Riverdale Personal Injury Attorneys
Help for Seriously Injured Victims in Riverdale, Georgia
Riverdale is a southern suburb of Atlanta with a growing population of about 15,000. It is in Clayton County, which is also home to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Like any other city in a major metropolitan area, Riverdale has its share of hazards. If you or a family member suffered a serious injury in Riverdale, and that injury was caused by another party’s negligence, carelessness, or intentional act, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact the experienced Riverdale personal injury attorneys at Grant Law Office. Call (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955 today for a free case evaluation.
What Is Negligence?
Negligence can be defined as one party’s failure to exercise a reasonable degree of care to minimize the risk of injury to another party. A "party" can be a person, a company, or even a government agency, like the City of Riverdale.
An example of negligence would be a driver who was texting while driving on Gardenwalk Boulevard and, as a result, hit a pedestrian. That driver would owe that pedestrian compensation for his injuries, his medical bills, and more.
Georgia recognizes the legal concept of contributory negligence, meaning that both parties—the plaintiff and the defendant (the party suing and the party being sued)—may be responsible for an accident. The plaintiff may only recover damages if he or she was less than 50% responsible for the accident. For example, consider a case where the driver was texting and driving, but the pedestrian was staring at his phone while crossing the street when he was hit. If the pedestrian files a lawsuit and takes the case to court, the jury may decide that the driver was 80% responsible for the accident, and the pedestrian was 20% responsible for the accident. The pedestrian is entitled to recover compensation from the driver, but the amount is reduced by his percentage of fault.
But, if the jury found that the driver and pedestrian were each 50% at fault for the accident, the pedestrian would not be able to recover damages, no matter how badly he was hurt.
Dangerous Roads in Riverdale
Most injuries that we see at Grant Law Office come from serious car crashes. In Riverdale, these highways and roads present a special danger to drivers and motorcyclists:
- S.R. 85/Clark Howell Memorial Highway
- S.R. 138/Martin Luther King Jr. Highway
- S.R. 139/Main/Riverdale Street
- S.R. 314/Fayetteville Road
- Pointe South Parkway
- Gardenwalk Boulevard
If you were seriously injured at the hands of another person or company, we may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve to recover.
Compensation Available for Personal Injury Victims
Depending on the severity of the injuries you suffered, you may be able to recover damages for the following:
- Current and future medical bills related to the injury
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent injury
- Loss of a limb
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental trauma
- Household and vehicle modifications to accommodate your injuries (wheelchair ramps, etc.)
- Lost wages
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Punitive damages
While a personal injury claim may take longer than two years to be settled, the claim must usually be filed within two years of the actual injury date under Georgia law. Keep in mind that the limitation period may be shorter in certain circumstances.
Why You Need an Attorney After a Serious Accident in Riverdale
When you file a personal injury claim against the party that injured you will be dealing with his or her insurance company. Despite this, under our law, the jury may not be told that there is insurance to pay the damages, something that we think is wrong. Many insurance companies are notorious for trying to minimize their client’s financial responsibility for your injuries, and they offer payouts that are far less than you deserve.
Having an experienced Riverdale personal injury attorney can prevent the insurance company from taking advantage of you, so that you will get compensation worthy of your injuries and losses. Our legal team at Grant Law Firm has handled many serious injury cases, and wants to use its skill to help you. Call (866) 249-5513 or (404) 995-3955 for a free consultation.