If you’ve suffered an injury caused by another person or organization’s negligence in Atlanta, GA, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Whether the injury was a result of a poor design, a driver’s inattention, or a person’s negligence, the negligent party should compensate you for the victim’s financial and emotional losses. Contact ChancoSchiffer P.C. for more information about personal injury claims in Georgia and what we can do for you.
There are many different types of personal injury cases. Five of the most common claims that occur in Georgia are listed below:
One of the most common is a car accident claim. Car accidents can occur because of distracted driving, impaired driving, someone acting recklessly, or another factor. Auto accident claims are often more clear-cut, as there is usually a negligent driver. For example, if one of the drivers was on his or her phone and crashed into another car, the court would likely find him or her liable.
Medical malpractice is another one of the more common personal injury claims. A person may file for medical malpractice if a doctor made a reckless or unreasonable decision that led to an injury. Medical malpractice cases are more complex because they hinge on proving a doctor acted unreasonably, and there is no clear legal definition of reasonable medical care.
People also often file personal injury claims for slip and fall accidents. Premises liability is often part of slip and fall claims, as property owners have a legal duty to keep their properties reasonably safe for visitors.
Defamation of character is also a more common type of personal injury case. If someone damages a person’s reputation with libel or slander, the victim could file a personal injury claim against him or her. For most claims, the victim must only prove that the defendant’s damaging statement was false.
Dog bites are another cause for personal injury claims. In Georgia, the victim must prove the defendant previously knew his or her dog was dangerous or vicious, and did not take steps to prevent the dog from injuring someone. However, if the dog is not on a leash when it attacks, the court could find the owner liable even if he or she did not know the dog had aggressive tendencies.
If you win your case the court could award you damages, which you can receive for a variety of reasons. The most basic type of compensation is for current or future medical expenses, including hospital bills, cost for doctor visits, physical therapy, and any other medical necessities you required.
The court could also award you damages for wages you lost on any days you needed off from work to recover. If the injury prevents you from being able to earn as much as before, the court could also order the defendant to compensate you for the difference between the two salaries.
You may also receive compensation for pain and suffering, which focuses on overall quality of life. Many attorneys will bring in people who can testify about your quality of life before and after the incident to prove the need for pain and suffering compensation.
Georgia follows the modified comparative fault rule, which gives the court the right to adjust compensation based on how responsible each party was for the incident. For example, if the court determines that you were 20% at fault for the incident that caused your injury, it could reduce your compensation by 20%.
Any personal injury case has a statute of limitations that outlines a deadline for filing a claim. In Georgia, you have two years after the time of the incident to file a claim. If you do not file within two years, you may lose your right to receive compensation for the accident.
If you or a loved one suffered a personal injury in Atlanta, you deserve compensation. ChancoSchiffer P.C. can provide you with determined representation. We offer quality, personal legal service. Contact ChancoSchiffer P.C. for experienced and dedicated legal assistance in your Atlanta personal injury claim.