Personal Injury: A Brief Overview

When you or a loved one are involved in an accident or incident, there is a high probability that an injury resulted. In the state of Georgia, tort law provides civil remedies for these injuries. A tort is defined as an “unlawful violation of a private legal right, other than a mere breach of contract.” All torts encompass some form of injury. However, not all torts result in a personal injury.

What is a Personal Injury?

A personal injury is a bodily injury suffered as a result of a harm caused to a person. There is a possibility that a personal injury will occur in any of the following cases:

Medical malpractice. Society places a great deal of reliance on health care providers during our most critical times of need. When a healthcare provider fails to perform their duty under the law and an injury results, there may be a cause of action for medical malpractice.

Motor vehicle accidents. A motor vehicle accident caused by a driver’s negligence can have a detrimental impact in many different ways. Distracted driving is just one example of negligence in the context of motor vehicle accidents. It is important to recognize that damages are not just damages to your vehicle. Through a personal injury claim, you may be entitled to receive compensation for other damages such as medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Wrongful death. Losing a loved one is a difficult time for many as they often experience a range of emotions to help cope with the loss of life. In circumstances in which the loss was avoidable by exercising appropriate care, a wrongful death action may be brought against that individual to hold them accountable for their wrongdoing.

Defective or dangerous products. Manufacturers are obligated to provide products that are not unreasonably dangerous based on a product’s intended use. If a product is defective or unreasonably dangerous, you may be entitled to compensation. In these cases you may even have an easier time obtaining compensation because there are special rules and theories that apply.

Speak with an Experienced Attorney

Many believe that they are able to handle personal injury matters on their own. However, in nearly all personal injury cases the injured party will be dealing with an insurance company. In some cases, the insurance company will even make an offer for some monetary amount. It is important to realize that insurance companies do not have your best interests in mind. Although you may not be in a courtroom, your encounter is still adversarial.

Tort law is a complex area of litigation. When you are injured due to the recklessness, carelessness, or negligence of another individual, the knowledge of an attorney is a necessity. The attorneys at 1Georgia Injury Lawyers, PLLC have the experience needed to effectively represent your interests. During an initial consultation we will meet with you to evaluate your case and advise you on the law. If you have a viable claim, we will determine a course of action that fits your needs. For an initial consultation, contact us today.