If you or a loved one has been hurt due to someone else's carelessness, you should not hesitate to pursue compensation for your harm. Dunwoody personal injury lawyer Ryan B. Schwartz has the skill and experience to help you navigate your case. Ryan understands the physical, emotional, and financial challenges that victims may be facing in the aftermath of a car crash, a slip and fall, or another accident or premises liability injury. He can zealously advocate for you in settlement negotiations or the courtroom while keeping you consistently informed about your legal options.
If you need a Dunwoody personal injury attorney, Schwartz Trial Law is ready to protect your rights. Call Schwartz Trial Law today.
Although accidents may occur in a nearly endless variety of situations, most personal injury cases are based on the theory of negligence. In other words, a person or entity may be held responsible for any harm that results from a failure to use the degree of care that would have been appropriate under the circumstances. Ordinary people are expected to act as prudently as a reasonable person would have acted under the same circumstances, while medical professionals and other specialists may be held to a more specific standard. For example, a driver may run a red light, a supermarket may fail to regularly remove debris from its floors, or a doctor may fail to diagnose a patient until long after the diagnosis should have been apparent.
In order to prevail in a negligence claim, your Dunwoody personal injury attorney needs to show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to use reasonable care, the defendant breached this duty, and the plaintiff was harmed as a direct result of the defendant's breach. Sometimes more than one party may be liable for an accident. This is often true in cases involving an employee who was acting in the scope of employment. Careless behavior by an employee in this context, such as a truck driver who causes a crash while on the job, may expose the employer to liability under the doctrine of respondeat superior. To enhance your prospects of receiving proper compensation, it is important to explore all potential legal theories and identify all possible defendants.
Attorney Ryan Schwartz represents clients throughout the North Atlanta area. Contact his office in Dunwoody, Georgia, when you need representation in Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, or anywhere in DeKalb County.
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Property damage
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
You should be aware that procedural deadlines like the statute of limitations must be followed to preserve your right to compensation. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in the state of Georgia is two years from the date of injury or death. This is one key reason why you should contact Schwartz Trial Law as soon as possible after an accident.
Serving Dunwoody and surrounding areas, personal injury lawyer Ryan B. Schwartz and the team at Schwartz Trial Law has helped many Georgia residents take legal action against those responsible for their harm. Schwartz Trial Law proudly represents victims and their families throughout the Atlanta metro area, as well as in Woodstock, Decatur, Lawrenceville, Gainesville, Macon, Canton, Jonesboro, Kennesaw, and other communities.
A: A "personal injury" is not an injury at all. Rather, personal injury is a field of law that deals with torts and negligence. The term, "tort," refers to any act or omission that gives rise to injury or harm, and "negligence" means a failure to behave with reasonable care. Personal injury law is designed to protect victims when someone else's actions or failure to act causes injury or harm to a person or their property.
A: You may need a personal injury attorney after getting into an accident and suffering serious injuries and losses. If you choose to hire a lawyer, contact them as soon as possible after your accident or injury. Many attorneys prefer if you call them before you speak to insurance companies. Still, some people try to deal with insurance companies first and find they need a personal injury lawyer to help them recover fair compensation.
A: Most personal injury attorneys work on contingency fees, which means they do not get paid until you win your case. Usually, your attorney will collect one-third of your final settlement or award as payment for their services. If you do not win your case, however, you will not owe your attorney any money for the work they performed.
A: When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you are making a claim for damages. You can recover compensation for economic losses, like missed wages, medical bills, and other expenses, as well as non-economic damages, which seek to ease pain and suffering and mental anguish. In some cases, you can also claim punitive damages, which are designed to punish the wrongdoer. While no amount of money can change what happened, financial security can make all the difference as you move forward from a serious accident or injury.
A: Car accident claims are the textbook example of a personal injury case because all drivers owe a duty of care to everyone else on the road, and unsafe driving that leads to an accident or injury is a tort. Other common personal injury cases include slip and fall accidents, premises liability cases, product liability cases, and animal attack claims.
A: The length of your personal injury claim will depend on the details of your case. Generally, it takes 1 to 3 years to reach a settlement or verdict in a personal injury case, but your case could be resolved in as little as a week or up to a decade. No matter how long your claim takes, you must adhere to the statute of limitations. In Georgia, as long as you file your claim within 2 years of your injury or loss, you can take as long as you need to resolve your case.
If you need representation in a personal injury claim, contact Schwartz Trial Law today to set up a consultation. Attorney Ryan Schwartz represents clients in Dunwoody, Georgia, and throughout the North Atlanta area.