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Athens Car Accident Lawyer & Injury Attorneys

Norris Injury is more than a law firm.

If you or someone you know has just been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you’ll want to find a personal injury attorney. Providing legal services to those claiming physical or psychological harm caused by a person, company, government agency or other entity, a personal injury lawyer focuses primarily in tort law which will be beneficial to you. Now, because insurance companies which are equipped with a team of lawyers and adjusters, start evaluating your claim the moment they are notified of your injury, it is especially imperative that you retain legal counsel right away.

We do, however, realize that many people don’t have a go-to personal injury attorney already in their contact list. You might text a close friend or family member if they know of a good personal injury attorney, turn to Facebook and post your request or take it one step further and Google “top 10 personal injury lawyers” or “top rated personal injury lawyers near me.”

Understandably, you may be overwhelmed by the process of securing a solid attorney to handle your case and you may still have several questions you’d like answers to before you actually sit down with an attorney or two for a consultation. That’s why we have taken the liberty of answering questions you might have so you are a little more prepared to talk to a personal injury lawyer face-to-face when the time comes.

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We Offer a Client Focused Approach

An Athens car accident lawyer provides more than just sound legal advice and compensation for your injuries. At Norris Law, our Athens car accident lawyers will always put your needs first. Traffic collisions are one of our nation’s leading causes of death each year, and Athens is no exception. Throughout Athens Clarke-County, car drivers are seriously injured as a result of car accidents and automobile collisions. Distracted driving, texting while driving, operating a vehicle under the influence, or bad weather all contribute to motor vehicle accidents in Athens, Georgia.

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Time is of the essence in a truck wreck case and you need an attorney quickly before the evidence helpful to your case gets destroyed. Sometimes trucking companies would rather destroy the records than let them see the light of day in a courtroom. Delay allows the companies to destroy records and escape accountability. Let Blaine Norris and his staff fight for you and your family.

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"Look twice. Save a life." If all drivers did it, you wouldn't need a personal injury lawyer as much as you'd need just a clear day, a mountain road, and a weekend off to ride. But fact is, despite motorcycles being more popular than ever people still don't pay significant enough attention to the SIGHT and SOUND of the biker. You are not borrowing the American road: It's yours, too! So if you or a loved one are injured in a motorcycle accident, you need a personal injury lawyer to pursue your rights without apology for the sound of your muffler or your presence on the road. Get an aggressive attorney on your side.

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Cyclists, runners, walkers and other pedestrians have rights on the roads too, and careless drivers who hurt them should be held accountable. Many cyclists, runners, and walkers do not know that if they get injured they might have an extra layer of auto insurance protection from their OWN CAR INSURANCE even though their car was not in the wreck! Significant car insurance could be available to compensate you and get your medical bills paid if the car drives off or does not have enough insurance to pay for the harm caused by hitting you.

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Whether your family's case deals with a fall, inattention to infections and bed sores, not properly caring for Alzheimer’s or dementia patients, cutting corners on staff or training, or even a case of intentional abuse from employees who never should have been hired in the first place, call on an experienced attorney for your family's case. If you suspect that a loved one might be a victim of nursing home negligence, do not hesitate to seek the guidance and advice from a nursing home abuse attorney.

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Owners and occupiers of land and buildings owe a duty to those visiting their sites to have reasonably safe premises and not expose their patrons to unjustified risk. If an owner or tenant fails to take adequate steps to maintain a safe environment or allows a dangerous dog or defective condition on the property, and that carelessness injures a guest, the owner is responsible and legally accountable. Whether slip and fall, trip and fall, dog bites, or defective conditions at a business establishment have caused your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us for a free evaluation of your claim.

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Georgia landlord-tenant law can be confusing and intimidating. Generally, the rental agreement governs the relationship between the parties. However, the interpretation and application of a rental agreement is subject to certain requirements imposed by Georgia law (and, in some cases, local zoning and community regulations). Likewise, in these days of Covid-19, even federal law can have an impact on the rights of lessors and lessees. Norris Law has attorneys experienced representing landlords and tenants in lease cases, including disputes over the interpretation and application of the lease and eviction actions. If you have questions about your renter or your lease, please call Norris Law to set up a consultation.

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Are you having a dispute with your employee or employer? Norris Law have been representing employers and employees in employment cases for the better part of twenty years. The category “employment law” encompasses a particularly wide range of potential issues, including disputes over an employment agreement, harassment and discrimination allegations, fair pay and wage claims, and so much more. Resolving an employment issue can require the interpretation of an employment agreement, federal law, state law, and local and community regulations. Norris Law has attorneys experienced in helping you wade through the maze of employment-related laws and regulations and enable you to obtain a successful result. Please call Norris Law to set up a consultation.

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Business disputes are an unfortunate part of life. Maybe you have a disagreement with a vendor over contract terms or payment, a residential or commercial construction dispute, or an argument between partners or co-owners in a business venture. Whatever the nature of your disagreement, Norris Law has attorneys experienced and ready to assist in consulting on with you on your options in litigation. We have been providing skilled advice regarding contractual and business conflicts and litigation for many years. Many times, we can assist you in your attempts to resolve the conflict amicably and preserve the relationship. And, if litigation becomes inevitable, Norris Law’s will aggressively pursue your case and protect your rights.

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Questions To Ask An Attorney About a Settlement

Often, talking about a settlement too soon puts the cart before the horse. Your medical care should come first. You have been injured and need to get better before talking about settlement. Not only do you not know how bad or long-lasting your injury might be, but you might not even know all the available insurance available for the claims. So while you are seeking medical care for your injuries and trying to get better and return to work, your attorney should be gathering the insurance information to appreciate the possible sources of settlement./ After all, how badly you are injured and how long lasting those injuries will be in large part determines the potential settlement value of your case. But if you have been injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence, the at fault driver’s insurance company may offer you a settlement claiming that it is a fair settlement. Unfortunately, it is rare for insurance companies to have your back, so to speak. Insurance companies have bottom lines they must protect, which is why they may try to convince the injured person seeking compensation to accept settlements that would barely cover their medical expenses, auto repair and other expenses accrued due to the accident.

There are complicated issues in a settlement related to past medical bills, claims of liens, health insurance claims of subrogation or reimbursement from the settlement. In addition, there might be issues related to future medical bills if you are not all better when you settle the case. These issues have to be carefully investigated and addressed on a case-by-case basis. You will need to know what the settlement releases and medical lien affidavits, and other release paperwork, means before you agree to a settlement or sign the paperwork.
It can be a bit tricky to determine how much compensation you should get for missed paychecks. Things to take into account include if you worked overtime regularly and if the injury affects your future wages. As a result of your accident, you may have to take a lower paying job in the meantime, or you may be unable to work at all. Of course, insurance companies want you to overlook these possibilities and just accept their settlement offer.
Calculating medical costs and lost wages is not nearly as challenging as calculating compensation for pain and suffering. The good news, however, is that the law lets an injured person recover compensation for the pain and suffering from a wreck and injuries. Ultimately, if you and your attorney cannot obtain a resolution of the claim by negotiation, and a lawsuit is filed, it is usually left open for a jury to decide using its collective wisdom and common sense based on the evidence. Often, insurance companies act as if they are making you whole when they offer to pay your property damage, lost wages, and medical bills, as they want to leave out pain and suffering.

Your physical health may be the main priority over property damage, but that does not mean it should be put on the back burner. You just may be entitled to money to cover repairs or even replace your vehicle, as well as the cost of any other personal property damaged in the car crash, and the cost of a rental car. We advise you not to allow these costs to get ignored.

There are some cases in which the negligent party’s actions are illegal when you may be entitled to punitive damages. This is additional money paid directly to you from the negligent driver as a form of punishing the negligent driver. Keep in mind that while this is not paid by the driver’s insurance company, you can rest assured that you are not giving up your right to pursue this or any other form of compensation by accepting a car accident settlement.

Car Accident Lawyer

A car accident lawyer helps clients get the compensation needed to cover any medical expenses, lost wages, and auto repairs due to an accident. Your attorney will deal with the insurance companies so you can get a fair settlement.

Truck Accident Lawyer

As a truck accident lawyer, any and all drivers or passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians who have been injured in an accident with a large semi truck or tractor trailer can expect a thorough examination of your case with the assistance of experts in the field.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

A motorcycle accident lawyer will help you recover damages if have been involved in a motorcycle accident where you were hit by someone else. Our legal team has extensive knowledge of the law and all aspects of a motorcycle crash.

Bike and Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

A bike and pedestrian accident lawyer represents cyclists and pedestrians who have been injured by careless drivers. If you were a bicyclist or pedestrian who was hit by a car or truck, you attorney can ensure you get the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Nursing Home Liability Lawyer

A nursing home liability lawyer makes sure that residents in elder care facilities who have been neglected or abused can be fought for. A personal injury or medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed on your behalf for failure to keep the premises reasonably safe and sanitary.

Premises Liability Lawyer

As a premises liability attorney, clients who have been injured on someone else’s property can be represented to receive compensation for injuries sustained. Premises liability cases include slip and fall accidents, defective sidewalks, and staircase accidents caused by water on walkways, building code violations or poor construction.

Most notably known for being the “Home of the Dawgs,” Athens, Georgia has the pleasure of hosting hundreds of thousands of University of Georgia alumni throughout the year, especially during football season. There is nothing like a Georgia tailgate party! Thankfully, Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center is just around the corner should people have too much fun. But beyond football and the University, there is so much to do and see throughout town for visitors and residents alike. History buffs would surely appreciate the plethora of antebellum homes including The T.R.R. Cobb House, a mansion of a mid-19th-century lawyer with period furniture and exhibits showcasing its Southern history. Of course, a tour of these Southern homes would not be complete without a stop for lunch at Mama’s Boy. At Norris Law, it is our privilege to be in such a wonderful town to serve our community to the best of our ability.

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Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you know has just been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you’ll want to find a personal injury attorney. Providing legal services to those claiming physical or psychological harm caused by a person, company, government agency or other entity, a personal injury lawyer focuses primarily in tort law which will be beneficial to you. Now, because insurance companies which are equipped with a team of lawyers and adjusters, start evaluating your claim the moment they are notified of your injury, it is especially imperative that you retain legal counsel right away.

We do, however, realize that many people don’t have a go-to personal injury attorney already in their contact list. You might text a close friend or family member if they know of a good personal injury attorney, turn to Facebook and post your request or take it one step further and Google “top 10 personal injury lawyers” or “top rated personal injury lawyers near me.”

Understandably, you may be overwhelmed by the process of securing a solid attorney to handle your case and you may still have several questions you’d like answers to before you actually sit down with an attorney or two for a consultation. That’s why we have taken the liberty of answering questions you might have so you are a little more prepared to talk to a personal injury lawyer face-to-face when the time comes.

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you definitely should hire a personal injury lawyer. Insurance matters are complicated, as are the issues of medical bills, health insurance claims, related to a wreck. An attorney can help make sure all the available possible automobile insurance and umbrella insurance is identified, and pursue your claim to get you the compensation you need to be made whole. The alternative, that is, self-representation, is not advisable as studies have shown that injured victims receive over three times more money from their settlements when handled by an experienced attorney. Insurance companies often offer much less than what a claim is worth hoping an injured person will just take the money and sign the release before talking to an attorney or considering who will cover the past medical bills, or potential health insurance subrogation or reimbursement amounts. The paperwork the insurance attempts to get you to sign has been drafted by attorneys for the insurance company is all about protecting the insurance company and their insured. These documents often overreach and put more on the innocent injured person than they would if an attorney were involved.

Is it worth hiring a personal injury attorney?

Hiring a reputable and knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can successfully negotiate with the insurance carriers is certainly worth every penny. Of course, this is coming from an attorney, but our legal team understands the business and will fight for you to help get your medical bills lowered because we’ve heard of so many people being taken advantage of. Many times it is not possible to resolve a case with the insurance company and a lawsuit is required. You need an attorney who has real courtroom litigation experience to prepare and present your case to a jury.

Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer

Aside from asking what their success rate is, another question you’ll want to ask a personal injury lawyer is about the firm’s contingency fee agreement. Contingency fee agreements allow the lawyer to collect compensation directly from your settlement or when you are awarded for damages. These agreements are typically set up based on a percentage of the amount of money you receive. In the State of Georgia, personal injury attorneys are paid for their work on a contingency fee, which is anywhere between 33%-45%. It is important to note that contingency fees may not cover expenses accrued by the attorney such as deposition fees and expert witnesses. The biggest thing to remember is that your personal injury attorney must provide a written contingency agreement before moving forward with your case so that you know what costs you are getting into.

Client Testimonials

We Treat Our Clients Like Family

My husband was very pleased with the services provided by Norris Law. He and his staff were excellent to work with during our case. Norris Law was always available when we had questions, explained the process in great detail, and treated us like family. Highly recommend Norris Law!!!

Brandie Pentecost Client

We loved working with the Attorneys at Norris Law! Everyone was very responsive and helpful throughout our entire case. we would HIGHLY recommend working with Norris Law. 5 stars!

Kristian Stanfill Client

Highly Recommend Norris Law. They're not your typical law firm. They care about their clients. They did an incredible job in explaining and keeping me informed at every step of my case. Norris Law went above and beyond in representing me in my case.

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    Meet the Attorneys

    Attorney Blaine Norris

    Attorney Blaine Norris is a trial lawyer with 22+ years of experience who brings common sense and aggressive advocacy to serious injury, wrongful death, and business litigation matters. He has recovered millions of dollars in civil judgments and settlements, and is skilled at selecting juries, handling tough witnesses, and trying cases.

    Attorney Reid Peacock

    Reid is a dedicated trial lawyer who has lived in Athens for nearly 20 years. Over the course of his career, he has tried more than 50 jury trials to verdict. Reid’s focus is on personal injury and business litigation. He prides himself on listening to his clients and vigorously and meticulously representing their interests.

    Attorney John R. Autry

    Attorney John R. Autry has seventeen years of experience litigating complex cases in federal and state courts all over Georgia. John has represented multi-national corporations as well as individuals and small businesses in diverse fields, including employment, landlord-tenant, banking and lending, medical and dental malpractice and long-term care, real and personal property, and contractual disputes.

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