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A serious accident or injury can have a significant impact on your life. You may find yourself facing mounting medical bills, months off work, and numerous physical and emotional challenges as a result of your injury. You could be struggling to manage these unexpected hardships—but you don’t have to do it on your own. 

If someone else was to blame for the incident that caused your injuries, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim and recover financial compensation for your economic and non-economic loses. We encourage you to reach out to our team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm if you believe you may have a case. Your time to file a lawsuit is limited, but our Georgia personal injury lawyers can make sure that you do not miss any important deadlines. Most importantly, we can help you aggressively seek the maximum compensation you are owed so that you can begin to heal and move forward with your life.

Get in touch with us today at (706) 203-4434 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation

Who Can File a Personal Injury Claim in Georgia? 

Generally speaking, anyone who has been injured due to negligence, malpractice, or default may file a personal injury lawsuit in Georgia. If you were partly at fault for the incident that caused your injuries, you may still file a claim as long as you were less than 50% to blame.

In most cases, to successfully bring a personal injury claim in Georgia, you must prove that: 

  • You suffered an injury that led to measurable damages (economic or non-economic) 
  • The defendant owed you a duty of care 
  • The defendant breached the duty of care by acting negligently, wrongfully, or by default 
  • The defendant’s conduct was the proximate cause of your injury
  • You were not at fault, or you were less than 50% at fault for the injury-causing incident

At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we carefully investigate our clients’ claims to evaluate their merit, uncover what happened, and identify the liable party. We can help you determine whether you have a case and, if so, put together a strong, evidence-based claim aimed at maximizing your recovery. We help victims of car accidents, large truck collisions, slip and falls, and other injury-causing events throughout Georgia; learn how we can help you with your case today.

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What Is the Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in Georgia? 

Like other states, Georgia has a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. The statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to bring your claim in court; if you fail to file a lawsuit before the designated time period expires, the court will almost certainly dismiss your case.

In Georgia, the statute of limitations on nearly all personal injury cases is two years. Typically, the clock begins running on the date of the accident/injury. However, when an injury cannot reasonably be discovered right away, the statute of limitations may be deferred to two years from the date on which the injury was discovered or could have been discovered.

We recommend that you reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident or injury. While two years may sound like a long time, the truth is that those years can fly by. Over time, important evidence can be lost, and your memory of the incident may fade. The sooner your attorney can start on your case, the better. 

What Damages Can Be Recover in a Personal Injury Claim?

It’s not possible to say the specific amount an injury victim could recover in a personal injury case since it widely depends on the specifics of their claim. From the severity of the negligence to the types of injuries inflicted, each case is unique. However, the types of damages an individual can pursue remain the same across personal injury cases. These types of damages are:

  • Economic damages
  • Non-economic damages 
  • Punitive damages

Economic damages, as the name suggests, compensates for the financial losses directly associated with an injury. For example, economic damages could cover medical expenses or missed days at work due to the inability to work. 

Non-economic damages, on the other hand, compensates the injured party for the non-financial suffering associated with an injury. These more abstract losses are typically difficult to quantify without the help of an experience personal injury attorney. Some common examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, or mental anguish. Punitive damages, the last type of damages, differs from the first two in that the main purpose is to punish the negligent party instead of compensate the injured party. As such they are not awarded often. 

Do You Have to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer? 

There is no law in Georgia that states that you must hire a personal injury lawyer. However, there are numerous reasons to work with an experienced legal team. 

First, many studies have shown that people who trust their cases to personal injury attorneys frequently recover better settlements than those who resolve their claims on their own. This is likely because insurance companies know that an attorney will not only have an in-depth understanding of the law and their client’s rights but also that they will go to great lengths to maximize their client’s recovery. If necessary, the team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm is ready to represent you at trial. Many insurance companies want to avoid the expense and time of litigation at all costs, which makes them more likely to offer better settlements to our clients. 

Second, when you hire a personal injury attorney, you free yourself of the stress and burden involved in communicating with the insurance company, obtaining medical records and accident reports, filing paperwork, meeting deadlines, and other tedious aspects of your case. While our team handles these and other legal details, you are free to focus on what matters most: healing. 

As your legal team, we strive to: 

  • Work directly with you to understand your specific concerns and goals 
  • Develop innovative legal strategies tailored to your unique situation 
  • Communicate with you about your case throughout the legal process 
  • Remain consistently available and accessible to you every step of the way
  • Answer any questions you may have and address all of your concerns
  • Recover the full, fair settlement or verdict you are owed 

We know that this is a very stressful time in your life, which is why we go above and beyond to ensure your comfort and confidence in working with our team. At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our Georgia personal injury lawyers are here for you, ready to fight for your rights and protect your best interests. 

There are no fees unless we recover compensation for you. Call (706) 203-4434 or contact us online today for a free consultation. 

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