In most cases, car accident settlements are non-taxable. However. Depending on how your settlement is structured, you may have to pay taxes on a portion of your proceeds. Settlement negotiations should include tax considerations to ensure the money that is needed to compensate for lost wages, medical expenses, and related damages is not siphoned off by the IRS. This is one reason it makes sense to have an attorney on your side before you enter settlement negotiations.What Parts of My... Read More
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Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing is an act of bravery - both because it requires speaking out and because it places the whistleblower in a vulnerable position for retaliation. Retaliating against a whistleblower is illegal. In many cases, so too is the behavior being reported. This is not reassuring. Especially when the actions being reported may involve supervisors or those in a position to harm you and your family financially.It is illegal for a company to retaliate against a... Read More
To report nursing home abuse in Georgia, call the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Healthcare Facility Regulation (HFR) division at 800-878-6442. The HFR is “responsible for health care planning, licensing, certification and oversight of various health care facilities and services in Georgia.” When you suspect abuse or neglect is taking place in a nursing home, the HFR has the resources and authorization to investigate and make swift decisions regarding the health of a facility's... Read More
Accidents involving two or more passenger vehicles are much different than accidents involving passenger vehicles and trucks. Accidents involving semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles are often fatal for the occupants of smaller vehicles. When not, they are typically much more injurious.
The average semi-truck is 20 to 30x heavier than the average passenger vehicle and with a ground clearance just high enough for smaller cars to slide underneath. Even at slow speeds, the... Read More
If you believe there are too many civil lawsuits in America, you are not alone. In fact. A recent poll found that 87% of Americans believe there are too many civil lawsuits, going so far as to call several of them “frivolous.” But here’s the problem: over the past 20 years, civil lawsuits have declined by 80%. And in this time, personal injury lawsuits have also helped save countless lives by holding negligent corporations accountable for their actions.The Value of Civil Lawsuits to Our... Read More
Truck accidents are often serious and the aftermath can be incredibly confusing. Here, we debunk five popular myths about truck accidents to help you better understand your options. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, the attorneys at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance are here to help. Give us a call at 404-760-7400 to schedule a complimentary case review and learn more.Myth 1: Truck Drivers are Less Likely to Cause Accidents Due to Their... Read More
Helmets are required for all motorcyclists in the state of Georgia. This law applies to both novice and experienced bikers and extends to passengers as well. Motorcycle helmets in Georgia must conform to DOT standards as outlined under FMVSS 218. Approved helmets will have a DOT sticker next to the manufacturer labels.Are goggles required for operating a motorcycle in Georgia?
Protective eyewear is required when operating a... Read More
When you are injured in a car accident, collecting compensation may not be as easy as you’ve been led to believe. Theoretically, insurance should foot the bill for medical expenses, lost wages, and all related expenses. In reality, insurance companies often try to minimize settlements in order to maximize company profits.
One of the best ways to protect yourself against unfair treatment is hiring a car accident lawyer. Our lawyers have decades of experience helping victims of car... Read More
There are significant differences between filing a car accident claim and filing one for a truck accident, not the least of which is determining liability. In a car accident, it can typically be established that one or more drivers contributed to the accident, but when a commercial vehicle is involved, even accidents that seem to be driver-caused may be much more complex. This is just one reason it is wise to speak with one of the truck accident lawyers at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance... Read More
Wrongful death lawsuits can help families struggling with the premature death of a loved one find justice through compensatory damages. With legal assistance, you may be able to hold those responsible for your loved one’s accident accountable for their behavior, and to seek compensation that covers both current and future expenses.
To learn more about your rights following the death of a loved one, please call the Atlanta office of Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance at 404-760-7400... Read More