Personal Injury Lawyers in Gwinnett County
It is a terrible feeling to be involved in a personal injury accident in Gwinnett County. Whether the negligence was due to a medical professional not performing their job with care or a reckless driver, or any other negligent party, you will need an experienced Gwinnett County personal injury lawyer advocating for you and protecting your rights.
When You Should Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
There are several reasons why the sooner you contact our Georgia law firm, the better. First, you are likely accruing medical bills from having your personal injury treated. If you do not pay these medical bills or the insurer, you can start to accrue interest. Second, soon creditors will start calling you, and your credit will be negatively affected. On top of your suffering or the suffering of a loved one, this financial stress could make things much worse.
You may think you do not need a personal injury lawyer in Gwinnett County to handle your personal injury case. But it is insufficient to go in front of a judge with your medical documentation and evidence that you were hurt because judges require a much stricter standard of proof. Also, the judge will require strong evidence that you were not acting negligently when the accident happened.
Types of cases personal injury lawyers handle
Personal injury law is a type of tort law which means that it is the type of law where an injured person can file a civil claim against the liable party. Although the responsible party may also be facing criminal charges related to the accident or injury, that is handled in a different court. For your civil damages, including your medical bills, lost wages, and property damage, you would file a personal injury claim in civil court.
How people are injured depends on the circumstances of their accident. But when it comes to understanding what happened, you need to have an expert with a strong knowledge of a relevant specialty. Construction accidents are different from car accidents even though both are considered types of personal injuries. But a construction accident may require a specialist with a background in civil engineering. In contrast, a car accident may need more of a medical professional or accident reconstructionist working on the case.
Areas of Practice
At The Pendergrass Law Firm, our areas of practice include:
Bike accidents and fatalities are on the rise in the United States. Some of the top reasons for fatal bike accidents include drivers not using caution when sharing the road with bicyclists, unsafe bicycles practices by new bicyclists, and the lack of proper infrastructure in cities to protect bikers, such as having a dedicated bike lane on streets.
Whether minor or catastrophic, a car accident it’s always very stressful for the driver and the passengers involved. Car accidents occur when two or more vehicles collide into each other. Some of the most common types of car accidents are sideswiped, rear-end collisions, head-on collisions and T-bone accidents.
(injuries including traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and spinal injuries)
Catastrophic injuries that result from a slip and fall, motor vehicle accident or other personal injury can include traumatic brain injury (TBI), paralysis, the loss of a limb or the loss of the proper functioning of an organ.
Motorcycle accidents usually result in catastrophic injuries especially if the motorcycle rider was not wearing a helmet. One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents or when motor vehicle drivers do not see a motorcyclist in their blind spot.
Slip and fall
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA), two of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include failing to yield right of way or improperly crossing an intersection. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents very often lead to pedestrian fatalities.
Large trucks account for 10% of all motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Safety Council, 5,005 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes in 2019. These involve large trucks but not buses or motor homes/RVs
Slip and fall
Property owners are liability for any unsafe conditions on their property, including wet floors, poor lighting and uneven pavement. Some of the most common injuries that can result from a slip and call include hip fractures, head and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, and even death.
When a loved one has been killed by the intent or negligence of a liable party, and they would’ve had the right to file a personal injury claim had they lived, then the surviving loved ones can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent as well as for the suffering the decedent experienced before they died.
Just because a dog has bitten you does not mean that you can file a lawsuit. The circumstances of the bite are taken into consideration for each individual case. For example, if there’s any evidence that you provoke the dog, that will negatively affect your case. Call The Pendergrass Law Firm if you have been bitten by a dog in Gwinnett County.
Manufacturers and sellers can be held liable for a defective product, and that has injured or killed consumers. The three types of product liability claims are for:
- Products with manufacturing defects
- Defectively designed products
- Failure to provide adequate warning or instruction to consumers
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Suppose a loved one was killed by the wrongful act of another person or entity in Gwinnett County. In that case, the decedent’s surviving family members have a right to bring a wrongful death claim forward if the decedent would have otherwise been entitled to a personal injury claim. The law is particular about who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Georgia. They are listed in order of priority below:
- The deceased spouse: The spouse can also file a case on behalf of the decedent’s minor children.
- Surviving children: If there is no surviving spouse, then the decedent’s adopted or biological children may file a claim
- Parents of the decedent
- Siblings of the decedent
- A legal representative of the decedent’s estate
The Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is how long a victim has to file a personal injury lawsuit with the courts. The clock starts the day of the accident or, in some cases, the date the injury was discovered. For example, in Georgia, you must file a wrongful death claim within two years of the date of the person‘s death.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should wait that long to contact an attorney in Gwinnett County. There have been some unfortunate cases where people have filed very close to the end of the statute of limitations, and their case was in the process of being filed when the deadline elapsed.
Unfortunately, after that point, no court is going to hear your case, no matter how compelling any evidence you have may be. Therefore, it is critical to speak to a Gwinnett County personal injury attorney immediately to get started on your wrongful death case.
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We highly recommend that you bring any documents and evidence you have with you to your initial consultation so that we can review them. We also suggest writing down everything that you remember happening before the accident so that you do not forget any important details when you arrive. Lastly, if you did not receive a copy of the police report at the accident scene, you will need to get one from the police department.
At The Pendergrass Law Firm, we find out who is accountable and do our best to make them pay for your suffering or the suffering of a loved one. From your initial consultation until you get your settlement check, we are with you advocating on your behalf. Call today to schedule your consultation and find out why so many of our previous clients highly recommend us. We also recommend that you give us a call as soon as possible because it will help you move forward and get the compensation you need for the losses you have incurred.
Frequently Asked Questions
You should always consult with a personal injury attorney before filing a personal injury lawsuit. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation where they review your case and tell you what sort of legal assistance you need for your specific case.
At The Pendergrass Law Firm, we offer free consultations in Gwinnett County to answer your specific question. Here are some questions we often get.
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Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
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Stone Mountain, GA 30087
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