Accident victims should understand the basic issues covered in personal injury law and what it can protect. Personal injury lawyers can protect victims' rights and help them receive compensation for their injuries.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an accident you should discuss your case with a personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
Personal injury law includes a varied array of injuries and claims including:
- Auto accidents
- DUI accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
- Premises liability/slip-and-fall accidents
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
Liability is an offender's legal responsibility for causing an accident and related injuries. People or entities can be liable for their actions or their relationships to the offender. Offenders' actions can include negligence, or committing an action that a reasonably prudent person would not do, thus leading to an accident and injury.
Victims may seek compensation in the form of damages. These can cover a variety of costs such as medical expenses (including future medical treatment such as therapy), lost wages (including future wages and earning potential), property damage and loss of companionship (in a wrongful death case).
Victims are entitled to compensation if injured in a personal injury accident. The two types of damages are punitive (ordered at the discretion of the judge and intended to punish the offender) and compensatory. The latter covers actual expenses and may include:
- Medical expenses (including future medical expenses such as therapy)
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Lost earnings (including future earnings potential)
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident meet with a Clayton County personal injury lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.