Personal Injury Attorney Savannah: How We Can Help You
When you enlist the help of the Spiva Law Group, our legal team will immediately launch an investigation into your accident to determine how it happened and who should be held liable. Although we enlist the assistance of outside experts when necessary, many investigations can be completed by our in-house team.
Our investigation may include but will not necessarily be limited to:
- Examining the accident scene. Valuable information may be gathered at the site of an accident if visited before time, weather, and other factors — such as property owner repairs — change what’s there. In a motor vehicle accident, we also examine damage such as dents, broken glass, sheared parts, etc., to understand more about what happened.
- Reviewing accident reports. Accident reports document the basic facts of an accident, including time, place, names or parties involved, and additional information. If police responded to an accident, they will have filed a report and may have accused someone of a traffic violation or another crime. If an accident on the premises of a private business or similar entity was reported to security, management, etc., we will seek a copy of that report.
- Interviewing witnesses. We will obtain statements from you and anyone else we can identify as a witness to the accident. Once we file a personal injury lawsuit, we can obtain a statement from defendant(s) in the suit during the “discovery” process.
- Establishing a defendant’s activities. Where a defendant was and what he or she did prior to an accident and/or as it occurred may have a bearing on liability, such as if he or she was drinking or potentially driving while distracted. This information may come from obtaining access to:
- Cellphone records
- Debit / credit card receipts
- Job or school attendance records
- Social media accounts, where many individuals involved in accidents incriminate themselves
- Reviewing security camera footage. Increasingly, security cameras at shops, bank ATMs, apartment complexes, and other properties monitor our daily lives. Georgia also has red light cameras at many intersections. We search for cameras and work to obtain and review copies of footage that may depict the accident or a defendant’s whereabouts before or after an accident, which may be used as evidence. It is important to do this before security footage is erased or recorded over.
- Accessing event data recorders (EDRs). In motor vehicle accidents, particularly after a commercial truck accident, these “black box” recorders can provide a variety of information about a vehicle’s operation just before and during a crash. We move promptly to have EDRs secured so this data can be downloaded and made available to us after an accident.
- Reviewing recall notices. Recall notices with or without reports of similar accidents caused by faulty auto parts, children’s products, industrial site machinery and equipment, etc., may indicate that we should pursue a product liability or similar third-party claim to hold a negligent manufacturer liable for your accident.
- Documenting your recovery. We will gather all your medical records and speak to you about maintaining a journal — in writing, video, or both — about your recovery from injuries. This depiction of what you go through, including progress, setbacks, and activities and events you can or cannot participate in because of your injuries, will help to document your physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Contact us today to set up a free consultation so we can get started on your personal injury claim. We do not charge any upfront fees to work on your case, and we only collect payment if and when we recover compensation for you.
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Claims our Personal Injury Attorney Handles
Over the years, our Savannah auto injury lawyers have helped people who have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in all types of catastrophic accidents throughout Georgia. Some of the common types of personal injury claims we handle involve:
- Car Accidents — Too many car crashes are caused by careless drivers who are engaged in drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, aggressive driving, and other kinds of recklessness. These drivers can and should be held accountable for the harm they cause.
- Truck Accidents — After a serious truck crash, victims find themselves up against large corporations that employ teams of lawyers to protect them. Our experienced truck accident lawyers move quickly to secure evidence for their claim and identify who should be held responsible. We build strong cases for maximum compensation for all types of truck accidents.
- Accidents Involving Children — When a child is hurt due to someone else’s recklessness, families are left to cope with their worst nightmares. Our compassionate child injury lawyers will work to answer your questions and fight for the compensation you and your child deserve.
- Workers’ Compensation — You should not have to struggle to get the compensation you need after a disabling workplace injury. However, some employers and workers’ comp insurers refuse to pay claims, and the complexity of Georgia’s workers’ compensation system makes fighting them difficult. We can help you demand the benefits you deserve.
- Industrial Site Accidents — Industrial site accidents happen in part because of the inherent danger of industrial work. But all too often, accidents are caused by someone cutting corners to save money. Industrial site supervisors have a duty to understand and enforce safety regulations, and they can be held accountable when their negligence leads to injury.
- Maritime Accidents — Workers in the Savannah Port are protected by a variety of complex federal maritime and admiralty laws if they suffer injuries while on the job. We defend the rights of longshoremen, seamen, harbor workers, and others whose futures may depend on proper application of the laws that are meant to provide compensation to them.
- Mesothelioma — Mesothelioma lawsuits fall under Georgia’s personal injury laws. To be eligible for compensation, you must file a claim within two years of your diagnosis of mesothelioma.
- Nursing Home Abuse — Nursing homes that breach their duty to care for residents may be held liable under Georgia’s personal injury laws. Depending on the source of the abuse, a medical malpractice claim might also be appropriate.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries — Falls, car accidents, and several other types of accidents can cause head injuries that result in severe TBIs and possibly permanent damage to physical and cognitive abilities. A serious TBI requires costly long-term treatment, making it imperative for the victim and his or her family to explore all avenues of compensation.
- Spinal Cord Injuries — Damage to the spinal cord in a car accident, a fall, while playing sports, or in any accident can cause paralysis, for which there is no cure. In addition to a drastic change in lifestyle, paralysis leads to ongoing medical needs. If someone caused your spinal cord injury, you need to learn about your right to compensation.
- Wrongful Death — When a person dies or is killed due to someone’s negligence or misconduct, including murder, surviving family members may seek compensation through a wrongful death claim. Results of a claim can replace money a breadwinner provided the family, as well as settle questions about an unwarranted loss of life.
If you want to discuss a potential personal injury case or wrongful death claim, we urge you to contact the Spiva Law Group as soon as possible. Georgia law applies a two-year statute of limitations on most personal injury claims, and the work to develop cases may be lengthy and complex due to a variety of factors.
Do not delay. We can meet with you for free to discuss your case.
Compensation for Georgia Personal Injury Claims
Our objective in a personal injury claim is to secure compensation that covers all current and past bills related to a client’s accident and meet all future expenses if the injured person has ongoing medical or personal care needs. In addition, we demand that our clients be compensated for personal loss due to physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Compensation we will seek in a claim on your behalf includes money for:
All past and future medical costs related to injury(s) suffered in the accident
Lost wages since the accident
Future income losses due to permanent disability
Loss of consortium (loss of your spouse’s companionship and services, such as income or child care assistance)
Pain and suffering
Injury of reputation (such as a damaged credit rating if your loss of work leads to inability to pay bills, etc.)
In extreme cases, a jury may also decide to award punitive damages, which are meant to punish defendants for egregious behavior.
You can trust that our team will thoroughly document the ways in which your accident has affected you, so we can demand full and fair compensation in your personal injury claim.
Personal Injury Lawyer Georgia: Determining Fault
If you contributed to the accident you were injured in, a jury may reduce the amount of compensation awarded to you in a personal injury claim. This is in accordance with Georgia’s application of the doctrine of comparative fault, or modified comparative negligence.
Under this rule, once a jury awards damages in a personal injury case, it must weigh the responsibility each party should bear for what happened. Money awarded to a plaintiff is then reduced according to their negligence, or fault. For example, if you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident, the defense may argue that you would not have fallen if you had been paying closer attention. The jury may determine that you were 10 percent at fault, but the defendant was 90 percent at fault. Your award would then be reduced by 10 percent.
Plaintiffs found to have 50 percent or more of the responsibility for an accident are not eligible to receive compensation in a personal injury claim. And insurance companies will always try to shift at least some of the blame onto the injured party to reduce their liability.
As part of our investigation, our dedicated personal injury lawyers will be prepared to rebut or mitigate any allegations or evidence of your responsibility for what happened.
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Personal Injury Lawyer Savannah: Get Help Today
If you or a loved one is coping with a serious injury after an accident, contact the Georgia personal injury lawyers of the Spiva Law Group today. We will negotiate aggressively with insurance companies for full compensation, and we will not hesitate to take your case to trial if they refuse to pay.
Schedule a free consultation today to learn why individuals and families across Georgia have trusted their personal injury claims to the Spiva Law Group. We will not charge anything upfront to start working on your claim, and we will only collect payment if and when we recover money for you. Contact us now.