Common Car Accident Injuries

Motor Vehicle Collision Lawyers Advising Individuals in the Atlanta Area

Common car accident injuries involve harm to the neck, head, and back. One of the most typical is whiplash, which involves a sudden movement of the head and neck. While whiplash is sometimes mild, it can also be quite severe. Similarly, after some time has passed, it is not unusual to suffer a spinal cord injury such as a herniated disc after a rear-end collision. Broken or fractured limbs are also common. Many accident victims may experience emotional distress or mental anguish over not only the collision itself but also the injuries and the recovery process. If you have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence, you may have legal rights to assert. Compassionate car accident attorney Stephen M. Ozcomert is available to assist Atlanta residents and other individuals in pursuing compensation from a careless driver.

Bringing a Negligence Claim for Compensation

Many of the collisions that occur on the road are the result of ordinary negligence. For example, a distracted driver may have run a red light, or a fatigued driver may have failed to hit the brakes quickly enough. In order to establish negligence and hold a defendant legally liable, you would need to show that the defendant owed you a duty, which was breached, and that this breach caused an accident in which you sustained actual damages.

In Georgia, you have only two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. This two-year window usually starts on the date of the accident that led to your harm. However, there likely will be a shortened window if you are suing the government in connection with a highway defect or road hazard that caused your accident.

Compensatory damages that may be recovered typically comprise both economic and noneconomic forms of harm. These may include medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, loss of companionship, disability, and out-of-pocket costs.

There may be some significant variation from jury to jury with regard to pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other noneconomic damages. Some of this variation often depends on how your attorney presents your case to the jury. Moreover, loss of earnings can vary dramatically, depending on a plaintiff's job and the extent to which he or she is temporarily or permanently disabled after an accident. To get a fair settlement from an insurer, it is important to be represented by an attorney who can convey the scope of your injuries in a compelling manner.

Contact an Atlanta Attorney to Assert Your Rights after an Auto Accident

If you have been hurt as a result of a car accident, insurers may try to give you a low-ball settlement. This figure will probably simply include immediate medical expenses. They will not tell you that some common injuries, such as disc damage, tend to manifest later. In the aftermath of an Atlanta accident, it may help to have an experienced motor vehicle collision lawyer on your side. Knowledgeable attorney Stephen M. Ozcomert may be able to help you pursue damages. Call us at (404) 370-1000 or contact us via our online form to set up a free consultation. We also represent accident victims in Decatur as well as other cities in DeKalb and Fulton Counties.