Personal Injury Attorney Augusta
Few experiences in life can be more frustrating or frightening than sustaining a personal injury in an accident. These types of accidents can occur at any time and under any circumstances. Additionally, these accidents can result in debilitating, severe injuries, pain and suffering, economic hardships, and lost time at work. Meeting with a personal injury lawyer Augusta can ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other damages.
During this challenging time, as you focus on your recovery, let one of the top personal injury lawyers in Augusta build a solid case and advocate on your behalf.
At the Ferguson Law Group, we will work diligently to gather all the evidence needed to prove the negligent party should be held liable for your injuries. With an attorney from the Ferguson Law Group on your side, you have a significantly higher chance of obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Common Personal Injury Cases
The attorneys at the Ferguson Law Group have been advocating on behalf of personal injury accident victims for several years. While every personal injury claim is unique, some are more common than others, such as:
Car accidents are among the most common type of personal injury claims. In most cases, a negligent driver is to blame for the accident, however, defective car parts, poor road conditions, faulty traffic lights, inclement weather, and missing traffic signs, can also be to blame. Call us today for help with a Car or Truck Accident.
Slip and Falls
A slip and fall on someone’s property can happen in an instant and can result in severe or catastrophic injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage, or broken bones. A property owner is responsible for maintaining the conditions on their property and warning visitors of hazardous conditions. If you have been injured on someone’s property due to their negligent actions or their failure to maintain their property, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Each year, thousands of motorcyclists are involved in severe or fatal accidents. A motorcyclist is very vulnerable on the road, especially when they are up against a negligent driver. These accidents often occur due to reckless or careless driving and result in debilitating injuries, ongoing medical treatment, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a personal injury attorney in Augusta as soon as possible to discuss the details of your case and protect your claim.
You may be on your way to work, walking around the neighborhood for a little exercise, or taking the dog out for their evening walk, when out of nowhere you’re struck by a negligent driver. Since the pedestrian has no protection against a passenger vehicle weighing thousands of pounds, the result of these accidents is often catastrophic injuries or death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, act now. Contact the Ferguson Law Group today to schedule a consultation and let our team of legal experts handle every aspect of your claim as you focus on your recovery.
The Importance of Hiring the Right Attorney
A knowledgeable and experienced attorney will perform various duties designed to increase the accident victim’s chances for success, such as:
- Obtaining medical records
- Researching the safety records of retailers and companies
- Obtaining the criminal record or driving history of accused parties
- Gathering eyewitness testimony
- Gathering expert witness testimony
- Conducting interviews
- Investigating the accident scene
How to Strengthen Your Claim
Aside from hiring the right attorney, there are some steps you can take to increase your chances of yielding positive results, such as:
Obtain Medical Care
Seeking medical attention as soon as possible after an accident will go a long way towards connecting your injuries to the accident.
An insurance company may attempt to discredit your claim if several days have passed before you sought medical treatment. By seeking medical attention as soon as possible after an accident, you will significantly strengthen your case.
Provide Documented Evidence
Keep detailed documentation regarding the events that led up to the accident. Because memories tend to fade over time, writing down as many details regarding the accident as possible, as soon as possible, can give your attorney a clear picture of exactly what happened.
Take photographs of the accident scene, property damage, any vehicles involved, road conditions, hazards on the property that caused you to fall, and anything else that can help strengthen your claim.
Gather Eyewitness Information
Eyewitnesses can provide neutral third-party accounts of the events and details surrounding the accident. If anyone witnessed your accident, take down their name, phone number, address, and other contact information. Your attorney will want to contact these witnesses to take their statements.
Do Not Discuss Your Accident
The only person that you should discuss the accident with is your attorney. Speaking about the accident on social media or in public can significantly complicate any legal proceedings. The insurance company or defense attorney will hire a private investigator who will scour the internet looking for your social media accounts. This is done to collect damaging evidence against you. For example, if you slipped and fell at a restaurant and you’re claiming that a spinal injury is preventing you from working and is causing significant pain and suffering, yet a private investigator finds photos of you dancing or lifting a heavy object, this can discredit your claim.
Filing a personal injury claim on your own is possible, but if you’re not familiar with the wide range of damages available, you may miss out on receiving maximum compensation for your injuries. Georgia law makes sure that an accident victim can recover fair compensation for a wide range of losses.
Losses can include lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other emotional losses as well. You must work with an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure you seek compensation for all damages that apply to your case.
Below are some types of damages that are available in a personal injury claim:
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that only the ambulance ride and emergency room bills count as your medical losses.
The types of damages that you may be entitled to in an Augusta personal injury claim include all medical bills that are directly related to the accident. This means, if you need rehabilitative therapy because of the injury sustained in the accident, you can be compensated for those bills. If you need follow-up treatment, you can also be compensated for those bills.
Even medical devices, such as crutches, motorized wheelchairs, and braces can qualify for compensation.
Make sure that you meet with an attorney and bring along all medical documentation including billing statements, which can help them accurately evaluate your claim to ensure you’re compensated for all of your losses.
Other types of medical expenses that can be covered in your claim for compensation include:
- Emergency room treatment
- Doctor appointments
- Medical devices
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Modifications made to the home and/or vehicle
- Diagnostic expenses
- Home health care costs
- Treatment supplies
- Surgery costs
Pain and Suffering
Sustaining a physical injury can be painful. As you recover, you’ll have to live with ongoing discomfort and pain. A monetary award for pain and suffering is designed to provide the accident victim with fair compensation for having to live with the pain.
The amount that you’re entitled to claim for pain and suffering can depend on the extent of your physical injuries. When the accident victim sustains minor injuries, they can recover from them in a short time. The pain and suffering compensation may amount to approximately half of their medical damages. When the accident victim sustains a severe injury that has lifetime consequences, their pain and suffering compensation will be significantly higher. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help place a dollar value on the accident victim’s pain and suffering.
the accident victim is also likely to have experienced emotional distress during and after the accident. The accident victim may experience post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and fear. There are many ways that an accident victim can suffer emotionally because they are injured. If you have experienced symptoms such as sleeplessness, depression, or anxiety, make sure that you speak to your treating physician and receive the care that you need.
Damages for emotional distress are meant to compensate the accident victim for all the ways they’ve had to suffer and adjust to life after their accident. An attorney can help you determine how to value damages for emotional distress for your personal injury claim.
Loss of Consortium
Injuries sustained in an accident can affect the accident victim’s loved ones. Georgia law allows the accident victim’s spouse to bring a claim for loss of consortium.
Many things qualify as loss of consortium damages including the following:
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of comfort
- Loss of sexual relations
- Loss of affection
- Loss of ability to bear children
If you have missed several days, weeks, or months from work due to the injuries sustained in your accident, you can seek compensation for lost wages. Your attorney will request your employment records to calculate how long you’ve missed work, then add up what you would have made during this time.
Lost Earning Capacity
Lost wages look at the amount of money the accident victim lost out on earning while they were recovering from the injury sustained in the accident. Lost earning capacity looks at what the accident victim is unable to earn in the future. If the accident victim is unable to work long term, their compensation and their entire career track fall under the category of lost earning capacity. An attorney may need to work with an occupational expert to determine how the accident victim’s career outlook has changed because of their accident.
An accident victim may also sustain significant property damage depending on the type of accident they were in.
For example, if the victim was involved in a car accident, their car may require extensive repairs or may have been totaled. An attorney will take into account the current market value of the damaged property, including it in the total calculation of the accident victim’s damages.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney at the Ferguson Law Group Today
A skilled and experienced personal injury attorney Augusta from the Ferguson Law Group can help you hold the negligent party responsible for your accident, injuries, and damages. They will help you evaluate all the categories of damages to ensure that you arrive at a fair case value. Our team of knowledgeable personal injury attorneys will go over the facts of your case to help you determine the best course of legal action to take for the highest compensation possible. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and learn how the team at the Ferguson Law Group can help.
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