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UPS Truck Accident Attorney

Injured in a truck accident with a UPS truck?   Make sure you hire an Atlanta truck accident lawyer who actually handles these types of cases on a regular basis and possesses the necessary information and know-how to maximize your recovery. In any case, involving serious injuries or a significant hospital stay,  Ponton Law always sends an investigator to the scene to document and gather critical information that can increase the value of your case down the road. A couple of things to keep in mind about UPS cases based upon recent cases we have handled: As of 2019, most of these claims are handled by a single third party administrator. In the past, UPS would farm them out to different administrators and law firms, but now it looks like they have been concentrated with Liberty Mutual. Liberty Mutual can be a very difficult insurance company to deal with, and definitely one of th..

Spoliation of Evidence in an Atlanta Slip and Fall Case

Spoliation refers to the destruction or failure to preserve evidence that is necessary to contemplate or pending litigation.   In the context of a slip and fall case, this most often involves alerting the store and insurance company to the presence of litigation.   Under a recent Supreme Court decision in Georgia, the court can find a duty to preserve evidence when the litigation is “reasonable foreseeably” to the party in control of the evidence, even if the party is not on notice of a specific claim.    While most injured folks tend to think about whether there is any videotape which depicts the fall, there are also a number of other things that we have found relevant.   We include these areas and document requests in a cover letter and fax it and send it certified mail to the premises owner and the insurance company so that no one can claim they never received a copy down the road. What we typically request and why: Video Evidence..

How Much Your Slip and Fall Case Is Worth

Variable Factors If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, it’s highly advisable that you estimate the value of your claim before taking any legal action. This would allow you to get an upper hand and know beforehand what settlement would be fair and what would be unacceptable. There is no fixed value for a slip and fall settlement. It varies depending on so many factors. One has to know every single detail about the case in order to have an idea of what they should settle for, which is a difficult feat to achieve. Moreover, factors that contribute to slip and falls vary extensively from one case to another. The severity of the injuries for the injured party or the property damages of the defendant where the accident occurred all have to be considered before settling on the amount. It’s really nearly impossible to take them all into account. However, when judges and jurors are reviewing slip and fall cases, there are several primary factors that are considered that can help one estimate the settlement on their own. Medical Costs To calculate how much the case is worth, one of the leading points a good Atlanta attorney considers is the medical costs. The attorney looks at the medical expenses incurred related to slip and fall injuries they have handled in the past. They consi..

How Long Slip and Fall Settlements Take

Slip and Fall Case Misconceptions One of the greatest misconceptions about slip and fall cases is that they are easy to win. Many people generally believe that because they slipped and fell on somebody else’s property, it automatically means that they should win the case. Truth is, slip and fall cases are actually very difficult to prove in a trial, and they end up taking months or years in court. According to courtroom statistics, only one in five of slip and fall cases result in a money verdict for the injured party. If one has to go into a trial for a slip and fall settlement, they have to greatly consider how much time, money and effort has to go into the case in order to realize a positive outcome. The Settlement Amount Even on winning the case, most of them settle for a lot less. It is generally believed that a slip and fall settlement is about three times the medical bill, which is not true for the majority. If one has a very strong case, they are likely to get a lot of money, which is why insurance companies try not to go to trial for strong c..

Atlanta Bus Accident Lawyer

Ponton Law has handled many bus accident cases. While it is always important to retain an attorney as soon as possible if you are injured in any sort of auto accident, it is very important to retain an attorney involving an accident on a bus. This is important for two reasons. First, many times there will be a limited amount of money to compensate all of the individuals who were on the bus at the time of the accident. For example, in the last bus accident case we did involving a Megabus on I-75, there were 22 claimants who claimed that they were injured. The total available liability coverage to satisfy all of the injured claimants was $1,000,000. With significant injuries, including multiple back and neck surgeries, a $1,000,000 might seem like a lot but would actually be exhausted fairly quickly. Thus, the first to file a claim and pursue a lawsuit has an advantage. The insurance company is free to adjust the claims it receives and pay one and not the others as long as it exercises good faith. For example, assuming that 1 of the 22 claimants had a significant surgery and hospital stay with medical bills totaling $1,243,498, the insurance company could tender the entire policy limits of $1,000,000 to the injured claimant and not pay any monies to any of the other individuals who have suffered injuries. It’s important to get a bus accident attorney to..

5 Reasons Why an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney Will Not Take Your Case

(1) Disputed Liability   In cases where the other side is disputing fault for the accident, it makes it difficult to pursue a claim if the other party is claiming that you were at fault.   For example, the other party claims that they had the green light when they entered the intersection.   Some things you can do to combat this is to obtain copies of the 911 records to see if a passerby called into 911 to report what happened and obtain video surveillance of the area where the accident occurred.    For example, we recently represented an individual who was struck in a crosswalk in the City of Atlanta and was able to secure footage from barbershop across the street which depicted the area where the accident occurred. (2) No Visible Property Damage.    If you were rear-ended by another vehicle and there is no visible damage to your vehicle, it makes your case very difficult.    The insurance defense a..

Ryder Truck Accident Attorney

Have you been in involved in an accident involving a Ryder semi-truck or box truck? These types of cases present many different types of challenges.  Make sure you hire the right attorney who handles these types of cases and is familiar with the issues that tend to arise.   James has handled many.   Here are two of the issues that pop up in almost every one of these cases: Who is an “insured” under the policy?   Ryder does everything they can in an attempt to disclaim coverage under the policy.   For example, in a recent case we handled we represented an individual who was hired by a moving company.   The moving company hired a Ryder truck and purchased supplemental liability coverage in the amount of $1M.  While transporting the goods across I-16 and up to Atlanta, the Ryder truck rear-ended a semi-truck while getting onto I-285.     Our c..

Hospital Liens and Car Accident Settlements in Atlanta

Here is a scenario which happens, on average, 2-3 times a year in this office.  An individual is involved in a horrific accident resulting in significant injuries and a lengthy hospital stay.   The person who caused the accident has a minimum amount of insurance available, often times $25,000, but sometimes $50,000 or $100,000.  There is either no underinsured motorist coverage or very little.   How do you handle paying the hospital back, while also making sure the client is fairly compensated for the significant injuries? There are a couple of ways to handle this.   The first is to try and get the case settled prior to the hospital lien actually being filed.   Generally speaking, the Atlanta hospitals, including Wellstar, AMC, Grady, North Fulton, and AMC, are required to file a hospital lien within 75 days of your discharge.    Thus, if you can obtain an itemized st..

Tire Defects

Poorly maintained tires are a leading cause in Atlanta car accidents.  In the context of a commercial motor vehicle, the standards are generally set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which provide that no commercial motor vehicle shall be operated on any tire that: (1) has body ply or belt material exposed through the tread or sidewall; (2) has any tread or sidewall separation; (3) is flat or has an audible leak, or has a cut which exposes the ply or belt material.    40 CFR 393.75.   In terms of the actual depth on the tires themselves, it ranges between 2/32 of an inch to 4/32 of an inch, depending upon where the tie bars, humps, and fillets are located.  Additionally, under federal regulations, there are tire loading restrictions.  As a general rule, a motor carrier is not allowed to operate a commercial vehicle that carries a weight greater than that marked on the sidewall of the tire.     F..

Atlanta Delivery Drivers

Ponton Law has handled many accidents in the Atlanta area that were caused by a negligent driver who was delivering pizzas, including Domino’s, Pizza Hut, and Uber Eats.  The first thing to look at is whether the accident with the at-fault driver occurred while he was on the clock.    If the accident occurred on the clock, then generally speaking you would have a claim not only against the driver but the driver’s employer as well under the Georgia doctrine of Respondeat Superior.   This doctrine makes an employer liable for the negligence of an employee if the employee was acting in the course of scope of his employment at the time of the crash.   If the delivery driver is dropping a pizza off or on his way back to the pizza place, then he is in the course and scope of his employment.    If he is headed to or from work, then he is not in the course and scope of his employment at the time.  Notably, if the crash did not occur while the at-fault driver was in the course and scope of his employment, then you still..