Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys
By Chris Kramer
If you've been injured in an accident, it's important that you learn your legal rights to pursue compensation from the responsible party. You may be able to sue for the cost of medical bills, lost work and future pain and suffering.
Get in touch with a Georgia personal injury attorney who can handle situations like yours. Take advantage of this free opportunity to learn about the rights and options you have in your case.
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Georgia Comparative and Contributory Negligence
Comparative negligence allows an injury victim to seek compensation for any part of his or her injury that wasn't their fault. For example, if you are involved in a car accident and you are partially at fault for that accident, you can still seek damages from the other parties who were also at fault for your injuries based on their percentage of fault.
Contributory negligence is a defense that can prevent victims from collecting any compensation for an accident for which they are in any way to blame. "Pure contributory negligence" does still exist in some states - meaning that if a victim is found in any way at fault for his or her personal injury, the victim cannot collect any compensation from other parties for the injury.
This defense has been modified in many states so that a victim who is less than 50% at fault for his or her accident can still seek compensation for injuries.
"Pure comparative negligence" is kind of the opposite of pure contributory negligence - it allows a victim of injury who may have been mostly responsible for the accident to collect damages from the parties that were less at fault for the injury. "Modified comparative negligence," however, allows a victim to recover only if their fault level is below a certain percentage.
Laws about comparative and contributory negligence vary widely state by state. It's important to know how these laws can affect your injury lawsuit.
Georgia Negligence Laws
In Georgia, modified comparative negligence principles apply so that someone involved in an accident may be able to collect compensation for their personal injury if they were less than 50% at fault. If you are more than 50% at fault for an accident, you would not be able to recover under this principle. If you are less at fault, your damages will be limited by your percentage of fault in the accident.
Certain additional statutes may apply to comparative negligence in the state of Georgia - so the way it affects your case may vary.
You Don't Have to Handle Insurance Companies on Your Own
Insurance company representatives are going to want to talk to you about your claim, if they haven't already. Be aware that they are trained in tactics meant not so much to help you as to help themselves. The primary motivation of insurance companies is to ensure their own profit.
You are entitled to let a Georgia personal injury lawyer communicate with the insurance company on your behalf. They can negotiate and evaluate any settlement offers. Have an attorney on your side while you focus on recovery.
Get the Information You Need about Your Case
The legal system exists to protect the rights of citizens that have been wronged, and Georgia personal injury lawyers can provide information and guidance to navigate the legal system. Go after a fair settlement and recover your former life. Contact us today to get in touch with a Georgia personal injury lawyer in your area.