When work-related injuries, car accidents, traumatic brain injuries, motorcycle crashes, or other injury-causing incidents occur, victims need a reliable Lawrenceville, GA personal injury lawyer. Contact Kaufman Law, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys if you or someone you loved has suffered injuries from the negligence or disregard of another.
Lawrenceville, GA is about 30 miles from downtown Atlanta and home to more than 30,000 people. Residents of the city have easy access to Interstate 85 and the Georgia 316, making the town a major commuter area with the comforts of small-town Southern living. However, despite the small population, the close proximity to major metropolitan areas means there is high likelihood of car accidents and other injuries occurring in the Lawrenceville area.
When Can I File a Lawsuit for an Injury?
After suffering an injury, the injured person will likely wonder if he or she has any options for legal recourse. If another party caused injuries or other damages due to negligence, the injured party can secure compensation for his or her losses through a personal injury lawsuit. Some examples of incidents that could warrant personal injury lawsuits include:
- A driver texting behind the wheel doesn’t stop in time to avoid crashing into the next car, injuring the other driver.
- An apartment building owner fails to update the building’s security after a break-in and another break-in occurs, resulting in serious injuries to a tenant.
- An employee notifies his employer about a known safety issue in the workplace, but the employer does nothing about it. A week later, the issue causes a severe injury to another employee.
These are just a few examples of how personal injury lawsuits happen. When an injured party decides to file such a lawsuit, there are several important steps to remember to secure a favorable result. First, the injured party should secure copies of his or her medical report and the police report from the injury-causing incident, if one exists. These are crucial to building a strong personal injury lawsuit and help the jury assess the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries. The plaintiff’s attorney will then need to prove four elements of negligence to succeed with the lawsuit:
- Every adult has a duty of care to the people nearby, and the plaintiff must show the court how the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff at the time of the incident in question. For example, a driver must obey the traffic laws and operate his or her vehicle safely.
- Next, the plaintiff has to show the court how the defendant breached his or her duty of care. Texting while driving would constitute a breach of duty because it is dangerous to other nearby drivers.
- The plaintiff must prove the extent of his or her injuries and other damages in court so the jury can determine an appropriate amount of compensation. The courts expect defendants to pay economic damages like lost income and medical expenses in full, whereas non-economic damages like pain and suffering or loss of consortium vary from case to case. The jury will assess the plaintiff’s experiences based on the evidence provided to determine an acceptable amount of pain and suffering damages.
- The plaintiff must be able to prove his or her damages resulted from the defendant’s breach of duty and not another cause. For example, back injuries are very common in car accidents, so proving causation between a car accident and a back injury is relatively easy.
The right Lawrenceville, GA personal injury lawyer can help a client recover medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and compensation for physical pain and emotional suffering after an accident caused by negligence. We’ll discuss your personal injury claim and let you know what to expect from a lawsuit.