Personal injury is a term that can be used to refer to many different things from injuries on the premises of a business to auto accidents, but one thing they all have in common is that in most instances they are actually preventable.
If you’ve suffered a personal injury you may be eligible for financial recovery. Our personal injury lawyers at The Hurt Boss in Sandy Springs, GA can help you recover compensation for your injuries, suffering, and more. Call our Sandy Springs personal injury lawyers today at 678-806-7715 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
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What Should I Do After an Injury?
A personal injury might leave you feeling helpless, but you can take certain steps to stand up for yourself and protect your rights. Here is what you should do after an injury:
Seek Medical Treatment
If possible, get medical attention at the accident scene, or have a doctor evaluate the injuries within the shortest time possible. Treating your injuries in time can help you avoid long-term medical complications. Furthermore, your medical report will be an important piece of evidence when pursuing compensation.
Take Photos/Video if You Can
If you can, take photos/video of your injuries, property damage, and anything around the scene of the accident that could be relevant, such as uneven stairs, skid marks, weather conditions, road conditions, road signs, sidewalk damage, warning labels, or the lack of warning signs.
Get Names and Numbers of Any Witnesses
If there are any witnesses to the accident, be sure to write down their accounts and get their names and contact information. Witnesses will play an important role when it comes to pursuing your compensation claim since they can corroborate your version of events.
Report the Incident
You should also report the incident through appropriate channels depending on where it happened. If it is an auto accident, report it to the police. If it is a slip and fall on someone else’s property, report it to the property owner. If it is a workplace accident, report it to a supervisor, and so on.
Never Admit Fault
You might feel compelled to apologize for the accident even if it isn’t your fault. However, you must never admit fault or say anything that remotely sounds like an admission since it could end up making it incredibly difficult if not impossible to recover the compensation you deserve.
Call a Personal Injury Lawyer!
Personal injury cases are usually very confusing, which is why it isn’t advisable to handle your claim on your own. So, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at The Hurt Boss by calling at 678-806-7715 to set up a free consultation to help you receive compensation for your injuries following a personal injury.
Why Do I Need a Sandy Springs Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you suffer a personal injury, you should hire a personal injury attorney to help with:
Case Preparation/Filing a Lawsuit
If you have been injured in an accident, there’s a lot of paperwork involved in filing insurance claims and personal injury lawsuits. A personal injury lawyer can handle all aspects of case preparation/filing a lawsuit so that you can focus on your recovery and health.
A personal injury lawyer can also negotiate on your behalf during settlement negotiations to ensure the best outcome possible. Personal injury lawyers know what arguments are likely to be persuasive to ensure the best settlement possible from the insurance company.
Trial Preparation and Representation
Personal injury cases are typically settled out of court, but sometimes settlement negotiations fail, which means that your case has to go to trial. Your Sandy Springs personal injury lawyer oversees all elements of your case, prepares arguments, and represents you in court to increase the chances of a favorable verdict.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover?
There are three possible types of damages in a personal injury case.
Economic (special) damages are the financial losses incurred by the accident victim. It may include out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident or your injuries. It may also include bills received from third parties related to the accident. Examples include but aren’t limited to:
- Lost Wages
- Property Damage
- Medical Expenses
Non-economic (general) damages are the losses incurred by the accident victim that are subjective in nature, which makes them difficult to calculate in monetary terms. Examples include but aren’t limited to:
- Depression and/or Anxiety
- Wrongful Death
- Physical Impairment /Permanent Disability
- Diminished Quality of Life
- Pain and Suffering
A jury may also award punitive damages in addition to the economic and non-economic damages above. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant as opposed to compensating for a particular injury.
How Is Liability Determined?
Determining legal liability can be a complicated process. In most instances, the matter comes down to proving that the defendant’s actions were negligent. In legal terms, negligence is a failure to use reasonable care under the circumstances. To prove liability, you must prove the 4 elements of negligence below:
Duty of Care
You first need to prove that the defendant owed a duty of care to you. Examples include drivers’ responsibility to obey traffic laws and property owners’ responsibility to keep premises safe.
Breach of Duty of Care
You must then prove that the defendant breached their duty of care. The breach may come as a result of an action or sometimes even by inaction on the part of the defendant.
You must then prove that by breaching their duty of care, the defendant caused you harm or damage. Furthermore, the injury or damage must have been “reasonably foreseeable” at the time.
You are also required to show the nature and extent of your “damages,” i.e. your injuries or property damage.
If you share some fault for the accident, that also plays a role in how damages are calculated. Georgia follows the comparative negligence doctrine, which means that you can recover damages in a lawsuit as long as you were less than 50 percent to blame for the incident that resulted in the injury.
Under comparative negligence, your total compensation is reduced by your percentage of fault. For instance, if your damages awarded were $100,000, but you were found to be 30% at fault, you are only eligible to recover $70,000.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Georgia?
In Georgia, you have 2 years from the date you were injured to file a lawsuit against the responsible party to recover compensation. If you file the lawsuit after the 2-year period has expired, you may be permanently barred from ever doing so by the court.
Personal Injury Claims Process
The steps involved in Georgia personal injury claims may vary depending on the specific details of your case, but it generally proceeds like this:
Free Consultation With a Personal Injury Lawyer
The personal injury claims process starts with a free, no-obligation consultation with our Sandy Springs personal injury lawyers at The Hurt Boss. During the consultation, we’ll discuss the details of your case, which include the nature of the accident and the extent of injuries suffered.
If you decide that you want us to represent you, we will undertake an investigation. During this phase of the process, we’ll gather as much evidence as possible related to your case, including eyewitness statements, photos of your injuries, etc.
Upon concluding our investigation, we’ll determine the value of your claim and send a demand letter to the at-fault party’s insurance provider outlining your injuries and justification for the damages you are seeking. The opposing party will then review the letter and either make a counteroffer, reject the demand, or accept the terms and conditions presented.
Negotiating a settlement usually involves a complicated process that involves providing evidence regarding damages and responding to denials of coverage. If the insurance company either makes an unfair settlement offer or denies coverage, our lawyers will likely recommend filing a lawsuit against the party responsible for your injuries.
File a Lawsuit
Settlement negotiations are successful in most instances, but in some cases, out-of-court settlements are not possible. If you and the opposing party are unable to reach an agreement, then the only remaining option is to file a lawsuit against them and we can help you with this.
If settlement negotiations fail, we will never hesitate to take your case to trial. Besides being experts in personal injury law, lawyers at The Hurt Boss are also experienced trial lawyers. We are prepared to use compelling evidence and expert witnesses to fight for the compensation you are rightfully entitled to.
How Much Will a Sandy Springs, GA Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
Usually, nothing upfront. Personal injury lawyers in Sandy Springs typically don’t charge by the hour. Instead, they work on a contingency fee basis. That means they are paid from a percentage of proceeds recovered on your behalf.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle at The Hurt Boss
The personal injury lawyers at The Hurt Boss represent individuals that have suffered an injury and want to hold the party responsible accountable. We can help you recover monetary compensation after a personal injury accident.
Below are some specific personal injury cases we handle.
Car accidents are usually devastating to victims, causing injuries and other losses. If you have been injured in a car accident in Sandy Springs, our lawyers can provide the necessary legal assistance to recover compensation.
Commercial trucks are not only large but also heavy. Unfortunately, they can ruin lives when they get into accidents. If you’ve been hurt in a truck accident in Sandy Springs, call us. We can help you recover the maximum possible compensation under the law.
Motorcycles are a popular way to get around but can be involved in serious accidents that cause serious injuries or even death. If you have suffered a personal injury after a motorcycle accident, we can help you pursue the compensation you need and deserve.
Just like other means of transport, rideshare vehicles are not immune to traffic accidents. And in many cases, the driver of the rideshare vehicle is at fault. If you’ve recently been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident in Sandy Springs, don’t wait to get in touch with us.
Uninsured Motorist Accidents
A car accident can be devastating, but if the other driver does not have insurance, it can be a nightmare. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, we can help you understand your rights and options for moving forward.
Electric Scooter Accidents
Electric scooters are a lifesaver for some and a nuisance for others. However, recent reports show that scooters are a public safety hazard causing serious injuries to many. If you were injured riding an electric scooter, we can help you recover compensation for your injuries and/or losses.
Golf Cart Accidents
At The Hurt Boss, we understand just how dangerous golf carts can be. If you have been injured in a golf cart accident through no fault of your own, we can help you recover the full compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Property owners have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition to ensure that visitors aren’t injured in slip and fall accidents. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you are entitled to compensation and The Hurt Boss can help you recover it.
You are legally entitled to workers’ compensation if you’ve been injured at work or suffered a work-related illness. However, your employer may try to deny you those benefits. If that’s the case, we can help you recover the workers’ compensation you are entitled to.
A wrongful death may occur as a result of many different kinds of negligence. If your loved one lost their life due to another party’s negligence, we can help you recover compensation for that wrongful death.
If You’ve Been Hurt, Call Our Sandy Springs Personal Injury Lawyers!
Personal injuries can disrupt your life financially, physically, and emotionally. If you have suffered a personal injury in Sandy Springs, GA, you need to speak to our experienced personal injury lawyers at The Hurt Boss immediately to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Call us today at 678-806-7715 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.