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      Scott is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and is listed in the top 1% of trial attorneys in the nation by the Litigator Awards. He is also a member of Super Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association—Champion Level and sits on the Communications Committee of GTLA, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

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      J. J. Timmons graduated from Mercer Law School in 2000. He spent many years thereafter doing insurance defense work in general liability and workers’ compensation for several insurance companies and a major automobile manufacturer. He eventually realized that he was working on the wrong side and has been representing plaintiffs and injured workers for the last seven years.

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      Zahra has a background in Project Management and Change Management with 18 years of experience in financial services. Throughout her career Zahra has implemented large scale transformation initiatives of processes and applications keeping people at the forefront. Zahra is very driven and solutions oriented and cares about people. She is also bilingual. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband, beautiful daughter, and their many pets (2 dogs, and 3 cats).

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      Angie Hemmings joined Scott Pryor Law just last year, and has already made her mark on the Firm. Her previous employment on staff at a local church prepared Angie for her current role in client relations and marketing. Meeting prospective clients, checking in regularly with current clients, and staying in touch with former clients are what Angie is passionate about. She wants you to know that you and your family are important to her.

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      Mr. Abad is an expert with over eighteen years of experience in the legal field, holds numerous degrees, and is bilingual. Over his career, Mr. Abad had the pleasure of training attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and office staff on legal issues and procedures. He has also taught Introduction to Law and Legal Research and Writing as an adjunct professor at Gwinnett College. He has served in the U.S. Army, and has served with the United Nations in Macedonia as a U.N. Peacekeeper.

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      Having recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Political Science, Kianna Lanier has long term goals to pursue a career as an attorney. She first recognized her interest in law through her studies in journalism which allowed her to build proficient writing skills. From there she was able to secure multiple internships where she acquired immense knowledge in legal research.

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      Amanda is a great recent addition to the Scott Pryor Law team, and is making a difference daily with her great organizational skills and tenacity.  A transplant to Georgia, she moved to Gwinnett county about six years ago with her husband, two children, and two dogs. When not at work, she enjoys reading, crafting, spending time with her family, and spoiling her new grandbaby.

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This Is Why No Two Accidents Are The Same

Why do you think people use the phrase “no two accidents are the same”? Well, it is likely because there are so many variables that need to be considered when determining an accident claim. This blog is Part One of a Two-Part series discussing five factors that contribute to the outcome of a claim following an auto accident.

1. Type of Accident

There are multiple types of accidents that may occur and knowing what type of crash you were in is the first step in determining your next course of action. This is the time to bring a lawyer on board so that you have help from start to finish. The type of crash will be determined by how seriously you were injured. The following are types of common collisions:

  • Rear-end impacts
  • Head on collision
  • Side-swipe collision
  • Rollover accident
  • Side-Impact Collisions, aka a T bone
  • Multi-Vehicle Accidents

2. Location

The location of where an accident took place plays a significant role in how things might play out with a jury trial. As with most regions, some places are more conservative or have a more conservative jury pool and others are more liberal. The jurisdiction has an impact upon any settlement or verdict but is not the only factor considered.

3. Punitive

While punitive damages are rarely awarded in automobile crash cases, it is possible for someone hurt in an automobile accident by another driver’s negligence to obtain punitive damages. There are, however, limits on the amount. With a punitive circumstance, you have a higher chance at a successful claim so long as your injuries are related and treatment is reasonable. The punitive facts of a case can be the difference between a settlement and also a trial.

4. Injuries caused by the automobile accident.

Insurance companies won’t cover what might have happened unless there is evidence that you will need surgery. Even then, they will likely attempt to block you from any future expensive treatment. They will likely attempt to refuse coverage of your surgery so it is key you keep your options open with your provider.

This is also significant if you are pursuing an accident claim following an incident. Most states states enable you to add a claim for pain and suffering as part of your own damages, but it can be uncomfortable attaching a financial value to your own pain. Not to mention being one of the most difficult parts of the claim. Establishing a pain and suffering claim is far from easy as you can’t necessarily visualize pain. You can visualize signs of pain such as tenderness, but those are only reactions to what pain might feel like.

As you can see, there are many things that contribute claims determinations from an accident. Next week, we will discuss the role of insurance carriers in how determinations are made.

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