, our Atlanta personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for your harm under the theory of negligence. Generally, this means that the victim would need to demonstrate that the driver drove in a way that a responsible driver would not drive in similar circumstances. Some of the common causes of pedestrian accidents include failing to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk, speeding through a residential area, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
There are certain types of accidents to which children are more susceptible than adults are. We help families deal with child injuries caused by a variety of dangers, including dangerous toys, defective car seats, dog bites, and day care negligence. If your child has suffered harm on someone else’s property, for example, you may be able to seek compensation through a child injury lawsuit based on premises liability. Understanding that children are drawn to certain man-made dangers, such as trampolines and swimming pools, Georgia courts recognize the doctrine of “attractive nuisance,” under which a property owner is potentially liable for harm caused to a trespassing child if the injuries were caused by a hazardous condition that would likely entice children.
Traffic accidents are common in Atlanta and other areas of Georgia. Whether another driver, a faulty automobile part, a company’s violation of a safety regulation, or a city’s inadequate maintenance of a road caused your accident, we can help. We can analyze the facts of your case and determine which legal theory would be most appropriate. For example, if faulty brakes in your car caused your accident, this defect could give rise to a product liability claim against the manufacturer.
Contact a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney Serving Victims in Atlanta and Surrounding Cities
If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you need to reach out to a trustworthy attorney. At The Angell Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting your rights at every step of the way after an accident. You can rest assured that we will thoroughly investigate the facts of your case and advise you accordingly. We also represent victims in Decatur, Marietta, Athens, Roswell, Norcross, Lawrenceville, Watkinsville, and Savannah, among other Georgia communities. To discuss your case at no cost, call us at 770-217-4954 or contact us online.