If you sustained a serious injury from an accident or incident, 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.
In the aftermath of your 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 their 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 themselves to getting the results you need. Give our award-winning legal team a call today at (770) 205-2231 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options. We’ll help you and your family move forward with your lives.
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 a number of ways you can be injured due to someone else’s negligent behavior. Here are some of the most common types of personal injury cases we handle:
- Car accidents: Car accidents are always unexpected, but within seconds they can impart severe injuries and often result in fatalities. If you’ve been injured by a careless, negligent driver, 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.
- Truck accidents: 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.
- Motorcycle accidents: 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.
- Premises liability: 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.
- Product liability: 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.
- Construction accidents: 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 damages as a result.
- Police brutality: If you are mistreated by the police, 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.
- Medical malpractice: 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 bites: 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.
- Wrongful death: 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.
- Worker’s compensation: 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.
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 as a result of this incident, and 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 costs, 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 that you cannot resume your normal job duties, you can claim both lost wages and any estimated future earnings that you may lose.
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 thwart your claim altogether. An experienced attorney 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 your 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 your attorney 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 damages you are seeking
Your attorney 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 in a timely manner. Finally, your attorney will handle all of the communication with the insurance companies. They know what they need to say and do in order to secure the maximum compensation available.
Proving Negligence in Georgia and Statute of Limitations
In 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 that your total compensation could be reduced if it is found that you were at fault in any way for your injury. If you are 50 percent 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 percent of the blame, your total damages will be reduced by 10 percent.
Your attorneys 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 take into account 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 your 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. 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 and schedule your free consultation.