Personal Injury Lawyers

Skilled lawyers providing comprehensive personal injury services
Personal injury attorneys at Nicholson Phillips represent clients in a variety of injury lawsuits. When you suffer a personal injury as a result of a negligent action, reckless behavior, an intentional wrongdoing or a failure to take reasonable action, we know how to help you obtain rightful compensation for the physical, emotional and financial damages you endure. Our firm has been obtaining successful settlements for injured clients in Georgia for more than 20 years, and we are committed to supporting new clients with the same fervor.

What constitutes personal injury?
Millions of individuals suffer accidental injury every year — but not all of these cases can be classified as personal injuries. Legally, a personal injury is an injury, illness or other condition that occurred or was contracted due to negligent oversight, careless action or inaction, or deliberate infliction of physical or emotional pain or anguish. Personal injury laws cover more than bodily injury and may include personal property loss or damage and some less quantifiable injuries, such as pain and suffering.

Proving negligence
Achieving success in making a personal injury claim requires you to prove that the party responsible for your injury was negligent. All four of the following conditions must be met to be eligible for a personal injury settlement or trial award:

An owed duty — The duty owed is specific to the circumstances. For instance, automobile drivers owe a duty of driving safely to all others on the road. Doctors assume a duty of care when they agree to treat patients. If you were injured due to dangerous conditions on someone else’s property, the owner failed to assume a duty of safety regarding the premises.
Breach of duty — When an individual or entity puts you in danger by failing to meet the duty of safety or a standard of care, it is considered a breach of duty.
Causation — The breach of duty directly or indirectly caused your injury.
Damages­ — You incurred real, measurable physical, financial or emotional damages or losses as a result of your injury.

Common accidents and injuries
Personal injuries can occur in a wide range of situations. But some of the most common injury claims involve the following:

  • Auto accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Brain and spinal injuries
  • Injuries from fires and explosions
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Wrongful death
  • Premises liability and slip and fall accidents
  • Products liability (injuries and illnesses due to dangerous and defective products)
  • Medical malpractice

When you or someone you love has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for losses associated with the injury, including reimbursement for medical costs and lost wages. Common injuries in settlements or court cases include the following:

  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Traumatic brain and spinal injuries resulting in paraplegia, quadriplegia or a persistent vegetative state
  • Broken bones and soft-tissue damage
  • Burns
  • Chronic illness due to exposure to toxic substances
  • Conditions and illnesses improperly diagnosed by medical professionals

When determining damages in your personal injury settlement or court case, the future implications of your injury, including ongoing treatment and rehabilitation, must be considered in the valuation of your claim. Your medical costs, lost wages and benefits, and diminished earning capacity must be evaluated in the assessment and recovery of your losses.

Benefits of hiring an attorney
The reasons for using a personal injury lawyer are extensive. If you require an experienced Woodstock, GA personal injury attorney, we can answer your questions about your case and help you make informed decisions regarding your future. We provide protection from insurance companies and have the knowledge and skills to litigate your case in court so you can receive the compensation you deserve.

If you have been injured in a vehicle accident or due to your work environment, a defective product or medical malpractice, or if you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death situation, Nicholson Phillips offers outstanding professional advice and representation. More information is available on our personal injury Frequently Asked Questions page.

Brain & Spinal Injuries

About 11,000 spinal cord injuries and another estimated 1.7 million brain injuries occur each year in the U.S., often caused by the negligence of others. Marietta brain injury attorney C. Alan Nicholson has two decades of experience helping clients pursue the compensation they deserve when they sustain life-changing injuries to the brain or spine.

Causes of brain and spinal injuries
Both types of injury frequently result from common accidents such as the following:

  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Construction site accidents, including falls from great heights or blows to the head or body
  • Falls on poorly maintained premises, such as wet floors, faulty carpeting or icy parking lots
  • Sporting accidents

The severity of injuries

The luckiest victims of head and back injuries escape with whiplash, sprains and strains, or minor concussions. But one major peril of sustaining these types of injuries is that the full extent of injury may not reveal itself for several days or even longer. Most individuals with a seemingly minor bump on the head or sore back do not seek the immediate attention needed to properly diagnose and treat the condition — and potentially keep it from getting worse.

The spine directly communicates with the brain, affecting movement and other vital functions. Both spinal cord injuries and brain injuries can result in permanent disabilities, such as paraplegia, quadriplegia, loss of sensory abilities, speech issues, and even improper operation of internal organs.

If you or a loved one sustains life-altering injuries caused in whole or in part by negligent acts of other parties, you need a personal injury attorney with extensive experience and a network of skilled medical experts who can help develop your case — and potentially help with your treatment. Marietta spinal and back injury lawyer C. Alan Nicholson has helped many clients achieve justice in these difficult cases.

Experienced lawyers can help you pursue a potential lifetime of compensation
Regardless of how minor a head or back injury may seem initially, victims need to seek immediate experienced medical attention. Experienced head and back injury attorneys can help ensure you do not pay out of pocket for expenses that range from immediate medical costs to a lifetime of medical and specialized personal care. Nicholson Phillips provides skilled and compassionate legal support to families who suffer head and back injuries in Woodstock, Marietta, and throughout Cobb County.

Determining Damages in Personal Injury Settlements

Courts determine personal injury settlements and judgments by combining the following:

Economic damages — physical damages to which the judge can attach a monetary value, such as the damage to your car and your medical bills
Non-economic damages — physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other intangible damages

The non-economic damages, being non-quantifiable, will greatly alter the value of personal injury settlements in Georgia.

Courts do not use a scientific formula to determine a personal injury settlement. However, insurance companies and claims adjusters may attempt to offer a reasonable settlement amount based on the particulars of your situation. They may use the following to determine how much to offer you for your injuries:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Type and extent of injury
  • Nature of employment
  • Number of dependents

Our services

Nicholson Phillips helps injury victims in Georgia get the compensation they deserve if they have been harmed due to someone else’s negligent or careless actions. As personal injury lawyers, we can help if you were injured or lost a loved one due to any of the following:

  • Automobile, motorcycle, truck, or bus accidents
  • Premises liability or slip and fall accidents
  • Injuries from fires or explosions
  • Dangerous and defective products
  • Medical malpractice

These incidents frequently result in injuries, such as broken bones and permanent disfigurement. While we can easily determine how much your medical bills totaled, it is much harder to determine your suffering.

We have negotiated thousands of settlements on behalf of our clients during our many years as a personal injury lawyer. C. Alan Nicholson offers free consultations, and estimates the value of personal injury settlements for his clients.

Get help from an attorney with experience obtaining settlements
The value of a personal injury claim varies from case to case. While Nicholson Phillips can offer an educated estimate for your unique situation, there are no guarantees regarding non-economic damages. We do our best to ensure you receive appropriate compensation if you are an injury victim.

Discuss your case with our firm and allow us to put more than 25 years of experience at your disposal. Mr. Nicholson uses his extensive courtroom and negotiation experience to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries, resulting expenses, and pain and suffering.