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March 21, 2019

This infographic explores the stages of a typical personal injury lawsuit. However, because each case is entirely unique, the process for your claim may be slightly different. The best way to learn what you can expect during your pursuit of compensation is through a one-on-one consultation with one of the experienced personal injury lawyers at our Atlanta office.

Stages of an Injury Claim Usually Include:

Hiring an Attorney Buildng Your Case Settlement Negotiations including... Read More
February 21, 2019

According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety in Georgia, fatal pedestrian accidents in our state increased 27% between 2007 and 2016, a time when fatalities for all other accidents saw a 14% decrease. 16% of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in Georgia in 2016 involved pedestrians, an increase of only 1% over 2015. However, during this same time nationally, fatal pedestrian accidents have decreased by nearly 2%.

Groups most vulnerable to injury are children and the elderly.... Read More

February 11, 2019

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.

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January 28, 2019

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
January 15, 2019

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

January 09, 2019

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

December 10, 2018

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
November 07, 2018

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
October 16, 2018
Do I have to wear a helmet to ride a motorcycle in Georgia?

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

October 03, 2018

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