Parking lots may seem like an improbable place for a serious accident to occur, but they are full of risks. From pedestrians injured by vehicles backing out to people sustaining neck injuries from a rear-end collision, the chances for major injuries are higher than people may think.
If you’ve been hit in a parking lot, you’re not alone. Ali Awad of The CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm represents clients just like you who have been injured in parking lots.
No matter your circumstances, it’s helpful to consult with an attorney to determine what types of compensation you may be eligible for — and who to pursue to reclaim it.
Accidents can lead to mounting medical bills, lost wages, and prolonged pain and suffering. Awad works on a contingency basis, meaning he doesn’t get paid unless you receive a payout.
There’s no risk to you in requesting a meeting. Give him a call at 833-254-2923 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation case review with the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm today.
What to Look For in an Atlanta Parking Lot Accident Attorney
Hiring an attorney can be intimidating if you haven’t used legal help before. There are many attorneys who will be eager to assist you, but your chances of success hinge heavily on finding the right person for the job.
As you evaluate your options, look for the following traits:
Experience: Many attorneys have great traits, like knowledge, communication skills, and charisma. However, there are not many traits that can make up for a lack of experience. An experienced attorney will know how to navigate Georgia’s legal system, and they’ll have a deep understanding of the state and federal laws relating to driving and negligence. They’ll know what elements must be proven to win your case. They’ll be aware of how the accident impacts you now and the effects it may have on you in the future. Finally, they’ll know the process of working with the court, insurance companies, hospitals, and the justice system like the back of their hand. You’ll avoid delays by working with someone who knows how the process works.
Attention to detail: Reputable lawyers are detail-oriented. They pay attention to the facts and study your case in-depth so that they understand every angle. Failing to get the facts right can have major consequences. Therefore, you should hire a lawyer who has a great track record and a keen eye for detail.
Compassion: No one wants to be treated like a number. A caring lawyer will return your calls, listen to your concerns, and patiently explain each step of the claim process. They’ll stay by your side at each step and treat you with dignity, respect, and care. They’ll be sympathetic to your needs and wishes, as well.
Creative: Personal injury cases aren’t always straightforward. Your lawyer may have to reference other cases or explore different options for helping you achieve the compensation you may be entitled to. Therefore, you’ll want to work with a creative thinker who will remain persistent, even if the path forward isn’t clear.
Respected: Finally, you should choose a lawyer who has a good reputation. There are lawyers out there who use shady tactics and don’t show respect for their clients or others. These are not the types of attorneys you should affiliate with. Read online reviews, view testimonials, and speak with others who have used attorneys so that you can make informed decisions.
What an Attorney Needs to Prove an Atlanta Parking Lot Accident Claim
You might think that you’re relatively safe driving or walking in a parking lot or garage. However, more than 60,000 Americans get injured each year in parking lot accidents — and parking lot collisions account for 20 percent of all car accidents.
Even with the low rate of speed and confined quarters, you can sustain injuries that affect your mobility, quality of life, and peace of mind.
In order to successfully lodge a personal injury claim on your behalf, your attorney will need to prove that a driver was negligent. Acting negligent means that a driver did not take proper care to assess their surroundings and make a safe decision.
Parking lots can be chaotic to navigate, and certain circumstances, such as bad weather, distractions, and bad signage, may contribute to parking lot collisions.
In order to prove that a driver was negligent, your attorney may use some of the following materials or methods.
Admissions of Fault
Savvy drivers typically won’t admit fault at the scene of an accident. However, there are many cases where people will outright say that they’ve made a mistake.
These admissions are helpful for establishing fault in a parking lot collision.
Photo & Video Evidence
When possible, gather as much photo and video evidence of the crash scene as you can. Document the damage to your vehicle as well as any injuries to your body or your passengers.
Law enforcement officials will gather this type of documentation as well, but it’s helpful to collect your own evidence as a backup.
Depending on the time of the day and the location, there may be bystanders present when the accident happens. If so, point these people out to law enforcement so that they can collect witness statements.
They’ll want to gather these details while the accident is fresh since people can easily forget the specifics.
Your attorney will use the types of evidence above to establish negligence, which hinges on the following elements:
Duty of care: An attorney must show that the person who hit you owed you a duty of care. In other words, when a driver takes to the road, they must act with a certain level of responsibility and care. Their duties include following road signs, paying attention to other drivers, and operating their vehicles in a safe manner.
Breach of the duty of care: Once it is established that a driver owed you a duty of care, your attorney must demonstrate that they breached this duty or failed to uphold it. It may be difficult to prove this, but your attorney will look for evidence that shows the driver failed to follow the rules or was distracted when the accident occurred.
Causation: Your lawyer must prove that the driver’s actions caused the accident and, therefore, your injuries. They’ll use photographs, witness statements, and medical documentation to build this link.
Damages: Finally, your attorney needs to prove that you deserve compensation for your injuries. They’ll gather evidence in the form of medical bills, time logs or doctor’s notes for missed work, and anything else that supports the need for compensation after the accident.
Common Injuries Following a Parking Lot Accident
Even minor accidents at a slow rate of speed can cause injuries. Every person’s experience is different, and you should always be evaluated by a doctor to get a professional opinion.
Some common parking lot accident injuries are described below.
Whiplash: Whiplash occurs when the head is rapidly jolted up and down or back and forth due to impact. Whiplash can cause lasting head injuries, spinal problems, and brain damage. It can restrict your mobility and impact your quality of life.
Broken bones: If you were hit hard by another car, you may have broken bones. Depending on the severity of the break, you’ll need a combination of time and rehabilitative therapy to regain the use of the injured part.
Brain injuries: Hitting your head during an accident can cause brain injuries. Even minor injuries can lead to confusion, memory loss, and discomfort. Severe injuries can change your life in an instant.
Internal injuries: Internal damages are highly common. Organ damage and internal bleeding are serious conditions that you must check for after being hit by another driver.
Cuts & lacerations: These injuries occur if you’re impaled by an object or if you cut yourself on broken glass or jagged metal. Without urgent care, there may be serious complications, such as an infection.
Emotional and behavioral conditions: Accidents can deeply impact your mental health and well-being. After being hit, it’s not uncommon to struggle with feelings of anxiety, depression, and distress. Some people have trouble driving or traveling as a passenger in a car after being in an accident. Further, if someone is seriously injured or passes away in the collision, you’re bound to struggle with grief.
Contact an Atlanta Parking Lot Accident Law Firm Today
If you’ve been hit in a parking lot, Ali Awad, of the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm, is here to advocate for your rights. In just a few years, he’s won tens of millions of dollars in settlements and jury awards for his clients.
He represents clients in Atlanta and beyond who have been harmed by car accidents, medical malpractice, bicycle accidents, dog bites, and other incidents. Clients admire his experience, expertise, and the personalized service he gives to each person he helps.
Awad has a following of 1.5 million+ on Instagram, where he’s known for providing general advice and useful tips.
Give Awad a call at 833-254-2923 or fill out the online contact form today to request a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today.
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Frequently Asked Questions
After a personal injury, you're bound to have legal questions. The CEO Lawyer Ali Awad can provide you with answers to these questions, just as he's given answers to his millions of curious social media followers. Take a look at some of the most common personal injury law questions for general information, and then reach out to one of our seasoned attorneys for specific guidance on your case!
To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal professionals have the expertise to evaluate your case and determine a strong legal strategy so that you can obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible under the law. We will enlist investigators, assistants, and other specialists to collect accident reports, speak with witnesses to your accident, and put together a plan. While you focus on your physical recovery, we will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Georgia's Personal Injury & Accident Firm
Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Atlanta, it lasts only two years. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only two years to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.
What to Expect From Your Initial Consultation With a Personal Injury Attorney?
During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process.
Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today.
We understand that some accident victims might have already obtained the assistance of an attorney but may be dissatisfied with the services provided. We are standing by and prepared to help you change legal representation, regardless of where you are in the process.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of personal injury accident, you should not hesitate to speak with the experienced attorneys at CEO Lawyer personal injury law firm. Call, email, or fill out our online contact form today so that we can begin helping you pursue the compensation you deserve.