How Do I Know How Extensive My Damages & Georgia Personal Injury Recovery Will Be?
Personal injury claims are unique because every type of accident, however it is caused, creates its own injuries. These individual circumstances require the experience of a Fayette County accident attorney that will be able to look at all of the circumstances of your situation and see what your claim might be worth.
It is necessary to determine the types and amount of damages because they will help you determine what Georgia Court you will need to pursue your personal injury claim in. This is very important because different Georgia Courts handle different damage limits. For example, civil suits, which personal injury claims fall under, with damages less than $15,000 are handled by courts of limited jurisdiction. However, if damages from your personal injury are determined to be $15,000 or more, then it would be necessary to file a personal injury claim in Georgia Superior Courts.
Speaking with a Fayetteville accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith is the only way to determine what types of damages and the value of the damages you may have suffered. During your free legal consultation, you will be able to explain what happened and learn the steps you need to take in order to have all of your damages evaluated properly. Call (770) 487-8999 to schedule your free legal consultation today!
In order to successful recover on your personal injury claim, along with proving the guilty party has breach their legal duty of care, and this breach has caused your accident, you must have and prove damages.
There are some types of damages that you might be familiar with. These include:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy
- Mental health treatment for emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
Other types of damages you may or may not be aware of:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of income
Along with these damages, depending on how severe and the behavior of the at-fault parties in a Fayette County person injury claim, punitive damages may be awarded beyond the original substantiated damages. According to O.C.G.A §51-12-5.1, punitive or “punishing” damages are allowed when there is undisputable evidence proving the guilty party has acted in a purposeful and reckless manner that has caused the damages to the plaintiff. Other than a products liability or intentional tort claim, punitive damages are capped at $250,000.
Since determining damages is such a complex process, some which you may or may not be aware of, a personal injury claim requires the know-how of a Georgia PI attorney. The Law Offices of Shane Smith will let you speak with an accident attorney to discuss your situation and see what your legal rights are.