Have you been injured due to someone else’s carelessness or recklessness? You may have been in a car accident with a speeding driver, or perhaps you tripped and fell because a store didn’t clean up a spill. After such an incident, you may find yourself facing a lengthy recovery and struggling with medical bills.
If you were hurt due to another party’s negligence, our Bremen personal injury lawyers can help you recover compensation for your pain and suffering and the losses you’ve experienced. Whether your personal injury case is resolved with a settlement or a trial, we will work hard to get you the best possible outcome. Contact the Law Office of John B. Jackson to schedule your free consultation today!
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What Should I Do After An Injury?
There are a few things that we would need you to do before we can get started with your case. Firstly, we need to gather as much relevant information as possible to explain the nature and extent of your personal injuries and the cause of the underlying accident.
Get Medical Treatment
The first and foremost thing you need to do is get medical treatment for any injuries sustained as a result of the accident. If your injuries are not apparent right after the accident, you should still consider seeing a doctor because sometimes the injuries do not become obvious immediately.
Moreover, make sure that you keep a record of all of the treatments that you’ve received. We will also need details about your medical history and bills as they will come in handy while building your case.
Pictures and Witness Statements
In order to get compensation for your injuries, you will first have to prove that you were actually hurt during the accident. So take as many pictures as you can of your injuries and the scene of the accident (when you are stable). This will help your case as it shows the extent of your injuries and the damages that you’ve had to face.
You can also record videos of the vehicles involved and other conditions that may have contributed to the accident’s cause for support. Plus, if you notice any witnesses on the scene, we will require their names and numbers so that they can testify.
Report the Incident
It is important to report the incident to the relevant authorities. For example, if you are at your workplace, you should immediately inform your supervisor or your manager. Subsequently, they will report the case to the higher authorities. However, if you are involved in a road accident that has resulted in an injury, make sure that you call the police and let them know what happened.
Don’t Admit Any Fault and Contact Your Personal Injury lawyer
Contacting your lawyer eases the burden of collecting evidence, dealing with the police, and making claim settlements with the insurance agency. Keep in mind, though, that you do not need to admit anything to the police or the insurance company until your attorney is present with you. If you contact us soon enough, we will get sufficient time to build your case and plan an appropriate course of action.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer can make a significant difference to your case as they are licensed professionals who are skilled at representing individuals injured during an accident. Here are some of the major benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer.
Personal injury lawyers have the knowledge and skills needed to build a strong case. We collect the necessary evidence, conduct research, and present it at court. While preparing your case, we will connect you with the best doctors for treatment.
A lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and help you get the right settlement amount. We don’t recommend accepting the claim until we fully understand the scope of your injuries and how they will affect your life. We aim to negotiate the best possible settlement offer to compensate you for your loss.
Trial Preparation and Representation
When a personal injury case goes to trial, the parties involved argue their cases in front of a judge to determine the extent of injuries and liabilities. It is highly recommended that you hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you at trial because lawyers have the relevant experience and expertise needed to argue and defend a case.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover?
In Bremen, there are three types of damages in a personal injury case:
- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
- Punitive damages
Economic damages are disbursed to recover the financial losses the plaintiff had to incur. The damages are calculated according to the market price on the date of the incident. Economic damages may include:
- Income loss
- Medical expense
- Damage to property
- Cost of disability expense
These damages don’t have a monetary value and are usually intangible. Certain factors, such as age, occupation, annual income, and the extent of injury, are important to determine the value of the amount to be distributed. Non-economic damages may include:
- Mental stress
- Pain of injuries
- Loss of job or reputation
Punitive damages are awarded if the defendant is found guilty of misconduct or malicious activity. They are not meant as compensation for the plaintiff but rather as a punishment for the defendant for negligence and recklessness.
How Is Liability Determined?
In cases where both the defendant and the plaintiff share some responsibility, the comparative negligence standard is used in Georgia. Thus, the percentage of fault determines the damages that need to be paid. For example, if the judge decides that the defendant is 60% at fault and the plaintiff is 40% at fault, the defendant will only have to pay 60% of the damages rather than 100%.
In order to recover compensation on your behalf, your attorney must prove the elements of negligence.
Duty of Care and Breach of Duty
Duty of care is the responsibility that one person has to avoid causing harm or injury to other people. When a person breaches this duty of care, he or she will be liable to compensate for the harm or injury caused to another person.
Causation is the legal term used to determine whether the defendant’s negligence caused the accident or injury or there were other factors involved.
Your attorney needs to provide evidence to show you suffered actual harm and losses. One way to do this is through documentation of what treatment you received, such as a record of your hospital visit and prescription receipts for pain medication.
How Much Time Do I Have To File a Personal Injury Claim?
In Georgia, the time allotted to file for a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident in most cases. However, in case of the death of a person due to severe injuries, the time to file for a claim is usually four years from the date of the accident.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
Personal injury lawyers in Bremen usually charge a contingency fee. This means that they will take a percentage from the client’s settlement or the compensation awarded by the court. If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay us anything.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle at John B. Jackson Law Firm
Our personal injury attorneys handle a variety of cases, including:
While riding a bicycle, you could get hit by a car and get injured. The Law Office of John B. Jackson will be more than happy to help you get compensated for your injuries.
Car accidents are the most common cause of personal injuries, and you are entitled to receive compensation according to the extent of your injuries. The Law Office of John B. Jackson has experienced Bremen car accident lawyers to help you fight your case.
Dog bites can result from an unprovoked action and cause serious injuries to anyone. Fortunately, the professional personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of John. B. Jackson are here to support you and help you settle your claim.
Medical malpractice happens when a medical practitioner or a doctor causes injury to a patient due to negligence. Proving the medical practitioner failed to provide the appropriate standard of care can often be difficult. Our attorneys offer clients a free case evaluation and knowledgeable counsel.
Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries. Let us handle your case and help you get just compensation for your losses while you focus on your recovery.
Slip and Fall
Some of the common causes of slip and fall accidents include wet floors, snowfall, cracked sidewalks, broken staircases, dim hallways, or debris. Our personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of John B. Jackson have the knowledge and experience to handle your case.
If you or someone you know has been injured due to a hazardous product, you can reach out to the Law Office of John B. Jackson, and we will help you move forward with your case.
Get a Free Case Review With a Bremen Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were hurt due to another’s negligence, it isn’t fair for you to be left to deal with the financial burden of medical bills and other expenses. The Law Office of John B. Jackson has just one aim: to win victims of personal injury the money they deserve. We won’t bill you a thing unless we win money for you. Let us evaluate your case and we’ll show you what we can do for you. Call us at (770)988-6155 or use our contact form to set up your free consultation.