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Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney

Being injured in an accident can put your personal and professional life on pause. Your ability to enjoy your life and hobbies, and capacity to work and support yourself and your family can be negatively impacted.

When you have been injured in an accident caused by someone or something else, you are entitled to compensation to cover the damages associated with your injuries. One of the experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers from Butler Prather LLP is standing by to provide a risk-free, cost-free assessment on your accident. Read on to learn more about how a personal injury attorney helps you collect the full compensation you are entitled to.

Why choose Butler Prather LLP?

Butler Prather LLP was founded in 1988 as a nationwide firm focused on helping our clients achieve full and fair compensation. For over 30 years we have been dedicated to representing the best interests of injured people, grieving families, and other persons and businesses to obtain complete justice through our aggressive and informed style of negotiation and litigation.

Some law firms focus on quick settlements and do not have the courtroom experience needed to take on the insurance companies to collect the full amount their clients deserve. The dedicated Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Butler Prather LLP are at home in the courtroom, and for decades we have successfully helped our clients achieve what they deserve.

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Personal Injury Case results

The dedicated Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Butler Prather LLP have successfully represented client in cases in more than 30 states across the US. We are determined to recover the full amount of damages you are entitled to, whether through effective negotiations or communications after we file a claim on your behalf, or through trial as necessary.

Some law firms will encourage their clients to accept pennies on the dollar to save the time of trial, or because they don’t have the experience to win. With Butler Prather LLP on your side, you can rest-assured that your attorneys have the knowledge and experience to make the most of your case.

The insurance companies are aware of our experience and work ethic, and our firm has a track record of obtaining verdicts and settlements that are many times greater than other lawyers would recover.

What are personal injuries?

A personal injury is any type of injury to the body, emotions, or reputation of a person. When you have been injured, you are able to bring a claim to recover your damages when another party has been negligent, strictly liable, or engaged in an intentional wrong.

We will explore the concept of negligence in-depth below as it is the most common source of accidents that you can recover damages for. Strict liability is when a producer makes a dangerous product, like chemicals, and when they cause harm the producer can be automatically liable. If a person engages in an intentional wrong, like assaulting another, burning their property through arson, or engaging in drunk driving and causing injury, they are liable because they broke the law or intentionally wronged another, causing harm.

Your Atlanta personal injury lawyer from Butler Prather LLP is here to advocate for your best interests if you have been injured due to the following accidents, with the cause listed beside them:

  • Car accidents – generally negligence, sometimes strict liability
  • Bus accidents – generally negligence, sometimes strict liability
  • Commercial and 18-wheeler truck accidents – generally negligence, sometimes strict liability
  • Rideshare or taxi accidents – generally negligence, sometimes strict liability
  • Motorcycle accidents – generally negligence, sometimes strict liability
  • Workplace and construction accidents – generally negligence, sometimes strict liability
  • Premises liability – generally negligence, sometimes strict liability
  • Product liability accidents – strict liability
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect – generally negligence, sometimes intentional wrong
  • Police shootings and brutality – generally intentional wrongs

Being injured and suffering damages does not mean that you automatically recover compensation for your damages. You must prove that someone or something else was responsible for your injury, and then submit a claim, generally to the insurance company of the party responsible for the accident. If someone or something else caused your injuries due to negligence, you will be entitled to compensation.

What is negligence?

You are entitled to compensation for your damages when you have been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence and/or liability of someone or something else. The types of cases we handle explored above explain a number of instances in which negligence has happened and you are entitled to damages, but what is negligence?

Negligence is comprised of four elements, or parts, which are:

  • Duty
  • Breach
  • Causation
  • Damages

Duty is when a person or party has some responsibility to you. Examples of duty include:

  • the duty of retailers to keep their premises safe for customers
  • the duty of drivers on the road to be safe, sober, responsible, and to follow traffic laws
  • the duty of all citizens to follow the law
  • the duty of manufacturers to create products that are safe to use and non-defective

Breach is when the duty that you were owed by someone else was violated. Examples of breach include:

  • when a retailer fails to clean up a spill or warn customers about a danger
  • when a driver is drunk, speeding, or breaks other rules of the road while driving
  • when citizens break the law and cause injury like in an assault
  • when a product malfunctions or is defective and causes injury, like a car malfunction

Causation means that the injuries that you experience must have been caused by the breach of duty in the accident. Examples of causation include:

  • your broken leg happened because of the puddle the floor didn’t clean up
  • the back injury and car repair bills happened because a speeding driver hit you
  • the strike from an assault caused the damage to your eye
  • the car accident that harmed you was due to a brake-line malfunction

Damages must happen as a result of the breach of duty. Examples of damages include:

  • medical bills from a slip-and-fall at a retail store
  • car repairs and medical bills from a car accident
  • medical bills and lost wages from an assault or hit-and-run
  • medical bills and lost earnings potential from an illness caused by dangerous chemicals

To collect compensation for your damages, you need to prove each of these four elements to collect what you are entitled to. The insurance company of the party responsible for the accident does not work for you, they work for profit. The insurance company profits by denying whatever claims they can, and by paying as little as possible on those that they do approve. With full-time teams of claim analysts and attorneys carefully scrutinizing  your claim, the best way to ensure your recovery is by working with an attorney of your own.

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How much is my personal injury claim worth?

No two personal injury claims are identical, as the unique facts and circumstances of your accident and injuries will determine what you are entitled to. The amount you are able to collect depends upon the evidence you include in your claim, and how effectively you draft your demand. An

How much will the personal injury claims process cost?

If we take your case, working with the experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys from Butler Prather LLP will cost you nothing up-front, and nothing out-of-pocket. We provide a risk-free case assessment to determine if your case if a fit with our firm. If it is, we will take your case on contingency, which means that we only get paid if we win on your case. Our payment comes out of a portion of what we earn for you that we agree upon before getting started.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in GA?

Under Georgia Law, you generally have two years to file a claim for personal injury. This is governed by what is known as a “statute of limitations”, which is basically the expiration date for your ability to bring an action to collect compensation for your damages. It begins at the time of your accident, or in some cases when the injury is discovered like with issues that develop years after exposure to dangerous chemicals.

The statute is applied to the unique facts and circumstances of your case to determine if you are within the statute of limitations, and your Atlanta personal injury attorney can help ensure this is done accurately.

What types of damages can I recover?

Being injured can lead to both short-term and long-term costs and expenses for you and your family. When you have been injured, the purpose of compensation is to put you and your family in as close a financial position as possible to make it like the accident never happened. Accurately calculating your damages can require follow-up opinions from medical and occupational experts to determine the long-term impact of your injuries on your health and ability to work. Your Atlanta personal injury attorney helps you schedule your follow-ups and to collect the evidence you need to accurately measure the damages you are entitled to.

When you are injured, the damages you can recover include:

  • emergency room bills
  • property repair bills
  • any ongoing medical needs like medication, treatment, or rehabilitation
  • lost wages and work benefits during recovery
  • lost earnings potential due to lasting symptoms of your injuries

How do you prove negligence?

When you have been in an accident caused by someone or something else, each of the four elements of negligence (duty, breach, causation, damages) must be present for the opposing party to be liable for your damages. The facts of the accident that led to your injury, in addition to evidence that is collected after the evidence, will be analyzed to determine if they represent negligence.

While you might not fully understand how to apply the unique facts and circumstances of your accident to the concept of negligence, your Atlanta personal injury lawyer does. With decades of combined experience helping clients recover the full amount of compensation they are entitled to, Butler Prather LLP is standing by to consult on your case.

What should I do after an accident?

In the moments immediately following an accident, it is important to first ensure the health and safety of yourself and all others involved in the accident. Call emergency services to report to the scene to ensure that no one is injured and might not notice due to the adrenaline of the accident.

If your accident was a motor vehicle collision, calling the police to the scene and requesting that they create a report of the accident is a helpful step. The accident report can be a useful piece of evidence for your attorney to help you recover your damages from the injuries caused by the accident. It is also important to collect the insurance information of all drivers involved in the accident, and the police generally assist with the exchange of this information.

After you have received medical care for your injuries and collected insurance and contact information from other parties involved in the accident as well as witnesses, it is time to contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer. Your personal injury lawyer will handle your case every step of the way, from scheduling follow-up appointments to collect evidence, to  drafting your claim and negotiating the best possible settlement on your behalf.

Contact us

Connecting with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident will support the best possible outcome in your case. Your lawyer collects evidence on your behalf during a preliminary investigation to determine if another party is liable due to negligence or another legally significant reason. With a lawyer on your case, your follow-ups with medical and occupational experts will be scheduled for you, and your damages fully and accurately measured so you recover the full amount you deserve.

For a risk-free, cost-free assessment of your case, schedule a consultation with Butler Prather LLP. Our experienced attorneys are standing by to explore the unique facts and circumstances of your accident or injury, and whether you are entitled to compensation for them. If we take your case, you can rest-assured we will do everything possible to make the most of your damages so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

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Atlanta, GA 30324

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