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Personal Injury 

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Vehicular Accidents

Motorists injured in car accidents across Georgia know that the days, weeks and months that follow a serious accident are not easy ones.

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Dog Bites

We love our dogs, but dog bites are a serious public safety concern in Columbus and throughout Georgia.

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Defective Products

When defective or dangerous products result in serious injuries, these manufacturers may be held liable through a product liability claim.

Vehicular Accidents

If you've ever been in a car accident, you know there is much more to deal with than just getting your vehicle fixed. In many cases, accidents involve injuries of all severity and can require an extended recovery time. There is help you can turn to get back on the right track. 

Instead of worrying about piles of medical bills, we can fight to get you compensated for them to ease your burden. Instead of haggling with frustrating insurance companies, let us deal with them on your behalf and make sure you don't get short-changed.

We are proud to advocate for victims of the following types of vehicular accidents:

  • Boating Accidents
  • Claims Against Drunk Drivers
  • Auto Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
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I have insurance. Why do I need an attorney?

Your car insurance may be able to help cover your medical expenses if you are injured. If you do have this coverage, you may be eligible for some compensation after a serious crash. However, this compensation would only cover your direct medical expenses. With an attorney's help, you may be able to seek additional compensation to cover future costs and compensate you for your suffering.

Car insurance companies are not looking out for you. They want you to take a low-ball payout so they make more money. If you accept their offer, you may lose your right to seek the fullest amount of compensation you could receive.

You shouldn't accept any offer until talking to a car accident attorney about your rights & options. That's why you should call Paul R. Bennett today if you've been injured in a car accident in Georgia.


Types of Automobile accident cases We handle

Car
Accidents

Many factors can contribute to a car crash, and building a strong case for an injured victim requires a thorough understanding of personal injury law & a close look at the evidence.

Hit & Run Accidents

Drivers who injure other motorists and then flee the scene are reckless, irresponsible and unacceptable. If this has happened to you, you need to send a message that this will not be tolerated.

motorcycle accidents

When a motorcycle accident occurs, the biker is very prone to serious and possibly fatal injuries. If another driver was responsible for the crash, he or she should be held accountable.

bicycle accidents

Some drivers have little regard for bicyclists, and this can pose a serious danger. Even with a helmet, a bicyclist is very vulnerable in a collision with a car or truck. If you've been hit while biking, you need to know your rights under Georgia Law.

Pedestrian Accidents

A driver who strikes and seriously injures a pedestrian can be held accountable in a lawsuit, especially if the driver was speeding, ignoring traffic signals or was driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. We will fight for you to get the care and justice you deserve.

Trucking accidents

No passenger car can hold its own in a collision with a tractor-trailer. The damage can be extensive & the injuries can be deadly. If you've been injured in a truck accident, it's important that you understand truck accident law is different from the laws that typically apply to accident lawsuits. There are specific laws & regulations that govern trucking industry safety, and you need an attorney who knows them.

DUI & DWI CASES

Drunk driving is a reckless, selfish and entirely preventable crime. Paul R. Bennett has no tolerance for drunk drivers whose actions hurt innocent people like you and the people you care about. We'll push for the stiffest justice possible & the maximum compensation for your family.

DOG BITES & INJURIES IN GEORGIA

Dog Bites in Georgia

We love our dogs here at Law Office of Paul R. Bennett, but we also know that dog bites are a serious public safety concern in Columbus and throughout Georgia.

Dog attacks are a bigger problem than you may think. They leave victims- often children - emotionally & physically scarred, affecting them on a very personal level. Our dog bite attorneys understand what it takes to build a strong case for compensation to help dog bite victims.

Just how problematic are dog bites? Take a look at some of these statistics: 

  • More than 800,000 Americans receive medical treatment for dog bites every year, according to the American Veterinary Association
  • About half of all dog bite victims are 13 years old or younger
  • Senior citizens are the most likely to die in a dog attack. In 2014, 75 percent of adults killed in dog attacks were at least 50.
  • In 2012, nearly 28,000 victims had reconstructive surgery because of injuries caused by a dog, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 
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Negligence by Dog Owners in Georgia

It was not until recently that Georgia law declared that dog owners whose negligence causes a dog attack could be held liable.  When it comes to dog bites, Georgia is a negligence state. This means that in order to prove liability, an injured person must prove an animal's owner knew the animal was vicious or dangerous, and that the owner acted without reasonable care to restrain the animal or protect others. 

Georgia law specifies that a leash ordinance may be used to prove a dog has vicious propensities. This means that if you are walking down a road where dogs are required to be on a leash and an unleashed dog bites you, that is enough to prove the dog was "vicious" in the eyes of the law. 


What to do if you've been bitten by a dog

1. Get medical attention as soon as possible, even if your injuries do not seem serious. In addition to medical care, this will provide documentation of your injuries, which you will need to file a successful claim. 

2. Keep any clothing that may have been torn during the attack. Take pictures of your injuries and get information from the dog's owner, including the owner's name and address and the name of the dog.

3. Contact animal control, as they will test the dog for rabies and perhaps issue a citation to the dog's owner.

4. Lastly, be sure to contact an experienced dog bite injury lawyer at Law Office of Paul R. Bennett.

Proving your georgia Dog bite case

Only an experienced dog bite attorney with a proven record of success will be able to build a case strong enough to get you what you need in this difficult time. Our dog bite lawyers will investigate your case to see:

  • if the dog was vicious or aggressive, and if it had a history of such behavior
  • if the dog owner knew the dog was dangerous
  • if the dog was handled carelessly

We will talk with neighbors, friends, arrange for expert testimony and do whatever we need to do in order to build you the strongest possible case.

Compensation for a dog bite

Dog bite cases can lead to substantial settlements. Victims often suffer serious injuries such as disfigurements that require surgery, broken bones, fractures and serious cuts. These injuries can be painful, tough to treat and expensive. Owners of dogs can be held liable and forced to pay damages for:

  • All medical bills & costs
  • Lost income or wages
  • Any reduction in earning potential caused by the dog bite and subsequent injuries
  • Pain & Suffering & Emotional Distress
  • Scarring & Disfigurement
  • Wrongful Death & Punitive Damages

Defective Products

Georgia Products safety

Product manufacturers and distributors have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safely designed and manufactured and that the necessary warnings are affixed to them for potential dangers. When defective or dangerous products result in serious injuries, these companies may be held liable through a product liability claim.

It is important to have an experienced lawyer to properly pursue a product. We have successfully handled product liability claims involving a wide range of products, including those involving manufacturing defects, design defects and marketing defects.

For more information regarding defective product claims in Georgia, please speak to us as soon as possible. Call our office toll-free at (706) 327-7571 to schedule a free initial consultation. There are no fees if there is no recovery.

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Columbus defective product attorneys

Our firm has the ability and skill to handle a wide range of product liability cases, including those involving:

- Seat belts, air bags & other auto parts
- Adulterated food

- Firearms
- Elevators & Escalators
- Industrial Equipment
- Playground equipment & toys

- Child Seats & Cribs
- Medical Equipment

- Power Tools & Lawn Mowers

Every year in Georgia, people use products that are defective or dangerous and result in serious and life-threatening injuries. Improper designs, poor manufacturing and a lack of proper warnings about the potential dangers of those products are common causes of these accidents.