Personal injuries can occur at any time and without warning. Just ask the family of a boy who died while dining in Atlanta.
Only a few weeks ago, a family’s trip to Atlanta ended in a nightmare. The North Carolina family was eating lunch in the Sun Dial, a rotating restaurant atop a skyscraper in downtown Atlanta, when their five-year-old son, Charlie Holt, wandered away from the family. Tragically, young Charlie became trapped between the restaurant’s rotating floor and the wall, and was crushed. Despite the best efforts of bystanders and paramedics, the boy was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Accidents of these types are rare, but they do happen. None of us are safe from suffering such a disaster ourselves. When such an accident occurs, nothing can undo the tragedy, but the personal injury law system can provide some measure of justice.
What is a personal injury lawsuit?
Personal injury law, also known as tort law, is a type of civil case which is filed by the victim of an accident against another party, who, by their negligence, helped bring about the circumstances of the accident.
There are many types of personal injury accidents. The most common type of personal injury lawsuit involves car accidents, but personal injury can also cover dog bites, slip and fall accidents, and medical and professional malpractice cases, among others. Personal injury cases could even cover the sort of accident described above, if it were proven that the restaurant was partly responsible for the death of Charlie Holt.
Personal injury lawsuits can recover a variety of different damages for the plaintiff. Damages can include economic damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, damaged property, and funeral expenses, as well as non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Some personal injury damages can even be punitive in nature.
How do I know if my settlement in Atlanta is fair?
The basic personal injury law system is the same everywhere in the United States, but it varies from state to state. If you are filing a case in Atlanta, or elsewhere in Georgia, there are a few things you should be aware of.
First of all, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case in Georgia is two years. If your accident occurred more than two years ago, then filing a lawsuit will probably get you nowhere. Second, Georgia has comparative fault laws in place, which means that if you were partly at fault for a personal injury case, then the jury will decrease your compensation by the percent which they believe you were at fault. If you were partly at fault in an accident, then expect this to come up during the case. Also, while some states have caps on the amount that plaintiffs are allowed to recover in personal injury cases, Georgia has no such cap. This means that you could potentially receive a very high amount of compensation.
But no matter what your case, the most important thing is to find a good injury lawyer – someone who is experienced, who knows the field of personal injury law, and who will represent you and fight for you with every resource at their disposal. If you have suffered an injury, and you believe that you deserve compensation, then talk to a personal injury attorney today.