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Personal Injury Law / Process in Atlanta

Personal Injury Law / Process refers to all the things that make up a personal injury lawsuit. This can include everything from what time limits there are; to filing various types of claims; to what sort of judgments have been awarded recently in Georgia courts; to national trends in personal injury law. One of the big changes in personal injury over the past few decades has been the emergence of stricter caps on damages.

Finally, sometimes there are high profile national personal injury cases that might have a local impact. These are also covered in personal injury law and process. For a more in-depth version of this conversation, you should consider meeting with an Atlanta Personal Injury lawyer who can help you protect your rights and pursue your claims.

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Ex-Falcons Cheerleader Gets $6.4 M for Bottle Attack

Former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader, Shayla Stevens, was awarded $6.4 million in damages after being attacked by rapper Da Brat with a rum bottle in 2007.

Even though Da Brat has already served three years in prison for the attack, Stevens brought a civil lawsuit against the rapper for her injuries, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Stevens was awarded $3.7 million in compensatory damages and $2.7 million in punitive damages, but is that amount excessive?

3 Common Truck Collisions and How to Sue

When involved in a truck accident, there may be more than one person you can sue for your injuries.

Most trucking accidents are covered under negligence laws and who you sue depends on the accident. Under negligence laws, the driver and trucking company have a duty to exercise reasonable care when on the road. If they fail to do so and end up injuring you, you may be able to sue.

Here are three common truck collisions and who you can sue.

Can I Sue If My Flight Was Canceled?

Winter storms hitting Atlanta have caused several airlines to cancel their flights leaving stranded passengers wondering if they can sue the airlines.

More than 2,000 flights have been canceled due to inclement weather, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

So can frustrated fliers who were stuck in Atlanta sue the airlines?

What Is Joint and Several Liability?

What is joint and several liability in Georgia?

When it comes to injury and tort law, joint and several liability is a very important method of determining how an injured party is compensated by the liable party, usually after some type of personal injury case is settled.

Here is an overview of what joint and several liability means, and what it looks like in Georgia:

Tips for Successful Settlement Talks

Personal injury lawsuits don't always make it to court. Court costs and the costs of litigation can run high and many times, it's in the parties' best interests to settle as fast as they can. An overwhelming majority of cases settle out of court, as The New York Times has reported.

Settlement negotiations aren't easy. There are tricks to the trade.

Here are a few pointers in having successful settlement talks:

Help, I'm Being Deposed! What to Do in a Deposition

So, you've received a subpoena to appear at a deposition. Perhaps you were involved in a lawsuit, or perhaps you were just a witness to an accident.

How do depositions work and what do you need to know if you are being deposed?

In Georgia, the statements made in a deposition could be used at trial, as if you were a witness at the trial. So basically, depositions are a very important stage of the lawsuit.

It takes a certain type of person to teach special needs children. Melanie Pickens apparently isn't that type of person.

The former teacher is accused of abusing five special needs students at Hopewell Middle School in Milton from 2004 to 2007, Channel 2 Action News reports. Pickens has been indicted on child cruelty charges, but she may face civil suits from her victims as well.

It's the most hectic time of year for air travel. Flight delays, cancellations, and lost baggage are just a few of the obstacles travelers are sure to face this holiday season.

While it may not seem like it at times, travelers do have rights. The U.S. Department of Transportation has made sure of that by enacting new rules protecting airline passengers. Here are some of the most important rights you should know about:

Amusement parks aren't all fun and games. You'd be surprised how often guests are seriously injured.

Just last month, for instance, 8-year-old Jillian Thomas of Alpharetta was injured when a dolphin bit her hand at SeaWorld Orlando, CNN reports.

The amusement park insists it gave its guests adequate warning about the dangers of feeding the dolphins. But Jillian's parents claim otherwise.

Nothing gets people into a crazed frenzy like impossibly low prices. That's why Black Friday is one of the most dangerous times of the year for shoppers.

Stampedes, pepper spray, and fistfights are just a few of the obstacles you may encounter next Friday. Below, we've offered a few tips to help you stay safe and avoid being the target of a personal injury suit on Black Friday.