Serious injuries can be life-changing—especially when they’re caused by careless actions, decisions, or inaction from another individual, group, or corporation. If you or a loved one has suffered due to the negligence of another person or entity, 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 receive peace of mind.
Thanks to the U.S. civil justice system, a victim can potentially obtain damages (compensation) after becoming injured in an accident that was caused by negligent or careless actions by filing an injury lawsuit against the guilty party. Lawsuits can often be complex, but many can be settled outside of the courtroom. They have the ability let a family that’s grieving after a loved one’s death or suffering after a tragic accident reach a point of closure.
A personal injury lawsuit won’t take away the fact that the accident or incident occurred, but it can potentially stop the responsible party from making the same careless or reckless mistake twice. When a drunk driver, for example, is forced to pay a civil settlement in addition to serving any criminal charges, they’ll likely never get behind the wheel intoxicated again. When a product manufacturer fails to test a new drug and must pay multiple settlements, 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 types of injury claims:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- School bus accidents
- Electric scooter 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 for which they’re seeking damages for must file an injury claim within a certain period after the accident occurs. This period is what’s known as a statute of limitations. Depending on the type of claim you are filing, your statute of limitations will vary between a period of 1-3 years. If you fail to file a claim within this time, you will usually be unable to do so.
For a claim to be eligible, you’ll also have to work with your Georgia personal injury attorney to ensure the following points are true:
- Negligence occurred. Negligence, as defined by U.S. law, is a failure to use reasonable care when performing actions or making decisions, thus resulting in damage or injury to another. If a property owner, for example, fails to make their premises safe for visitors and a visitor gets injured when invited on the property, this is an example of negligence. If a driver causes an accident while texting and driving, this is another.
- Negligence can be proven. This is often the most difficult aspect of an injury lawsuit. Strong evidence and expert testimony are usually both required to prove that negligence happened.
- That the injury/death resulted in financial hardship. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you’re arguing that you deserve damages that can aid the recovery process. Most injury claims involve serious injuries that come with significant recovery times, treatment costs, permanent complications/conditions, 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 on behalf of their loved one if the death occurred due to negligence.
Types of Compensation You May Be Able to Receive
When filing a personal injury claim in Atlanta, you’re seeking compensation for injuries, property damage, and any other losses you’ve endured from the party who was responsible for the accident or incident. In legal terms, the victim is referred to as the “plaintiff” while the responsible party that’s being sued is referred to as the “defendant”.
Damages are often broken down into two different types of potential compensation:
Compensatory Damages – These seek to reimburse an injured party for the harm they have endured and are sometimes broken down further into “general” and “special” compensatory damages:
- General compensatory damages are damages that all personal injury victims typically seek to recover and include categories like pain and suffering and mental anguish.
- Special compensatory damages will vary significantly from case to case and may not be included in every claim. They include compensation for medical bills, loss of wages/earnings, loss of future earnings, cost of future medical care, household expenses, and other costs associated with altered plans and changes.
Punitive Damages – These are additional damages that seek to further punish the responsible party and discourage them from repeating the same wrongful actions. Punitive damages are not offered in many cases and are often only rewarded to a victim when the defendant’s actions were especially reprehensible or in high-profile cases where the defendant is a major corporation or manufacturer.
Once your personal injury lawyer in Atlanta decides to accept your case, they will thoroughly investigate the incident as well as any evidence, records, and testimony they can locate. This information will be used along with your medical records and personal interview to determine what damages you may be eligible for and what type of settlement offer is fair to you and your loved ones and may offer you a comfortable recovery.
If your case is successful and the defendant is not able to pay the entire amount they owe, your lawyer may step in and see that you’re awarded the compensation you’re entitled to by placing liens on any property the defendant owns or by garnishing future wages if necessary. 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, 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 without having to pay upfront costs that they likely cannot afford due to their injury. This additionally lets victims take the time they need to choose a personal injury lawyer who has the levels of experience that their case requires instead of worrying about costs right away.
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. Most personal injury law firms and attorneys are willing to negotiate contingency fee percentages to some extent. These negotiations may take place at multiple times based on the current stage of the case.
It’s common practice for most settlement checks to be sent to your lawyer who is handling the case after the case finalizes. This ensures they get paid 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’ve been practicing in Atlanta for over 20 combined years and 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 our firm believes in and makes every effort to fulfill.
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.
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 and one of the most diverse places in the nation. A city born from a single railway intersection, Atlanta rose from the ashes after being burned down during the American Civil War to become the commercial, technological, transportation, cultural, and entertainment mega hub we know and love today.
During the 1960s, Atlanta played a central role during the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, and many other residents championed the movement that 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 according to Loughborough University’s Globalization and World Cities Research Network and its economy ranks 18th among world cities and 7th in the nation. Businesses in Atlanta contribute to global commerce, finance, technology, research, education, art, entertainment, and media industries.
Our injury law firm holds the same ideals that are central to Atlanta—progression, innovation, diversity, and community outreach—near and dear to the heart of our practice. 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 you or a loved one has been injured in an accident or incident in Georgia and you feel the accident may have been caused by careless actions, negligence, or reckless decision-making, you may be able to obtain compensation that 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 between a partial recovery and a complete recovery.
Bey & Associates – Atlanta Office Address
191 Peachtree Street NE #3230
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Local telephone number: 877.929.6250