A Personal Injury Law Firm Serving Georgia, Including Stockbridge, Jonesboro, Augusta, Atlanta, Riverdale, and Morrow
Obviously, a personal injury inevitably causes a certain amount of pain and suffering. Two other factors typically come into play, however. Financial pressure builds as medical bills roll in and lost work time mounts. Meanwhile, if the accident was caused by someone else’s wrongful behavior, a sense of injustice will hopefully motivate you to seek full compensation for what you have suffered.
If the accident that injured you was caused by someone else, you have a compensation claim under Georgia personal injury law. A personal injury claim is abstract, however – only aggressive enforcement of your rights can turn your abstract claim into cold, hard cash. Turning your claim into cash is what we do here at T. Madden & Associates. It is all we do, all day long – we practice in no other field of law.
We take the following types of personal injury cases (among others):
Auto Accidents: According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Georgia sees well over 1,000 traffic fatalities every year, along with over 15,000 serious injuries. Since most accidents are caused by driver negligence, and since most drivers are insured, you will probably have to face down a big insurance company to win compensation.
Trucking Accidents: Trucking accidents are distinct from car accidents because (i) they tend to be far more devastating (fatalities are common), and (ii) truck drivers are subject to extensive regulations, the violation of which can sometimes be used to prove negligence. Someone is injured in a trucking accident about every five minutes in the United States.
DUI Accidents: DUI accidents are unique from other traffic accidents because (i) the at-fault driver is usually criminally prosecuted, (ii) an award of punitive damages is reasonably likely, and (iii) it is sometimes possible to sue a party who sold alcohol to the at-fault driver prior to the accident.
Dog Attacks: In Georgia, unlike many other states, it is necessary to show that the owner was negligent in order to win a dog bite claim. It is also possible to win a claim against a landlord for a dog bite that occurred in the landlord’s premises. Homeowner’s insurance generally pays dog bite claims.
Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice is the nation’s third-leading cause of death, a fact admitted by even the American Medical Association. Health care providers fight hard to win medical malpractice claims, however, because they consider them an attack on their reputation. The use of expert medical witnesses is often required.
Wrongful Death: A personal injury claim becomes a wrongful death claim as soon as the victim dies from their injuries. In Georgia, wrongful death claims are filed by close relatives of the deceased, or by the personal representative of the deceased’s estate. Compensation can be substantial.
Other Practice Areas
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If I was hurt in a car accident, can I sue the at-fault driver’s employer?
You can sue the at-fault driver’s employer if:
- the driver was on duty;
- the driver was acting within the scope of his duties; and
- the driver really was an employee of the company (rather than an independent contractor).
What is the statute of limitations deadline for filing a personal injury claim?
In Georgia, the statute of limitations deadlines are:
- Personal injury: two years after the date of the accident.
- Wrongful death: two years after the date of death.
- Property damage: four years after the date of the accident.
Can I claim against a business for a slip and fall accident caused by one of their employees?
Yes. In Georgia as well as elsewhere in the United States, an employer is considered liable for the on-duty wrongful acts of his employees, even if the employer was not itself at fault.
What is Maximum Medical Improvement?
Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) is the point in recovery where your doctor does not expect your condition to improve any further. If you suffer any remaining disability, it is expected to be permanent. You may need to reach MMI before your future damages can be accurately calculated.
Get Started Today; Contact Our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
A personal injury claim could be described as a perishable commodity, because the odds of winning tend to decrease as time marches on. Witnesses move out of town, evidence degrades, and the statute of limitations deadline looms ever nearer. The more time we have to investigate and prepare your claim, the better your chances will be.
If you have been injured in Georgia, call us at 770-756-9311 (Atlanta), 770-978-6711 (Clayton) or 706-524-7784 (Augusta). We can also be reached by email (email@example.com) or on our online contact page. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.