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.

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  • What is an intentional tort?

    An intentional tort occurs when someone deliberately takes some action (or fails to act) in a way that causes you harm.  Some of the more common kinds of intentional torts are:

                                                                   i.      Assault (putting you in fear of an imminent attack)

                                                                  ii.      Battery (touching you in an offensive matter)

                                                                iii.      Fraud

                                                                iv.      Conversion (stealing your property)

                                                                  v.      False imprisonment (confining you against your will)

                                                                vi.      Libel and slander (defaming you or damaging your reputation) 

             Another kind of intentional tort occurs when someone causes you anguish through outrageous conduct.  This tort is known as the intentional infliction of emotional distress, and a person who engages in this kind of outrageous behavior can be liable for damages in a civil lawsuit. 

  • Statues of limitations?

             There is a time limit on when you can file suit after you know or should have know you were injured.

             Therefore, it is always best to contact a lawyer as soon as you believe you may have a lawsuit because of a personal injury.  Do not assume you have plenty of time, or that the time period has expired since this area is complicated with many rules and exceptions.

             Furthermore, not all torts or claims for personal injuries have the same time periods for filing suit. 

  • What should I do if I'm in an Auto Accident?

             Stay calm.  Stop to protect your passengers and car.  Call an ambulance for any injured party, if required.  Set flares if you carry them, and do not leave the scene of the accident.

             Exchange Documents.  Don't discuss the accident with anyone of blame anyone, including you.  Exchange only your license, registration and motor vehicle identification card.

             Driver Facts.  Take down the name, address, operator's license number, date of birth, sex, state of license, and the phone number of the other driver.

             Ownership Facts.  Write down the name, address, and the insurance company of the owner of the other car involved.  The driver may not be the owner of the car.

             Injured Parties.  Seek information from police for all injured parties involved including passengers.  Take down the names, addresses, and dates of birth, sex, and extent of injuries.

             Witnesses.  Be sure to write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any people who saw the accident but weren't involved in it.  Passengers in accident are not witnesses.

             Damages.  Note the make, body type, year, and license number of the other vehicle.  Also, make a note of the damage to the other vehicle.

             Draw a Diagram.  Make a note below the diagram of the date and time of the accident.  Write down the location including the street, intersection, or any landmarks.

             Report the Accident.  Report the accident to your insurance broker or agent immediately.  If the accident involves a death or injury, report it without delay to the police department.  Obtain a copy of their report within 24 hours.