Do you know when to hire a personal injury attorney? A personal injury claim results after you have been injured due to the negligence of someone else. It may be confusing to know what types of injuries warrant a personal injury claim, so our team has gathered 15 situations to help you understand when to contact a personal injury attorney.
After a Car Wreck
Car accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury claims. Calling a personal injury attorney immediately after a car wreck is crucial in order to document the scene, your injuries and your property damage. A personal injury attorney can also help guide you through the insurance process with the at-fault driver to avoid false claims.
After a Fall at a Business
If you take a tumble at a commercial establishment, call a personal injury attorney with knowledge about Georgia Premises Liability Law. It’s important to hire a lawyer quickly so he or she can preserve the necessary elements of your case such as video or incident reports.
After a Criminal Attack at an Apartment or Hotel
If you have been attacked, assaulted or harmed by a criminal at a hotel, apartment or other commercial establishment, a personal injury attorney can assist you and investigate if you have a viable negligent security claim. This process involves assessing the criminal history of the property and the actions taken by the owner/manager of the establishment.
After You are Hit by a Drunk Driver
You may be entitled to punitive damages for both bodily injuries and property damages after being involved in a DUI wreck. Many attorneys and insurance adjusters don’t recognize property damage as punitive damage, so make sure to hire a knowledgeable attorney if you find yourself involved in a DUI accident.
After You Hire a Lawyer Without Personal Injury Expertise
We get it, you may have a friend or family member who is an attorney so you turn to them when you need a lawyer. However, their expertise may not lie in the personal injury realm. It’s important to hire a personal injury attorney for personal injury cases to help maximize your claim and properly guide you through your case.
After You are Hit on a Bicycle
Georgia roads are dangerous, especially when biking on busy or residential streets. If you are hit by a motorist, you may need a personal injury attorney to help recover for your bills and for your pain and suffering. Motorists and bicyclists both have a duty to follow rules of the road, but sometimes motorists fail to pay attention or fail to adhere to safety laws. Call a personal injury attorney to get your claim settled.
After You are Hurt by a Medical Professional
Errors can happen during medical procedures and treatments, however we expect our medical professionals to exercise a reasonable degree of care and skill. If you suffer an injury due to the lack of such care, you may be entitled to compensation. In the state of Georgia there are certain aspects of a medical malpractice case that must be proven using expert testimony. It is important to hire a personal injury attorney quickly so they can help find an expert for your case and let you know if you have a viable case that is worth pursuing.
After You are Hit by a Driver Insured by Allstate
Over the past 5-10 years, Allstate has developed a reputation for being one of the most difficult insurance companies to deal with when it comes to getting fair settlement values for your claims. Being involved with a driver insured by Allstate will likely result in trial. This can be avoided by hiring an experienced personal injury attorney immediately to ensure you receive the settlement you deserve.
After Your Child is Injured at Daycare
As parents, we often trust our children to childcare professionals for proper care and supervision. Unfortunately, injuries happen at daycare facilities due to the negligence of management and employees. Common daycare personal injury cases include improper supervision, improper handling, letting a child consume something they are allergic to and exposure to dangerous objects or equipment. If your child was injured at daycare, reach out to Bright from the Start and your local authorities to begin an investigation. You will then need to hire a personal injury attorney to assess the situation and determine if a claim can be made.
After a Tractor Trailer or Big Truck Wreck
Claims involving trucking accidents can be complex and it is important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney who handles big truck accidents. When hiring a personal injury attorney for a case involving a tractor trailer or other large vehicle, make sure they are knowledgeable about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rules and regulations that apply to trucking companies and their drivers.
After a Dog Bite
An injury caused from a dog bite can be traumatic and painful. It is important to contact a personal injury attorney who is familiar with this sort of personal injury claim. There are certain rules that go along with proving liability toward a pet owner, such as proving dangerous propensities or determining a potential violation of leash laws. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you find out if you have a viable case.
If You Don’t Have Health Insurance
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence but you do not have proper health insurance, we suggest contacting a personal injury attorney. Most reputable personal injury attorneys in Georgia have connections to medical providers that can treat you on a lein-basis and help you receive the quality care you deserve after an accident.
After a Car Hits a Pedestrian
Georgia statutes determining who has the right-of-way between a pedestrian and a motorist can be confusing. If you’ve been hit by a motorist as a pedestrian, hire a personal injury attorney to identify insurance and properly advise you on whether you have a viable claim.
If You are Injured by a Falling Tree or Limb
If you have been injured by a falling tree or tree limb in an urban or heavily populated area of Georgia, hire a personal injury attorney. If the owner of the property is aware of damage or disease on the tree, they can be held responsible for your injuries.
After Someone Kills Your Loved One
The death of a loved one is hard enough on a person. If the death was caused by another person due to a car wreck, negligent security issue, medical malpractice, etc., a personal injury attorney can take the legal issues off of your plate and determine a wrongful death case.
We understand that the time following these accidents can be confusing, traumatizing and isolating. However, you do not have to face a lawsuit alone. We help our clients get the compensation they deserve. To learn more, call 833-LEGALGA (833-534-2542) or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.