If you get hurt because of the negligence of another person, the law says you can recover your damages from that person. This is easy enough for everyone to understand, but how do you actually get the other person to pay? Good legal assistance is the first step, but the chances are excellent that you don’t have a personal injury lawyer on retainer. Here are a few basic steps that all people should do after an injury:
- Identify the person who caused your injury, if you can. If you are in an automobile collision, call the police if you think you are hurt – get the collision documented! If you are bitten by dog, find the owner of the dog or at least the owner’s address. If you slip and fall at a retail store, report the injury to management and insist on a report – be sure you get a copy, too! Understand that the best lawyer in the world can’t recover for your damages if they don’t know from whom to seek damages.
- Seek medical attention immediately or just as soon as it is practical. Your health is the most important issue. If your injuries are critical, do not hesitate to get yourself to the nearest ER. If you aren’t sure how severely you are injured, then go there anyway. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health.
- Delays in treatment are bad and may ultimately cost you money. Don’t wait too long to seek treatment. If you aren’t sure where to go for treatment after you have sought ER treatment, call The Edmonson Law Firm. Many of our clients need help in finding skilled physicians, and we have successfully paired them with their doctors.
- Call The Edmonson Law Firm for a free consultation. It won’t take long, and you will be glad you did. You may not need an attorney for your situation but the consult is free, so please do not hesitate to ask. You will get a candid assessment of your claim, every time.
Georgia law allows you to recover general and ‘special’ damages when you are injured by another party. Special damages are those that can be itemized – your medical bills, lost wages, and other similar items. General damages are the non-specific items- such as pain and suffering. These are harder to define but still very real.
As a general rule, you must settle your claim against the person who caused your injury within two years of the date of injury or file a lawsuit in the correct court. This deadline is known as the ‘statute of limitations’. There are some exceptions – every case is fact dependent – so please call us to discuss your situation.