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Different Types Of Personal Injury Cases

types of personal injury law

What Are The Different Types Of Personal Injury Cases

A personal injury case can be defined as the law that covers wrong doing and/or damage done to another person or their property. There are many different types of personal Injury cases that fall under the umbrella of personal injury. For example, automobile accidents, dog bites, head and spinal cord injuries, wrongful death, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall injuries, and worker’s compensation injuries.

Those who have been injured in an automobile accident can sometimes be overwhelmed, especially if their injuries are severe. They may not know where to turn after an accident occurs. There are many things they must take into consideration such as losing time from work, medical expenses, and vehicle repair expenses. Many insurance companies look to settle motor vehicle accidents quickly before the victim can get an attorney involved.

If you or a loved one is involved in an accident that causes major, catastrophic injury such as a head injury or spinal cord injury, then you will need to consult a personal injury attorney. These injuries are life changing and there are many different things that need to be addressed when something of this nature happens. Many times, the victim involved in the accident will have to turn to full disability after such an accident.

Cases that involve dog bites, or slip and fall accidents have their own set of legal rules that must be followed. Homeowners and business owners owe their guests and patrons a duty of care that any reasonable person would give someone who is a guest or patron on their property. For example, if you are walking thorough a parking lot to the grocery store and there is a hole in the pavement by the door and it isn’t clearly marked and hasn’t been repaired with the manager’s full knowledge that the hazard is in the parking lot, the manager has breached this duty of care. This makes the grocery store liable for the injuries you have received as a result of their negligence. The same can be said for dog bite cases. If you have a dog that has a problem with biting you must advise anyone who comes on your property that your dog will bite if it is provoked.

Worker’s compensation cases help those who have been injured while on the job. These types of cases help the injured worker get temporary disability, lost wages, and other benefits until they are well enough to return to work.

Every personal injury case is different depending upon the situation. If you believe that you have a personal injury case contact McManes Law and speak with Attorney Skip McManes. He has years of experience working with personal injury cases and wants to help you get the compensation you deserve if you have been injured in an accident. You can contact the firm at www.mcmaneslaw.com. You can fill out a short information sheet and someone will contact you regarding your case. You can also reach the office via phone by calling 770-645-8801 or Toll Free at 866-612-2481. The legal system can be hard to navigate on your own. Let McManes Law help you with your case.  Consultations are always free.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Wrongful Death Lawyer

Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Someone’s negligence can have major consequences including death. Whether it be because of medical malpractice, truck or pedestrian accident, or negligence on the part of a hospital or nursing home, the family of the deceased is able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party.

Negligence can occur in many forms. It can include defective devices, hospital or nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, or auto accidents. For example, if your loved one was admitted into the hospital for a minor problem and a representative of the hospital such as a nurse, or technician, fails to double check medication allergies and administers the wrong type of drug, this can result in their death. The hospital will be held liable for the medical mistake that was made.  In another scenario, if your loved one has been placed in a nursing home and staff members have been withholding food, or failing to treat pressure sores correctly causing a deadly infection, the patients family would have a right to file a lawsuit against that nursing home for negligence.

It used to be widely held that a lawsuit couldn’t be brought against an entity such as the ones listed above because the deceased person would have to bring the lawsuit.  However, loved ones are now allowed to bring suit against those who are negligent and seek compensation for lost income and loss of earning potential, medical expenses, funeral expenses, compensation for the decedent’s pain and suffering and the pain and suffering experienced by the surviving spouse, children, and other family members. The remaining family may also become bogged down in other legal matters such as the deceased estate, death benefits and other litigation that is directed at settling portions of the estate.

Wrongful death lawsuit cases have a statute of limitations or a set amount of time that the case can be brought before the court. The statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits cases is 2 years from the date of death in Georgia. You must file your suit within this period of time. If not, you lose your right to file a lawsuit. If the lawsuit to be filed is against a government entity or municipality in Georgia, the statute of limitations is shortened to to as little as 6 months.

Navigating legal waters alone can be confusing and overwhelming. Your attorney will know exactly what needs to be filed and what evidence needs to be presented in order to get the compensation that you and your family deserve. Be aware, that insurance companies Wrongful Death Lawsuit

will be looking to settle your case as quickly and as cheaply as possible. Insurance adjusters work for the insurance companies, therefore, never make a deal with any type of insurance company without your attorney being notified first.

Losing a loved one is a stressful and emotional time, especially if they are lost suddenly because of factors that could possibly have been prevented.  Attorney Skip McManes is an experience and compassionate personal injury attorney who has worked with many families who have experienced loss such as this. He is ready to win your case and get the compensation that the family deserves. We treat your case with personal care and you will be informed about everything going on in your case in a timely manner.

Contact Skip McManes at McManes Law via our website  or via telephone at (770) 645-8801, Toll Free at (866) 612-2481.  McManes Law offers free consultations and can discuss your case with you in order to guide you in the right direction with your Wrongful Death Lawsuit.

Burn Injuries and Defective Products

Burn Injuries and Defective Products

Burn Injuries and Defective Products Know Your Legal Rights

Burn accidents happen more frequently than you think. Burn injuries are commonly caused by defective products, motor vehicle accidents and work accidents. Burns are some of the most life altering and debilitating injuries because of extended recovery times, the pain involved, and the possibility of becoming completely disabled or partially disabled because of injuries and deformities that couldn’t be repaired.

Burn injuries are described by degrees. Degrees vary from first-degree to forth-degree. The classification system also includes inhalation burns:

  • First-degree burns are burns that are minor. These types of burns only effect the first layer of skin. Sunburn is an example of a first-degree burn.
  • Second-degree burns happen when the first layer of skin and the dermis, which is the second layer of skin that houses your sweat glands, hair follicles, blood, nerve endings and lymph vessels, become damaged. This is a very sensitive layer of skin and it is quite thick, Second-degree burns are burns that swell, blister and bubble up and usually require a trip to the emergency room for treatment.
  • Third-degree burns are serious burns. They effect the first layer of skin, the second layer of skin and the third layer of skin that is called the hypodermis. The hypodermis is a fatty layer of tissue underneath the skin. Third-degree burns destroy underlying tissues in the hypodermis and destroys the skin completely. These burns require many months of treatment and scarring can be heavy even if skin grafts are used to repair some of the damage.
  • Fourth-degree burns are the most severe type of burn. These burns destroy the muscles and bone and can cause disability and loss of life.
  • Inhalation burns occur when someone breathes in heat, smoke and flames from a fire. When this happens, burns occur inside the body along the airway and the lungs. Inhalation burns can cause the person’s airway to swell causing them to suffocate if the swelling isn’t treated quickly. Toxic fumes, smoke, and other irritants can cause inhalation burns.

Defective And Dangerous Flammable Products

Burns occur because of defective products or improperly labeled products very frequently. For example, flammable fabrics, scalding water, defective lighters and electrical outlets can cause burn injuries. Within the last few years there have been reports regarding citronella candles and torches suddenly exploding causing hot wax to fall on people causing severe burns. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) keeps their website updated regarding recalls and information regarding injuries caused by defective products.

Burns In The Workplace

Burns in the workplace can be caused by chemicals, high voltage electricity, restaurants equipment and other industrial accidents. Electricians have a constant risk of burn injury due to the nature of their profession; however, other electrical burns in the workplace can happen because of employer negligence. Shortcuts in safety procedures in the workplace are leading cause of electrical burns.

Burns In Public Places

Burns that occur because of scalding water generally occur at home and some require treatment at a hospital. However, scalding burns can occur at many different places such as, hotels, nursing homes, gyms and apartment complexes. The owners of these facilities have a duty to make sure guests at their facility, individuals who use their facility are protected from such dangers. Children and the elderly are the most susceptible to thermal scalding injuries due to the delicacy of their skin. Scalding water injury can be very serious.

Attorney Skip McManes has worked with people who have fallen victim of burn injuries and defective products for many years. His experience and expertise has helped many people receive compensation and other remedies for the personal injuries they have received. Contact McManes Law at (770) 645-8801, Toll Free at (866) 612-2481, or visit our website. You will be able to fill out a short contact form and we will contact you regarding your case immediately. Our consultations are always free. Let us know how we can help you. Call Skip McManes today.

6 Things You Need to Know About Workers Compensation Laws

Workers Compensation Laws

Workers Compensation Laws

Although the majority of Georgians want to work and earn an honest living, sometimes on-the-job injuries can make it difficult, if not impossible. According to state reports, there were 31,977 workers compensation claims in the last recorded year. That’s about the equivalent of the entire population of Douglasville being out of work, or more than twice the population of Dallas, Georgia, having to take time off for recovery. Sadly, many never even return to the workforce, and those who try to muddle through despite setbacks have trouble doing so without the help of a personal injury lawyer. If you’ve been hurt, especially if your situation involves a catastrophic injury, there are some things you should know before you settle with the insurance company.

1. Workers Compensation Laws Vary By State

Each state has specific workers compensation laws that determine if an employer is required to have insurance to cover employee incidents, how much money a hurt employee can receive, how long benefits will be available for, and a myriad of other things. In Georgia, any person or business that employs three or more people is required to purchase insurance to cover them.

2. Georgia’s Compensation for Limbs, Ranks Amongst the Lowest in the Nation

Individual states also set caps on how much an employee will receive if he loses a limb. Pro Publica researched each state and ranked them all based on the rate for each limb. A Georgian who loses a hand at work receives $60,930 less than the national average, and $654,967 less than someone in the highest-paying state will.

3. Your Payments Have an Expiration, Even Though Your Disability Doesn’t

Although the state makes some allowances for catastrophic injuries, many payment schedules have cut-offs, regardless of whether the individual is capable of earning the same income or not. For instance, someone who loses an arm or leg in Georgia can only receive payments for up to 225 weeks. Despite the fact that the limb is gone forever, payments cease after about four years.

4. Your Lifelong Income Will Likely Suffer After Injury, Even if You Return to the Workforce

OSHA recently performed a study that showed people who are hurt on-the-job pick up about 50% of the costs associated with the injury. Even more concerning, is that 10 years after the incident, injured individuals make 15% less than they would have if the event had never occurred. For some people, it’s not a huge loss, but for much of the working-class, that 15% can mean the difference between being able to pay for electricity and food for their family.

5. Your Benefits Will Be Determined By Someone’s Opinion

If a worker loses a hand entirely, it’s almost a given that he will be eligible for the full benefit available, or $60,930. However, if that hand isn’t lost entirely, perhaps it was trapped and mangled in a machine, a doctor determines how much function has been lost. So, if a doctor determines that the hand’s functionality is only reduced by 25%, the payment will only be $15,232.50.

6. Your Decisions After an Injury Can Impact How You Are Compensated

Insurance companies generally try to settle on a fixed amount, especially when catastrophic injuries are involved. It’s in their best interest to do so, because they often pay out less this way. However, it’s at a cost to the injured worker, which is why it’s not always a good idea to settle. A personal injury lawyer can assist in the entire process, in navigating the medical opinion phase, and can help you earn fair reparations if you’ve been hurt on-the-job.

If you you have been hurt on the job and have a catastrophic injury and need help understanding Workers Compensation Laws in the state of Georgia contact us at McManes Law for a free legal consultation.