Commonly Asked Questions About Personal Injury Cases

At Kaplan & Seifter, we have more than 30 years of experience guiding clients in Roswell and communities throughout Georgia. With so much confusion and frustration surrounding a serious accident, we felt it might be helpful to address some common questions on our website. It is crucial to remember, however, that every case is unique and the best way to get clear navigation regarding your specific situation is by scheduling a consultation with an experienced attorney.

Who is liable in a truck accident collision?

This answer depends on certain facts of your case. In fact, multiple people and organizations can be held responsible in the event of a truck crash. Ultimately, truck drivers are responsible for their actions, but consider the trucking company who signed off on their ability to drive. Or the company's trainers who gave the driver the OK to begin delivering merchandise. What if faulty electronics or tire blowouts led to the wreck? Should the manufacturer be held responsible or the driver who failed to recognize the warning signs? It is the job of an experienced truck accident lawyer to carefully review your accident and thoroughly investigate every aspect of possible liability.

What is the most common cause of medical malpractice cases?

Medical malpractice cases can be incredibly complex and require an in-depth investigation and reliance on the practiced insight of trusted industry experts. From faulty medical equipment to flawed surgical procedures, the impetus of a serious injury or worsening condition can be a range of factors. We have found that — and studies have repeatedly shown — errors in communication tend to be at the center of many medical malpractice cases. Whether your primary care physician fails to alert your surgeon about an allergy or condition, or your nurse fails to chart a change in medication, you face serious consequences. Count on our firm to thoroughly investigate your case to gain a clear understanding of what happened, who's at fault and who should be held accountable for your injuries.

My elderly loved one was injured in a nursing home. Who is to blame?

The good news is that the law is on your side. There are specific regulations and laws nursing home administrators are expected to follow at all times. Whether it is a case of an inattentive orderly failing to provide medicine, food or drink, or a nurse who does not recognize your loved one's immobility is causing painful bedsores, our firm will aggressively pursue those responsible for your loved one's injuries. From dehydration to falls to improper restraints, you can count on our firm to represent you every step of the way.

Can a defective product result in a car accident?

In short — yes. Motor vehicles rely on thousands upon thousands of delicate, intricately assembled parts. While many of these parts are simple nuts, bolts or wires, there are several car parts that are crucial to the safe operation of the vehicle. Consider a defective cable in the braking system. A driver who cannot control the speed of the vehicle is a danger to everyone on the road. Additionally, tire blowouts can cause a vehicle to careen into oncoming traffic, into a tree at the side of the road or into vehicles traveling in adjacent lanes. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for electronics, air bags or seat belts to malfunction, either causing an accident or failing to protect a driver in the event of a collision.

Do slip-and-fall accidents only happen in stores?

While the majority of slip-and-falls you hear about tend to occur in grocery stores or department stores, in truth, they can happen anywhere. An accident can be caused by natural elements such as snow, ice, water or debris on sidewalks or parking lots. Additionally, accidents can be caused by the negligence or inattention of a property owner or manager. Standing water around a pool in an apartment complex, for example, or a patch of oil in a parking garage can be dangerous if not properly signed and immediately cleaned up. Slip-and-fall accidents can happen on sidewalks, parking lots, parking garages, apartment complexes, balconies or stairways.

What is loss of consortium?

The loss of a spouse can be devastating financially and emotionally. Fortunately, the surviving spouse has numerous legal options to recover monetary compensation and avoid financial peril. One option that an experienced personal injury attorney can pursue is loss of consortium. Also known as loss of companionship, this aspect of a wrongful death claim focuses specifically on the surviving spouse's lost intimacy and affection.

What does distracted driving actually mean?

Numerous universities and government agencies have spent significant resources to get a clear understanding of the dangers of distracted driving. Whether the distractions are electronic in nature — cellphones, navigation systems, audio units — or activity-based — eating, reading, personal grooming, searching for an item in another area of the vehicle — drivers quickly become a hazard to all those around them. The most important thing to remember is that driving distractions can be nearly anything that fall into these categories:

  • Manual distractions: Anything that forces you to remove your hands or feet from the control elements of the car
  • Cognitive distractions: Anything that removes your focus and impedes your mental acuity
  • Visual distractions: Anything that forces you to look away from the road and the vehicles around you

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Many firms dabble in handling personal injury claims, but not every law firm knows how to secure the full amount of compensation you are entitled to receive. At Kaplan & Seifter, our attorneys have done this for decades and are prepared to do the same for you. Contact us today for a free initial consultation in Roswell, Georgia. Our lawyers work on a contingency basis and never collect any fees until our clients obtain the compensation they deserve.