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Car Accidents (11)

What should I do if I am in an accident with another automobile, motorcycle or truck?

If you have not been seriously injured, you should collect as much information as you can at the scene. You should collect the driver’s name, address and phone number, as well as his license plate number, name of his insurance company and policy number. You can also get the names and contact information for any witnesses. If you have a camera or cell phone, take photos of the cars and other shots of the accident scene, including car damage, skid marks, debris and bodily injuries. Later on, you should obtain the police report.

Even if you haven’t been seriously injured, you should still go to the emergency room and receive follow-up medical treatment within a few days after the accident. Although you have no cuts, scrapes, bruises or broken bones, you may have internal organ, head brain or soft tissue injuries that aren’t immediately apparent that will need to be examined and treated.

What should I do if my car was damaged or totaled, but I was not hurt?

If your car was damaged in a collision, a hit-and-run, or in some other way. You may have to deal with your insurance company or the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You may be entitled to have your car fixed or payment for a total loss. This can be a frustrating and complex situation. Fortunately, we prepared a guide on how deal with property damage claims on your own. Click here to read our guide.

We were in a car accident that was caused entirely by the other driver putting on her makeup, looking at herself in the mirror and drifting into our lane. Are we entitled to compensation?

There were 34,017 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. in 2008, according to the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Georgia alone, there were 1,493 fatal traffic crashes. In most of these cases, the accident was caused by negligent or reckless driving. Some of the common causes include distracted driving (eating, drinking, talking on a cell phone, texting, talking), drowsy driving, drunk or drugged driving, speeding, violation of traffic signs and vehicle malfunction. At Millar & Mixon, LLC, our skilled, experienced and aggressive car accident attorneys can evaluate whether the other driver’s negligence caused your injuries, and we can determine the extent of those injuries. We know what evidence to gather from the accident scene, police reports, medical records and eyewitnesses. We also work with a network of experts, including accident reconstruction experts, mechanical engineers and medical professionals. Our car accident lawyers are firm negotiators and talented trial lawyers. If your case does not settle for a fair and full value at mediation, we will be prepared to advocate strongly on your behalf in a courtroom. We don’t back down from insurance companies who make low and unreasonable offers and try to dispatch your case as quickly as possible.

My wife and I were sideswiped by a truck at an intersection. I wasn’t too badly hurt, but my wife suffered severe, life-threatening injuries. Is she entitled to relief?

If you can prove that the other driver was at fault for the accident, every passenger who was injured in your vehicle (spouse, children, parents, friends or co-workers) would be entitled to a full and fair recovery.Sadly, in many cases, a loved one may die in the automobile accident. The survivors may seek recovery by filing a wrongful death claim that may include compensation for your family member’s pain and suffering and medical expenses as well as compensation for funeral expenses. The survivors may also assert a direct claim for loss of a loved one’s services and their care, comfort and companionship (loss of consortium).

A taxi ran a red light and hit my daughter going through an intersection. My daughter was driving above the speed limit and was talking on her cell phone at the time. Is there any chance she might be prevented from recovering for her injuries (comparative negligence)?

If a motor vehicle accident victim’s own negligence contributed to their injuries, it may impact the amount of money recovered in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Georgia law is governed by a modified comparative fault statute. Under this law, if an automobile accident victim was responsible to some degree for their injury, a court will determine the percentage of the person’s fault and reduce their recovery proportionally. If it’s somehow determined that a person’s fault exceeds that of the other driver, or the person could have avoided the consequences caused by the other driver’s negligence, recovery may be barred.

We were rear-ended at a stoplight. The accident totaled our car and resulted in severe injuries to me and my passengers. I haven’t been able to work for months and will need surgery and physical rehab. What can I recover from the other driver?

If the other driver’s liability is established in your case, you may be eligible to recover three types of damages: special, general and punitive damages. Special damages cover mainly economic losses, such as past and future medical expenses, funeral costs, lost past and future wages. General damages are non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement or the loss of society and companionship. Punitive damages are also frequently awarded in drunk or drugged driving cases. They are intended to punish a defendant for especially reckless conduct and to deter the defendant and others from engaging in similar conduct.

The vehicle that struck my car head on did not have insurance that will cover the extent of my medical expenses or the pain and suffering I’ve endured. What can I do?

This is a complicated situation, but one that unfortunately is common in Georgia. First, you may bring a lawsuit against both the owner of the car and the driver if that person is not owner, seeking damages for any medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and punitive damages. You can also file a claim with your own insurance company for the full extent of your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, or UM/UIM coverage. This policy entitles you to recover for injuries when the at-fault party either has no liability insurance (UM) or has insurance that does not cover the full extent of your damages (UIM). Even though your insurance company may have been friendly with you when it accepted your premiums, it may not be so friendly when you seek to collect your claim. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced liability insurance lawyer.

Our automobile was in a wreck with a delivery van. The delivery driver doesn’t have the insurance or personal funds to cover our losses. Can we sue his employer?

Under a doctrine that applies to this situation, an employer can be held responsible for any injuries caused by the negligence of an employee during the course and scope of his employment. This is called “vicarious liability.” The delivery company could also be held liable for negligent hiring and retention if it can be shown that the company knew the driver had a record of getting into accidents or had a string of traffic violations when it hired him or that he had been in accidents while working for the company. In some cases, the company might have encouraged negligent or reckless driving by giving the driver tight, unreasonable deadlines for making deliveries.

I was in an accident caused by the other driver and needed emergency medical treatment. Now, my health insurer claims it can seek reimbursement from whatever verdict or settlement I obtain. Can they do that?

If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident and received medical treatment, it is likely that you have received medical treatment that was paid for by a health insurer while your case against the negligent driver was pending. If you were working at the time of the auto accident, chances are that your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier provided medical and wage benefits. These insurance companies, or even a hospital or physician, may place a lien on your recovery and have a limited right of reimbursement.

My husband was hit by a drunk driver 18 months ago. Last week, the driver pled guilty to driving while intoxicated, or DWI. Is it too late for us to file a lawsuit?

In most personal injury cases, a victim has just two years from the date of an injury to file a lawsuit. However, under a recent Georgia precedent, the two-year limitation period may not begin to run until the criminal charges — including a DUI or even a traffic ticket — have been finalized. This means that you may actually have more than two years to file your lawsuit. But, you must be careful. If you don’t calculate the time period correctly, you could lose your rights. You should always contact a personal injury attorney well within two years of any accident in which you have been injured.

In a DUI case, you may be able to file a lawsuit and assert punitive damages in addition to your compensatory damages. In the state of Georgia, punitive damages are awarded to punish and deter “willful misconduct, wantonness and entire want of care.” Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol clearly fits into this category. Few acts, in fact, can be more reckless. The guilty plea in this case would be especially helpful. Generally, punitive damages in Georgia are capped at $250,000. However, because impaired driving is so especially egregious, it falls under one of the exceptions to this rule. There is no cap on punitive damages for these cases.

Because there is a two-year statute of limitations in Georgia, meaning you have to take legal action within two years from the date of the accident, you should contact a skilled, experienced and aggressive car accident attorney at Millar & Mixon, LLC right away. Our firm has had great success in recovering punitive damages in cases involving DUI drivers and drugged drivers.

We want to file a lawsuit against the driver who hit us after falling asleep at the wheel, but we don’t have a lot of money. How much will it cost us to hire an attorney?

At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we do not charge for your initial case evaluation or for our legal services unless we are able to secure a recovery for you through either a jury verdict or a negotiated settlement. This is known as a contingency fee arrangement. With our unique combination of skill, experience and dedication, we are proud to say that we have established a strong record of successful results for our clients, including $60 million in favorable verdicts and settlements since our firm was established.

DUI (7)

My daughter’s car was hit by a driver whose blood-alcohol level was above .08 percent at the time of the crash. Doesn’t that automatically mean he is guilty and liable for damage to the car and my daughter’s injuries?

A blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent is the level at which a driver is considered too impaired to drive a car legally in Georgia. But being charged with DUI is not the same as being convicted and holding an allegedly drunken driver liable for injuries and property damage is a separate case altogether.

Recording a BAC of .08 or more is evidence of intoxication and driving while intoxicated is against the law. Regardless of whether prosecutors obtain a guilty verdict in a criminal trial or a plea for driving under the influence (DUI), in a civil case, your daughter would have to show that the driver’s negligence caused her injuries and losses.

A personal injury case against an allegedly drunk driver would use the police report showing results of the driver’s Breathalyzer or blood test, a DUI charge, and potentially a DUI conviction as evidence. However, the evidence would also have to show that the other drivers’ negligence (driving while impaired) caused the crash and the crash was the direct cause of your daughter’s injuries.

It is also important to understand that, while a DUI conviction is certainly helpful, a personal injury claim in a drunk driving case can succeed without a criminal charge or conviction.

You will need the assistance of an experienced drunk driving accident personal injury lawyer to proceed with a claim and obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and property damage losses caused by the wreck. Millar & Mixon, LLC can investigate your daughter’s case, gather the evidence required and negotiate with insurance companies or take the claim to court on your behalf, if necessary.

I went to a party with some friends. Our driver drank a lot of wine at the party and on the way back, he ran into a tree, causing me to break several bones. Can I sue the driver?

Yes. We often think of the “other” driver as being the one at fault in a drunk driving case, but passengers of impaired drivers who are injured because of the driver’s negligence may also seek compensation for their losses.

You may be able to file a claim against the driver and other parties as well, including the host of the party you attended.

Georgia’s dram shop act, which holds bar, restaurant, and store owners responsible for harm done by intoxicated or underage patrons they knowingly sell or serve alcohol to, also includes a similar social host liability. If the driver of the car you were in was younger than the legal drinking age, which is 21, or was already intoxicated when the host of the party served him or her alcohol, you may be able to pursue a third-party claim against the host.

However, Georgia law is governed by a modified comparative fault statute. Under this law, if a drunk driving accident victim is responsible to some degree for their injury, a court will determine the percentage of the person’s fault and reduce the amount of any compensation proportionally. If it’s somehow determined that a person’s fault exceeds that of the driver, or the person could have avoided the consequences caused by the drunk driver’s negligence, no compensation will be awarded.

Your consumption of alcohol followed by getting into a car with someone who you knew was at the same party may have a detrimental effect on your claim. You should discuss your case with an experienced Georgia personal injury lawyer who pursues drunk driving accident claims. At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we will provide you an initial legal consultation about your case at no charge.

We were in a car accident with a drunk driver who fled after the collision. We traced the car’s ownership to a person who had loaned his car to the driver who hit us. Neither the driver nor the car owner had any insurance. Can we recover compensation?

This is a complicated situation and one that, unfortunately, is common in Georgia. You need to have your case thoroughly investigated to see if you are able to bring lawsuits against both the driver and the owner of the car.

First, you should file a claim with your own insurance company for the full extent of your uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage, if you have it. An UM/UIM policy entitles you to compensation for injuries when the at-fault party either has no liability insurance (UM) or has insurance that does not cover the full extent of your damages (UIM). It’s estimated that 11.7 percent of Georgia motorists were uninsured as of 2012.

Though your insurance company may have been friendly when it accepted your premiums, it may not be so friendly when you file an accident claim. Dealing with insurers who act in bad faith is among the services a personal injury lawyer can provide you.

Second, an investigation into the activities of the driver who hit you may be able to demonstrate that he or she was drinking before the accident and that his/her impairment was the cause of the crash and your injuries. Evidence may be found in restaurant or bar receipts showing alcohol purchases, interviews with witnesses, cell phone data pinpointing the driver’s whereabouts at certain times, and even social media posts in which the drunk driver implicates him/herself.

If the evidence indeed shows that the driver was drunk and ran from the crash scene, you could make a case for punitive damages. This is additional compensation that is awarded to punish someone who acted with willful misconduct, wantonness, and lack of care.

Third, the owner of the car may have a responsibility to you if he loaned the vehicle to a driver who was intoxicated at the time or, perhaps, had a history of drunk driving.

An experienced drunk driving claim attorney at Millar & Mixon, LLC can investigate your case, sort out the responsibilities of the parties involved, and work to obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses.

My wife and I were injured in an accident with a driver who wasn’t drunk. Instead of alcohol, he had consumed prescription medicine before he drove. Can we still sue him for our losses?

Probably. Georgia’s “drunk driving” law applies to “drugged driving,” as well. It is actually a law against driving under the influence, whether of alcohol or illicit, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs.

Although most impaired driving accident cases involve a driver who was intoxicated by beer, wine, or liquor at the time of the accident, liability can be established in Georgia against a driver who was impaired by any substance. This includes:

  • Illegal drugs (controlled substances), such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine (“meth”), ecstasy (MDMA), or LSD.
  • Prescription drugs, like pain medications or antihistamines, which can cause drowsiness.
  • Over-the-counter drugs, such as cough medicine or allergy medicines, which can also cause drowsiness.
  • Any glue, aerosol, or other toxic vapor, which when sniffed or “huffed” causes a euphoric high.

Georgia’s law is very strict. It makes it illegal to drive with “any amount of marijuana or a controlled substance” in the driver’s blood or urine. The law also refers to use of the above substances as illegal “to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive.” Even a herbal supplement that adversely impacts a driver’s ability to drive safely could be grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

If you believe the driver who caused your accident and injuries was impaired by any form of drug, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It may be necessary to seek a court order to have the driver’s blood or urine tested for the level of drugs in their system without too much of a delay.

What should I do if I have been in an auto accident caused by a drunk or drugged driver?

If you have not been too badly injured, there are several steps you can take to protect your rights to compensation after a drunk driving accident. If you have been injured you should seek emergency medical care and, if possible, have a companion assist you in protecting your rights.

You or a companion should collect as much information as possible from the crash scene. If you have a camera or camera phone, take photos of the cars and their damage, and other shots of the accident scene, debris, or conditions that help to show what happened.

Get the other driver’s name, address, and phone number, as well as license plate number, name of insurance company, and policy number. Be ready to provide this information about yourself, as well. Get the names and contact information for any witnesses.

Report the accident to police and cooperate with the police when they arrive. Answer questions honestly. Do not make charges against the other driver and do not place any blame on yourself. Ask how to obtain the police report and get a copy as soon as possible.

Even if you haven’t been seriously injured, see a doctor within a day or so after the accident. You may have internal organ or head injuries that do not cause problems right away, but that need to be examined and treated.

If the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, you should decline to discuss the case with them. It is best if you can refer them to an attorney you have already retained. The insurance company may try to get you to settle your claim quickly and cheaply.

Don’t accept a settlement offer from any insurance company without first speaking to a personal injury lawyer experienced with drunk driving accident claims in Georgia.

Millar & Mixon, LLC can assist you in a free initial legal consultation if you have been injured in a drunk driving accident in Atlanta or anywhere else in Georgia. If you have an insurance settlement offer, we can review it for you. Once we agree to take your case, we can handle all calls from insurers and others involved with your claim.

What kind of compensation can I expect to obtain in a drunk driving accident lawsuit?

A lawsuit after a drunk driving accident seeks compensation that will make the injured victim whole financially. While we cannot quote an amount or guarantee an outcome, some personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits result in settlements or court awards worth millions of dollars.

Typically a lawsuit seeks compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Funeral and burial expenses (in a wrongful death).

Economic damages are paid as a one-for-one reimbursement for quantifiable costs of the accident. They should be based on a calculation of past, present, and future losses due to medical bills and lost income or earning ability, property damage, etc. Noneconomic damages are decided by the jury or worked out in a negotiated settlement, often based on a multiple of economic damages.

In the state of Georgia, punitive damages are awarded to punish and deter “willful misconduct, wantonness, and entire want of care.” Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol clearly fits into this category. Few acts, in fact, can be more reckless. Generally, punitive damages in Georgia are capped at $250,000. However, because impaired driving is so especially egregious, it falls under one of the exceptions to this rule. There is no cap on punitive damages in DUI personal injury cases.

How can I afford to hire a lawyer to take my drunk driving accident case?

You can afford to hire a Millar & Mixon, LLC attorney because our legal services cost you nothing until we obtain compensation for you.

At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we do not charge for your initial case evaluation, nor do we charge for our legal services unless we are able to obtain compensation for you through either a jury verdict or a negotiated settlement.

This is known as a contingency-fee arrangement. Our fee depends on what we obtain for you. If we can take your case, we will agree to a percentage of any final settlement or award as our payment for legal services.

A contingency-fee arrangement protects you and motivates us to do the best we can for you. With our combination of skill, experience, and dedication, we are proud to say that the lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC have established a strong record of successful results for our clients.

We help drunk driving accident victims and their families from throughout the Atlanta metro area and across the state of Georgia. For a free evaluation of your case, call us today or reach us online.

Dog Bites (7)

What steps should I take if a dog has bitten me or someone in my family?

Getting immediate medical attention is always a priority after a dog bite incident, even if the injuries do not seem serious. You may need stitches, a tetanus shot or other treatment to prevent infection. In addition to obtaining the medical care you need, seeing a doctor will provide documentation of your injuries, which will be useful evidence if you file a legal claim.

If you seek compensation from a dog’s owner after being bitten by a dog, documentation of injuries and medical treatment will be the primary evidence to support your injury claim. You should keep any torn or bloodied clothing and get photos of your dog bite injuries. This evidence can help to demonstrate the extent of the harm you (or a loved one) suffered.

After a dog bites you or a family member, you should also get information about the dog’s owner, including his or her name and address, and information about the dog, such as how recently the animal received a rabies shot. Get the names and contact information for witnesses to the bite incident in case the dog’s owner tries to claim the dog was provoked. If the dog owner is cooperative, get the name of their homeowners’ or renters’ insurance company.

Insurance will likely pay any compensation you receive through a lawsuit, which is a fact you might remind the dog owner of. The money you seek as fair compensation for your losses will not come out of the dog owner’s pocket.

If you do not know who owns the dog or it is a stray, you should try to contain it, such as in a fenced area, if you can do so safely.

Contacting animal control is a good idea regardless of who owns the dog. Animal control will test the dog for rabies and may issue a citation.

Finally, you should contact an experienced Atlanta dog bite lawyer. Georgia law makes dog owners responsible in certain situations when their dogs bite or attack. You will want a lawyer to help you deal with the dog owner’s insurance company, negotiate a settlement or represent you if you must take your dog bite claim to court.

How does the law hold a dog owner responsible for a dog bite incident in Georgia?

Georgia’s dog bite law is one of the strongest in the country. Local ordinances can also support a dog bite claim. This provides dog bite victims with two different legal arguments they can use to hold a dog owner responsible for injuries their pet causes.

First, you may be able to hold a dog owner liable if you can show that the dog was dangerous, that the owner knew or should have known the animal was aggressive or a bite-risk, and that the owner was careless in handling the dog, or in letting it roam freely. This can be a little bit tricky to prove unless the dog has previously bitten someone. However, witness statements and prior evidence of aggression can help you prove your claim.

Another option for taking action is to show that there were leash laws or local ordinances dealing with at-large animals, and the dog owner violated these laws. If you are bitten by the dog while the dog is unleashed or running free, you can take action against the dog’s owner by showing that the owner wrongfully or carelessly failed to obey requirements to secure the animal.

An Atlanta dog bite lawyer from Millar & Mixon, LLC can help you determine what the evidence in your case supports. For example, if local law requires that a dog be on a leash six feet long or shorter, but the dog was on a 16-foot leash, this could potentially be a violation of leash laws leading to the owner’s liability. We would check with local authorities to determine whether the dog owner had been previously cited for violations or the dog was involved in an attack prior to the incident in which you were injured.

To learn more, please check out our video, GA Dog Laws – Proving Liability.

What damages can I recover after being bitten by an aggressive dog?

In a personal injury lawsuit after a dog bite, the injured party may seek compensation for financial losses and for pain and suffering. In some cases, a plaintiff may be awarded punitive damages as a means of punishing a defendant who acted with total and willful disregard for others’ safety.

The three types of damages that can potentially be recovered in dog bite cases in Georgia are referred to as special, general and punitive damages.

  • Special damages cover actual financial losses due to medical expenses, property damage (such as clothing or jewelry), lost income and, in the case of a death, funeral and burial expenses. It is important to calculate past and future medical expenses, such as for impending reconstructive surgery, as well as future income loss because of diminished earning power for a dog bite victim who has been disfigured or disabled.
  • General damages are compensation for non-financial or non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress and, in a fatal dog attack, loss of companionship. The amount of general damages obtained through a dog bite lawsuit would be decided by a jury, or through negotiations with the defendant’s insurance company. Often they are calculated as a multiple of total special damages awarded.
  • Punitive damages are intended to punish a dog’s owner if the owner was especially reckless or negligent in his or her conduct leading to the bite incident. They also serve as a warning to others who would act as recklessly. Punitive damages are generally capped at $250,000 in Georgia.

As your dog bite claim representative, a Millar & Mixon, LLC attorney would gather the evidence to show how badly you were harmed by your injuries so that you receive the full amount of compensation that you deserve. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are determined based upon what is necessary to punish the at fault party.

Can a dog owner be punished for letting a pit bull wander in the yard unleashed around children?

In some lawsuits, a jury may award punitive damages (compensation) to punish a defendant for acting with willful or wanton recklessness. A dog owner who allows a pit bull to wander unleashed could potentially be considered wantonly reckless because pit bulls are notoriously dangerous breeds.

Punitive damages are specifically designed to punish the defendant financially and are appropriate in situations where the dog’s owner was not merely negligent but where there was “willful misconduct, wantonness and entire want of care.”

In other words, if someone is really careless or purposefully does something wrong, punitive damages make him pay. Although the punitive damages are a punishment, the money goes to the injured victim who has taken legal action, unlike criminal fines, which go to the government.

An example might be a daycare supervisor who has a pit bull that has bitten people before and who lets the pit bull wander free in the yard where children are playing.

Punitive damages in Georgia are generally capped at $250,000.

A dog owner could also potentially face criminal punishment for gross negligence that led to a dog bite.

Millar & Mixon, LLC’s investigation of your dog bite case would indicate whether the dog owner’s behavior was such that punitive damages are appropriate. If they are, we would pursue them aggressively.

My neighbor is claiming my child provoked her chained dog to break free and bite. Can I still take legal action?

Failure to keep a dog secure can be considered negligence on the part of the owner, but if a victim was partially responsible for provoking the dog this factor could reduce the amount of compensation paid for a claim. But cases that involve children are different, so you should let a Millar & Mixon, LLC attorney explore a potential claim for you.

First we would want to determine whether the dog owner was negligent. When a chain or leash breaks, this can be considered careless handling of a dog. If the dog’s owner knew the animal was vicious or if there are ordinances prohibiting the dog from running free, the dog’s owner may be liable for an attack, even if the animal broke a chain or leash to get to the victim.

Next, we need to consider Georgia’s comparative fault rules, which say a victim’s damages may be reduced by whatever percentage of blame for an injury is attributed to the victim. If the victim was at least 50 percent responsible for a dog attack, then he or she would be barred from obtaining compensation.

The dog owner would have to establish conclusively that your child’s provocations existed and that they caused the dog to break its chain and attack.

But assuming your child did provoke the dog, the law recognizes that children have less accountability than adults for their actions. Children up to age 4 are presumed to be incapable of negligence. For children who are older, a jury would have to consider the child’s actions and his or her capacity for understanding the consequences of those actions (if the case was not settled by negotiation).

Like all dog bite cases, it is better to have an experienced personal injury attorney examine the facts and investigate the accuracy of the neighbor’s allegations about whether a dog bite was provoked.

Can a workers’ compensation insurance carrier take some of the money I get in a lawsuit for dog bite injuries suffered on the job?

Yes. If you are bitten by a dog while doing your job, such as many postal workers and other deliverymen are, you should be able to obtain workers’ compensation for your injuries. If you later obtained compensation from the dog owner’s insurer, the workers’ comp insurer would have a right to ask for its money back. But this should not dissuade you from pursuing a lawsuit.

Workers’ compensation benefits cover medical bills and pay stipends to make up for a portion of lost wages when a worker is injured while performing the duties of their job. The damages awarded in a dog bite personal injury lawsuit would pay for medical bills and lost income / wages, but also property damage, such as torn clothing, and the victim’s pain and suffering. In a case where a worker died from his or her injuries, a wrongful death lawsuit would also seek funeral and burial expenses. In a few egregious cases, a dog bite victim could also receive punitive damages.

The workers’ comp insurance company could only seek to recover money for the medical bills it covered and lost wage benefits it paid you. They have no claim on any of the money you received for property damage, pain and suffering, or funeral and burial expenses.

We would keep this in mind as we shaped your lawsuit’s demand for compensation and as we weighed our advice to you about settlement offers.

How can I afford to hire an attorney from Millar & Mixon for my dog bite case?

At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we understand your concern about paying legal fees on top of the medical bills you are dealing with after a serious dog bite injury. But any fee you pay us will be a percentage of the compensation we obtain for you through a settlement or court award. You won’t pay anything if we don’t win your case.

Our representation of you on a contingency-fee basis is a win-win for you. You do not pay legal fees unless we win the case and collect money for you. If we don’t win the case, you have had a full investigation and airing of your claim without cost to you.

When you win, our legal fee will be an agreed-upon portion of the compensation paid to you for your losses and pain and suffering. There will be no surprises, and no money paid to us will come out of your existing assets.

Our goal is to ensure that you receive the full amount of damages the law allows and that you aren’t left with any financial losses. If we don’t think we can do that for you, we’ll decline to take the case.

Millar & Mixon, LLC has obtained more than $60 million in favorable verdicts and settlements since the firm was established. This includes successfully representing adults and children in dog bite cases.

To learn more about how we help children who have been hurt in dog attacks, watch our video, A Dog Bite Case We’re Proud Of.

To learn more about the legal services we provide, watch our video, Dog Bite Attorneys in Georgia. You can also contact us today online or via phone to schedule a free consultation.

Wrongful Death (6)

What is a wrongful death claim?

A “wrongful death” is a fatality that is caused by the wrongful or negligent acts of another, including intentional acts. The deceased person’s surviving family members may pursue a claim for damages against the person, business or government agency that caused the fatality. Georgia wrongful death laws determine who can bring a wrongful claim.

Why and when does the probate court and deceased’s estate become involved in a wrongful death claim?

In most wrongful death cases, there are multiple claims for damages. In most instances, the surviving children or spouse will bring a wrongful death action. Simultaneously, the deceased’s estate, through a personal representative, will bring a “survival action” against the negligent or wrongful party. Through the survival action, the estate can seek separate damages than those sought in the wrongful death action, including hospital and medical expenses, funeral costs, and the deceased pain and suffering.

The probate court in your local county, whether Clayton, Gwinnett, Fulton, Cobb or any other county in Georgia, will become involved when we have a personal representative appointed to pursue claims on behalf of the estate. The personal representative or administrator may also bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of the estate if the decedent died without any surviving children or spouse.

Can parents bring a claim for wrongful death if their child is killed due to someone’s negligence?

Yes. Georgia specifically allows parents to bring a claim for wrongful death if a child is killed. Parents, married or divorced, must pursue the claim jointly and share equally in the recovery. If a divorced parent cannot be located, the other parent has the authority to pursue the claim on behalf of both parents but has authority to hire an Atlanta wrongful death lawyer and make decisions regarding the case, including the settlement terms.

If my husband or wife is killed in an accident, what role will my adult children play?

As the surviving spouse, you are first in line to seek recovery through a wrongful death claim. Each child has a right to share equally with you in the recovery that results from the wrongful death claim, whether through a judgment or settlement. As the surviving spouse, however, you will never get less than a third of your net recovery.

How much is a wrongful death case worth and how are the damages calculated?

Determining the amount of damages in a wrongful death case is difficult and every individual case is different. The full value of a person’s life is difficult to measure. Economic damages are typically calculated based upon the expected earnings that the decedent would have made if he or she had lived. Non-economic damages are also awarded based upon a jury’s “enlightened conscience” to account for intangible benefits of life.

Damages such as funeral and medical expenses, which are sought by the decedent’s estate, are easier to determine. If your case goes to trial, economists or other experts may be called to establish economic damages such as lost wage and lost future earnings. Ultimately it is up to a jury of your peers to determine the value of a wrongful death case.

If someone is killed while on-the-job, can we pursue a wrongful death action?

You can bring a wrongful death action in limited circumstances in which a third party causes the wrongful death. For example, if someone was driving a truck as part of his or her job and was struck and killed by a drunk driver on the highway, the deceased employee’s family and/or estate could bring a wrongful death action against the drunk driver. If a family member is killed while on-the-job, consult a Georgia or Atlanta, GA wrongful death lawyer to discuss the specific circumstances of the wrongful death.

Slip and Fall (7)

My grandmother slipped on a wet or soapy floor at a nursing home. Another nursing home resident told her she had a “slip and fall” case and should file a lawsuit. What does that mean?

A “slip and fall” is a general term that describes cases in which a person suffers a fall due to a defective condition on another’s property. They are also called “trip and fall” and “fall down” cases, or they are labeled as “premises liability” claims. These falls usually are caused by a foreign substance on a floor, in an aisle or on a stairway, walkway, driveway or sidewalk. Slippery substances include water, soap, oil, snow, ice, food or beverage. Other causes include tools being left on the ground, loose tiles or floor planks, open carpet seams and unexpected rises or dips on a paved surface. These incidents commonly occur at houses, apartment complexes, buildings, offices, nursing homes, hospitals, restaurants, bars, taverns, hotels, motels, grocery stores, super markets, shopping malls, outlet malls, retail stores, stadiums, concert venues, convention centers and parking garages. They often involve violations of local housing and building codes and are the result of the property owner or operator’s negligence.

A slip and fall case presents many challenges. Insurance companies are reluctant to settle claims for a fair amount and will vigorously contest them. However, the skilled, experienced and aggressive slip and fall attorneys at Millar & Mixon, LLC will work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Our slip and fall lawyers represent clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Riverdale. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a slip, trip or any type of fall, call us today 404-620-4301 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

My son slipped on a wet hallway at a restaurant last week. I’m not sure he handled the situation right. What should he have done?

As with any accident, you should follow some basic steps. First, if you are seriously injured, seek emergency medical treatment for treatment of cuts, bruises, sprains, strains, broken bones or fractures. Because organ, head, brain and certain soft tissue injuries, including ligament damages, take time to develop, you should also make a medical visit a few days later. At the scene, you can file a complaint with a manager and collect the names, phone numbers and addresses of any employees or other witnesses. Because the evidence can be removed or altered at the scene of a slip and fall very quickly, taking photos of the scene with a camera or cell phone might prove crucial to your claim. You will likely be contacted by an insurance adjuster or claims representative. However, you should not speak to any insurance company until you have consulted with an attorney.

A slip and fall case presents many challenges. Insurance companies are reluctant to settle claims for a fair amount and will vigorously contest them. However, the skilled, experienced and aggressive slip and fall attorneys at Millar & Mixon, LLC will work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Our slip and fall lawyers represent clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Riverdale. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a slip, trip or any type of fall, call us today 404-620-4301 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

My elderly father tripped over a metal rake that had been left in a golf course fairway and broke his hip. Can he hold the golf course owner responsible for his injury?

In the state of Georgia, the owner or occupier of property is charged with exercising “ordinary care” to keep their premises safe from hazards. The party’s superior knowledge of hazards you might encounter serves as the basis for liability. So, to prevail in a slip and fall claim, you need to show that the owner or occupier (1) had actual or constructive knowledge of the hazard that caused your slip, trip and fall and (2) that knowledge was greater than any knowledge you might have had (or reasonably could have had) of the hazard. Here, for instance, a golf course owner likely would have greater knowledge that a rake had been left on the course than a player would.

A slip and fall case presents many challenges. Insurance companies are reluctant to settle claims for a fair amount and will vigorously contest them. However, the skilled, experienced and aggressive slip and fall attorneys at Millar & Mixon, LLC will work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Our slip and fall lawyers represent clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Riverdale. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a slip, trip or any type of fall, call us today 404-620-4301 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

My daughter suffered a hard fall to the pavement when she walked across an icy patch of walkway leading to her hair salon shop. The shop owner claims my wife should have seen the ice and refuses to pay my wife’s doctor bills. Is the shop owner right?

It’s been said that slip and fall claims weigh in favor of the property owner under Georgia law. Property owners often succeed in defending against claims by contending that, despite their negligence, the slip and fall victim could have avoid their injury by exercising “ordinary care” to avoid the hazard that caused the incident. However, the law is clear that “ordinary care” does not mean “extreme care.” A person should not be barred from recovery simply because they did not constantly keep their eyes on the ground, looking for any possible hazard. Also, the law imposes a duty on property owners to make sure they make reasonable inspections of their premises to discover possible dangerous conditions and take precautions to protect their guests, or invitees, from these conditions.

A slip and fall case presents many challenges. Insurance companies are reluctant to settle claims for a fair amount and will vigorously contest them. However, the skilled, experienced and aggressive slip and fall attorneys at Millar & Mixon, LLC will work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Our slip and fall lawyers represent clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Riverdale. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a slip, trip or any type of fall, call us today 404-620-4301 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

My wife slipped in the grocery store aisle where there was a clear liquid on the floor, and she broke her ankle. She’s going to need surgery and will be out of work for two weeks. If we file a slip-and-fall claim against the grocery store, what can we recover?

If liability is established in your case, you may be eligible to recover three types of damages: special, general and punitive damages. Special damages cover mainly economic losses, such as past and future medical expenses, lost past and future wages. General damages are non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement or the loss of society and companionship. Punitive damages can also be awarded in slip and fall cases, especially where it’s proven that the business or property owner had known of this condition for a long time and done nothing to prevent your slip and fall injury. Punitive damages are intended to punish a defendant for especially reckless conduct and to deter the defendant and others from engaging in similar conduct.

A slip and fall case presents many challenges. Insurance companies are reluctant to settle claims for a fair amount and will vigorously contest them. However, the skilled, experienced and aggressive slip and fall attorneys at Millar & Mixon, LLC will work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Our slip and fall lawyers represent clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Riverdale. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a slip, trip or any type of fall, call us today 404-620-4301 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

I work as a carpenter at a construction site. I fell over some equipment that another company’s carpenter should not have left on a scaffold. My company’s workers’ comp carrier is paying my medical bills and wages right now, but they say they’ll want to be paid back if I file a lawsuit. Can they do that?

If you were injured while working, and your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier has provided medical and lost income benefits, then the carrier would have a limited right to seek reimbursement from any verdict or settlement recovered in your case. This is often referred to as a “workers’ compensation lien.” A health insurer can also seek reimbursement from a slip and fall victim’s recovery. What’s important to know is that these parties may not be able to tap into any non-economic, non-medical portions of your recovery, including those covering pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of services and the loss of care, comfort and companionship of a loved one.

That’s why it’s important to consult with the experienced slip and fall attorneys at Millar & Mixon, LLC before you speak with an insurance company representative. You don’t want to reach a settlement that will not provide funds that can protect you in the future.

Our slip and fall lawyers represent clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Riverdale. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a slip, trip or any type of fall, call us today 404-620-4301 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

I slipped and broke my leg because of a raised sidewalk at my apartment complex. I want to sue the landlord, but I’m not sure I’ll have enough money. How much does your law firm charge?

At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we do not charge for your initial case evaluation or for our legal services unless we are able to secure a recovery for you through either a jury verdict or negotiated settlement. This is known as a contingency fee arrangement. We are proud to say that, with our unique combination of skill, experience and dedication, we have established a strong record of successful results for our clients, including $60 million in favorable verdicts and settlements since our firm was established.

We represent slip, trip and fall victims throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Riverdale. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a slip, trip or any type of fall, call us today 404-620-4301 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.

Client Questions (7)

What if I just try to handle my case on my own?

In most cases, having legal assistance will be crucial when it comes to protecting your rights and interests and maximizing your recovery. This is why it is not advisable to handle a case on your own.

If your accident resulted in serious property damage and severe physical injury or death, a lawyer’s help will be vitally important.

A lawyer can provide many important services, including:

  • Conducting a thorough and comprehensive investigation.
  • Consulting with experts to determine the cause of your crash.
  • Reviewing medical records and work records to determine your past losses.
  • Consulting with experts to determine the full amount of your future losses.
  • Helping you to get medical treatment while your case is pending.
  • Negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf.
  • Making sure all documents are timely filed.
  • Presenting your case for relief to a judge and jury.
  • Resolving all liens that may be attached to your recovery.

The reality is that you should be focused on your health and your recovery after being injured through no fault of your own. While you do that, your attorney can handle the rest for you in an ethical and professional manner.

To learn more, please see our page on 10 Reasons to Contact Millar & Mixon.

How long will I have to take legal action in my case?

Generally speaking, you will have two years from the date of an accident or injury to either settle or file a lawsuit in your personal injury case. However, you will want to take action well before you reach the end of that two-year period.

This two-year period is called the statute of limitations. In some situations, such as those involving minors or where the injury could not have been immediately discovered, the period may extend beyond two years from the actual date of the injury. In other cases, such as those involving a government entity, you may need to take action much sooner.

You should contact a lawyer as soon as you are ready and allow the lawyer to get to work on your case.  After all, your lawyer will need to investigate your case, conduct discovery, assess your losses and engage with insurance companies on your behalf. For an example of what can go into the process, please see our page on Proving Your Car Accident Case.

You don’t want to wait too long and risk losing your right to seek a full and fair recovery in your case. So, contact Millar & Mixon, LLC without delay.

What happens if I sign a release?

Once you sign a release, you lose your right to take any further legal action against that party. This is why you should never accept a settlement offer or sign a release until you have first met with an attorney.

An attorney can review the settlement offer and determine whether it fully and fairly compensates you for your losses. In order to reach this determination, the lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation and consult with experts.

If the settlement offer does not provide just compensation, your attorney can either negotiate with the insurance company or take your case to court.

Please see our page on Insurance Settlements to learn more about this topic.

The bottom line: If you sign a release without an attorney’s advice and representation, you face the very real risk of losing your right to a proper recovery.

If I meet with a lawyer, what should I bring?

What you should bring to your initial consultation with an attorney will depend on your case.

For example, if you have been hurt in a car accident, you should bring:

  • A copy of the police accident report.
  • Photos from the accident scene and of your injuries.
  • The other driver’s contact and insurance information.
  • Names and contact information of witnesses.
  • Your medical records, bills and receipts.
  • Records showing time missed from work.
  • A journal you have kept, describing how your injuries have impacted you.
  • Your auto insurance policy.

If you have been involved in a slip-and-fall accident, dog bite or other type of case, an attorney may request that you bring other items to your consultation. For example, clothes you were wearing on the day of the animal attack could be brought to the meeting.

Of course, if you do not have some or all of these items, don’t let it stop you from seeking legal help. An attorney can help you to track these items down.

Contact Millar & Mixon, LLC today. We can discuss what you should bring to your free and confidential consultation and explain more about how we can help you.

How long will my personal injury case take?

Many factors go into determining how long it will take to resolve a personal injury case, including the complexity of the case and the other side’s willingness to agree to a full and fair settlement.

The first step in any case will be to conduct a complete investigation. If the case involves multiple parties or out-of-state parties, it can make the investigation more complex and possibly add time to the investigation.

Additionally, the other side may make discovery difficult by refusing to turn over documents or other evidence that has been requested. In fact, this is common in truck accident cases when logbooks, truck maintenance and employment records are sought from trucking companies.

A case will enter settlement negotiations. If liability and the amount of damages that should be recovered are clear, a settlement may be reached in a short amount of time. However, in some cases, the other side’s refusal to reach a reasonable agreement can lead to extended negotiations.

In some cases, no settlement may be reached. A trial may be required. The length of the trial will depend on the number of issues that are contested, the amount of evidence presented by each side and the time it takes a jury to make a decision. (Read our page on Jury Trials to learn more.)

Finally, if a case goes to trial, there is always the possibility that either side may file an appeal, which would add additional time.

At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we cannot provide a definitive answer to how long it will take to resolve your specific case. However, we can promise to move as efficiently as possible. We know time is important to you. We will do everything we can to help you move on as quickly as possible. Contact us today to learn more.

Will I need to go to court?

Not all personal injury cases end up in court. In fact, many are resolved through negotiated settlements.

However, at Millar & Mixon, LLC, we prepare each case as if it is going to court. We do this so that the insurance company will know that we have prepared a thorough and compelling case for our client’s relief. This gives us leverage in negotiations and helps us to obtain the settlement that we believe our client is due.

However, if an insurance company refuses to agree to a full and fair settlement, you can expect your case to go into court. Even after a trial begins, however, a settlement can still be reached. In many cases, a settlement is reached after the jury returns a verdict.

At Millar & Mixon, LLC, our goal is to make sure you obtain a maximum recovery in your case – whether it occurs through a settlement or a verdict. Along the way, we will always pay close attention to your objectives and answer all of your questions.

To learn more about our approaching to serving our clients, please review Our Testimonials section.

How much will I need to pay a lawyer?

The answer to this question depends on which law firm you hire to represent you. At Millar & Mixon, LLC, for instance, you will pay nothing unless we secure compensation for you.

It starts with our free initial consultation about your case. Then, if we decide to work together, we will do so through a contingency fee agreement. You will pay no upfront costs, and you will pay nothing for our legal services unless we secure compensation for you.

If you recover nothing, you pay nothing. If you recover compensation, you will pay our agreed-upon attorney fees and the costs of pursuing your case.

To learn more about our services and fees, please contact Millar & Mixon, LLC today.

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I am a member of the Class of 2015 at my high school. Am I eligible?

Yes, seniors in the Class of 2015 at high schools in Georgia are eligible to compete for the scholarships as well as rising college freshmen in four-year colleges and universities in Georgia.

I plan to go to a two-year community college. Am I eligible?

The scholarships are only available for four-year colleges and universities.

I am an international student. Am I eligible?

Entrants must be residents of Georgia. Unfortunately international students are not eligible.

Is there an entry fee for the scholarship contest?

No, there is no fee to enter the contest.

Will all the public service announcement videos be uploaded?

Yes, we will upload each video to YouTube. Visitors can login on the atlantaadvocate.com/scholarship page and vote for their favorite videos. The creator of the video that receives the most likes will receive the $500 Honorable Mention Scholarship.

Why do I need to include a digital photo of myself?

We would like to include photos of the students who create the winning public service announcement videos in publicity about the scholarship contest.

How do I submit my scholarship contest entry?

Applicants should email a completed application, photo and 30-second video to scholarship@atlantaadvocate.com.

Who selects the winners?

A scholarship committee will select the First Place and Second Place scholarship winners based on the creativity and clarity of the video public service announcement.

Common Questions (20)

What can I do at the crash scene if I am in an auto accident?

If possible, you or a passenger can collect information right at the accident scene that will be helpful to you down the road.

For instance, you should collect the other driver’s name, address and phone number as well as the driver’s license plate number, insurance company name and policy number.

You can also get the names and contact information for any witnesses.

If you have a camera or cell phone, take photos of the cars and other shots of the accident scene, including car damage, skid marks, debris and bodily injuries. Make sure to get photos of all four corners of the vehicle as well as the interior.

To learn more, please see our page on Key Evidence from the Car Accident Scene.

When the police arrive at the scene of the accident, is it OK for me to talk to them?

Yes. You should fully cooperate with any law enforcement officers called to the scene. The information you provide will help the officer to prepare an accident report.

This report will play a major role in your case. In particular, it will contain the officer’s assessment of “contributing factors” in the crash and the officer’s determination of who is to blame for the accident. While certain aspects of the report can be corrected and challenged, the report will nonetheless serve as a building block as a foundation in your case.

You can request a copy of the report from the police station or by going to BuyCrash.com, the online service used by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

If I don’t feel hurt after a crash, should I still go to the hospital?

Yes. Even if you have not been seriously injured, you should still go to the emergency room. You should also receive follow-up medical treatment within a few days after the accident.

Even though you may have no cuts, scrapes, bruises or broken bones, you may have internal organ, head, brain or soft tissue injuries that are not immediately apparent. These injuries must be examined and treated.

Medical records will play an important role in your case as well. In particular, they will help to establish the injuries you have suffered and the extent of your losses.

To prevent your medical records from being lost or destroyed, Millar & Mixon, LLC will help you to obtain your medical records as soon as we take on your case. We will also pay upfront for all costs of obtaining these records.

Please see our page on Using Medical Records in Your Car Accident Case to learn more about this subject.

What should I do if my car was damaged or totaled, but I was not hurt?

You should contact the other driver’s insurance company. However, you want to be protected in case that insurer does not pay your property damage claim for some reason. So, contact your own insurance company as well.

If you go through the other driver’s insurance company, it may take a while for a decision to be made on repairing or replacing your car. The insurer will examine police reports and may interview witnesses before it accepts liability.

Also, the insurer will need to decide whether it will pay you the fair market value of your car or pay for it to be repaired. The insurer should provide you with a rental car or reimburse you for a rental car while a decision is being made.

If you go through your own insurance company, you would be turning to your own collision insurance coverage. You may need to pay a deductible for the repair or replacement of your car. Also, you could end up paying for rental expenses if you do not have car rental coverage or have only a limited number of rental days available.

To learn more about property damage issues, please see Millar & Mixon, LLC’s free, downloadable guide.

Can I file a claim if I can drive my car after a crash, but its value has dropped?

Yes. Under Georgia law, you can pursue what is called a “diminished value claim.” It is advisable to hire an attorney to help you with the matter.

Calculating the diminished value of your car should be a simple, straightforward matter. For instance, if your car was worth $10,000 before a crash, and now it is worth only $7,500, you should be entitled to the difference, or $2,500.

However, insurance companies may try to complicate the matter by considering mileage, condition of the car and other factors.

This is why an attorney can help you in both negotiations for a fair and reasonable settlement of your diminished value claim or, if needed, to represent you in court.

In some cases, an insurance company may be acting unreasonably in refusing to pay your property damage claim. It may be necessary for your attorney to file a bad faith insurance claim on your behalf.

Please see our Insurance Settlements page to learn more about how Millar & Mixon, LLC can protect your rights while negotiating with the insurance company.

Can I sue a driver who hit me if the driver was texting at the time of the crash?

Texting while driving is a type of negligence that contributes to a high number of car accidents in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. If you were hit by a texting driver, you certainly should take legal action.

At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we can obtain – typically through a subpoena – a copy of the driver’s cell phone records. These records can show whether the driver was texting just before or at the moment of impact, and thus, whether he or she was distracted.

A legal claim for compensation from the driver (or the driver’s insurance company) would demonstrate how the driver’s distraction caused the crash. For instance, if the driver had not been reading a text message, the driver would not have rear-ended your vehicle at an intersection.

Please see our pages on Distracted Driving and Texting while Driving to learn more about these types of accidents.

Can I still make a claim if I’m a passenger in the car whose driver is at fault?

Yes. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone else – the driver of another car or even the driver of the car you were in – you may be able to recover for your losses.

If the driver of the car you were in caused the crash, you should not hesitate to seek compensation – even if that driver is a friend. You won’t be seeking to recover from that driver’s personal assets but rather through his or her insurance policy. The driver has been paying insurance premiums for this exact reason.

To learn more, please see our section on Car Accidents.

Is there any chance that I might be unable to recover anything if I contributed to the crash?

Yes. If a motor vehicle accident victim’s own negligence contributed to his or her injuries, it may impact the amount of money recovered in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

Georgia law is governed by a modified comparative fault statute. Under this law, if an automobile accident victim was responsible to some degree for his or her injury, a court will determine the percentage of the person’s fault and reduce their recovery proportionally.

If it is somehow determined that a person’s fault exceeds that of the other driver, or the person could have avoided the consequences caused by the other driver’s negligence, recovery may be barred.

Unfortunately, an insurance company may try to shift blame for an accident to you.

Your need to be protected in this situation is one of the many reasons why you should contact Millar & Mixon, LLC for assistance in your case.

Will my car insurance increase if I wasn’t the person at fault for my car accident?

Unfortunately, there is always the possibility that your premium payments may go up – even if you did not cause the crash.

Auto insurance policies are based on risk. If the facts of your car accident lead an insurance company to conclude that you are a high-risk driver, then your premiums may increase.

This is why it is crucial to have an attorney protecting your rights and interests in a crash. You need to make sure that the record in your case accurately shows who was at fault for the accident.

Please contact Millar & Mixon, LLC today to learn about the many services we can provide to you if you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in Atlanta or elsewhere in Georgia.

What can I recover from the other driver in a car accident?

If the other driver’s liability is established in your case, you may be eligible to recover three types of damages: Special, general and punitive damages.

Special damages cover mainly economic losses, including past and future medical expenses, funeral costs and lost past and future wages.

General damages are non-economic losses such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement and the loss of society and companionship.

Punitive damages are also frequently awarded in drunk or drugged driving cases. They are intended to punish a defendant for especially reckless conduct and to deter the defendant and others from engaging in similar conduct.

To learn more about what can be recovered, please see our page on Car Accidents.

If the other driver didn’t have insurance, what do I do now?

This is a complicated situation – and one that, unfortunately, is common in Georgia. You may need to recover through your own uninsured motorist policy.

Typically, when another driver causes a crash, you will file a claim against both the owner of the car and the driver if that person is not owner. You can seek damages for any medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and punitive damages through the driver’s liability coverage.

However, if the driver lacks liability coverage, you can file a claim with your own insurance company for the full extent of your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, or UM/UIM coverage. This policy entitles you to recover for injuries when the at-fault party either has no liability insurance (UM) or has insurance that does not cover the full extent of your damages (UIM).

Although your insurance company may have been friendly with you when it accepted your premiums, it may not be so friendly when you seek to collect your claim. This is why it is important to work with an experienced lawyer.

Please see our page on Insurance Settlements to learn more about how Millar & Mixon, LLC can assist you by dealing directly with insurance companies on your behalf.

A delivery driver hit our car. Can we sue the driver’s company?

Under a doctrine that applies to this situation, an employer can be held responsible for any injuries caused by the negligence of an employee during the course and scope of his employment. This is called “vicarious liability.”

The delivery company could also be held liable for negligent hiring and retention if it can be shown that the company knew the driver had a record of getting into accidents or had a string of traffic violations when it hired the driver, or if the driver had been in accidents while working for the company.

In some cases, the company might have encouraged negligent or reckless driving by giving the driver tight, unreasonable deadlines for making deliveries.

Can I sue the other driver if I was hurt in an auto accident while working?

Yes. You may be able to pursue what is commonly called a “third-party liability claim.”

If you were working when the accident occurred, you should be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits that will cover your medical bills and a percentage of your lost wages. However, if a non-employer caused your crash such as another driver, you may pursue a personal injury claim against that driver that could pay additional compensation, including general damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement and the loss of society and companionship.

You can learn more at our page on Third-Party Liability Claims.

If the driver who injured us pled guilty to DUI, do we still have time to bring a lawsuit?

In most personal injury cases, a victim has just two years from the date of an injury to file a lawsuit. However, under a recent Georgia precedent, the two-year limitation period may not begin to run until the criminal charges — including a DUI or even a traffic ticket — have been finalized.

This means that you may actually have more than two years to file your lawsuit. However, you must be careful. If you do not calculate the time period correctly, you could lose your rights. You should always contact a personal injury attorney well within two years of any accident in which you have been injured.

In a DUI case, you may be able to file a lawsuit and assert punitive damages in addition to your compensatory damages. In the state of Georgia, punitive damages are awarded to punish and deter “willful misconduct, wantonness and entire want of care.”

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol clearly fits into this category. Few acts, in fact, can be more reckless. The guilty plea in this case would be especially helpful.

Generally, punitive damages in Georgia are capped at $250,000. However, because impaired driving is so especially egregious, it falls under one of the exceptions to this rule. There is no cap on punitive damages for these cases.

Please see our page on Drunk Driving Accidents to learn more about these cases.

Can I file a claim against the store that sold beer to the driver who caused my auto accident?

Yes. Under Georgia’s “Dram Shop Act,” you may be able to recover from a store that served alcohol to the driver who caused your accident. However, these cases can be complex.

In Georgia, the owners of bars, restaurants, convenience stores and other businesses can be held liable under the Dram Shop Act if you can establish:

  • The seller knowingly furnished alcoholic beverages to a person who was noticeably intoxicated or to a minor (person under age 21);
  • The seller did so while knowing the person would soon be driving; and
  • The seller’s act of furnishing the alcohol proximately caused your injuries.

Many cases involving Dram Shop Act liability are large and complex. Conducting a thorough and fast investigation is a key to success. In one case, Millar & Mixon, LLC recovered more than $1.75 million after we discovered that a bar owner erased a video recording that would have shown the drunk driver consumed more than eight drinks in less than 90 minutes.

Please read our page on Dram Shop Act Liability to learn more.

Who pays for my medical bills if I’ve been injured in an accident?

In some cases, a hospital or physician will provide treatment to you after a car accident but will then seek to recover its costs by placing a lien on any settlement or verdict you obtain. An attorney can help you to resolve this lien.

Usually, a hospital’s or physician’s lien will attach to your recovery when you do not have medical insurance to pay for the thousands of dollars of medical bills you are facing.

An attorney can make sure that the hospital does not receive more than its fair share from your settlement or verdict. In fact, at Millar & Mixon, LLC, we can seek to negotiate a reduction in the amount of the lien.

Please see our Medical Bill Management page for information about other services we can provide in this area.

Why if my health insurance company is asking questions about my car accident?

Your health insurance company may be seeking information about your case due to its interest in being reimbursed from a portion of your recovery.

The insurer’s right to be reimbursed will depend on a variety of factors, including whether the plan is controlled by Georgia or federal law and the actual language in your health insurance plan. It may also depend on how a settlement is structured.

It is important to work with an attorney who understands the nuts and bolts of dealing with health insurance liens. At Millar & Mixon, LLC, our goal will be to make sure that your health insurer does not claim more than its fair share of your verdict or settlement and that you are left with the amount you need and deserve to move on in your life.

What happens if a doctor says I will never fully recover from my car accident?

Unfortunately, many auto accident victims are left with permanent injuries that will require ongoing medical treatment and prevent them from working. This must be taken into account when seeking a fair and reasonable recovery in your case.

At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we review medical and work records and consult with medical experts, vocational experts, economists and others to determine the full amount of past and future medical expenses and lost wages you should seek in a personal injury claim after an auto accident.

Often, we work with life-care planning experts. These experts can prepare a report that estimates the full amount of your future medical needs and costs.

To learn more, please see our page that discuses the role of Experts in Your Car Accident Case.

How soon should I get a lawyer after an auto accident?

Under Georgia law, you will have two years to either reach a settlement of your car accident claim or file a lawsuit. So, you don’t want to delay taking action.

This is called the statute of limitations. In some cases, the statute of limitations may be either shorter or longer than two years depending on who has been involved in the crash.

It is important to keep in mind that a lawyer will have to conduct a thorough investigation of your case, review applicable insurance policies and consult with experts to determine the full extent of your losses. The attorney in your case will need sufficient time to get this work done.

So, make sure to contact Millar & Mixon, LLC as soon as you are ready to take action after an auto accident. We will work as efficiently as possible to secure a recovery for you.

How much will it cost us to hire an attorney to handle our auto accident case?

At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we do not charge for your initial case evaluation, and we do not charge for our legal services unless we are able to secure a recovery for you through either a jury verdict or a negotiated settlement.

This is known as a contingency fee arrangement. With our unique combination of skill, experience and dedication, we are proud to say that we have established a strong record of successful results for our clients.

We help automobile accident victims and their families throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia. For a free case evaluation with our car accident lawyers, call us today or reach us online.

Jury Trial (35)

The Civil Injury Case Burden of Proof – “More Likely Than Not”

The burden of proof in a civil injury trial is “preponderance of the evidence”, which is a much lower standard that the standard in a criminal trial, which is “proof beyond reasonable doubt.” In a civil injury trial the injured person need only prove that it is “more likely than not” that the Defendant (the at-fault person) was negligent or that he or she caused an injury. This means that even if Jurors are uncertain, but leaning – even slightly — in favor of the injured Plaintiff – the Plaintiff wins.

In my car, truck or motorcycle accident case – who is paying for the Defense Lawyer?

Most likely, although not in every case, the defense lawyer is being paid by a large insurance company. Automobile, truck, and motorcycle insurance policies pay for the insurance defense lawyer and the cost of defense. The Insurance Company will pay the Verdict awarded by the jury, except in very unusual circumstances.

If I have a dog bite, slip and fall, or other type of case – who is paying the Defense Lawyer?

The vast majority of these cases are defended by insurance company lawyers. Most large and small businesses and homes are covered by insurance policies that pay for dog bite claims, slip and fall claims, and negligent injury claims. In such cases, the Verdict awarded by the Jury will be paid by the insurance company.

Why didn’t my lawyer sue the Insurance Company instead of Ms. Smith?

In most Georgia cases, the injury victim is required to file suit against the person (or company) who injured them instead of the insurance company. However, because insurance is required on all cars in Georgia, an insurance company defends the person sued and pays the Jury’s verdict up to the amount of insurance coverage.

But, my sister’s ex-cousin sued the Insurance Company, so I know you can do that!

Sorry. Most likely that did not happen. Many of our clients have a story of a “friend of a friend” or a relative who sued an insurance company directly, but this is highly unlikely in a Civil Injury case. Although there are exceptions, Georgia law requires almost all of these cases to be brought against the at-fault person individually – but this still means that the case will usually be defended and paid by the insurance company.

Doesn’t this mean that I have to sue that nice old lady (teenager, nurse, fireman, etc.)?

Unfortunately, yes. If you were injured by a nice (and sympathetic) person who was negligent, and a lawsuit is needed, Georgia law requires you to file suit against the person individually, instead of against their insurance company. However, person who is being sued is probably not going to pay any of the Jury Verdict. In most motor-vehicle or premises liability cases, the insurance company will pay 100% of the Jury’s Verdict up to the amount of insurance coverage.

Is the person being sued going to lose their house, business, or their retirement?

This is possible, but not very likely. Automobile, homeowners, or business insurance will most likely pay any Verdict the Jury awards to you. Additionally, retirement funds are usually entitled to special protection, meaning that they cannot be seized to collect a verdict.

If insurance is going to pay – why can’t I talk about Car/Truck, Business or Health Insurance?

The Georgia Rules of Evidence do not allow the participants in most Civil Injury cases to discuss any insurance coverage, such as car, truck, motorcycle, health, business, workers compensation, or other types of insurance. Many people find this very frustrating, but it is the law of Georgia.

Is my case going to be harmed by all of the frivolous lawsuits filed lately?

Probably not. Although News Talk Shows, Insurance Company commercials and Politicians have done a great job of convincing some people that all or most lawsuits are frivolous, this is a myth. In reality, lawsuits are screened by the Judge. Almost all frivolous cases are thrown out of court long before they go in front of a Jury. Most Jurors will quickly figure out that your case is legitimate and will treat your case fairly.

Should I be worried that some Jurors may think I am trying to trick them?

Lawsuits are very expensive. Our firm, like most lawyers, cannot afford to accept weak or frivolous cases, let alone take these cases to trial. Today’s Jurors are very smart and not easily fooled. Any lawyer who tries to present false evidence, tries to invent a case with un-necessary medical care, or urges a client to lie risks losing a lot of money when the Jury rejects the case. A lawyer can also lose his license or be severely punished by the Court for lying, asking his or her client to lie, or making up evidence.

How much does a lawsuit cost?

It takes the average lawyer and law firm between 100-500 hours of time and thousands of dollars in court costs to prepare for a trial. The entire process often takes between 1 and 2 years – even a simple fender-bender case. With legal and administrative time costing hundreds of dollars an hour, the lawyer’s expense for even a simple Jury trial begins around $15,000.00 and runs into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Wow! That is expensive! How can I afford to have a lawyer take my case to trial?

The answer is the contingency fee. A law firm for the injured person agrees to provide all of the attorney and legal staff time and resources without up-front payment, often for years at a time. This is big risk for the lawyers and means fronting thousands of dollars of court costs until the case ends. A lawyer hopes to win a Verdict and be paid a fee and recover the court costs. A lawyer has to eat, support a family, and pay the legal staff. Trying to make a living by making-up evidence or filing weak claims and trying to “trick” Jurors would spell financial disaster. The reality is that injury lawyers screen injury cases very carefully and do not handle frivolous claims.

What if my Jurors don’t believe people should be awarded money just for being hurt?

Our system is designed to pay money as compensation for injuries. Jurors have a duty to be honest when questioned during jury selection. Before most trials begin, we are allowed to ask potential Jurors if they do not believe that they can or should award money to an injured person. Any Juror who feels this way must be honest, and in Georgia may be excused from the Jury duty if they honestly admit a bias against awarding money. When a Juror is not fair and honest, the trial is not fair.

Is my Doctor, Nurse, Therapist, Chiropractor or EMT going to be here in Court to testify?

Maybe not. Live medical testimony is incredibly expensive! But medical testimony CAN be (and usually is) read to the Jury. Doctors, especially experts like Surgeons have to be paid to appear live in Court. They charge $3,000-$5,000 to testify in Court. Many of our clients cannot afford this charge, and unless the case is worth hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, we may read a report or transcript to the Jury instead of calling the doctor as a “live” witness because our client ends up repaying this cost from the verdict. Expensive testimony can eat-up an entire verdict.

Why is a letter written by my Doctor to my lawyer being read to the Jury?

Georgia law allows an injured person to read a special report from the doctor called a “Medical Narrative,“ to the Jury instead of paying for the doctor as a witness. A medical narrative can only be read after the Court has pre-approved this Report. The medical narrative is usually written as a letter from a doctor to a lawyer and is considered equal to live testimony.

Why weren’t my Medical Records shown to the Jury? Will it look like I am hiding something?

In most instances, your Medical Records are not allowed by the Georgia Rules of Evidence to be given to the Jury. But, you can be questioned about what is in your records by lawyers for the Insurance Company. The insurance defense lawyers will have carefully gone through your records and will ask about anything he or she feels might call your injury into question.

What if I did not go to the doctor right away – will the Jury think I am lying?

The Insurance company lawyers may certainly try to convince Jurors that you were not badly hurt if you did not go to the emergency room. This is a common defense strategy. We believe that most Jurors understand that many people don’t go straight to the emergency room or to the doctor because they cannot afford the high cost of medical care. Others don’t go because they don’t like doctors or hospitals and are hoping that they will feel better in a day or two. Still others do not hurt badly at the scene of an accident. It is not uncommon for accident victims to say they are “fine” at the scene of the accident (no one likes a complainer), only to feel much worse hours or days later.

Why can’t I tell the Jury that I could not AFFORD to go to the doctor? That’s not fair!

Fair or not, Georgia law does not allow a person to tell Jurors that she could not afford medical care, even though from our experience this is the most common reason that clients do not see a doctor or go to the hospital right away.

What happens if I missed some doctor or therapy visits? Will I lose?

We recommend that all of our clients follow their Doctor’s advice. Unfortunately, some do not. People miss their doctor’s visits for a variety of reasons such as inability to afford medical care, taking care of children, fear of losing a job, lack of transportation because a car was damaged in the accident, and for many other reasons. The Insurance defense lawyer may try to point out missed medical visits. But, a few missed visits does not prove you were not injured any more than delaying a trip to the mechanic means your car is not broken.

Are my Lawyers and the Doctors working together to make my case bigger?

No. It is not ethical for lawyers to direct or influence a client’s medical care. Lawyers and Doctors have a lot riding on their professional reputation. At Millar & Mixon, LLC, all of the medical evidence that our firm uses and relies upon is totally and 100% independent. This is why Millar & Mixon, LLC is NOT affiliated with any medical practice.

Will you send me to a doctor to make my case bigger?

No. Millar & Mixon, LLC does not accept cases from people who are not injured. This is wrong, and we also know that Jurors reject the cases of people who are simply looking for an undeserved pay-day. We will never refer a client to a doctor to inflate a claim or to falsely claim that someone is hurt.

What if I first saw a doctor after I hired my lawyer? Will this hurt my case at Trial?

No. Some of our clients realize they need a lawyer right away. It is vital that the investigation of a case begins as soon as possible. Sometimes this means that our clients have not yet been to the doctor or to the hospital. Millar & Mixon, LLC never tells anyone who is not hurt to seek medical attention.

Will the Jury think that my Lawyers told me or my doctors what kind of medical care to have?

You and your doctors will be questioned by the insurance defense lawyers at or in a deposition before trial. If there were ever any evidence that a lawyer tried to influence the medical care and treatment, the defense lawyers will certainly point this out. Millar & Mixon, LLC does not direct client medical care or encourage our clients to have un-necessary medical treatment.

Do Jurors sometimes rule for one side or another because of something unrelated to the case, such as a past criminal problem or a feeling that I am a bad parent?

Yes, sadly this occasionally happens. Jurors are usually instructed by the Judge not to decide a case based upon sympathy or judgmental feelings. It is improper in Georgia for Jurors to return a verdict on anything other than the evidence in the case. When a Juror feel that an injury victim does not measure up to their own personal standards of clean-living, or feels sorry for the defense, the Juror must set aside those feelings and base the size of the Verdict on the harms and losses caused to the victim. This must be true in both small and very large cases.

What if I don’t still “look” injured by the time of Trial, will the Jury believe I was/am really hurt?

We believe so. Millar & Mixon, LLC does not accept cases from people who are only pretending to be hurt. Our cases are carefully screened, and we will do our best to support your claim with the proper medical evidence at Trial. We decline at least ten cases for every one case we accept. Insurance companies sometimes refuse to settle a case because they know that forcing a victim to wait for Jury Trial can take one or two years (or longer), knowing that the victim may no longer “look” injured. This delay tactic is most common when the injury victim was healthy prior to the accident, but now suffers from chronic pain that cannot be “seen” by the Jury.

Money can’t make my injuries better; will the Jury really “care” about my case?

Nobody wants to hand money to someone who does not “deserve” it, even when the money is coming from an insurance company. But, our civil justice system is a “you break it” — “you bought it” system. The defense cannot make your injuries or pain magically go away, so our Founding Fathers agreed that money must serve as payment for pain and injury. This means that the amount of money must be equivalent to the harm caused. Most Jurors are caring and compassionate people who understand this concept.

My car wasn’t damaged (much) – will the Jury believe me?

Imagine an egg carton filled with eggs being dropped. The carton probably does not get damaged much. Inside the carton some of the eggs are totally fine, some are cracked, and some are seriously broken. The force of impact broke the eggs inside, but left the carton intact. Today’s cars are well-built. People riding in vehicles are similar to the eggs in the carton and are often seriously hurt without extensive damage to the outside of the car.

In my car accident case, why isn’t there an expert in Court to testify about the force of impact?

Probably because it is VERY expensive. Experts who can testify about the force of impact on the human body are known as bio-mechanical engineers. A bio-mechanical engineer may also need to be assisted by an accident reconstruction expert. The investigation and testimony can run tens of thousands of dollars.

“I don’t care how much it costs – I still want to see and hear expert testimony!”

Insurance companies know that unless the case is very large the injured person may not be able to afford to use experts. But, while the insurance company can afford these experts, most likely the insurance company will NOT produce a defense expert. Why not? Because the insurance defense lawyers know that their experts may admit that people are seriously injured every day in exactly the same way that you were hurt.

Why wasn’t the auto mechanic or the body shop man called as a witness in my case?

Sometimes we do use mechanics and auto-body repairmen as witnesses. But, most often the testimony of the victim and witnesses (and photographs) are all the evidence that is needed to prove that a car was damaged in a crash. The fact that the mechanic or body-man did not testify does not prove that a car was not damaged.

What if the police officer was not called as a witness?

In a Georgia injury case, Police officers may only testify about what they saw and what was said to them. If the police officer did not witness the accident, he or she may not be able to say anything valuable to the Jury and may not testify. Generally speaking, a police officer who did not witness an accident is not allowed to give his or opinion about who caused the crash. Millar & Mixon, LLC believes that police officers time is very valuable and the officer should not be called unless there is a good reason to do so.

The police officer testified — but did not tell my Jury who caused the accident!

Believe it or not, the Georgia Rules of Evidence do not allow the police officer to give an opinion about who was at fault for causing an accident unless the officer actually saw the accident. Just because the injured person did not ask who caused the accident, does not mean they are afraid of the answer.

“Everyone” has a camera phone – but I forgot to take pictures! Do I lose?

Now that camera phones are everywhere, many Jurors expect to see photos from the accident scene. Unfortunately, however, many clients are injured or dazed from having just been in an accident or having been injured. Often the location of a traffic accident is chaotic or along a busy highway or intersection. People forget to take photos. The lack of photos from the scene does not mean your vehicle was already damaged.

Will the Jury believe what my lawyer is saying? Aren’t lawyers paid to lie?

It is actually very difficult for you or your lawyer to lie or exaggerate in Court and get away with it. Before Trial begins, almost everything that will be said or shown to Jurors has been recorded and said at an earlier time in front of a court reporter. If you or your lawyer lie about something, the Insurance Defense lawyer and the Court usually knows about it instantly. The Defense will point out the lie to the Jury. Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of injury clients and lawyers do not lie in Court and would be caught if they did.

But still, lawyers – especially Injury Lawyers — are professional liars, aren’t they?

No. This is another myth. Most personal injury lawyers are highly ethical and do not lie to Judges and Juries. But, we are aware of this reputation which has been spread in movies, press-releases and by politicians, who all see injury lawyers as an easy target. Lawyers have families and children just like everyone else, and like any other wife, husband or parent, we want our family to be proud of what we do. We certainly are. To us, there is nothing more rewarding than representing someone who has been negligently injured at trial and helping them receive a fair and honorable verdict.

Distracted Driving Scholarship (8)

I plan to go to a two-year community college. Am I eligible?

The scholarships are only available for four-year colleges and universities.

I am an international student. Am I eligible?

Entrants must be residents of Georgia. Unfortunately international students are not eligible.

Is there an entry fee for the scholarship contest?

No, there is no fee to enter the contest.

What happens to my essay?

Millar & Mixon LLC will have the right to use the essay and scholarship recipient’s image for marketing purposes.

Who selects the winners?

A scholarship committee will select the First, Second and Third Place scholarship winners based on the creativity and clarity of the essay.

How do I submit my scholarship contest entry?

Applicants should email a completed application, photo and essay to scholarship@atlantaadvocate.com.

Why do I need to include a digital photo of myself?

We would like to include photos of the students who create the winning essays in publicity about the scholarship contest.

I am a member of the Class of 2017 at my high school. Am I eligible?

Yes, seniors in the Class of 2017 at high schools in Georgia are eligible to compete for the scholarships as well as rising college freshmen in four-year colleges and universities in Georgia.