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You just never know when you may need a personal injury attorney. You could go shopping tonight and fall and twist your ankle in a pothole. You could get bitten by your neighbor’s dog while you’re taking the trash out. It’s not something we like to think about. However, it’s a good idea to know exactly what to do when it happens.
When we get hurt at the hands of another, we’re angry. Not only are we hurt, but we have to deal with the inconvenience of dealing with insurance companies. We may even have to file a lawsuit to get covered for our injuries.
There’s nothing fun about getting hurt. And, there’s nothing fun about a filing a personal injury case. The bottom line is that, if someone hurts you, you should be compensated. And who better to make that happen that an experienced Atlanta injury attorney?
Whether you need to file a claim against a stranger or a friend, it’s best that you have a personal injury lawyer do it. You don’t want to deal with insurance companies and lawyers. You also don’t want to be taken advantage of. The only way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to have a skilled personal injury lawyer by your side.
Your lawyer will deal with the insurance company. He’ll work hard to get your claim paid. If your claim is denied, he’ll file an appeal for you. And, if all else fails, he’ll file a lawsuit against them on your behalf.
The lawyers at the Weinstein firm have what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve. They have decades of experience handling cases just like yours. They know how to help those who are injured.
Types of Cases Our Injury Lawyers Handle
The Weinstein firm has experienced attorneys ready to handle just about any type of personal injury case. They have a reputation of getting their clients justice. They work hard to make sure they get their clients the money they deserve.
No matter where in Atlanta you live, you could find yourself involved in an accident. If you get hurt, you’re going to need medical treatment. Someone should have to pay for this treatment. Thankfully, you can rely on the Weinstein firm to get you paid. They handle so many types of cases, including but not limited to the following:
Assault and Battery
Assault and battery is basically an unlawful touching of another. It can involve anything from a physical altercation to road rage. If you are the victim of an assault and battery, you may have suffered a variety of injuries. You could have broken bones and bruises. You may even have internal injuries. Your lawyer will make sure the responsible party pays. If the defendant has been convicted of the crimes of assault and battery, your personal injury lawyer will submit their conviction as evidence of liability. This, coupled with all other available evidence, should ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
Some of the most heartbreaking injuries are those that occur at birth. Expectant mothers and fathers want nothing more than to have a healthy, happy baby. When they find out that something has gone wrong with their baby’s birth, it is devastating. Sadly, most birth injuries could have been prevented. And most can cause life-altering injuries. Many babies never fully recover from their birth injuries. Your baby could suffer deformities, neurological disorders or infections due to a birth injury. Your personal injury lawyer will fight to get your baby the justice he or she deserves.
Severe injuries to the spine, brain or skull are referred to as catastrophic injuries. This is because they essentially impact every aspect of your life. They can result from a fall, car accident or other serious trauma. The problem with these injuries is that they typically cause permanent disability. They may even cause death or paralysis. Most people who suffer these types of injuries have to undergo multiple surgeries. They also require long-term physical therapy. The personal injury attorneys at the Weinstein firm know how to handle these cases. They’ll get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
These may be the most common types of cases our firm handles. Car accidents happen every day. Whether it’s a fender bender or a really serious accident, they’re all handled the same way. Your personal injury lawyer will have to prove negligence on the part of the other driver. If he can do this, you’ll be able to recover for your injuries. Most of these cases are paid through the other driver’s insurance company. If they deny your claim, your Atlanta auto accident lawyer will file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Like birth injuries, child abuse cases are very difficult. Nobody ever wants to think of someone hurting their child. Sometimes, child abuse is at the hands of a stranger. Other times, it’s at the hands of a friend or family member. These are the ones that are most difficult to handle. Nobody wants to file a lawsuit against a family member. But, if they’re responsible for your child’s abuse, you have no choice. Your personal injury lawyer will do everything in his power to get your child justice.
Child Daycare Neglect
When you drop your kids off at their daycare, you expect them to be safe. You’re paying people to do exactly that – keep your children safe. When that doesn’t happen, somebody needs to be held responsible. Some common daycare neglect cases involve burns, falls, and cuts. Children are explorers. It's the daycare’s responsibility to make sure there is nothing out that can harm your child. Whether it’s an employee or the daycare manager, your personal injury lawyer will go after whoever is responsible. The daycare typically has insurance. So, chances are, your injuries will be covered under an insurance claim.
Dog bite cases are also very common in Atlanta. Lots of people have dogs. They make great pets. But dogs can be unpredictable. You just never know when a dog may attack you. Even dogs that are normally friendly can turn on you. The basic rule is that a dog owner is responsible for anyone his dog bites or attacks. There are exceptions to this rule, but they are few and far between. If you're bitten by a friend’s dog or a stranger’s dog, you’re entitled to compensation. This is especially true if the dog owner knows that his dog is prone to bite other people.
When you go to the hospital for treatment, you expect to be taken care of. The last thing you expect is to leave in worse shape than you arrived. Sadly, it happens. People make mistakes. Some of the most common hospital negligence cases involve infections, misdiagnosis, and neglect. In order to prove negligence, your personal injury lawyer will have to show that the hospital had a duty of care toward you and that they breached this duty. As a result, you were injured. You are entitled to recover from these injuries. Often times, the hospital’s insurance policy will cover your damages. If your damages exceed their policy limits, you can file suit against the hospital directly.
Doctors are trained to take care of their patients. They go to school for a long time to train on how to be a doctor. But, like everyone else, doctor’s make mistakes. This is why they have malpractice insurance. Most medical malpractice cases involve the following:
- Failure to diagnose
- Prescribing the wrong medications
- Mistakes made during surgery
- Failure to provide aftercare
If your doctor or surgeon is guilty of any of these things, you will have to pursue a claim against him. Your personal injury lawyer has experience handling these cases. And you can rest assured he won’t be intimidated by the lawyers for the malpractice insurance company.
Many different types of establishments can be liable for negligent security. We see these cases on the news all the time. Certain businesses are required to provide proper security to their patrons to make sure they aren’t injured. This primarily means you won’t be injured by other patrons or third parties. Some businesses that are liable for negligent security may include:
- Bars and restaurants
- Sports Arenas
If you’re injured by a third party or customer at any of these establishments, you need to contact a personal injury attorney in Atlanta.
Nursing Home Abuse
When our parents get too old for us to take care of, we are left with no choice but to place them in a nursing home or assisted living facility. The great thing about these places is that they offer 24/7 care to our loved ones. In an ideal world, all of the residents in a nursing home would be well taken care of. However, there are always caretakers who don’t take their jobs seriously. Or, they intentionally hurt their patients. If your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, you deserve justice. The last thing you should expect is for your loved one to get hurt or abused. The responsible parties need to be held accountable.
People on foot are more susceptible to accidents than anyone else. Pedestrians can be injured in so many ways. They can be hit by a car or a motorcycle. They can be run over by a bus. They may suffer a slip and fall and injure their back or head. Pedestrians are totally powerless. There is absolutely nothing that stands between them and the person or thing that causes their injuries. Pedestrian accidents tend to result in pretty serious injuries. You need an experienced personal injury attorney there to help get you the compensation you deserve.
If you own property, you are required to keep that property in a safe condition. Anyone who comes onto your property should expect to encounter safe walkways, flooring, and stairs. If you allow your property to fall into a state of disrepair, you’ll be responsible for the injuries that ensue. You could be walking through a department store and slip on a wet floor. Or, you could be walking down the stairs at a hotel and fall on a loose step. As a visitor or guest on someone else’s property, you should expect to be kept safe. The last thing you should have to worry about is taking a trip to the emergency room!
These cases can be very difficult. It’s difficult to prove sexual abuse in a criminal court. It’s no easier to do so in a civil court. The hard part about these cases is the evidence. There’s no guarantee that a jury will believe your story. And there is often little to no physical evidence (other than pictures) to prove the abuse. Your lawyer may have to hire experts to testify as to your abuse. You may have to testify yourself. In these cases, your personal injury lawyer will try his best to settle out of court. The last thing he wants you to do is relive the abuse.
Slip and Fall
Aside from car accidents, slip and falls may be the other most common type of personal injury case. Slip and falls can happen anywhere. Usually, they happen at a business. You could be shopping in the local grocery store and slip on a smashed peach. Or you may fall and break your ankle in a store parking lot. Slip and falls are usually caused by water and ice. They can also be caused by floors that need to be repaired. Thankfully, the injuries in a slip and fall case don’t tend to be very serious. Your personal injury lawyers will make sure you are compensated for your injuries.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are very dangerous. They can often lead to paralysis. Spinal cord injuries are usually caused by car accidents and falls. If you work construction, for example, you could suffer a long fall. You may work on scaffolding. If the scaffolding is defective, you could end up falling and getting really hurt. Another type of accident that can lead to spinal cord injuries is motorcycle accidents. Since there is nothing to protect you from the road or another vehicle, you could end up with some pretty serious injuries.
As we had discussed briefly before, surgical mistakes lead to their fair share of personal injury cases. When you go to the hospital for surgery, you don’t expect to wake up with worse injuries than when you walked in. Some of the common surgical mistakes include:
- Operate on a wrong body part
- Infections such as sepsis
- Sponge or tools left in the body
- Failure to properly close incision
- Amputate wrong body part
- Perform unnecessary or unauthorized surgery
If you’re the victim of any of these mistakes, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer right away.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
These injuries, also called TBIs, are caused when you suffer a severe blow to the head. They are commonly caused by car accidents and tragic falls. Some of the symptoms of a TBI are:
- Short-term memory loss
- Vision impairments
- Ringing in ears
- Inability to sleep
- Hearing impairment
It’s very important that you seek medical treatment after an accident. You may have no idea that you’ve suffered a brain injury. You need to get it diagnosed immediately so the doctors can provide proper treatment. TBI can lead to lifelong problems. You may end up permanently disabled. You may have to learn how to walk and talk all over again.
Vaginal Mesh Implant Claims
Recently, studies have found that vaginal mesh implants can be very dangerous. A vaginal mesh implant is a medical device implanted in your body. They’re designed to help problems like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incompetence. People who suffer complications from the device experience serious side effects. Your personal injury lawyer will go after the parties responsible for your injuries. This could include the manufacturer or the implant or the doctor who performed the surgery.
Over the course of your career, you may experience a workplace accident. Some of the most common types of workplace accidents include:
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Back injuries
- Car accidents
- Equipment failure
- Repetitive stress injuries
If your injuries are caused by something other than your job, you may have to pursue other parties. (Most workplace accidents are covered under workers compensation.) For example, if a machine wasn’t built properly, you could get hurt. You’d then have to file a claim against the company that built the machine.
As we said above, most workplace injuries are covered under workers comp. If you’ve been hurt while on the job, you will need to notify your employer of your injuries. They will process a worker’s comp claim with their insurance company. If your claim is approved, you’ll receive weekly benefits. Your medical care will also be covered. If your claim is denied, you’ll need to retain a worker's comp attorney to appeal your claim.
Contact an Experienced Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you’ve been injured in any sort of accident, you should contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer. Your lawyer will pursue the parties responsible for your injuries. This could include any number of defendants, including:
- Insurance companies
- Cities or municipalities
- Other drivers
- Manufacturers and suppliers
- Doctors and hospitals
- Daycare workers and daycare owners
No matter who’s responsible for your injuries, your personal injury lawyer will get you the compensation you deserve. You may have a claim against multiple parties and that's okay. Your lawyer will do whatever it takes to get you justice.
Call today and schedule your initial consultation with the Weinstein Firm. The consultation is free and it’ll give you the chance to ask your attorney any questions you may have. You can also ask your lawyer what your case may be worth.