With a major interstate (I-16) that runs through the heart of the county and connects Macon to Savannah, it is heavily traveled by cars and semi-trucks, which increases the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents.
No one expects to be in an accident, but if something unexpected should happen to injure a person or threaten their family finances, it could be devastating.
Unfortunately, things do happen unexpectedly in Twiggs County and all over the state of Georgia. For example, 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 is least expected.
PERSONAL INJURIES & LIABILITIES IN TWIGGS COUNTY
Accidents are the primary cause of emergency room visits in Twiggs County. 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. 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.
At Gautreaux Law, we handle all kinds of personal injuries emanating from:
- Auto accidents
- Tractor-trailer accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- Nursing Home Negligence
- Sexual Assault
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Workplace accidents
FOUR ELEMENTS OF A PERSONAL INJURY CASE
In some cases, personal injuries are the result of our own actions, but many times, personal injuries are caused by other people who are negligent or behaving recklessly. Other times, personal injuries are the result of intentional, malicious, or fraudulent acts, which may be the result of criminal behavior. Even if the act is criminal, you may still have the right to pursue a civil claim and be compensated for your injuries.
When your injury is caused by another person or entity, you may be eligible for compensation. There are four elements that must be present to determine a person’s negligence:
- 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 cause your injuries?
- Damages. What are the losses caused by your injury? (i.e., medical expenses, property damage, lost income, pain & suffering).
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 your injuries or death of a loved one.
SEEKING DAMAGES IN TWIGGS COUNTY
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.
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. The expereienced attorneys at Gautreaux Law are here to help.
If you are concerned about contacting an attorney because of money, don’t be worried. We handle 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.
The only thing you should be concerned about is your recovery. Contact Gautreaux Law at (478) 238-9758 for a free consultation today.