Common Types Of Personal Injury Cases in Georgia
There are numerous types of personal injury cases. In fact, any kind of accident that results in injuries when someone other than the victim was at fault can fall under this umbrella term. Whatever the circumstances, it may be beneficial for the victim to work with an attorney when seeking compensation for his or her injuries. If you have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, consider contacting an experienced personal injury attorney from Hall & Lampros, LLP, by calling 404-876-8100 to schedule a consultation.
Among the most common personal injury cases are auto accidents. This encompasses any accident involving a motor vehicle, including a car, truck, bus, or motorcycle. Early estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the first half of 2022 put the number of deaths from motor vehicle crashes at 20,175. Drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicycle riders may all be entitled to compensation if they are injured in an accident. Victims can improve their chances of a successful claim by collecting medical records, the police report, and any documentation that shows financial losses and other impacts of the accident.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Falls can lead to particularly severe injuries for the elderly, but these accidents can be devastating to anyone when conditions are unsafe. Slip and fall accidents can occur with wet floors, uneven surfaces, debris on the ground, loose carpeting, or unsalted ice. Other causes of slip and fall accidents are insufficient light or a lack of a handrail on stairs. These accidents can result in fractures, cuts, broken teeth, eye injuries, and more.
Overworked or careless medical professionals can make mistakes that have a major impact on their patients’ lives. Negligence from a doctor can result in misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or injury (including during childbirth). In other cases, medical staff may administer inappropriate treatment, such as by supplying a patient with the wrong or wrong amount of medication or by incorrectly administering anesthesia. In these cases, victims may be able to pursue a medical malpractice personal injury claim for compensation to cover their physical injuries, emotional pain, and additional medical costs incurred due to the error.
Victims may have a case for a personal injury claim if they were injured while using a commercial product. The accident victim must have been injured by a product that is not inherently dangerous. In addition, the victim must have been using the product correctly. The item may have had a manufacturing defect that caused it malfunction, or the product may have had a design flaw. If you have suffered an injury from an accident while using a commercial product, a skilled personal injury attorney from Hall & Lampros, LLP, may be able to help you determine if your injury constitutes a product liability case.
Employers have a responsibility to ensure that their workplace is safe. This includes providing employees with adequate training and equipment to prevent injuries. When business owners are negligent, accidents may occur that jeopardize a worker’s earning capacity or even permanently disable an employee. When workplace accident victims have evidence, such as witness testimony, an accident report written by a supervisor, and photos of the accident site, they may be able to recover their lost wages and receive compensation for lost earning capacity.
A dog bite can leave both physical and psychological scars, ranging from lacerations and disfigurement to nerve damage and lasting trauma. In Georgia, dog bite victims may be entitled to compensation if a dog attack was due to an owner failing to control a dog known to be vicious, such as by not keeping it on a leash, or if the attack was unprovoked.
Any of the above types of personal injury cases can also result in the victim’s death. In those cases, the victim’s loved ones are generally entitled to pursue a personal injury case to seek damages for any of the following:
- Medical expenses incurred due to the injuries
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost wages (which may include future wages) if the loved one relied on the victim’s income
- Pain and suffering that the victim experienced before death
- Loss of consortium to the spouse
According to the Georgia Code §51-4-2, spouses are entitled to file wrongful death claims. If there is no surviving spouse, the victim’s children are eligible to file instead.
Find Representation for Your Personal Injury Case
Accident victims with all types of personal injury cases may want to find representation to assist them through the claims process. If you have suffered injuries or a loved one has died from an accident caused by another person’s negligence, consider contacting an experienced personal injury attorney from Hall & Lampros, LLP, by calling 404-876-8100 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.
Chris has successfully represented numerous clients in catastrophic personal injury, employment law matters, class action, consumer protection, business tort, and legislative matters involving multi-million-dollar damages.