A personal injury could be one of many things. Several accidents fall under the category of personal injury. And many of those, if not all of them, occur right here in the state of Georgia.
Some personal injuries are also due to the fault of someone else. Getting hurt is frustrating, but when it isn't your fault, it makes the frustrations even worse, especially when it could have been avoided.
In the article below, we will take a look at the most common personal injuries in GA, and what to do after you've suffered a personal injury.
Table of Contents
- Most Common Types of Georgia Personal Injury Cases
- Georgia Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
- How Personal Injury Compensation Works
- First Step for a Successful Personal Injury Case
- Talking to the Insurance Companies
- Contact The Brown Firm Today
Most Common Types of Georgia Personal Injury Cases
Lawyers all across the state of Georgia deal with various personal injury cases. The most common of them are:
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Slip and falls
- Truck accidents
If you've been involved in a personal injury accident, we strongly advise you to seek out the help of a personal injury attorney. The legal system is complicated, and they can help you navigate it.
Georgia Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
Every state has it's statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is simply the amount of time you have to file a personal injury claim.
Georgia allows its personal injury victims two years from the date of the accident to file a claim.
You probably think that's a lot of time to file a personal injury claim, but when you are dealing with a lawsuit, it's not that long.
Your attorney is going to need as much time as possible to build your case. You also don't want to wait long to speak to an attorney because there is likely time-sensitive information involved in your case.
Things like witness testimony and evidence collection need to be gathered as soon as possible.
How Personal Injury Compensation Works
In the state of Georgia, we follow the rules of modified comparative negligence. These rules define how much of your compensation you can collect, if any.
When you are awarded your compensation, the dollar amount you are awarded is based on your injuries and damage.
Then your roll in the accident is determined. You might think the other party was clearly in the wrong, but maybe you were speeding. Then it may be deemed you were 10% responsible for the accident, so you can only collect 90% of your settlement.
So, if you are awarded $10,000, you would only be able to collect $9,000.
If you were deemed to be mostly at fault, then you wouldn't receive any compensation at all. That's something your personal injury attorney will make sure doesn't happen to you.
First Step for a Successful Personal Injury Case
To make sure you have a successful personal injury case, the first thing you need to do is take care of your health.
You don't have a personal injury case at all if you aren't receiving medical treatment. Your medical records are used as a piece of evidence proving that you were injured in your accident.
Your doctor will be able to show the severity of your injury, which will help determine how much your case is worth. Your doctors will also be able to determine how you sustained your injury so you can prove that the accident is indeed what caused your injury.
Getting immediate medical attention ensures two things. The first is that you will be on the road to recovery, and the second is that it will help prove your case.
Talking to the Insurance Companies
One of the worse things you can do is speak to the insurance companies after your accident. It rarely helps your case, if ever, and it usually does the opposite.
The insurance companies only have one goal, and that is to pay out as little money as possible. What they'd like to do is throw out your case altogether.
The insurance company will try to get a recorded statement from you asking questions that could force you to answer in a way that will hurt your case. That saves them money.
The best thing you can do for your case is to allow your attorney to handle all the communications with the insurance company. They will protect you from saying anything that may harm your case.
Contact The Brown Firm Today
If you've been involved in any of the typical personal injury cases that occur in Georgia, you need to seek the help of an attorney right away.
Due to Georgia's statute of limitations, the sooner you act, the better.
The Brown Firm Lawyers offer free consultations to those who have been suffered a personal injury as a result of another's negligence.
Contact them today at (912) 228-4739 for a complimentary review of your case.
The Brown Firm understands that every person involved in a personal injury case has specific goals, like seeking proper medical treatment, being compensated for time missed from work, or repairing a vehicle or property.
At The Brown Firm, we take a personal approach, so you will feel that your case is receiving the right amount of time and attention. Click the button below to get started.