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October 2019

Do I need a Car Accident Attorney Near Me, Ponton Law

Do I need a Car Accident Attorney Near Me?

By | Car Accident

If you’ve ever asked the question “Do I need a Car Accident Attorney near me?” it’s good to know at a minimum it is best to have a car accident attorney who is licensed to practice in the state where the accident took place.   However, our experience has shown that it is also better to hire a car accident attorney near the location you physically live or work. Here are a couple of reasons why: Knowledge of local medical providers  After you are involved in a car accident, you will meet with your attorney.   Many attorneys have relationships with various medical providers which can be helpful to point you in the right direction, but more importantly, can tell you who to stay away from.   There are certain doctors who have never seen a car accident cause a herniated disc in the back. There are also certain doctors…

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Dram Shop Liability, Ponton Law

Dram Shop Liability

By | Car Accident

I was hit by a drunk driver, can I file a claim and sue the bar that overserved him?  In the right circumstances, yes.  These cases are what Georgia refers to as “Dram Shop” cases.  Ponton Law has handled a number of these cases. Georgia Dram Shop liability is found in OCGA 51-1-40.  In a nutshell, the statute protects people who sell alcohol from being legally responsible unless: The individual sells, furnishes, or serves alcohol to a minor with knowledge that they would soon be driving a motor vehicle, or owing that such person will soon be driving a motor vehicle.  These cases always focus on showing that the individual was intoxicated and that he would soon be driving a vehicle.   Just because he was served 10 beers at a bar does not mean that you will be able to make a claim. You also need to show that…

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Ponton Law, Recovery of Future Medical bills in Car Accident Cases

Recovery of Future Medical bills in Car Accident Cases

By | Car Accident

Can I recover for future medical bills in my Car Accident Case? Here is one that pops up fairly regularly.    You may be nearing the end of your treatment, and the doctor has made some recommendations about some additional treatment you may need after you are discharged from his care.   These recommendations most often occur for: additional chiropractic or physical therapy modalities additional facet or epidural injections additional surgical procedures How does that work, and will you get credit for the future medical treatment that has been recommended?    Georgia does allow for the recovery of future medical expenses.  Generally speaking, this means that that the future medical expenses need to be proven with a reasonable degree of medical certainty.  There is no guessing and speculation permitted. If your doctor says that the likelihood of you needing a future procedure from your car accident case is “50/50” then as…

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