How Long does a law suit take? This video teaches and informs its audience to understand the length of a lawsuit

How long does a lawsuit take?

One of the most common questions from our clients is, "How long will a lawsuit take?" There are many factors which determine how long a lawsuit may take to be settled. The first factor is in which court the lawsuit will be filed. In Georgia there are really two types of courts for injury claim, (1) Magistrate Court or (2) State or Superior Court. Magistrate Court at the time of this blog is for cases where the recoverable amount is less than $15,000. The benefits of Magistrate Court are it is a lot faster, usually the case is resolved three to four months after filling, and the work is generally more informal and less complicated. State or Superior Court has no limit on the recoverable amount. The downside of State or Superior Court is this court is more expensive and take much longer. The reason it takes longer is due to the discovery and trial process.

The process begins with a complaint being filed. A complaint is a document that basically says these are allegations and this is what we are entitled to recover. The answer comes about a month later from the defendant. An answer is a response to the lawsuit with a defense, reasons why the defendant is not responsible for paying items to the plaintiff. Once this stage is complete, the case is sent to discovery. Discovery can take six month or sometimes even longer. In this process, the parties share questions, information, documents, and they also take depositions.

Depositions are statements that are often recorded by a court reporter to come up with a transcript that can be referenced later. Depositions help everyone learn what witnesses and parties saw, their opinions, and certain facts about the case. Discovery can also take up to six months or longer. After the discovery period ends, the parties talk about expert testimony if needed. Then the court sets the case for trial. Even though the parties ask for a trial does not mean the trial will happen right away. Trial courts are busy and can have thousands of cases pending especially in State or Superior Court. Often when a civil case gets put on for trial, it gets put on the bottom of the list and then the parties have to wait for their turn as number one. The number can vary greatly. Once it's your turn you show up to court and the trial begins. trials can take hours, sometimes weeks, and even months to finish.

Another factor is if the case is decided by a judge or a jury. Jury cases tend to take longer due to having to finding, picking, and striking the jury. In the end, State or Superior Court is worth it if the case has value that is worth filing. If we can help you with your case, or answer questions for you, please give us a call.

In this video the Gwinnett accident lawyer discusses what to expect with your personal injury claim

What can you expect with a personal injury claim?

 

What can you expect with a personal injury claim

What can you expect with a personal injury claim and how long is this going to take? The first thing we’re going to do is we are going to set up all the insurance claims with every insurance coverage which could apply for your particular case. We are going to call, talk to the insurance company, and prepare them for what is to come, but we are not going to talk any settlement at that point.

The next thing that’s going to happen is you are going to continue to get your medical treatment.  We are going to call and check in with you about every two to three weeks and see how you are feeling, see what the doctors are telling you, and see how the treatment is progressing. We are going to take really good notes in our system of what’s going on, and we are going to keep the insurance company up to date. We are not going to talk any settlement until you totally get released because once we settle, we cannot go back. And so what we need to do is wait until you are totally done treating before we start talking settlement. Once you tell us that you are completely done with your medical treatment, we will get copies of your medical records. Unfortunately, that can be a slow process. It usually takes about 30 to 60 days to get your medical records. 

Once we get all your medical records in the office, we do a full review of every page of those records, comb through them, every detail, and we put together what’s called a demand package. A demand package is about a seven to eight page letter that talks about you, your accident, the case, and how the injury affected you. Then what we do is we sent that off to the insurance company after you and I have had a discussion about the value of the case. Once we’ve had that discussion and we send the demand, the insurance company legally has 30 days to respond to our first offer.

Once we get their response, we have another discussion, about the offer and value your case.  Then, we do about a month of negotiation. Sometimes it can take longer, sometimes it can take less time. In most cases, at that point, we can come to a resolution or a settlement of the case. But for some cases, we have to file what’s called a lawsuit because there is some sort of dispute and liability or we just can’t come to an agreement on the value of the numbers. In those cases, a lawsuit can take substantially more time, generally up to two to three years. We discuss that in another video. But for most cases, our firm is able to settle before we ever file a lawsuit. 

How long a case going to take depends on how long it takes you to feel better. For some of our clients, they could take maybe three to four months, but for some of our clients, it could take two to three years. It just depends on how long it takes the doctor to release you from the care from that date. If I can ever answer any questions about your specific case, please do not hesitate to give me a call.

the Gwinnett accident lawyer discusses How to know if you have a dog bite case

How to Know if you have a Dog Bite Case?

As the Gwinnett County Accident lawyer, some of the worst injuries we see are dog bites, particularly with children. How do you know if you have a Gwinnett County dog bite case? Well, the first thing to ask yourself is were you bit by someone else's dog? If someone else's dog bit you or someone you love, then you might have a dog bite case. Georgia has very complex dog bite laws. There are really two ways that you can win your dog bite case.

The first way to win your dog bite case is if you were bit by somebody else's dog off of their property and the dog was not on a leash. Most counties and cities have what are called leash laws. Leash laws require dogs to be on a leash any time that dog is off the owner's property. If you have a free running dog, maybe running through the neighborhood, and you are bit by that dog, then there is a also if your son good chance that you have a dog bite case, because that owner violated the law by having that dog off their property and not on a leash. 

The other way to win your dog bite case is by using the one bite rule. Let's say you're bitten by a dog that's on the owner's property and the dog comes up and bites you. Well, in order to bring a dog bite case, you have to prove that the owner knew that the dog had what is called the “dangerous propensity to bite.” In other words, did the owner know that that dog had bitten somebody before? If you can prove that dog had bitten someone else and the owner knew about it or the owner had knowledge that this dog was aggressive or would snap at people, you might have a case. 

Dog bite cases aren't easy, and they require an attorney that knows dog bite laws and can do a thorough investigation. Sometimes, in order to win your dog bite case, you have to talk to multiple witnesses, maybe neighbors who had seen the dog on the loose or other people who may have had encounters with the same dog. With people always moving or traveling, it is really important that you talk to these witnesses right away to preserve your case. 

If you or someone you know has been bitten by someone else's dog and you think that you might have a dog bite case, I would encourage you to call our office immediately so we can start our investigation. After we speak, we will talk with the dog owners insurance company to confirm the availability of homeowners insurance coverage to cover the incident. If we can help you with your dog bite case, do not hesitate to give us a call today.

Where to get your Gwinnett accident report after your Gwinnett accident

How to Get Your Gwinnett Accident Report

If you have been involved in a Gwinnett County accident you are probably wondering how do I get my police report? The first thing that is important is the police officer probably gave you a business card that has a number written on it. That number is your case number or your accident report number. You want to save that because it is important when getting your report. There is two ways in getting your Gwinnett accident report.  

The first way is you can show up to the police station. If you want to show up to the police station it tends to be cheaper. You want to go to the police station where the accident occurred. If you’re accident happens in Gwinnett County, then you will need to go to the Gwinnett County records office, 770 Hi Hope Rd, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. When you show up make sure to have that accident report number and your I.D. to get  copy of your report. If the police that Responded to your accident is under city jurisdiction and not county, then you need to go to that city’s police office. After you show the department your I.D. and give them the report number, and then they will print it out for you. Many police departments do not take a personal check, so you will need to bring cash or a credit card to pay.

The second way to get your report is you can get it online. The report is generally available online takes about five business days. Getting the report online tends to cost a couple dollars more, but you can download the police report as soon as it is ready. You can do this on a website called http://buycrash.lexisnexisrisk.com. 

To get your report you are going to need some information. The first thing you are going to need is the state where the accident happened. The second thing you’re going to need is the jurisdiction. The jurisdiction is just a fancy word for the police department. The third thing you will need is the last name of one of the partiers involved. Then the last thing you will need is the accident report number, vin number, or driver’s license number. The easiest way to get the last information is to use the number that was on that card that was given to you by the police officer, but If you lose that card there are other options. The Buycrash report still takes about five days to be available online, but if for some reason if five days pass and you still can’t find your report call your local police station and see why the report, is not available. Unfortunately, sometimes, you will still have to go in person to pick up the report if Buycrash isn’t working. 

Loganville Accident Lawyer

Loganville Accident Lawyer

Between the feeling of a good, southern hometown and the beauty of the Vines Botanical Gardens, Loganville, Georgia, is a city filled with many visitors and residents. With the big majority of traffic traveling on Highway 78, accidents happen and problems arise day in and day out. Highway 78 is considered one of the most dangerous roads in the State of Georgia, and Loganville accidents can be serious. In 2010, an accident occurred at the intersection of Brand and Oak Grove roads. Two teen brothers were injured when their vehicle collided with a pick-up truck. Both boys were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, one being in critical condition.

Our Loganville accident lawyer has handled many Loganville personal injury car accidents both in Gwinnett and Walton Counties, and we are ready to answer questions you may have about your rights and responsibilities after an accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident in Loganville, please call our Loganville accident lawyer for a free case evaluation from an experienced Loganville accident lawyer. Our accident lawyer can help with medical bills, accident expenses and insurance policies. Our Loganville accident lawyer will help you navigate the next steps when moving forward after a life changing even, such as an accident.

Loganville, Georgia is a city where residents and visitors leave the crazy and hectic schedule of the city to relax in the comfortable feel of a great town. Sometimes, though, there are accidents caused by citizens who are distracted and serious injury and damage can result. If you are looking for a Loganville accident lawyer to help you with a Loganville accident, our firm is always available to give you a free, no-obligation case evaluation. A member of our team can even meet you in Loganville. We are prepared to answer any questions you may have resulting from the accident. Call today to learn more about our experience helping Loganville residents in car accident and injury claims.

Gwinnett Accident Repoert

How to Get A Copy of Your Gwinnett County Accident Report

The first step after a Gwinnett County accident is to get a copy of your Gwinnett County Motor Vehicle Accident Report. Gwinnett is actually one of the most efficient counties when it comes to obtaining reports as many of the Gwinnett accident reports are available online. Generally, Gwinnett accident reports take up to four days to complete. You can check the status of your report by calling the police department that responded to your accident (contact numbers below) or by logging into buycrash.lexisnexisrisk.com.

Individuals involved in car accidents in Gwinnett County can get a copy of their accident report one of three ways:

(1) Online: – Gwinnett makes almost all of their Gwinnett accident reports available online at LexisNexis Risk. LexisNexis Risk is an online service that allows you to print your accident report from the internet. Purchasing Gwinnett accident reports on LexisNexis Risk are generally more expensive than picking up Gwinnett accident reports in person [$11.00 LexisNexis Risk fee for Gwinnett Police Department reports as of the date of this article, less for some city police department reports].

Please note that to buy your report on LexisNexis Risk you will need the following (a) the date of the accident, (b) the police department that responded to the accident scene [i.e. Gwinnett County, Duluth, Lawrenceville, etc], and (c) ONE of the following: driver’s last name, accident report number, or vehicle VIN number. For security purposes, LexisNexis Risk will not let you get the report without all the needed information.

(2) In Person Pick-Up: The accident report cost and pick-up site are going to depend on the police department that responded to your collision. City and county departments have different precincts and headquarters for picking up Gwinnett accident reports:

Please note that as of the date of this article, the information below was. Prefect to the best of knowledge and we make no warranty or claim as to the accuracy of any of the information contained therein. Please call and independently verify the correct cost, availability date, and pick up place for your report.

Gwinnett County Police Department Reports – Gwinnett accident reports are available at the Gwinnett County Police Headquarters, 770 Hi Hope Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. As of the date of this article, the charge for accident report pick ups are $5.00 CASH ONLY, and often the headquarters will not break a bill larger than $10.00. Please call (770) 513-5000 in advance to confirm price and availability.

Auburn Police Department Accident Reports – Call (770) 513-8657 to receive your accident report cost and availability date. Prices vary by pages copied. As of the date of this article, The Auburn Police Department accepts check, cash, or money order. Pick up at 1369 Fourth Ave., Auburn, GA 30011.

Braselton Police Department Accident Reports – As of the date of this article, people can pick-up their accident reports at 5040 Georgia 53, Braselton, GA 30517. Call (706) 658-2852 x1101 before arriving to confirm cost and availability of report.

Duluth Police Department Accident Reports – As of the date of this article, accident reports are $5.00 (sometimes free for involved party) and are ready for pick-up after 5-10 days at 3276 Buford Highway, Duluth, GA 30096. Call (770) 623-2771 to check the status of your report, availability and cost.

Lawrenceville Police Department Accident Reports – Call (770) 962-4173 to check the status of your report, cost, and pick-up site. As of the date of this article, accident reports are $5.00 (sometimes free for involved party) and can be picked up at 300 Jackson Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

Lilburn Police Department Accident Reports – As of the date of this article, accident reports are $5.00 and can be picked up at 76 Main Street, Lilburn, GA 30047. Confirm cost, pick-up site, and availability by calling 770-638-2193.

Loganville Police Department Accident Reports – As of the date of this article, accident reports take 3 to 5 business days to complete, cost $3.00, and can be picked up at 605 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052. Call (770) 466-8087 before arriving to make sure of cost, and availability of report.

Norcross Police Department Accident Reports – As of the date of this article, accident reports are generally available within 3-5 business days and can be picked up at 65 Lawrenceville Street, Norcross, GA 30071. Call (770) 448-2111 to check the status of your report, availability, and cost.

Snellville Police Department Accident Reports – To confirm status, cost, and pick-up site, call (770) 985-3555. Accident reports cost $5.00 [Cash, Visa or Mastercard] and can be picked up at 2315 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078 as of the date of this article.

Suwanee Police Department Accident Reports – Call (770) 945-8995 to check the status of your report, cost, and pick-up place. As of the date of this article, accident reports are $3.00 and can be picked up at 373 Buford Highway, Suwanee, GA 30024.

(3) U.S. Mail – If you want to receive your Gwinnett accident reports via the U.S. Mail, you may do so by calling (770) 513-5000 and obtaining your cost. Then you can mail your cashier’s check payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Gwinnett County Police Department, Attn: Records, P.O. Box 602, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 with your accident report case number.

Note: This only applies to reports taken by the Gwinnett County Police Department. Reports taken by the City Police Departments have different request rules for U.S. Mail delivery, and the accident report cost varies by city. Call your city police department ahead of mailing to confirm address, cost, and payment method before mailing.

super-mom verdict

Client Story: Why Sometimes Small, $11,000 Trial Verdicts Mean the Most to Me

Mandy (not her real name) was your typical “super-mom.” She owned her own business, drove her two sons to travel-team soccer practice and games, and managed the every day stress that came with being a busy, working mother. But all that changed when one day she was hit head-on by a distracted driver on her way to picking up her sons from school.

Mandy felt immediate pain in her back, but brushed it off. Her husband was set to leave soon for China on an extended business trip. Her boys had school, practice, and soccer games, and her business customers were not going to stop calling simply because she was in an accident. Orders would still need to be shipped, the soccer teams would still have practice, and her husband was now 7,000 miles away. Mandy took over-the-counter pain medicine, used ice packs, and did not take a single day off from her company or her full-time job as “mom.”

A few weeks later, her pain still had not resolved. If she could just wait until her husband got back home, she thought, he would take care of the boys and help with her business so that she would finally be able to go to the doctor. She would cry to him on the phone in China about how much her back hurt. When her husband finally returned home from China, he took care of the boys and she took care of herself. Her doctor recommended physical therapy for the next three months – costing her over $3,000.

When she submitted the medical bills to the insurance company of the at-fault driver, the insurance company saw an opportunity to deny her claim. They were now trying to use her working and caring for her boys against her — saying she waited too long to go to the doctor. They offered her $1,000 so she would just “go away.”

But Mandy did not go away, and punishing a mom for putting her family first did not sit right with me. She hired our firm and the case was set for trial. At trial, the insurance company lawyer grilled Mandy about the delay in treatment and argued that she was not really hurt because she did not rush herself to the hospital. That is not the type of person Mandy was, and I knew it. We explained to the court the reasons for the delay, and how Mandy was the type of person that always put her boys before her self.

Today, the court sent us their decision: $11,469.75 plus court costs – over eleven times the insurance company’s offer to settle and every penny we asked for. Sometimes, the system just works.

An $11,000 verdict is not going to put us in the papers, it is not going to be broadcast on the news, but sometimes, $11,000 of justice for a “super-mom” means more to me than the $1.1 million settlements. Mandy could have been my mom, my wife, or my sisters. So to all the “super-moms” out there, thanks for all you do. I am glad we were able to (in a small way) return the favor today.

– Michael

apartment shooting lawyer

Apartment Shooting Lawyer in Gwinnett

Everyone deserves a safe place to live and to raise their children without needing an apartment shooting lawyer. In Georgia, however, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of apartment complex shootings.  An apartment complex’s lack of proper security makes the complex dangerous. For example, this week a gunfight erupted in a Norcross apartment complex.

Most apartment complex shootings are preventable if the apartment company takes the safety and security of their residents seriously. An apartment shooting lawyer can explain the duties of apartment complexes to keep their property safe. This includes protecting residents from crime that is foreseeable.  Crime is foreseeable if there has been a history of crime in the area.

These apartment shooting cases are called “negligent security cases” and the following questions are often most important in determining whether you have a case:

  1. Size of the Apartment Complex Company?
  2. Number of Residents at the Apartment?
  3. Amount of Crime in the Area in the Last Year?
  4. Any Previous Shootings?
  5. Proper Lighting at Complex?
  6. Any Security Guards on Duty?
  7. Proper and Working Apartment Complex Gate?
  8. Other Security Requirements?

An apartment shooting lawyer can help you determine whether or not your apartment complex had a duty to provide security guards, to maintain a proper security gate, or to report criminal activity on the property to police. First, an apartment shooting lawyer can identify if the apartment company failed to protect their residents from foreseeable shootings. Second, the apartment shooting lawyer can discover if the apartment complex cut back on security to increase their own profit. Finally, the lawyer can help you determine whether your apartment complex provided the proper level of security and whether you have a case.

R. Michael Coker is an experienced apartment shooting lawyer. Michael has protected the rights of his clients to recover from apartment complex owners and management companies for failing to do what was required to protect shooting victims at apartment complexes. He has recovered millions for his clients. Last, if you or someone you know was a shooting victim at an apartment complex or business and needs to speak with an apartment shooting lawyer, our office is happy to provide a free consultation to discuss your legal case. Call us today.

Best of Gwinnett

Attorney R. Michael Coker Named Best of Gwinnett

The votes are in, and Michael Coker was named Best of Gwinnett by Gwinnett Magazine. Best of Gwinnett is an exclusive honor reserved only for those businesses that are dedicated to providing top quality service to the people of Gwinnett County.

“We are pleased and honored that our clients have voted us Best of Gwinnett,” said Attorney Michael Coker. “We appreciate our clients’ recognition of our hard work and dedication to helping them maximize their accident or injury case.”

Since 2012, the Law Offices of R. Michael Coker has recovered over $4.7 million dollars for Gwinnett County clients injured in serious car accidents and slip and falls.

Gwinnett Magazine, who publishes the Best of Gwinnett list, had the following to say about Attorney Michael Coker: “Gwinnett’s own, R. Michael Coker is one of Georgia’s most effective personal injury lawyers having received both state and national recognition. He is ready to help you and your family get the compensation you deserve after a car accident, truck accident, dog bite, slip and fall, or other serious injury.”

The Best of Gwinnett seal is verification that a Gwinnett business is dedicated to serving the county’s citizens with excellent customer service and powerful results. R. Michael Coker and his dedicated staff look forward to a long and successful relationship with the people of Gwinnett County.

“I feel like it is my duty to continue to provide the people of Gwinnett with top quality legal services as our way of saying thank you for voting us Best of Gwinnett,” Coker said. “I look forward to continuing to earn my clients’ respect as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Gwinnett County.”

Print copies of the Best of Gwinnett edition of Gwinnett Magazine are available at newsstands now.