Experienced Savannah Personal Injury Attorney
An accidental injury can occur at any time and any place. If you are the victim of an accidental injury, your life may be completely disrupted and your world can be turned upside down. Beyond the difficulty of recovering and getting your life back on track, you have the overwhelming expense of medical debt and potentially a significant amount of wages lost through time off work.
While making your best attempt to manage these changes, you may find that the activities you used to love are no longer possible for you to engage in, making the stress of an accidental injury that much greater and more difficult to escape from. If you are the victim of an accidental injury in Savannah, GA, then you might be facing all of these challenges and more right now.
Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to learn about your options for moving forward and seeking compensation for your losses. We’ve been representing accidental injury clients like you for years, and we know how to work with insurance companies to reach a fair settlement arrangement. If your case must go to court, we’ll fight to get the best possible judgment for you.
Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today to discuss your injuries, the circumstances surrounding the accident, and the legal options available to you. Our personal injury lawyers offer a free consultation to get you started on the right track.
Do You Have a Viable Personal Injury Claim?
There are many different possible routes for your accidental injury claim, depending on the circumstances under which it occurred. For example, you may have an auto accident claim, a pedestrian accident claim, a medical malpractice claim, a defective product accident claim, a premises liability claim, or dog bite/animal attack claim. Here, we will address these various potential claims and how Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help.
The leading cause of accidental injuries and death in the United States is car accidents. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that car accidents caused more than 2.3 million US injuries in 2014. The most prominent cause of these injuries and fatalities is attributed to other drivers who behave recklessly or negligently. Of these accidents, caused by negligent and reckless drivers, the most common factors are intoxication, distraction, aggressiveness, and drowsiness, including falling asleep at the wheel. Alcohol and drugs remain the most frequent of causes of such accidents, despite efforts to reduce these factors through harsh penalties, comprehensive laws, and public awareness efforts.
Next in line for most common causes of car accidents, is aggressive driving and speeding. More than $50 billion in damages resulting from such behaviors every year. Aggressive driving encompasses reckless behaviors like irresponsible lane changes, weaving through traffic, tailgating, and ignoring traffic lights and signals. In close competition with aggressive driving behaviors, distracted driving is another top cause of car accidents and one that continues to increase with complex navigation systems and cell phone use/texting. Again, there are strict laws and harsh penalties for these behaviors in Georgia, but distracted driving continues to disrupt and end lives.
Finally, drowsy driving is an often overlooked, yet serious contributor to accidental injuries and deaths related to car accidents. The most common cause of drowsy driving is found in overworked drivers who aren’t getting enough sleep. Being drowsy hinders the driver’s ability to focus on the road, follow traffic laws, and maintain a reasonable response time while driving. In many cases, accidents are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. Nearly 40,000 accidental injuries are caused by drowsy drivers every year in the US.
Injuries caused by car accidents are among the most severe of accidental injuries and deaths because vehicles travel at high speeds and sudden collisions can do tremendous damage to the body. Some common car accident injuries include fractures, back injuries, neck injuries, head injuries, strains and sprains, and serious lacerations. Far too many car accidents result in the wrongful death of a loved one.
Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for a free consultation with a Savannah personal injury attorney for your auto accident claim, today. We’ll help you get started on the right path towards getting the compensation that you need to start financially recovering from a car accident.
Commercial Vehicle Accidents
Accidents that involve large trucks or commercial vehicles are considered separately from the average car accident. While car accidents can be disabling or deadly, accidents that involve commercial vehicles are much more likely to cause even more significant harm. This is because the vehicles are typically very large and very heavy trucks which are colliding with much smaller vehicles, motorcycles, or pedestrians.
There are also different laws, potentially additional responsible parties, and often much worse outcomes. Close to 4,000 deaths are caused by large truck accidents every year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and 16% of those deaths are the truck drivers, themselves. Common injuries that occur from commercial vehicle accidents include neck injuries, head injuries, back injuries, fractures, scarring, and lacerations. In many cases, the victims are left with long-term or permanent disabilities.
Accidents that involve commercial vehicles and large trucks are more complex and more confusing for the victims to navigate. There are often large companies to deal with, driving records, logs, and maintenance records to investigate, and potentially more than one responsible party.
At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we have the experience and expertise to handle the most complex of commercial vehicle accident claims, so you don’t have to face this confusing process alone. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a large truck accident in Savannah, GA, contact us for a free consultation.
Motorcycle, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Accidents
Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are at the highest risk for significant injuries and death when they are struck by motor vehicles. These accidents are also common in Georgia, where the beautiful climate is ideal for these activities. In fact, around 150 motorcyclists and close to 1,000 bicyclists die in Georgia every year from accidental injuries, according to the Georgia Department of Highway Safety. The most common causes of such accidents are the failure of drivers to yield and general recklessness on the part of the driver. The victims are left with spinal cord injuries, fractures, head injuries, neck injuries, significant lacerations, paralysis, or untimely death.
Dog Bite/Attack Accidents
Dog bites and attacks are surprisingly common in the United States, with the CDC reporting roughly 4.5 million injuries per year, caused by dogs and animal attacks. More surprising is that a large number of these injuries come from dogs who are described as friendly and familiar with the victim. All it takes for an unexpected dog bite or attack is an illness, an injury, accidental or intentional mistreatment, or simple misunderstanding. In most cases, the injury could have been prevented if the pet owner adhered to leash laws and pet containment laws.
If a pet owner fails to adhere to these laws and take care to avoid such accidents, then he or she is likely responsible for your injuries when a dog bite or attack occurs. You may face frightening injuries, including puncture wounds and infections, lacerations, torn muscles, damaged tendons, and significant trauma. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to discuss the circumstances of your dog bite injury and how we can move forward to get the compensation that you need to recover.
Premises Liability Accidents
If you have been injured on someone else’s property, then you may have a premises liability claim. While many victims will blame themselves when an accident occurs on someone else’s property, there is a very high likelihood that the injury could have been prevented by proper care and maintenance on the part of the property owner. That is why this is among the most common of personal injury claims in Savannah, GA.
Some examples of premises liability accidents include cuts, slip, or fall accidents, being hit by an object, and food poisoning. These accidents may be caused by wet floors, uneven walkways, construction/renovation, poor lighting, or improper food preparation. If you’ve experienced an injury on someone else’s property, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to find out if you have a claim.
Product Liability Accidents
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that defective and dangerous products cause over $1 trillion in losses through injury, death, and property damage every year. Common accidents involve dangerous or defective construction equipment, vehicles, toys, furniture, recreational equipment, and home maintenance supplies. You or a loved one may suffer from lacerations, fractures, burns, choking, or poisoning. You may also face serious property damage from defective products. You may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer, seller, distributor, and/or designer of the product. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to discuss your case with a Savannah personal injury lawyer to learn more.
Medical Malpractice Accidents
Medical malpractice mistakes account for an alarming 1,000 deaths every day in the United States. This is actually the third leading cause of death in the country. Naturally, this alarming statistic is creating an outrage among US patients, who demand better safety standards and oversight. Meanwhile, people continue to suffer the effects of misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, surgical errors, infections, prescription errors, anesthesia errors, defective medical instruments, and abuse in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Victims of medical malpractice accidents in Savannah, GA can obtain compensation for their injuries and losses with the help of Bader Scott Injury Lawyers.
Seek a Free Consultation from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
The best thing that you can do, as the victim of a personal injury, is to contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for a free consultation of your claim. We understand that every case is unique, and we have the experience and expertise to evaluate your accident and address the responsible party. As you face a difficult physical, emotional, and financial recovery from your accidental injury, we are here to handle the legal hurdles and hardships for you. Our goal is to make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve and need to put your life back together.
If you’ve been injured in Savannah, GA, contact us to discuss the legal requirements, deadlines, and necessary steps to pursue your personal injury claim. We have highly qualified Savannah personal injury lawyers who have a history of succeeding in settlement negotiations and in court. There is no time to waste, as your personal injury claim will have a statute of limitations to consider and the sooner we start working on your case, the better off we will be in terms of collecting evidence and beginning negotiations with the defendant and insurance companies. Contact us today.
Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions
What should I do after an accident?
If you’ve been injured in an accident, there are a few things that you need to do as soon as possible. You will need to notify the police and/or other relevant authorities. You will need to make a note of the details and circumstances of the accident (time, witnesses, etc.). Finally, you will need to seek medical treatment for your injuries and notify your insurance company.
Can I Afford a Savannah Personal Injury Attorney?
The majority of personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that if they take your case, they will not require payment unless they are able to get compensation for you. Then, their fee will come out of that compensation.
Will It Take a Long Time to Settle?
Every personal injury claim is different when it comes to how long it takes to settle. Some factors that will impact the timeframe of your claim include the time for an independent investigation and the time required to locate witnesses. Ultimately, the goal of Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is to settle your case as quickly as possible, while still ensuring that you get the compensation that you deserve.
Know the Statute of Limitations
In general, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit from the date of the injury. This includes a lawsuit against the State of Georgia. However, it is important to know that a lawsuit against the city of Savannah, GA, or against a county in the state can only be filed within six months after the date of the injury.
It is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible after an accident where the injury occurred. That way, your lawyer can help you gather evidence, make notes of important facts in the case and developments in medical treatment. Lawyers can help you avoid mistakes on your part that will lead to a case dismissal or other negative results for the injured party.
Understand Where the Fault Lies for the Accident
When filing a personal injury lawsuit in Savannah, GA, the defendant may claim that you are at partial fault or entirely at fault for the accident that led to the injury. If the court deems you responsible at any level, the damages you might be awarded are decreased accordingly.
It may be worthwhile to discuss the potential case with legal representation and consider the results if you are found to be at fault at any level.
Does Georgia Have a Damage Cap?
Georgia is a state that does not have a damage cap in place. Therefore, there are no set amounts that are the maximum for personal injury cases. In fact, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that a damage cap would violate the state constitution in the section that provides a right to a jury trial. Therefore, this is not likely to change in the near future.
In other states, the damage cap may be set at a certain amount for injuries suffered in a car accident, in a situation where negligence can be proven on the case of the defendant or other specific scenarios.
Pet Owners Beware: There is No Legal Protection for You
In Georgia, there are no laws protecting a pet owner. Therefore, in a case where your dog bites another individual, you are liable for that situation and the bills that are accrued as a result of medical attention needed.
It is also likely that pain and suffering will increase the damages awarded to the individual who is bitten. Be prepared to be held completely liable, even when the dog has never been labeled as dangerous prior to the incident.
What Do I Do When an Injury Occurs that May Lead to Legal Proceedings?
It is very important to collect all pertinent data. This can be difficult since accidents are times of high stress. However, it is important to have as much information as possible when pursuing legal compensation.
Keep the following in mind:
- Seek medical attention immediately. This is necessary for your health and well-being. It is also important to have medical documentation begin as soon as possible following the accident.
- Document injuries, property damage and your recollection of events in as much detail as possible.
- Get contact information for any witnesses that will be valuable in a legal proceeding. It also will be important in a police investigation, if that is deemed necessary.
- Give statements to law enforcement-only. Do not speak to bystanders or media personnel.
- Do not sign any releases of liability without consulting legal counsel. This may alleviate their responsibility and leave you with no recourse.
What Do I Do First?
The first thing you need to do in pursuing compensation for your personal injury is to contact a Savannah personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we’re here to help you every step of the way and to fight for your right to fair compensation.