If someone else was responsible for your accident or injuries, the law allows you to seek compensation from those responsible to pay medical bills, lost wages, and cover other losses. A personal injury lawsuit is the legal process to recover money from all parties responsible to pay for your damages. Contact a Georgia personal injury lawyer today to understand your rights and how much you may be able to recover in compensation.
Personal Injury Lawsuits in Atlanta
Personal injury can involve many types of accidents, including:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents,
- Tractor-Trailer Accidents,
- Medical Malpractice,
- Nursing Home Malpractice,
- Product Liability,
- Premises LIability, and
- Other types of accidents or injuries.
Who is Responsible for Damages?
In most personal injury accidents, the person responsible for damages is based on which party was “negligent.” Negligence occurs when someone breaches their duty of care which causes damage and injury to another. For example, in a car accident, the negligent party may have been speeding, texting while driving, or running a stop sign.
Another type of negligence could include a property owner who did not maintain safe premises for visitors. For example, in premises liability, a grocery store may be liable for unsafe conditions that caused an accident or injury to a store customer. If the store did not clean up a spill on the floor and a customer slipped and fell, the store may be responsible for damages.
Employers may also be responsible for the negligence of their employees while on the job. For example, an employee at a coffee shop may not have put the lid securely on a cup of coffee and spills hot coffee on a customer's face, causing an injury. The coffee shop may be responsible for the customer's damages even if it was the employee who caused the accident.
In product liability cases, the injured victim does not necessarily have to show that any one person was negligent but the company, dealer, or manufacturer may be liable for damages for putting an unsafe product out on the market.
Every personal injury case is different. Talk to your experienced Georgia personal injury attorneys to understand who may be responsible for your accident and how to get the compensation you deserve.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
The compensation available in a personal injury lawsuit is generally known as “damages.” Damages can cover losses covered by the accident as well as future losses. The damages available in a personal injury lawsuit may include:
- Medical expenses,
- Lost income from missing work,
- Loss of future income,
- Continuing medical treatment, and
- Pain and suffering.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
There is a limited time to file a personal injury claim in Georgia. In most cases, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim in Georgia is 2 years from the date of the accident or injury. However, there are a number of exceptions.
The time limit to file a claim can be longer or shorter than the standard two years, based on the age of the injured victim, when the injury is discovered, or if the defendant is a government entity. If your claim is filed beyond the deadline, your claim may be denied. In order to make sure your claim is filed on time, talk to an experienced Georgia personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers
At The Kaplan Firm, PC, our attorneys have decades of experience fighting for our clients to get the full amount of compensation possible. You deserve to have someone on your side, to fight for you and your family. We work on a contingency basis and will never collect any fees until our clients get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today at our Roswell, Georgia location for a free initial consultation.