Any kind of personal injury brings pain, stress, and difficult questions. Most also bring steep medical bills—and uncertainty about how you’ll recover. Under the law, many injury victims are entitled to money to cover their costs and help them move forward with their lives. If you were injured in Savannah, you have rights, and you need to talk to a legal professional to understand how best to enforce those rights. In many cases, you may be entitled to far more than you believe—and a Savannah personal injury lawyer can help you.
John Foy & Associates are one of Savannah’s leading personal injury law firms. We have a history of helping victims and their families, with over 20 years of experience. Our firm works exclusively for those who have been injured—we don’t take on any other kind of case. Let us give you a FREE consultation and get you the answers you need. Call us at 912-574-2287 and get your free consultation today.
Can I sue because I was injured?
It depends. There are two things you need to know about personal injury claims and lawsuits:
- You may not have to sue at all. Many personal injury claims are handled out of court, and get you the full amount you need without any lawsuit.
- Not everyone who was injured has a right to a settlement.However, if the injury was not your fault, there’s a good chance you do.
The best way to find out if your injury qualifies for a lawsuit or claim is to talk to a lawyer. A good attorney will give you a free consultation, listen to what happened, and help you understand your legal rights—and how much, if anything, you’re likely to recover.
In general, however, an injury will qualify if it was not your fault and if it was caused by someone else’s negligence. Here’s how negligence is defined in Savannah and across the state:
- Someone else had a legal duty to be careful. For example, the owner of a property has a duty to care about the safety of guests on the property. Every driver has a duty to be careful while driving. Generally, any time someone’s actions or inaction could impact the safety of those around them, the law says they have a duty to be careful.
- That person’s actions (or lack of actions) were careless. This is the key element of negligence in Georgia. A property owner who doesn’t repair a faulty porch railing is careless. A man who texts while driving is careless. Both of these individuals had a duty to be careful, broke that duty, and were thus “negligent.”
- The carelessness or negligence is what caused the injury. You can’t sue a person just for having a faulty railing on their porch. But if you fell from the porch and were injured, their negligence is to blame and they are liable.
Sometimes it isn’t obvious whether your injury fits these rules. For example, if you fell on some steps at a store, was anyone negligent? It may be hard to say without getting a lot more evidence. Our law office can send out an investigator to find out what happened and look for what truly caused it.
What types of personal injury cases do you handle in Savannah?
Our firm champions the victims all types of injuries. Our experienced attorneys frequently work with victims of these types of cases:
- Car, truck and motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Premises liability
- Slip and fall accidents
- Swimming pool accidents and drowning
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace injuries
- Harmful medications and medical devices
- Neglect in nursing homes and care facilities
- Dangerous products
- Wrongful death
How soon do I need to talk to a lawyer after my injury?
Sooner is always better. Of course, when you’re in pain, talking to a lawyer may be the last thing on your mind. But injury victims who wait tend to have a harder time with their claim itself. Here’s why:
- Evidence may be gone, lost or destroyed
- Witnesses become harder to contact
- Everyone’s memory becomes foggier, making it harder to reconstruct what happened
- Insurers can claim you didn’t really think you were injured that badly—or even that you are lying about your injury
- In some cases, you can hit a deadline known as the statute of limitations, or other deadlines that prevent you from getting money.
In Georgia, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is 2 years from the date of injury, but some have deadlines as short as just 6 months.
There is one exception where a claim may still be strong even after time has passed. If you didn’t know at first that you had an injury, it makes sense that you wouldn’t have filed a claim right away. For example, if you had a medical device implanted in 2017 but didn’t find out it was harming your health until 2018, this should not affect the strength of your insurance claim. In some cases we can even “turn back the clock” on the statute of limitations if you truly only discovered your injury recently.
How much is my personal injury settlement worth?
Every personal injury settlement is different, and the amount depends on the severity of what happened. But you can recover 100% of your costs plus more for the pain and suffering you went through. Your settlement may include:
- Your medical bills, long term care, missed wages and other costs
- Personal losses such as physical and emotional pain, disability or loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages in cases where you were harmed by a criminal
- Final expenses and money for the family in wrongful death cases
Claims for relatively minor injuries can often pay out tens of thousands of dollars. Claims for severe injuries can be hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.
Talk to a Savannah Personal Injury Lawyer for Free
Facing an injury is difficult enough on its own. You shouldn’t have to worry about medical bills and missing work on top of it. Let John Foy & Associates help you recover the money that you and your family need. We charge nothing unless we get you a financial recovery—and we offer a FREE consultation. Call us at 912-574-2287 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.