Motor vehicle accidents happen every day, and the outcomes can be catastrophic, resulting in serious personal injuries to the people involved and significant property damage.
If you have sustained personal injuries in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation under Georgia law. At Mitnick & Associates, we are committed to helping accident victims recover and will review the facts of your case at no cost to you. To schedule a consultation with one of our Cumming, GA injury lawyers, call us today or contact us online.
Statute of Limitations in a Personal Injury Case
The statute of limitations varies by jurisdiction. In Georgia, a person has two years from the date of an injury to file a lawsuit. Absent some limited exceptions, a personal injury claim or lawsuit arising out of a motor vehicle accident must be filed within that time period, or the injured person will be forever barred from seeking monetary recovery or filing suit in the future.
Basis of Recovery
In order to recover damages in a personal injury motor vehicle accident case, the injured plaintiff must prove that the defendant driver breached his or her duty of care to act as a reasonably prudent and careful motor vehicle driver under the circumstances. This usually means that the defendant driver violated a motor vehicle law or rule of the road, such as by speeding, running a red traffic light, failing to yield the right-of-way, or negligently rear-ending another driver’s vehicle.
In addition to proving a breach of the standard of care, the injured plaintiff must also show that the other driver’s negligence proximately resulted in his or her injuries and damages.
Injured plaintiffs in motor vehicle accident cases may be able to recover some or all of the following types of economic and non-economic damages:
- Payment of medical bills, physical therapy bills, and expenses (including, in some cases, future medical bills)
- Compensation for lost wages for time missed from work as a result of the injuries sustained
- Compensation for past, present, and future pain and suffering
- Compensation for past, present, and future mental anguish and emotional distress
- Compensation for loss of income earning capacity
- Compensation for psychological or psychiatric treatment or therapy that can be causally related to the motor vehicle accident
- Compensation for loss of consortium, companionship, or spousal support
Contact an Alpharetta Car Accident Lawyer Today for a Free Initial Consultation
If you have sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident, it is imperative that you seek legal representation as soon as possible. Remember, the insurance company (which typically controls the purse strings in motor vehicle accident cases) is not on your side. The insurance company’s primary goal is to pay out as little money as possible in satisfaction of your claim – and to keep as much of its money in-house as possible.
Our experienced personal injury motor vehicle accident lawyers are ready and willing to represent you and help you obtain the monetary compensation to which you are entitled under the law. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a personal injury car accident lawyer, call Mitnick & Associates today at 770-408-7000 or send us an email through our online contact form.