Chris Hudson & Associates
329 Eisenhower Drive, Suite 100A, Savannah GA 31406
Savannah Personal Injury Lawyers
If another person’s negligence led you or a loved one to become injured, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer. The personal injury attorneys at Chris Hudson & Associates are knowledgeable about Savannah liability and property law.
When you’re shopping at the grocery store or the mall, or when you’re at work, taking a walk, or driving to an appointment, you don’t expect to have an accident. Unfortunately, personal accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. Oftentimes, these accidents could have been prevented if another party had not been negligent. If a reckless driver had obeyed traffic laws, if a property owner had maintained their building or posted the proper signage, or if a pharmaceutical company had included the proper warnings with their medication, the injury could have been avoided.
Being hurt because someone else was irresponsible is a frustrating and painful experience, but our award-winning attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 706-863-6600 for a free consultation.
Why You Need a Lawyer for Your Personal Injury Case
If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt due to another party’s negligence, it’s important to consult a lawyer before making a personal injury claim. An experienced attorney can conduct a thorough investigation of the scene of the accident, gathering evidence that will help establish your claim. They can make sure that any insurance company deadlines are met, and can negotiate on your behalf, potentially working out a better settlement. Your lawyer can advise you on when to settle and when to bring the case to court.
Why Hire Chris Hudson & Associates?
Our firm has helped clients in Savannah and throughout Georgia recover millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries. The attorneys at Chris Hudson & Associates have decades of experience representing people facing difficult situations such as tractor-trailer accidents, wrongful death suits, and medical liability claims.
The dedication we bring to each case has earned us accolades from numerous respected legal organizations: We’ve been peer-rated for the highest level of professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell, we were named Best Car Accident Lawyers by Expertise, were named as a Top 100 law firm by The National Trial Lawyers, and were named to the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Each client we represent is as important to us as a member of our own family would be. The personal accident attorneys at Chris Hudson & Associates will work relentlessly to make sure your rights are protected, and you get the compensation you deserve. Read what some of our clients have to say about their experiences working with us.
Common Causes of Personal Injury Accidents
Personal injury covers a wide variety of situations—it includes any incident in which one party’s negligence causes another party to suffer harm. The injured party may seek compensation by filing an injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company, or, if necessary, the injured party may file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. Some of the more common personal injury cases include:
- Car Accidents – If a driver was not following the rules of the road or was driving aggressively or impaired and caused an accident, they may be held financially responsible for any injuries that occur. Often, an accident attorney will conduct an investigation of the scene, and either the negligent driver’s insurance company will pay a claim to the accident victims, or one side will file a lawsuit, and a court will determine who is liable and award damages to the injured party.
- Motorcycle Accidents – Lacking the protection that other vehicles offer, such as airbags and seatbelts, motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable motorists on the road. Too often, other drivers fail to yield the right of way or check their blind spots for motorcycles. In addition, many victims struggle with false bias against motorcyclists, which paint them as reckless, even when they’re not at fault. Skilled attorneys can protect motorcyclists’ rights in the face of others’ negligence.
- Pedestrian Accidents – Pedestrians shouldn’t be in danger just for taking a walk, but reckless drivers often fail to pay proper attention. When they drive negligently and injure a pedestrian, they can be held liable for their irresponsible behavior in a personal injury claim or suit.
- Premises Liability – If a guest, a visitor, or a customer has an accident on another party’s property, the person or company responsible for that property may be held liable for the accident victim’s injuries. This type of case could include poorly maintained walkways that cause someone to trip and fall, poor lighting that allows crime to occur, or lack of protection around a swimming area that allows children to sneak in and possibly drown.
- Medical Malpractice – Doctors and nurses are overworked and sometimes make mistakes. They may prescribe the wrong dosage of a medication, fail to properly diagnose an illness, or mistake one patient for another. When this happens, a patient can become seriously hurt or may even die. A medical malpractice lawsuit can hold medical professionals responsible for these dangerous errors.
- Workplace Accidents – An injury at an office or job site may be as small as a repetitive stress injury, or may involve a physical accident, or hazardous chemicals that cause lifelong illness. If an employee is hurt because a coworker or supervisor failed to follow company policy or safety regulations, a lawsuit may provide the injured party with compensation for medical bills as well as lost wages or an inability to work due to disability.
- Product Liability – Defective consumer goods can sometimes be responsible for serious injury or death. This could include consumer electronics and appliances, medical devices and medication, children’s toys, and any other product that poses a safety risk. Because some products potentially endanger millions of people across the country, product liability lawsuits are sometimes filed as class actions or multidistrict litigation, and can involve many individual cases.
Types of Injury in Personal Injury Accidents
The types of injuries that result from an accident can vary widely, from a twisted ankle due to slipping on wet pavement to head or brain damage from blunt trauma sustained in a car accident. Any accident has the potential to cause serious injury. Even a minor slip could lead to life-altering physical damage. Some of the most common injuries seen in personal injury cases include:
- Muscle strains and sprains due to slips, trips, and falls
- Bone fractures and breaks
- Drowning due to unprotected swimming areas or lack of signage
- Concussion or other head trauma, sometimes leading to permanent brain damage
- Spinal cord injury leading to paralysis
- Damage to the back or neck
- Burns from electricity, fire, or chemicals
- Lung and breathing disorders from asbestos or other harmful chemicals
If you’ve been in an accident, you should see a doctor, even if you don’t think you were hurt. You may have hidden injuries that you won’t feel until later, and they could cause serious damage if not treated.
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury
If you’ve just been injured, you likely have numerous questions about your case: How long will it take, who can be sued, and how much you can expect to receive for your injuries. These are all good questions that deserve answers, but they depend on the specific details surrounding your own case. Your personal injury attorney is the person most qualified to provide this information, but here are a few answers to common questions that may help.
Who is liable in a personal injury case?
The question of liability depends on whether another party had a legal duty that they failed to uphold, thereby causing injury. A driver who breaks the rules of the road, the manufacturer of a faulty product, or a doctor who prescribes the wrong medication may be considered negligent if someone else came to harm because of their actions.
Can I still collect if I’m partly to blame for the accident?
Georgia follows a legal rule known as comparative negligence, which allows a plaintiff to collect damages even if they’re partly responsible for their accident. The court will assign a percentage to the plaintiff’s level of negligence for the accident and will reduce the damages awarded accordingly. For example, if your level of fault were 10 percent, and you were awarded $100,000 in damages, you would only receive $90,000.
Should I give a statement to the insurance company?
Be very careful about speaking with insurance company representatives. Their goal is not to get you the proper amount of compensation for your injuries, but to protect their bottom line. They know exactly what to get you to say in order to avoid financial responsibility for the accident. It’s always best to speak with your lawyer first, and, if possible, have them talk to the insurance company.
What can I be compensated for?
The compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and how long your recovery is expected to last. Economic damages, such as lost wages or medical bills, will be easier to determine because there is a specific number attached. Non-economic damages, like pain and suffering or loss of consortium, can be harder to put a price on. Compensation in personal injury cases often covers things like:
- Medical and hospitalization expenses
- Prescription drugs and painkillers
- Costs of long-term care
- Home treatment and physical rehabilitation
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages due to time spent out of work
- Loss of consortium or loss of household income due to permanent disability
- Funeral and burial expenses, in the event of a death
Your attorney can give you a better idea of the types and amount of compensation available to you when you meet to discuss your case.
Speak With a Savannah Personal Injury Attorney Right Away
If you or a loved one has just been in an accident, your focus right now should be on what’s most important: recovery from your injuries and your family’s well-being. The experienced injury lawyers at Chris Hudson & Associates will make sure your right to compensation is protected and that the party responsible for your accident is held accountable.
We understand what a painful and trying time this is for you, but you don’t have to face it alone. Call us at 706-863-6600 or fill out our contact form today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.