The Different Types of Personal Injury in Georgia
An accident can quickly turn a perfect day into a nightmare. If you’ve been injured and are wondering if you might have a personal injury (or Georgia personal injury) case, read on and see the Greathouse Trial Law.
What is bodily harm?
According to Georgia state law, personal injury encompasses a wide variety of accidents, including:
Personal injury is not limited to accidents. It also includes incidents including:
The resulting physical damage can vary widely, from bruising to traumatic brain injury. In the worst case, a loved one will die from serious injuries and you will have to pick up the parts.
Regardless of how the injury occurred, Georgian law allows you to seek compensation if someone else’s negligence played a role.
Types of personal injury
While compensation cannot undo your injury, it can make your financial struggle easier. Some of the damages you can claim under your Georgia personal injury claim include:
- Lost income
- Medical bills
- Out of pocket costs
- Pain and suffering
Lost income refers to wages that you did not receive because you spent time outside of work to recover from your injuries. Even if you paid for sick leave or vacation time from your employer, you can get these amounts back because you are not using this time as planned. In addition, the loss of income includes future wages that you may not be able to earn due to your injuries.
Medical bills Refer to costs incurred in treating your injuries immediately after the accident or in the future. These costs and the associated remuneration vary widely. In general, health care isn’t cheap, but the amount can be astronomical if the accident resulted in lifelong disfigurement, paralysis, disability, or brain damage.
Out of pocket costs This includes retail, medical supplies, and transportation to and from medical and physical therapy appointments. You can also apply for compensation for childcare and personal care that you will need after the accident.
Pain and suffering fall under a category known as non-economic damage. You don’t have any paperwork or receipts to illustrate these costs. You can think of this as a compensation for the disturbance of your everyday life. If your injuries were minor, you may get little or no compensation for pain and suffering. If you have been disfigured, your life has changed dramatically and your compensation can be substantial.
Georgia also takes comparative negligence into account when determining compensation for personal injury. What does that mean? If you are partially at fault for the accident, you will get essentially less compensation. For example, in your favorite restaurant, you slip and fall on a slippery floor, but you ran off to start a movie.
The court may decide that the restaurant was 90% responsible for not cleaning up the spill, but you were 10% responsible for walking on the tile floor. In this case, if the damage is $ 20,000, you will only get $ 18,000.
Have you already taken the first step?
Before contacting a personal injury attorney, the first thing to do is to see a doctor. A personal injury lawsuit can be a lengthy process that takes months or years. You need all the strength and endurance you can muster, and that starts with medical treatment.
In addition to monitoring your health, medical records are created through doctor and physical therapy appointments. Your personal injury attorney will use your medical records to illustrate your condition before and after your injury. It will be an integral part of your case.
The time it will take for us to resolve your case will vary depending on factors including the severity of your injuries and the complexity of the case.
We understand that you probably want the process to evolve quickly so that you can get out of the accident and lawsuit. While the other party may offer a quick fix, that quick buck may not cover all of your damages.
We’ll take the time to get to know you, investigate the accident, review your medical records, and speak to experts. In many cases, after hard work and research, we can negotiate an out of court settlement. When your personal injury lawsuit goes to court, we’re at the mercy of the court’s timetable.
While we are moving forward diligently and efficiently, your personal injury schedule can be a few years. We will be by your side and look out for your rights all the time.
When should you contact a personal injury attorney?
If you are contemplating a personal injury lawsuit, you should seek help from an attorney as soon as possible. The statute of limitations in Georgia is two years and one year if your lawsuit is against the government. Do not let the watch run out to seek compensation.
A personal injury attorney you can trust
If you are looking for a trusted Georgia personal injury attorney, call the Greathouse Trial Law at 678-310-2827.
We look after your interests and we will work hard to fight for your rights. We care about you and all of our customers.
With offices in Atlanta, Georgia, we serve customers across the state. We have had personal injury success and are here to help. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.
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