Determining liability in personal injury cases is a notoriously complex process. For example, if you injured your back in a slip-and-fall accident in the grocery store when you stepped in a spill in the produce section because you were distracted on the phone, is the grocery store liable for your injuries? Or is the accident your fault, because you failed to take proper precautions? We’ll give you some of the basics of Georgia personal injury liability laws here.
The Georgia law and court system works off what are known as “modified comparative negligence” laws. What this means is that the burden of negligence and liability can be split between the parties involved. In contrast to states where settlements are awarded in an all-or-nothing way, Georgia allows for settlements to be modified to reflect how each party contributed to the incident. To use the example above, if your slip-and-fall was deemed to be 35% responsible for the incident, then you would receive 65% of the total settlement costs.
As you can imagine, determining appropriate settlements is an intricate process, and we highly recommend you seek legal counsel before filing a claim. It’s important for you to work with an attorney who is well-versed in the specific area of practice that’s relevant to your incident. We welcome your questions and invite you to reach out to us today!