How do I recover for lost income from my injury if i’m self-employed?

The short answer is documentation! In a personal injury case, the injured party is entitled to recover compensation for loss of current income resulting from time off work due to the injury, as well as for economic losses that can reasonably be expected due to the injury. This may include impacts on future earning capacity […]

Should I Settle My Personal Injury Claim?

Georgia residents who receive injuries due to a motor vehicle accident or due to the wrongdoing or negligence of another may find themselves involved in litigation over the injuries. As part of the litigation process, the opposing party (an attorney representing the insurance company) will often make a settlement offer in an attempt to resolve […]

What Happens if I Was Hurt Before My Accident?

Having a pre-existing injury does not preclude you from recovering for damages in a subsequent personal injury claim. The general rule in Georgia accident cases is that previous injuries do not affect your right to recover compensation. You may still be entitled to recover damages for your re-injury or aggravation of an earlier injury if […]

What are the advantages to settling a personal injury claim?

The majority of personal injury lawsuits settle out of court because settlement is almost always faster and much less expensive than going to trial.  Settling an injury lawsuit out of court can provide a number of advantages over litigating a case through to the end. Some advantages to settling your Georgia personal injury claim: 1. […]

What are wrongful death claims?

Wrongful death claims are brought against a defendant who has caused someone’s death either negligently or through intentional harm. Wrongful death claims in Georgia allow the estate of the deceased person to file a lawsuit against the party who is legally liable for the death. If the person had survived, then the claim would likely […]

How long do I have to report a car accident?

The short answer is that you should report a car accident as quickly as possible.  While the first priority is attending to the medical needs of everyone involved, the next step is to report the accident to your insurance company.  Many companies offer 24 hour claim service and several now have mobile apps you can […]

5 THINGS TO DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN ASSAULTED

If you are the victim of any type of assault (sexual or otherwise), here are the first 5 things you should do: 1. Contact the police to initiate an investigation and ensure the incident is properly documented in a timely manner. 2. Get medical care for your physical and mental injuries. 3. Meet with an […]

WHAT ARE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR PERSONAL INJURY CASES IN GEORGIA?

The statute of limitations basically refers to your deadline to file a claim, and in personal injury cases that deadline depends upon the type of injury you suffered. In order to be awarded any damages for your injury, your claim must be filed prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations. Statutes of limitations […]

WHAT ARE PUNITIVE DAMAGES?

In personal injury cases, there are two types of damages awarded to a prevailing plaintiff (i.e. injured party): Compensatory Damages and Punitive Damages. Compensatory damages are meant to compensate the injured party for the cost of medical care,  property damage, lost wages and other out-of-pocket expenses. The purpose of a civil lawsuit is to put […]