No one expects to be injured in an accident which means that most people are not financially prepared to deal with the aftermath. Thousands of people find themselves in this situation on a daily basis across Georgia. If you are one of these people and live in Suwanee, our team is here to help you.
At Andersen, Tate & Carr, we know that you have been injured through no fault of your own. We believe the at-fault party should be held accountable for the physical, emotional and financial distress you are experiencing. We will work with you to ensure that the party responsible for your injuries pays for what they have done.
Whether you have been injured due to a car accident, truck accident or medical malpractice, we know that you may be feeling overwhelmed. We know that you are worried about the mounting medical bills and wondering if you will be financially able to take care of your family like you did before the accident. No one should be in this position and we have dedicated ourselves to fighting for justice on behalf of victims across Suwanee.
We know that you are worried. The team at ATC Law Firm understands that you may be forced to make the choice between paying for medical care and putting food on the table. You may be forced to undergo months of medical care. You may be experiencing emotional trauma. When you are put through this because of someone’s negligence or error, that person should be held responsible.
We not only represent personal injury victims, but the families of those who have been killed in accidents. We can represent your family in a wrongful death lawsuit to ensure that you don’t have to struggle to pay funeral and burial costs.
Contact us online or give us a call today at 770-237-9860 for a free consultation with a Suwanee personal injury attorney.
How Can a Suwanee Personal Injury Attorney Help?
Then a person has been injured in an incident caused by someone’s error or negligence, they have the right to seek damages in a court of law. We are here to represent you, using our vast knowledge in your favor. We will also use our relationships within the local justice community on your behalf. When you need a personal injury attorney in Suwanee, call our office to discover how we can help you.
We can help you if your injuries have been caused by:
- Medical Error
- Reckless Behavior
When you or a family member are injured in an accident caused by someone’s poor choices, that person should be made responsible for their decisions or lack of. We will work to make that happen.
Don’t feel alone in your fight. Our team is here for you and will work tirelessly to ensure you get the damages you deserve. We know all of the legal options that are available to you and will take the time to explain them. We believe that you should have all the information possible in order to make an informed decision.
Types of Cases ATC Law Firm Handles
- Car accidents — Thousands of car accidents affect Georgians every year, leading to medical bills, vehicle repairs, and other losses. Sometimes the matter of fault will be debated, making the services of a Suwanee personal injury attorney beneficial.
- Truck accidents — Heavy commercial trucks can cause significant damage during accidents, including paralysis and deaths. Truck accident cases can involve multiple plaintiffs and complex litigation, which our attorneys have experience with.
- Pedestrian accidents — Pedestrians are vulnerable to vehicle accidents, and they are often the victims of hit and runs. A Suwanee pedestrian accident attorney can help victims hold those at-fault responsible for their resulting medical costs and other damages.
- Negligent security — When a customer, tenant, or visitor is violently attacked and injured on someone else’s property, the property owner could be held liable for the costs if they are found to have been aware of the risk and negligent in their provision of security measures.
- Premises liability (Slip and fall) — From slip and fall accidents to poor building maintenance to other dangerous conditions, injuries that occur on commercial or residential property could be found to be the fault of the owner’s negligence.
- Wrongful death — When a personal injury accident leads to the death of a victim, their surviving family members or representatives of their estate can take up a claim to compensate them for the medical costs of the deceased as well as lost income, funeral and burial expenses, and more.
- Medical malpractice — Professional standards and health industry regulations aim to reduce avoidable patient injuries and deaths. When these are violated, great harm can come to those being treated. Our experienced Suwanee medical malpractice lawyers can navigate the complex laws and claims processes associated with medical injuries.
- Nursing home abuse — Negligent business owners, poor hiring practices, and systemic abuse can all cause vulnerable older adults to suffer injuries and emotional trauma. Our nursing home abuse attorneys in Suwanee fight for the rights of nursing home abuse victims to help them and their families recover from the awful events.
How Can I Prove my Personal Injury Case?
The odds are against your personal injury case advancing to a court of law, but the same legal principles are used to build a strong case even when seeking a settlement from an insurance company. The threat of litigation and a strong case, backed by evidence, makes insurers and other parties more likely to take your claim seriously, increasing the chances of obtaining a fair settlement.
Most personal injury cases are built on the legal concept of negligence. Negligence posits that a party committed an unreasonable lapse in ordinary care, directly leading to an injury or other personal losses.
Every negligence case has four main components:
- Duty of care: The negligent party (defendant) had a duty of care that would have likely kept the accident victim (plaintiff) safe from harm.
- Breach: The defendant breached their duty of care, either by committing a dangerous act or by failing to act in a way that would have prevented unreasonable risk of harm.
- Injury: The defendant’s breach of their duty of care directly led to an injurious incident causing direct harm to the plaintiff
- Damages: The injury caused to the plaintiff created economic costs, such as hospital bills, as well as non-economic costs, such as loss of enjoyment of life, that can be determined and then recovered through the court system.
Establishing a Breach in a Duty of Care
Proving that a defendant breached their duty of care can be relatively easy or difficult depending on the scenario that led to the injury. If a drunk driver ran a red light and caused a motorcycle crash, then their actions would constitute a violation of both the law and their duty of care.
However, if a company failed to provide proper instructions on how to lift a piece of furniture during its construction, then there is a question of whether the company understood that there was a reasonable risk of harm and whether the plaintiff’s own decisions contributed to the injury.
For cases that don’t involve clear violations of law or policy, it can benefit the plaintiff’s chances tremendously if they can demonstrate that the defendant should have reasonably known that their actions carried an undue risk of harm. Sometimes, the plaintiff can prove that the defendant knew about other injuries or incidents that occurred in the past, yet did nothing.
Determining Proximate Cause
The term “proximate cause” means that the defendant’s breach of their duty of care led directly to harm and losses.
Again, the difficulty of proving this component of negligence will vary from case to case. Some causes can demonstrate quite clear cause-and-effect. Others may have difficulty proving that negligence was the direct cause of injury. In a car accident, for instance, a defendant can allege that the victim would not have been hurt had their seat belt been designed better, potentially forcing the victim to seek compensation from the car manufacturer instead of the other driver.
Your Suwanee personal injury attorney can rely on rulings from cases similar to yours as well as the statements of professionals experienced in their field to argue that there was proximate cause.
Determining the Full Dollar Amount of Damages
Arriving at a number for total damages is not always as easy as adding together your hospital bills. Your personal injury attorney in Suwanee will investigate all possibly related expenses, including fees you paid for hospital parking or transportation to your medical appointments.
They will also collaborate with economists and experienced medical billing personnel to determine the full amount of lost wages and project your total costs of future medical treatment.
Non-economic damages, like pain and suffering, are calculated on a scale with reference to your medical data and personal statements combined with prior case rulings.
Talking to Insurance Companies After Your Accident
On the surface, insurance companies appear to run a business that wants to expedite claims while giving claimants and policyholders as little trouble as possible. In truth, insurers — like most other businesses — have a profit motive. If they have an opportunity to reduce the value of a claim or deny it altogether, they will do so.
One common tactic insurers use is to delay payment on a claim before proposing a settlement offer that does not cover all of the accident victim’s losses. Claimants might be so desperate to finally get some compensation that they accept, sometimes leaving thousands of dollars of uncompensated losses behind.
Insurers may also use statements made to them or information provided to them to cast doubt on the value of a claim or its full legitimacy. For example, they may ask, “how are you and your passengers who were in the vehicle at the time of the accident feeling?” during a call. If you answer something cordial like, “Oh we’re fine overall,” then the insurer could debate the level of pain and suffering you later report on your claim.
Other common tactics include asking questions that could affect who was seen as at-fault for an accident, requesting access to your medical history to claim certain injuries already existed, or using early disclosures of losses to deny requests for further compensation.
To avoid the risk of saying or doing something that could jeopardize the efficacy of their claim, car accident victims can consult with an experienced Suwanee personal injury lawyer and have them represent their case. Your attorney will file all necessary paperwork and negotiate with attorneys on your behalf, helping you increase your chances of obtaining the claim’s full value.
Talk to a Suwanee Personal Injury Lawyer Today
We are here to offer you a consultation so that you are better able to understand your legal rights and options. Call our office at 770-237-9860 to schedule your appointment. If it is more convenient for you, you can schedule your consultation using our online contact form.