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Understanding How Uninsured Motorist Insurance Factors Into a Car Accident Case

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I was in a crash in Georgia recently, and it doesn't look like the other driver had insurance. I asked for full coverage when I took out my policy, so I'm covered, right?

That depends upon what you mean by "full coverage." Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a serious auto accident to drive home the importance of understanding exactly what is - and, more importantly, what is not - covered under one's automobile accident insurance policy.

My Doctor Says I Need Surgery, But Workers Comp Won't Approve It

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Q: I was hurt at work. Does my employer have to pay for my medical expenses?

A: This is a more complicated issue than it may initially seem. In an Atlanta workers' compensation case, an employee may be entitled to paid medical care, but only if certain conditions are met, such as the employee giving the employer timely notice of the accident and seeing a physician who is authorized by the employer or its workers' compensation carrier.

How Long Do I Have to File My Personal Injury Case?

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Q: I was hurt because of somebody else's negligence. How long do I have to sue?

A: While it's always best to consult with an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney about your particular case, the general statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years under Georgia Code ยง 9-3-33. However, depending upon the type of case (and other factors), the time for making a claim could be significantly shorter.

I Hurt My Back at Work Today. What Should I Do?

photo_36295_20150217-1-210x300.jpgQ: I hurt my back at work today while attempting to move a heavy piece of equipment. I didn't tell anyone at work about it because I didn't think it was that serious. Now that I am home, however, my back pain has gotten much worse. What should I do?

A: The first step in any Atlanta workers' compensation claim is to give notice to one's employer. There is also a claim form (called a WC-14 form, available online through the State Board of Workers' Compensation website) that must be submitted in order to formally protect an employee's legal rights.

Duplicative Claims Dismissed in Car Accident Case Involving Police Officer

police-cruiser-300x222.jpg Generally speaking, when an Atlanta car accident is caused by the negligence of someone who is "on the clock" with their employer, the employer can be held vicariously liable for the resulting injuries to the plaintiff.

There are some exceptions to this general rule, and the defendant in a given case may have a good argument that it should not be held liable under a certain set of facts.

Disabled Employee's RN Wife Entitled to Additional Pay for Nursing Services

shutterstock_477151726-300x200.jpgAn injured worker in an Atlanta workers' compensation case may be entitled to several types of benefits, including paid medical care. Of course, what exactly that "medical care" may entail varies widely from case to case.

For some employees, especially those with permanently, totally disabling work-related injuries, "medical care" may include in-home care - either by family members, professional nurses, or a combination thereof.

Georgia Employer That Failed to Comply with Law Ordered to Pay Injured Workers' Attorney Fees

photo_11647_20090605-300x225.jpgThe question of whether a given employer is required to have Georgia workers' compensation insurance on its employees can vary from state to state. The general rule is that individuals, corporations, or other entities that employ three or more people are required to carry coverage.

Proving Entitlement to Income and Medical Benefits in Front of the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation is All About the Evidence

shutterstock_104939294-300x225.jpgWorkers who are hurt during the course and scope of their employment may be entitled to substantial compensation in the form of temporary or permanent disability payments, medical treatment, and other benefits. Although the injured employee is not required to prove that the employer was "at fault," the worker does have certain obligations and must meet the statutory requirements in order to receive certain benefits.

Venue in Georgia Trucking Accident Cases is Crucial to Getting Justice for the Injured Victim

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Atlanta truck accidents can result in complex litigation, including claims against not only careless truckers but also the companies for which they work. In a truck accident lawsuit, a trucking company may be held vicariously liable for the negligence of its employee, and it may also be found directly liable for its own negligence.

Prior Work Injuries Can Complicate Georgia Workers' Compensation Cases

shutterstock_100154162-300x200.jpgThere are many factors that can complicate an Atlanta workers' compensation case. One of the most common of these is a prior work injury. The employer and its insurance company will often dispute a new injury claim in such situations, arguing that the employee's current condition is due to the old injury rather than a subsequent accident or a work-related aggravation of the condition at his or her present place of employment.

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