Senoia Personal Injury Attorney
If you or somebody you care about sustains an injury that was caused by the carelessness or negligence of another person, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to recover compensation. At Kam, Ebersbach & Lewis, P.C., our Senoia personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping clients get through this tough time. Contact us today so we can get to work investigating your case.
Why choose Kam, Ebersbach & Lewis?
If you are dealing with a serious injury, you need an attorney you can trust both personally and professionally. The team at Kam, Ebersbach & Lewis, P.C. is here for you.
- We have decades of personal injury experience that has given us incredible insight and strategies for dealing with aggressive insurance carriers.
- We ensure that each client receives individualized attention for their case. Clients are not handed off to paralegals or junior associates.
- Our approach to cases has yielded many million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients.
What types of personal injury cases do we handle?
At Kam, Ebersbach & Lewis, P.C., our Senoia personal injury lawyers help clients who have sustained injuries in a wide variety of ways. People are injured every day due to the careless or negligent actions of others. Some of the most common causes of personal injuries in Senoia include:
- Car accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Defective products (foods, beverages, toys, medications, etc.)
- Construction and workplace incidents
- Premises liability incidents
How much does a personal injury attorney charge?
One of the main concerns that any personal injury victim has is how much an attorney will cost them. At Kam, Ebersbach & Lewis, P.C., our Senoia personal injury attorneys take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will charge no upfront or out-of-pocket costs for a client’s case. We only collect legal fees after we secure a favorable settlement or verdict on behalf of the client. The total legal fees will be based on a percentage of the final settlement that is agreed upon before we start working on a case.
What Type of Compensation Can I Recover?
There are various types of compensation available to victims in the aftermath of a personal injury case. Typically, these damages will be broken down into “general” and “special.”
Special damages refer to compensation for expenses a victim incurs for their medical bills, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket expenses. These damages are also called “economic” damages that are calculable with bills and receipts.
General damages refer to the amount of compensation an injury victim is entitled to for damages that cannot be easily assigned a monetary value. Also called “non-economic” damages, this can include pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and emotional trauma that a victim incurs due to the incident. In these cases, there will be no evidence such as bills or receipts for which to calculate a specific dollar amount.
Statute of Limitations to File a Claim
Each state is responsible for setting a time limit for how long injury victims have file lawsuits against the person allegedly responsible for their injury. The Georgia personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs (Georgia Code section 9-3-33).
This means that injury victims have a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party in their case. If they fail to file a lawsuit within this timeframe, they will likely lose the ability to recover any compensation at all, regardless of how clear the fault of the other party was or how severe the injuries were.
There are various exceptions to the personal injury statute of limitations in Georgia:
- If the defendant in a case leaves the state of Georgia after the underlying incident occurs and before the injury victim can file a lawsuit, then the length of time the defendant was absent from Georgia will not be counted towards the two-year statute of limitations.
- If the injury victim was under the age of 18 or was “legally incompetent because of intellectual disability or mental illness” when the injury occurred, the two-year statute of limitations will not begin until the person reaches the age of 18 or until the period of incompetence is over.
Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
While it is certainly possible to handle some injury cases without assistance from an attorney, we do need to point out that injury victims typically lack the resources necessary to fully investigate their claims. For anything more than a minor injury, securing assistance from an attorney should be the number one priority.
A Senoia personal injury attorney will be able to help from the outset of the case. They will begin by gathering all of the evidence needed to prove liability, which can include the following:
- Any photo or video surveillance available
- Statements from any eyewitnesses
- Any incident or accident reports filled out
- Safety records of any property owner involved
- Vehicle “black box” data for accident cases
- Mobile device data
While an attorney is busy gathering the evidence needed to prove liability, they will also ensure that their client is evaluated by trusted medical and economic professionals who can fully assess the situation and provide a dollar value for the case. A lawyer will negotiate with all parties involved to reach a fair settlement for their client while also preparing the case for trial if necessary.
Negligence Laws in Georgia
In general, any party that is found to have caused an injury due to their negligence will be held liable. This means they will be responsible for paying for the injuries and other damages suffered by other parties involved. However, there are times when one party is not 100% responsible for an injury.
In some states, jurisdictions follow what is called the contributory negligence rule. This means that any party that contributes to their injury in any way will be unable to recover compensation from another party. However, Georgia operates under a “modified comparative negligence system.” Under this system, an injury victim will still be able to recover compensation for their injuries so long as they are less than 50% responsible for the incident.
For example, if Robert sustains an injury in a slip and fall incident at a grocery store caused by an employee not putting down a “wet floor” sign after mopping, he may be entitled to compensation. Suppose that Robert broke his arm in the fall and sustained $10,000 worth of medical bills. However, if it is determined that Robert was partially responsible for the incident because he was texting and walking and did not see the obviously wet floor, it may be determined that he is partially responsible. In this case, suppose Robert was found to be 20% responsible for the incident. Instead of receiving the full $10,000, he would receive $8,000.
Call a Senoia Personal Injury Lawyer Today
At Kam, Ebersbach & Lewis, P.C., we pledge to thoroughly investigate your case and to calculate and pursue any compensation you are entitled to properly. When you need a Senoia personal injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by filling our online contact form or by calling our office at (770) 251-7100. We represent clients in Newnan, Peachtree City and throughout Coweta County, Georgia.