Whether you call Kennesaw your home or it’s a place you love to visit, residents of this Cobb County city deserve an experienced personal injury attorney if they suffer injuries in an accident. Whether your injuries resulted from a motor vehicle crash, a premises liability issue, a defective product, or medical malpractice, we’re committed to offering effective legal guidance to the people of Kennesaw.
What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
Personal injury law isn’t just about filing a lawsuit and going to court. A lot of other things go into working as a personal injury lawyer. Some of the services your attorney should provide for you include:
- Providing you with the answers you need to make an informed decision on how to proceed with the insurance claim and/or legal process
- Establishing a fair value for your case that takes into consideration the severity of your injuries and the expenses you’ve endured because of them.
- Collecting witness statements, photographs, medical records, an accounting of your expenses, and other evidence to make your case.
- Attempting to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company so that you can recover proper compensation for your injuries.
- Keeping track of and meeting the filing deadlines and other court requirements for your case.
- Deposing witnesses and experts and evaluating evidence gathered by the defendant’s attorneys.
- Litigating your case in court, if necessary.
- Helping to relieve the burden of debt collectors while your case is in process.
- Handling the details of your compensation payout and representing you in the appeals process if you or the defendant wish to fight the court’s decision on your case.
Georgia’s Personal Injury Laws
Georgia requires that plaintiffs file most personal injury lawsuits within two years of the date of the injury. The statute of limitations is shorter for claims filed against county and local governmental agencies, and is longer for product liability cases. Ask your attorney what the time limit for filing your case is.
Other important aspects of Georgia personal injury law include:
- Before the courts can order compensation, you must show that the defendant’s negligence caused your injuries. You can show negligence by proving the following: The defendant owed you a duty of care; the defendant breached that duty; the breach caused the accident, which resulted in your injuries; the injuries caused economic and/or non-economic damages to you.
- The damages that plaintiffs may collect through a personal injury lawsuit include economic damages such as medical expenses, property damage, lost wages and lost earning capacity, as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and lost quality of life. In cases where negligence was egregious, repeated, or intentional, plaintiffs may seek punitive damages as well.
- Georgia courts use the “reasonably prudent person” standard when determining whether a defendant breached a duty of care. A reasonably prudent person is one who takes responsible actions.
- State law grants immunity from personal injury lawsuits to those whose negligent actions caused injuries to family members.
- A Georgia personal injury lawsuit may involve multiple defendants. Examples include accidents caused by both a negligent driver and a defective product, or an accident caused by a negligent healthcare employee during the course of his or her employment for which the employer also has liability. These complex cases may result in more compensation because of the additional insurance policies involved.
- The surviving family of a deceased person can file wrongful death lawsuits in Georgia, from claims brought on behalf of the decedent’s spouse, children, and surviving parents if there is no surviving spouse or children to a representative of the estate, depending on the circumstances.
- Georgia invokes strict liability in dog bite cases, which means that an owner of a dog is liable for any injuries that a dog attack causes if the bite occurs on public property or while the victim was lawfully on private property, even if the dog had no prior history of aggression.
- The length of time that a personal injury lawsuit takes to complete depends on numerous factors, including the complexity of the case, the amount of damages, the severity of injuries, your willingness to accept a settlement, and the court’s caseload.
Who We Represent
The Champion Firm represents clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries. Some of our practice areas include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents, crashes involving commercial trucks, bus accidents, motorcycle accidents, bike accidents, pedestrian accidents, parking lot crashes, and collisions involving rideshares
- Medical malpractice cases, including birth injuries, diagnosis errors, surgical errors, and prescription mistakes
- Premises liability, including slip/trip and fall accidents, dog bites, and security hazards
- Product liability claims, including defective products, products with improper or inadequate warning labels, and dangerous drugs
- Wrongful death
When selecting a firm in Kennesaw to work with you on your personal injury case, you want one who gets results. The following examples are some of the awards we have helped our clients to obtain.
- $2,060,000 for the family of a man killed in a car wreck.
- $1,375,000 for a client who suffered a spinal injury in a rear-end crash that involved a commercial vehicle.
- $1,250,000 for a client for injuries sustained in a bus crash.
- $675,000 for a client who was injured in a golf cart accident.
- $350,000 for a client who suffered a severe knee cap injury in a slip and fall accident.
While past results are no guarantee of future outcomes, our track record of success nonetheless demonstrates our tireless commitment to our clients.
Get Help Now
If you were injured in a Kennesaw accident because of someone else’s negligence, we’d like to help you understand your legal options. Contact us at The Champion Firm online or by calling (404) 596-8044 to schedule your free consultation and case evaluation.