Personal Injury in Georgia

Injuries occur each and every day in the state of Georgia. Some of the injuries are accidents that no one is concerned about; others are accidents that have the potential to be criminal. Many cases of personal in Georgia that end up in the court room are workers compensation cases, car accidents, and situations where gross negligence was involved.

 Georgia Personal Injury Law at a Glance

Georgia Personal Injury Laws

Statute of Limitations

2 Years, or 4 years for loss of consortium
Damages Recoverable Pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, future earning ability, property damage, cost of household help
Strict Liability Product manufacturer may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product
Joint Liability Each defendant liable for percent of damages as determined by court
Contributory Negligence No damages can be awarded if plaintiff is found more than 50% responsible for the incident.

How Many People Were Involved?

Not every personal injury case involves two people. While some situations, such as car accidents, traditionally involve two people others involve much more. For example, some medical related situations such as surgery an entire staff could be considered negligent. The number of people involved in the personal injury will be taken into account during a Georgia personal injury claim.

Who Has to Pay Damages?

When more than one person is involved in an accident it can sometimes be hard to determine who should have to pay damages. In some states all involved parties are responsible for paying the entire judgment. In other states, Georgia included, the defendants are only responsible for a portion of the judgment that is usually in direct proportion to their involvement.

If several members of a team are involved in a medical related personal injury claim the doctor might be found to be 50 per cent responsible for the injury. Meanwhile, a nurse might be found to be 30 per cent responsible for the injury. In this situation the doctor would be responsible for paying 50 per cent of the entire judgment amount while the nurse would have to pay 30 per cent.

When the Victim is at Fault

There are many situations when personal injury occurs when the victim is found to be at fault. This can happen in after a car accident or vehicle collision when the injured driver was found to be driving carelessly. With personal injury in Georgia there are two different outcomes when a victim is found to be negligent.

If you, the injured party, is found to have contributed to the injury through your own negligence in a small degree then the damages you receive will be reduced. For example, if you are found to be 10 per cent responsible for your injury then when a final judgment is made the defendant would be responsible for 90 per cent of it. However, if you are determined to be more responsible than the defendant you will not be able to receive a reward at all. With this in mind be very careful when filing a personal injury claim in Georgia if you feel that you contributed to the majority of the injury yourself.

For more specific information about your case, contact a Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer.

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