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WATCH YOUR STEP

Did you know that slip-and-fall injuries frequently occur in retail settings such as supercenters and grocery stores? Our experience is that approximately 35% of all slip-and-fall injuries occur in supermarkets.  Liquids, fresh produce, and packaged goods often end up on aisle floors creating hazards for shoppers. We understand that retail stores have a reasonable obligation to keep their aisles clear and their floors clean. A fall avoided is much better than spending months or even years recuperating from an incident. If a fall does happen, LawSmith can help.  We represent clients who fall in stores and suffer trauma ranging from a simple sprain to permanently disabling injuries. Please be careful as you shop. If you are injured while shopping, take the following steps to insure proper treatment and compensation for your injuries: – Look at what made you fall. It is necessary to know what the product or substance on the ground was to properly report and pursue a claim. – Report your injury to the manager on duty. – Take pictures of the injury site. – Make note of your surroundings; look for caution signs, construction tape or indication of danger. – Seek treatment for your injuries at the Emergency Department (ER), an Urgent Care Center or with your Primary Care Physician as soon as possible after the incident, preferably within 24 hours. – Call LawSmith Attorneys. We have the experience you...

What to do in the Event of an Auto Accident

If you are in a traffic wreck, you should know how to behave so as to protect your rights. Call 911: The call will activate an emergency response from law enforcement and emergency medical responders.  No matter how minor the incident, or what the other person says or does, you should remain at the scene of an accident until law enforcement officers arrive. Get checked for injury:  Any injury that you or others may have should be evaluated by emergency medical responders.  Even if you do not think you are injured you should be evaluated at the scene by the EMTs.  If you think you have an injury, be sure to go to the ER to be checked out.  An immediate examination by an MD will help you rule out serious injury and help your case when the MD documents an objective evaluation of your pain. Cooperate with law enforcement:  Responding law enforcement officers will evaluate the circumstances of the incident and give you, involved parties, and witnesses an opportunity to make statements.  The officers will attempt to determine the party at fault.  Cooperate with the officer completely and talk to him with respect.  He or she will try to take down the contact information of any witnesses at the scene, which could be very valuable to your case.   [It is good if you are able to obtain the phone number of one or more witnesses]  The officer will make a report of the incident.  Dealing with the insurance carriers without an accident report is much more difficult and will make resolving your case take longer than it otherwise...

Your Child Still Has Time

You may still have time to pursue a claim for personal injury if your child was injured in an automobile accident or otherwise suffered serious bodily injury when under the age of 18. The statute of limitations for an automobile accident normally is two years from the date of the accident. However, the statute of limitations generally does not apply to minors (those under 18 years of age). The law often allows such persons’ statute of limitation to begin once they turn 18; thus, they have until they are 20 to pursue a claim even if the injury occurred several years...

Beware of the Blues

Injury, physical disability, and resulting pain can have a dramatic effect on emotional well-being. Many of our clients experience persistent physical pain, loss of income, feelings of helplessness over physical conditions, confusion, and family tension. Temporary or permanent disability can bring about an episode of depression or worsen existing depression. According to medical professionals, symptoms of depression include: ·         Feeling sad or “empty” ·         Irregular sleep patterns ·         Difficulty concentrating and making decisions ·         Feeling hopeless, irritable, or anxious ·         Lethargy, loss of energy ·         Loss of pleasure in activities once enjoyed ·         Suicidal thoughts or behavior The Attorneys at LawSmith care about your emotional well-being. If you or someone you love experience symptoms of depression, contact a minister, your pastor, your doctor, or local community mental health professionals for assistance in identifying whether or not professional help is needed and how quickly to seek it. You do not have to live with depression, help is available! You may have a claim which can be presented to an insurance company. If so, a lawyer can help. Whether you need an attorney near Tucker, Clarkston, Stone Mountain, Lilburn or close to Decatur, Doraville, Riverdale, or Forest Park, the Attorneys at LawSmith are here to help you obtain justice when you have a bodily injury due to an automobile accident, fall down, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, or on the job injury. We are also here to help if you have suffered from an injury during medical transportation, or from other injury due to negligence. Whether you call LawSmith or not, be sure to call someone who can help with your...

Holler When It Hurts

Jim is rear-ended in a car accident.  He hops out of the car assuring all who can hear that he is just fine.  Despite significant damage to his car he refuses to be taken to the hospital. Two days after the accident he wakes up with a great deal of pain in his neck and back. Injuries caused by a car accident may not be immediately apparent. Whiplash, for example, is a common neck injury that can occur during rear-end automobile collisions when your head suddenly moves backward and then forward—similar to the motion of someone cracking a whip.  These extreme motions push your neck muscles and supporting tissue beyond the normal range of motion.  Whiplash does not always result in symptoms immediately after an accident. It can take up to 78 hours for symptoms such as swelling and sensitivity to occur. A small linear fracture (“hairline fracture”) is another example of an injury that can be slow to cause pain.  Oftentimes these fractures do not show up on an x-ray in the emergency room.  Hairline fractures can widen and then begin to cause problems months later.  A herniated disc of the spine is yet another form of injury that may be diagnosed months after an accident.  It is only when the pain persists that the doctor orders additional testing such as an MRI to help diagnose a herniated disc or other abnormality. Postponing treatment in hopes that pain will go away complicates your medical treatment as well as your insurance claim.  The insurance industry uses the phrase “lapse of treatment” to try to discredit your medical damages if...

Before and After Photographs

We have all heard the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  In the case of many of our Personal Injury cases, those seven words hold enormous truth and have made thousands of dollars of difference in obtaining a good settlement for our Personal Injury clients. The next time you are near your car or truck, take photographs of your vehicle showing its general condition.  Should you ever be involved in an automobile collision and have a claim with an insurance carrier for property damage, those photographs may be valuable! If you are in an accident, a series of photographs from the scene can be powerful evidence.   Be sure to take photographs of the exterior and interior of your vehicle after the collision and prior to having your vehicle repaired. Remember with before and after photographs in hand, your claim for property damage can be less of a hassle with the insurance...

Recruiting All-Star Help

The importance of your doctor to your health and your case cannot be overstated.  Your doctor really is vital for both.  One strong device to support your doctor with his interests in your health is to take a STARwith you to your examination. It is almost always appropriate to take someone with you to your appointments.  Take your husband or wife, your father, mother, an adult child or a sibling.  If no relative is available, take a good friend.  Have your STAR come into the examination room with you.  Having aSTAR with you helps establish and define in four dramatic ways the importance of your injuries: Symptoms:  A family member may notice symptoms or patterns of behavior that you don’t see and can comment on these to the doctor.  These comments help the doctor discover and treat your injuries. Time:  Another person taking the time to come with you shows the doctor that the people around you can tell you are hurting and care about you. Accountability:  Unfortunately, sometimes it later may occur that you and the doctor remember statements that are made during the examination differently.  Another person present will help keep the doctor accountable.  Your friend or relative will be able to confirm your testimony about what was said, should it be necessary. Remember:  The other person may remember to ask questions you forget to ask or don’t even think of.  A second person helps you remember instructions given and explanations made by the doctor.  Four ears are better than two. Your doctor and your friend together can be ALL-STARS on your...