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August 2019

How Much is a Neck Surgery Case Worth?

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Ponton Law has handled 20+ neck surgery cases throughout the Atlanta area in cases ranging from premises liability to car accidents to trucking accidents and other commercial cases.    Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to evaluating your neck surgery case in Georgia with a particular emphasis on the Metro Atlanta area which covers a large percentage of our practice.   Also below are a sampling of actual dollar amounts based on actual cases and recoveries. (1) There is a possibility that the value of your case exceeds all available insurance coverage.     By “all available insurance coverage” I mean the combination of all available liability policies and all available UM (underinsured motorist) policies.   If you were involved in a car accident and the at-fault driver has $25,000 in liability coverage, the minimum amount in Georgia, and you also have $25,000 in add-on…

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Atlanta Auto Injuries and Lost Wages

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Are lost wages part of my claim against the insurance company? Yes.   Lost wages are an item of your special damages.   Special damages include dollar amounts that are directly attributable to the accident.    For example, your medical bills are part of your special damages. Other items included in your special damages might include mileage to and from the doctor’s office, parking at the doctor’s office, and potentially lost wages.   When it comes to recovering lost wages, there are generally 4 areas of inquiry that need to be looked at before submitting any documentation to the insurance company: What is the nature and extent of your injuries? If you have soft tissue injuries from a car accident, it is certainly very reasonable to stay out of work for anywhere from a couple of days through a few weeks.   If you have soft tissue injuries which are…

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Headache after Car Accident?

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Car accidents have been deemed to be among the major causes of persistent headache lasting for over 30 days. Impact after a car accident on the head might seem minor but may certainly lead to a complication. People involved in an accident within Atlanta are advised to talk to our Atlanta car accident attorney at Ponton Law, who is a personal injury attorney in Atlanta. You can visit the offices at 2002 Summit Blvd NE #300, Atlanta, GA. The attorney addresses issues on, how frequent the headaches are, possible complications, and the treatment plan. How Frequent are the Headaches? Headaches after an accident occur as a result of hitting the head on a hard surface or a whiplash. The headache normally starts about an hour after the accident and persists for a period of time. If the headache prolongs for more than one month, each headache period lasting more than…

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Common Car Accident Injuries

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No matter what precautions you take, you can not entirely annihilate the possibility of getting involved in a motor accident. In the event that you get injured in one, you may sustain different types of injuries. The nature of the injuries often depends on a number of things, including the impact of the crash, whether or not the driver and passengers had seatbelts or not, if the car had airbags or not and the direction in which car was hit. Some of the most common types of car accident injuries are back injuries, which may involve injury to the spinal code and cause paralysis. Another severe kind of injury is the neck injury. This type of injury is mostly caused by high-speed collisions. Chest injuries can result in broken ribs and trauma to the internal organs. Head injuries may have a lasting effect on those who suffer them. A concussion…

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Whiplash Car Accident

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With a population of over 400,000 residents, Atlanta is indeed a vibrant economic hub. With this number of people and an almost equal number of cars, Atlanta roads do see their fair share of accidents and fender benders. One of the most common injuries you can get from an accident is whiplash. Unfortunately, when there is no pain, swelling, or bleeding, most accident victims assume they were not injured. That is until whiplash symptoms show up hours or even days after the accident. Here is a more in-depth look into what whiplash is and what you should do about it. What Is Whiplash? Whiplash is a neck injury that results after your head is jerked forcefully, as is the case in most automotive collisions. This injury can extend to your shoulders and upper back as well. Some of the symptoms include stiffness, a reduced range of motion, pain, swelling, and…

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Back Pain After Car Accident

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After a car crash, you could suffer different types of injuries — from broken bones, bumps, and bruises. In more severe cases, you could lose your life. Atlanta car accident attorneys deal with many cases of back injuries and other forms of injuries that put clients through a lot of pain and trouble. Here are different kinds of back injuries and pains that you could experience after a car accident. Classification of Back Injuries and Pains Some of the back injuries you could get after a car crash include lumbar sprains, spinal stenosis, and facet joint injuries. Spinal stenosis is an injury that many Atlanta car accident attorneys see from time to time. It involves a ruptured disc that enters the spinal canal space. The ruptured disk applies pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, causing severe pain. Facet joints contain disks that facilitate and limit your vertebrae’s movement. Whiplash,…

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Improper Loading And Securement In Truck Accident Cases

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Ponton Law has successfully handled numerous trucking cases involving cargo that was not properly secured which resulted in serious injuries or death, including those on I-285 and I-75 in the Metro Atlanta area.    There are obligations imposed under both Georgia and Federal law that pertain to proper cargo securement and require truck drivers and trucking companies to take steps to keep the public safe.   Under Georgia law, O.C.G.A. 40-6-254, “No person shall operate any motor vehicle with a load on or in such vehicle unless the load on or in such vehicle is adequately secured to prevent the dropping or shifting of such load onto the roadway in such a manner as to create a safety hazard.  For the purpose of this Code Section, a load shall include, but not be limited to, a trailer required to be registered under Chapter 2 of this title.  Any person who…

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Common Defenses Your Atlanta Slip and Fall Attorney Should Know

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Many people are under the impression that just because you fell at a store or a business means that you will get a recovery.    That is not the case in Georgia.   In Georgia, an owner or occupier of land owes a duty to the public to keep the premises and approaches safe.    If you are making a claim, you will still need to prove your case by a preponderance of the evidence (more likely yes than no).   This means that you will need to show 3 things: (1) negligence; (2) causation; and (3) damages. Negligence is fancy legal jargon for showing that the property owner did something wrong or acted unreasonably.   However, there are a number of defenses available to property owners, all of which we have seen pop up in cases from time to time and which make us uniquely equipped to navigate the…

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