Augusta, GA Personal Injury Attorneys
An Experienced Personal Injury Law Firm Serving Augusta, Georgia
As the second biggest metropolitan area in the state of Georgia, Augusta is truly one of our state’s brightest stars. It combines Peach State charm with big-city amenity, and its growing population continues to soar.
At T. Madden & Associates, P.C., we are so proud to serve the people of Augusta-Richmond County as legal representatives and victims’ rights advocates.
Our experienced Augusta personal injury attorneys stand up for Augustans who’ve been injured in auto accidents, at construction sites, during their shopping trips, in their apartments, on the job, or in any of the other settings where negligence often rears its head. T. Madden & Associates, will zealously represent the entire CSRA community.
Diverse and booming as it is, Augusta certainly sees an expansive range of different injuries, and our legal team is ready and willing to fight for justice in all of them.
Our most common Augusta, GA practice areas include:
Accidents on the Road
- Car crashes
- Commercial truck crashes
- Motorcycle crashes
- Drunk driving / DUI injuries
- Distracted driving injuries (including texting and driving)
- Drowsy driving accidents
- Vehicle defects
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Public transit injuries (including bus accidents)
- And more
Other Common Hardships & Injuries
- Boating accidents
- Workplace injuries (GA Workers’ Compensation)
- Animal attacks (including dog bites)
- Construction site accidents
- School sports injuries & other school-related accidents
- Dangerous and defective products
- Dangerous and defective medications
- Dangerous property conditions
- Slip and fall
- Medical malpractice
- Surgical malpractice
- House fires
- Insurance bad faith claims
- Wrongful death
- And more
Our goal is to pursue the largest amount of monetary compensation available to you under the laws of our state and country. Often, the total value of that compensation is much more than our clients initially realize. Our personal injury attorneys and Augusta car accident lawyers will work closely with you to determine the full scope of your damages and to outline reasonable expectations as you move forward.
Our interests are aligned with yours. Unlike other firms, we are not here to rush your case into an undervalued settlement just so we can close out your case and move on to the next. Too many personal injury law firms operate with that kind of practice. Don’t trust your case in those hands. Choose aggressive fighters instead.
We believe that our Augusta, GA injury attorneys can make a real difference in the outcome of your injury claims. Please contact us today to talk about your options. It might be the best phone call you ever make.
Augusta, GA Is a Special Place
From its charming culture to its many still-standing remnants of early American history, Augusta stands out among so many southern cities.
Sports fans, of course, know Augusta as home of The Masters, one of the four major championships in professional golf. Of those four majors, Augusta’s is the only one located in the same city each and every year – a financial boon to the area and a placeholder for Augusta in the popular consciousness.
Music fans, meanwhile, know Augusta as the birthplace or childhood home to so many legends of song, dance, and stage. Among them: six-time Grammy winner Amy Grant, country-music supergroup Lady Antebellum, and the legendary James Brown.
Augusta’s most notable name, though, is likely that of President Woodrow Wilson, who spent many of his formative years in “The Garden City.” Relatively few cities with a metro population of less than a million can claim to have helped mold a President, but Augusta can.
As Augusta injury lawyers, we here at T. Madden & Associates, P.C. know Augusta as a community with a good heart and a love for life. It is our great privilege to serve residents and families all throughout Augusta-Richmond County in their hours of need. Our mission is to make a difference that matters.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is it difficult to sue someone who caused my accident and resulting injuries?
The response to this question is not necessarily “yes” or “no.” In fact, the real question may be whether it is difficult to bring a successful lawsuit against someone who caused an accident resulting in your personal injuries.
The reality is that there are many factors to consider when evaluating whether a personal injury lawsuit might potentially result in a favorable settlement agreement or court-ordered verdict. Specifically, evidence that supports your case is critical. Some examples of “good” evidence include the following:
- Witness statements that indicate the potential defendant acted in a way that caused your accident (e.g., observations of the defendant texting while driving)
- Police reports that indicate the officer’s opinion that the potential defendant was at fault or primarily at fault for the accident
- Photographs and surveillance footage that support your account of the accident
- Medical records documenting your physical injuries
- The potential defendant’s own statements and/or testimony that indicates he or she caused your accident
Despite the presence of favorable facts and evidence, not all personal injury lawsuits are considered slam-dunk cases. Even if it appears on the surface that someone acted negligently and caused your accident, a deeper investigation may lead to different findings. In other words, things may not always be what they seem.
In order to give yourself the best possible chance at recovering the compensation you deserve, contact a reputable personal injury law firm as soon as possible to discuss your case.
What type of financial compensation can I recover if someone else caused my injuries?
There are many ways that someone else can act negligently and cause you injuries. You may be in a car accident caused by a distracted driver. Or, you may slip and fall in a store’s parking lot that was not properly maintained. These are just a couple of examples of incidents that may give rise to a personal injury lawsuit.
Regardless of the type of personal injury lawsuit at issue, there are certain types of damages, or financial awards, to which you may be entitled. Some of these damages include the following:
- Medical expenses resulting from injuries you sustained in the accident
- Out-of-pocket expenses you incurred, such as costs of prescriptions and travel expenses generated while heading to and from medical and rehab appointments
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of personal property (e.g., cost of damages to your vehicle)
- Pain and Suffering
Some types of damages are difficult to calculate; there are many factors to consider when determining the “value” of your case. As a result, it is very important to discuss your case with experienced legal counsel prior to accepting any type of settlement amount offered to you by an insurance company. A good attorney will fight on your behalf to ensure your interests and legal rights are protected. A great attorney will fight to recover for you the maximum financial compensation possible.
I suffered injuries in a motor vehicle collision caused by a driver who works for someone else. Can I sue that company?
When an individual acts negligently and causes you to suffer personal injuries, there may be other potential defendants who share the liability. One example of this is when an employee causes an accident while on the job. While it is not always the case, an injured plaintiff generally may sue the employer for the negligent acts of its employees.
Essentially, the theory behind this concept is that an employer is vicariously liable for the acts of its employees – even when that employee acts negligently. However, in order to impose liability on the employer, one fact that a plaintiff must sufficiently demonstrate is that the employee was on the job when the accident occurred. This is not always easy to prove, and the employer’s insurance company may vigorously object to the assertion that the employee was in fact “on duty” when the accident took place.
Another important issue to evaluate is whether the individual was an employee of the entity you wish to sue. An examination of the relationship between the two may reveal that the negligent party was an independent contractor at the time of the incident.
Whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor is a legal determination that will affect your case. And, even though a company may claim that the negligent party was not an employee, a legal and factual analysis may prove otherwise.
What are the factors that influence the value of my claim?
Many factors influence this determination including:
- Whether you share fault for the accident
- The seriousness of your injuries
- Whether the accident left you disabled
- How much your income was affected by your injuries (especially long-term)
- Whether the at-fault driver is insured
What evidence should I gather after the accident?
The following evidence will probably be helpful:
- Photos of the scene of the accident
- A copy of the police report
- Contact details for witnesses
- Insurance details of the at-fault driver
- Evidence of any criminal charges filed against the defendant in connection with the accident (a traffic citation, for example)
What is a commercial truck’s “black box”, and how can it help my case?
A truck’s “black box”, or Event Data Recorder, works something like a “black box” in a commercial jetliner, although it is simpler. It records information about “hard braking events” that could help you establish your claim. Such evidence is admissible in court.
Should I purchase uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage?
It would be a very good idea, although Georgia law does not require it. Roughly 12 percent of Georgia motorists are uninsured, and many more carry only the minimum auto insurance required by law ($25,000per victim and $50,000 per accident). Uninsured/underinsured Motorist Insurance (UIM) can add tens of thousands of dollars in personal injury coverage.
What is Med Pay?
Med Pay is a form of voluntary “no fault” insurance that will cover from $1,000 to $50,000, depending on the terms of your policy. Med Pay covers your vehicle, and will not cover you for accidents that occur while you were occupying another vehicle. It also covers injuries to your passengers.
Is it easier to win claim against a defendant in a commercial truck accident than against a defendant in a car accident claim?
It can be, for three reasons:
- The truck is likely to have an Event Data Recorder (see above).
- Truckers are subject to many regulations, and proving a violation can win your claim under certain circumstances.
- Under certain circumstances you can sue the trucking company in addition to the driver.
What kind of claim should I file if my loved one died in a car or truck accident?
Depending on the circumstances, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed by the spouse, children, parents or estate representative of the deceased victim. Damages can be collected for losses to the next of kin due to the death of the victim, and losses to the victim’s estate.
Can I sue the at-fault driver’s employer?
You can if the at-fault driver was:
- on duty at the time of the accident
- acting within the scope of his duties at the time of the accident, and
- an employee, not an independent contractor (most commercial truckers are considered independent contractors).
Should I sue or settle?
Although a private settlement is usually preferable, you might have to file a lawsuit to stimulate the defendant to issue a reasonable settlement offer. Once in awhile (less than ten percent of the time) it is necessary to proceed all the way to trial.
What is the statute of limitations deadline for a vehicle accident claim?
The statute of limitations sets the deadline for you to file a lawsuit over the claim. In Georgia, the deadline is:
- two years after the date of the accident for personal injury
- two years after the date of death for wrongful death, and
- four years after the date of the accident for property damage
How can I obtain compensation if I was injured because my airbags failed?
Subject to certain exceptions, you can file a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer or distributor of the airbag. You will not necessarily be entitled to full damages for the accident – only the extent to which your injuries were worsened by the failure of the airbag to deploy.
If I can prove that the driver was breaking a traffic law at the time of the accident, will I win my claim?
If the driver was breaking one of Georgia’s Uniform Rules of the Road (by running a stop light, for example), negligence will be established. You can now win your claim if you can also prove that the driver’s violation caused the accident.
Do I have to prove my case “beyond a reasonable doubt”?
No. “Beyond a reasonable doubt” is the standard for a criminal prosecution. In a civil lawsuit, the applicable standard is “preponderance of the evidence”, which means something like “more likely than not.” For this reason, it is much easier to win a lawsuit than to secure a criminal prosecution.
Don’t Settle for Less Than You Deserve
In the aftermath of almost any injury, you will likely have an opportunity to accept less than you deserve.
That opportunity might arrive in the form of a settlement offer from an insurance company (don’t sign it), the chance to hire a law firm that won’t really fight for you (don’t hire them), or the temptation to let the whole thing go and pay for someone else’s negligence yourself (resist that inclination).
Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Contact our office to set up a free consultation and learn more about how we can represent you with no out-of-pocket costs.
Contact our Augusta, GA accident and injury attorneys today online or by calling 706-524-7784.