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I got a ticket.  Do I just pay the fine?  What happens then?

There are a number of issues that pop up for all of us when we get a ticket.  If there is not a collision involved, it is a bit simpler.  A guilty plea or conviction may make your insurance premium higher.  For a speeding ticket, if you were traveling well over the limit, if the solicitor or the judge is...

Do I need uninsured motorist coverage?

The short answer is a resounding YES!  Uninsured motorist coverage is available up to the limit of your liability coverage.  It is optional coverage in Georgia.  But resist the temptation to go as cheaply as possible or you may regret it.  There are a few twists on what uninsured motorist coverage (UM) is and when it can be utilized.  The...

Making a claim against a third party when injured on the job

Most of us realize that if we are injured on the job, we have a claim against our employer.  The employer is subject to the Workers’ Compensation Act if there are three or more employees regularly employed.  If so, there are provisions for medical care and, if out more than 1 week, for wage replacement.  What happens if you are...

Agreements to Arbitrate in a Hospital Setting

Consumer advocates has railed for years about arbitration agreements.  Many arbitration clauses are hidden in fine print.  When the consumer reaches the arbitration panel, it may be heavily weighted against the consumer and the panel may be comprised of professionals in the field whose loyalty to the industry or product outweighs their sense of commitment to the concept of fairness....

Do I have a dangerous dog?

Do I have a dangerous dog?  What if my dog bites my neighbor?  What if I am the neighbor who was attacked and injured? Georgia law defines a dangerous dog as a dog that causes a substantial puncture of a person’s skin by teeth without causing serious injury.  The definition also includes a dog that aggressively attacks in a manner...

I was in a collision, but the doctor’s office will not take my auto insurance.  What do I do?

The latest trend is for medical providers to refuse to accept health insurance when you are in a motor vehicle collision.  There may be several reasons for this.  First, they may have run into an insurer who refuses to pay for auto related injuries, trying (unlawfully) to place the onus on the third party’s carrier.  And others have a different...

I was injured…in a car wreck, at the mall, by a medical error. How long do I have to make a claim?

There are different time limits provided by the law to make various types of claims. The time limit is usually two years, but there are exceptions. The time limit to make a defamation claim is 1 year. The time limit to notify a municipality is six months of an injury claim, though after that notice is sent the two-year rule...

Car accident victims in Georgia are still responsible for paying their own medical bills even though the accident was not their fault.

A frequent discussion we have with a new client: Question: Do you have health insurance? Answer: I do, but the hospital told me to just bill the other driver's insurance. The accident was his fault. In a world where everything is 'fair' that might be the correct answer. But that is not how it works. In fact, you may have...

Protecting Your Mental Health Records

Many people believe that their private mental health records become an open book when they file a claim for personal injury. But the truth is that Georgia law strongly provides strong protections for an injured person's mental health records even when they have filed a lawsuit claiming mental pain and suffering. This is because of a strong public policy which...

What really happens when I sue someone for injuries from a car wreck?

Your car is struck by another driver and sustain injury.  And you are not happy about it.  You try to resolve the matter yourself but get nowhere.  You hire an attorney.  The attorney files a lawsuit.  But he only sues the person who caused the collision.  Not their insurance company.  What does that mean? Most drivers in Georgia have automobile...
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