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Car Accidents

Here are a few things you should know before embarking on any car accident suit. These bits of knowledge can keep you from making expensive mistakes.
How to File Suit In Georgia Against a Deceased Driver

A common question our Atlanta car accident injury lawyers receive after a severe accident is whether a claim can be made...
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Do I Need to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer?

In Georgia, it is not always necessary to hire an attorney for your car accident claim. Our rule of thumb is that if you...
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How Georgia Car and Truck Accidents Caused by Failure to Yield are Handled and Valued

Key Points This article will explain how failure to yield car and truck crash personal injury cases are handled and won...
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Acceptance - The act of agreeing to accept an offer.

Acknowledgment - Declaration of the validity of a document before an officer of the court who certifies same; that certification is known as the acknowledgment.

Acquit - The act of freeing a person from the charge of an offense by means of a decision, verdict, or other legal process; to discharge.

Action - A non-criminal judicial proceeding whereby one party prosecutes another for a wrongful doing or for protection of a right or prevention of a wrong; requires service of process on an adversary party or a potentially adversary party.

Ad Damnum - That clause within a pleading that alleges the amount of loss or injury.

Adjournment - A temporary postponement of the proceedings of a case until a specified future time.

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Motorcycle Accidents

Here are a few things you should know before embarking on any motorcycle accident suit. These bits of knowledge can keep you from making expensive mistakes.
Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Motorcycle Accident

If you’re a motorcycle rider, you can probably provide a long list of reasons why using a bike as your primary mod...
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Evidence That Strengthens Georgia Motorcycle Accident Cases

Key Points: It is not uncommon for negligent, at-fault, car and truck drivers to blame motorcycle riders for an acciden...
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What is the Value of My Georgia Motorcycle Accident Case?

Key Points: Motorcycle accident claim amounts are usually calculated through a combination of factors that include the ...
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Adjudicate - To hear or try and determine judicially.

Adversary - An opponent, (e.g., the defendant is the plaintiff's adversary).

Adversarial System - The system of trial practice in the U.S. and some other countries in which each of the opposing, or adversary, parties has full opportunity to present and establish its opposing contentions before the court.

Affiant - One who swears to an affidavit; see also: Deponent

Affidavit - A sworn or affirmed statement made in writing and signed

Affinity - Related by marriage; family relation from one's spouse's family.

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Truck Accidents

Here are a few things you should know before embarking on any Truck accident suit. These bits of knowledge can keep you from making expensive mistakes.
How Georgia Trucking Insurance Works and Is Different From Car Insurance

What are Georgia’s Basic Car and Trucking Insurance Requirements? For trucks that drive only in Georgia and do not cro...
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How Much is My Georgia Truck Accident Case Worth?

Key Points: Truck accident cases typically settle for more than car accident cases because the injuries to the victims ...
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Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Georgia

Key Points: The five most common causes of truck accidents are brake failure, prescription or over-the-counter drug use...
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Affidavit of Service - An affidavit meant to certify the service of a writ , notice, or other document.

Affirm - An act of declaring something to be true under the penalty of perjury by a person who conscientiously declines to take an oath for religious or other pertinent reasons.

Affirmation - A solemn and formal declaration under penalties of perjury that a statement is true, without an oath.

Affirmed - Upheld or agreed with the decision of a lower court.

Allegation - The assertion, declaration, or statement of a party to an action, made in a pleading, setting out what the party expects to prove.

Allege - To assert a fact in a pleading.

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DUI Victims

Hosting a Party? Protect Yourself from DUI Injury Lawsuits

Key Points: Under Georgia statutes, the host of a party can be held accountable for an accident if alcoholic beverages ...
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A Guide to DUI Injury in Georgia Car Accidents

If you are injured in a car accident caused by an intoxicated driver in Atlanta / Georgia, you may obtain compensation, ...
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Social Host Liability

Individuals who serve alcohol in Georgia may be held responsible for the injuries or damages caused by a person who was ...
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Alternate Juror - A juror selected as substitute in case another juror must leave the jury panel.

Amend - To change.

Amicus Curiae - Latin term meaning “a friend of the court,” which refers to a non-party in a proceeding that the court permits to present his/her views.

Answer: - A document submitted by a defendant in which he/she responds to and/or denies the allegations of the plaintiff.

Appeal - A proceeding to have a case examined by an appropriate higher court to see if a lower court's decision was made correctly according to law.

Appearance - The participation in the proceedings by a party summoned in an action, either in person or through an attorney.

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Dog Bites

Here are a few things you should know before embarking on any dog bite suit. These bits of knowledge can keep you from making expensive mistakes.
Georgia Dog Bite Attorneys Helping Children

Our attorneys and law firm decided to specialize in dog bite law years ago after learning that dog bites are becoming a ...
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Injuries to the Head Caused By Dog Bites

Dogs offer joy and companionship to so many people. And while most dogs would never cause harm to others, accidents happ...
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Georgia Dog Bite Cases: Dog Owner Responsibility

Since 1993 Atlanta Attorney Bruce Millar and the dog bite injury lawyers of The Millar Law Firm, have represented hundre...
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Appellant - The party who takes the action of appealing to a higher court.

Appellee - The party against whom an appeal is brought.

Arbitration - The submission (voluntarily or involuntarily) of a disputed matter to selected person(s), also known as arbitrators, outside of the court; after the hearing, the arbitrator issues an arbitration award, which is legally binding.

Argument - A reason given in proof or rebuttal.

Assumption of Risk - The act of voluntarily proceeding with an activity in spite of obvious and known danger.

At Issue - When the parties to a suit come to a point in the pleadings that is affirmed on one side and denied on the other, they are said to be at issue.

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Wrongful Death

Here are a few things you should know before embarking on any wrongful death suit. These bits of knowledge can keep you from making expensive mistakes.
Georgia Wrongful Death Law

Georgia Wrongful Death Attorneys Answer Your Questions The Millar Law Firm devotes a substantial part of or our practice...
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Wrongful Death of an Unborn Child – Do You Have a Case?

Key Points: Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of fetal trauma in pregnant women, and, unfortunately, someti...
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Attestation - The act of witnessing an instrument in writing at the request of the party making the same, and subscribing it as a witness.

Attorney of Record - Attorney whose name appears in the permanent records or files of a case.

Award - A decision of an arbitrator.

Bar - 1. Prohibit (e.g., to bar the prosecution of an action); 2. The members of the legal profession.

Bench - The Judge's seat or the judge, himself/herself (e.g., the attorney addressed the bench).

Bifurcated Trial - A case in which the trial of the liability issue in a personal injury or wrongful death case is heard separate from and prior to trial of the damages in question.

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Slip and Fall

Here are a few things you should know before embarking on any slip and fall suit. These bits of knowledge can keep you from making expensive mistakes.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries

Each year in the U.S., millions of people experience a fall that causes bodily injury. In fact, more than eight million ...
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Store and Restaurant Falls

Throughout America, millions of people visit stores and restaurants every day. Sadly, some of these visits result in a p...
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Elderly Slip and Fall Accidents

Slips and falls are entirely too common in Atlanta, Georgia, and throughout the U.S. In fact, the National Floor Safety...
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Bill of Costs: - A written statement of the itemized taxable costs and disbursements.

Bill of Particulars - The factual detail submitted by a claimant after a request by the adverse party that details, clarifies, or explains further the charges and/or facts alleged in a pleading.

Brief - A written or printed document prepared by the lawyers on each side of a dispute and submitted to the court in support of their arguments; a brief includes the points of law that the lawyer wished to establish, the arguments the lawyer uses, and the legal authorities on which the lawyer rests his/her conclusions.

Calendar - A schedule of matters to be heard in court.

Calendar Call - The calling of matters requiring parties or their attorneys to appear and be heard, usually done at the beginning of each court day

Caption - In a pleading, deposition, or other paper connected with a case in court, it is the heading or introductory clause that shows the names of the parties, name of the court, number of the case on the docket or calendar, etc.

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Personal Injury

How Does a Juror Determine Pain and Suffering?

Key Points: It is your personal injury lawyer’s job to discover what your case may be worth, explain it to you, a...
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Recovering Compensation in Georgia Personal Injury Cases

Key Points: If you were involved in a relatively minor accident or sustained only minimal injuries, you may be able to ...
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How Long Does It Take To Get Paid After A Personal Injury Settlement in Georgia?

Key Points: Most personal injury settlements are paid within two to four weeks after agreement. Complex settlements req...
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Case File - The court file containing papers submitted in a case.

Cause of Action - Grounds on which a legal action may be brought (e.g., property damage, personal injury, goods sold and delivered, work labor, and services).

Certified Copy - Copy of a document signed and certified as a true duplicate of an original by the Clerk of the Court or other authorized persons (e.g., lawyer).

Certificate of Readiness - A document attesting that the parties in a lawsuit are ready to go to trial.

Certify - To testify in writing.

Change of Venue - The removal of a suit begun in one county or district to another county or district for trial; the term may also apply to the removal of a suit from one court to another court of the same county or district.

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