Previously, Georgia held legal statutes restricting the amount of money a personal injury plaintiff could receive. These financial limits are known as damage caps. Damage caps are still the hot topic of Georgia political candidates, who often declare they will either abolish damage caps or institute more tort reform. In 2010, damage caps were ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Yet, there are still some limits in place on what a personal injury victim may recover.
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Types of Personal Injury Damages
Damages, as it relates to personal injury, refer to money owed for injuries sustained due to the negligent actions of the liable party. It is essential that personal injury victims keep track of their damages. There are three main categories a personal injury victim may be entitled to in Georgia, economic damages, non-economic damage, and punitive damages.
Economic damages account for all financial losses which can be objectively verified, such as:
Lost wages can be calculated and verified through the injured party’s employer. In addition, check stubs and tax stubs can provide evidence of how much an injured party would have earned in the event they were not injured. Lost benefits, such as vacation time or PTO (paid time off), can fall into this category.
Medical expenses can be verified through invoices. Copays for prescriptions and other medical assistance devices would also qualify for this category. Mileage to and from medical appointments may also be reimbursed.
Expenses spent to repair property or the cost of replacement fall into this category.
Lost Earning Capacity
If your injuries are so severe that you are unable to return to work or if you have to take on lighter duties due to your injuries, the earnings you would have earned during your lifetime if you were not injured can be calculated.
Non-economic damages are subjective, non-tangible damages that are more difficult to quantify as they don’t have a set dollar amount. Non-economic damages may include:
Stress and anxiety
Loss of companionship
Loss of consortium
Pain and Suffering
As pain and suffering are difficult to put a monetary value on, it often relies on a jury’s consensus regarding what these damages should equate to monetarily. Results can vary widely from one jury to another. This is why hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is best to ensure you receive the just compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.
Punitive damages are reserved only for certain cases where these are meant to punish a defendant for their wrongdoing and deter future conduct. In Georgia, there is a limitation of $250,000 in punitive damages that can be awarded, and 75% of this award will be paid into the state treasury system.
Are There Damage Caps in Georgia?
Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
In 2010, pain and suffering caps in Georgia in medical malpractice cases were abolished after being enacted by statute in 2005. Currently, there are no damage caps on judgments or personal injury settlements in Georgia. However, there is an exception when it comes to punitive damage. Punitive damages may not exceed $250,000 unless the case involves an intentional tort, such as when a defendant acts with malice or when the case involves product liability. Finally, this damage cap does not apply in cases where the defendant was influenced by alcohol or drugs.
Wrongful Death Cases
Close family members of parties who have been killed due to the negligence of another party may seek compensation for the total value of the decedent’s life, as shown by the evidence. This may include pain and suffering, medical expenses, funeral costs, and more. However, many intangible elements are involved in calculating the value of a descendant’s life. It is quite challenging to place a financial figure on the loss of a loved one. A jury will determine the non-economic monetary value of a wrongful death claim. Past juries have reached up to 30 million dollar settlements for wrongful death. There is no damage cap for wrongful death claims.
Liability reform is typically the legislative priority of insurance companies and medical organizations. This is due to the fact that they are often the liable parties who are paying out most of the awards to injured parties. Insurance companies make their profits when individuals pay premiums and they pay as little as possible out in settlements and verdicts. If insurance companies and medical organizations can convince state legislatures to limit damages in personal injury cases, they increase their profits. However, this is bad for injury victims. If an organization’s liability is limited, there will be less of an incentive to prevent and reduce accidents. For some organizations, allowing some individuals to be harmed or killed and then pay a settlement has been cheaper and easier than correcting a safety issue. This type of thinking should be discouraged.
Modified Comparative Negligence in Georgia
Even though three are no damage caps in Georgia, the theory of modified comparative negligence may affect any award you may be entitled to receive. Modified comparative negligence applied when you contributed partially to your accident. The jury will assign a percentage of fault to each part. If your fault is 49% or less, you will not be held responsible for your accident.
Georgia Personal Injury Attorney
An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you, no matter your case type. Learn more about what an attorney can do for you by calling Ali Awad, ‘the CEO Lawyer,’ and his experienced team of personal injury accident attorneys today to receive a free, no-obligation consultation. We can assist you with exploring your legal options and avenues to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm by calling (833) 254-2923 or contacting us online. If we take your case, you won’t pay anything until we win.
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Frequently Asked Questions
After a personal injury, you're bound to have legal questions. The CEO Lawyer Ali Awad can provide you with answers to these questions, just as he's given answers to his millions of curious social media followers. Take a look at some of the most common personal injury law questions for general information, and then reach out to one of our seasoned attorneys for specific guidance on your case!
To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal professionals have the expertise to evaluate your case and determine a strong legal strategy so that you can obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible under the law. We will enlist investigators, assistants, and other specialists to collect accident reports, speak with witnesses to your accident, and put together a plan. While you focus on your physical recovery, we will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Georgia's Personal Injury & Accident Firm
Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Atlanta, it lasts only two years. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only two years to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.
What to Expect From Your Initial Consultation With a Personal Injury Attorney?
During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process.
Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today.
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