One of our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Lawrenceville can help you go after compensation if you got hurt because of someone else’s negligence.
You might wonder whether you can make a claim for your injuries, since you were not riding in a motor vehicle when you got hurt. The answer is often yes. We can evaluate your accident to see if you have a valid claim for your losses.
What Is My Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?
Every pedestrian accident claim is different because everyone’s situation is unique. Let’s say that a car lost control and ran up onto the sidewalk, injuring several pedestrians. One person might get a broken arm while another suffers lifelong paralysis from spinal cord damage.
The settlement value of your pedestrian accident will depend on the facts of your case. Here are some of the categories of money damages we have won for our clients:
Many people cannot go straight back to work after getting injured in a pedestrian accident. Whether you have to stay in the hospital or can recuperate at home, missing work often means missing paychecks.
This category can include lost wages, lost salary, lost opportunities for self-employment, and other forms of regular income.
Lost Future Income
Significant injuries can limit a person’s ability to earn income in the future. Some people develop complications or have ongoing problems from an accident that cause them to make less money than before they got hurt. Having to take a lower-paying job or reduce their working hours can create financial hardship.
The party liable for the accident in which you got hurt can be responsible for the reasonable cost of the treatment you needed for your injuries. Beginning with the ambulance and emergency room, we can also include expenses like bills for doctors, hospital stays, surgery, physical therapy, and pain management in your injury claim.
Pain and Suffering
This category covers the physical discomfort and emotional distress you experienced because of the accident and your injuries. Merely paying your medical bills does not compensate you for what you suffered, which is why this category of money damages exists.
Other Intangible Losses
There are additional types of intangible damages besides pain and suffering. If you have substantial permanent scarring from your injuries, you could add that item to your claim. Some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from collisions. These are just a few examples of intangible losses.
Because every personal injury claim is unique, you might not have all of these damages, but you might have other types of losses. One of our pedestrian accident lawyers can investigate your case to look for all the potential damages for your Lawrenceville claim.
What We Can Do to Help Pedestrian Accident Victims
You don’t have to handle the details of an injury claim or lawsuit on your own. We will:
- Determine the value of your case
- Gather compelling evidence of your losses
- Prove the other party’s liability
- Negotiate with an insurance company for you
- Take your case to court, if necessary
- Advise you on when to accept a settlement offer
- Keep you updated through every step of your case
It can be challenging to deal with an injury claim on your own when you are in pain and still recovering. We know how to evaluate your case’s worth and seek the best possible results for you.
Can You Afford a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer on Our Team to Handle Your Claim?
Yes, you can afford to have one of our attorneys handle your pedestrian accident claim. Some might say that you cannot afford not to have a lawyer work on your case, as a lawyer can help you understand the full value of your case – which might be much more than you realize.
At Kaine Law, we handle pedestrian accident cases on a contingency-fee basis. With this fee arrangement, you do not have to pay any out-of-pocket legal fees. We even take care of the litigation expenses until the end of the case.
When you win a settlement or court judgment, we collect a portion of the proceeds and the litigation expenses we paid for you. Contingency fees mean that you do not have to be rich to go after people who hurt you through their carelessness.
Who Can Be Liable for a Pedestrian Accident?
Liability for a pedestrian accident could be complicated. The driver of a vehicle, a fellow pedestrian, someone on a bicycle or skateboard, or the municipality could be defendants. Poorly designed or maintained sidewalks or insufficient lighting can also constitute negligence.
Before we can hold someone responsible for your accident, we have to prove all four of these elements of liability for negligence:
- Duty of care. The defendant must have owed you a duty of care. For example, people riding skateboards have a duty to keep a careful lookout so that they do not hit people on foot.
- Breach of duty. When a person’s conduct does not measure up to the legal standard of care, the person is negligent. Let’s say that a skateboarder was talking with friends on his cell phone while skateboarding on the sidewalk instead of paying attention to his surroundings to avoid hitting pedestrians.
- Causation. Not every instance of negligence causes an accident. The careless act must be the thing that caused the accident. If the skateboarder’s failure to keep a careful lookout for walkers caused him to crash into a pedestrian and push that person into oncoming traffic in the street, the facts satisfy this element of liability.
- Damages. In most personal injury claims, you need measurable damages to go after compensation from the at-fault party.
When we can prove all four of these factors, we can pursue a personal injury case on your behalf.
Is there a Deadline to File a Lawsuit for a Lawrenceville Pedestrian Accident?
Yes, Georgia limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit against the liable party for a pedestrian accident. If you miss the deadline, you can lose the right to seek compensation for your losses.
Georgia law (per O.C.G.A § 9-3-33) gives you only two years to file your pedestrian accident case. Time spent negotiating with the insurance company does not extend the deadline.
Call Kaine Law for a Free Case Review
At Kaine Law, we help people who get hurt because of the mistakes of others. We have been serving victims of injury in the Atlanta area for decades and are ready to bring our experience to your case.
We are happy to offer initial consultations at no charge and with no obligation. You can call us today at (404) 214-2001 to get started.