Macon Personal Injury Attorney
Although there are different types of personal injury cases, what they all have in common is that they all involve harm or injury to another person’s body, emotions, mind, or reputation. Also known as tort law, it allows you to file a civil lawsuit in court and get damages for all your losses. In order to receive damages, you need to prove the defendant’s negligence and liability. This is a huge undertaking and rarely straightforward. However, working with a personal injury attorney increases your chances of winning the compensation you deserve.
Our personal injury clients recommend others to our law firm when they need a personal injury attorney because our firm is small enough to provide personalized attention to injured victims looking to recover their losses, but we are large enough to have the resources necessary to investigate your personal injury matter and build a strong case. Call T. Madden & Associates P. C. to schedule your consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys and learn more about how we can help you.
The Personal Injury Lawsuit Process
The process starts with a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer from our law firm in Macon, GA 31201. During this consultation, we listen to your side of the story, whether you were involved in a car accident or suffered a serious injury in another type of accident case. We then review any evidence that you have brought in. Depending on the type of personal injury case, pieces of evidence that you can provide include:
- Photos from the scene of the accident, like a street in a car accident case or grocery store aisle in a slip and fall case
- Photos of your injuries
- Medical records
- Police reports
- The incident report from the landlord or owner of the property where you were injured in a premises liability case
- The names and contact information of any witnesses to your accident
Once our accident lawyers determine that you have a valid case, we immediately begin investigating your claim. During the investigation phase, your attorney will gather all your medical bills and records, depose witnesses, go to the scene of the accident, and investigate whether or not the liable party has had other complaints against them. For example, in the case of wrongful death in a nursing home, your attorney will investigate the facility to determine if there have been other injuries or complaints.
We may also use expert witness testimony that can be useful in your case. An expert witness is an authority in a field relevant to your case, such as a medical professional, physical therapist, or an accident reconstructionist. They are valuable resources that most injured victims do not have access to, but your attorney will know who to call so they can provide testimony admissible in court.
Next, your Macon personal injury lawyer will send a demand letter to the insurance company. Based on the evidence that we have collected, we will demand maximum compensation from the insurer. If the insurance company offers a low settlement, then our Macon personal injury lawyers will negotiate for a higher amount on your behalf. If a settlement agreement cannot be reached, then you should file a personal injury lawsuit. Although most personal injury cases settle outside of court, our Georgia attorneys prepare your personal injury case as if it will be scrutinized in court. We are determined to fight and win you just and fair compensation for your losses.
Frequently Asked Questions
These are some of the most common questions our personal injury attorneys receive:
What types of damages are available from a personal injury lawsuit?
You can recover economic damages and non-economic damages in a personal injury lawsuit. The difference between these two types of damages is that one compensates you for your financial losses, but the other is harder to calculate because it is not based on actual expenses. Lastly, punitive damages may be awarded if there is clear and convincing evidence that the defendant acted with malicious intent or in an egregiously reckless manner.
Economic damages compensate you for financial losses stemming from the accident or personal injury claim. Examples of economic damages include the following:
- Medical bills, including your hospital bills, follow-up visits and physical therapy
- The cost to see another doctor in a medical malpractice case
- Lost wages
- Future lost earning potential
- The cost to repair or replace your vehicle, in the case of a car accident
Your economic damages are determined by receipts, invoices, and other documentation showing your expenses related to the accident. You can even include miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses if you can prove that they are related to your accident. Common types of out-of-pocket expenses are public or private transportation, childcare services, grocery delivery services, and renovations to your home to make it more accessible if you need a wheelchair or other accommodations.
A serious accident leads to more than physical injuries. Non-economic damages compensate you for your non-pecuniary losses such as pain and suffering and emotional distress. Injured clients experience the psychological effects of their serious injuries, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, mental anguish, and anxiety. Your personal injury attorney from T. Madden & Associates P. C. will fight for you to receive all you deserve for these damages.
Why would my Macon, Georgia personal injury claim not be valid?
During your initial consultation with one of the attorneys from our Macon personal injury law firm, we will assess whether you have a valid claim. One factor we look at is how long it has been since the accident. All personal injury lawsuits are subject to a statute of limitations, otherwise known as the legal deadline by which personal injury claims must be filed based on state law. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims and wrongful death cases is two years from the date of the accident or death. After the statute of limitations has passed, you no longer have any route to legal recourse, no matter who your injury attorney is or how strong your evidence is. That is why it is so important to speak to a personal injury attorney today about your claim.
Ideally, you will reach out to us within a month of your accident and have already sought medical assistance. If you delay seeking treatment for your injuries or talking to an attorney, it will make the insurance company suspicious. They will wonder why it took you so long to seek relief, considering that they claim to have been injured enough to require expensive medical care—but speaking to an attorney sooner than later is not just about the insurance company. Evidence degrades over time, so the sooner we can get started on your case, the better.
What is a duty of care?
A duty of care is a legal obligation to use a standard of reasonable care when performing an act that could possibly harm another. For example:
- Doctors owe their patients a duty of care to provide treatment using the standards that all other competent doctors use
- Whenever operating a motor vehicle, you owe a duty of care to other drivers to drive safely, sober, and without distraction
- Pet owners owe a duty of care to neighbors by keeping their dogs secure on their property. They also owe others a duty of care while out in public, regardless of whether or not they know that their dog has vicious tendencies
- Nursing home owners and staff owe a duty of care to residents and the families that trusted their elderly loved ones to them
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, then consult a legal professional from our Macon law firm.
Call Our Law Firm About Your Macon Georgia Personal Injury Matter
Suppose you have been injured in a premises liability claim, due to a doctor’s medical negligence, or suffered injuries in a car accident. In that case, our Macon personal injury attorneys can provide the legal representation you need to recover medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages in a personal injury claim. Like doctors, attorneys specialize in different practice areas. Our law office specializes in the following:
- Nursing home abuse
- Auto accidents
- Slip and fall
- Negligent security
- Dog attacks
- Wrongful death
- Medical malpractice
- DUI car accidents
- Trucking accidents
Call us at 833-PAID-123 to request your free consultation with an experienced attorney from T. Madden & Associates P. C. We will listen to you and then explain what legal options are available to you. Our personal injury lawyers are proud members of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) and The National Trial Lawyers. Our firm is small enough that we provide individualized attention to injury victims, yet we are large enough to provide the legal assistance and resources to thoroughly investigate your claim and get you the compensation that you deserve. Finally, we are a black owned firm that demonstrates the very meaning of black excellence.