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Two clients who were special needs students were being hit and abused by the paraprofessionals in a public school system. T. Madden & Associates took on the case and secured 1.25 MILLION Dollars against 1 of 4 defendants involved in the wrongful actions. The case remains open as T. Madden & Associates continues fighting for the policy limits of the remaining defendants; over $10 MILLION.Read More
A father and son had a terrible valentine day when they found themselves the victim of a trucking collision. T. Madden & Associates initiated the case which led to the clients receiving over 3.25 MILLION Dollars.Read More
A group of employees were experiencing a hostile work environment (HWE) and sexual harassment, prior to T. Madden & Associates was able to have the perpetrator fired and the ladies 1.25 MILLION Dollars.Read More
Client was involved in a collision with a Yukon while driving his Honda motorcycle. The injured party was taken to the emergency room. The call was made to the firm from a hospital in Columbus, GA. We were able to serve the client as if he was next door. T. Madden & Associates was able to recover the policy limits of $1.25 MILLION for the client.Read More
T. Madden & Associates, P.C. was able to bring justice and $1,050,000 for a couple when nobody could tell them how their son wound up at the bottom of a swimming pool. Many think if nobody saw how the drowning happened, then there can’t be a monetary recovery. T. Madden & Associates would not accept that as a proper response. A wrong occurred and this law firm made the defendant’s pay.Read More
Three persons were involved in a collision with a Marta bus in a case of distracted driving. The public trial resulted in a $960K recovery for the 3 victims.Read More
Detroit couple’s son wrongfully killed in a serious and violent motor vehicle collision. The defendant was driving the wrong way on GA 400, at a high rate of speed and under the influence of alcohol. The victim’s parents were left grief stricken. T. Madden & Associates was able to recover $725,000 for the family of the victim.Read More
A local mother and wife was wrongfully killed in a motor vehicle collision involving a police officer for a metro Atlanta county. The officer was speeding and driving erratically, causing the collision. The victim was an active member at her church and loved by her family and friends. She suffered blunt force trauma to her head, leading to her death. T. Madden & Associates was able to recover $700,000 for the family of the victim, limited ONLY by the low policy of DeKalb County.Read More
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If you’ve been hurt in an accident, in addition to being in physical pain and having limited capacity, you’re worried about the finances. Will the insurance company cover your medical bills? How long before you’re able to return to work? Will you still have a job once you’ve recovered?
The T. Madden & Associates law firm has the answer to these questions. Our attorney can review your personal injury claim and provide valuable advice regarding your recovery. We work on a contingency basis, which means you don’t have to pay our injury lawyers for their professional advice unless you win. So, call our Augusta personal injury law firm today for immediate and thorough representation. We will help you make a full financial recovery.
Augusta Personal Injury Practice Areas
We are a full-service personal injury law firm that represents clients in a wide variety of claim types.
Over a five-year period, Augusta experienced 47,735 vehicle accidents in which 17,313 people were injured, and 156 were killed. Victims of motor vehicle accidents can pursue financial compensation through their insurance company or the insurance company of the at-fault party.
When it comes to the use of roadways, pedestrians are the most at-risk users. With no protective equipment, they face many dangers when crossing roads. Unfortunately, fatalities and life-threatening injuries typically occur when there is a pedestrian accident. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, we can help you explore your options for recovering the compensation you deserve.
When it comes to motorcycle accidents, the rider almost always gets injured due to the lack of physical protection that a bike has to offer. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to damage for your medical expenses, lost wages, damage to your bike, pain and suffering, and more. The following CDC infographic demonstrates the dangers of motorcycle crashes.
Workplace accidents can leave you feeling overwhelmed and worried. You will likely have many questions, like who will pay for your medical bills, if and when you will be able to return to work, and if you will lose your job due to the extent of your injuries. You may wonder if your employer will try to negotiate to pay you for all the expenses you incurred due to the workplace injury. Workplace injury claims can be complicated and difficult to navigate but our experienced team of lawyers is versed in such claims and is ready and able to help you fight your case and get you the compensation you deserve.
Construction sites tend to be dangerous areas filled with hazards like falling objects, heavy machinery, and hazardous materials. Because of this, workers in the construction industry are often at risk for serious injury or death. Navigating the legal process can be complex, but with the help of our experienced lawyers, you can get compensated for your injuries and damages.
This refers to large commercial vehicles. Truck accidents are significantly different from car accidents involving two or more private vehicles. Commercial truck drivers are held to a much higher standard than private vehicle drivers. That’s why you’ll need an attorney who is familiar with this specific type of claim.
We represent individuals who have been hurt by drunk drivers. In addition to DUI being a crime, driving while intoxicated creates an increased liability in civil cases. Our attorneys know how to pursue drunk drivers and their insurance companies.
Patients have the right to a level of medical care that is consistent with the medical community’s standards. From anesthesia mistakes to implements left inside of patients, medical mistakes are common in the state of Georgia, but not all personal injury lawyers are familiar with these types of cases. Our Augusta Personal injury lawyers have extensive medical malpractice experience.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
When we entrust nursing homes to protect and care for our loved ones, we never expect that they will neglect or abuse those in their care. In some unfortunate situations, the nursing home staff will neglect patients by not providing the care they need such as medications, daily cleaning, or nutrition. Sometimes the elderly in these homes are physically abused by the staff because they are easy targets for predators.
Things to watch for are bedsores, bruises, weight loss, unexplained injuries, or personality changes. Our law firm can find evidence to prove abuse. Your loved ones deserve to be cared for with the utmost respect. Nursing homes should be held liable for the unlawful mistreatment of your loved ones, and our firm is prepared to hold them liable.
Slip and Fall
Premises liability covers everything from actual slips and falls to falling items to other hazardous situations on the property of others. If you’ve been injured due to a hazard on a property, you’re entitled to damages.
Products are supposed to be safe for their intended use. Unfortunately, some products have marketing defects, a flaw in the manufacturing process, or the actual design of the product, potentially causing harm to the consumers. If you have been harmed by a defective product, you may be able to hold the distributor or manufacturer liable for any injuries you incurred.
Rarely are bicycle accidents considered to be minor. A bicyclist who is injured in a crash is likely to suffer serious injuries. A bicycle accident should be handled the same way as a car accident. If you can move after the accident, it is important to photograph anything at the scene that can help your legal team with your case.
Take photos of any vehicles involved in the accident, road signs or traffic lights, road conditions, and any property damage in the vicinity. Speak with any witnesses and get their contact information and ask if they will make a statement or offer their testimony. Bicycle accident claims can be tricky, with the other involved party’s insurance company trying to pin the blame on the bicyclist.
Dog owners have the responsibility to keep their pets or service dogs under control. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to financial recovery from the owner or from the custodian of the property where it occurred.
There are often cases where someone is injured due to a property owner’s negligence. Some of the more common cases of premises liability include:
- Inadequate security
- Improper training of employees
- Sexual assaults and rapes
- Shootings in public places
Premises liability claims sometimes result in the severe injury or death of the victim. It is important that you have an attorney who is knowledgeable and skillful in fighting high-stakes cases such as these.
Many businesses require security to keep their guests and patrons safe. This is the case with bars, nightclubs, concert venues, etc. If you’ve been injured due to a lack of security, our personal injury attorneys will help you recover compensation.
In 2020, unintentional injury contributed to more years of potential life lost than any other cause of death.
Losing a loved one due to the negligence of another is a traumatic and life-changing experience. If you lose a family member or life partner in this way, you may be able to file a wrongful death injury claim. In addition to financial damages from their medical treatment prior to death, you may be entitled to damages for trauma therapy, loss of companionship, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, and more. A personal injury lawyer can pursue your wrongful death case.
Every personal injury case is different, regardless of whether the injuries were the result of a car accident, a slip and fall, a negligent doctor, or some other type of accident that a reasonable person could have prevented. At T. Madden & Associates, P.C., we offer professional legal services on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t have to pay out of pocket. Call us today to discuss your Augusta personal injury case.
The Four Elements of Personal Injury Cases
To determine whether or not potential clients have viable personal injury cases, attorneys will determine if the following four elements are present:
1. Duty of Care
Personal injury attorneys will determine whether the potential defendant had a duty of care to the plaintiff. Doctors have a duty of care to their patients. Drivers have a duty of care to everyone else on the road. Property owners have a duty of care to the individuals who visit their premises.
2. Breach of Duty
The next element that a personal injury lawyer must prove is that the defendant breached their duty of care. For example, property owners who don’t clean debris or slippery substances from the floor of their business could be responsible for fall accidents. The failure to clean the floor is a breach of duty.
In order to pursue compensation for an injury claim, a personal injury lawyer must be able to establish that the breach of duty caused an accident.
Finally, there must be monetary damages. Whether the defendant suffered property damage or serious injuries, there should be some level of damages. That’s not to say that there has to be damaged property in order for there to be a personal injury claim. In pedestrian accidents, for instance, the vehicles frequently avoid damage, and the injury victims don’t have any property on them. Still, the injury could result in substantial damages.
Our Augusta personal injury lawyers will review the details of your case during your initial free legal consultation.
Proving Negligence in Personal Injury Cases
In order to seek compensation from an insurance company, it’s essential that your personal injury attorney is able to prove negligence. Establishing negligence requires a careful review of any accident report that exists, medical records, photographic and video evidence, and more. Because accident cases are civil in nature, the plaintiff’s attorney must only meet the preponderance of evidence standard. In other words, they must show that it’s more likely than not that the defendant was responsible for the client’s injuries.
What to Do if You’ve Been Involved in an Accident
If you’ve been involved in an accident, there are certain steps you can take to help your legal case.
Report the Injury Immediately
Personal injury victims don’t always realize that they’re hurt, but they should make a report if an accident has occurred that could lead to injuries. For traffic accidents, that means calling the police. If you are injured on someone’s premises, notify the custodian or manager. Properly documenting the case could help when your lawyer tries to recover compensation.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you don’t have a serious injury, you’ll want to have your doctor examine you. Oftentimes, injuries are latent for a few days. Your doctor will have the resources and knowledge to make a proper assessment.
If EMTs are called to the scene, let them examine you for injuries. If they want to transport you to the emergency room, go with them. Medical attention will not hurt your case. On the contrary, it will establish a baseline for your injuries and may prevent a condition from getting worse.
Take Photos of the Accident Scene and Injuries
Whether you were involved in a crash, a slip and fall, or some other type of accident, the accident scene is bound to get cleaned up. Take as many photos as you can for the legal team to review. You should also document any injuries before they heal.
For instance, in nursing home abuse cases, bruising is prevalent. If the injured party or their family doesn’t preserve the evidence with photos, they may not still be visible by the time they see the lawyer. Car accident scenes will change almost immediately, so documenting the crash with photographs is especially critical.
Speak to Witnesses
One common issue in most personal injury cases is that witnesses are difficult to track down after the fact. Speak to the witnesses on scene and ask them for their contact information.
Do Not Accept an Offer Before Speaking to an Attorney
Many insurance companies will try to settle accident cases swiftly. They may even send a claims adjuster to meet you at the accident scene or at the hospital. That’s because they know that if you speak to an attorney about your personal injury case, their payout will probably increase.
The fast money might sound good at the moment, but you cannot really know what your long-term costs will be. Suppose what you believe is a relatively minor accident causes a permanent disability. Seek legal assistance from an Augusta injury lawyer before accepting an offer from a claims adjuster.
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Law
For years, the injury lawyers of T. Madden & Associates, P.C. have been helping injured clients make effective accident claims. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that our trial lawyers hear from clients.
What is negligence, and how do I prove it?
Negligence is the failure to meet the duty of care owed to another party. When someone’s negligence causes an accident that leads to your injuries, you have grounds for a lawsuit. Proving negligence can be difficult, which is why you need the best personal injury lawyers on your side. In Augusta, that starts with a free call to T. Madden & Associates, P.C. Our Augusta law firm has represented hundreds of accident victims in the city. Call today.
How much time do I have to file an injury case in Augusta?
For most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. This may sound like ample time to file a claim and find an attorney, but the reality is that time is of the essence. The longer you wait, the greater the chances that evidence can be lost, witnesses become difficult to locate, etc. Don’t delay filing a claim. Give your Augusta personal injury lawyer as much time as possible.
How do I deal with insurance claims adjusters?
Once you have committed to representation by a personal injury law firm, your attorney will be responsible for talking to the insurance adjuster. Any negotiations will go through your attorney. That’s why it’s essential that you reach out to an Augusta personal injury lawyer. Claims adjusters have a responsibility to their employer and will try to convince you to accept a settlement without negotiation.
Do all personal injury cases go to trial?
No. In fact, going to trial is an exception rather than the rule. Cases start with negotiations. Even if your lawyers do file a lawsuit, you are likely to reach a settlement before it actually goes to trial. In the event that your case does go to trial, you’ll want an experienced attorney on your side.
Can I still pursue a personal injury claim in Augusta if I was partially at fault for the accident?
Often accidents are the fault of more than one party. An injured victim may even share some blame for their injuries. Georgia law states that a victim is able to seek recovery and financial compensation, even if they are partially to blame for the accident. In an accident, where a personal injury claim is brought forward, a jury will assign a percentage of fault to each party involved. If you are found to have less than 50% blame, your compensation will be reduced according to the fault you share. However, in Georgia, if you are more than 50% to blame, you are unable to seek compensation for any injuries.
What compensation can I get if I get hurt in an accident?
Personal injury damages are divided into three categories: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Here is a breakdown of each:
These include any financial costs that you may have experienced from an accident, including hospital bills, follow-up appointments, physical therapy, medication, medical equipment, lost wages, property damage, and more.
Frequently referred to as “pain and suffering,” non-economic damages are the costs of an accident that don’t have a price tag. For example, emotional trauma is a very real consequence of a crash, but it doesn’t have a direct cost. Non-economic damages attempt to compensate the victim for intangible accident costs, like loss of capacity, emotional trauma, physical pain, etc.
In some cases, the defendant’s actions are so egregious or reckless that the court decides to award additional damages as a punishment. In the state of Georgia, punitive damages are capped at $250,000.
What if I can’t afford a lawyer?
Personal injury lawyers usually work on a contingency basis, meaning they only receive payment if they win your case through a settlement or a court award. Even if you don’t have insurance coverage, you can get exceptional representation without paying out of pocket.
How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
An experienced personal injury lawyer can review the circumstances surrounding your accident and your damages and tell you if you have a case. Because personal injury attorneys, like the ones you’ll find at T. Madden & Associates, P.C., work on a contingency basis, it’s in their best interest to properly assess the viability of your case.
To have your questions answered with specific information about your case, contact T. Madden & Associates, P.C. for a free consultation.
Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Augusta
T. Madden & Associates, P.C. has built its reputation by helping accident victims win large settlements and court awards for their accident injuries. If you’ve been injured in an accident, the clock is ticking against the statute of limitations. Call our Augusta law office to speak to an attorney immediately.
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