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How Does Comparative Fault Affect Personal Injury Claims?

When a person has sustained serious personal injuries in an accident, it may be possible to seek multiple forms of compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Yet in some personal injury cases, the issue of comparative fault, which is also sometimes known as comparative negligence, may arise. What is comparative fault, and how can it impact your personal injury lawsuit? Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys can tell you more about Georgia’s comparative fault law and how it could come into play when you file a lawsuit against a negligent party who caused your injuries. What is Comparative Fault? To understand how comparative fault could affect your personal injury case, it is important to understand first how comparative fault works. Comparative fault, or comparative negligence, is an affirmative defense that the defendant may raise in order to reduce his or her liability. When a defendant raises the defense of comparative fault, that defendant is saying that the plaintiff also bears some responsibility for the accident that resulted in injuries, or..

Atlanta Head-on Collisions

Vehicle accidents can cause serious harm and even death.  Head-on collisions are exceptionally dangerous to drivers and passengers because the impact is concentrated directly into the car.  Catastrophic harm can be created when vehicles moving at high speeds come into contact. The Devastating Impact of Head-on Collisions Head-on collisions are one of the most serious types of vehicle accidents.  A head-on collision can lead to severe permanent injuries or even death.  Serious injuries include: Spinal injuriesLoss of limbsBrain damageSerious blood loss Are There Ways to Limit the Damage Caused by a Vehicle Accident? Accidents are extremely scary and confusing.  There are several steps that can be taken before, during, and after an accident that may help to lessen the damage done. Before an accident: Slow down: Increased speed lessens..

How Much Compensation Can You Recover for Pain and Suffering After a Car Accident in Atlanta?

Serious car crashes happen daily in our region. The Georgia Department of Public Health reports that motor vehicle collisions are the second-leading cause of emergency room visits in the state. Following a major crash, you need full and fair financial compensation to pay your medical bills. Additionally, you may also be entitled to money damages for the pain and suffering you endured.  This raises an important question: How is the value of pain and suffering determined in a personal injury case? The short answer is that courts will look at a victim’s economic damages and the specific nature of their injury. Here, our Atlanta auto accident lawyer provides a more detailed overview of how pain and suffering are calculated after a motor vehicle collision in Georgia.  Pain and Suffering: Defined A car accident is traumatic. Not only can a collision cause severe injuries, but victims often endure significant physical, psychological, and emotiona..

Construction Worker Killed, Two Others Seriously Injured After Bridge Collapses in Newton County

According to a report from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, a construction worker was killed when a portion of a bridge collapsed in Newton County. Demario Battle, an employee of B&D Concrete Cutting Inc, was identified as the victim of the tragic accident. Two other construction workers also suffered serious injuries and were hospitalized. Here, our Atlanta construction accident attorney explains what we currently know about the bridge collapse and provides an overview of construction accident claims in Georgia.  70 Foot Section of a Bridge Fell Into the Yellow River in Newton County, Georgia  The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that comprehensive repair and rehabilitation work was underway on the Access Road bridge on Interstate-20. The section of the highway is located near exit 88, in Covington, Georgia. A general contractor (Georgia Bridge and Concrete) and a subcontractor (B&D Concrete Cutting Inc.) were both actively working on the construction site at..

Four Key Elements of a Negligent Security Claim in Georgia

In Georgia, businesses and property owners have a responsibility to look out for the health and well-being of the people on their premises. Under OCGA § 51-3-1, a business or property owner in Atlanta may be liable for injuries caused by a “failure to exercise ordinary care in keeping the premises and approaches safe.” A business or property owner may even be liable for a criminal assault by a third party if that attack occurred, at least in part, because of a failure to take adequate security precautions. Here, our Atlanta negligent security attorney highlights four key elements that you need to prove to bring a successful negligent security claim in Georgia.  A Duty of Care To hold a business or property owner liable for injuries caused by negligent security, a claimant must prove that the defendant owed them a duty of care. As noted, Georgia businesses and Georgia property owners owe a duty of care..

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Claim in Georgia?

Were you hurt in an accident caused by another party’s negligence? If so, you have the right to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. However, you only have a limited amount of time to initiate the process. This raises an important question: How long do you have to file a personal injury claim in Georgia? Most cases are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. Here, our Atlanta personal injury lawyer provides a more in-depth explanation of the statute of limitations.  Two-Year Statute of Limitations for Most Personal Injury Claims in Georgia The statute of limitations is a law that sets the maximum amount of time you have to pursue a certain type of legal claim. In Georgia, the personal injury statute of limitations is set by OCGA § 9-3-33. Under the law, most “actions for injuries to the person shall be brought within two years after the right of action accrues.” In oth..

When is a Business Liable for Negligent Security in Atlanta?

There are countless businesses across Atlanta, and many of these establishments welcome members of the public onto their premises. Shoppers and patrons deserve to feel safe at all times, but sometimes businesses fail to provide an adequate level of security. In some cases, members of the public can be seriously harmed due to violent, criminal acts that occur on business premises. These individuals can then file a negligent security lawsuit against businesses. If you have been injured or harmed in any way due to negligent security, it’s important to know when a business is actually liable for your damages. The best way to figure this out is to get in touch with a qualified, experienced negligent security attorney in Atlanta. Our legal professionals can review your situation carefully before determining whether the business in question was actually negligent. If you have a strong case, your attorney can then guide you forwards and help you receive a settlement that covers your damages.  The Concept of Foreseeability When approaching matters related to negligence, one of the most impor..

Grocery Store Liability in Atlanta After Slipping on a Spill

When you take a trip to the grocery store, you generally expect to come home with bags of meat, tasty vegetables, snacks, and beverages to enjoy for the next few weeks. One thing no one expects to come home with is a serious, potentially life-altering injury. Unfortunately, even a small spill can cause a shopper to slip and fall. This can result in a range of injuries, including hip fractures, brain injuries, spinal injuries, wrist sprains, broken fingers, and much more. In some cases, the complications of these injuries can even lead to death. In the face of missed wages and medical expenses, injured victims may be desperately in need of financial compensation.  So how do you hold a grocery store liable for this kind of negligence? The first step is always to get in touch with a qualified, experienced Atlanta premises liability attorney. These legal professionals can help you hold grocery stores accountable for their negligence. With their assistance, you can also receive a settlement that covers your damages.  Was the Grocery Store Aware of the Spill?..

Can I Receive Compensation For A Car Accident I Was Partially At Fault For?

It goes without saying that a DUI is a very serious offense - especially if it involves a collision. But what happens if you were injured as a result crash that you partially caused? Is there any way you might be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim? It might seem ridiculous for someone to receive compensation for being partially at fault for an accident, but sometimes injured individuals have few options. Faced with medical expenses, missed wages, and other damages, an insurance settlement might seem like your only remaining lifeline.  If you are wondering whether you might be able to file an insurance claim, it’s always a good idea to get in touch with an Atlanta car accident lawyer. Our experienced Atlanta car accident attorneys have dealt with many car accident injury cases in the past, and they can help those in need. Even if you believe that you were partially at fault makes it impossible to receive compensation, your personal injury attorney may have more success than you might expect. ..

Can I Receive Compensation For A Car Accident I Was Partially At Fault For?

It goes without saying that a DUI is a very serious offense – especially if it involves a collision. But what happens if you were injured as a result crash that you partially caused? Is there any way you might be able to recover compensation through a personal injury claim? It might seem ridiculous for someone to receive compensation for being partially at fault for an accident, but sometimes injured individuals have few options. Faced with medical expenses, missed wages, and other damages, an insurance settlement might seem like your only remaining lifeline.  If you are wondering whether you might be able to file an insurance claim, it’s always a good idea to get in touch with an Atlanta car accident lawyer. Our experienced Atlanta car accident attorneys have dealt with many car accident injury cases in the past, and they can help those in need. Even if you believe that you were partially at fault makes it impossible to receive compensation, your personal injury attorney may have more success than you might expect. ..