Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
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CBJ takes all forms of injury and wrongful death, whether small or complex. Common types of cases we handle included the following:
- Car Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Drunk Driver Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Slip & Fall / Premises Liability
- Nursing Home Negligence / Elder Abuse
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Dog Bites
- Medical Malpractice
How We Help You
Being seriously injured due to the negligence of another can bring chaos to your life. Speaking with an attorney as soon as possible after an injury is the quickest way to get your life back on track. As your advocates and counselors, CBJ provides much needed guidance throughout your medical recovery process including dealing with insurance companies. In the event of a wrongful death, CBJ also handles probate court matters and can ease the process of dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Retaining counsel as soon as possible after an injury or wrongful death is absolutely critical in order to stay ahead of insurance companies who will immediately contact you in an attempt to gain valuable information to use against your case. As your advocates, we deal with the insurance companies so you can focus on what matters. Moreover, hiring an attorney as soon as possible is very important to the discovery of key witnesses and preservation of evidence and therefore increases the strength and value of your case.
An injury or wrongful death case will ultimately end by way of settlement or jury verdict. As your attorneys, we handle every step of the process from beginning to end. A brief overview of an injury or wrongful death case is as follows:
The first step in pursuing a claim for injury or death is to first determine all appropriate insurance coverage(s) for all at-fault parties. Georgia law provides a specific way to formally request insurance information from the proper insurance company. Determining the proper corporate entity and following the process correctly is imperative to procuring all sources of recovery. Next, a claim is officially reported to the at-fault insurer. From that point forward, the insurer will direct all correspondence to us as your legal representatives. During your recovery, we investigate and build your case. When you are better, and at the appropriate time, we prepare and deliver a customized settlement demand to the at-fault insurance company in an initial effort to resolve your claim. The demand includes your medical records and bills, proof of lost income, photographs, and other evidence relevant to settlement. Our goal for each client is simple: to help you get better and then recover every dollar possible under Georgia law, including compensation for all medical bills (past and future), lost income, and pain and suffering.
If the insurance company is not willing to pay enough money to resolve your claim, we enter litigation and must file suit in the appropriate court against the at-fault person or corporation and demand a jury trial. Litigation is designed to allow for discovery of all information that could possibly be relevant to your case. At CBJ, we prepare each case for trial from the moment we are retained and design a specific discovery plan early on so we are ready for litigation, if necessary. Knowing how to obtain key information or documents the right way is incredibly important to effective litigation. CBJ attorneys are well-versed in Georgia Civil Procedure and know how to create higher value in cases through the litigation process. While we are a hometown firm, we will fight any fight and have a history of successfully litigating and resolving suits against many well-known insurance companies and corporations. Simply put, litigating against powerful corporate lawyers who defend billion dollar corporations requires smart and compelling advocacy to be successful.
The number one question we hear is: What is my case worth? The value of your injury case is formed specifically on the basis of two types of damages recoverable under Georgia law. “Special Damages” are those damages that you can add with numbers, such as medical bills and lost wages. “General Damages” are damages for pain and suffering, including the following:
- Fear and anxiety before, during, and after the wreck
- Shock of Impact
- Actual Physical Pain and Suffering
- Impairment of Normal Health
- Daily Disruption of Normal Living Activities/Routines
- Interference With Enjoyment of Life
If fault in an injury case is disputed, you will likely be offered nothing. If fault is not disputed, you may be offered a settlement around the total amount of your medical bills, or even less – if you do not have an attorney. Insurance adjusters will always sell you short on pain and suffering damages. This is the reason why many cases go to litigation and are taken to trial. While we always try to reach a reasonable settlement for our clients before filing suit in order to avoid the excess time and cost of litigation, CBJ attorneys are tested trial lawyers who have had great success inside the courtroom and stand ready to take a case all the way through trial and to appeals, if necessary.
For wrongful death cases, damages are based on the “full value of the life of the decedent”. Moreover, the surviving spouse or estate representative is entitled to damages for all pre-death medical expenses and pre-death pain and suffering for the loss of the loved one.
Importantly, Georgia law places a burden of proof on the injured person or estate to prove all damages to a reasonable certainty. Just because a loss has occurred does not mean that anything and everything will be admissible as evidence at trial. Having tried numerous cases to verdict, CBJ attorneys are familiar with trial procedure and the rules of evidence and know how to properly and effectively present a case at trial. We have a record of winning the vast majority of our cases that go to trial.
Call us at (770) 271-2991 for a free case evaluation with no obligation on your part.