Personal injury is a term that can mean a lot of things. There are many different types of accidents that can fall under the category of personal injury. We handle a lot of these cases, in many different categories, successfully. We understand that, if you have found your way to this page, you most likely have been seriously injured in an accident that might not have been your fault. It is terribly frustrating to get hurt, but it can be even more frustrating to have to deal with injuries when this whole event could have been avoided. If your injuries were caused by someone else acting carelessly or negligently, you may be eligible to bring a personal injury case against that liable party and receive compensation for your injuries and damages. After you read about your case a little bit, please call our office to schedule a free initial consultation.
Georgia Personal Injury Statutes of Limitation
“Statute of limitations” is a term that you may not be familiar with. It boils down to meaning the amount of time in which you are allowed to file a personal injury claim. Every state has a different statute of limitations. Georgia allows victims of personal injury two years from the date of their accident to file a claim. While this may seem like it is a long time, two years in terms of a lawsuit can fly by. There is a lot to be done and you want to give your attorney as much time as possible to build a strong case for you. You also should not wait to talk to a lawyer because there is typically time-sensitive material in your case that needs to be as soon as possible to be of use. That includes witness testimony and evidence collection/preservation.
How Personal Injury Compensation Works
Georgia follows the rules of modified comparative negligence. This defines how much of your compensation award you are permitted to collect, if any. When you are awarded compensation, there is a dollar amount determined based on your injuries and damages. Then there is a determination made about your role in the accident. If, for example, your personal injury case is a car accident and you were hit by someone who was clearly in the wrong but maybe you were speeding a little, you may be deemed to be 10 percent at fault. Let’s say your award came out to be $10,000 for your injuries and damages. Your award would be reduced to $9,000 to account for your fault in the accident. If you were somehow deemed to be mostly at fault for your personal injury, then you would be barred from receiving compensation entirely. It is something we actively work to avoid happening to you.
First Step for a Successful Personal Injury Case
To have a successful personal injury case, you need to take care of your health first and foremost. There is no injury case if you are not getting treatment. We use your medical records as a piece of evidence in a way. Your doctor will be able to show us the severity of your injury which helps us determine how much your case will be worth. They also can tell us how you got your injuries so that we can show the insurance company that their insured was in fact liable for your injuries. You getting immediate medical treatment ensures two things: you will be on the track to getting better and we will have what we need to prove your case.
Most Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
We handle a wide variety of personal injury cases for injured victims in Georgia, as we mentioned. These cases include:
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and falls
- Truck accidents
We strongly encourage you to reach out to our Georgia personal injury lawyer today if you have suffered from injuries due to any of these accidents.
Talking to the Insurance Company for the Liable Party
The absolute worst thing you can do for your case is talk to the liable party’s insurance company. It truly will not help your case, no matter how friendly their representatives seem. They have one goal and that is to minimize how much money they owe you. It is even better if they can throw out your case altogether. They will try to get a recorded statement from you where they will ask you questions that will force you to answer in a way that hurts your case and saves them money. The best thing you can do is hand over all communications to your lawyer so that they can protect you from the insurance company.
Contact Our Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers Today
If you have been seriously injured in an accident, please do not hesitate to call our Georgia personal injury lawyers today to get the most compensation possible. We can set up an initial, free consultation with you to go over the details of your case and show you the best way to get the results you deserve.