Accidents in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, workplaces, public spaces, and even on the road or sidewalk are alarmingly common. Depending on the nature of the accident, you may face injuries and damages that take months or years to recover from. Accidents can also be fatal, as is common in cases involving falls from a height, vehicle collisions, and construction site accidents.
The details surrounding an accident can vary widely, but overall the private and social costs of these accidents are in the hundreds of billions every year. If you suffered injuries in an accident, consider speaking with a Roswell personal injury lawyer. You can reach the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team at (404) 888-8888 to find out if you may have a personal injury claim.
The Impact of Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional accidents led to almost 40 million doctor visits in 2016. Accidents can happen in a wide variety of settings and with varying degrees of severity. Common types of accidents include the following:
- Slip and fall accidents: These are common at homes, in businesses, and on the road and sidewalk. Slip and fall accidents also occur frequently in nursing homes.
- Vehicle accidents: Collisions on the roadway often appear as the most common type of personal injury accident. They can involve trucks, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, private property, and roadside signs or fixtures.
- Workplace accidents: The leading causes of injury and death in workplaces are falls, getting caught in or in between machines or materials, electrocution, and falling objects. Burns and suffocation can also occur on the job.
- Nursing home accidents: Slips and falls, choking, infections, dehydration, and malnutrition are common causes of nursing home injuries. Some of these may also fall under medical malpractice.
- Medical malpractice: Doctor inexperience, surgical mistakes, incorrect reporting, inaccurate testing, and drug dosage errors in a hospital setting can lead to long-term injuries and even death.
No one is immune to accidents, but you may be able to limit your financial losses if one occurs by pursuing a personal injury claim. If another party is responsible for causing the accident, a Roswell personal injury lawyer may be able to assist you in holding them liable. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at (404) 888-8888 today to get started.
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Injuries and Damages
Accident injuries can vary from mild to severe. Some injuries are long-lasting or even permanent, while others can heal in a matter of days or weeks. For example, mild whiplash involving pinched nerves sometimes recovers within a week, but severe whiplash can lead to torn nerves and even internal brain damage.
Injuries commonly seen in accidents of different types include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and head injuries.
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) and back/neck trauma.
- Broken bones, cracked ribs, and internal organ damage.
- Bleeding, infections, or disease.
- Scarring, disfigurement, cuts, or lacerations.
- Burns, amputations, or paralysis.
You may also incur various financial losses as a result of your injuries as well. These can include the following:
- Medical care costs, including the costs of treatment, rehabilitation, and therapy, as well as prescription costs, diagnostic testing fees, assistive device costs, and doctor’s visits
- Lost income, including lost future income or an inability to earn as much as you did in the past because of your injuries
- Vehicle and/or property damage
- Mental trauma or emotional anguish
The costs of these losses and injuries can quickly add up, and you may wish to seek compensation or coverage for them if you are entitled to. Georgia is an at-fault state, so you have the right to sue for damages. To do so, you must identify the at-fault party responsible for your losses and prove your claim against them with evidence. We discuss these two points—known as liability and the duty of care—in the next section.
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Liability and the Duty of Care
An individual or entity may be held liable for an accident when there is a failure in duty of care. For example, a company owes its employees a duty of care to provide a safe workplace. Drivers owe other road users a duty of care to drive safely and responsibly. Nursing home staff owe residents of the facility a duty of care to provide them with the treatments and care that they need.
Liability for an accident depends on how the accident occurred, who was involved, and who breached the duty of care. Liable parties in common accidents are typically one of the following:
- A negligent driver.
- Service or maintenance personnel.
- A doctor, nurse, nursing home staff, or another caregiver.
- An employer.
- A business or property owner or operator.
- A product manufacturer.
To win a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to show that a specific party owed you a duty of care but failed to fulfill that duty. This is called a breach of the duty of care. You must be able to show that a breach in the duty of care caused an accident, as well as your injuries and losses. On this basis, you can file and pursue a personal injury claim against the at-fault party.
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The Bader Scott Injury Lawyers team handles personal injury cases of all types. Contact us at (404) 888-8888 to learn more about accident litigation. Our Roswell personal injury lawyer can guide you through what you need to do in terms of proof and meeting filing deadlines, as well as how to evaluate your losses. Statutes of limitations apply to personal injury cases, so do not hesitate or delay to get in touch today.