Accidents happen and sometimes, when people act carelessly, there can be serious injuries involved. It is something that can turn your life upside down. If you have been seriously injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be wondering what you can do to recover for your medical bills, lost wages, and mental anguish. Our Atlanta personal injury attorney is here to guide you through the steps of your case. You are a priority and the success of your case is important to us. After you read about your personal injury case, please do not hesitate to give our office a call to set up a free consultation.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Personal injury is a term that covers a lot of ground. There are several different types of personal injury cases which we have successfully handled before. These include:
- Slip and falls
- Car accidents
- Nursing home negligence
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Pedestrian accidents
- Negligent security
Each case comes with a host of injuries that need to be treated right away. They also require specialized representation. When you are looking for a Atlanta personal injury attorney, you need to take into consideration their experience with your particular type of personal injury case. When you hire someone who has a proven track record with your case type, you greatly increase the chances of you getting the best possible outcome.
Georgia Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
If you are injured in Georgia, you need to be aware of the laws that are in place that apply to you. It is important you know the statute of limitations in particular. The statute of limitations is a term for the amount of time you are allowed to bring your claim or have it settled in civil court. Georgia permits two years starting from the date of your accident/injury to bring or settle your claim. There are some exceptions to this with cases like medical malpractice or nursing home negligence. These are cases where you may not be able to immediately discover that there has been negligence. For instance, you may not realize the pharmacist gave you the wrong medication right away. In those types of cases, your statute of limitations begins when you have discovered, or should have reasonably discovered, that there was negligence.
Personal Injury Compensation Laws in Georgia
Very often, there will be fingers pointed at you when you try to bring a personal injury claim. Even if there was a clear liable party other than yourself, the insurance company for the other party tries to turn it around and blame you to reduce their responsibility to give you compensation. When that happens, we put the laws of compensation into play. Georgia follows modified comparative negligence laws which has to do with the reduction or elimination of your ability to collect an award. For example, if you have been involved in a car accident where a driver hit you after running through a stop sign, but you were speeding, then you would most likely share some fault. Let’s say you were awarded $10,000 for your injuries, but were found to be 20% at fault for the accident. You would then be allowed to collect $8,000 of that award to account for your role in causing the accident. Georgia law requires the application of comparative negligence laws when there is shared fault between the two parties. This often is a source of contention during negotiations for settlements.
Biggest Personal Injury Case Mistake to Avoid
Shortly after your accident, you will most likely be receiving a call from the liable party’s insurance company. The representative assigned to your case is going to have a goal, which is to get a recorded statement from you. It is imperative that you do not give them any kind of statement. No matter how convincing they are when they tell you it will help resolve your case sooner, you should never agree to do this. All it takes is one wrong answer and you could ruin your case. The insurance company knows this and they are trained to ask questions which illicit a response that is damaging to your case. We suggest that you allow your attorney to take over all communication with the insurance company to avoid any damage.
Please Call Our Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or even malice, please call our office today to set up a free consultation. You deserve to have competent and dedicated representation. Atlanta personal injury attorney Christopher Gunnels is highly experienced in many different practice areas and will guide you through your case step by step. When your life is flipped on its head, call our attorney to get the compensation you deserve from the liable party’s insurance company.