When people get badly injured, they often look to file a lawsuit against the party that caused their injuries. Large medical bills and lengthy recovery are not easy to deal with, so the law is one way to try and right wrongs that have been done and allow plaintiffs to move on with their lives.
Filing a lawsuit can be a scary and stressful experience, but we are here to help. We can provide the competent, professional representation you need to fight for justice and the financial compensation you deserve after you are injured due to negligence.
For a free case review, call Howe Law’s personal injury lawyers at (844) 876-4357.
Injuries We Can Represent You for in Mableton, GA
Our personal injury lawyers can represent you in a variety of legal matters. We have a wide range of practice experience and can tailor your case to fit your specific needs and give you a good chance of getting the compensation you need for your injuries.
Car accidents can result in injuries like whiplash, bruises, broken bones, and brain damage. Plaintiffs who have received these injuries may want to sue those responsible.
Depending on the situation, you may be able to sue someone besides the driver. For example, if a takeout delivery vehicle hits you on the way to deliver food, you may be able to sue their employer since they are responsible for their work activities during their day/shift.
Bus accidents can lead to many people being injured at once. These crashes are sometimes caused by dangerous, tired, or distracted bus drivers, but many crashes involve the bus being hit by another dangerous driver on the road.
Bus companies often have high-dollar insurance policies to protect their passengers and reimburse them after an accident, but this might not pay enough. You should always talk to a lawyer for help after a bus accident so we can help you calculate damages, collect evidence, and fight the legal teams that work to protect big bus companies.
Truck accidents are incredibly serious and often result in the death or serious injury of the occupants of other vehicles involved. Injuries plaintiffs sustain in truck accidents are often life-changing and permanent.
Like all drivers, truckers must follow common rules of the road, like speed limits and stopping at red lights. However, truck drivers have additional responsibilities, such as turning their vehicles safely so as not to sideswipe anyone and making sure they take breaks so they do not get fatigued and cause an accident. You may be able to establish that the driver who injured you was negligent if they did not follow these rules or others.
Slip and Fall
A slip and fall is often a gag in old movies or in cartoons, but in reality, a nasty fall can result in severe injuries. Depending on how you land when you fall over, you could break bones or receive nerve damage that can lead to chronic pain for the rest of your life. Wet floors that have not been cleaned in a timely manner, stairs and ramps that have been left in a state of disrepair, and uneven sidewalks can all lead to slip and fall injuries.
Normally, workplace injuries are covered by worker’s compensation. However, under some circumstances, you may be able to sue your employer or another party if you get injured on the job. This can happen if your employer intended to hurt you since worker’s compensation only covers injuries caused by negligence or if you were an independent contractor since you are therefore not an employee and not subject to worker’s compensation.
Proving Negligence in a Mableton, GA Personal Injury Lawsuit
To prove that a defendant was negligent, you need to establish four “elements” or parts in court. These elements are duty, breach, causation, and injury. We will go into some detail about each element below.
In a personal injury context, a “duty” is something one person owes to another. For personal injury lawsuits, the duty in question is usually a general duty of care to other people. Essentially, this means that people need to act in a way that they are not likely to harm others or as a “reasonable person” would. For example, reasonable drivers do not speed or run red lights because that behavior is likely to harm other people.
Breach means that the defendant breached their duty to the plaintiff. For example, speeding and injuring the plaintiff would breach the duty of care a reasonable driver has toward other drivers or pedestrians.
Often the most contested element, causation simply means that you must prove that the defendant actually caused your injuries. While this may seem straightforward, the defense can often put enough doubt into the minds of the judge and jury to make it so they cannot conclude that the defendant was liable.
To prove causation, you need to establish not only that the defendant caused your injuries but also that they were the “proximate cause” of your injuries. A proximate cause is a cause sufficiently linked to your injuries so that it makes the defendant liable. For example, if a company manufactures a defective product that you bought at a store, it is technically a cause of your injuries that the store sold the product. However, the more closely related proximate cause would be the problem with the product that resulted in your injury. The proximate cause “cuts off” other causes from incurring liability for your injuries.
It is a common tactic for the defense to try and make it seem like they may have been a cause of your injuries but not the proximate cause. Our lawyers can see through this defense and try to convince the court that the defendant is, in fact, liable for your injuries.
The last thing you need to prove in a personal injury lawsuit is that you were actually injured and suffered damages. If the defendant’s conduct did not result in injury or other damages, you cannot recover compensation. Damages can often be proven by producing photos of your injuries, personal testimony, or medical bills.
Discuss Your Case with Our Mableton, GA Personal Injury Lawyers
Howe Law’s personal injury lawyers can be reached at (844) 876-4357 to discuss your case for free.