Accidents happen every day. In many cases, they result in injuries to one or more parties. Certain types of accidents are more common than others. Car accidents are relatively common, and they injure and kill thousands of people in Georgia every year. In 2016, 112,526 people were injured and 1,130 people died in car accidents in Georgia.
Individuals who are injured in accidents can seek compensation for their resulting damages through personal injury claims. To recover compensation this way, the victim must demonstrate that another party acted in a negligent or reckless manner, causing the accident and the claimant’s injury to occur.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Our team handles the following types of personal injury cases:
Ways You Can be Injured in an Accident
There are many ways you can be injured in an accident depending on the severity of the accident, where your body suffered the impact, and your overall health and fitness levels. Certain injuries are linked to specific types of accidents, such as lacerations and excessive bleeding with dog bites. Other injuries you can suffer in an accident include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Tissue damage
- Organ damage
Injuries suffered in accidents can have complications, such as paralysis and permanent disability. In cases where these complications cause the victim to suffer permanent damages, such as the inability to work or chronic pain, these damages can be worked into the victim’s personal injury claim and compensated by his or her settlement.
Keys to a Successful Personal Injury Claim
A successful personal injury claim establishes the following:
- One or more parties had a duty to protect the victim from harm; this duty can be as simple as following the posted traffic signs or removing blatant hazards from a person’s property
- Those parties breached this duty; this breach is known as negligence
- Because of the party’s breach of his or her duty to others, an accident occurred that resulted in the victim’s specific bodily injury
- The injury caused the victim to suffer specific financial damages; these damages can include medical bills, missed wages, and other intangible expenses known collectively as “pain and suffering” damages
To demonstrate each of these elements of your claim, you must use evidence. Some pieces of evidence are collected at the scene of the accident, such as photographs and eyewitness testimonies. Other are obtained later, such as documentation of lost wages and medical bills. It is important to note that the negligent party in a motor vehicle accident is not always another driver. Sometimes, accidents happen because one or more of the vehicles malfunctioned or had insufficient safety features. Accidents can also result from poor roadway maintenance or design, in which case the entity charged with maintaining the roadway may be negligent.
Using Evidence to Support Your Personal Injury Claim
Immediately following your accident, it is important that you gather the pieces of evidence that can be obtained only in those moments, such as photographs and contact information for any witnesses. The only exception is if you need emergency medical care, in which case you should get yourself to the nearest emergency care center as soon as possible.
Other pieces of evidence to include with your claim are your medical bills, including bills for doctor visits, medication, and hospitalization, and any documents that show the wages and other compensation you lost because of the accident. This evidence can include pay stubs and paperwork showing your leave from work to recover. If you are seeking compensation for other damages, such as the need for mental health care services, include those bills as well.
Your lawyer may be able to obtain additional evidence to support your claim, such as a digital recreation of the accident from an accident reconstruction specialist or testimony from an expert witness, an individual whose professional expertise enables him or her to discuss your case without having witnessed it firsthand. In a personal injury case, this may be a doctor or a physical therapist.
How an Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help Your Claim Reach a Successful Settlement
When you are suffering from an injury, your top priority should be your recovery. Take the time to rest, complete necessary medical procedures and therapies, and focus on your health. Your lawyer can handle the difficult parts of pursuing a personal injury claim on your behalf.
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident. Your lawyer can ensure that your claim is submitted within this time frame. He or she can also negotiate with the negligent party’s insurance provider to secure an appropriate settlement amount for your damages after you receive a lowball offer, which is often the case with personal injury claims. He or she can also advise you about how to proceed through each stage of your claim’s progress, including advising you about the possibility of filing a lawsuit if you cannot reach a fair settlement with the insurance provider.
Work with an Experienced Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. Although you can pursue a personal injury claim on your own, working with an experienced personal injury lawyer will give your case a better chance at success because your lawyer has the knowledge and expertise to build a claim and negotiate with the other parties involved on your behalf. To learn more about the personal injury claim process and what you can expect given your case’s specific circumstances, contact our team of personal injury lawyers at Hasner Law PC today to set up your initial consultation with us. You can reach us at 678-888-4878 in Atlanta, 912-234-2334 in Savannah, and 1-855-888-4878 for all other cities.