What is personal injury law?

Personal injury law refers to the various laws that you have to rely on if someone harms you. It’s a vast umbrella term that governs everything from car accidents to product liability and usually requires that you prove the at-fault party was negligent.

Types of personal injury claims

There are many types of personal injury claims, including those resulting from vehicular accidents. These involve car, truck, bicycle, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents and tend to make up the majority of personal injury claims. Premises liability claims are those in which injuries occur at a commercial or private location because of the owner’s negligence, including slip and fall accidents, negligent security accidents, pool accidents, and more. Product liability claims involve malfunctioning products that result in injury, including medications. Other types of personal injury claims deal with dog bites, workers’ compensation, and more.  

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Proving negligence in Georgia

Unless you’re involved in a product liability case or one of a few types of dog bite cases, you’ll have to prove negligence, and that means meeting four requirements. The first one is to prove that the party involved had an obligation toward you.

Following that, you have to show that the person failed to live up to that obligation. In a car accident, for example, you might claim that a person had a duty to operate their vehicle safely and breached that duty by driving while texting or under the influence. 

The next step is to show that your injuries were a direct result of the other party’s negligence and that you can be compensated for your losses. None of that is simple to do, so you need a personal injury lawyer in Peachtree Corners, GA. 

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Why you need a personal injury attorney in Peachtree Corners, GA

Georgia has a modified comparative negligence law that means you’re able to get compensation even if you were partly at fault — but your fault must be less than that of the other party involved. Although this kind of law is often beneficial, it can also mean you could be at risk of getting blamed for the whole accident if you don’t have someone representing you who’s experienced in personal injury law. That’s a crucial reason you need a lawyer. Lawyers like those of our team at Pendergrass Law will gather evidence and speak with witnesses so that you can focus on healing. We will negotiate with insurance companies and take your case to court if they aren’t negotiating in good faith. 

What can you expect when you turn to Pendergrass Law?

When you contact us for a consultation, we will assess your claim. This is an important step because not everyone has one. If we think that you could get compensation, we’ll immediately begin working on gathering the evidence necessary to prove the claim. We’ll always talk through all of the options you have and what kind of compensation you may be able to receive so that you know what to expect. Once we’ve gathered evidence, we’ll begin to negotiate with insurance companies. If the negotiations fail, we won’t hesitate to file a lawsuit so that you can get the help you need to pay for medical bills and other losses you’ve suffered as a result of the accident. 

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Available compensation for personal injury claims

If you’ve suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence, one of the types of damages you can claim is economic damages. These include medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. In other words, losses you can put a number to. Other types of damages you can claim are non-economic damages. These are losses that are less easy to quantify and can include pain and suffering, loss of companionship if a loved one dies because of the accident, and loss of enjoyment of life. Although available, punitive damages are not often granted in Georgia as part of personal injury claims. Punitive damages are designed to punish the person at fault, and they apply if their actions had malicious intent or were otherwise egregious. 

Trusting experienced personal injury lawyers at The Pendergrass Law Firm

An accident can be devastating, leading to physical injuries and even psychological distress.

Furthermore, having to deal with medical bills and repair bills can put a strain on your financial situation. There’s help available, however. When you turn to The Pendergrass Law Firm, you can get help from an experienced and tenacious personal injury attorney in Peachtree Corners, GA.

We offer assistance to both the English- and Spanish-speaking communities in the area, and we treat each of our clients with the respect and compassion they deserve. Learn more about our services by scheduling a consultation today. 

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