If you, a loved one, or a friend has suffered an injury, it’s important to speak to an Injury Attorney quickly in Canton, GA, Atlanta, GA and anywhere in the Entire State of Georgia to determine your legal rights. This is for several reasons.
First, the insurance companies may take advantage of you without experienced legal counsel in hopes of a smaller, or no, settlement or a settlement that does not cover all your medical bills (past, present, and future), your lost wages (past, present, and future), a disability whether it be temporary or permanent, and pain and suffering; just to name a few of the monetary damages to which you may be entitled in an injury case.
Second, the law also contains a “Statute of Limitations” which is a time limitation in your case that states that if you wait too long to file a claim, no matter how legitimate your claim, you will lose your right to file this claim at any time and you will lost all of your legal rights. This can be devastating.
Finally, if you are injured, then you will most likely be overwhelmed with medical treatments and getting well and you may let precious time slip away on your legal claim. Plus, you need to seek the proper medical treatment immediately and if you fail to do so you can harm your chances for a full future recovery.
In many States, including Georgia, the Statute of Limitations is fairly short such as two (2) years for personal injury and medical malpractice claims, and sometimes much shorter for other types of injury claims. Therefore, you will need the assistance of a qualified and experienced Injury Attorney at the first most opportunity to determine your legal rights so you are protected and so you can focus on getting well.
An additional problem that most people are not aware of is that it is not always clear when the Statute of Limitations begins to run. For example, in a medical malpractice case, people aren’t always aware that they have suffered harm, or that the harm might be due to someone else’s carelessness such as the doctor, the hospital, the nurse, or the product that may have been inserted in your body or used in your particular medical situation.
For instance, in a recent case in Utah, a woman’s doctor treated her for a perforated colon. When her condition worsened, her husband moved her to another hospital where she was treated by different doctors and recovered. A little more than two (2) years after changing doctors, the woman sued her original physician for failing to medically treat her properly. The doctor argued that she had no right to sue since the Statute of Limitations in Utah was two (2) years and she should have known she had a medical malpractice claim at the time she first changed physicians. Fortunately, for the woman, the Utah Supreme Court ultimately decided that the woman’s mere “suspicion” that the doctor had done something wrong wasn’t enough to start the two (2) Statute of Limitations clock from ticking.
In Georgia, the particular language for when the Statute of Limitations begins in a medical malpractice case is when you knew or “should” have known that medical malpractice occurred in your particular circumstances. Although the language is clear in Georgia, there is much case law, or precedent, that exemplifies that this is not as easy to determine as it might seem, and, therefore, people who do not act quickly by retaining an experienced Injury Attorney can lose their rights even if they have a valid case just due to the Statute of Limitations issue alone.
The case described above is a firm reminder that if you are injured and have any reason whatsoever to believe that your injury was caused by the careless acts, or negligence of another, or, in other words, that someone else might be at fault, then you should speak to an experienced Injury Attorney right away without hesitation to protect your valuable legal rights. Waiting too long can damage to your case, reduce the amount you may be entitled to recover, and may even bar your claim permanently even when you deserve compensation. Recently, there was a case here in Canton, GA where a person was disfigured by a plastic surgeon and he will live with scarring on his face for the rest of his life. He failed to seek an experienced Injury Attorney right away and also he waited too long to seek proper follow up medical treatment.
Therefore, his case was compromised when it did not have to be, so had he sought an experienced Injury Attorney immediately after he felt he had a medical malpractice claim, an experienced Injury Attorney would have been able to rectify his situation immediately, get him proper medical treatment, and maximum value for the terrible wrong that was done to him by the plastic surgeon. Fortunately, he did eventually seek an experienced Injury Attorney and he has been able to be helped at this time.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured, please call us right away. We are experienced Injury Attorneys and your initial consultation is free so please do not hesitate to Contact Us immediately at any of these numbers, any time of the day or night; (813) 363-6664 or (770) 865-8654. At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates, our clients are number one (1) and we are here to help you get the results and treatment you deserve! Don’t settle for less than you deserve and call us now if you have been injured, and we will help you immediately get the proper treatment and experienced Injury Legal Counsel that you deserve.