Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a preventable accident, you may have grounds to seek compensation from those at fault. With more than 6 years of experience, M. Austin Jackson, Attorney at Law has the knowledge, experience, and resources to take on a wide array of different injury claims and make a compelling case for compensation for our clients. The individuals and families we serve can count on personalized, vigilant service and award-winning representation that will diligently pursue every viable avenue toward compensation.
Fighting for Financial Justice on Behalf of Unfairly Injured People in Georgia
Have you been injured because of someone else’s careless or irresponsible behavior in the state of Georgia? Is your close relative suffering unfairly, or have you lost someone you love because of negligence?
Personal injury is an area of state civil law concerning the financial rights of unfairly injured people. The Augusta personal injury lawyer at the M. Austin Jackson, Attorney at Law have 6 years of experience, as well as extensive resources that we can use to prepare a compelling claim on behalf of our clients as needed.
In every case, our mission is to maximize financial compensation for the people we represent. We invite you to learn more about Georgia personal injury law in the sections that follow, or to contact our office and schedule a free case review with one of our Augusta personal injury lawyer.
What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
A personal injury lawyer is someone who looks out for your legal interests, gives you advice about strategies and pitfalls, and fights to maximize your financial compensation after an accident or injury.
Once you hire an attorney, he or she is legally required to act exclusively in your best interests all at times while handling your claim.
In other words, a personal injury lawyer is an experienced and highly educated professional who stands in your corner and works hard to get you the best resolution possible.
Depending on the nature of your claim and the circumstances surrounding it, your personal injury lawyer might do a number of things on your behalf, including:
- Gathering evidence (working with experts as needed)
- Researching legal precedent and developing strategies
- Making written demands for compensation
- Negotiating an out-of-court settlement that represents your best interests
- Advising you about your legal rights and options (and how to avoid mistakes)
- Protecting you from aggressive tactics by the insurance company
- Dealing with creditors, collectors, adjustors, attorneys, and other parties so that you don’t have to
- Keeping you fully informed about your claim’s status and progress
- Advancing the costs of case preparation / litigation
- Tending to all deadlines and procedural requirements
- Representing you at trial (in front of a judge and/or jury in a court of law) if needed
These are only a few of the things your Augusta personal injury lawyer might do for you. Above all else, at M. Austin Jackson, Attorney at Law, we encourage our clients to see us as a zealous advocate for their rights and a shoulder of support.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
While Georgia law does not require you to hire a personal injury lawyer, doing so may be in your best interest.
That’s because most personal injury claims are filed against an insurance company — a large and powerful corporation that will work very hard to pay you as little money as possible.
Far from the promises they make in their TV commercials, insurers exist to make themselves a profit — not to be your neighbor, friend, or helping hand.
Taking on an insurance company by yourself can be a real challenge. Insurance adjustors are specially trained in the art of reducing the company’s financial liability whenever possible. Additionally, they have extensive resources and entire legal teams to support them.
By hiring an Augusta personal injury lawyer, you can level the playing field. In fact, insurance companies may view your claim differently the moment you hire a lawyer. After all, their best hope is to make your claim go away as quickly as possible (and for the smallest amount of money possible). The last thing they want is a costly trial, especially if they believe they might lose. Your lawyer can be helpful, then, in persuading the insurer that reaching a fair settlement is in everyone’s best interest.
In a perfect world, insurance companies would always do the right thing, and they would always take accident victims seriously whether they hire a lawyer or not. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
How Much Money Can I Get for a Personal Injury Claim in Augusta, GA?
No two cases are quite alike. The amount of financial compensation available in your claim will depend on a number of factors, including (but not limited to):
- The severity of your injuries
- The nature of any other damages you might be able to claim
- The number of parties liable
- Whether you were partially at fault too (note that this is not a bar to recovering money in many cases)
- The relevant insurance policy limits
- Any statutory caps or limitations that might apply
- All the other factors and circumstances surrounding your claim
We understand, however, that your potential for financial recovery is an important part of your decision about whether to take legal action. We also understand how important that money is to you and your family — you’ve suffered real losses, you may have missed worked, you have bills to pay, and so on.
While no one can promise specific results in advance, what we can offer you is a free, no-obligation consultation with our Augusta personal injury lawyer. Call us or contact us online, tell us about your situation, and we can help you learn more about the damages you might be entitled to.
We can also tell you how much money people with similar claims have recovered in Georgia in the past.
In some cases, you may be entitled to much more money than you realize. For that reason, it is important to discuss your claim closely (and confidentially) with an experienced attorney before making any decisions about your legal rights.
Understanding Negligence in a Personal Injury
Succeeding in a personal injury claim requires the plaintiff (that is, the injured person) to show that the defendant was negligent, and that such negligence caused damages (that is, injuries or losses that you can be compensated for).
In society, we are all generally expected to behave reasonably and to treat each other with care. In other words, we have a duty of care. When we breach that duty by being careless or reckless, we are negligent… even if we didn’t mean to cause anyone harm. Sometimes, people in certain situations have a more specific duty of care.
For example, drivers who speed, text behind the wheel, or break traffic laws are being negligent. They can be held liable for the injuries they cause in a car crash.
Likewise, commercial property owners who allow their premises to fall into disrepair are being negligent. They have breached their duty of care, and they can be held liable when their visitors or customers get hurt because of a dangerous property condition.
These are just a few examples. We will see some additional examples of negligence in the next section, as we take a closer look at several common personal injury claims.
Our Augusta Personal Injury Practice Areas
An auto accident can turn your world upside down in an instant. If you’ve suffered after a car crash and now find yourself with a mountain of medical bills and an insurance settlement offer that’s simply too low, you aren’t alone.
At M. Austin Jackson, Attorney at Law, we have a track record of getting Augusta auto accident victims the compensation they deserve in the face of dangerous or negligent driving. Learn more about car accident claims.
Accidents involving tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks can be catastrophic. These cases tend be more complex, and the damages may involve much larger amounts of money. Find out why and learn more about your rights after a truck accident in Georgia.
Motorcycle accidents tend to be very serious. In the majority of cases, it is other drivers who are at fault in motorcycle accidents in Georgia, not the bikers themselves. Learn more about motorcycle accidents.
Other Vehicle Accidents (Bus, Boat, Ride Share, Etc.)
Our law firm also handles accidents involving virtually any other type of vehicle. Some of the most common examples include:
- Augusta bus accidents (e.g. school buses, commercial buses, charter buses, etc.)
- Augusta boating accidents
- Augusta ride share accidents (e.g. Uber, Lyft, etc.)
Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
Any traffic accident involving a bicyclist or pedestrian has the potential to be devastating. Too often, negligent drivers fail to show walkers, joggers, cyclists, and other pedestrians the care and respect they deserve.
Bicycles are vehicles too, and drivers must exercise caution around cyclists.
Likewise, motorists must recognize how vulnerable a pedestrian is and do everything they can to protect them.
Slip & Fall / Premises Liability (Including Drowning Accidents)
Premises liability is the area of Georgia personal injury law dedicated to injuries that happen on someone else’s property. Whether your injury happened on public or private property, your damages may be covered under or one or more insurance policy. Our office can help. Learn more about premises liability law in Georgia.
Slip & fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability claim. If you have slipped, tripped, or fallen while on someone else’s property, you may have a claim against the property owner and/or manager. Common causes of slip & fall accidents include spills, puddles, loose wires, fallen objects, snow or ice accumulation, and hard-to-see tripping hazards. Learn more about slip and fall accidents.
Our Augusta personal injury attorney also have specific experience in claims related to drowning accidents. Drowning is often the result of poor pool maintenance, inadequate barriers, boating negligence, negligent security or supervision, or other forms of negligence. You and your family may be entitled to substantial financial damages. Learn more about pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death claim after a drowning accident.
Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
Dogs may be man’s best friend, but when pets attack, the injuries can be extremely serious (to say nothing of the profound emotional distress that can follow). Georgia’s laws on dog owner liability are complex, but if you have been injured by someone else’s pet — or by any animal on someone else’s property — you may have a claim for financial compensation. Learn more about dog bite injuries.
Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
Nursing home negligence is a widespread problem in this country, with the majority of U.S. nursing homes suffering from inadequate staffing or other deficiencies, according to federal reports. Sadly, many of the seniors living in nursing homes have also been victimized by verbal, social, emotional, or physical abuse.
The signs of nursing home neglect and abuse aren’t always obvious. Learn more about how to identify nursing home negligence and the steps your family can take under Georgia personal injury law.
Product Liability (Defective Products, Dangerous Medications, Etc.)
Manufacturers have a responsibility to make sure their products are safe before putting them on the market. They also have a duty to properly instruct consumers as to the safe usage of those products — and to warn them about foreseeable dangers. This includes pharmaceutical companies that manufacture medications and medical devices.
In some cases, retailers, marketers, and distributors might also be held liable. Product liability sometimes exists even in situations where the defendant was not negligent. If you’ve been hurt while using a product or taking medication, you may be entitled to substantial financial liability. An Augusta personal injury lawyer can help. Learn more about product liability claims in Georgia.
Burn Injuries and Chemical Explosions
From workplace accidents to car crashes, factory or chemical plants, and even gas stations or construction sites, an accidental fire or explosion can happen almost anywhere.
While these accidents are sometimes caused purely by the force of nature, in many cases, people are injured because someone let safety slip through the cracks. Learn more about burn injuries and chemical explosions.
Neck, Back, and Spinal Cord Injuries
Did you know that whiplash is the single most common personal injury? Contrary to popular myth, whiplash can be much more than “just a pain in the neck” — it is a complex soft tissue injury that can cause real pain and significant damages.
While many injuries are serious, relatively few are permanent or completely life-altering. When an injury does have that kind of effect, we call it a "catastrophic injury."
These types of injuries often involve numerous surgeries, extensive rehabilitation, ongoing care, a change in career, altered living situations, diminished quality of life, prolonged emotional distress, and/or cosmetic challenges.
Some of the types of accidents and injuries we’ve discussed so far may qualify as catastrophic — spinal cord injuries, severe auto accidents or truck accidents, traumatic brain injuries, extensive scarring, severe burns, and so on.
These claims can be more medically sophisticated and often involve larger financial damages. Accordingly, experience in handling complex personal injury negotiation and litigation becomes absolutely critical. The Augusta personal injury lawyer at the Jackson Law Offices, P.C. can help.
If you have lost a loved one because of another party’s negligence, you and your family may be entitled to certain kinds of damages under Georgia personal injury and/or wrongful death law. At M. Austin Jackson, Attorney at Law, we understand how difficult these cases can be for everyone involved, and we are committed to providing the sensitivity and resolve they deserve. Learn more about wrongful death claims in Georgia.