Types of Damages
Damages in car accident cases must be reasonably ascertainable and not too speculative. They may include economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are car repairs, medical expenses and lost wages, while non-economic damages consist of pain and suffering.
In some cases, your actions may have partially caused the crash. However, that will not stop you from recovering damages because Georgia has adopted a principle of modified comparative negligence. This means that, as long as you are less than 50% at fault, you may recover damages. The less you are at fault, the more you can recover.
Types of Injuries
The moment you are able to safely get out from the vehicle after an accident, you must call an ambulance, even if you initially feel fine. Adrenaline is a natural anesthetic, but, soon enough, you will feel the terrible physical aftershocks.
Take a careful assessment to check whether you are suffering from any of the following injuries:
- Cuts, bruises, and scrapes
- External and internal bleeding
- Dizziness and migraines
- Injuries to your head
- Difficulty breathing
- Injuries to vital organs, such as your heart and lungs
- Other broken or sprained bones, joints, and ligaments
- Broken ribs
- Knee, joint, and ankle trauma
- Herniated disc
Maybe of these will not be readily apparent, which is why seeing a doctor—no matter how you feel—is critical. Additionally, you may recover less from a claim if the defendant proves that you did not uphold your “duty to mitigate.” In other words, you did not seek treatment for an injury when that’s what a reasonable person would have done. The defendant, in this case, cannot be fully responsible for the extent of your injury because it was exacerbated by your failure to see a doctor.
Explore Your Options with Our Legal Team
At Holston & Huntley, we understand that your case is critical to your ability to recover after an unexpected collision. Providing aggressive, thorough, and ethical legal representation is our goal. We also seek to recover the maximum amount of damages on your behalf. Call us immediately after a car accident in Atlanta, Georgia—we will always put your interests first.