Your health and the health of your family are a person’s most valuable possessions. But, what if you or a loved one suffers a serious injury due to the reckless or wrongful behavior of another party? If such an unfortunate occurrence takes place, you could find yourself in a tough financial situation, your future uncertain. If you or a family member has been injured by a negligent party, be it a person, property owner, corporation, or manufacturer, you need to consult a strong personal injury attorney.
Farah & Farah has successfully represented many Valdosta, Georgia area injury victims. We are passionate in our crusade to see that justice is done and that our clients receive the best settlements possible.
Call Farah & Farah today at 229-471-1676 for a free consultation.
Who is the Defendant in a Personal Injury Claim?
The short answer is: any entity whose reckless, careless, negligent, or intentional behavior causes injury or death. This could be a person who assaults you, another driver, a homeowner, a trucking company, the designer and manufacturer of a faulty product, a store that sold you a faulty product, an employer and their employees, or an institution, such as a school.
Damages in a Personal Injury Claim
If you have been injured at the fault of another party, you could pursue compensation for any of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Property damage or loss
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Costs of emotional therapy
- Lost wages due to time off from work
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Career counseling
- Household and vehicle modification (wheelchair ramps, vehicle lifts, etc.)
- Punitive damages
- Wrongful death damages (see below)
The damages you may sue for depend on the extent of the injuries, the degree of fault of the defendant, the amount of financial losses incurred, and the injury’s affect on the future of you and your family.
Wrongful Death Damages
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent or malicious behavior of another party, you may sue to recover compensation for the following wrongful death damages:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills (including ambulance and emergency room fees)
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Emotional counseling and therapy
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits (such as medical benefits and retirement benefits)
- Punitive damages
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
- Loss of household duties performed by the deceased (such as childcare, chores, property maintenance, etc.)
Georgia Personal Injury Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
The State of Georgia has strict limitations defining how long after an injury a personal injury or wrongful death claim can be filed. These are the limitations:
- Personal injury: Two years from date of injury
- Wrongful death: Two years from date of death
- Loss of marital consortium: Four years
- Property loss or damage: Four years
Georgia personal injury and wrongful death statutes can be confusing and complicated to someone unfamiliar with the state’s legal system. This is why you need the legal representation of a qualified attorney when filing such suits. Farah & Farah fights for the justice and rights of Valdosta, Georgia injury and wrongful death victims. To pursue the settlement you deserve and move on with your life, call us for a free consultation.
You can reach us at 229-471-1676.