Do serious injuries have you feeling overwhelmed? Did someone else cause those injuries?
Are your medical bills piling up?
Are you in the ATL and need help deciding what to do next as you pursue compensation for your injuries?
An experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney can help. If you’ve been hurt due to the negligence of another individual, whether you suffered injuries in a construction accident, an auto accident, or a slip and fall, contact Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers. The dedicated Atlanta personal injury team of Stewart J. Guss can help you understand your rights, your options, and how to hold bad actors accountable.
We are a national law firm with multiple offices around the country, including Atlanta. We also work with affiliate law firms in most states that share our focus and dedication to excellence. No matter where you are located, we may be able to help you, so call or contact us now. We are open, for FREE, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-898-4877, or you may contact us now by CLICKING HERE to submit your case for review.
Personal Injuries? We Can Help.
Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, has experience in a wide range of personal injury claims. If you suffered serious injuries in any of these scenarios, get in touch as soon as you can. We have improved the outcomes of personal injury claims for numerous accident victims in Atlanta, and we make it our mission to represent Atlantans injured by the negligence of another party.
Not sure how a personal injury attorney in Atlanta can help? Consider these key benefits.
An attorney can help collect evidence against the party that caused your accident. You know who caused your injuries. To file a personal injury claim, however, you may need to prove it. An attorney can help collect the all-important evidence by looking for surveillance video, contacting witnesses, examining the scene of the accident, and even working with expert witnesses to get a better understanding of exactly what caused your accident and how it impacts your claim.
An attorney can help you understand the compensation you really deserve. Did you know that insurance companies do not always have your best interests at heart?
Many people assume that insurance policies exist to help provide compensation for victims of serious accidents. In a perfect world, those insurance companies would offer you the full compensation you deserve based on your injuries: the medical expenses you faced, the time at work you lost, and the pain you experienced.
Unfortunately, many insurance companies, instead of considering your needs, focus on decreasing their financial liability as much as possible. As a result, they may try strategies like issuing a low settlement offer, which could substantially reduce the compensation you receive for your injuries.
An attorney, on the other hand, will focus on your best interests and the compensation you deserve for your accident. With that understanding, you can determine when to accept a settlement offer and when to stand firm and fight for the compensation you really deserve.
An attorney can negotiate for you. Your injuries have left you with more than enough to deal with. You don’t want to waste time grappling with your personal injury claim! Instead, turn those responsibilities over to an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney who can help you understand the compensation you really deserve.
The Claims We Cover
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Wrongful Death
Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, has thorough experience litigating several areas of personal injury law. Did you suffer serious injuries in any of these categories in Atlanta? Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.
Car-on-car accidents. Motorcycle accidents. Accidents with big trucks. Pedestrian or bicycle accidents. All these auto accidents can impact a wide range of victims, leaving them with injuries that can have far-reaching implications in every area of your life.
Auto accidents can leave victims with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injury, amputations, broken bones, or severe road rash. For many victims, auto accidents can change the entire course of their lives. We help them get back on track.
Premises Liability Accidents, Including Slip and Fall Accidents
When you visit a property, especially a business, you expect that the owner will take basic safety precautions that will protect you and other visitors from serious injuries. Atlanta property owners should keep up with maintenance, clearly label potentially dangerous areas, and clean up spills promptly. Seems simple enough, right?
Unfortunately, it’s not. Premises liability accidents, from animal bites to slip and falls, can leave victims with serious injuries: traumatic brain injury or a broken hip from a slip and fall, severe trauma from an animal bite, or spills from a poorly-maintained swimming pool, for example. Those injuries may cause far-lasting implications in the victim’s life, including lost time at work, ongoing mental and emotional trauma, or difficulty enjoying the activities they really want to engage in.
Dangers abound on construction sites throughout Atlanta. Workers often use heavy machinery that can lead to serious injuries if it malfunctions, including crushing damage and amputations. Plus, workers often work near electrical currents that can cause severe burns. Electrical burns do not just burn the skin and underlying tissue the way normal burns do, either. As the current travels through the body, victims may experience organ damage as well as further internal burns from the accident.
Determining the Liable Party: The Critical First Step
To file a personal injury claim, your attorney must first know who to file a personal injury claim against. Your attorney will collect vital evidence that will help identify all liable parties in your accident. Sometimes, your attorney may note that more than one party contributed to your injuries. That does not just happen in the case of multi-car accidents, either!
To determine the liable party, your attorney will ask several key questions.
Who bore a duty of care to you at the time of the accident?
A “duty of care” implies that a party, whether an individual or a business, has some responsibility to you. For example, all drivers bear a duty of care to others on the road: they must exercise caution in their driving, avoid distraction and inebriation, and follow the rules of the road at all times, even when inconvenient. Likewise, all premises owners bear a duty of care to everyone who visits those premises: They must provide a safe experience without undue hazard.
An attorney will evaluate all individuals who bore a duty of care to you at the time of the accident.
How did that duty of care get violated at the time of the accident?
A driver chose to get behind the wheel of their car while inebriated. A distracted driver looked down at their cell phone instead of paying attention to the road. A construction worker failed to shut off the electricity to open lines while working on them—and left them that way even after they left the site.
Most of the time, the violation of a duty of care occurs due to simple negligence. People assume that an accident will not happen, or they note a problem and fail to take care of it. Unfortunately, when that negligence results in a severe accident, it can have far-reaching implications for the victim of that accident.
How did that violation lead to your injuries?
To establish a personal injury claim, you will need to show that you suffered injuries in your accident. If you noticed a distracted driver swerving all over the street while playing the latest mobile game, but you got out of the way before you could get injured, you do not have grounds for a personal injury claim. Likewise, the existence of spilled pickle juice at your local supermarket does not offer grounds for a personal injury claim if you skirted carefully around it, avoiding a fall and the associated injuries.
On the other hand, if you suffered injuries due to the liable party’s negligence, you likely do have grounds for a personal injury claim. If that distracted driver slammed into your vehicle, causing you to suffer broken bones, for example, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Likewise, if workers at your favorite store failed to mop up after a customer spilled their drink all over the floor, and you suffered a severe fall that resulted in a broken hip or traumatic brain injury, you probably have grounds for a personal injury claim.
Your Atlanta personal injury attorney can help you identify all parties who may have contributed to your injuries. If an attorney can identify more than one person that caused your accident, you can likely file a personal injury claim against each party. Often, that can significantly increase the compensation you ultimately receive for your accident. Imagine, for example, that you suffered injuries in a serious truck accident.
Not only can you seek compensation from the driver who actually caused the accident, but you may also have grounds to file a personal injury claim against the driver’s employer or, depending on what caused the accident, the party that loaded the trailer. You do not want to miss out on the compensation you could receive from filing a personal injury claim against all the parties that contributed to your accident.
But How Much Compensation Should You Really Expect?
When it comes down to it, most accident victims want the answer to one key question: How much compensation should you really expect for your accident? How much do you really deserve for your injuries?
An attorney cannot give you a simple, guaranteed answer about exactly how much compensation you will ultimately receive, since that number depends on several key factors. For example, you may need to know the limits and coverage offered by the liable party’s insurance policy before you can determine how much you will receive from your accident.
Many parties, including both drivers and premises owners, typically carry insurance policies that will provide the coverage in a personal injury claim. Your attorney may have to negotiate with that insurance company to help get the compensation you deserve. If the other party doesn’t play ball, litigation before the court may be necessary to collect the extent of your damages.
While no guarantees exist that will tell you exactly how much you can expect from your personal injury claim, most victims claim the same categories of compensation.
If you suffered serious injuries in an accident, chances are, you have serious medical bills to go along with them. Most people cringe at the idea of an emergency room bill, much less the other bills that can accompany a personal injury claim. You must also consider the lifelong medical bills that may accompany severe injuries like traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injuries.
Keep track of those medical expenses. They can get away from you quickly, especially if you do not take note of the multiple medical bills that can arrive for the same procedure. In addition to common medical expenses like durable medical equipment, surgical treatment, and emergency treatment, keep in mind that you can also include follow-up visits with your doctor, ongoing therapy appointments (for physical, psychological, and occupational therapy), and the cost of modifications you must make to your home to cope with your injuries.
Talk to your attorney about how to calculate all your medical expenses as part of a personal injury claim. Keep in mind that your medical expenses often form the foundation of the rest of your personal injury claim, so you must identify and document all medical expenses associated with your accident. Your Atlanta lawyer can help.
Not only do you have medical bills to worry about, but you also may not have the ability to work to earn the money to pay for them! For many injury victims, lost income adds another layer of stress to an incredibly difficult time. Keep track of those lost wages to include them as part of your personal injury claim.
Pain and Suffering
Personal injury claims do not just include the financial losses you faced due to your accident. Your attorney will provide more information about how to include pain and suffering as part of your claim. Consider what suffering you faced as a result of your accident: not just physical pain, but also the things you had to miss out on due to your injuries.
Did you suffer from social isolation? Did you endure pain, grief, or trauma? Suffer a loss of independence?
You can potentially include all those aspects as part of the pain and suffering segment of your claim.
It’s Time to Contact Our Atlanta Injury Accident Lawyers
If you suffered severe injuries at the hands of another party, don’t wait: The sooner you get in touch with our experienced personal injury attorneys in Atlanta, the sooner we can start working to improve your odds of getting the compensation you deserve.
The legal team of Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, is nationally recognized for protecting the rights of injured victims for more than 20 years. If someone else’s negligence injured you in Atlanta, call our office right now for a free consultation! Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a DIME unless we win your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us today at 800-898-4877 or contact us now by CLICKING HERE.
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