If you sustained a serious injury from an accident or incident, the chances are that you and your family are reeling from the impact, whether it was caused by a car accident, a dog bite, a dangerous drug, or any other instance where someone else’s negligence harmed you. Injuries resulting from preventable accidents occur far too often in the U.S., and when they do, victims are often left feeling bewildered and unsure of where to turn next. At Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C., we understand the long-lasting effects of accidents caused by someone else’s negligent actions.
In the aftermath of an accident, you may be faced with a long-term, or even a lifelong, injury, but you shouldn’t be left to pick up the pieces alone. The Fayetteville personal injury lawyers of Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. will do everything in our power to ensure that your individual needs are recognized and represented. Our legal team has more than three decades of experience working with these types of cases, and we’ll fight for you to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.
We know this is one of the most challenging times of your life. Our compassionate attorneys will provide you with attentive, personalized care, while dedicating ourselves to getting the results you need. Give our award-winning legal team a call today at 770-205-2231 for your free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options. Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. can help you and your family move forward with your lives.
- Learn About the Personal Injury Cases We Tackle
- Common Causes of Personal Injury Accidents
- Types of Compensation We May Be Able to Get You
- Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
- Proving Negligence in Georgia and Statute of Limitations
- Speak With a Fayetteville Personal Injury Attorney Today to Learn More About Your Case
Learn About the Personal Injury Cases We Tackle
At Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C., we tackle numerous types of personal injury cases for our clients in Fayetteville. There are many ways you can be injured due to someone else’s negligent behavior. Whether intentional or not, careless actions can lead to injuries and fatalities. You should not suffer the consequences of another person’s or company’s misconduct. Our Fayetteville personal injury attorneys are here to help.
Here are some of the most common types of personal injury cases we handle:
Car accidents are always unexpected, but they can impart severe injuries within seconds and often result in fatalities. If a careless, negligent driver injured you, you shouldn’t have to pick up the pieces alone. Our seasoned car accident attorneys can fight for the maximum compensation you need to heal and move forward.
Numerous large trucks pass us by every day on the road, but it only takes one mistake by one of those truck drivers to cause a disastrous crash. Truck accident cases are complex. They often involve multiple liable parties and require an extensive investigation. We will meticulously gather evidence and build a solid case for compensation on your behalf.
When a motorcyclist is involved in a collision, they often suffer severe injuries and life-altering harm. They don’t have the safety mechanisms or the external protection that other drivers have. Drivers who fail to check for motorcycles or yield the right-of-way should be held liable for their carelessness and negligence. Our dedicated attorneys will protect your rights.
Slip and fall accidents
These can happen on anyone’s property as a result of negligence, such as failing to fix a dangerous step. Slip and fall accidents are very common and can result in serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries.
If you are injured at someone else’s property, and we can prove they either knew about the hazard that caused your injury, or should have known about it, and did not fix it, then you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.
When a defective product injures you in some way, you may be able to file a claim against the company, the supplier, or retailer that sold it to you.
Accidents on a construction site can be caused by many on-site hazards; these cases can be especially complex due to potential third-party involvement. Foreign objects in food: If you buy food from a store or purchase it from a restaurant, only to suffer medical issues because of a foreign object, you may be entitled to recover your money for your losses as a result.
If the police mistreat you, you may be protected under Constitutional amendments. Our attorneys will listen to the details of your case and help you figure out a solution.
Nursing home neglect
If you or a loved one suffered abuse or neglect at a nursing home, then there may be grounds for a claim against the employees and/or the facility.
Sometimes, doctors make mistakes that result in serious injuries or even death. When they fail to provide the standard of care you’re owed, they could be subject to a medical malpractice claim.
Dog owners are responsible for keeping their dogs properly restrained. When a dog attacks you unprovoked, that owner is then liable for the injuries you suffered.
If your loved one is killed due to someone else’s negligence, then you and your family could be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the costs of their death and your pain and suffering.
If you are injured on the job, we will fight for the full compensation you’re owed through your worker’s compensation policy, and we’ll also identify and hold accountable any third parties that might have played a role in your injury, such as an equipment manufacturer.
If you were a pedestrian and someone else caused the accident that injured you, we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Bicyclists are hard for motorists to see, and can easily be the victim of someone else's careless driving habits. You could be eligible for compensation if someone injured you while you were riding your bicycle.
If you were the victim of any personal injury accident, do not hesitate to contact Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C.. We can review the details of your case and advise you about the available legal options. You can depend on our team to remain in your corner in the fight for justice.
Common Causes of Personal Injury Accidents
Personal injury is an area of law that involves a range of different accidents and incidents stemming from the reckless or negligent behavior of an individual, business, or multiple parties. Various circumstances could lead to cases like these. The most common causes of personal injury accidents are below.
Most car accidents happen because of driver error. Anyone who fails to operate their vehicle safely could cause a crash. The most common causes of car accidents are:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Driving under the influence
Truck drivers are under intense pressure to stay on schedule. Some might drive beyond the maximum allowed hours or take substances to keep them awake while traveling hundreds of miles. The most common mistakes truckers make that can lead to accidents with other vehicles are:
- Fatigued driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Disobeying the hours of service regulations
- Incorrectly loading cargo onto the vehicle
Accidents involving motorcyclists can be deadly. The rider has minimal protection from the force of the impact of a collision with another vehicle. In 2019, 5,014 motorcyclists died in motorcycle crashes. When a motorcyclist shares the road with a car or truck, they’re at risk of harm if another driver isn’t paying attention or makes an error. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Failing to check blind spots
- Turning without checking for approaching motorcyclists
- Failing to yield the right of way
Slip and Fall Accidents
Falling on someone else’s property can lead to a range of injuries, some severe. If the owner’s negligence led to the slip and fall, you could hold them liable for your resulting expenses. The most common reasons for slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors
- Walkway obstructions
- Inadequate or missing warning signs
- Damaged handrails
- Loose carpeting or rugs
Hazards that increase the risk of harm to visitors can exist on anyone’s property. Business owners and homeowners must adequately maintain their properties and promptly repair any damage. The most common premises liability cases include:
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Slip/trip and falls
- Injuries from fires
- Dog bites
Dangerous products can injure or kill the user. Manufacturers are responsible for providing products that don’t contain defects. Design errors, manufacturing issues, and improper or missing warning labels can result in product defects that cause harm to the consumer. Common examples of products that could contain defects are:
- Motor vehicles and parts
- Cleaning products
- Medical devices
- Pharmaceutical drugs
- Household appliances
- Children’s furniture or toys
Construction sites are already dangerous places. However, the risk of injuries and fatalities increases when hazardous conditions are present. Construction site injuries often result from:
- Employer negligence
- Lack of safety equipment
- Falls from heights
- Faulty machinery and tools
- Inexperienced workers
Foreign Objects in Food
When you dine at a restaurant or buy food from the grocery store, you assume it’s safe to eat. Unfortunately, foreign objects can make their way into food, injuring whoever ingests it. Examples of foreign objects include:
- Broken glass
- Parts from the packaging material
Law enforcement workers are supposed to protect the community. However, there are times when their actions cause injuries or death. It typically happens when there’s excessive or unnecessary use of force during a traffic stop, arrest, or another set of circumstances. The most common types of policy brutality are:
- Verbal abuse
- False arrest
- Wrongful shooting
- Forced confessions
- Illegal search and seizure
Nursing Home Neglect
Your loved one might have been the victim of neglect at a nursing home. You think you can trust the nurse, doctor, or another staff member to keep them safe and provide the treatment and assistance your loved one requires.
Unfortunately, neglect is a common issue among older adults. Statistics show that one in ten adults 60 years of age and older experienced some type of abuse. Common reasons for neglect and abuse at nursing home facilities are:
- Inexperienced healthcare professionals
- Staffing shortages
- Lack of supervision
- Low wages
- Employer negligence
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical provider or facility causes a patient’s injury or death by a negligent act or omission. The most common causes of medical malpractice are:
- Anesthesia errors
- Poor pre- or post-operative care
- Using unsterilized medical instruments
- Delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis
- Administering the incorrect medication or dosage
Dogs can cause severe physical harm when they bite a human or another animal. Their teeth are sharp, and their jaws are strong enough to break through the skin and puncture the muscle, tissue, or tendons below. Although some breeds are inherently aggressive or dangerous, others might attack without provocation. Common reasons for dog attacks might include:
- Maternal instincts
- Rough play
- Startlement or surprise
When a person or entity’s negligence causes someone’s death, that party could become liable. Surviving family members can file a lawsuit to seek compensation for the losses they suffered as a result of the death. The most common causes of wrongful death include:
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Occupational hazards
- Nursing home abuse
Getting hurt on the job could significantly impact your economic standing. If you can’t return to work, you can’t earn an income. You could file a workers’ compensation claim through your employer’s insurance company to recover the expenses you incurred from the accident. The most common causes of job-related injuries and fatalities are:
- Slip/trip and fall
- Car crashes
- Fall from heights
- Struck by objects or equipment
- Repetitive motion injuries
Types of Compensation We May Be Able to Get You
When you file a personal injury claim, no matter how your injury was caused, there are certain types of compensation that your attorney will try to recover for you. These types include both economic and non-economic damages such as:
- Pain and suffering: No amount of money can completely alleviate the trauma you have sustained due to this incident, while it seems challenging to put a price on your pain and suffering, an experienced attorney will know how to determine and justify the full amount you’re due. In Georgia, there is no cap to pain and suffering.
- Medical costs: If your injury was severe, you may have extensive medical bills, rehabilitation might cost, doctor visits, and more that you have to try to cover. Your personal injury lawyer will work to get those covered for you, plus any estimated future medical costs.
- Personal property damages: Car accidents inflict damage on not just you, but also your motor vehicle. If your car was totaled or needs repair, then you should not have to claim that on your car insurance and watch your premiums increase through no fault of your own.
- Lost wages: If you had to miss work due to your injury or your injury is severe enough to prevent you from resuming normal job duties, you can claim both lost wages and any estimated future earnings that you may lose.
The source of your compensation will depend on the circumstances of the accident. For example, you could file a claim with the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company if you were in a car accident. If you suffered injuries on someone’s property, you could file a claim with the owner’s liability insurance company. You also have the option of filing a lawsuit against any negligent party that caused your injuries.
We serve personal injury victims in Fayetteville, GA and the surrounding areas
Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
You may think that you’ll save money by not hiring a personal attorney, but that is a huge misconception. Insurance companies are for-profit entities that will always try to offer you as little as they can get away with, or they may try to deny your claim altogether.
An experienced attorney from Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. will know how much you’re really owed, and how to prevail in your injury claim. Personal injury cases can be incredibly complex, and insurance companies will try to leverage any loophole they can to minimize your payout, leaving you unprotected if you don’t have an attorney on your side.
Your personal injury lawyer will immediately investigate the accident to determine and prove fault, and they’ll work meticulously to gather time-sensitive evidence that the average person would have trouble securing, such as the black box in a truck accident or corporate records.
Other evidence we will collect may include:
- Police reports
- Security camera footage, if it is available
- Any potential witness statements
- Medical records
- Vehicle maintenance, inspection, and repair history records
- Truck driver logs
- Total of your lost wages
- Any other documentation that is pertinent to your injury or the loses you are seeking
We will also make sure all of your paperwork is accurate and filed on time, to avoid any delays. There is only a short window of time in which to file your claim, and you need to make sure it is done promptly. Finally, we can handle all of the communication with the insurance companies. We know what they need to say and do in order to secure the maximum compensation available.
Proving Negligence in Georgia and Statute of Limitations
To order to succeed in your personal injury claim or a lawsuit, it will be necessary to prove that the other party was negligent in some way and that their negligence directly caused your injury. For example, if you or a loved one sustained an injury in an auto accident caused by the other party driving under the influence, then their negligent actions were what led to your injury.
The state of Georgia follows the modified comparative negligence rule, which means a jury could reduce your compensation if it is found that you were at fault in any way for your injury. If you are 50 % or more at fault, then you will not be able to recover any compensation. So, if it is determined that you had 10 percent of the blame for the incident, while the other party holds the other 90% of the blame, the jury will reduce your total losses by 10%.
Your Fayetteville personal injury lawyer from Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C. will work hard to secure the compensation you’re owed through your personal injury claim with the insurance company, but they’ll also be prepared to take your case to court, if necessary. If you want to file a lawsuit in Georgia, you have to do so before the statute of limitations runs out. In this state, that statute of limitations is two years. While that sounds like a lot of time, it really is not once you consider the length of the injury claim process that will likely precede a lawsuit. It’s important to get an attorney on your side as soon as possible after an accident.
Speak With a Fayetteville Personal Injury Attorney Today to Learn More About Your Case
At Jonathan R. Brockman, P.C., we know that no amount of money will undo the trauma of your personal injury, but we do know that it can help to offset the costs of treating it, and it can hopefully help you move forward with your life. You shouldn’t be forced to pay out of pocket for the expenses you incurred when someone else was at fault for the accident. You can depend on our legal team to fight for the justice and compensation you deserve so you can heal and get your life back on track.
If you have suffered a personal injury in Fayetteville, GA, or the surrounding cities and want to know more about whether or not you have a case, then you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Our legal team is standing by to take your call at 770-205-2231 for a free consultation. We’re happy to review the circumstances of the accident and determine your available legal options for holding the at-fault party accountable for their wrongdoing.