In the state of Georgia, if you have been injured in an accident by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to secure financial compensation for your injuries and related damages. Furthermore, injury and accident victims may also qualify to receive compensation for damages considered noneconomic, which might include pain and suffering. Accidents happen all the time, of course, but if you are injured in any type of accident that is the result of someone else’s actions in the metro Atlanta area, speak as quickly as possible with an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney at Hecht Walker, P.C. At Hecht Walker, P.C., our injury lawyers handle all forms of personal injury lawsuits, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents brain injuries, slip and fall, premises liability cases, nursing home abuse cases and beyond. Our goal is to help clients find justice by securing fair settlements to compensate victims for their economic and noneconomic losses.

If you have been injured by another person’s negligent action (or negligent lack of action), and you can prove it, in the state of Georgia, you are entitled by law to full compensation for all injury-related ongoing and future medical expenses, prescription costs, therapy and counseling, as well as the loss of current and future income and earning capacity and the loss of companionship and/or loss of consortium. This is precisely where a personal injury lawyer can help, helping victims like you to get the compensation you deserve.

What kinds of personal injury cases does Hecht Walker, P.C. handle?

Over the years, our Atlanta law firm has represented clients who have suffered personal injuries due to motor vehicle accidents, boating and aviation accidents, defective consumer products, incidents of medical malpractice, slip-and-fall accidents, animal bites and attacks, swimming pool accidents, construction and workplace accidents, shootings, and assaults. This isn’t a comprehensive list, but rather it is meant to provide an insight into the variety of personal injury cases we handle on behalf of our clients.

Are there time limits for filing a personal injury lawsuit?

The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit in the state of Georgia, in most cases, is two years from the date of the injury. In some limited circumstances, a different statute of limitations may apply. An Atlanta personal injury attorney with Hecht Walker can explain those exceptions, but don’t wait two years – or even one – to contact us after an injury. Evidence deteriorates and disappears quickly, and the memories of witnesses fade rapidly, so if you’ve been injured by another person’s negligence, put a good personal injury attorney on your case immediately.

What if a defendant claims that a victim caused his or her own injury?

There are times when a personal injury suit carries a “he said, she said” dynamic. In Georgia, courts recognize what is called the comparative fault rule. This simply means that in many cases, each party will shoulder a percentage of responsibility if it is determined that both sides played a role in the accident. For instance, if you are injured by someone running a red light, it may be that the driver who ran the light is partially responsible for your damage and injuries, but if you were speeding, you may also have accountability in the event. If the court or jury says you are fifty percent responsible, the final legal award you receive will be reduced by fifty percent. In addition, cases that do not go to court for trial may be resolved via a settlement, which is commonly adjusted by the same percentage.

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How much can I expect if my personal injury case is successful?

You may have heard of damage “caps.” In some states, damage caps are limits on how much a plaintiff may receive in compensatory damages in some personal injury cases. The state of Georgia does not have damage caps; every personal injury case is different and is considered individually, so it is simply impossible to provide an across-the-board figure for all compensatory damages in all cases.

There are, however, certain restrictions in the state of Georgia on punitive damages in certain types of injury cases. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Hecht Walker, P.C. will always aggressively seek the maximum possible compensation on behalf of our injured clients. Defendants should be aware that predicting precise settlement figures or award figures is not possible, that each case is different, and that no promises can ever be made regarding the outcome of any particular personal injury case.

Can I represent myself in a personal injury lawsuit?

Of course you can act as your own attorney, but personal injury lawsuits suits are legally complicated. Do you know how to calculate future earnings losses or how to use physical evidence to prove liability? If you are not employed at the time of the accident, it can be even more complicated because in most cases, current earnings are taken into account to determine future earnings. Can you prepare a demand letter? Are you ready and able to negotiate with an insurance company? With so much a stake, you really must be represented by an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney at Hecht Walker, P.C.

What will Hecht Walker, P.C. charge to represent me in a personal injury case?

Many clients are worried about the legal fees. When you are represented by Hecht Walker, P.C., that should never be a concern. We work strictly on a contingency fee basis, so an injury victim pays no attorneys’ fees unless and until Hecht Walker, P.C. recovers compensation on your behalf. Our attorneys’ fees come out of the settlement or verdict and are based on a percentage of the recovery.

Can Hecht Walker, P.C. help you with your personal injury case?

Don’t hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Hecht Walker, P.C. if you have sustained a personal injury in an accident that was not your own fault. We can discuss your accident, your legal rights and options, determine the extent of your injuries, and decide on a course of action that will get you compensated for your injuries, your inability to work, and the pain and suffering you’ve endured.

At Hecht Walker, P.C., our goals are simple. We want to assist our clients with picking up the pieces after they have been injured in an accident. Odds are, you have lost time from work and have had to cover the costs of prescriptions and visits with your physician out-of-pocket. We settle most cases before even going to court, but we are skilled litigators who also stand ready to present your case to a judge and jury. Suffering a serious injury can be life changing, so the last thing you want is to be forced into an inadequate, insufficient settlement of your personal injury claim. The experienced Atlanta attorneys at Hecht Walker, P.C. are here to help. Contact Hecht Walker, P.C. today to discuss your case at (404) 948-6434.


This information was posted on 08-31-2016 and does not constitute legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. The law changes on a daily basis and the reader should engage an attorney through a written agreement before taking action in this area of the law.