Personal Injury Attorney Savannah
When you have been seriously injured in an accident, you need a personal injury lawyer Savannah to handle your claim. The attorneys at the Ferguson Law Group have years of experience handling complex personal injury claims on behalf of accident victims. We are not afraid to go up against major insurance companies and corporations to ensure our clients receive the compensation they need to cover lost wages, medical bills, property damage, and more. At the Ferguson Law Group, we’re here to listen. We will be your advocate and fight for your rights during this challenging and stressful time.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Savannah Can Help
Most people know that if they’ve been involved in a car accident, they need to contact a personal injury attorney to handle the claim, however, most personal injury attorneys handle more than just auto accident claims. The lawyers at the Ferguson Law Group in Savannah, Georgia, cover many practice areas that fall under personal injury law. If an entity or another person injured you, contact our firm to schedule a consultation and case evaluation.
Life After a Personal Injury Accident
Whether you slip and fall on someone’s property, or you are injured in an auto accident, you need to focus on your recovery. During this time, a lawyer will focus on protecting your rights. He or she will establish a barrier between you and insurance companies and/or defense attorneys.
As you continue to receive medical treatment, the bills will begin to pile up. If you’re unable to return to work due to your injuries, you may have no way to pay these bills. No income can add to your stress as you struggle to make ends meet and recover from your injuries.
While you may feel like you can handle these issues, in addition to filing a personal injury claim on your own, you have too much at stake to risk not filing the proper paperwork or missing a filing deadline. During these stressful post-accident days, an attorney will intervene on your behalf. A personal injury lawyer will remain vigilant from the moment you step foot in their office until the final settlement documents have been executed.
Legal Guidance When You Need it the Most
An attorney from the Ferguson Law Group will protect your legal rights. We will anticipate and recognize legal issues before they arise and intervene on your behalf.
If you have been injured due to someone’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. Our attorneys will advise you on what steps you must take to receive the fair settlement you need. If an insurance company refuses to come to a reasonable and fair settlement, we will be prepared to take your case to court.
Part of preparing for a settlement is investigating the case. An attorney will begin an investigation, which can involve hiring a private investigator, expert witnesses, and gathering all of the evidence available.
Some lawyers will conduct on-site investigations themselves or turn to an independent investigator. An investigator will track down and speak to eyewitnesses, obtain videos and accident scene photos, and pick up employer reports and police reports. If no videos or photos exist, an attorney may have someone visit the accident site to photograph any evidence left, such as vehicle parts, skid marks, or other types of evidence that cannot be picked up.
This evidence is reviewed by an attorney who will then determine fault.
An attorney will also need other documents to help you receive the compensation you deserve. This can include medical bills and medical records. If you have an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, that is causing your injuries to heal slowly, your lawyer may request medical records regarding your illness. These records will show that the injuries you sustained in the accident have exacerbated your preexisting medical condition.
Handling Insurance Companies
If you have been involved in a car accident, both the other driver’s liability carrier and your own auto insurance carrier will want to speak to you. If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident on someone’s property, a general liability carrier will want information. They will all request a recorded statement.
To control the situation and prevent you from potentially providing information that could undermine your claim, your attorney will refuse this request.
As your car insurance policy requires cooperation, your lawyer will coach you ahead of time or supervise your statement.
Other conversations with your auto insurance company may cover basic liability discussions, auto repair, and medical bill payments.
Notice of Legal Representation
To prevent other parties from contacting you, our attorneys will advise all relevant parties that you have legal representation. Your attorney will notify each entity or person that all future inquiries or contact must come through our office. This will allow your lawyer to keep track of medical bills and treatment, injury prognosis, insurance claim statuses, insurance communications, and other information that’s important to your case.
Formal Letter of Representation
If your lawyer makes their initial notice via email or phone, he or she will usually follow up with a formal letter of representation. He or she will send representation letters to the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident, insurance companies, manufacturers of defective products, and any other parties who may try to contact you about the accident.
Analyzing Potential Legal Issues
When your lawyer has gathered enough evidence and information, he or she will perform a detailed liability analysis. This involves reviewing relevant legal precedents, common law, case law, and applicable statutes. This information will be used to establish a valid rationale for pursuing a personal injury claim against the at-fault parties.
When the case is a simple accident, this step is less time-consuming. However, if your injuries involve unusual legal theories, rare circumstances, and complex issues, it can require an in-depth analysis.
In a personal injury claim, a significant portion of your claim will involve receiving compensation for medical treatment. As your treatment begins to wind down, your physician will review your medical bills and request those he hasn’t received.
Once you have reached maximum recovery, our attorneys will request narrative medical reports from all treating doctors. This type of report describes your disability information, prognosis, initial diagnosis, course of treatment, and a description of your injuries. It also concludes whether or not you’re able to return to normal activity and work levels, or if you have permanent impairments.
Lost Income Information
To accurately evaluate damages, a lawyer will also need confirmation from your employer of all income lost due to your injuries. Your physician’s report must support lost income.
Working with Medical Experts
Catastrophic injuries usually lead to complex disabilities, prognoses, treatment, and diagnoses that can have a major impact on the life of the accident victim. An attorney may hire medical experts to confirm the diagnoses and projected future treatment, restrictions, and impairments.
If your claim involves a potential for substantial future wage losses and medical treatment, our attorneys may hire an economist to accurately project the values.
Once an accident victim has reached maximum healing, a lawyer will have a clear picture of what they believe the accident victim needs to cover past and future medical bills. At this point, your lawyer will usually follow a tradition in which they submit a packet of a liability analysis, income loss documentation, reports, and medical bills, with a settlement demand. If the insurance company or the defendant’s attorney responds with an offer, this will initiate negotiations, which can lead to a settlement.
If the defendant’s attorney or the insurance company doesn’t respond, or they respond with a counteroffer that’s very low, and your lawyer believes that further negotiations will not result in a fair settlement offer, the attorney will advise you to file a lawsuit. If you’re in agreement, we will prepare to take your case to trial.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
While a personal injury can happen at any time, there are some types of personal injury accidents that are more common, such as:
A car accident is one of the most common types of personal injury accidents. A crash can happen in many different ways, but they usually occur when a driver is drowsy, drunk, or distracted. If you’re a bicyclist or pedestrian, then you’re more at risk of suffering a catastrophic injury. Typically, the driver who causes the accident and their insurance company are defendants.
Commercial truck accidents are much more common than people think and when they occur, the results are often catastrophic. A trucking accident can result if a driver fails to take a break from driving, if the trucker speeds, or if they are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 18-wheeler accident claims often include the truck driver, the trucking company, and its insurance company as the defendants.
A motorcycle accident that involves a passenger car often occurs because the driver was inattentive or careless. In a motorcycle accident, the motorcyclist often sustains severe, life-threatening, or fatal injuries.
Slip and Falls
A slip and fall accident usually occurs as the result of negligence by the business owner or property owner. This type of accident can happen if a person visits a restaurant and trips and falls down the stairs due to a loose or missing handrail, or broken step. In a premises liability accident, the accident victim can hold the business owner or property owner responsible for their negligence.
Proving negligence in a dog bite case can be difficult, especially if the owner claims that the dog had no prior history of aggressive behavior. However, if a dog owner was negligent and their dog bit you, you have the right to hold them accountable for your injuries and other damages. An experienced attorney from the Ferguson Law Group knows exactly how to investigate this type of case and prove that the dog attacked you, unprovoked.
Damages in a personal injury lawsuit are designed to make the accident victim whole again. Damages can compensate the victim for any out-of-pocket costs from the ambulance ride to hospitalization and modifications made to the home to accommodate a wheelchair.
If you win a claim or lawsuit, there are several types of damages that you may be awarded, including:
- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
These damages can include medical bills, rehabilitative therapy, property damage, and lost wages. An attorney will use bill statements and receipts as proof for these types of damages. If future medical treatment is necessary, they will work with medical professionals and an economist to accurately calculate future medical costs.
Placing value on non-economic damages can be complex. Examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, mental distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. In court, a judge may award non-economic damages based on the severity of the injuries the accident victim sustained.
To be awarded damages, your lawyer must show that the defendant acted negligently and that their negligent actions caused the accident.
This requires showing the following:
- The defendant owed the accident victim a duty of care
- The defendant breached their duty of care
- The breach directly caused the accident victim’s injuries
- The accident victim suffered damages as a result
If your case has the above-mentioned elements, then you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Statute of Limitations
In Georgia, accident victims will have two years to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. If you do not file within this time frame, you can be barred from filing the claim in the future. This means you will not be eligible for compensation for your injuries and other damages. While two years may seem like a long time, an investigation can take several months, depending on the complexity of the case and the number of parties involved. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer GA as soon as possible can ensure your case is handled correctly, with all required documentation filed on time.
Contact the Top Personal Injury Lawyer in Georgia Today!
An accident may happen in an instant, but it can change your life forever.
If you have been injured in a personal injury accident due to someone else’s negligent actions in Georgia, the personal injury attorneys at the Ferguson Law Group can help. We will take the burden off you and handle every legal aspect of your claim or lawsuit to get you the best damage award possible. We will advocate on your behalf and prevent insurance companies and defense attorneys from taking advantage of you. We will work tirelessly to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your accident caused by the negligent actions of another person or entity.
Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and let us help you receive the compensation you deserve.
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