Auto accidents are unexpected, scary and stressful. Even the most careful drivers can find themselves involved in an accident. When it happens, it’s an indescribable feeling and emotions are often high. If you’ve never been in an accident, knowing what to do next is unknown.
You should never leave the scene of an accident until it’s appropriate to do so. If someone has sustained injuries or has been killed, you could face serious criminal penalties for being a hit-and-run driver.
Before you assess any damage to your vehicle, make sure everyone involved in the accident is okay. If you are in need of medical attention, don’t move. Get medical attention for everyone who needs it. Anyone who is unconscious or has neck or back pain should not be moved until EMTs arrive, unless there’s a hazard that requires them to be moved.
If there’s significant property damage, severe physical injuries or loss of life, you need to call the police. Ask that a police report be completed in situations where officers do arrive at the scene, and obtain the name and badge numbers of the responding officers.
Collect the following information from all parties involved in the accident:
o Name, address, phone number and Driver’s license number
o Insurance Information (Company, policy number, policy holder)
o Vehicle information (VIN#, Make, Model and License Plate)
Be sure to take pictures of both vehicles and the damage as soon as possible after the accident. Take pictures of the position of both cars before they are driven or towed away from the scene of the accident. Photos can help your insurance company determine how much you should be compensated for the damages to your vehicle and could help in court.
You should promptly notify your insurance company after you’ve been in an accident. Obtain a copy of the police report for your records and be able to share the information with your insurance company. Never give a recorded statement to any insurance company including your own, without first speaking to an attorney.
Although it will be extremely difficult, it’s important that you try to remain calm after an auto accident. We know it can be an overwhelming emotional experience, but you want to be sure that you collect and provide all the information to the police and the insurance company.
If you've suffered a dog bite or other form of animal attack, you may be missing out on compensation. Up to 2 million people are victims of animal attacks in the United States each year, but not many know that they could have grounds to sue. Here's our guide to what is involved with an injury case due to a dog bite or animal attack and how to find out if you should take legal action.
Once you've had the appropriate medical treatment and ensured you are protected from any diseases that may have been carried by the animal that bit you, it's time to get in touch with a legal expert. It's best to contact someone with knowledge and experience in dealing with injury cases involving animal attacks, as they will be able to advise you on the strength of your case and the actions to take to have the best chance of success. When contacting an attorney, make sure you have all the relevant details. This includes where and when the attack took place, plus the contact details of the animal owner and any witnesses. This will enable them to review the incident and put together a strong case.
Depending on which state the incident took place in, there are different laws regarding who is responsible for the attack. For example, in some states, the owners will be held responsible, even if they didn't know the animal was dangerous. In other states, you'll need to prove that the owner was aware of the animal's "dangerous propensities" or habits.
Additionally, liability can depend on whether there were sufficient warnings about the animal, such as a 'Beware of the Dog' sign. You may need to prove that you were not acting irresponsibly yourself, such as taking unnecessary risks. Another issue to consider is the age of the person who was attacked.
To find out whether you should take legal action regarding an animal bite or attack in Dallas, Georgia, get in touch with the team at Lonati Law.
When someone slips and falls on another's property, it can set forth a chain reaction of events that lead to serious injury, claims of negligence on both sides, and time spent in court. However, many people don't completely understand the Georgia laws when it comes to this type of case and may act under assumptions that aren't actually correct. In this blog post, you can find out exactly what the state of Georgia says about the owner's responsibility to maintain a safe premises and the rights of the person injured .
The Property Owner's Responsibilities
Private property owners have the responsibility to keep their premises free from obvious hazards that could cause injury to visitors. This includes those invited onto the property or those who have prior permission to be there as well as strangers who have a legitimate reason for being there. An example of this last point is if a delivery person leaves a package on your porch when you're not home. You may not have specifically said the individual could come onto the premises, but you would still be potentially legally liable if the person were to get hurt in the yard or on the porch. However, if a person is trespassing, the situation is treated differently.
The Injured Party's Rights
In short, if you believe you have been injured due to the negligence of a property owner, you have the right to file a claim and seek compensation for damages including but not limited to lost time from work, medical bills, loss of future work, and pain and suffering.
It's important to remember that cases like these have a statute of limitations . In Georgia, this means you only have two years to file -- four if you are seeking compensation for damage to personal property -- if you wish to pursue a personal injury claim against the property owner. Keep in mind, this is two years from the date of the incident, not the date you realized you were seriously injured. It's not uncommon -- particularly when the parties know each other -- for the issue to be downplayed and brushed off with a "no problem, I'm fine," only for the victim to realize that the injury was far more serious weeks or months later.
If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of a slip-and-fall accident you believe to be caused by unlawful negligence on the part of the property owner, you need legal counsel. At Lonati Law Firm, we can help you understand the Georgia laws and your options.