The law firm of Eric J. Hertz, P.C., represents persons who have suffered an injury or harm as a result of an accident. There are many events that occur which unfortunately, cannot be resolved between the parties and wind up having to be settled with filing a Georgia personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury law encompasses a wide range of accidents; however, some of the most common causes for litigation arise from catastrophes involving a motor vehicle accident, slip-and-fall incident, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and a defective product. If you or a family member endured a serious injury including, head, neck and back injuries; or worst death, you should consult with our attorney who specializes in this area of law.
It is difficult for laypersons to attempt to litigate these matters on their own. It is quite ordinary for an insurance company to intervene in the lawsuit on the behalf of their clients. In order to avoid going to court, insurance companies are known to offer an injured party a quick settlement. Sadly, many people do settle with insurance companies without ever seeking the advice from an attorney. Without knowing all of the available damages which the law entitles them to for their personal injuries, they settle their issues with an insurance company but later have regrets because their injuries are far worse than they have realized. Being hurt in an accident could have life-lasting consequences, such as a permanent disability. Yet, victims rely upon the advice of insurance adjusters who only work for the best interest of their company. Erik J. Hertz is an attorney who has years of practical experience and has a full understanding of the medical complications in an accident related lawsuit. The type and nature of medical injuries will have a critical impact upon the jury’s decision to award damages. Typically, most people file a lawsuit for medical costs, but there are various legal damages which may be available to a victim. The type and amount of damages will depend upon the kind of lawsuit you have filed.
What Damages Can I Sue for in a Georgia Personal Injury Lawsuit?
In Georgia, there is no one suit fits all for damages in a personal injury lawsuit. There are a variety of classifications for damages. For example, if your claim is based upon an intentional tort, such as an assault and battery claim, it could be possible for the jury to award you punitive damages, if you can demonstrate that the defendant acted with the intention or purpose to harm you. Also, if you are a spouse or parent of a person who was injured, you could be awarded for the loss of companionship or solace of your loved one. Nonetheless, if you hire our Georgia accident lawyer, he can advise you of the possible damages which you may be entitled to recover. General damages are classified as follows:
These damages compensate the victim for the harm suffered. Usually, victims or their families could be monetarily compensated for unquantifiable damages such as pain and suffering. Others are damages that are based upon a victim’s economic or financial loss such as medical bills, lost and future wages, or medical expenses.
Punitive damages may be awarded in a lawsuit. However, these kinds of damages are at the jury’s discretion because they are not required to make one. If a jury awards punitive damages, it does so for the purpose of punishing the wrongdoer because of their wrongful conduct. Further, attempting to obtain punitive damages without the help from an attorney can be problematic. There must be careful jury instructions read to jurors on punitive damages. In the event the jury does award punitive damages, it is likely that there will be a following appellate review of their verdict.
The Law Firm of Erik J. Hertz, P.C.
Our attorneys understand that victims have many questions regarding whether or not they can be compensated for certain injuries, the type of damages or how much money they will receive in their case. The truth is that no attorney can promise or know with certainty the amount of compensation an injured party will obtain. These answers are left up to the fact finder, which usually is a jury. Therefore, if you or a family member has been injured, or someone you loved has been killed in an accident, contact our attorneys today at www.hertz-law.com for a confidential consultation.