Suffering an injury in a car or truck accident can be a physically and emotionally overwhelming experience, especially if your injury requires extensive medical treatment and missing significant time from work. Unfortunately, the at-fault fault party and their insurance company may blame you for the accident, which could result in you having to pay all your medical expenses and property damage.
If you have been injured in a wreck with another car or with a tractor trailer, you need an experienced attorney to help you recover your entitled compensation. The insurance companies begin their investigation immediately after the collision and can put your claim at a disadvantage. Houston Washburn Law will investigate your claim, deal with the insurance companies, and get you the maximum recovery for your claim. All the while our Gwinnett County personal injury lawyer treats you as a client and not just a file like the big firms.
An injured person has two years from the date of the underlying accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in Georgia. However, the deadline for filing a claim against a local government entity expires after six months.
In order to succeed in a personal injury lawsuit, you must prove the following elements:
- The defendant (at-fault party) owed you a duty of care. For example, drivers owe a duty to all other drivers on the road to safely operate their vehicles and obey the traffic laws.
- The defendant breached that duty. When it comes to car accidents, common examples include drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, running a red light, failing to use the turn signals, etc.
- The defendant’s breach caused the accident and your injury. You must show that the defendant’s actions caused the accident to happen; however, the defendant has an opportunity to prove that you were partly or entirely to blame.
- Your injury results in damages. There are three types of damages: economic, noneconomic, and punitive damages. Economic damages represent tangible costs such as hospital bills, property damage, and lost wages, while noneconomic damages refer to damages that are more difficult to calculate, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment in life. Lastly, punitive damages are awarded to punish the defendant for grossly negligent behavior and to deter such conduct in the future.
Houston Washburn Law will fight for you to get the recovery you deserve. We have handled minor rear-end accidents to fatal commercial truck crashes and have always fought to get the maximum amount allowed under Georgia law. Our goal is to get the best possible result while making sure we give our clients the personal service that they deserve.
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