Anyone who sustains injuries at work, on the road, at school, or at home due to the negligence of another party needs a reliable McDonough, GA personal injury lawyer. The right attorney can help an injured client secure the compensation he or she needs to recover after an injury. Kaufman Law, P.C. has more than 40 years of experience handling civil claims like personal injury lawsuits, car accident claims, traumatic brain injury cases, and many more types of cases. We’re confident that our experience speaks for itself, so contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
McDonough, GA is home to more than 22,000 residents in the Atlanta metropolitan area. This relatively small town has easy access to eight major highways including Interstate 75, U.S. Highway 23, and six Georgia state routes. The area is home to employees of the many industrial centers in the area and high levels of traffic congestion, meaning there is always a chance of injury-causing accidents on the road. Occupational injuries are among other common causes of injuries in Georgia, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that transportation, violence, slips, trips, and falls, and exposure to harmful substances are some of the leading causes of occupational injuries in the state.
When an injury occurs due to negligence, whether on the road, in the home, or in the workplace, the injured party can recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage, and lost income through a personal injury lawsuit. If an injury-causing accident was preventable, foreseeable, or only occurred due to willfully reckless behavior, the injured party should have little difficulty securing compensation through a personal injury claim.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury cases arise from many situations, including workplace hazards, car accidents, interpersonal violence, construction, negligent security, or poorly maintained property. Every person has a duty of care to take reasonable steps in preventing injuries to others, in many circumstances. Examples of how personal injury lawsuits happen include:
- A visitor to a grocery store slips on an unmarked wet floor, suffering a broken wrist. The grocery store employee had a duty of care to properly mark the floor as wet to prevent injuries to customers.
- A driver fails to signal for a turn and causes an accident. Drivers have an obligation to operate their vehicles safely and follow the rules of the road.
- An employer hastily fixes a known security issue at work, but the fix is slapdash and doesn’t last. A few days later, the employer’s “fix” breaks and an employee suffers an injury. Employers have a legal duty to address known safety issues in a timely and effective manner.
These are just a few examples of how personal injury lawsuits happen. When a person or entity is negligent and that negligence results in injury to another person, the responsible party is accountable for the victim’s damages.
Damages and Compensation in Personal Injury Lawsuits
An injured plaintiff’s attorney will need to prove the elements of negligence in court to succeed in a personal injury lawsuit. First, the plaintiff’s attorney will show the court how the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care. He or she will typically accomplish this by proving both parties were present for the incident in question. Next, the plaintiff’s attorney must show how the defendant failed to uphold a reasonable duty of care in the situation, resulting in injuries and damages to the plaintiff.
A plaintiff does not have a claim if he or she suffered no injury or tangible loss. Even if a defendant was negligent, the plaintiff can only sue if he or she sustained measurable damages. The plaintiff’s attorney will need to show the extent of those damages and prove they are the results of the defendant’s negligence and not some other cause.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an accident in McDonough, Georgia, call our personal injury attorneys today. We can help you secure the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.