personal injury law

Gainesville Personal Injury Attorneys

Suffering a personal injury in Georgia can lead to hospitalization, missed wages, and medical bills. Some personal injuries require multiple surgeries and rehabilitation. With medical and physical therapy costs at an all-time high, even a moderate injury can cause significant financial, emotional, and physical harm to the injured party. Catastrophic personal injuries can result in medical debt and put a huge amount of pressure on the injured person and his or her loved ones. Some of the most common personal injuries include car accidents, injuries from medical malpractice, and slip and fall accidents. 

At Smith Hulsey Law, we offer clients relentless representation and exceptional results. Our Georgia personal injury attorneys have recovered several judgments in excess of $1 million. law Our clients enjoy our integrity and our hands-on approach to legal representation. We focus our Gainesville law firm on personal injury cases so we can help clients achieve the best possible outcome in their difficult situations. Our experience and ability to negotiate with insurance companies and defendants sets us apart. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury from a personal injury, our law firm can help. Contact our law firm today to learn how we can help you fight for your right to compensation.

Common Types of Georgia Personal Injury Accidents

At Smith Hulsey Law, we focus on representing clients in personal injury lawsuits. In order to succeed in a personal injury lawsuit, the injured party must prove that another person or company’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions caused their injuries. For example, a person who suffered injuries in a car accident can bring a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused the accident. 

A personal injury is any mental or physical injury that results from another person’s harmful act. Many car insurance companies refer to personal injuries as bodily injuries. Accidents can cause a wide variety of bodily injuries, ranging from mild to severe. Our attorneys frequently represent clients who have suffered personal injuries in the following types of accidents:

  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Bike or electric scooter accidents
  • Trips, slips, and falls
  • Medical malpractice or infectious disease claims
  • Faulty medical devices 
  • Premises liability cases
  • Product liability claims for defective design
  • Product liability claims for failure to adequately warn customers
  • Product liability cases for dangerous defects that occur during manufacturing
  • Medication errors or mixed up prescription drugs
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect
  • Wrongful death

Common Injuries Caused by Accidents

Personal injuries can cause moderate to severe injuries, or even death. After a car accident, the full extent of one’s injuries might not be apparent right after the accident. During the shock of the accident, an injured person might not realize the full extent of his or her injuries. Neck and back injuries often become worse over a period of two to three weeks. Accident victims should speak to an attorney before giving any statements to insurance companies. If a victim states that he or she does not have any injuries the day after the accident, the insurance company may deny the claim for compensation. Common injuries that occur during accidents include the following:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Burns that range from mild to severe
  • Amputations 
  • Paralysis
  • Neck and back injuries, such as whiplash

Georgia Personal Injury Law

Georgia is a modified comparative negligence state when it comes to determining awards for personal injuries. Georgia courts will assign a percentage of liability or responsibility for the accident to each party involved. The plaintiff can only recover compensation if he or she was 40% or less responsible for his or her damages. Thus, if the court determines that the injured plaintiff was 50% responsible for the accident that caused his or her injuries, the court will completely bar him or her from recovering damages. 

When the plaintiff is less than 50% at fault for the accident, he or she can still recover in Georgia. The court will reduce the amount of damages by the plaintiff’s percentage of fault. Thus, if the court finds the plaintiff to be 30% at fault and awards $100,000 in damages, the plaintiff will recover $70,000 in damages. The attorneys at Smith Hulsey Law have an in-depth understanding of Georgia’s personal injury law. We fight hard to prove that the defendant’s negligence caused our client’s injuries. Our goal is to help our clients recover as much compensation as possible.

 

Car Accident Personal Injury Cases

Most personal injury lawsuits in the United States involve car accidents. At Smith Hulsey Law, our attorneys have represented thousands of individuals injured in car accidents. Negligence, distracted driving, and reckless driving frequently cause car accident injuries. Under Georgia law, people injured in car accidents have a legal right to pursue damages from the individual whose negligence caused their injuries. 

 

Slip and Fall Personal Injury Cases

Slip and fall accidents can occur in retail stores, professional offices, and on slippery sidewalks. Under Georgia law, property owners have a legal duty to ensure that their premises are reasonably free from hazards and safe. To succeed in a slip and fall lawsuit, the injured party must prove that business owners know or should have known that water or oil has pooled on their floors. 

 

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Georgia residents trust that their doctors and surgeons will provide them with quality care. When medical professionals fail to meet their standard of care, an injured patient may have the right to bring a lawsuit. Succeeding in a medical malpractice lawsuit can be challenging. However, our skilled attorneys are up for the challenge and ready to discuss your potential medical malpractice case.

Contact the Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys

Our Georgia personal injury attorneys offer personalized one-on-one attention to all of our clients. We understand that coping with a bodily injury can be incredibly challenging. When we sit down with clients, we present all of their legal options and help them determine the best way to proceed. Contact Smith Hulsey Law today to schedule your initial consultation and learn how we can fight for your right to compensation.