Georgia Injury Attorneys Answer FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
By its very name, personal injury is an intimate matter. Those who have suffered physical and emotional pain due to another individual's negligent actions know exactly how personal such injuries can be. At the Grant Law Office our focus is singular - ensuring your family is provided superior legal counsel and advocacy. But in light of such injuries, it is often not enough to just represent and defend your interests. We believe it is our job to also educate you on the process and arm you with as much information as possible. After all, whenever you make a deeply personal decision, whether it is concerns your livelihood or your legal affairs, you want all the facts in front of you.
To that end, we have assembled some of the more common questions that we encounter before or during our initial consultations. Please review them and should you have any further inquires, please do not hesitate to contact our Atlanta GA injury lawyers at (866) 249-5513.
What is personal injury law? What is negligence? What is liability? What is a statute of limitations? What are economic, non-economic and punitive damages? In general, how long does a personal injury case take to settle?
A: Personal injury law deals in disputes between parties, wherein one entity is believe to be legally responsible for harm or injuries sustained by another. Such cases are either brought before a judge in a legal suit or more often, informally resolved in a settlement out of court. A personal injury attorney represents the injured party in either situation.
A: Put simply, when a person acts in a reckless manner that causes harm to another individual, the careless person is said to be negligent. When an individual is accused of being negligent in a personal injury claim or suit, they are actually being accused of a number of different things, namely:
- They were responsible for the other person's safety at the time;
- They failed in their duty to avoid harm by acting in a reckless manner;
- It was their reckless actions that caused the other person's injuries;
- The injured party was in fact physically hurt or injured by their action.
A: In regards to personal injury, liability refers to an individual or entity's legal obligation to a particular situation. For example - premises liability refers to a building owner's legal responsibility to anyone or anything that associates with his or her property.
A: The statute of limitations is a time limit in which a person or entity can be legally held responsible for their actions - either criminal or civil. Each state maintains a statute of limitations. In Georgia, individuals have 2 years in which to file their personal injury claim or forfeit their rights.
A: When a person is provided financial compensation through a personal injury claim or suit, the funds are informally broken out into three categories - economic, non-economic (also known as compensatory) and punitive. Economic damages refer to the physical costs associated with a person's injuries, such as hospital bills and emergency medical care. Non-economic damages are what some would call the "soft costs" of a claim, such as pain, suffering and loss of wages. Finally, punitive damages are penalties awarded by a judge for truly egregious behavior on the part of the defendant.
A: While there are certainly reoccurring accidents and claims in our field, there are no cookie-cutter strategies for a successful claim. Each case is as unique as the individuals involved, which means there is no way to establish an accurate timeline when it will be finished.
For more information on Georgia personal injury claims or to discuss your own case in detail, contact the Grant Law Office at (866) 249-5513.