If you are harmed in an accident in Tucker, Georgia, you may have a legal claim for money to address your medical bills, lost time from work, and other expenses. But, many people make the mistake of assuming that an accident is just that — an “accident” that they can’t do anything about. What they do not realize is that many incidents that cause your injuries are actually the fault of someone else. In those situations, it’s a good idea to speak with a Tucker personal injury attorney to evaluate your legal options.
John Foy & Associates has been helping victims of personal injuries like car accidents, dog bites, slip and fall cases, and more for over 20 years. We have the experience you need to determine your best course of action after an accident. We also never work for insurance companies. We take great pride in representing only victims of accidents in Tucker, and we can help you, too. Let us give you a free consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What are “personal injury” cases?
A personal injury lawsuit is any legal action that involves harm to your body. Most personal injury cases involve physical damage, but they can also include mental injuries as well. In fact, some of the most devastating personal injury cases involve both physical and psychological damage that may last for years to come. Because property is often damaged in the same accident, especially in car crashes, property damage is also often part of a personal injury case as well. But, property damage is certainly not required to start a personal injury case.
Some of the most common types of personal injury cases include:
- Car accidents, including drunk driving accidents. Millions of car accidents occur every year in the United States, and many of them result in physical and mental injuries to victims. Often, a car accident is the result of a mistake or carelessness.
- Dog Bites. Dog bite incidents can cause very serious injuries and damage. When a dog bites, it is a good idea to get medical help and talk to a personal injury attorney in Tucker.
- Slip and fall accidents. It is very common to just ignore the results of a slip and fall, assuming that you were at fault for your own misfortune. But, many falls are caused by someone else’s carelessness, and those cases will often trigger a personal injury case. The best way to find out your options is to talk to a personal injury lawyer.
- Bus accidents. While bus accidents are very similar to car accidents, they have some unique attributes as well. For example, being injured on a bus doesn’t always mean that you were involved in a collision. Bus accidents may also include government entities as well.
- Uninsured motorist accidents. While all drivers in Georgia are required to carry minimum levels of insurance, they don’t always do that. When you’re involved in a collision with someone who doesn’t have coverage, you may need to look to your own insurance company to provide you with cost reimbursement after a car accident. When your insurance company will not work with you or when you must start a lawsuit against someone who doesn’t have insurance, it’s a good idea to involve a lawyer.
Virtually any situation that involves a physical or mental injury caused in whole or in part by someone else could result in grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
How do I prove my personal injury case?
Most personal injury cases require that the victim show several facts. These include:
- That the wrongdoer has a duty to the victim
- The wrongdoer breached that duty
- The breach caused your injuries
- You suffered damage because of the breach
The requirement to prove a duty is often relatively straightforward. For example, in a car accident case, every driver on the road as a duty to other drivers to operate their vehicle in a reasonably safe manner for the conditions of the road. If you are asserting a slip and fall claim, the duty the property owner has to you is that they keep their property in a reasonably safe condition for those who are lawfully on their property.
“Breaching” that duty means that the person did something wrong. For example, in a car accident, the driver may have been texting while driving, ran a stop sign, or was driving too fast for the road conditions. Sometimes it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what happened that caused the crash, but your Tucker personal injury attorney can help you gather and present evidence that shows the error that the other driver made.
There must also be a direct connection between the accident and your damages. You must show that if the accident hadn’t happened, you wouldn’t have gone to the hospital, gotten treatment, or have to undergo future medical care. Usually, your doctor will be able to tell you for sure which health conditions or injuries are the results of the accident. But, in many situations, the injuries and damages you suffered are obviously connected to the accident — and you do have a legal right to recover money.
How long do I have to start a personal injury lawsuit?
Most personal injury cases in Georgia must be asserted in your local court within two years after the date of the accident. There are some exceptions to this general rule, but most accidents will fall under this timeline.
You should keep in mind that there’s a great deal of preparation that your attorney has to do to start a lawsuit, so you should talk to your lawyer long before that two-year deadline.
Talk to a Tucker Personal Injury Lawyer
Have you been injured in a car accident? Have you suffered a dog bite? Did you hurt yourself in a fall? Regardless of what kind of accident you have been involved in, our team wants to help you and your loved ones recover from that incident. John Foy & Associates is your go-to team if you have been injured in Tucker. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.