Macon, Georgia. This is the place we call home. It was also a place the Allman Brothers and many other great musicians called home, a place where cherry blossoms scent the air during cool Spring mornings. It is a metropolitan area rooted in history and currently home to more than 230,000 residents with a median age of 37.7 years. Compared to neighboring counties, Macon's population is a little younger with a median household income of $39,500.
Though beautiful with its Southern charm, the quality of life can be hampered with relatively low wages. The highest bracket for wage distribution is $20-30,000, and the next two brackets with the highest percentages of share market are the two lower brackets: $10-20,000 and less than $10,000. The majority of Macon residents make less than $30,000 while no more than 2% make an annual salary of $200,000. The poverty rate in Macon metropolitan area is 23.9%, significantly more than the state's average poverty rate. Given the age group and that almost half the population makes below $30,000 a year when hard times hit residents of the Macon metropolitan area, many will not be prepared for it.
Hard times often happen when something unexpected occurs and infringes a person's ability to earn an income. These unexpected things are often the result of negligent or intentional acts of another person or entity that cause personal injuries or death. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer in Macon can ease some of the pain and stress that these matters always involve. Personal injury and insurance dispute attorney Jarome Gautreaux can help when you feel the world has forgotten you. Through compassionate, comprehensive legal counsel, Jarome Gautreaux will advocate your interests and fight for your rights on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing out-of-pocket; he is paid only if you win and even then, it's only a fraction of what your settlement or award will be.
Personal Injury or Wrongful Death: Common Causes in Macon Metropolitan Area
There are any number of things that can cause personal injuries or wrongful death in Macon, Georgia, and these things can be the result of either negligence or intentional, wanton, reckless and fraudulent acts. Those things that are most often caused by the negligence of others include:
- Vehicle/Road Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Slip and Fall Cases
- Work-Related Injuries
- Products Liability Claims
- Premises Liability Claims
Personal injuries or wrongful death can also be the result of criminal activity, like assault. In cases where the personal injury was the result of a crime, you are still generally entitled to file a claim or sue, whichever is appropriate, regardless the outcome of the criminal proceedings. A civil lawsuit may provide you with additional compensation. In cases of criminal activity and personal injuries or wrongful death, Gautreaux Law Firm will identify the specific details of the situation and help you determine if filing a claim or lawsuit is beneficial.
Elements of Personal Injury Claims in Macon, GA
If negligence played a role in your personal injury, and you were less than 50% at fault, you may have a claim for damages for whatever percentage you were not at fault. Four elements generally must be present for a successful claim:
- Duty of Care. Someone had a duty of care towards you.
- Breach of Duty. Someone who had a duty of care towards you breached that duty.
- Causation. The breach of duty of care caused your injuries.
- Damages. The breach of duty caused quantifiable physical, mental and/or emotional damages.
Additionally, in Georgia, if the personal injury was caused by a defective product, the plaintiff(s) can sometimes allege both negligence and/or strict liability against the defendant(s).
Personal Injury: Damages Available in Macon, GA
If the elements of personal injury are satisfied, then you may be able to seek compensation either for your personal injury or for a family member who has wrongfully died. Damages that can be recovered are:
- Economic Damages. These damages include things already with a clear monetary specific value attached to them, e.g., property damage repairs, medical expenses, funeral expenses, treatment and/or therapy, travel expenses, past and future lost wages.
- Non-Economic Damages. These damages include other types of damages that such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium. Non-economic damages are particularly important for catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.
- Punitive Damages. These damages are generally only awarded in cases where the plaintiff presents clear and convincing evidence of willful, malicious, fraudulent, or wanton misconduct by the defendant(s).
Insurance Claims and Disputes in Macon, Georgia
Gautreaux Law Firm also provides legal representation for insurance disputes. Oftentimes, Jarome Gautreaux's clients come to him after they have filed a claim and that claim was either disputed or denied by their insurance carrier. When this happens, Gautreaux Law Firm -- with his experience and keen insight into the insurance industry -- is here to help. We handle all kinds of insurance claims and disputes. We have years of experience managing, advocating, mediating, and litigating disputes involving all sorts of insurance, including life insurance, homeowner's insurance, or auto and truck (big rig) insurance. Our experience with insurance companies is broad and deep, which enables us to approach them with a keen understanding of what their motivations are and actions will be.
Comprehensive, Compassionate Legal Representation
In Macon, Georgia, personal injuries and wrongful death happen in high numbers, and accompanying those numbers are high financial costs. Members of Macon's community cannot afford the inherent financial and emotional toll of personal injuries or wrongful death. An experienced and resourceful lawyer can recover damages on your behalf while you recover from your injuries or loss. Contact Gautreaux Law at (478) 238-9758 for a free consultation today.