If you've suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one, an Atlanta injury lawyer can help answer your questions on how to win your personal injury claim in a Georgia personal injury court!

After an accident resulting in serious or fatal injuries you and your family may have questions about what to do next. Do I have to take my claim to personal injury court? Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company? How much money is in a fair settlement? Who can give qualified advice on how to win your personal injury claim? For answers to these questions and more, an Atlanta injury lawyer can help.

At S. Burke Law we are here to help give answers to these important questions. Our Frequently Asked Question database covers the common questions you may have regarding what to do after a serious accident, how to file a claim in personal injury court, and tips on how to win your personal injury claim. When researching information on the legal process following a serious accident you want legitimate advice from a source you can trust.

When you’ve suffered serious losses and damages from an accident due to the negligence of another you aren’t alone. An Atlanta injury lawyer from our office is always available to answer additional questions not addressed on our page. Contact us for a FREE consultation and get the answers you need to seek compensation for your losses!
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  • How should I use social media after a car accident in Georgia?

    After a car accident in Georgia, you should be very cautious with your use of social media. Your Atlanta car injuries attorney can explain the best way to protect your claim.

    Social media may be a great way to connect with others but it can also become a tool used by the insurance company or the defendant’s attorney to dig up things that can hurt your claim. The best piece of advice is to refrain from using social media while you are going through the claims process. You should temporarily close down any accounts.

    However if that isn’t an option, then you should at least cut back on your usage and take any necessary steps to prevent something from being taken out of context. Your status updates, pictures and videos could be used against you.

    You should first check that your privacy settings are set so that not just anyone can access your information. Keep in mind though that there may be ways around this and once it’s online, it is often impossible to remove.

    Don’t make any comments about your car accident in Georgia, injuries or anything surrounding your claim. Even the most innocent comment could be misconstrued. Go through your social media site and remove or block anything that could potentially become harmful to your claim. 

    The best way to protect your rights and your claim is to seek help from an Atlanta car injuries attorney. When you have been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence in a car accident in Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation. An attorney can help you throughout the entire claims process.

    Contacting an Atlanta Car Injuries Attorney

    If you are the victim of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case – 404-842-7838.

  • How do I get a copy of the police report after my accident in Georgia?

    To get a copy of a police report after your accident in Georgia, you can go online to obtain it. For help in pursuing a claim against a negligent driver, you should speak to an Atlanta auto accident attorney. An attorney can evaluate your case and determine if you should proceed with filing a claim against the other driver.

    As of Dec. 2009, Georgia motorists can quickly get a copy of their crash report through BuyCrash.
    The cost may vary but starting fees are $5. There are a number of search options available to assist in locating your crash report.

    Some of the information you may need to have on hand to order it include: 
     

    • the date of the accident in Georgia;
    • the location of the crash; and
    • your VIN number.  

    This is a fairly easy way to obtain your report. If your accident was investigated by the Georgia State Patrol, then you should contact that particular post or the Open Records Unit. The cost for a crash report is $5.

    Other types of crash reports may be available through the Department of Transportation. Additionally, you may also be able to obtain copies of any photographs taken of the crash.

    When you have been the victim of an accident and it was caused by someone else's careless or reckless actions, then you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries for things like medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. To learn what your rights are and what your next step should be, you should contact an Atlanta auto accident attorney.

    Contacting an Atlanta Auto Accident Attorney

    If you are the victim of an accident in Georgia due to someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.

  • What, if any, other means of compensation can I pursue after a Georgia work accident and injury?

    There may be other means of compensation that you can pursue after you have suffered a Georgia work accident and injury. Speaking to an Atlanta workers injury attorney will help you better understand what your legal options are.

    When you accept Workers' Compensation benefits, you cannot sue your employer for additional compensation.
    You are only eligible to receive the benefits available through Workers' Comp, so this may limit the amount of compensation you receive.

    You may face expensive medical bills and other financial losses that won't be adequately covered by Workers' Comp; therefore, other options may be available. For instance, you may be able to pursue additional compensation against a third party.

    For example, if driving is part of your work and you were in a car accident caused by the negligence of another, you could file a claim against the other driver.
    Or if you were injured while at work, but it was the result of a defective product, you could file a claim against the manufacturer.

    Another example would be if you are a construction worker, and you are injured on the site. However, the property owner was negligent in some manner, and it was the cause of your accident; the property owner could potentially be held liable.

    These are situations where third-party liability may apply, leading to additional compensation. It would be in your best interest to speak immediately with an Atlanta workers injury attorney if you have suffered serious injuries in a Georgia work accident. This way you can know exactly what your rights are and if there are other options available to you.

    Contacting an Atlanta Workers Injury Attorney

    If you are the victim of a Georgia work accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 1-404-842-7838.

  • What are my options if I'm hurt in an on-the-job accident in Atlanta, but my employer doesn't have Georgia Workmans Comp insurance?

    There are options if you are hurt in an on-the-job accident in Atlanta, but your employer doesn't have Georgia Workmans Comp insurance. You will want to speak immediately with an Atlanta workplace injury attorney.

    It is against the law for an employer not to carry Georgia Workmans Comp insurance, which is the same as Workers' Compensation insurance.
    The only exception to this law is if the employer only has 1 to 2 employees.

    To understand the legal options you have available, speaking with an attorney is in your best interest. No matter what the reason is for your employer not carrying this insurance, you still could receive the compensation that you may be entitled to.

    You may be able to pursue a personal injury claim. It could be against your employer or possibly a third party, depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident.

    Third-party liability could be potentially pursued against a manufacturer, another driver (resulting from a car accident while on the job), a contractor/sub-contractor, property owner or even a government entity.

    The state may also offer special funds to help workers who find themselves in the situation you are in.
    All of these options can be explored with the help of an attorney who handles Workmans Comp cases.

    Don't make the mistake of thinking that you have no viable options when your employer lacks Workmans Comp. You could still be compensated for the medical expenses, lost wages and other damages you have suffered in your workplace injury. Speaking with an Atlanta workplace injury attorney immediately can help you learn what your rights are.

    Contacting an Atlanta Workplace Injury Attorney

    If you are the victim of a workplace injury, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 1-404-842-7838.

  • What should I look for in a Decatur personal injury lawyer to handle my truck accident in Georgia?

    There are several things that you should look for when hiring a Decatur personal injury lawyer to handle your truck accident in Georgia. Perhaps the most important thing is if he or she has experience with truck accident cases.

    Since truck accidents differ from car accidents in several ways; hiring a lawyer who focuses on these types of cases can improve your chances of a successful outcome. A good lawyer has experience working with the trucking company's insurance company and investigating truck accidents.

    You should also look for an attorney who understands the injuries and financial losses you sustained during your truck accident in Georgia. If your Decatur personal injury lawyer is able to explain your injuries in your claim, this may help your case.

    Finding a lawyer you can communicate with is extremely important. You have a lot riding on your truck accident claim. You need to hire a lawyer who will take the time to provide updates on your case and answer any questions you may have.

    Choosing a Decatur personal injury lawyer after a truck accident in Georgia can be intimidating. You should meet with several lawyers in order to make your decision. During your meeting, ask about their experience with truck accident cases and their success rate.

    You should also hire a lawyer who you feel comfortable with; after all, you will be working with this person for an extended period of time while trying to resolve your truck accident in Georgia personal injury claim.

    Contacting a Decatur Personal Injury Lawyer

    If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 1-404-842-7838.

  • What is a third-party negligence claim in relation to a truck accident in Atlanta?

    Sometimes, in addition to the 2 drivers involved in a truck accident in Atlanta, there can be a third party that may hold some legal responsibility in a negligence claim. If you were involved in a truck accident, especially if a third party might be involved, you'll likely need personal injury representation, so contact a lawyer to discuss your case.

    If there was a third party whose negligent actions contributed to your accident, that party can be held legally responsible for the accident when you file a negligence claim.

    For truck accidents in Atlanta, a third party might be:
     

    • a person (like a property owner); or
    • an entity (such as a manufacturer.) 

    If your truck accident occurred while you were on the job, in addition to your employer, there may be a number of other parties that owed you a legal duty and therefore could be held responsible for their negligence.

    Fortunately, in these third-party negligence claims, there is no GA law that caps how much compensation you can receive from the settlement, unlike with Workers' Comp claims.

    If you were involved in a truck accident in Atlanta and sustained serious injuries, it's prudent to explore other claim options. Particularly if your injuries have caused long-term physical and emotional damages and have left you unable to work, you owe it to yourself and your family to exercise your rights and seek the any recompense you're entitled to.

    It's likely that you haven't explored all your options yet. Your best bet is to look into getting personal injury representation; contact a lawyer who can investigate your accident and see if a third-party negligence claim may be applicable for you.

    Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney

    If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, such as in a truck accident in Atlanta, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 1-404-842-7838.

  • How do I know -- and how can I prove -- my injury is due to medical malpractice in Georgia?

    To prove that medical malpractice in Georgia caused your injury, you must establish that your doctor had a duty to treat you and breached that duty by failing to provide a reasonable standard of care. Considering proving this can be complex, speaking with an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer would be a good starting point of fighting your case.

    You should know that reasonable standard of care varies from region to region, and possibly clinic to clinic so you must show that, under the same circumstances, your doctor acted in a manner different than other Georgia physicians. After proving that your doctor failed to exercise a standard of care, you must then show that this breach of duty caused your injuries.

    Proving medical malpractice in Georgia can be extremely difficult, especially since the burden of proof falls on the plaintiff. By hiring an experienced lawyer, you can improve your chances of a successful claim. An Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer can launch his or her own investigation to uncover evidence that can prove the doctor's negligence or wrongdoing.

    Your Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer may consult with a number of experts, including health care providers, who can help establish Georgia's standard of care. An independent physician may also be asked to testify that your doctor demonstrated negligence or poor care, thus causing your injuries and committing medical malpractice.

    In Georgia, you can recover compensation for injuries sustained due to a negligent or incompetent doctor. Your Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer may ask for damages for your lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. The court may also award punitive damages for the physician's actions of medical malpractice in Georgia.

    Contacting an Atlanta Medical Malpractice Lawyer

    An experienced lawyer can help you prove your medical malpractice in Georgia claim. If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 1-404-842-7838

  • What damages can I recover through a Georgia medical malpractice claim?

    When you've suffered serious injuries as a result of doctor or hospital negligence, you could be entitled to damages through a Georgia medical malpractice claim. A medical malpractice lawyer in Atlanta can carefully evaluate your case to determine the types of compensation you may be entitled to.

    Available Damages Through Georgia Medical Malpractice Claim
     

    • Economical losses - costs associated with your injuries and treatment of them. This would include expenses for doctor visits, hospital, rehabilitation and other medical care related to your medical malpractice injuries.  
    • Your earnings are also considered to be economical losses. This includes your missed time from work and earning potential should your injuries lead to permanent disability. 
    • Non-economical losses - types of damages that do not have a specific value attached to them. This could include pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish and other types of psychological injuries.  
    • If medical malpractice leads to loss of life then surviving family members could be entitled to damages that cover expenses for the burial and funeral, loss of income or benefits (such as insurance coverage or pensions), along with the emotional suffering of losing a loved one (loss of companionship or care). 
    • Punitive damages - apply to cases where misconduct or malice is clear. In other words, the intent to harm must be established.  

    Each Georgia medical malpractice claim will be unique with a variety of factors playing a role in the types of damages you're entitled to. It's best to seek counsel from a medical malpractice lawyer in Atlanta who can ensure your case is treated fairly.

    Contacting a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Atlanta

    If you are the victim of medical malpractice, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.

  • Can my Georgia Workers' Comp claim be denied because of a failed drug test?

    Depending on the circumstances of your accident, your Georgia worker's comp claim will not be automatically denied because of a failed drug test. However, if you did test positive for alcohol and/or drugs, hiring an experienced Atlanta worker's compensation lawyer is in your best interest.

    State laws don't allow an insurance company to deny a Georgia Workers' Comp claim because of a positive drug test. Rather, the drug test can only be considered if drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident that led to your injuries. Your Atlanta workers' compensation lawyer can help you prove that your employer, rather than drug use, was responsible for the accident.

    For example, if you work in a warehouse and a large object falls, striking your head and resulting in serious trauma, you could still be eligible for your Georgia Workers' Comp claim even if you test positive for drugs. Your Atlanta Workers' Compensation lawyer may argue that your actions were not responsible for the falling object; it was your employer's negligence.

    Filing a Georgia Workers' Comp claim can be difficult, even under the best of circumstances. However, having a positive drug test can make your claim more difficult; after all, the insurance company is in the business of making money and will look for any reason to avoid paying out a claim.

    Your Atlanta Workers' Compensation lawyer can act as your advocate and has the ability to build you a strong and successful claim.
    Navigate Georgia worker's comp laws with the help of a GA work comp lawyer.

    Contacting an Atlanta Workers' Compensation Lawyer

    Don't let a failed drug test keep you from filing a Georgia Workers' Comp claim! If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.

  • What is the difference between failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis and how would that impact my potential Georgia medical malpractice claim?

    Your Georgia medical malpractice claim can be impacted depending on the nature of negligence. A failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis has some similarities but there are also differences that will factor into your case. An Atlanta medical malpractice firm can help.

    A failure to diagnose is the result of symptoms being overlooked or minimized by a physician. The outcome could mean that a medical condition worsens or even persists to a point in which other health ailments develop.

    While a misdiagnosis can lead to the same effects, one of the differences is that many times a physician will give a patient the wrong treatment.
    Not only is their true medical condition not being addressed but they could potentially be further harmed by an improper type of treatment, especially if it is a drug.

    Not only are you facing the potential of unnecessarily taking medication but it could cause additional injuries or illness. Both types of medical malpractice often lead to expensive medical bills and missed time from work.

    Your Georgia medical malpractice claim can help provide compensation for the losses you have suffered as a result of a failure to diagnose or a misdiagnosis. The compensation will depend on the extent of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life.

    Consulting with an Atlanta medical malpractice firm is the best way to learn what your rights are and if you have a Georgia medical malpractice claim worth pursuing. They can also determine what caused your injuries and who can be held liable.

    Contacting an Atlanta Medical Malpractice Firm

    If you are the victim of medical malpractice, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.