Category: Personal Injury

What Should I Expect from a Free Consultation?

If you’re in need of a lawyer, or think you might be, you’ve probably seen a dozen or more offers for a free consultation while investigating your options. Even though these consultations are indeed free, and carry no obligation, speaking directly with a lawyer about your case can still be an intimidating step to take. Maybe filing a lawsuit is still an abstract concept for you, and speaking with a lawyer would bring you closer to making it a reality. Maybe you’re worried that you won’t kn...

What Is Loss of Consortium?

Loss of consortium is the loss of emotional and practical support that one spouse suffers when the other spouse is seriously injured. If your spouse has been harmed by someone else’s negligence, you may feel obligated to downplay your own inconvenience and emotional hardship as you rearrange your life to support them. However, this reaction could be doing both of you a disservice. Pursuing a loss of consortium lawsuit, in addition to your spouse’s personal injury lawsuit, can result in bet...

How to Prove Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are an additional sum that a civil court may order a negligent party to pay, on top of the assessed value of the actual damages the victim suffered.  It is, essentially, a fine. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish and deter particularly reprehensible behavior, and it not designed to compensate the victim. As a result, the process for proving that punitive damages are appropriate is more difficult, there are often statutory maximums, and some the money often goes t...

Fatal Crane Accident at the Port of Savannah Might Be Grounds for a Civil Suit

A union longshoreman, 50-year-old Stephen Cobb, was killed in a crane accident at the Port of Savannah on March 26. He was pronounced dead at the scene at the Garden City terminal in the early morning. Little information has been released about the nature of the accident itself. It involved a rubber-tired gantry crane that was used for moving shipping containers, but it’s not clear whether Cobb was operating the crane or working nearby, whether there was an equipment malfunction, or what safe...

How to Apply for the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program

The Crime Victims Compensation Program (CVCP) is a public assistance program designed to assist crime survivors with expenses that can’t be covered through any other means. You might be eligible for this assistance if all of these statements are true for you: You live in Georgia You’ve suffered some form of financial harm due to someone else’s violent crime There’s an official record of the crime You were not incarcerated or participating in any criminal activity at the time of...

Can You Sue for a Back Injury at Work?

Suffering a back injury at work could mean serious pain, debilitation, and significant time off the job. With no money coming in, the potential for financial ruin for an injured worker is often high. Fortunately, workers’ compensation is available in most cases, but it is often not enough to completely cover an injured worker’s losses. This leads many to wonder: Can you sue an employer for a back injury? Can You Sue an Employer for a Back Injury at Work? In most cases, the answer to the...

How much should I settle for with a back injury?

You've suffered a back injury that has caused pain and discomfort and disrupted your daily life. Now you're exploring your options for compensation to help pay for medical bills and make up for lost wages. As a Georgia resident, you have the right to pursue legal action against the party responsible for your injury. However, determining how much your claim is worth and negotiating a fair settlement can be complicated. With the right approach, and by having The Stoddard Firm on your side, y...

Georgia’s Gun Laws Do Not Supersede a Business’s Duty to Protect Its Guests

The last few years of amendments to Georgia’s gun laws have expanded the places where residents can carry firearms, and reduced the documentation and scrutiny directed toward gun ownership. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about exactly what the current legislation allows and requires, notably the verbiage about the right to carry a gun in one’s “place of business.” This provision applies to business owners. It does not guarantee employees the right to carry guns at work. Priv...

Safe Walkways Are Vital Around Dangerous Bodies of Water, Including Lake Lanier

Any space that’s open to the public needs to be equipped with a safe way for people to navigate it. In most cases, this means level, hazard-free walkways, with guardrails lining any sharp drops. Keeping a property ready for safe traversal is one of the most basic services landlords are obligated to provide when welcoming in visitors. Even when spaces cannot be made completely safe without destroying what people value about them, such as natural features like mountains and caves, the organi...

Public Housing Authorities Shouldn’t Need Reminders of the Dangers of CO

Carbon monoxide (CO) is invisible, odorless, toxic, and present whenever carbon fuels are burned. Anything that runs on gasoline, natural gas, propane, charcoal, or even wood is a source of CO. Devices that use these fuels are generally safe, as long as they’re working as intended, but certain mechanical malfunctions can cause the fuel to burn less efficiently, producing much more CO than normal. Ventilation problems can also result in deadly CO buildup in the air, even when carbon-burning ap...