Auto Accident, Workers’ Comp and Slip and Fall Personal Injury Attorneys in Columbus, GA
Everyone in Georgia – and the entire United States – has a basic duty to uphold to one another. This duty is to act responsibly to avoid injuring one another. For example, if someone is speeding or runs a red light they are violating this duty. If their reckless actions result in the injury of another person, they can be held financially liable for the consequences of their actions and failure to avoid injuring people by refraining from reckless or illegal activity.
The concept is legally known as tort law. To put it simply, tort law, which is a civil matter, not a criminal matter, holds that if one person’s causes another person to suffer harm, or a “tortious act,” they are legally liable for the damages.
If you were injured due to someone else’s careless or reckless actions, you may have a civil tort law case which means you can sue them – or more realistically sue their insurance company – to recover damages.
The reason insurance companies are part of the equation is because these types of damages are covered by insurance. For example, drivers in Georgia are required to carry a minimum of $25,000 liability coverage. This means if you were injured by another driver that driver’s insurance company is obligated to compensate you for up to $25,000 of the medical costs that arise from your injury.
The other driver’s insurance company doesn’t want to pay out that $25,000, and they will go to great lengths to prevent losing that money. The insurance company may try to claim the accident was partially or fully your fault, or they may try to offer you a lesser amount to settle the case before you truly realize the extent and costs of your injuries.
In some situations, your medical costs may exceed the minimum liability coverage of the other driver, so what do you do then?
These are complex issues and questions. Even at your best, dealing with these issues can be overwhelming and confusing. After suffering a severe injury, most people aren’t at their best, making the situation even harder to cope with. That’s why many people, for reasons ranging from desperation and anxiety to confusion and frustration, may settle their claim without an attorney’s assistance for less than what they deserve.
The Columbus personal injury attorneys at Kanner & Pintaluga have made it their mission in life to fight for people who find themselves in these situations. They’ve collectively helped thousands of people who have been injured due to all kinds of causes, from car, bike, motorcycle, trucking and pedestrian accidents to slips and falls, dog bites, workplace injuries, medical mistakes and defective products.
Our attorneys are committed to fighting for their clients. They know how the insurance companies think and they know how to counter the insurance company’s tactics. When you hire Kanner & Pintaluga to represent you in an injury case, you can rest assured that you’ll have a tireless advocate in your corner who is willing and able to aggressively pursue the compensation you need and deserve.
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How Do Personal Injury Cases Work?
- In basic terms, the first step of the personal injury process is investigation and evidence gathering. It requires irrefutable evidence to prove in court that you deserve compensation for your injuries caused by the negligent party’s tortious act. Ideally, your case will never actually have to go to court, but we always approach each case knowing a jury trial is a possibility that we should be prepared to handle.
- Once we have gathered compelling evidence from sources like police reports, accidents photos and medical records we can begin negotiating with the negligent parties’ insurance companies. We show them the evidence we have so they can see what they’ll go up against in court if they do decide to go to trial. In most cases, when they see the wealth of evidence we’ve gathered, the case we’ve built, the resources we can bring to bear and realize we’re not intimidated by their deep pockets, they decide that it’ll be cheaper for them to settle for what you’re owed. This is more affordable for the insurance company than spending the time and money necessary to go to court and likely lose, in which case they would still have to compensate you. It makes financial sense for them to avoid the extra court costs and just settle.
- Insurance companies don’t always see it that way, or they may think that they have a chance to win in court. If that’s their decision, we won’t hesitate to try your case before a judge and jury. We start the investigation phase of your case with the understanding that we may have to take your case to trial, so we’ll be prepared for it regardless of how negotiations go.
You likely have a lot of questions, like what if your medical costs, lost wages or pain and suffering exceed the negligent party’s policy limits? Or what if your injury is going to have long-term consequences, like you won’t be able to return to work or you will have to pay for round-the-clock care for the rest of your life?
Our attorneys have answers to all these questions, and they would be happy to explain your options and help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case and the potential hurdles you’ll face along the way. What’s most important to remember is if you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence in the Columbus, GA area, you don’t have to face the struggle alone.