Mr. Sussman's criminal practice consists primarily of misdemeanor and felony cases and can range anywhere from traffic matters and DUI cases to Murder cases. His personal injury practice consists primarily of auto accidents and products liability and workers’ compensation cases which consist of on the job injuries arising out of and in the course and scope of employment.
The main geographical focus of the practice is concentrated in the Augusta Judicial Circuit which is comprised of Burke County, Columbia County and Richmond County with occasional cases taken in surrounding counties. Likewise, in South Carolina, the focus of the practice is cases in Aiken County, McCormick County and Edgefield County with an occasional client from Lexington or Barnwell. If we do not accept a client based on the location of their case, we can always make a referral.
Mr. Sussman is admitted to the Superior Courts of Georgia as well as the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. He is also admitted to all Federal Courts in Georgia in the North, South and Middle Districts as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
In South Carolina, Mr. Sussman is admitted to all Circuit Courts as well as the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He is also admitted to practice in the U. S. District Court for the District of South Carolina including Aiken, Columbia, Charleston, Greenville and Florence Divisions.
Although his primary cases involve State and Superior Court appearances, Mr. Sussman has appeared in various Federal Courts in both states representing clients who have been injured or charged with various crimes.
In his thirty five years of practice, Mr. Sussman has handled a wide range of cases covering various locations in Georgia and South Carolina with a primary focus in the CSRA. These cases have involved personal injury cases with settlements in the range of $5,000.00 to over $1,000,000.00 and criminal cases that range anywhere from DUI cases to Death Penalty Murder cases. He has also handled various Motions, pleas, and other matters in Superior and Circuit Court and Appeals in the Supreme Court of Georgia and South Carolina arguing cases for his clients.
Mr. Sussman travels to all Courts in the CSRA and occasionally will take cases throughout the States of South Carolina and Georgia and infrequently will go to Florida. Primarily, his practice consists of Magistrate, State, Civil, and Superior Courts in Georgia and Magistrate, Common Pleas and General Sessions Court in the circuit courts of South Carolina.
Mr. Sussman handles a variety of cases ranging from traffic offenses and DUI cases to drug cases/Sale and Trafficking cases, Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery and Murder.
It is very important that you retain the services of an attorney early so we can commence our own investigation and interview all witnesses and arrange for a bond if necessary. We also try to convince the prosecutor to reduce or drop the charges prior to indictment if possible.
Personal injury cases are primarily for people who are in car accidents or have some type
of product defect such as defective tires or medical appliances or defect in property such as stores, parking lots, sidewalks and homes which are commonly called slip and fall cases.
The general idea is to receive the necessary treatment from your medical provider(s) until someone is completely healed before a settlement is reached. At that time, the medical treatment and bills incurred are determined as well as any lost wages. Generally a settlement should be a sufficient amount of money to pay the attorney’s fees and any outstanding medical bills and put tax free money in the client’s pocket.
If the case cannot be settled, it is very important to file a lawsuit to protect the statute of limitations. Georgia has a statute of two years and South Carolina has a statute of three years. This would begin from the date of the accident and if nothing is filed within the appropriate period of time, any recovery would be barred.
Workers’ compensation cases are exactly how they sound. That is if someone is hurt on
the job whether it is their fault or not, they are entitled to coverage through their employer. The employer can pick or choose the doctor but the employer pays for it.
In addition, if the worker is out of work a sufficient number of days, the employer has to pay them their compensation rate which is a weekly check consisting of two-thirds of their average weekly wage up to a maximum amount depending on which state the claim is made in.
It is very important that a workers’ compensation claim is filed within one year or two years again depending on the state. There are several limitations involved in claiming benefits so it is very important to seek the advice of counsel.