The Ratchford Law Firm

Personal Injury Practice

For many years, we have represented people and the families of those who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, including persons injured in automobile collisions, in drunk driving incidents, in medical malpractice cases, and in slip-and-fall or other injury cases.

Medical Malpractice Claims

Medical malpractice occurs where a medical practitioner acts in a negligent manner when treating a medical condition. Malpractice can occur from an action taken by the medical practitioner, or by the failure to take a medically appropriate action. Examples of medical malpractice include:

Failure to diagnose, or misdiagnosis of a disease or medical condition
Failure to provide appropriate treatment for a medical condition
Unreasonable delay in treating a diagnosed medical condition
Medical negligence cases involve complicated and sensitive matters. For a free initial consultation or to get answers to basic questions, please call us at (912) 754-7800. We will keep your call confidential and give you our evaluation of your case.

Products Liability

Dangerous or defective products are the cause of many thousands of injuries every year.

Product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective product into the hands of a consumer. Potentially liable parties include the manufacturer, a manufacturer of component parts, the wholesaler, and the retail storeowner.

Our lawyers approach a products liability case from every angle. In proving a product is defective, we search out the defect, whether it is a design defect that existed before the product was manufactured; a manufacturing defect that happened while the product was being produced; and/or a marketing defect that arose from improper instructions or failures to warn.

Proving that a product is defective requires an attorney who knows the law and is capable of gathering and effectively organizing large amounts of crucial information. Our attorneys have the resources and experience that it takes to successfully pursue your products liability case.

Wrongful Death/Traumatic Injuries

Under Georgia law, an action for “wrongful death” occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company or entity. In such instances of serious and fatal accident, the decedent’s survivors or estate may bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Survivors include the decedent’s spouse, children and parents. Money damages that are recoverable by survivors in a wrongful death cause of action include:

Medical bills and funeral costs
Pension and retirement benefits had the decedent lived
Loss of future earnings had the decedent lived
Loss of companionship — the cost of the “emotional” loss to the relationship, including pain and suffering that has resulted from the decedent’s death
Punitive damages
If you have lost a loved one because of the negligent actions or misconduct of another, or have been the victim of a serious and traumatic injury, you need professional legal advice without delay. We will handle your legal case with experience and skill, aggressively pursuing all legal remedies and recourse to obtain the maximum legal judgment to which you are entitled. We will also treat you with the sensitivity that your case warrants, and with the dignity and respect that you deserve.

Car Accidents

While car accidents make up a significant portion of personal injury and wrongful death claims, they often involve a highly complex set of issues that require a skilled lawyer to sort through and resolve. Damages for which you may be entitled include medical bills and expenses, vehicle repairs, wage loss, property damage, pain and suffering and other related expenses. Attempting to handle your own auto accident claim will likely result in lower compensation for your injuries and property damages.

We thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident, your injuries and, after discussing the case thoroughly with you, assess your level of damages. On this basis, we then seek to reach settlement with the insurance company. If the insurance company delays or is unwilling to provide satisfactory compensation that reflects your injuries and damages, we do not hesitate to file a lawsuit to recover those damages to which you are entitled.

 

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