Serious injuries may take a toll emotionally and financially. Whether you are hurt in a motor vehicle collision, on someone else's property, or in another accident, you should retain an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer. At the McAleer Law Firm, we give each case the personal attention and care that it deserves. We serve Georgia residents who need a car accident attorney or assistance in any other type of personal injury claim, as well as claimants seeking workers' compensation or Social Security Disability benefits.Motor Vehicle Accidents
We represent victims who have been hurt in accidents involving all forms of transportation, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, public transportation, bicycles, boats, golf carts, utility vehicles, and trains. Most motor vehicle accidents are preventable and caused by the negligence of one or more people or entities. In order to establish negligence to an insurer or in court, you will need to show that the defendant owed you a duty to drive safely, breached this duty, and in breaching the duty to drive safely caused your injuries and damages.Premises Liability
In Georgia, property owners and businesses are required to keep their premises reasonably safe for use by "invitees" under O.C.G.A. § 51-3-1. Invitees are people invited onto a piece of property for a mutual economic benefit. They may be customers, tenants, or patrons. For example, a patron of a restaurant or a customer at a retail store is an invitee. When a shopper slips on spilled water in a grocery store, they may be able to bring a premises liability lawsuit against the store. They will need to establish that the store knew or should have known about the spilled water that caused their fall. Lesser duties are owed to visitors who are either "licensees" or "trespassers."Serious Injuries
We handle claims arising from serious or catastrophic injuries sustained in a wide range of circumstances, including nursing home abuse, dog bites, sexual assault, birth injuries, and construction site accidents. Catastrophic injuries are events that permanently change your life, including blindness, spinal cord damage that results in paralysis, and severe brain trauma. The elements that you will need to prove to recover compensation for catastrophic injuries depend on the cause of the injury. In a dog bite case, for example, O.C.G.A 51-2-7 requires a plaintiff to prove one of two grounds. For example, under the “scienter” ground, you would need to prove that the dog that bit you was vicious, the defendant knew this, or that the defendant carelessly managed the dog or allowed it to do whatever it wanted, e.g., the dog was off leash and injured someone when local ordinances require the dog to be on leash.Wrongful Death
We can help family members bring a wrongful death lawsuit if a loved one dies due to someone else's negligence, recklessness, intentional misconduct, or criminal acts. Under Georgia law, a spouse is first in line to be able to bring a wrongful death claim. Generally, the surviving spouse must also represent the interests of the victim’s minor children when bringing this claim. The spouse will receive at least one-third of the total wrongful death damages, no matter how many children there are.Workers' Compensation
If you suffer a job-related injury, you may be able to recover workers' compensation benefits. In Georgia, workers' compensation is a type of insurance that most employers are required to purchase so that injured workers may recover medical, income, and rehabilitation benefits in the event they are hurt on the job. Any business with three or more employees is supposed to procure this insurance for its employees' benefit. The insurance is also supposed to provide your dependents with benefits if you die as a result of a job-related accident.Social Security Disability
If you are severely injured or disabled and unable to work, there are two federal programs that may provide you with benefits. These are the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI). The process for obtaining benefits through either of these programs is complex, and many valid claims are initially denied. For SSDI, a five-step analysis will be used to determine whether you qualify for benefits. An experienced attorney can help you pursue a fair outcome if you are applying for government benefits or appealing a denial of your claim.Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Atlanta
The McAleer Law Firm is ready to fight for the rights of victims in the Atlanta metro area and other Georgia communities, such as Alpharetta, Conyers, Decatur, Gainesville, Lawrenceville, Macon, Norcross, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Stone Mountain. Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys can help you explore your full range of options and advocate vigorously throughout the legal process. Call the McAleer Law Firm at 1-404-622-5337 or contact us through our online form if you need a personal injury, Social Security, or workers’ compensation attorney.