Accidents are a part of life. Albany, for example, sees its share of car accidents each year, and sometimes these accidents cause serious injuries. If you’ve been injured in an Albany accident that was demonstrably caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim to seek compensation for the damages you’ve suffered.
Hasner Law Handles Albany Personal Injury Claims
The legal team at Hasner Law understands just how devastating the injuries incurred in a personal injury claim can be, and we’re here to help. Our firm has extensive experience dealing successfully with a wide variety of personal injury claims:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Truck and commercial vehicle accidents
- Dog bites
- Motorcycle accidents
- Premises liability cases
- Product liability cases
- Medical malpractice cases
- Wrongful death cases
Commonly Incurred Accidental Injuries
Accidents range widely in their severity and circumstances and can lead to injuries that vary from mild to extremely serious and from fleeting to long-lasting or permanent. Certain injuries are sometimes even commonly linked to specific kinds of accidents. For example, whiplash is frequently associated with rear-end car accidents. Accidents, however, can result in many kinds of injuries:
- Sprains, strains, and fractures
- Tissue damage
- Organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
Every accident is unique, so associated injuries are unique to each claim. Some accidents lead to injuries with ongoing complications, including permanent disabilities, paralysis, or amputation. If your accident led to permanent damage that keeps you from returning to work, leaves you in constant pain, or diminishes your quality of life, your personal injury claim should adequately reflect this hardship.
The Elements of a Successful Albany Personal Injury Claim
A successful Albany personal injury claim must clearly demonstrate—through evidence collected at both the scene of the accident and throughout your recovery—four essential elements:
- At least one party had a duty to protect you from harm. This duty to protect can simply mean a driver who had a duty to adhere to posted traffic signs or property owners who had a duty to remove blatant hazards.
- The duty-bound party breached the duty in some manner.
- The breach led to your accidental injury.
- The injury you suffered caused specific financial damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, property damage, or intangible damages such as pain and suffering.
Your Claim and the Negligent Party
The negligent party in a personal injury claim is not always self-evident. In a car accident, for example, the other driver is not necessarily the negligent party. Sometimes car accidents are caused by vehicles that malfunction or that aren’t manufactured with sufficient safety mechanisms, which can result in charges against car or parts manufacturers. Poor roadway maintenance or design can also contribute to accidents, which can result in charges against the government entity responsible for roadway maintenance and safety. By conducting a thorough investigation of your claim, your Albany personal injury lawyer will hold the negligent party or parties responsible.
Evidence in a Personal Injury Claim
If you’re injured in a car accident, seeking immediate medical attention should be your top priority. Evidence collected at the accident scene, however, can be essential to your case’s successful resolution. If you can’t collect the evidence yourself, enlist your friends, family members, or bystanders at the scene to gather evidence in the aftermath of your accident. This includes taking photos and videos that capture the scene from every angle and gathering eyewitness testimony and contact information. Swiftly retaining an Albany personal injury lawyer can also help ensure that important evidence isn’t lost or destroyed. When you begin receiving medical treatment for the injuries you’ve sustained, it’s important to document that treatment, which acts as evidence regarding your accident’s financial implications. This documentation can include several important medical elements:
- Instructions provided by medical professionals
- Medical reports and printouts
- Medical descriptions of your injuries
- Medical and therapeutic appointments
- Referrals to medical specialists
- Medical bills
- Prescriptions and associated charges
- Copies of medical notes written to your employer
In addition, gather evidence of your lost wages and earning ability by collecting pay stubs, employer correspondence, and all matters associated with your accident-related work leave. If you seek compensation for other damages, including mental health care, also retain that paperwork. You can strengthen your claim and enhance your chances of just compensation by keeping this documentation organized and available.
By working with accident experts, your Albany personal injury lawyer can also play an important evidentiary role. Such experts often include accident reconstruction specialists and witnesses with professional expertise that allows them to comment on an accident without having witnessed it.
Work with an Experienced Albany Personal Injury Attorney
Accidents are often both emotionally and physically devastating. While you focus on your physical and emotional recovery, allow your experienced Albany personal injury lawyer to guide your claim toward its best possible resolution. Your attorney will ensure that your claim is not only timely (Georgia has a two-year-from-date-of-accident statute of limitations) but also rigorous.
To ensure that you don’t simply accept a lowball insurance offer that’s meant to make your claim go away (as often happens), your skilled personal injury attorney will engage in vigorous negotiations with the negligent party’s insurance provider. If a fair settlement can’t be accomplished, your lawyer will guide you regarding the advisability of filing a lawsuit.
Call for a Free Consultation With an Albany Personal Injury Law Firm Today
Personal injury claims are complicated and you should always take them seriously. At Hasner Law, we have the skill and knowledge to guide our clients’ cases toward favorable recovery while they engage in the important work of healing. Call our Albany office at (855) 888-4878 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation, and we’ll help you understand both the legal process and the unique circumstances of your claim.