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 lawyer 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. This is if the accident 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 personal injury lawsuit won’t take away the fact that the accident or 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 injury claims often speak louder than words. Here at Bey & Associates, LLC, 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 our reality.
Personal Injury Claims We Handle in Atlanta
At Bey & Associates, LLC, our personal injury practice handles a wide variety of cases. Our trial lawyers can help Atlanta residents with the following claims:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Electric scooter accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- School bus accidents
- Wrongful death
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability
- Physiomesh hernia mesh claims
- Premises liability—including claims involving slip and fall accidents
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- Dog Bites
- Work injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Bad faith insurance
Even if your case does not fit into the above categories, we encourage you to get in touch with our Atlanta law firm. We may be able to provide our expertise regardless and help you and your family.
When Can I File a Personal Injury Claim?
By Georgia law, victims of accidents only have so long to file an injury claim. This period is the statute of limitations. Depending on the type of claim, your statute of limitations will be a period of 1-3 years. If you fail to file a claim within this time, you will usually be unable to do so.
You’ll also want to work with your Georgia personal injury 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 an accident while texting and driving, this is another.
- 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 personal injury lawsuit, you’re arguing that you deserve damages. That compensation can help with recovery. Most injury claims involve serious injuries. Those injuries may involve significant recovery times, treatment costs, permanent complications/conditions. Additionally, there may be emotional pain and suffering, and a loss of income. Any compensation received will go toward these hardships.
In the case of a loved one’s wrongful death, a grieving family may be able to seek damages.
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 accident or 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:
Compensatory Damages. 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 personal injury victims seek to recover. They include categories like pain and suffering and mental anguish.
- Special compensatory damages will vary significantly from case to case. They include compensation for medical bills, loss of wages/earnings, and loss of future earnings. The cost of future medical care, household expenses, and other costs may be available.
Punitive Damages – These are damages that seek to further punish the responsible party. Additionally, they discourage them from repeating the same wrongful actions. Punitive damages are unavailable in many cases. This is because they are often only rewarded to a victim when the defendant’s actions were especially reprehensible. They may also be awarded in high-profile cases where the defendant is a major corporation or manufacturer.
Determining Compensation Eligibility
Once your personal injury lawyer in Atlanta 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 is the case, 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.
How Attorneys’ Fees and Funding Work in a Personal Injury Case
At Bey & Associates, we handle lawyers’ fees for injury claims on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that when we choose to accept your case, you owe us nothing unless your claim results in 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 a personal injury lawyer. It’s important to find someone that has the levels of experience that the case requires.
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 personal injury 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 the case finalizes. 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, LLC Calls Atlanta Home
Our personal injury practice 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 during the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, and other 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 an accident injured you or your loved one in Georgia you may be able to obtain compensation. This is especially true if you believe the accident happened because of negligence. That money can go towards recovery costs, loss of wage 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.
Bey & Associates – Atlanta Office Address
191 Peachtree Street NE #3230
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Local telephone number: 877.929.6250