Beware of rainwater! Georgia courts have routinely held that when people enter buildings in rainy conditions this water is tracked in the building and it is common knowledge that these areas will be hazardous. This does not mean that all falls caused by rain water accumulation are doomed to fail; rather, it just makes for a much more difficult case because a plaintiff must prove that the landowner had superior knowledge of such a hazard.
The World Health Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations Organization, in its Global Status Report on Road Safety 2009, estimates that over 90% of the world’s fatalities on the roads occur in low-income and middle-income countries, which have only 48% of the world’s registered vehicles, and predicts road traffic injuries will rise to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030
Many different terms are commonly used to describe vehicle collisions. The World Health Organization uses the term road traffic injury, while the U.S. Census Bureau uses the term motor vehicle accidents (MVA), and Transport Canada uses the term "motor vehicle traffic collision" (MVTC). Other common terms include auto accident, car accident, car crash, car smash, car wreck, motor vehicle collision (MVC), personal injury collision (PIC), road accident, road traffic accident (RTA), road traffic collision (RTC), and road traffic incident (RTI) as well as more unofficial terms including smash-up, pile-up, and fender bender.
Our personal injury and car accident lawyers have won numerous prestigious awards, affiliations and memberships. We are part of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, where membership is limited only to lawyers who have won multi-million dollar settlements. In the United States, less than one percent of attorneys are members of this exclusive group. In addition, many of our lawyers are members of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America, Wisconsin Super Lawyers®, Top 100 Best Trial Lawyers in America, National Trial Lawyers Top 25 Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers and Top 25 Brain Injury Lawyers, and many more.
In most cases, a person injured in a slip and fall on someone else's property must prove that the cause of the accident was a "dangerous condition," and that the owner or possessor of the property knew of the dangerous condition. A dangerous condition must present an unreasonable risk to a person on the property, and it must have been a condition that the injured party should not have anticipated under the circumstances. This latter requirement implies that people must be aware of, and avoid, obvious dangers.
There are times when an accident attorney is not needed. This is usually the case when the injuries are very minor and there are no disagreements about who was at fault and who should pay (and what amount should be paid). Often, however, things are not so simple. If you were involved in a more serious accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer right away. See How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help for more information about what personal injury attorneys do and how they can help you you’re your case. If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer, you can find listings of qualified attorneys in your area by going to AttorneyPages.com. If you would like to have your case reviewed by an experienced personal injury lawyer, simply fill out our case evaluation form and an attorney will contact you for a no-cost, no obligation evaluation.
A personal injury settlement occurs when your attorney and opposing counsel come to agreement on the damages you’ll get to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. Your actual settlement amount will vary depending on a host of circumstances, including your level of injury, the type of accident, your employment situation, and what sort of bills you’ve incurred as a result of someone else’s negligence. Your attorney will fight for you at no upfront cost with no hourly fees, but will take a reasonable fee from your final recovery.
The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled before or during trial; only a small percentage of these lawsuits are tried in court and reach a jury verdict. There are many benefits (for both the injured party and the defendant) to keeping a personal injury case out of the courtroom – and out of the hands of a jury. Read on to get a sense of how a personal injury lawyer would negotiate the settlement of a lawsuit.
While there is no specific guideline or deadline as to when you have to hire a personal injury attorney, especially after a car accident injury, it is very important to engage the services of a personal injury lawyer shortly after the accident. You do not want to go without counsel during any part of the process and you can usually hire a lawyer on a contingency basis.
Some auto accident injuries can take days or even weeks to fully manifest, so we encourage anyone who has been involved in an accident to seek qualified medical attention as soon as possible — even if they don’t feel like they are injured. And, of course, quality auto accident treatment starts with the correct diagnosis. The doctors and other medical practitioners at Accident Care and Treatment Center, Inc. offer complete diagnostic capabilities right on-site, including everything from your initial exam, to on-site advanced diagnostic imaging like x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs.
The British road engineer J. J. Leeming, compared the statistics for fatality rates in Great Britain, for transport-related incidents both before and after the introduction of the motor vehicle, for journeys, including those once by water that now are undertaken by motor vehicle: For the period 1863–1870 there were: 470 fatalities per million of population (76 on railways, 143 on roads, 251 on water); for the period 1891–1900 the corresponding figures were: 348 (63, 107, 178); for the period 1931–1938: 403 (22, 311, 70) and for the year 1963: 325 (10, 278, 37). Leeming concluded that the data showed that "travel accidents may even have been more frequent a century ago than they are now, at least for men".
It is possible for a plaintiff to feel cheated or deceived after listening to bad legal advice and accepting a settlement too soon. If someone in this situation believes that his or her attorney provided inappropriate legal advice or was otherwise negligent in the handling of the case, the plaintiff may be able to file a lawsuit against his or her lawyer for legal malpractice. The plaintiff would need a new attorney to prove that the first lawyer failed to provide a reasonable level of representation and that another lawyer in the same situation would have likely offered better advice.
Unlike other lawyers, personal injury lawyers don’t charge an hourly rate. Instead, they accept a percentage of their client’s compensation for punitive damages as payment. In high profile cases, personal injury lawyers may earn as much as 40% of their winning client’s compensation. Payment is made on a contingency basis meaning the plaintiff only pays if the lawyer recovers money on his behalf.