In the state of Georgia, like in every other state in the country, there are accidents that are covered under the umbrella of personal injury law. When a person is injured due to someone’s negligence or error, they have the legal right to seek compensation in civil court. They may be compensated for medical bills, lost wages, loss of enjoyment and more, depending on the unique circumstances of the accident.
A personal injury accident may be a car crash, a motorcycle accident, a slip and fall or even a dog bite. In general, this type of accident is caused when someone behaves irresponsibly or does not foresee a hazard that another would have been aware of. When a person sustains an injury and can prove the following elements, they have a successful case:
- The defendant, or at-fault party, had a duty to keep the victim free from danger;
- The defendant acted, or failed to act, in a way that caused a hazard or dangerous condition;
- The victim experienced an injury as a result of that hazardous condition;
- The victim suffered damages as a result of the injury.
When someone is injured in an accident, they are encouraged to reach out to a personal injury attorney for assistance. These lawyers understand that finer points of personal injury law and can help a victim decide if all of the elements have been met and compensation is possible. If you have been injured in an accident in Georgia, you have legal rights.