People in Duluth and throughout Georgia are hurt in accidents every day. Most people don’t prepare for the financial costs associated with injuries sustained in unexpected accidents. They can take comfort in the fact that they might have a basis for a personal injury claim if their accident was the fault of someone else’s negligence.
If another party was responsible for your accident, they should be held accountable for the difficulty you are now facing. Thanks to Georgia’s negligence laws, they may be liable for the damages their actions directly caused. If successful, a claim can help injury victims like you recover compensation for their losses from medical bills, treatment-related expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.
At Andersen, Tate & Carr, we know that you are feeling overwhelmed. You may not understand why this accident had to happen to you. Unfortunately, life is not always fair and people are dealt hands they don’t deserve. If you have been forced to suffer physically, emotionally or financially due to the error or negligence of someone else, it is your right to seek compensation.
Whether you have been hurt in a truck accident, pedestrian accident, slip and fall, or other type of incident, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit if your injuries were the result of another’s poor decisions. Medical bills can quickly add up, forcing you to make financial decisions that are difficult. You may be worried about being able to pay your medical bills while still maintaining your household. It’s time to fight for the justice you deserve.
We understand that you and your family may be under a great deal of stress. Not only are you trying to heal from the damage that has been done to your body, but you may be worried about the damage that has already been done to your bank account and the bills that may be coming in the future. You should not be faced with these worries. We are here for you.
We represent victims of:
- Trucking Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Negligent Security
- Premises Liability
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
- Slip and Fall
- Wrongful Death
Contact us online or give us a call today at (770) 822-0900 for a free consultation with a Duluth personal injury attorney.
How Can a Duluth Personal Injury Attorney Help?
If you have been injured in an accident in Gwinnett County, you have the right to seek damages. If your accident was caused by another, we will work to hold that party responsible. Our team will put our knowledge and years of experience to work for you in order to obtain the best possible outcome to your case.
Your injury claim will most likely be based on the legal principle of negligence, which states that parties who fail to exercise the proper duty of care should be liable for the damages their negligent actions caused. In order for such a claim to be successful, it must demonstrate four main showings:
- Duty — The defendant had a duty of care either because
- There are laws that define their duty to act a certain way
- There are standards that apply to their profession, such as a medical practitioner or a freight truck driver
- There are expectations to exercise “ordinary care” as a “reasonable person” would
- Breach — The defendant lapsed in their duty, which directly led to an accident or incident
- Injury — The lapse in the defendant’s duty of care directly caused an injury to the plaintiff
- Harm — The injury the plaintiff sustained had significant damages that cause the plaintiff undue hardship for which they should be reimbursed
Proving all four elements is not always easy. Sometimes, injury victims must rely upon a Duluth personal injury lawyer in order to form a strategy for their case that has a high chance of success.
When working with your injury attorney, they will research how your unique situation applies to the legal basis used during past successful claims. They will also attempt to gather evidence of both the defendant’s negligence and the real physical, financial, and mental damages you have sustained as a result.
If the defendant or their insurer tries to dispute the facts of your claim, your injury lawyer can put forth a counter argument backed by evidence and case precedent. Your lawyer acts as your advisor and advocate. Their invaluable guidance helps you navigate the legal system in such a way as to give you confidence throughout your claims process.
Don’t feel as though you are alone right now. Our team is here for you as you take the steps to put your life back in order. We understand all of the options available to you and will explain them so that you are able to make an informed decision regarding your case.
Why You Should Be Wary of Trusting Insurers
Plenty of injury claims after events like car accidents and slip and falls are successful thanks to an expedited liability insurance claims process, but these claims may not weigh as much in favor of injury victims as they initially appear.
Insurance companies want to maintain a profit. Paying out as little as possible for each claim helps them do so. As such, they may offer injury victims just a fraction of the maximum possible value their claim might be worth. They then pressure victims to accept the offer, heavily implying that it is the only option compared to receiving no compensation at all.
Without the experience that personal injury lawyer may have, injury victims may underestimate just how much their injury will cost them over the long-term. They may not realize how much their follow-up appointments will cost, for instance, or they could fail to realize the impact missing work had on their month-to-month cash flow.
Because of these risks, injury victims should be sure to:
- Avoid signing anything without fully understanding the costs of your claim or the legal consequences of signing the agreement
- Avoid discussing your claim and the injury incident with anyone, lest they accidentally reveal information that could be used against their claim
- Tread carefully when talking to insurers. Try to only discuss details of the incident that would appear on a police report.
A personal injury lawyer and the experts they talk to will have first-hand experience of just how much all of these costs tally up to overall. They can provide injury victims with guidance for how much their claim should ask for based on actual healthcare billing practices, past cases, and prior successful claims.
Most importantly, a Duluth injury attorney can speak with insurers on your behalf to help you avoid committing mistakes. Common mistakes injury victims make include admitting partial fault or accepting an initial settlement offer over fear that they will get nothing.
Realize that insurers will do anything they can to legally reduce the amount available to a claimant. They will even request medical records for the purposes of establishing that certain treatment costs were unnecessary or that some health issues were the result of past medical conditions, not the accident in question.
Handling all of these negotiations can be stressful and complex. The team at Andersen, Tate & Carr wants to be there for you to share that burden and give you the benefit of our decades of experience. With your attorney at your side, you can potentially seek higher compensation amounts with less work involved on your part, all while staying informed through every step of the process.
Speak with a Duluth Personal Injury Lawyer Today
There is a statute of limitations on personal injury cases in Gwinnett County. You only have two years from the date of your injury to file your lawsuit, meaning the clock is already ticking. Call our office today at (770) 822-0900 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team. You can also reach out to us online at your convenience. We will explain all of your legal rights and options to you and help you take the first steps on the path to financial recovery.