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What can I do if I’m in an accident with an uninsured driver or under-insured driver in Atlanta?

Even the world’s safest drivers can get into accidents. Because we have to share Atlanta’s highways with other drivers, there is always the risk of being involved in an accident and sustaining serious injuries or even being killed. In some cases, you may be properly compensated after your accident by the other driver’s insurance company. However, there are many irresponsible drivers on the roads that may be uninsured or under-insured. Normally, when you have an injury caused by another person’s negligence, you are entitled to pursue a lawsuit for all of your damages, as set forth under law. However, if...

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How does bankruptcy affect my personal injury case?

Bankruptcy and personal injury cases can go hand in hand. When an individual is involved in a serious car accident, slip and fall accident, or another type of accident, he or she is often unable to work for a time or permanently. This can lead to financial devastation, which can lead to bankruptcy. This can happen even though the injured party is expected to receive significant compensation in a personal injury claim. If you are contemplating filing for bankruptcy, and you have a pending personal injury claim, it’s critical that you speak with a bankruptcy attorney. In addition, you must...

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If I or my child is bitten by another person’s dog in Georgia, can we sue?

If you or child has been bitten by a dog in Georgia, you are not alone. It’s estimated that over four million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs every year, although most of those bites are not serious enough to require medical attention. Dog owners can in some cases be held responsible when bites occur. Under Georgia law, in order to recover for a dog bite, you must show either that the dog had a history of dangerous behavior and/or that the dog was not on a leash when the bite occurred but was required to be on...

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Who is liable if I am injured in a taxi, bus, or Marta accident in Atlanta?

Atlanta’s roads can be dangerous. Accidents involving public transportation are on the rise in Atlanta. It’s not uncommon for the operator of a taxi, bus, Amtrak train, Marta train, airplane, or another type of public transportation to be involved in an accident. If a passenger is hurt while using public transportation, the company that is providing the service could be held legally liable for the passenger’s injuries. Companies that provide public transportation services are called common carriers. Any company that transports passengers for hire is legally considered to be a common carrier. This includes transportation services that are owned by...

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I stopped paying my credit cards. Does this mean a debt collector can take my house or my car?

That’s not exactly the way the process works. By law, if you owe a debt that has not been paid, such as a credit card debt, student loan debt, or unpaid medical debt, and you have assets, those assets can be taken to pay your unpaid bills. However, this process is not an automatic one. There are many legal steps that have to happen before your house or your car could be taken. First, in order for a credit card company, debt collector, or another creditor to get your assets, they have to sue you and win the case. You...

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What should I do immediately after a slip and fall accident in a public place?

Slip and fall accidents are actually one of the most common ways that people in metro Atlanta are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Even though these cases are so common, they can be very tough to win. However, there are steps you can take after the accident that will increase your odds of success. First, seek medical attention if necessary. Your health should be your biggest priority after an accident. Your medical record can also be helpful in your case later to show that you did suffer injuries as a result of the accident. Next, make a...

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I was involved in an accident with a tractor trailer in Atlanta. Should I try to handle the case on my own?

There may be some cases that you can handle on your own without an attorney. If you were involved in a minor fender bender with no injuries and little damage to your vehicle, you probably will not need an attorney to help with the accident. However, you should never attempt to handle a legal case resulting from an accident with a tractor trailer on your own, for a variety of reasons. Typically, most accidents with a tractor trailer involve serious, catastrophic personal injuries or death, as well as huge damages to your vehicle. In addition, both state and federal laws...

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If I am going through a bankruptcy and receive an inheritance, what happens to the money I am inheriting?

Normally, when a person finds out he or she is receiving an inheritance, there is excitement about the money and plans about the best use for it. However, if the person has recently filed for bankruptcy or is contemplating bankruptcy, receiving an inheritance may not be good news. If the inheritance is a huge one, it may be enough to pay off the debts and leave a nest egg left, and there may be no need for a bankruptcy. If the debtor’s debts are bigger than the inheritance, the inheritance may be taken in order to pay the debts, depending...

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Can I discharge my student loan debt in a bankruptcy? What are my legal options?

The combination of a sluggish economy and rapidly skyrocketing higher education costs have left many graduates with a mountain of student loan debt. They may expect to get a very high paying job after graduation to tackle that debt, only to discover they can’t find a good job and are stuck trying to pay their debts with a low income. Many borrowers believe they can discharge their student loans in bankruptcy. Unfortunately for them, most debtors cannot discharge student loan debt in a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. In order to be successful in discharging student loan debt...

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