Bey & Associates – Atlanta Office Address
191 Peachtree Street NE #3230
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Local telephone number: 877.929.6250
Serious injuries are life-changing. This is especially true when a careless decision causes the harm. If you or a loved one has suffered due to the negligence of another person or entity, you have options. You may be able to seek compensation that can aid the recovery process. If the injury occurred in the state of Georgia, an Atlanta personal injury attorney can help. You and your family deserve peace of mind.
Thanks to the U.S. civil justice system, a victim can collect damages after getting hurt in an accident that resulted from negligent or careless actions. They can file an injury lawsuit against the guilty party. Lawsuits can often be complex, but many settle outside of the courtroom. They can let a grieving family or injured individual reach a point of closure.
A lawsuit won’t take away the fact that the incident occurred. But it can stop the responsible party from making the same mistake twice. A drunk driver, for example, may have to pay a civil settlement in addition to serving jail time. As a result, they’ll never get behind the wheel intoxicated again. Likewise, when a product manufacturer fails to test a new drug, they could have to pay multiple settlements. As a result, they’re likely to plan for proper testing in the future.
It’s a simple truth that taking legal action often speaks louder than words. Here at Bey & Associates, we believe in the power of having a voice. It’s our goal to give those who have suffered the power to speak against injustice. For the past 20 combined years, we’ve made this goal a reality.
Personal Injury Areas We Handle in Atlanta
At Bey & Associates, our law firm handles a wide variety of cases. Our injury lawyers understand the complexity and unique aspects of each client’s case. Atlanta residents can have peace of mind that our experienced lawyers will protect their rights no matter what.
If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle collision, our attorneys can help. Negligent drivers who cause car accidents should be held accountable for their actions. They may have been speeding or distracted. If the driver was intoxicated and caused a drunk driving accident, our lawyers will defend your rights.
Other motor vehicle accidents can include trucks and motorcycles. Truck accidents have the potential to cause devastating injuries because of their size and weight. Motorcycle accidents can also have life-threatening consequences because the motorcyclist doesn’t have much protection. A crash involving an electric scooter can also cause serious injuries.
Sometimes, those who were injured may not have been in a motor vehicle at all. Bicycle accidents can cause debilitating injuries.
You may need extensive care immediately after the incident and have a long road of continued care for recovery. A lawyer will advocate for you to get the compensation you deserve.
Our lawyers have also helped victims of school bus accidents. If a school bus driver was negligent, we’ll find out why the accident happened and the injuries the negligent driver caused.
The Bey & Associates attorneys also handle:
- Medical malpractice. You put your trust in medical professionals to take care of you when you’re not feeling well. If those professionals make a mistake, your health can suffer even more. We can help you hold the negligent doctor, nurse, or medical professional accountable.
- Product liability. When dangerous products harm people because those who made the products were negligent, our attorneys are here for you. This can apply to any kind of product, from household appliances, toys for children, and medical equipment. We also handle Physiomesh hernia mesh claims.
- Premises liability. Properties with hazards can cause injuries. An attorney from Bey & Associates can fight for you. Premises liability also includes slip and fall accidents and dog bites.
- Work injuries. If you’re injured while on the job, the injury may have occurred because of a negligent third party. This may be grounds for legal action.
- Nursing home neglect and abuse. If your loved one has been harmed in their nursing home, we can get justice for them and hold the negligent nursing home accountable for their actions.
- Bad faith insurance. When an insurance company doesn’t honor the policy that you have, they may try to delay, deny, or give you less than you deserve. Our lawyers will help you stand up for your rights.
In tragic circumstances, an accident can cause a sudden loss of life. If you’ve lost a loved one because of the negligent actions of another party, you can seek justice for them with a wrongful death lawyer.
At Bey & Associates, we represent our client’s best interests. We will fight for you to get full and fair compensation so you can work on your recovery. Even if your case does not fit into the above categories, we encourage you to get in touch with our Atlanta personal injury lawyers. We may be able to provide our expertise regardless and help you and your family.
What Types of Injuries Can Negligence Cause?
The injuries that you’ve sustained may require extensive medical care, cause you to miss work, or could alter how you live your life. Severe injuries that may impact your life can include the following:
In these situations, our personal injury attorneys will factor in your ability to return to work, the cost of your medical expenses, and how the injury has affected your quality of life. If you cannot do your previous job any longer, we’ll also take this into consideration.
Some injuries may not be as serious as these, but you should still pursue justice when a negligent party has caused injuries and losses. Injuries like broken bones, whiplash, or strains and sprains can still affect your ability to work and will take time to heal.
Whiplash and sprain injuries can also be difficult to treat because you may not notice those symptoms immediately, as shock and adrenaline can often mask symptoms. Days or weeks later, you could feel pain or have trouble with mobility. Latent injuries can worsen when they aren’t treated.
To ensure you understand the extent of your injuries and can begin treating them, seek a medical evaluation as quickly as possible. Your doctor will assess your injuries and help you start the recovery process. Your medical record can be supportive evidence and help you get the compensation you deserve.
When Can I File a Personal Injury Claim?
By Georgia law, victims of negligence only have so long to file an injury claim. This period is the statute of limitations. Depending on how you were harmed, your statute of limitations will be a period of one to three years. If you fail to file within this time, you will usually be unable to do so.
You’ll also want to work with your Georgia attorney to ensure the following:
- Negligence occurred. Negligence is a failure to use reasonable care when making decisions. This results in damage or injury to another. If a property owner, for example, fails to make their premises safe for visitors, they may be negligent. This is true if a visitor gets injured when invited on the property. If a driver causes a collision while texting and driving, then they exhibited negligent driving behavior.
- Negligence is provable. This is the most difficult aspect of an injury lawsuit. Negligence is proven above all with strong evidence and expert testimony.
- That the injury/death resulted in financial hardship. By filing a lawsuit, you’re arguing that you experienced damages and that compensation can help with recovery. Our lawyers can help those who have suffered from serious injuries. Those injuries may involve significant recovery times, treatment costs, and permanent complications or conditions. Additionally, there may be emotional pain and suffering and a loss of income. Any compensation received will go toward these hardships.
Let’s go over the components of your compensation and what you can recover when you have an attorney as representation.
Types of Compensation You May Be Able to Receive
When filing a personal injury claim in Atlanta, you’re seeking compensation for a number of things. Your losses could include injuries, property damage, and any other losses you’ve endured. The losses were the result of the party who was responsible for the incident. In legal terms, the victim is the “plaintiff” while the potentially at-fault party is the “defendant.”
There are two different types of potential compensation:
These seek to reimburse an injured party for the harm they have endured. They are sometimes broken down further into “general” and “special” compensatory damages:
- General compensatory damages are damages that all victims seek to recover. They include categories like pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Special compensatory damages will vary significantly depending on the unique details of a case. They include compensation for medical bills, loss of wages or earnings, and loss of future earnings. The cost of future medical care, household expenses, and other costs may be available.
These are damages that seek to further punish the responsible party. Additionally, they discourage them from repeating the same wrongful actions. Punitive damages are rare because they are often only rewarded to a victim when the defendant’s actions were especially reprehensible, or when gross negligence was the cause. They may also be awarded in high-profile cases where the defendant is a major corporation or manufacturer.
Determining Compensation Eligibility
Once your Atlanta personal injury attorney decides to accept your case, they will investigate the incident. They will look at the evidence, records, and testimony they can locate. They will use this information to determine what you’re eligible for. Your medical records and personal interviews may be used, as well. With this information, your lawyer can determine what a fair settlement is. This is so you have a comfortable recovery.
In some successful cases, the defendant is unable to pay the entire amount. If this happens, your lawyer may step in. They will see that you are awarded what you deserve. They will do this by placing liens on property or by garnishing wages. Your lawyer has you and your family’s best interests at heart and will do whatever they can to make sure justice is upheld.
Comparative Negligence in Georgia
When you’re seeking compensation, it’s important to know how negligence works in Georgia. Our attorneys can explain the laws and how they apply to your case. Georgia follows a comparative fault law, which means the damages owed by the defendant are determined by their percentage of fault.
This means that if the plaintiff is found to have any percentage of fault in their injuries, then they may not receive full compensation. For example, let’s say a negligent driver was texting and caused a collision. The other driver could file against them. However, if it was later found that the other driver was speeding and as a result their injuries were worse, then they may have some of the fault placed on them.
If the negligent driver was found to be 80% at fault and the other driver was 20% at fault, then they could only recover 80% of the damages. If the costs of the injuries and damages are severe, the 80% recovered may not be enough to cover everything. This could lead to financially difficult situations in the future. This is why it’s so vital to have a personal injury lawyer by your side.
Even if you know you weren’t at fault, you should still seek representation. At the scene, it may seem like the other party is cooperative and won’t try to place some of the fault on you. However, you may find later that they claim you were acting negligently. While they caused the accident, your negligence contributed to the injuries and damages.
They may take this stance because they are nervous about the outcome. This may negatively affect their finances or insurance. Or they may truly think that some of the accident was your fault. No matter the reason, it can make the situation more complicated.
While this can be frustrating, the best way to get through the matter is to have experienced representation. Your legal representative will carefully assess the evidence to show that you weren’t at fault for what happened and deserve to receive full compensation.
Before you meet with a lawyer, there are certain actions you can take directly after an accident that can help your recovery. Make sure to do these actions to record the event and not put your recovery in jeopardy:
- Don’t Apologize to the Other Party. After the incident occurs, you may feel compelled to apologize to the other party. While this may come from a place of being sorry for what happened in the first place, this can be used against you as an admission of guilt. If you’re apologizing and have some of the blame placed on you, then your compensation could be reduced.
- Make a Report. Whether you’re in a motor vehicle collision or slip and fell at work, you need to make a record of what happened. This could be filing a police report, informing a manager or supervisor and writing an account of what happened, or any way to document that you were hurt. Be as detailed as possible because the incident will be freshest in your mind and you’ll be able to present a clear picture.
- Document Evidence. While the report will be helpful, additional evidence may back up your statement. Photographs of the accident, including where it happened, the conditions under which it happened, and the resulting injuries can help you demonstrate how the accident affected you. Your photographs may also catch signs of negligence, like a wet floor without a caution sign to warn passersby.
- Seek Medical Attention. The first step in your recovery is figuring out the extent of your injuries, what treatment you’ll need, and the expected timeframe. Seeing a doctor as quickly as possible is beneficial so you’ll be able to feel better faster and the validity of your injuries has less of a chance to be tested. If your injuries were severe enough to get you to go to the doctor, you’re likely experiencing painful symptoms and need treatment.
- Reach Out for Legal Representation. Once you’ve met with a medical professional, then it’s time to contact a personal injury lawyer. We’ll be able to go over your accident, assess if you have a valid claim, and begin investigating what you can recover.
We understand that the legal process can be complicated, and you may feel hesitant about proceeding with it. However, when you have a lawyer protecting your rights, you won’t have to worry about not getting the compensation you deserve. Let’s go over the benefits of having professional representation.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
After an accident occurs, you may proceed with filing a claim with the insurance company and wait for their assessment of your injuries and losses. While you may want to accept the settlement they offer, it may not be in your best interests. The insurance company’s offer may not be the full amount you could recover.
An Atlanta personal injury lawyer will go over the full extent of your injuries and losses. We have years of experience in evaluating the damages and will make sure your compensation accurately reflects the injuries you’ve suffered.
Our skilled lawyers also have years of expertise in many areas of the law. Your representative will be someone familiar with the type of case you have and will know how to approach it to give you the best chance of success.
While we know that there are common types of personal injury cases, we also know that each one will be a bit different. We’re prepared to diligently investigate your case to see the full picture and to fight for you as best we can.
We’re here to support you. Our lawyers are dedicated, compassionate people who will guide you through the legal process. We’re ready to answer questions, keep you updated on your case, and help you secure your financial future.
How Attorneys’ Fees and Funding Work in a Personal Injury Case
At Bey & Associates, we handle lawyers’ fees on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that when we choose to accept your case, you owe us nothing unless you have a successful settlement or verdict. After a successful verdict or settlement, the contingency fees will come out of your winnings. This is usually at a certain percentage that’s agreed upon when you sign a contract with your lawyer.
Contingency fees allow an injured victim to get the legal representation they need. This is without having to pay upfront costs that they likely cannot afford due to their injury. Additionally, this lets victims take the time they need to choose their legal representation. It’s important to find an attorney that has the levels of experience required to help you.
Some state statutes limit the percentage that a lawyer can receive as a contingency fee. It’s also important to realize the fees you owe may also change as the case develops. A case that finalizes as a settlement, for example, may come with different fees than one that goes all the way to trial and finishes with a verdict. For that reason, most law firms and attorneys are willing to negotiate contingency fees. These negotiations may take place at multiple times based on the current stage of the case.
It’s common practice for your lawyer to receive the settlement check after finalization. This ensures they receive payment for their services. They will then send you a check for your share of the settlement award.
Why Bey & Associates Calls Atlanta Home
Our law firm is proud to call Atlanta, Georgia home. We have practiced in Atlanta for over 20 combined years. We’re proud to serve an active role in community events, charities, and sponsorships as often as possible that help the community thrive. Encouraging diversity and empowering those who are less fortunate are goals we believe in. Our firm makes every effort to fulfill those goals.
Recent Atlanta charities and sponsorships we’ve been a part of include the Gate City Bar Association and The New Year New Life concert. We’re also grateful to be able to provide a scholarship opportunity to new and prospective college students.
Atlanta’s Rich History
As for Atlanta itself, there’s no other city we’d want to call home. Atlanta is more than the capital city of Georgia. It’s the ninth-largest metropolitan city in the United States. As a result, it is also one of the most diverse places in the nation. A city born from a single railway intersection, Atlanta rose from the ashes after burning down during the American Civil War. Today is it a commercial, technological, transportation, cultural, and entertainment mega-hub.
During the 1960s, Atlanta played a central role in the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, and others championed a massive movement. It helped Atlanta earn a reputation of being a city “too busy to hate.” The city’s progression-focused ideals set it apart from most other cities in the south and still do.
Atlanta is truly a global city. It’s ranked worldwide as a Beta+ world city. This is according to Loughborough University’s Globalization and World Cities Research Network. Its economy ranks 18th among world cities and 7th in the nation. Businesses in Atlanta contribute to the following:
- Global Commerce
- Media industries
Our injury law firm holds the same ideals that are central to Atlanta. These include progression, innovation, diversity, and community outreach. We wouldn’t be who we are if we didn’t live, practice, and help others in Atlanta.
Our Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers Can Make Complete Recovery a Reality
If a negligent party injured you or your loved one in Georgia you may be able to obtain compensation. This is especially true if you believe it happened because of negligence. That money can go towards recovery costs, lost wages costs, medical costs, and more. For a grieving or struggling family, this extra compensation can make all the difference. We want to ensure you recover as completely as possible.
Our lawyers understand that the law can be complicated and insurance companies may use tactics to reduce the amount of compensation you’re owed. We believe in helping you make your voice be heard.
Get in touch with us today so we can schedule a free case evaluation. We’ll go over your legal options and help you move forward.
While we have an office in Atlanta, we’re also proud to serve clients in the nearby areas:
If you’re a resident of one of these counties and need legal counsel, contact Bey & Associates. We’re ready to help.