Few injuries are expected, but an injury caused because someone was reckless or careless can be very unexpected and upsetting. An injury can also affect your whole life, preventing you from working while medical bills build up. This stressful financial situation is harder when your injury puts you in significant pain. When a person, business, or other entity is responsible for your injury, you can hold them legally and financially liable with a personal injury claim.
Personal injury claims may cover injuries from car accidents, crime victim injuries, defective products, and unsafe premises. Filing these claims can cover medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. It is less stressful to file a claim with the help of an experienced Statesboro personal injury attorney, and they may be able to increase the amount of compensation you get from the case.
The Merritt & Merritt Law Firm has worked in the communities surrounding Statesboro for nearly 50 years, representing individuals who have been injured by car accidents, hazardous premises, and workplace accidents. We aim to help our clients through this difficult time, handling the legal complexities of filing so injured or grieving individuals can take the time they need to heal. Our attorneys understand how costly and time-consuming a claim can feel while recovering and want to stand up for working individuals who may not be able to manage a claim themselves.
If you or a loved one has been injured or lost their life because of the negligence of a person, organization, or company, our experienced Statesboro attorneys can help. We use our decades of experience to calculate the compensation you deserve, negotiate on your behalf with insurance providers, and maximize the damages covered by your personal injury claim.
A personal injury claim covers a variety of injuries, incidents, and accidents. After being injured due to someone else’s carelessness or negligence, a personal injury claim may recover the full damages from the injury and incident. You may have been injured by a driver, product manufacturer, coworker, medical professional, or any person or entity.
Some incidents may result in both a civil and a criminal case. The criminal case will press charges for criminal wrongdoing, and the civil case or personal injury claim aims to recover damages to the victim. At Merritt & Merritt, we handle several types of personal injury cases, including:
However, these insurance claims do not always cover the damages, especially in cases where injuries or damages are severe, like in motorcycle or truck accidents. When this happens, the injured parties can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver to cover the additional damages. Under Georgia’s comparative negligence laws, an injured party can still be partially at fault and still recover damages.
Filing a personal injury claim is also more complicated because it may be filed against the driver, the trucking company, those responsible for clearing the truck for use, or even the manufacturer of the truck parts. Significant evidence needs to be recovered to properly determine the at-fault party and recover damages.
Other factors can also cause a pedestrian injury or bicycle accident. This includes uneven sidewalks or other hazardous premises, animal attacks or dog bites, or defective bike parts. Depending on the situation, an injured party may be able to file a claim against a property owner, governmental body, or product manufacturer.
Boat accident claims can be complicated, however, as both state and federal laws may apply to the case. Even international maritime laws may be at play, further complicating the process of filing a claim and recovering the damages you deserve.
In most cases, a workplace injury requires the employee to go through the workers’ compensation system. However, there are some situations where civil personal injury claims can still be filed in place of or in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. If a third party was involved in the accident, such as a driver in a work-related car accident, or a contractor at the workplace, an injured employee can file a personal injury claim against that third party.
Civil claims can also be filed against employers if they do not have workers’ compensation insurance. If an employer was willfully or criminally negligent or malicious, and this caused an accident or injury, the injured employee may be able to file a personal injury claim. This may be beneficial to the employee’s earned compensation because workers’ compensation claims do not allow for pain and suffering or other noneconomic damages, while personal injury claims do.
Hazards on a property may include broken stairs, loose or broken guardrails, spills, uneven surfaces, or poorly lit areas. Public, commercial, governmental, and private property owners must respond to hazards within a reasonable amount of time and take steps to prevent injury.
Medical malpractice claims are the most complicated form of personal injury claims. This is because they require significant evidence, and medical providers can make a mistake without being legally negligent. In medical malpractice cases, it must be proven that the provider’s actions were not up to the professional standards of other providers in the same situation.
A wrongful death claim can cover outstanding medical costs from the injury, lost income, loss of consortium or companionship, and funeral and burial costs. Losing a loved one is an incredibly difficult time, no matter the circumstances. It can be even harder when their death should have been preventable if the at-fault party took reasonable care. A wrongful death claim can provide a surviving family with some financial stability.
Working with a personal injury attorney can limit your stress, time, and energy spent during a claim. When filing a personal injury claim, insurance providers will often deny the severity of injuries or the level of the at-fault party’s responsibility. Their job is to limit the amount they must pay out to injured parties. When you hire an attorney, they negotiate with the insurance provider on your behalf. An attorney has experience with the tactics used by insurance providers. Attorneys also know how much your claim is worth based on your unique circumstances and will not accept a settlement that doesn’t cover your needs. Your claim is more likely to succeed and earn you more compensation with an attorney.
Personal injury lawyers in Georgia often represent their clients on a contingency fee basis. Rather than continuing costs on an hourly basis, the client owes the attorney a portion of the final settlement. In Georgia, this percentage is typically 30 to 40%, depending on whether the case is settled outside of court or through litigation. If the attorney doesn’t win a client’s personal injury case, the client doesn’t owe the attorney any fees. However, individuals filing these claims should be aware they will likely still be responsible for court costs.
The Merritt & Merritt Law Firm: Your Statesboro Legal Counsel
We want to help you recover from your injuries. Contact the Merritt & Merritt Law Firm today to see how we can walk you through your legal options.