Personal Injury Attorneys in Georgia
When you get up in the morning and get ready to tackle another busy day, getting injured is probably the last thing you may worry about. Yet, for many people, a normal day can quickly turn upside down after an accident that leaves them injured and often unable to work. Worse than that is that the accident was caused by someone else. The good news is that you have rights as an injured victim, and The Scott Pryor Law Group can help you fight back and hold the at-fault party liable for your damages.
What Are the Basic Elements of a Personal Injury Case in Georgia?
Many people injured in an accident wonder if they may have a valid personal injury case in Georgia. A personal injury claim is a civil case, which means a plaintiff (the victim) initiates a claim against a defendant (the at-fault party) to recover monetary compensation for the damages the plaintiff has suffered due to the defendant’s negligent or reckless conduct.
Part of the plaintiff’s job is to prove that the defendant was negligent by showing that the basic elements of negligence apply to the accident. These elements include showing that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care and this duty of care was breached. For example, a driver of a motor vehicle has the duty of care of operating their vehicle in a way as not to cause any harm to themselves or other roadway users. If that driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and decides to operate their vehicle anyway, the driver is breaching their duty of care to others.
The plaintiff also needs to demonstrate that the defendant’s breach of duty of care was the direct cause of an accident that left the plaintiff injured and resulted in damages. An attorney can help you ensure you have a strong case and assist you with the steps to gather the evidence required to prove that the defendant’s negligence was the cause of your accident.
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Who Pays for My Medical Bills After an Accident Caused by Someone Else in Georgia?
If your accident was a result of another party’s negligence and you can successfully prove that the other party is at fault, then it would likely be their responsibility to reimburse you for any damages you may have incurred, including medical bills and other related medical expenses, such as the cost of rehabilitation and physical therapy.
In many personal injury cases, such as motor vehicle or premises liability accidents, you would likely file an insurance claim against the at-fault party’s insurance carrier. Some cases may not reach a resolution at this stage because the other party’s insurance company denies the claim or refuses to pay an adequate amount, or the at-fault party has no insurance coverage for the accident. This is when the help of an attorney can positively impact your case by initiating a personal injury lawsuit and taking the case to trial.
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney for My Case?
Whether you were hurt in a slip and fall accident or are going up against a trucking company, you have rights as a victim. Unfortunately, that does not always mean the at-fault party or their insurance company will be eager to compensate you for all your damages. If you are dealing with an insurance claim for your case, chances are the insurance company will be more interested in protecting their profits and will do anything to close out your claim as quickly and cheaply as possible.
The attorneys at The Scott Pryor Law Group are no strangers to the usual tactics employed by insurance companies to protect their interests at the expense of injured claimants. Without the help of a skilled personal injury law firm on your side, your chances of securing fair compensation for your case are much smaller. Our attorneys can not only tackle negotiations with the insurance company for you but also take care of every aspect of your case so you can turn your attention to healing and spending time with your loved ones.
What Kind of Cases Can The Scott Pryor Law Group Handle?
Attorney Scott Pryor and his team of knowledgeable personal injury attorneys focus solely on helping injured clients get justice and hold the at-fault party liable for their damages. Our firm handles a variety of cases across the state of Georgia, including:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Bus Accidents
- Slip and Fall
- Wrongful Death
- Products Liability
- Rideshare Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
We can provide clients with legal representation for personal injury cases of any complexity. If you have been injured and need a strong legal ally on your side, the legal team at The Scott Pryor Law Group is ready to assist you.
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What Makes The Scott Pryor Law Group Different?
Attorney Scott Pryor and his team of skilled trial lawyers and personal injury attorneys are dedicated to fighting for those injured or killed due to another party’s negligent and reckless actions. We understand how hard it is to be injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, or worse – to lose a loved one prematurely because someone else was negligent.
Our passion is to put our skills and experience to work for you so you have a fighting chance to recover fair compensation for your losses without the overwhelming feeling of having to figure it all out yourself. We are your legal allies, ready to help you get the results you need to move on with your life. If you have been injured, lost a loved one, or have questions concerning a personal injury matter, contact The Scott Pryor Law Group at 678-325-3434
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What do you have to prove in a personal injury case?
The basic elements to prove in a personal injury case include duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. Duty is the legal obligation to use reasonable care when interacting with others. Breach of duty occurs when the defendant fails to fulfill his or her legal obligation and causes harm. Causation is the link between the defendant’s breach of duty and the resulting harm. Damages refer to the losses suffered by the plaintiff due to the injury. The burden of evidence falls on the plaintiff – it is the plaintiff’s job to prove that these elements apply to their case.
What is a statute of limitations, and how does it affect my case?
A statute of limitations is a legal deadline determining the time you have to file a lawsuit. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the accident date. It is important to act quickly after an accident because evidence can be lost or destroyed over time. In addition, if you wait too long to file a lawsuit and allow the statute of limitations to expire, your case may be automatically dismissed, and you may not be able to seek compensation.
What should you do immediately after an accident caused by someone else?
If you were involved in an accident that may have resulted from another party’s negligence, your priority should be to seek emergency medical help for any serious injuries. If you were in a motor vehicle accident, notify law enforcement and your insurance company. If it is safe, take pictures and video of the accident scene and gather additional information, such as the name and contact information of any eyewitnesses or other parties involved. Finally, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.
Why do I need to see a doctor after a car accident even if I don’t feel hurt?
A car accident is a traumatic event that often causes victims to experience a high level of adrenaline, which may temporarily mask pain to help their bodies get through the stressful situation. This means you may not feel your injuries right away, and it may take a few days or even weeks for your injuries to show any symptoms. This is why it is extremely important to get examined by a doctor even if you do not feel injured – you can get adequate medical care and monitoring of your situation and obtain the necessary medical records to document your injuries for your personal injury case.
Should I agree to give a recorded statement to the at-fault party’s insurance company?
As mentioned previously, insurance companies employ a variety of tactics to reduce the amount of compensation owed to a claimant or deny the claim altogether. One of these many tactics is to contact a claimant by phone and request a recorded statement. While the person on the other side of the call may seem sympathetic and concerned about your situation, they are just looking for ways to get you to say something that later can be used as an admission of liability. It is best not to talk to the insurance company or provide recorded statements without consulting with an attorney.
How can I afford a personal injury attorney if I cannot work?
At The Scott Pryor Law Group, our legal team understands the importance of getting the right legal representation for your case. We also understand that your injuries may have put you in a tough spot financially. That is why we work on a contingency fee basis. In other words, we can begin working on your case without any upfront costs. We will do everything we can to secure fair compensation for you. If we win your case, you will pay us an agreed-upon settlement percentage. If we don’t win your case, you owe us nothing. That way, you can get the legal help you need without any out-of-pocket costs.
Can I still recover compensation if I am partially at fault for my accident?
The state of Georgia follows the modified comparative negligence rule with a 50% bar to compensation. In other words, when more than one party shares responsibility for an accident and resulting damages, the parties may still seek compensation if they are not deemed 50% or more at fault. This means that you may still recover compensation if your percentage of liability is 49% or less. It is also important to understand that your percentage of liability affects how much you will be paid, as it will be subtracted from your final settlement amount.
Am I required to accept the first offer I received from the insurance company?
Another tactic used by insurance companies to protect their profits is to pressure claimants into accepting a low offer for their case. What often happens is the claimant receives an offer shortly after having their claim accepted. The insurance company may pressure the claimant to accept this offer or mislead them into believing that they must accept it or the claim will be rejected. The truth is that you are not required to accept their initial offer, and it is rarely recommended that you do so. This first offer is often too low and won’t cover the cost of all your losses. If you refuse to accept the offer, they simply need to come up with a new offer. Always speak to an attorney before accepting a settlement offer.
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