Three hundred sixty square miles in the center of Georgia is Twiggs County, one of Georgia’s smallest counties by population. The county enjoys the rolling hills of the Piedmont in the north and Georgia’s flat pine woods throughout the rest. The population of Twiggs County tends to be older with the median age set at 45.6. The county has experienced some growth the last few years that much of the rest of Georgia has not experienced, but it’s median household income remains well below the average, and the poverty rate is almost twice Georgia’s average. If something unexpected should happen that would threaten a person’s or family’s finances, it could be devastating.
And things do happen unexpectedly in Twiggs County. You could slip on water and hit your head at the grocery store. You could be in a car accident on your way home from work. You could pull your back at work lifting a box of heavy items. Whatever it is, injuries happen, and they always seem to happen when it’s least expected. Most of us are not prepared – mentally or financially – when these things happen, and so it can be an overwhelming burden for everyone involved.
At Gautreaux Law Firm, however, we are here to help you. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that is the fault of another person or entity, you may be entitled to compensation. At Gautreaux Law Firm, we take a comprehensive and aggressive approach to personal injury cases and insurance disputes.
Determining Personal Injuries & Liability in Twiggs County, Georgia
Though mortality rate due to homicide in Twiggs County is higher than the state of Georgia’s rate generally and Macon’s rate specifically, accidents are the primary cause of emergency room visits. Emergency room visits are almost entirely due to falls and auto accidents, with homicide, suicide, poisoning, fire and smoke, accidental shootings and legal intervention making up a very small portion of causes for emergency room visits. Twiggs County’s mortality rate due to motor vehicle crashes is higher than the state’s rate: 1,173.4 per 100,000 in Twiggs County versus 1,081.8 per 100,000 in Georgia. Those numbers are significant especially given the relatively small population size of Twiggs County.
Personal injuries caused by another person or entity, however, do not always result in emergency room visits. At Gautreaux Law Firm, we handle all kinds of personal injuries emanating from:
- Auto accidents
- Tractor-trailer accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Workplace accidents
- Injuries that occurred on another person’s or entity’s premises.
In some cases, personal injuries are the result of our own actions. Many times, personal injuries are caused by persons who are negligent or behaving recklessly. Other times, personal injuries are the result of intentional, malicious, or fraudulent acts. When it is the latter, the injury could be the result of criminal behavior. Even if the act is criminal, you may still have the right to pursue a civil claim or lawsuit.
When your injury is caused by another person or entity, to be eligible for compensation, generally four elements must be present:
- Duty of Care. Did the person or entity owe you a duty of care?
- Breach of Duty. If there was a duty, was that duty breached in some way?
- Causation. Did the breach directly cause your injuries?
- Damages. Are the damages you sustained monetarily quantifiable?
If all four of the elements are satisfied, then the person or entity may be liable for the economic and non-economic damages related to the injuries or death.
Seeking Damages in Twiggs County, Georgia
If you demonstrate the other party was at fault and, thus, liable, then you can seek damages. In Georgia, damages can generally be sought in three categories:
- Economic Compensation. These damages include expenses that have already been quantified or that can be quantified, like property damage repairs, medical bills, therapy and/or treatment, funeral expenses, past and future lost wages.
- Non-economic Compensation. These damages are not as easily quantifiable but include total pain and suffering, and change in the quality of life that the victim is or will experience. Non-economic compensation is particularly important for persons who suffered catastrophic injuries or family members grieving a wrongful death.
- Punitive Damages. These damages are rarely granted unless the act was egregiously reckless, willful, fraudulent or malicious. The damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer.
Damages can be reduced significantly, however, if you are at fault. In Georgia, though every case ius different and must be analyzed individually, generally if you are less than 50% at fault, you can still recover damages, but the award will be reduced in proportion to your liability. If you are 50% or more at fault, you might not be able to recover damages. Insurance companies will use this rule to minimize or deny your claim. An experienced personal injury and insurance dispute attorney knows how to successfully counter these kinds of accusations to ensure the value of your settlement or award is protected.
Insurance Claims and Disputes in Twiggs County, Georgia
Sometimes clients have already filed a claim with an insurance company, and their claim was either denied or in dispute. When this happens, Gautreaux Law Firm can 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
If you are a victim of a personal injury or wrongful death in Twiggs County, Georgia, and the injury or wrongful death is the fault of another person or entity, you may be entitled to compensation. Gautreaux Law Firm is here to help. We pursue personal injury and wrongful death claims and lawsuits on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay only if we recover compensation for you, and even then our compensation is a fraction of the amount paid.
If you are struggling and are concerned about contacting an attorney because of money, don’t be worried. The only thing you should be concerned about is your recovery. Contact Gautreaux Law at (478) 238-9758 for a free consultation today.