Sometimes accidents happen in Villa Rica. In most situations, minor accidents don’t lead to extensive injuries and damage—but there are circumstances where a simple accident, such as a car crash or slip and fall, can change your life. Events like these are frustrating, but they can be even more aggravating when you know that your accident was really someone else’s fault. In those situations, you should talk to a personal injury lawyer in Villa Rica to determine if you have legal options to help recover some or all of what you lost.
When you want someone with experience and legal knowledge, you need the team at John Foy & Associates. We have been helping personal injury victims in Georgia get damages for their losses related to accidents for over 20 years. In many cases, we help victims get money damages for medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. Put experience on your side. Let us give you a free consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What Does Personal Injury Mean?
Many people have heard the term “personal injury lawyer,” but most don’t really understand the concept of personal injury. When you’re injured in an accident that is either not your fault at all or only partially your fault, you generally have the opportunity to get money damages from the person or entity who caused or contributed to your accident.
Cases like this include:
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall incidents
- Dog bites
- Boating accidents
- Bicycle crashes
- Truck accidents
Virtually any situation where you know that you weren’t the only or “real” cause of the damage could trigger a personal injury lawsuit.
Generally, the term “personal injury” means any damage done to your “person.” In most situations, it means physical harm, but it can mean mental damage as well. Personal injury cases will usually include property damage too because those often go hand-in-hand. For example, in a car accident, you may experience physical injury but your car may have been damaged in the crash, too. All of the related damages from the crash will be included as part of your personal injury case.
What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
Although personal injury cases are common throughout the United States, they are also fairly complicated and confusing—especially for someone who is trying to recover from their injuries at the same time.
A personal injury lawyer helps you through your case. They will:
- Work with an insurance company
- Gather evidence
- Talk to witnesses
- Get information about your medical care
- Conduct discovery, which involves talking to the people who are responsible for your injuries and damages
These services are provided along with knowledge and experience regarding the laws in Villa Rica that will affect your case.
Your personal injury attorney will serve as a guide as you work through issues with the insurance company. They will also be a strong advocate for your case as you go through the legal system.
How Can a Personal Injury Case Help Me?
After going through an accident, you may have a lot on your plate. You might be wondering when you can go to work next, how to get the medical care that fits your needs, and how you are going to pay for everything—from fixing your car to paying for your medical expenses.
A personal injury lawsuit is designed to put you back in the same situation as if the accident never happened. That means that you can tally up all of the expenses that your accident has caused, present them to an insurance company, judge, or jury, and explain why you should be reimbursed for these losses.
Then, if your case meets all of the legal requirements and you are entitled to money damages, the person who caused the damage (or their insurance company) will owe you the amount of damages that you can prove. You can then use that money to pay off outstanding bills and move on from the accident.
Damages available in a personal injury lawsuit will generally include:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of future earnings
Some of the damages you suffer after an accident don’t have a dollar figure attached to them or it is difficult to determine what they may be worth. Pain and suffering is the most common example. There is no way to really calculate the pain and anguish you went through after the accident. So, Georgia law permits you to get money damages that account for your pain and suffering. The severity of your injuries will play a big role in determining how much these damages will be.
The loss of future earnings is also somewhat tricky to determine. Imagine, for example, that you were bitten by a dog on your right hand. You have suffered serious injuries, and you have to have surgery. You previously worked as a mechanic, but now your hand simply does not work as well as it is used to, and you can’t go back to that line of work. You may need to get retrained in another occupation or you may have to work somewhere that does not pay as well. In those situations, you can often get damages for the difference between what you would have earned if the dog bite hadn’t occurred and what you are making after the incident.
Presenting these types of harder-to-quantify damages in court or to an insurance company is tricky, and it requires that you follow very specific rules. Your personal injury attorney will be able to help you present the right type of evidence for these claims.
Talk to a Villa Rica Personal Injury Lawyer for Free
If you have been through an accident, you need to focus on recovering and getting your life back on track. Let John Foy & Associates worry about the legal aspects of your situation—starting with us giving you a FREE consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.