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Michael G. Geoffroy
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  • What type of lawyer do i need?

    i was driving and a pole fell off a dump truck and hit my car. it put a hole in my front bumper and put a hole in my roof as well. the driver of the dump truck has said that he didn't see anything fall off of his truck so their insurance won't do ...

    Michael’s Answer

    A personal injury lawyer can help if an injury was involved. If there was any sort of significant impact you should go see your family doctor to make sure no injury was suffered. Many times a person does not realize they suffered an injury immediately after the collision. If there was no injury and only property damage, contact your insurance carrier and get an estimate done on the car damage. You may not need an attorney but need to make sure you recover the full amount for your property damage to your car. Do not accept the insurance companies estimate just because they say it is reasonable, use website like kbb.com and edmunds.com to determine the value of your car if it was totaled. Good luck.

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  • Do you have a telephone number to an attorney who handles negligence in a hospital, and as a result the patient dies?

    He fell in the hospital while he was admitted and hit the hard floor and injured his head, and later he developed gangrene in his hand, it turned black, and peeled.

    Michael’s Answer

    Use the "contact this attorney" function on Avvo to contact an Atlanta area attorney with medical malpractice experience. I am sorry for your loss.

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  • Have I been a victim of libel and slander.

    An insult directed at my character states, "I know for a fact she drives by peoples homes who she disagrees with." And that I'm crazy. The publisher replied to my report of the vile libelous by saying what was said was fact, backed up by a witness...

    Michael’s Answer

    Libel and slander is difficult to prosecute and recover under Georgia law. One critical element is showing how you have lost money or otherwise been damaged as a result of the other parties actions. From your facts, that seems unlikely. You may want to contact an attorney who specializes in this.

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  • I was rear ended and I wasn't at fault, the guy who caused the accident accepted responsibility for it.

    I was wondering if there's a way for me to find legal assistance even though I cannot afford an attorney. The accident left significant damage to my vehicle, thus it was totalled as a result.

    Michael’s Answer

    Yes, as other posters have pointed out, you can and should hire an attorney on a contingency fee, where you do not pay out of pocket, but give them a percentage of your recovery. You should also get checked out by doctor as soon as possible. My firm works with doctors who also do not require out of pocket payment, but will wait until your case is resolved to get paid. Avvo is a great way to contact a qualified attorney in your local area, take advantage of it. Good luck in your case and recovery.

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  • Got T-boned by a guy that ran a red light got a sprained back and totaled truck how much should I ask for in this caseI

    The truck I was driving was my mother's I was on her insurance as a driver

    Michael’s Answer

    I agree with other responses. Contact a local lawyer using Avvo. There are many good car accident lawyers in Covington and Conyers. Be sure to ask any potential lawyer about their experience in this area of the law and local courts. Take care of your health first and let a lawyer deal with the insurance. A claim can get complicated and insurance companies will take advantage of your lack of experience in dealing with negotiations and a lawsuit.

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  • My car was rear ended on 06/20 and after being without a car for 7 days, i picked up a car from Avis on 06/28. Paid on Credit

    On 06/29 or so. I finally contacted USAA and they said they were responsible for the claim. They asked me to return the car to Avis and they would direct bill from Enterprise. I returned the avis car on 07/06. Paid on my credit card. Picked up c...

    Michael’s Answer

    You should contact an attorney, use Avvo to find a local attorney. A rental car is part of the damages, but only for a reasonable amount of time, which is very fact driven by your particular case and can be difficult to recover in a lawsuit. But there are many other types of damages like pain and sufferin, medical damages and lost wages to be sure to recover.

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  • Insurance offered to cover 70%

    What's my next move? Traveling in traffic on I-285 (6 lanes) in second lane from right 30-35mph with about 35-40 feet of space distance between my rruck and car in front of me. Car in third lane decides to switch a lane right in front of me at ...

    Michael’s Answer

    The other attorneys are correct, you settlement and payment from the insurance company for repairs will include a release that will prevent you from filing suit. If you want to recover more, you will need to reject the insurance companies offer and demand a greater amount. If the insurance company will not agree, you will need to sue the other driver (not the insurance company). I highly recommend you find a local lawyer on Avvo if you want to do this. I also warn it is difficult to prosecute lawsuits where the fault or negligence is shared or unclear. Good luck.

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  • What can I do for a body shop not repairing my car to standards after car accident ?

    Got in accident..dealership where I bought car from did tepairs...had to take the car back 5 different times and they told me the mechanic that worked on my car did not do the work he was supposed to do...basically messed upy car along with others...

    Michael’s Answer

    If your car is still not fixed properly, I would contact the dealer that fixed it wrong by certified letter, keep a copy, and spell out what is wrong. I would then seek repairs from another person (some sort of certified mechanic or dealer at least) and then send them the bill, certified mail and keep a copy, and demand they pay it. While the original cause of the damage was a car accident, this is a contract case where the dealership failed to do what you contracted with them to do in exchange for your money. In addition, I would contact the car maker if this is a name brand dealership and provide them with all receipts, paperwork and your letter. They may intervene and help you get repairs paid for by someone. These cases are difficult because the amount of money in controversy is relatively low and it is often not worth paying an attorney $1000s for a lawsuit. If they do not pay for the final repair, file in small claims or Magistrate Court. Be prepared to have all paperwork and the last mechanic you hired to come testify to provide evidence. Contact a local attorney on Avvo if you can afford it and the case amount calls for it. Good luck.

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  • Who should sign the court documents when filing a car accident lawsuit?

    If the lawsuit has to be filed, is both of the client and lawyer or only representing lawyer required to sign the court documents?

    Michael’s Answer

    In Georgia, a lawyer can file a car wreck or "tort damages"(tort is a legal term for "harm") lawsuit without a signature from the client on that lawsuit. Some lawsuits require a "verified complaint" where the plaintiff must sign, but that is not required in a lawsuit. It is worth noting, your lawyer is required to get your signature on a fee agreement here in Georgia if their representation is on a contingency fee. I encourage you to speak to your lawyer, if a second opinion is needed, contact a local lawyer from here on Avvo. Good luck.

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  • Who is liable? I was in an accident with a tractor trailer transporting cars for a large car manufacturer. I've lost a finger

    and use of my left arm. And am no longer able to work. Can I sue the driver, the trucking company and auto manufacturer?

    Michael’s Answer

    As long as there is a careless act by the other driver that caused the accident and lead to your injuries, you can sue the other driver, the owner of his truck, his employer and their insurance. Trucking companies in Georgia are required to carry at least $1,000,000 in insurance and many carry more. It is very important you contact a lawyer quickly to gather evidence and witnesses from the scene that may be vital to your case. I am sorry for your injury and hope you recover as best you can.

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