What to do Immediately After an Accidental Injury

You might have been there before when you’re shopping at the grocery store and slip on a wet floor when there’s no sign in sight or you’re carrying groceries and trip on the uneven and unmaintained sidewalk outside. In many cases, these types of accidents result in an injury.

Even if you weren’t injured, it’s important to know what to do in the event that you are so that you can hold the people at fault responsible and get the just compensation you deserve.

Step 1: Assess the Situation

While you’ll likely be in pain after your accident, the first thing to do is assess the situation and figure out what caused you to sustain your injury.

You may not be in the condition to gather evidence or further information, but noting the conditions at the time of the accident, who was present, and what was done immediately after are crucial to your case.

Step 2: Seek Medical Attention

This is the most important step as it begins your recovery process, but also provides valuable documentation of your injuries so that when your case goes to court, you can prove the severity of the damages.

The ER doctor or your family physician should be able to provide you with all the documents and information you need to validate your injuries and any ongoing medical complications you may have.

Step 3: Gather Evidence

Once you have taken care of your medical needs, it is important to gather any other evidence you can about the nature of the accident including speaking to witnesses, taking pictures, and noting any responses from the owner or manager of the establishment where your accident occurred.

The one thing to note is that you should never accept an offer from the insurance company after your accident. Your injuries are typically worth far more than what the insurance company will offer.

Step 4: Contact Williams Litigation Group

Once you’ve done what you can on your own, the next step is to contact the skilled legal representatives here at Williams Litigation Group. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

Please call us toll free at 866-214-7036 or fill out the contact form on our website. Serving Brunswick, GA and Glynn, Camden, Brantley, Wayne, Ware and McIntosh Counties.

Expectations Your Loved Ones Have When Going to a Nursing Home

Making the decision to place your relative in a nursing home is not an easy choice. If you are trying to make decisions for your loved one, there are criteria you need to look for, because you want to choose a nursing home that will take care of your family member and protect them. Here are some ways to make your decision easier.

What Should I Look For In a Good Nursing Home?

Before you do anything else, ask your friends, co-workers and neighbors if they know of good nursing homes in your area. Start making a list of reputable homes, because your search can start there. Once you have a list of places to look at, you need to dig deeper.

Many negligence cases happen in nursing homes because the home is understaffed. Your nursing home search can begin with a search of staff to patient ratios. You will want the lowest staff to patient ratio you can find. That’s because the lower the ratio, the more eyes will be on your loved one, and the less opportunity they will have to endure elder abuse or negligent care. If the nursing home is reluctant to discuss staff to patient ratio with you, you need to continue your search.

Ask for a meeting and tour with administrators. You will want to have a look at the nursing home, and check for cleanliness. Ask to see all of the different rooms the facility has to offer. If the administrators seem open and responsive, you can keep them on your list. If they are reluctant to show you around, cross them off.

Many nursing homes have a procedure to address patient or family complaints. Ask what the procedure is. Often, you can report concerns to the nurse supervisor on duty. He or she reports directly to the administrator. The nursing staff should be keeping record of how many times you have an issue, but if you have concerns, keep your own records.

In the end, your nursing home search will lead you to a great place for your relative. You should know that diligent investigation up front may save you a lot of worry later.

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What Do You Do if The Person Who Hurt You Has No Insurance or Assets?

When you have been hurt by someone and desire compensation, the most common method to receive that compensation is to sue the person in question. However, what do you do if this person appears to have no insurance or assets from which you can be compensated? Unfortunately, there is not really any good answer to this. If someone has no or little income and no or few assets, they are basically “judgement proof.” Even if you should win against such a person in court, you basically end up the loser. Sure, you won a judgement, but now the target of your lawsuit cannot pay. You have spent your time and money, but will receive nothing in return. But things don’t have to end up this way. Over time, people’s circumstances change. A person unemployed today will not necessarily be unemployed forever. A person with few assets may gain more or new assets later on.

Future Assets Can Help

You may be wondering how this can help. Well, you do not have to sue someone immediately. For every potential legal claim, or “cause of action,” there will be a corresponding statute of limitations which sets out the amount of time you have from the cause of action in which you may sue. For many common grounds to sue, it may be 3 to 6 years. Even if you don’t know if you’re going to sue at all, you should still find out how long you have to do so.

Say you have grounds to sue with a 6-year statute of limitations. This means you can wait almost six years before suing. Even if the object of your suit still has nothing to take, there is another statute of limitations to enforce the judgement you have won. This means another period of years, from 5 to 20, in which you can use your lawsuit victory to collect using legal processes. This could extend the time you can collect up to 26 years.

Contact Us for More Information

If you have been hurt by someone with no insurance of assets, that does not mean you will never be made whole. The first thing you should do is to consult an attorney. Contact The Williams Litigation Group and find out what your options are.

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What Does Negligence Really Encompass?

What Does Negligence Really Encompass?

Negligence is among the most essential concepts used in personal injury cases. In fact, it is so crucial that most of the effort put forth by lawyers in personal injury lawsuits involves verifying that the defendant’s behavior was a case of negligence. If a plaintiff and his or her attorney fail to prove that negligence occurred, their personal injury case will not succeed. So, what does negligence really encompass in an injury claim, and how do lawyers establish its existence? This article will discuss the legal definition of negligence and the basic elements that an attorney needs to provide to show that a defendant acted negligently.

The Legal Definition of Negligence

The US legal system defines negligence as the failure to exercise the degree of care that a person of ordinary good sense would have exercised in the same or a similar situation. Negligent behavior most often consists of an action, but can also consist of an omission when a person has a duty to act, for instance, to help victims of the person’s earlier conduct, as when a driver flees the scene of an accident where someone was injured, instead of trying to help the victim.

The Five Components of Negligence

In order to hold another individual accountable for their negligent behavior, a plaintiff in a personal injury case has to prove that the following five components of negligence were present:

  • Duty of care: the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care so as not to cause harm to the plaintiff or other people
  • Breach of duty: the defendant’s violation of such care caused injury to the plaintiff or to a family member
  • Cause in fact: a connection exists between the negligent or harmful action that occurred and the negative outcome that the plaintiff suffered
  • Proximate cause: a direct link exists between the defendant’s negligent action and the injury that that action caused
  • Harm: the plaintiff suffered injury, loss, or other expenses due to the defendant’s negligence.

Understanding these five elements will provide clarity in the case as the plaintiff proceeds with filing and pursuing a civil action against the defendant.

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How Motorcycle Accidents Differ from Car Accidents According to the Law

How Motorcycle Accidents Differ from Car Accidents According to the Law

While motorcycle accidents make up a much smaller fraction of total accidents in Georgia than those involving cars or trucks, injury and death rates from motorcycle accidents are higher. In addition, motorcycle collisions are more apt to involve other negative factors such as alcohol use. That being said, any vehicular accident is regrettable, and the details make a difference. The subtle nuances of motorcycle collisions often have direct consequences for the kind of case that may evolve, on how it’s litigated, and on the verdict and results obtained. If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to be familiar with these fine distinctions. Below are some facts you should know about how motorcycle accidents differ from car accidents in regard to the law.

Public Perception can affect Motorcyclists’ Chances in Court

The differences between motorcycle and car accidents in the eyes of the law partly stem from public views on motorcycles and their riders. Due to pop culture portrayals, motorcycles are linked with speed and often reckless driving. Also, in trying to justify their actions, defendants often claim they failed to see a motorcycle before a collision. Thus, if a case goes to court, preconceptions about motorcycles and the easy excuses that arise from their small size can have major effects on jury selection. These negative images can also impact your motorcycle accident claim, as insurers and judges are more likely to question your degree of fault and thus unduly lower your claim settlement just because you’re a motorcyclist.

Injuries are often More Severe

Motorcycle collisions more often produce life-changing injuries. The complexity of such cases is further enhanced by whether or not the cyclist was wearing a suitable helmet before the accident occurred. More subtle head injuries often go undetected.

Insurance Claims Can be Affected

Because motorcycle insurance is harder to get than car insurance, interpreting the fine points of a plan can be difficult, and this can seriously impact how financial damages are calculated or awarded.

Evidence can be Difficult to Interpret

Uncovering the facts in motorcycle accidents can be tricky because fewer points of impact usually exist than in automobile collisions and hence less physical evidence is obtainable.

So What Should You Do After a Motorcycle Accident?

Most importantly, you should work with an attorney who understands the nature of motorcycle accidents. They should also be aware of how potential jurors view both motorcyclists and the activity of motorcycle riding. In addition, the attorney must know about the types of injuries that can arise from a motorcycle accident and about potential changes in memory, balance, coordination, and fine motor control that may occur. Concussions are always possible, as are ligament injuries, so an exam by an orthopedic specialist is essential

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and want to learn about how our experienced Georgia accident attorneys can help you with your case, or wish to schedule a consultation, please call us toll free at 866-214-7036 or fill out the contact form on our website. Serving Brunswick, GA and Glynn, Camden, Brantley, Wayne, Ware and McIntosh Counties.

Things to Keep in Mind If You Believe You Have a Medical Malpractice Case

Things to Keep in Mind If You Believe You Have a Medical Malpractice Case

Unfortunately, medical malpractice occurs more frequently than you may have first thought. Because of this, it is important to be aware of what you need to do if you are ever a victim of it. The following outlines some of the things you should do if you believe you have a medical malpractice case.

Find A New Doctor

The first thing you should do is find a new doctor. Your health and medical care should be a priority and are far more important than anything else. If you believe that your doctor has made a mistake in diagnosis or treatment, it is important to find a doctor who can correct the mistake.

Your new doctor will be able to review your health records and follow-up with appropriate tests before they provide a diagnosis. Your doctor will then be able to begin treatment and help to fix any damage that has been caused by the medical mistake.

Request Your Medical Records

If you believe you have a medical malpractice case, it is important to obtain a copy of your medical records as soon as possible. You should request your records before you file a medical malpractice claim, to prevent your healthcare provider from attempting to falsify them.

Your healthcare records will contain all the information of your symptoms, any tests they carried out, and all medications that were prescribed. This information is valuable in proving that your doctor committed medical malpractice.

Hire an Attorney

Because medical malpractice cases are complex, it is recommended that you hire an attorney that is experienced in these types of cases. You should look for a personal injury attorney who has had successful medical malpractice cases previously.

Keep a Journal

As soon as you begin to think that you may be a victim of medical malpractice, you should start writing down notes about how you are feeling. You should describe:

  • Symptoms that are a result of the medical mistakes
  • How the error has impacted your life
  • If you have taken time off work
  • If you required treatment to correct any damage

Overall, your notes should contain everything that you had to endure as a direct result of your doctor providing a misdiagnosis and/or giving the wrong treatment. To find out more specifics that relate to your potential case, contact us here the Williams Litigation Group today.

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Information to Exchange – And Not to Exchange – After an Injury

Information to Exchange – And Not to Exchange – After an Injury

A vehicular accident is a traumatic and unsettling experience. Immediately after the accident, the parties involved will most likely be in powerfully emotional states, which may cloud judgment and flare up tempers. However, it is essential for legal purposes that the parties involved in the accident adhere to federal and state laws. Exchanging information is a vital part of accident resolution. However, the parties involved in an accident must remain aware of what should be divulged and what should not be said when exchanging information.

Information to Exchange

After an accident, the involved parties should provide each other with names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance companies, policy numbers, driver’s license numbers, and license plate numbers. When the names of the drivers and the insured parties differ, record the relationship between the driver and insured, then collect the names and addresses of both the driver and the insured. Make a note of the makes, models, colors, and years of all vehicles involved, as well as their conditions prior to the accident.

Information to Not Exchange

Never admit to fault for an accident. The determination of fault is the responsibility of the investigating officers and of the judges and lawyers involved in trials. Any admission of fault – even when the admission is legally incorrect – can be used by opposing counsel to shift the designation of fault as well as the responsibilities of the insurance companies and confessor involved. And after exchanging the pertinent information listed above, it is sound advice to not discuss any further details of the accident without the presence or advice of a personal injury attorney or a criminal defense attorney. This applies to conversations with law enforcement and insurance companies as well as conversations with the other parties involved in the accident.

Williams Litigation Group provides superior legislation and representation services to clients throughout Georgia. Our areas of legal practice include motor vehicle accidents, personal injury, bankruptcy, family law, and criminal defense. Our legal staff has over 30 years of experience, and we pride ourselves on our analytic and detailed approaches to cases. Please feel free to contact us by filling out our online form or calling us at 1-866-214-7036.

Should I File a Personal Injury Case or Let My Insurance Handle It All?

Should I File a Personal Injury Case or Let My Insurance Handle It All?

An accident is a disorienting and disturbing event. It’s common for a client’s thought processes to be cloudy after the accident. Because of this, it is vital that the client is represented by someone with the client’s best interests and not their own. Unfortunately, insurance companies do not meet that criteria. The good news for clients in Brunswick, GA, is that the Williams Litigation Group has extensive experience with personal injury cases. Our staff of legal experts will represent the client, not the insurance company.


How Insurance Companies Handle a Personal Injury Case

After the client files a claim, the insurance company dispatches an adjuster. The adjuster represents the insurance company instead of the client. The adjuster has two goals: offer as small of a payment to the client as possible, and avoid a trial. The adjuster attempts to combine these two goals into a payment that is high enough to keep the insurance company out of court, yet low enough to not cut too heavily into the insurance company’s bottom line. This poses a difficult dilemma for the client: accept a fraction of the money to which the client is entitled, or take a chance in a trial.


How the Williams Litigation Group Handles a Personal Injury Case

Our team of lawyers have over 30 years of experience handling personal injury cases. We understand that strict “always settle” or “always go to trial” mentalities do not serve our clients well. We handle each case based on a variety of factors, including how debilitating the injury is, how long the injury will last, and the damage to life and property. Our opening approach will be to negotiate a deal for our client that will reduce the costs – both financial and monetary – while achieving a sufficient reward for our client. If negotiations fail, then our team of lawyers will represent our client in a court of law.

If you suffer from a personal injury, our firm would like to talk with you about your case. Clients in Brunswick, Glynn, Camden, Brantley, Wayne, Ware, or McIntosh can either call our office at 866-214-7036 or fill out our contact form.

Is Getting COVID at Work Grounds for a Personal Injury Case?

Is Getting COVID at Work Grounds for a Personal Injury Case?

The novel corona virus has done quite a number in the United States. As it is, more than 3 million Americans have been infected. The physical and financial impact has also been devastating as more people file for bankruptcy. Catching the coronavirus means fighting the disease, hoping that you will win. As the fight goes on, many often wonder about what rights they have, and whether they could file a personal injury claim for contracting the deadly virus if it was something they were exposed to at work.

Can You File A Lawsuit On Contracting COVID-19?

Simply put, yes you can. Contracting this virus many constitute a personal injury claim where you may claim financial compensation. In personal injury law, it is thought that you will always have a claim when hurt or ill because of the negligent actions of the other party. When it comes to COVID-19, however, we have a unique challenge of proving how you got the virus and that the other person or the company is to blame. If you are able to prove these two elements, however, you may be able to win a personal injury claim against a person or company.

What You Need To Prove to the Court In a COVID-19 Injury Case

In every civil case, there must be an element of negligence for the lawsuit to move forward. In this case, these are:

  • Duty: the company or individual whom you contracted COVID-19 from had the responsibility to keep you safe.
  • Breach of Duty: if the party responsible failed to take appropriate actions to hinder the spread of the virus, you could prove this part of the case.
  • Causation: you then have to show that because of this party’s failure to take the necessary measures to keep you safe, you contracted the novel coronavirus.
  • Damages: you then have to show how the disease has impacted you. This can take the form of medical treatment costs, pain, and suffering.

By proving these elements of negligence, you can successfully bring suit to the responsible party and win. With COVID-19 and any other infectious disease, there is an element of difficulty in these cases. Since the virus is microscopic, you can’t physically see it being spread. This means tracing the transmission can be difficult.

To properly know whether your case is adequate to get the compensation you are looking for, it needs to be addressed individually. This is to examine the individual strength of the case, our lawyers will look at the facts and give you proper feedback as to whether you can win a case or not. Call us in Brunswick toll free 866-214-7036 or complete the contact form on our website. Serving Brunswick, GA and Glynn, Camden, Brantley, Wayne, Ware and McIntosh Counties.

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