If you suffered a personal injury that you believe was caused by someone else's carelessness, it is important to understand your rights. You may be able to file a personal injury claim to obtain compensation for the damages caused by your injury.
The legal process is extremely difficult to manage on your own, and that is why you should give serious thought to hiring an experienced Savannah personal injury lawyer. The legal professionals at Roden Law have been helping injury victims recover fair compensation for more than 10 years. We have the experience and legal knowledge to take on insurance companies and teams of lawyers who are working against your best interests.
Our reputable attorneys understand that many injury victims are concerned about the cost of an attorney. That is why we take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means your consultation is absolutely free and you will not be charged legal fees unless you receive compensation. Our Savannah office is located at 333 Commercial Drive, a short drive from the South University campus and the Georgia Department of Driver Services. However, we can come to you to gather the details of your claim.
Call us today at 1-844-RESULTS for a free legal consultation.
What Should I Do After Suffering a Personal Injury?
The skilled Savannah personal injury attorneys at Roden Law are prepared to manage every aspect of your personal injury claim. However, there are several things you can do in the immediate aftermath of your accident to help support your case, including:
Seek Medical Treatment
You should always seek medical treatment right away after an accident. This way you can be examined by a qualified medical professional who should be able to diagnose all of your injuries and start the treatment process.
Waiting to seek treatment could allow your injuries to worsen and lengthen your recovery time. Waiting also gives the insurance company or attorneys for the other side reason to doubt that your injuries were caused by the accident. Insurers and attorneys for the at-fault party will be looking for any reason to claim your injuries were caused by something other than the accident.
Take Pictures at the Scene
This is extremely important because it may be your only chance to photograph the scene the way it looked right after your accident. Once you leave the scene, it will likely be cleaned up or altered in some way.
Photograph anything you think might be relevant to your personal injury claim, including property damage that occurred during the accident. For instance, if you were injured in a slip and fall in a store, you may have knocked over some merchandise or left scuff marks on the floor.
You should also photograph anything that you think contributed to your injury. For instance, if you tripped, photograph the object that you tripped over.
Taking pictures of any visible injuries is also important. This helps to show a direct link between the accident and your injuries.
Talk to Witnesses
If there were any witnesses, ask them about what they saw and write it down or record a video on your smartphone. You should also ask for their contact information so our Savannah personal injury attorneys can contact them later to ask more questions or get clarification on anything they said.
It is crucial to talk to witnesses right away or at least get their contact information. Otherwise, you will have a lot of trouble tracking them down later. Even if you do, they may not remember things as clearly as they did right after the accident.
File an Insurance Claim
If you were injured in a situation that is covered by insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible because insurance companies often have deadlines for filing claims.
However, be careful when talking to insurance companies because they do not care about your best interests. Explain that you were in an accident and were injured and are seeking medical treatment. State the basic facts and decline to answer any questions about how much pain you are in or how severe your injuries are. If you answer these questions, you could inadvertently lessen the severity of your injuries or admit fault for your injury. This could hurt your chances of obtaining fair compensation.
After taking these steps, you should contact a Savannah personal injury lawyer for a free consultation to explore your legal options.
How Can an Attorney Help Me?
Most personal injury victims do not know the many advantages of working with an attorney on their claim.
Here are just few of the main benefits of having a Savannah personal injury attorney who can advocate for your best interests at every stage of the legal process. An attorney can:
Conduct a Detailed Investigation
One of the first steps in building your case is investigating the situation where your injury occurred. This allows us to gather evidence needed to prove that someone else is at-fault for your injuries.
The personal injury lawyers in Savannah at our firm will begin a thorough investigation as soon as we take your case. This includes:
- Obtaining the police report/accident report, since it is an official record of your accident
- Documenting your personal account of the incident
- Talking to any witnesses about what they saw
- Reviewing relevant state laws to determine if any were violated by the party that caused your injury
- Obtaining all relevant medical documentation that details your injuries and how they are being treated
- Taking photographs of your injuries to show their severity
- Working with accident reconstruction specialists to get a clearer picture of how your injury occurred
- Photographing the scene to help document what happened
Determine an Accurate Value of your Claim
We have a detailed understanding of the many ways a personal injury can affect your life. This allows us to determine all of the damages you have suffered so we can determine an accurate value of your claim.
As we are determining the value of your case, we will inform you of anything you can do to help us. This could include collecting all bills from your medical treatment. This way we can determine the exact amount of medical expenses to claim.
We may also ask you to keep a daily journal where you explain the many ways your injury has affected you, not just physically but emotionally as well. This can be powerful evidence when we are negotiating a settlement or arguing your case in court.
Handle All Settlement Negotiations
Many personal injury victims are unaware that a lot of personal injury cases are resolved outside of the courtroom, through an insurance settlement or an out-of-court settlement between both parties.
This is why you need a personal injury attorney in Savannah who has experience negotiating fair settlements. The attorneys at our firm are veterans of the negotiating process, having dealt with insurance companies and lawyers for the other side. We are prepared for their attempts to deny your claim or offer you a lowball settlement that is nowhere near the full value of your claim.
We know how to manage the negotiating process, including when to counter offer and when to wait for the other side to come back with a better offer.
Our personal injury lawyers in Savannah also have many years of combined experience in the courtroom. This is why we are not afraid to reject an unfair offer. If necessary, we are prepared to take your case to court to achieve justice.
Schedule a free legal consultation today to learn about more benefits of working with an attorney.
What Types of Compensation are Available?
Personal injuries can affect you physically, financially and emotionally for a prolonged period of time. In some cases, you may never return to the physical, financial or emotional state you were in before the accident. This is why Georgia law allows you to pursue various forms of compensation.
One of the most common types of compensation available from a personal injury lawsuit is medical expenses for all past, current and future treatment of your injury, such as:
- Any medical treatment provided at the scene
- Emergency medical transportation to the hospital in a helicopter or ambulance
- Home modifications because of your injury
- Medical imaging, such as x-rays
- Laboratory testing, such as blood tests
- Physical therapy
- Psychological counseling for any lingering trauma from the incident
- Equipment to aid in your mobility, like a wheelchair
We can also pursue compensation for all wages lost as a result of your injury. For instance, you might not be able to work for a certain period of time after your injury occurs. You may be physically unable to perform your job duties or your doctor may prohibit you from working to aid in your recovery.
If you suffer a permanent disability, such as a traumatic brain injury or amputation of a limb, you may be entitled to compensation for the way the disability affects your future earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
Another type of personal injury compensation is pain and suffering, which covers the physical pain and emotional suffering you experience. Emotional suffering could include depression, anxiety or difficulty sleeping.
It can be extremely difficult to quantify these damages because they are different in every case. The amount of compensation a victim recovers depends on the strength of his or her evidence of physical pain and emotional suffering.
Fortunately, our Savannah personal injury lawyers know how to gather substantial evidence to show the total value of pain and suffering. We will work with you to collect all relevant evidence to properly value these damages. This could include a daily journal where you describe the physical and emotional issues you are dealing with.
Loss of Companionship
Our Savannah personal injury lawyers might also be able to obtain compensation for loss of companionship, which covers the effect of your injury on your relationship with your spouse.
For instance, you may not be able to have the same sexual relationship as you used to, and you may be unable to do the same things around the house that you used to do. For instance, maybe you cannot provide the same level of childcare as before. You may not be able to do some of the same chores you did before the accident.
Contact Roden Law today so we can help determine the damages you suffered and an accurate value of those damages. We know that compensation cannot change what happened, but it can help you as you try to return to the physical, financial and emotional position you were in before you became injured.
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How Long Do I Have to Contact an Attorney?
You should always contact an attorney as soon as possible after your injury. The faster you contact us, the faster we can go to work pursuing the compensation you deserve.
The other reason you should contact us right away is that you have a limited amount of time to pursue a case because of Georgia's statutes of limitations. These are deadlines for filing claims, and once they pass, you will be prohibited from pursuing a case.
Georgia's statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years from the date of the injury. This applies to many types of cases, including those involving car accidents, dog bites, slip and fall accidents, and truck accidents.
There is also a two-year statute of limitations for cases involving product liability. However, these cases are also governed by a 10-year statute of repose. This statute governs situations where you did not know you had grounds for a lawsuit immediately after you suffered an injury. This statute says that you cannot file a lawsuit more than 10 years after you bought the product that caused your injury, no matter when you figured out you could pursue a case.
Some injury victims wrongly assume they do not need to worry about these statutes because they are going to obtain compensation through an insurance claim. However, you should still be concerned about these statutes because insurance claims are not always successful. If our Savannah personal injury lawyers cannot obtain the compensation you deserve through an insurance claim, our only option will be to file a lawsuit.
Pursuing an insurance claim could take several months, which reduces the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. This is why it is crucial to contact us right away so we can get to work for you and still have enough time to build your case before the statute expires.
Call 1-844-RESULTS to talk to a Savannah personal injury attorney today.
Proving Your Personal Injury Case
Every personal injury case has four elements that we need to prove to have chance of obtaining the compensation you deserve:
- Duty of care – We must prove that the at-fault party had a duty of care to act reasonably to prevent you from suffering an injury. In other words, we must show that the at-fault party had a legal responsibility to behave the way a reasonable person would if he or she was in a similar situation. An example of duty of care is the obligation of other drivers to obey traffic laws to prevent a crash.
- Breach of duty of care – This is the central issue in a personal injury case. Our Savannah personal injury attorneys need to show that the at-fault party breached his or her duty of care. A common example of a breach of duty of care is reckless driving.
- Causation – This means that there is a link between the breach of duty of care and your injuries. In other words, you need to show that you would not have been injured if it was not for the actions of the at-fault party.
- Damages – Our attorneys will need to show that your injuries resulted in financial, physical or emotional issues.
Our personal injury attorneys in Savannah are committed to doing what is in your best interest and will only advise you to pursue a case if we think we can prove these four elements.
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What is Contributory Negligence?
There are many personal injury cases where the victim is partially at fault for his or her injuries. For example, you may have violated a traffic law in the moments before a negligent driver crashed into your car.
These situations are governed by Georgia's contributory negligence law. This law says that you cannot recover any compensation if your percentage of fault is higher than the percentage of fault of the other parties involved in your injury.
If your percentage of fault is less than these other parties, your total compensation award will be reduced by your percentage of fault. In other words, a compensation award of $50,000 would be reduced to $40,000 if you are found to be 20 percent at fault.
The statute often comes up in personal injury lawsuits, however insurance companies may apply it as well. Fortunately, our attorneys have detailed knowledge of this law and will fight to ensure it is applied fairly. We do not want you to receive less compensation because you are assigned a higher percentage of fault than you deserve.
Contact our firm today to discuss your potential legal options.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
There are many different types of personal injuries that occur in a variety of situations. Our attorneys are prepared to handle cases involving the following types of accidents/injuries:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle crashes
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Defective products
- Slip and fall accidents
- Spinal cord injuries
- Truck collisions
- Workers’ compensation
- Wrongful death
Our personal injury lawyers in Savannah have a detailed understanding of the many aspects of these different cases and what it takes to be successful.
Contact us right now to find out if we can help you pursue compensation.
Contact a Savannah Personal Injury Lawyer Right Now
Personal injuries are often devastating to victims and their families on many levels. Medical expenses can be extremely high, but the physical and emotional pain and suffering can be even worse.
You need an experienced attorney who is committed to defending your best interests to have a chance of obtaining compensation for all of the damages you have suffered.
The Savannah personal injury lawyers at our firm understand how devastating a personal injury can be. We have a successful track record of recovering fair compensation for victims of many types of personal injuries.
We take cases on contingency, which means your consultation is free of charge and you will not owe us for our services unless we obtain fair compensation through the legal process.