If a person or corporation is negligent and causes someone’s death, the responsible party is liable to the victim’s family for money damages. In Georgia, these civil actions are known as “wrongful death” cases. The measure of damages is the “full value of the life of the deceased” which, if the case does not settle, is determined by a jury.
Traumatic Brain Injury:
Traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) is an insult to the brain, not of a degenerative or congenital nature, but caused by an external physical force, that may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness, which results in an impairment of cognitive abilities or physical functioning. It can also result in the disturbance of behavioral or emotional functioning. These impairments may be either temporary or permanent and cause partial or total functional disability or psychosocial maladjustment.
Traumatic brain injury cases can be extremely complex and challenging. Oftentimes, emergency room or primary care physicians do not detect the injury early, since evidence of brain trauma may not appear on MRI’s or CT exams. Family members are often the first to notice the changes in personality and behavior that might suggest traumatic brain injury. People who have suffered TBI may have periods of confusion, word-searching difficulties, memory loss, irritability and a host of other symptoms. There are health care specialists, known as neuropsychologists, who are able to administer and interpret sophisticated tests to help identify the areas of damage to the brain.
Lloyd Bell and Bell Law Firm has a strong track record successfully representing people who have suffered traumatic brain injury. Mr. Bell has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients with traumatic brain injuries, helping them obtain the resources to restore a higher quality of life. Return to Top
If you are hurt in a car collision that is the fault of the other driver, you should contact a lawyer soon after the wreck to discuss – and protect- your rights. In a serious collision, it is very important for your attorney to get out to the scene early, take photographs, talk to witnesses and meet with the investigating police officer. The insurance company will certainly have their investigator on the scene early, and a delay can be fatal to your case. “But my case is clear-cut and the other driver is obviously at fault,” you might say to yourself. “Why do I need a lawyer?” You may have a case of clear liability, but you can be assured that the insurance company will take every opportunity to reduce the value of your case, if possible, and raise every imaginable defense to prevent you from being fully and fairly compensated. Return to Top
Trucking wreck litigation is a highly specialized area of personal injury law, and you should only trust your case to an attorney experienced with these cases. In addition to the State law “rules of the road”, truck drivers are also governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, a complex assortment of safety rules governing the safe operation of truck drivers on the public roads. For example, there are regulations governing how many hours a trucker can driver in a given period of time, their physical qualifications to driver, and the manner in which they carry a load and how they maintain their vehicles. Unfortunately, there are many cases we have handled where truck drivers and the companies they work for deliberately violate safety rules and cut corners to increase their profits, e.g. faster deliveries, fewer dollars spent on expensive maintenance, etc. Bell Law Firm has a successful track record in representing people injured or even killed by tractor-trailer drivers because we have a deep knowledge in this area of the law as well as the resources to fully investigate and get to the bottom of why a wreck really occurred. Return to Top
Motorcyclists have as much right to be on the public roads as any car or truck, so long as they follow the rules of the road. Bell Law Firm has a long record of successfully representing motorcyclists who are involved in accidents because our firm understands the unique and challenging factors that go into winning these cases. We routinely use focus groups, or “mock juries” to explore the story of the case and better understand how “real people” will react to the story, since real people will be sitting on the jury at trial. Return to Top
Slip and Fall Incidents:
If you slip and fall on ice cubes from a spilled drink in a restaurant and break your leg, you may require the services of a slip and fall lawyer. Slip and fall accident injuries are usually the result of someone else’s carelessness, mistake, or failure to act. In the example above, the restaurant servers should have cleaned up the mess to prevent the accident. A slip and fall accident lawyer will know who to contact and how to negotiate to recover money for your medical expenses, any lost wages, and your pain and suffering. Return to Top
Everyone makes mistakes. But when doctors, nurses, therapists, or dentists make them, the effects can last a lifetime. Patients have a right to expect that medical procedures will be properly performed. Medical malpractice attorneys represent you if you are injured by a healthcare provider’s careless or accidental mistakes. For example, if a doctor leaves behind gauze in your body during surgery, resulting in an infected wound that requires even more surgery, the doctor committed medical malpractice. Medical malpractice attorneys can recognize injuries caused by mistakes; they know the most common mistakes that cause injuries, and they know how to find and present information useful to prove your case. Medical malpractice attorneys also know how much insurance is available if the health care provider is responsible for what happened to you. Return to Top
Spinal Cord Injury:
Spinal injuries can range from slipped or herniated discs to spinal cord damage resulting in paralysis. The spinal cord carries all motor and sensory functions between the brain and the rest of the body. Injuries to it may be either complete or incomplete. In complete spinal cord injuries, permanent interruption of the transmission of motor and sensory impulses occurs, causing quadriplegic or paraplegic. This is the most severe form of injury and is associated with severe disabilities. Incomplete injuries damage some parts of the spinal cord; however, the cord remains partially functional. Return to Top
Industrial Accident or Workers Compensation:
If you are an employee who has been injured or disabled on the job, you may require the services of a workers’ compensation lawyer. Usually administered at the state level, workers’ compensation can include weekly wage payments, money for financial losses due to the injury, paid medical expenses, and money for pain and suffering. If an employee is killed on the job, then his family can receive the workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation lawyers interpret workers’ compensation laws and can help if you have a job-related injury. Return to Top