Is someone else responsible for your personal injury?
If a Macon personal injury lawyer can prove someone else is at fault for your injury, you may be entitled to compensation for all of the damages you have suffered, from medical expenses to physical pain and emotional suffering.
The trusted attorneys at Roden Law Firm have more than a decade of experience recovering fair compensation in a wide variety of personal injury cases throughout the state of Georgia. Founding partner Eric Roden is a graduate of the University of Georgia and is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and a registered mediator with the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. Our experienced Macon personal injury lawyers know how to build a strong case as we pursue fair compensation for all of the damages you have suffered. We take cases on contingency, which means there is no fee for your initial consultation and you will not be charged legal fees unless we obtain compensation. This allows you to focus on your recovery as we pursue the justice and compensation you deserve.
Types of Cases We Handle
The Macon personal injury attorneys at Roden Law Firm pursue fair compensation for many types of personal injury claims, including:
- Boat accidents
- Brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Pedestrian crashes
- Construction accidents
- Dog bites/attacks
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Product liability
- Slip and fall
- Premises liability
- Truck accidents
- Workers’ compensation
- Wrongful death
If you believe you have grounds for any of these types of claims, it is important to have your situation reviewed by a qualified Macon personal injury lawyer. A lawyer can determine if you may be entitled to compensation and determine the full value of your claim.
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Benefits of Hiring a Macon Personal Injury Lawyer
There is no guarantee that hiring an attorney will result in you recovering the compensation you are seeking. However, there are many reasons why working with an attorney is beneficial:
You Can Focus on Your Recovery
Your first priority after suffering a personal injury is to obtain medical attention and continue receiving treatment so you can make the best recovery possible, given the specifics of your injury.
You will have much more time to focus on your health and recovery if you are working with an attorney compared to trying to pursue a case on your own. This is because our Macon personal injury lawyers will manage every aspect of your case. We will work with you to gather all of the necessary information and evidence to support your claim and will keep you informed throughout the process.
You Pay No Fees Unless We Recover Compensation
Many personal injury victims are unclear as to how personal injury lawyers in Macon get paid. They may even avoid contacting an attorney out of fear of how much it will cost just to speak with one.
At Roden Law Firm, our attorneys take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means there is no fee for your initial consultation and you will not be charged legal fees unless we obtain compensation for you. After a successful case, we will collect a percentage of your settlement to cover our costs. We also offer free consultations to discuss the merits of your claim.
We will Thoroughly Investigate You Injury
A critical element of every personal injury claim is the investigation of your injury and the situation that caused it. During an investigation, we collect evidence showing that your injury was caused by negligence. The evidence we collect also helps us to establish the full value of your claim, which could help improve our chances of recovering all of the compensation you deserve.
Our Macon personal injury attorneys are prepared to take all necessary steps to investigate your injury, including:
- Taking and collecting pictures from the scene of the accident
- Taking pictures of all of your injuries
- Collecting medical documentation of your injuries and treatments received
- Consulting accident reconstruction experts to learn more about what happened
- Reviewing the accident/police report that was filed about your injury
- Reviewing your injuries with medical experts to better understand their severity and the amount of treatment you need
We will also keep you informed about how you can help with our investigation. This includes saving all bills and receipts related to your treatment, which will help document the full cost of the medical expenses you incurred from your injury.
We Are Experienced Negotiators
While some personal injury lawsuits are resolved by a jury verdict during trial, many more are resolved through settlement negotiations. In some cases, negotiations take place with an insurance company and in others both sides negotiate a settlement.
Because negotiations are an integral part of every case, it is important that your attorney have experience successfully negotiating settlements. Our Macon personal injury attorneys have many years of combined experience negotiating with parties who are intent on denying responsibility or paying out as little compensation as possible to victims. We know how negotiations work and when to counter offer or wait for the other side to propose another offer.
This is a huge advantage over handling negotiations yourself. If you are injured and having financial problems, you may be tempted to take the first offer you receive even if it is completely unfair. Our attorneys, however, will not settle for anything less than you deserve.
We pride ourselves on conducting a thorough investigation and carefully studying the damages you are experiencing so we can come up with a fair valuation of your claim. This way we know what is an acceptable offer when we enter settlement negotiations.
Contact a Macon personal injury lawyer today to learn more about how we can help you.
Compensation for Personal Injury Claims
A personal injury can have a devastating impact on many aspects of your life, from your health to your finances and even relationships with family members.
The goal of a personal injury claim is to obtain compensation for all of the damages caused by your injury, including:
If we are able to prove that your injury was caused by negligence, we may be able to obtain compensation for all medical expenses from your injury, such as:
- Medical care received at the scene of the accident
- Transportation to the hospital in an ambulance
- Visits with doctors for examination and continued treatment
- Blood tests
- Any medical equipment you need, such as crutches or wheelchairs
- Any other current or future medical expenses related to treatment of your injury
If your injury is serious enough, you will be physically unable to work for a period of time. You may also have to miss work to go to appointments for further treatment.
Lost income from missed time at work can be devastating when you are already facing significant medical expenses. This is why the law allows you to pursue compensation for all wages lost as a result of your injury.
A Macon personal injury attorney will advise you on how to document lost wages, including obtaining a letter from your employer noting the days and times you missed work and your rate of pay.
Lost Earning Capacity
Unfortunately, there are some injuries you may never fully recover from. This could mean that you are unable to continue doing the job you used to do. In other situations, you may have to reduce your hours or take on fewer responsibilities.
If this happens to you, our Macon personal injury lawyers will attempt to recover compensation for the ways your injury affects your future earning capacity. We will work to ensure all relevant factors are properly taken into account, including your:
- Salary history
Pain and Suffering
In addition to the physical pain you will experience from your injuries, you may also experience emotional pain. This could include depression, anxiety, sleeplessness and other psychological problems related to your injury and your struggles of dealing with it.
The key to obtaining this form of compensation is proper documentation of it. This is difficult because there are no receipts or bills for physical pain and emotional suffering.
We may tell you to keep a daily journal where you describe your physical and emotional pain in detail. This can be powerful evidence when we are making the case for why you deserve compensation.
Loss of Companionship
One of the worst things that can happen after a personal injury is that your relationship with your spouse is damaged. For instance, you may struggle to have the same romantic and sexual relationship you had before the accident.
Another problem that could occur is that you may not be able to help out around the house as much as you used to. This includes doing household chores and taking care of your children. This increases the stress on your spouse.
If this happens, a Macon personal injury attorney may be able to pursue compensation for loss of consortium, or loss of companionship. We will likely require testimony from family and friends, along with pictures, video and other evidence showing the relationship you and your spouse had before your injury.
Our firm is prepared to conduct a thorough investigation to help us prove that negligence occurred and to document all of the damages you suffered. This will help us to determine what forms of compensation to pursue and how much these damages are worth.
Georgia is one of many states with a contributory negligence law that could reduce the amount of compensation you receive in your case.
This law explains what a jury should do when the victim is partially at fault for his or her injury. It states that you are prohibited from recovering compensation if you have a higher percentage of fault than the party or parties who are at fault for your injury. If your percentage of fault is less than the other parties, you can still recover compensation. However, the law mandates that your total compensation award be reduced by your percentage of fault. This means that an award of $100,000 would be reduced by $40,000 if you are found to be 40 percent at fault.
The Macon personal injury attorneys at our firm are committed to conducting a thorough investigation and aggressively negotiating so you are not assigned a higher percentage of fault than you deserve.
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Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
In order to file a personal injury lawsuit and pursue compensation for your injuries, our Macon personal injury attorneys must first determine if you have a case. To do this we will determine if:
- There was a duty of care – A duty of care requires the at-fault party to act the same way a reasonable person would if he or she was in a similar situation. For example, a reasonable driver would not speed or engage in another form of reckless driving. The duty of care depends on the specific circumstances of your case.
- Duty of care was violated – After determining that you were owed a duty of care, we need to prove that the at-fault party breached this duty of care. For example, engaging in reckless driving is a breach of the duty to be a safe driver and prevent car accidents.
- The breach of duty of care caused your injury – There must be a causal connection between the breach of duty of care and your injury. Another way of saying this is that you need evidence showing your injury would not have occurred if there was no breach of duty of care. For example, if the driver had not driven recklessly, your accident and injuries would not have occurred.
- You suffered damages – This simply means that you had physical, financial or emotional problems from your injury. For example, we could show that you missed work and lost wages and that you have medical bills for treatment of your injuries.
When you meet with our attorneys, we will determine if these elements exist in your claim. This way we will know if it is in your best interest to pursue a case.
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When to Contact a Lawyer
Georgia has laws that set deadlines for filing different types of legal claims, including personal injury claims. These deadlines are called statutes of limitations and once they expire, you lose the right to file a claim.
The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is two years from the date of your injury. This applies to the majority of cases we handle, including medical malpractice. The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases is also two years, and it begins on the date of your loved one's death.
Product liability cases also have a two-year statute of limitations, but are governed by a 10-year statute of repose. The statute of repose applies to situations where you were not immediately aware you had grounds for a claim when you suffered an injury. In these situations, you cannot file a claim more than 10 years after you purchased the product, no matter when you discovered you had grounds for a claim.
This statute makes it extremely important to contact a Macon personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident. This way we have time to investigate and build your case within the filing time limit. If we take your case we will work to help ensure it is filed before the statute of limitations expires.
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Contact Our Macon Personal Injury Lawyers Right Now
We know how difficult it can be to deal with the aftermath of a personal injury. It can affect your relationships and have a negative effect on your finances and your physical and emotional health.
That is why we are committed to carefully reviewing your situation in a free consultation to determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim to pursue compensation for the damages you have suffered.
If we take your case, we will pursue it on contingency, which means there are no fees unless you receive compensation.
We have a long track record of recovering fair compensation for our clients in many types of personal injury cases.