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Frederick Doren Burkey

Frederick Burkey’s Answers

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  • I fell asleep at the wheel and hit a mailbox in my neighborhood. Arrested for a hit and run. Should i fight?

    it was around 3am so i decided to go home and called the police in the morning. i escorted the officer to the scene of the accident and was arrested for hit and run while the neighbor asked him not to take me to jail.

    Frederick’s Answer

    You should consult with a qualified criminal defense attorney before making any decisions regarding your case. There are several ways an attorney may provide a defense in your situation. While my practice is focused on serious injuries and fatalities involving autos, commercial trucks and motorcyles, my thoughts would focus on whether the elements of a hit and run- as established in your jurisdiction- have been met. Best of luck. If you are in the Georgia Area, feel free to contact me for some suggestions on how to find a criminal defense attorney.

    Fred Burkey

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  • Are these considered serious injury? whiplash, herniated disc requiring fusion surgery, 2 surgeries of right shoulder,

    in accident with commercial truck & truck company is trying to say my case is not worth much . total of 3 surgeries, I have huge scars & screws & was unable to return to work I was in perfect health before this accident

    Frederick’s Answer

    You have a serious claim and you should seek a qualified attorney who focuses their practice on serious injuries and fatalities. Avvo is a good resource to help you appreciate the differences in skill level among different attorneys. You should also choose an attorney who is experience in the medicine found in these types of injuries. If the defense team cannot challenge your case on liability, they will challenge on whether all of your injuries were caused by the collision. It sounds absurd but true. For example, the defense team will find a prior back complaint or chiropractic treatment and exploit that information to argue that your current back injuries were already present. You need a skilled attorney to refute these attempts to avoid paying you the full value of your claim.

    As for me, my practice focuses on helping injured people and their families who have sustained serious injuries and fatalities involving auto, trucking and motorcycle accidents. It is critical to select an attorney with experience in cases involving significant traffic accidents or significant negligence. I have eighteen years experience as an attorney and fourteen years experience representing auto accident victims. I am AV Rated by Martindale Hubble (the highest ranking for ethics and professionalism). I am a member of the national trial lawyers association (The American Association for Justice), the Southeastern Regional Trial Lawyers Association (the Southern Trial Lawyers Association), the state trial lawyers association (The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association) the local trial lawyers association (The North Metro Trial Lawyers Association) and am a former president of the North Fulton Bar Association. I hold an "advocate" designation for trial practice through the American Association for Justice. I have also been selected through the State Bar of Georgia as a member of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia (which is recognition afforded a select group of lawyers for the purpose of giving back to the community). I have a superb rating of 9.1 on this site.

    I strive for excellence in the practice. I believe in client service. I immediately pursue my cases. I copy my clients on all communication (typically via email). I may be reached by email most any time, including after hours and on weekends. I have blackberry capability. Furthermore, I aggressively pursue recovery from the insurance company. This approach leads to higher recoveries and a shorter time to resolution.

    It is also critical for the lead attorney to personally oversee the case. I personally investigate and prepare my cases for trial. I have significant experience in trial practice, auto and truck negligence and the medicine of crash injuries. My experience and personal attention lead to results. Please take a moment to the firm webpage at

    Please feel free to call all me if you would like some additional information.

    Frederick D. Burkey
    404-892-8510 Direct Dial

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  • In Ga do all siblings have to join in a wrongful death action for their mother who died without a spouse?

    two of the three siblings were not added.

    Frederick’s Answer

    No, typically one sibling might take up the right of recovery. Any proceeds would then be distrubuted according to a formula set by Georgia Law. For example, I currently have a case in the Georgia Court of Appeals involving a wrongful death recovery for a significant auto crash. In that case, the minor child is seeking to pursue the right of recovery through a guardian. In the event, there are any other siblings who later appear, the present minor child would still pursue the right of recovery but may be required to divide the proceeds with any other siblings should they later appear.

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