Personal Injury Attorneys in Athens, Georgia
Injury Attorneys Fighting for the Compensation You & Your Family Deserve
Unexpected accidents can have devastating consequences. Often, victims and their families find their lives are forever altered by events beyond their control.
At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., we believe that you shouldn’t be left to deal with the aftermath of someone else’s negligence on your own. If you or a loved one was recently injured by another person or entity’s reckless or careless behavior, you may be entitled to financial recovery to help with the financial strain, physical pain, and emotional suffering.
Our firm is dedicated to fighting for the fair compensation you are owed. We understand how overwhelming the legal process can be, which is why we offer compassionate guidance and skilled representation you can rely on.
Athens, Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers
Accidents happen every day. When an accident results in an injury, the victim can find him- or herself in a lot of pain and facing steep financial damages. It is not fair to expect an injured victim to cover these damages out of pocket, which is why victims have the right to file and pursue compensation for these damages through personal injury claims.
If you are injured in an accident, do not wait to start pursuing your compensation through a personal injury claim. In Georgia, the statute of limitations – the time period following an accident during which you are eligible to file a lawsuit and potentially recover compensation for your damages – is two years from the date of the accident in most cases. This does not mean you will necessarily file a lawsuit, but it is something you should keep in mind because if you cannot settle on an appropriate compensation package with the negligent party’s insurance provider, you could have to take this route to seek the compensation you deserve.
Cases We Handle
Our team handles a variety of personal injury case types. These include:
- Car accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Accidents involving defective consumer products;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Bus accidents;
- Acts of medical malpractice; and
- Premises liability claims.
We also work with the loved ones of fatal accident victims to file and pursue wrongful death claims. Through a wrongful death claim, an individual can seek compensation for the damages he or she suffered through losing a loved one, such as the loss of the victim’s income and nonfinancial household contributions, the loss of the victim’s companionship and love, and the claimant’s own damages like his or her emotional trauma from the death.
Special Circumstances in Personal Injury Cases
We also work with clients who are suffering from catastrophic injuries like spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and severe burn injuries. These injuries can change a victim’s life. Depending on the type of injury you suffered, you could be paralyzed, lose sensation or use of specific parts of your body, or suffer permanent disfigurement. With a traumatic brain injury, you can also suffer from cognitive disabilities, memory loss, and face an increased risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s later in life.
Pursuing Compensation for your Personal Injury Damages
There are a few different ways an accidental injury can leave a victim financially insecure. These include saddling him or her with steep medical bills, keeping him or her out of work for a prolonged period of time, causing him or her to suffer a permanent disability, and drastically reducing his or her quality of life. Through a personal injury claim, an injured victim can pursue compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering damages.
All three of these categories include long-term and short-term expenses. Short-term medical expenses include bills for hospitalization and prescription medication. Long-term expenses include continuing treatment and disability management therapy. Short-term career damages include missed days of work due to recovery while long-term damages include a reduced work capacity and missed advancement opportunities. Pain and suffering damages are the intangible damages an individual suffers, like the emotional trauma of being injured in an accident and living with chronic pain for the rest of his or her life.
Developing and Pursuing an Effective Personal Injury Claim
Although you can file and pursue a personal injury claim on your own, it is not recommended. An experienced personal injury lawyer can increase your chance of recovering an appropriate settlement for your damages because he or she knows how to effectively negotiate on your behalf. Your lawyer can also help you keep your claim organized and advise you on specific actions to take, like filing a lawsuit if it appears you will not reach a settlement with the insurance provider.
You can pursue compensation for your damages even if you were partially at fault for your accident. Under Georgia’s modified comparative negligence law, any victim who is 49 percent or less at fault for his or her accident may recover compensation for his or her damages through a personal injury claim. If the victim is 50 percent or more at fault, though, he or she is not entitled to compensation. Through a thorough investigation that provides ample evidence to support your claim, your lawyer can demonstrate that you hold less than half of the fault for your accident and because of this, you are entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Keep in mind that if you are partially at fault for your accident, the total amount of compensation you can recover is reduced according to the percentage of the fault you hold.
A successful personal injury claim demonstrates how the victim’s injury was the direct result of the other party’s negligence. To be negligent, a party must fail to act according to their duties to prevent harm to others, thus creating an environment where others can suffer injuries. You can demonstrate another party’s negligence through:
- Photographs of the accident;
- Testimonies from witnesses to the accident;
- Expert testimonies, testimonies from your doctor and other professionals who can attest to the cause of your injury without having witnessed the accident firsthand; and
- The official accident report.
You will also need to demonstrate the extent of your damages. This can be done with:
- Copies of your medical bills;
- Documentation of your time out of work; and
- Testimonies that discuss your reduced quality of life.
Work with an Experienced Athens Personal Injury Lawyer
When you are suffering from the financial damages related to an injury you sustained in an accident, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your damages with the aid of an experienced personal injury lawyer. To learn more about your rights and legal options for pursuing this compensation, contact our team at Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. to set up your initial legal consultation with us.