You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve recently been involved in an accident in DeKalb County, GA. By filing a personal injury claim against the person responsible for your injuries, you can demand money for medical bills, lost wages, and more. The experienced DeKalb County personal injury attorneys at Hasner Law can help you fight to maximize your financial recovery.
When you work with our team, you’ll benefit from more than 80 years of combined legal experience. We understand how devastating an unexpected accident can be, and we’re prepared to do everything in our power to get you the money you need and deserve.
Your initial case evaluation is 100 percent free. So, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our law office in DeKalb County today.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer If I Was Hurt in an Accident in DeKalb County?
You shouldn’t’ have to struggle with the consequences of an unexpected and avoidable accident on your own. Whoever was negligent and/or contributed to your injuries in any way should be held fully accountable. However, at-fault parties and their insurers will not rush to accept responsibility. Rather, they’ll go to great lengths to make it really tough for you to get the money you need.
Insurance companies, in particular, will rely on manipulation, fear, and scare tactics. They might deny your claim without reason or offer a quick settlement to get rid of your case for bottom dollar. Don’t let insurance companies push you around. Call Hasner Law and have our experienced DeKalb County personal injury lawyers advocate on your behalf. We know how insurance companies operate. Better yet, we know how to stop their games from working. For decades, we’ve gone toe-to-toe with huge corporations, hospitals, and powerful insurers across the state of Georgia. And, we’ve won big for our clients.
How? By taking a tenacious, detail-oriented approach to every case we handle. When you ask for our help after an accident in DeKalb County, you can expect us to:
- Investigate your accident from every possible angle
- Gather evidence that helps to prove causation and liability
- Protect you if and when others attempt to blame you for your accident or injury
- Work with experts, professionals, and specialists throughout the process, especially as we investigate, build, and value your claim, and
- Handle all communication with interested parties, including insurance adjusters and company representatives.
We will work diligently to build a persuasive claim that can be used to leverage a swift and significant settlement offer in your favor. However, if insurance companies or other parties don’t cooperate, our trial lawyers will be more than ready to go to court. We’re known for our successes in front of a judge and jury. So, you can bet that insurers will want to avoid a showdown with us at trial. That, alone, can be a huge asset for you during the claims process.
Contact our law firm to learn more. We’re always standing by to take your call.
DeKalb County, GA Practice Areas
An unexpected injury can change the course of your life. Short-term consequences can be frustrating and overwhelming. Long-term consequences can be costly and debilitating. Money might not turn back time or guarantee that you make a full recovery. But, it can make a huge difference in the weeks, months, and years to come. That’s why Hasner Law is here to help you fight to not only recover compensation but maximize your award.
We represent clients in DeKalb County who have been injured as a result of:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Boating accidents
- Police Brutality
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall accidents
- Negligent security
- Defective products
- Product liability
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Uber and Lyft accidents, and more.
No case is too big or too small. To learn more about your legal options and how we might be able to help, all you have to do is give us a call. It’s that easy.
DeKalb County Accident Statistics
Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs have become increasingly popular in recent years. DeKalb County, in particular, has seen a surge in population. As more people move to and work here, area roads become more congested. Traffic gets heavier. Drivers log more and more miles and hours on area highways and interstates. So, it’s really no surprise that traffic accidents are fairly common in DeKalb County.
Accidents aren’t just common. They’re happening more and more often. Back in 2013, there were a total of 28,587 traffic accidents in DeKalb County. In 2015, crashes rose to 35,185. By 2017, DeKalb County saw 41,928 crashes on its roads. In just a few short years, the number of motor vehicle accidents in the area surged by more than 46 percent.
Fatal Accidents in DeKalb County
Accidents have grown exponentially in DeKalb County. Sadly, so have the number of fatal crashes. In fact, fatal car accidents in DeKalb County have more than doubled since 2014. That year, 55 people died in motor vehicle crashes. In 2018, there were 108 auto accident-related deaths in the area.
Most Dangerous Intersections in DeKalb County
Accidents can happen anywhere in DeKalb County. And, they do. However, crash data suggests that certain parts of the Atlanta metro area are more dangerous than others. Roads and intersections in DeKalb County that are particularly hazardous include:
- Route 23 and Chicago Road
- Plank Road and Moose Range Road
- Peace Road and Route 64
- Peace Road and Barber Greene Road, and
- Peace Road and Fairview Drive.
Can you guarantee that you’ll avoid an accident by steering clear of these intersections? No, but you can potentially reduce the likelihood of a crash.
What Compensation Can I Get If I File a Personal Injury Claim in DeKalb County, GA?
When you get hurt in an accident in DeKalb County, the consequences can be devastating. Physically. Emotionally. Financially. You can seek compensation for these consequences by filing a personal injury lawsuit or claim.
In Georgia, two types of damages that are traditionally available – economic and non-economic.
Accidents are expensive. Economic damages are awarded to help make up for the costs and expenses that you experience because of your accident. This can include compensation for both present and future:
- Medical bills (e.g., transportation to the hospital, diagnostic tests, medical devices, surgery, medication, rehabilitation, follow-up care)
- Lost income and wages
- Temporary and/or permanent disability
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Nursing care, and
- Funeral bills and expenses.
When you’re awarded economic damages, it should be as if the accident never happened, at all. In terms of money, at least.
Sometimes the repercussions of an accident are hard to see. They’re often intimate, personal, and hard to value. They’re often just as debilitating – or more debilitating – than physical and financial injuries. And, they’re what non-economic damages aim to make up for.
Examples of non-economic awards include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress (e.g., anxiety, depression, PTSD)
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium, and
Since they’re so subjective, the value of non-economic damages tends to be a highly contested issue. So, it’s important to have a say in how your damages are calculated. At Hasner Law, our team will not only advocate for you, we’ll bring in accident specialists and injury professionals to help us figure out what your case is worth. We’ll rely on the insight and expertise of doctors, therapists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and others throughout the process. The more we know about your case and the better understand your suffering, the greater your chances of a substantial recovery.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Case in DeKalb County?
You won’t have an unlimited amount of time to assert your rights and demand compensation for your injuries. How long will you have? It depends on what type of case you decide to pursue.
Insurance Claim For Benefits
Insurance is the primary source of compensation for injury victims. Georgia has fault-based insurance rules. So, if you get hurt because someone else is negligent, you can file a claim to recover compensation from their insurance provider. Since this is a private claim, insurance companies get to set the rules.
Most companies require that you provide notice of the accident as soon as you can. Then, you must submit a formal insurance claim and demand letter within a “reasonable” amount of time. What’s reasonable? It can vary, depending on which insurance provider is involved. The best rule of thumb is to notify the insurer and then waste no time in bringing in a lawyer to help with the claims process.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
If insurance companies refuse to cooperate, or if your damages exceed policy limits, you might consider filing a lawsuit. The state of Georgia typically requires a civil lawsuit be filed within two years of the date of injury or death. The statute of limitations can be tolled (or extended) in certain situations. However, miss the deadline that applies and you’ll lose out on valuable compensation.
Claim For Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workplace accidents, injuries, and illnesses are incredibly common. If you were hurt on the job and covered by workers’ compensation, you can submit a claim to recover no-fault benefits. However, to secure compensation, you’ll have to do so within 12 months of getting hurt. Contact our workers’ compensation attorneys in DeKalb County today to discuss your workplace injury case.
Claim Involving the Government
Thanks to sovereign immunity, the government isn’t usually liable for accidents or injuries. However, that’s not necessarily the case if the government’s negligence causes or contributes to an accident. If the government knew or should have known about a hazard, but failed to take action, it can be legally and financially responsible for the repercussions. In order to recover compensation, however, you’ll have to file a special administrative claim with the government. That claim has to be filed within 12 months of the date of injury.
Don’t lose out on valuable compensation. Call Hasner Law as soon as you can after you suffer an injury in DeKalb County.
We Handle All Injury Cases in DeKalb County
If you’ve suffered an avoidable injury, Hasner Law will help you stand up and demand compensation. It doesn’t matter if your injury is mild, moderate, or severe. We know that the costs and consequences of any injury – big or small – can be catastrophic.
We’re here to help you fight to get the money you need and deserve to make life a little easier. Our team represents clients who have suffered injuries including:
- Back injury
- Brain injury
- Broken bones
- Chest injury
- Concussion and head injury
- Crushing injury
- Eye injury
- Lost limbs
- Neck injury and whiplash
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Wrongful death, and more.
Are your injuries so severe that you can’t leave your home or the hospital? Can you just not afford to take time off of work to come down to our law office to discuss your case? That’s okay. We can arrange a time to come to you. Give us a call today to learn more.
I’ve Been Blamed For My DeKalb County Accident. Can I Still Get Money?
It depends. Georgia has modified comparative negligence rules. This means that sharing fault for your accident and injuries won’t automatically bar you from recovering compensation. However, once your proportionate responsibility is equal to or greater than 50 percent, you lose the right to seek damages.
If you do share some of the blame, your damages will be adjusted to reflect that. For example, let’s say your proportionate responsibility for your accident is 30 percent. Your damages will, in turn, reduced by 30 percent. If you suffered $10,000 in damages, you can walk away with $7,000 at the end of the day.
At-fault parties and insurance companies will definitely try to point fingers and shift blame. If they’re successful, they can limit how much money they have to fork over, or escape a payout altogether. So, don’t let these tactics go unchallenged.
At Hasner Law, our accident attorneys will dig deep to get to the bottom of what happened and figure out why you got hurt. We’ll work diligently to gather evidence to disprove the claims that you share responsibility. Or, if you do share some of the blame, we’ll fight to minimize your role. The less blame you share, the more money you can get.
Note that if you’ve been injured at work and want to recover benefits from your employer’s workers’ compensation policy, fault doesn’t matter. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. You can recover benefits, even if you are entirely responsible for your work-related injuries.
There’s No Risk in Asking For Our Help
What does it cost to hire a DeKalb County personal injury lawyer? That’s a pretty common question. And it’s a good question. After an accident, money can be tight. You might worry that you just can’t afford to hire a lawyer to help you pursue compensation. However, it’s something you don’t have to worry about when you turn to Hasner Law for help. That’s because we work on contingency.
Contingency means that we don’t get paid unless we win. There aren’t any upfront costs to hire our firm. We cover the expenses related to your case (e.g., court costs, filing fees, administrative expenses, expert fees). We assume all of the risks associated with your case. You only pay us for our representation when we successfully negotiate a settlement or win an award on your behalf.
Our team will simply recover a pre-agreed-upon percentage of your net financial award. It’s that simple.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our DeKalb County Personal Injury Lawyers
Were you recently injured in an accident in DeKalb County, Georgia? Has someone you love died in an accident that could have been avoided? Contact Hasner Law for immediate legal assistance. You may be entitled to compensation, and our DeKalb County personal injury attorneys will help you fight to get every last dollar you deserve. We offer a free initial case evaluation, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our passionate and accomplished team today.