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Georgia’s Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS) recorded more than 3.7 million emergency room visits in 2022, with over 313,000 happening in Fulton County alone. Based on these statistics, it’s likely that you’ve been injured in a car crash, slip and fall, or worksite accident.

When you find yourself in the emergency room or injured in some way due to someone else’s negligence, you’re the victim of a personal injury accident.

Fortunately, the law gives you the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. Seay/Felton, LLC is here to help you obtain that compensation.

Compensation Available to Georgia Injury Victims

By filing a claim for compensation or damages, you can pursue a financial settlement or court judgment that addresses the costs of your injuries, both monetary and otherwise. Such a settlement or judgment could include the following types of damages.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are designed to reimburse you for any past and future expenses related to your injury accident. Medical and hospital bills are the most common type of economic damages awarded, but you can also obtain payment for missed work, property damage, and transportation or ambulance costs.

Economic damages can also address future expenses you’re likely to face.

For instance, suppose your injuries leave you unable to return to work. You could pursue damages for the wages you would have earned if it weren’t for your accident. Similarly, if you require ongoing therapy or medical treatment, economic damages are available for these anticipated costs.

Non-Economic Damages

An accident can leave you with mental and emotional scars as well as physical injuries. You may struggle with depression or anxiety following an accident. As a result, you may not enjoy hobbies or leisure activities you once did or have the same general outlook on life. An accident resulting in injuries can negatively affect your quality of life.

Non-economic damages are intended to compensate you for the kinds of intangible injuries that can cause you pain and distress. While an award may not restore your zeal for life or erase the mental trauma arising from an accident, it can serve to acknowledge the impact of your injury on your ability to enjoy and participate in life.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are sometimes awarded to punish the at-fault party for especially reckless or egregious behavior. As such, they aren’t available in all injury cases. They’re usually reserved for situations where the other party deliberately caused the victim harm or acted with extreme indifference to their safety.

Aside from punishing reprehensible conduct, punitive damages are meant to dissuade the liable party and others from acting similarly in the future.

While economic and non-economic damages must bear some connection to losses you’ve suffered, punitive damages differ in that the amount isn’t based on any actual harm you sustained. Instead, the court or jury sets an amount they believe is appropriate, which in most cases is subject to a general cap of $250,000.

Maximizing Your Damages Award With Help From a Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer

The first step to obtaining a fair settlement or judgment is determining how much your claim is worth.

This requires a keen legal mind to examine the many facets of your claim and take stock of all the ways you’ve been harmed. It also takes the resourcefulness and tenacity to track down and secure the evidence needed to support your claim for damages.

With more than five decades of combined legal experience in the Atlanta and Macon areas, Seay/Felton has the knowledge and experience you can trust to help you obtain a judgment or settlement appropriate for the harm you’ve suffered. Contact our team today to learn how much your injury claim might be worth.

Will My Claim Settle or Proceed to Trial?

When you pursue an injury claim, you can potentially recover damages through a settlement or a verdict and judgment following a trial. A settlement can put money in your hands quickly following a wreck. However, holding out for a verdict can result in you obtaining a greater sum than you would have through a settlement.

There are many other differences between a settlement and a judgment. As such, it’s important to consult a skilled attorney who understands these differences and what it takes to seek a resolution that will fairly compensate you for your injuries.

Speak With a Seasoned Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you or someone you care about has been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, Seay/Felton can help. Our attorneys are prepared to assist you by quantifying the damages you’re eligible to receive and pursuing compensation on your behalf while you focus on getting better and recovering from your wounds.

You deserve to have your losses acknowledged, and Seay/Felton is committed to helping you achieve this goal. Contact us today to schedule a free, comprehensive case review.

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