Helping Injured Individuals in Carroll County
When you are injured through no fault of your own, you may feel trauma and confusion as you work to recover from that injury. Whether it was from a slip and fall, an auto accident, an incident at work, or another circumstance, the devastating effects of your injury may last for months, years, or even a lifetime, depending on the severity. Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. understands how traumatic it can be when an injury upends your entire life. You should contact us immediately after an accident to discuss how we can help.
Suffering a personal injury is never easy. You’re likely facing a never-ending stream of medical bills, and you may also be feeling the strain of not earning a paycheck, if you can’t work due to your injuries. The experienced Carrollton, GA, personal injury attorneys at Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. are passionate about helping those who have been injured due to the carelessness or recklessness of others, and we’ll dedicate ourselves to your case.
Our attorneys have decades of experience successfully navigating the most complex of personal injury cases. You can rest assured that our award-winning personal injury lawyers will use everything in our arsenal to fight for your case and work toward getting you the compensation you deserve. Contact our Carrollton personal injury attorneys today at 770-205-0933 to get started on your first, free consultation so we can discuss your case.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
At Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C., our Carrollton personal injury lawyers have taken on just about every type of personal injury claim imaginable. No matter the circumstances of your case, we’ll leverage the full scope of our team’s knowledge and resources and work efficiently to try to recover the compensation you need to move forward in your life.
The types of personal injury cases we most often handle in Carrollton, GA include, but are not limited to:
If a dog attacks you unprovoked, then that dog’s owner is generally responsible for what happened to you under Georgia statute § 51-2-7 . In some rare cases, dog attacks can even be fatal.
If you are the victim of a car crash, you may find yourself facing life-changing injuries, and, on top of that, you’re likely saddled with expensive medical bills. The personal injury attorneys at [firm-name] can help you secure the compensation you need to recover and start a new life.
When your vehicle collides with an 80,000-pound truck, the resulting injuries and property damage can be catastrophic. Truck accident cases may involve multiple liable parties and are extremely complex. The truck accident attorneys at [firm-name] have the resources to thoroughly investigate the accident and build a solid case on your behalf.
Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable drivers on the road. They don’t have airbags or seatbelts to protect them, and they can easily suffer road rash, head injuries, spinal injuries, and even fatal injuries when another driver causes a crash. In addition, many motorcycle victims face unfair bias from insurance companies and jurors, who often view them as reckless. Our attorneys will uphold your rights and fight for you to receive full compensation.
When a loved one dies, and someone else’s negligence caused the death, the shock leaves you and your family reeling as you try to pick up the pieces of your life. While no amount of money will take away that pain and grief, filing a claim for wrongful death can help with funeral expenses and help offset the loss of that family member’s income.
Were you injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property? You might be able to recover damages from the property owner if you can prove they were negligent in maintaining their property and that they knew about, or should have known about, the hazard that caused your injury.
Victims of defective products in Carrollton, Georgia, can seek compensation for injuries. Product liability encompasses various defects, and legal action involves identifying liable entities and gathering evidence. Compensation varies and covers diverse losses, with legal support essential.
Construction site injury cases can be incredibly complex, but our personal injury attorneys have experience navigating these types of accidents, as well as OSHA regulations, to help determine fault in your personal injury case. There could also be third parties involved, such as contractors, subcontractors, or equipment manufacturers.
Nursing Home Abuse
When you entrust the care of your loved one to a nursing home, you fully expect them to be treated with care, respect and professionalism. More than that, you expect them to be safe. So, when you learn your family member has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of a nurse, doctor, or another staff member, it’s heart-breaking. A skilled attorney can help ensure the safety of your loved one and fight for the compensation your family deserves.
We instinctively trust that medical professionals have the education and experience to properly care for us properly. So when a healthcare professional harms us – when they misdiagnose our illness, make a surgical error, or make another careless mistake – they should be held accountable for the injuries and losses they cause.
Getting injured on the job can be incredibly stressful, especially if it was due to your employers’ negligence. We are dedicated to ensuring that injured employees receive the full benefits they deserve. Insurance companies often try to get away with a low settlement offer, but we’ll fight for your rights.
If you're a pedestrian whose been injured by a negligent motorist, you could pursue compensation from the at-fault party's insurance company for your accident-related losses.
If you were riding your bicycle and a driver caused an accident that injured you, you could be entitled to compensation from the driver's insurance company.
Burn injuries can be caused by chemicals, electricity, or hot liquids. In personal injury cases, proving another's negligence, involving parties like motorists or product manufacturers, is crucial. A lawyer can assist in managing claims, negotiating settlements, and fighting for fair compensation.
Brain injuries can result due to a wide variety of accidents. They are serious injuries and require special care. Work with a lawyer to make sure you receive compensation for full treatment costs, present and future.
Slip and Fall Accidents
If you slipped, tripped, or fell due to the negligence of a property owner causing unsafe conditions on their premises, you may be eligible for compensation.
Spinal cord injuries, ranging from minor to severe, can lead to significant long-term issues and may qualify for compensation if caused by another party. These injuries, classified as complete or incomplete, often result from accidents like car crashes or falls. Compensation in Georgia can include both economic and non-economic damages, reduced by the victim's fault percentage.
If you suffered injuries in an accident and believe you might have a case, you should contact Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. immediately. During a free consultation, we can meet with you to discuss what happened and determine whether we can take on the at-fault party in an insurance claim or lawsuit.
Common Injuries in Personal Injury Accidents
The type and severity of the injury you sustain will depend on the type of accident you were involved in. Motor vehicle crashes can result in debilitating injuries, such as paralysis or traumatic brain injury. Slip and falls can lead to severe physical harm but could also cause minor injuries, such as an ankle sprain.
The most common injuries our clients report are:
- Electric shock or electrocution
- Concussion or traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Organ failure
- Loss of hearing or vision
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal bleeding
- Repetitive motion injury
- Diseases such as mesothelioma and cancer
- Physical or mental disability
- Loss of limb
- Post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, phobias, and other mental or psychological trauma
- Sprained or strained muscles
- Disfigurement or scarring
While some victims heal, others end up with permanent damage. Chronic pain could significantly reduce a person’s quality of life and prevent them from performing routine tasks. If someone loses a limb or becomes physically disabled, they might not be able to return to work and earn a living.
Severe injuries can create economic strain and lead to massive debt, especially if you can’t afford the accident-related expenses. When you hire Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C., we will do everything within our power to secure the maximum compensation you need to pay for your medical treatment, prescriptions, and other costs.
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Proving Negligence in Georgia
To win a personal injury claim in any state, some type of negligence on the other person’s part must be proven. Negligence is the legal standard for many cases involving a personal injury. It is the failure of one party to provide a reasonable degree of care to avoid causing injury to another.
Proving the at-fault party’s actions were negligent means showing evidence that your injury directly resulted from their lack of care. For example, if you were in a car crash, you could provide evidence that the other driver was speeding. That’s a form of negligence that can cause motor vehicle accidents.
There are two basic types of negligence doctrines: comparative and contributory. In Georgia, we follow a modified comparative approach. This means you as the plaintiff must prove that you hold less than 50% of the blame for your personal injury, and if you do have any fault assigned to you, then your award will be reduced by that percentage.
In other words, say you are awarded $250,000, but you are assigned 20% fault. That means your losses would decrease to $200,000. Your personal injury lawyer will work tirelessly with you to try and get the maximum compensation for your claim.
Forms of Compensation You May Be Entitled To
In a personal injury claim, you might be entitled to different forms of compensation if you can adequately prove negligence. The various losses you suffered will depend on the circumstances of the accident or incident that led to your injuries or a loved one’s death.
The type of personal injury case you pursue will also indicate the source of your compensation. In truck accident cases, you could file a claim with the trucking company’s liability insurance carrier. You might be entitled to a financial award from the property owner’s homeowner’s or liability insurance in a premises liability case.
Regardless of the case you’re involved in, you can seek the total past and future losses you suffered because of the incident. These may include:
- Lost wages: If you are injured, you may need to miss work to either have your injury treated or recover from it, which means you are losing pay. You can claim your lost wages as well as any potential future lost wages if the injury is long-term or permanent, and you cannot resume former job duties.
- Medical bills: This can include doctor visits, hospital bills, surgery costs, rehab facility bills, and much more. You may also claim a future estimate of medical costs if the injury is lifelong, such as a spinal cord injury.
- Personal property damage: In an auto accident, your vehicle more than likely sustained extensive damage. You can include this in your claim as well.
- Pain and suffering: It is hard to place a monetary value on the toll this accident has taken on you. Pain and suffering is also referred to as a type of non-economic damage, and in Georgia, there is no cap on how much you may receive in this category.
If another party’s negligence caused your loved one’s death, you could seek a range of losses suffered by your family and the deceased’s estate. They might include:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Lost wages and benefits the deceased could have earned if they survived the incident
- Medical bills associated with the fatal injury or illness
- Loss of companionship, care, advice, and counsel
- Necessary and reasonable expenses caused by the deceased’s death
The Carrollton personal injury lawyers of Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. can thoroughly investigate the accident and determine the losses you are entitled to pursue. You should not be responsible for any expenses when another person’s misconduct caused the injury or death.
Why You Need a Lawyer for Your Personal Injury Claim
While you may think your personal injury claim is fairly straightforward, there are many complexities and nuances to the law. The other party in your case may use those to their advantage, leaving you totally blindsided. Having someone in your corner who knows the law cover-to-cover can help prevent that from happening.
Insurance companies typically want to serve their own interests before the interests of the claimant. They can look for evidence that shifts blame from their policyholder to you or offer a lowball settlement and intimidate you into accepting it. They might also unfairly deny your claim if a lawyer does not represent you. It’s easier to get away with this tactic if there isn’t a legal team on your side to inform you of your rights.
If you’re unfamiliar with the legal process, you will likely encounter obstacles that you don’t know how to overcome. At Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C., we’ve seen and done everything related to personal injury cases. We know the state laws and deadlines we must follow to handle an insurance claim or lawsuit effectively. If you have us in your corner, you can feel confident that you’re in capable hands. We won’t allow things to fall through the cracks or make mistakes that result in a dismissed lawsuit or denied insurance claim.
Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. will be looking out for you and only you, whereas insurance companies only look for ways to pay out the minimum amount possible in all situations. A personal injury attorney will investigate the accident to gather crucial evidence to build a strong case on your behalf. We can also skillfully spearhead all communication with the insurance companies to ensure that you are getting fair compensation. We are fully prepared to take your case to court, if needed, to get the compensation you deserve.
Steps to Take Following an Accident
Whether you get hurt in a car accident or from a doctor’s negligence, you should take immediate legal action to protect your rights. If you wait too long before initiating an insurance claim or lawsuit, you could end up with much less compensation than you deserve. That’s because vital evidence could go missing or become damaged. Additionally, eyewitnesses could forget the details of the incident if years pass before a lawyer approaches them for a statement.
The first thing you should do if someone else’s actions cause your injuries is to seek medical treatment. Go to a hospital immediately after leaving the accident scene for an evaluation of your condition. If the physician recommends that you follow up with them or another healthcare professional, listen to them. Medical evidence is critical in any personal injury case. It can prove that your injuries happened in the accident and demonstrate the total costs you incurred while treating.
You should also hire an experienced Carrollton personal injury lawyer to represent you. Choosing to handle your case alone could negatively impact the outcome. If you have a dedicated and aggressive legal team representing your interests, you’re likely to recover much higher compensation. That’s because we have a thorough knowledge of legal procedures and how to maximize the value of a client’s case.
You will also need to maintain copies of all documentation associated with the incident. That includes your medical records, prescriptions from doctors, billing statements, bank records, and other documentation. Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. has the resources to obtain all necessary evidence during an investigation, but you should keep anything you receive and forward it to us for review. The more evidence we have to prove fault, the better chance there is of securing an adequate insurance settlement or favorable jury verdict.
There are also specific things you should avoid doing during an ongoing personal injury case. They are:
- Never admit fault. Even if you believe your actions partially contributed to your injury, you shouldn’t say it to an investigating officer, defense attorney, insurance adjuster, or anyone else involved in the case. A jury could use that information to reduce your monetary award under the modified comparative negligence statute.
- Don’t talk to the insurance company. A representative might call you for details about the incident and discuss other information related to the case. You might think it’s an innocent conversation, but they’re likely fishing for information that they can use to deny your claim. Inform them that you hired a lawyer and give them our phone number. We can handle all communications on your behalf.
- Don’t post anything online. Avoid discussing the accident or posting anything on social media that the opposing party could use against you. For example, posting a picture on Facebook that contradicts your severe injury could result in a lower settlement than you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury
At Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C., our legal team takes on many personal injury cases, and we often get asked specific questions, such as:
Even if you have the slightest bit of doubt about your case, it never hurts to at least call for a free consultation. The consultation is of no obligation to you, and the lawyer can listen to the details of your personal injury and provide legal advice about what you should do.
In Georgia, we have a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims, meaning you have two years from the date of the accident to file your personal injury lawsuit. Your lawyer will work quickly to assemble all the needed evidence so that your claim is filed on time.
There is no set answer to this question, as each case is different. Your attorney will work with all other parties to try to resolve the issue before it goes to court. However if the case has complexities or other issues, it could take longer to reach a settlement that provides you with maximum benefits.
Were You Hurt in Carrollton? Call Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. Today
For the past three decades, the attorneys at Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. have helped countless personal injury victims and have won millions of dollars in settlement and verdicts on behalf of clients. We’ll work with you each step of the way to help you through your case and this trying time in your life. If you are suffering from a personal injury and are not sure where to turn, we can help. Our attorneys can handle cases across Carroll County, including Villa Rica, GA. Call us today at 770-205-0933 to schedule your free consultation with one of our team members.
Our Carrollton personal injury attorneys understand the financial implications of an accident. You might worry about adding more expenses when you’re already struggling to pay your medical bills. We take cases on contingency, so you’re not forced to pay upfront fees or costs. If we lose your case, you will never owe us any money.
If you are suffering from a personal injury and are not sure where to turn, we can help. Our attorneys can handle cases across Carroll County, including Villa Rica, GA. Call us today at 770-205-0933 for your free consultation with one of our team members.