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Last Updated on July 26, 2021 by Theodore Spaulding
Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. Personal injury lawsuits are filed against the person that caused the harm through negligence, or misconduct, and in some cases on the basis of strict liability. Different jurisdictions describe the damages in different ways, but damages typically include the injured person’s medical bills, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life.
What is the process for an Alpharetta personal injury lawsuit?
An injury has occurred and an attorney is searched for.
The first thing that has to happen is you or someone you know has suffered an injury as the result of another negligent party. The next thing to do is to contact us for a free consultation. We will meet and discuss the details of how the injury occurred. If, after the initial consultation, it appears that you might have a case, we would agree to conduct an exploratory investigation and determine if the other party has applicable insurance and/or sufficient assets to cover any settlement or judgment. If the consultation and investigation lead us to conclude that the case is viable, a fee agreement will be signed and the attorney-client relationship will be official.
A complaint is filed and served
After establishing that a legitimate case exists, the plaintiff’s attorney will file a personal injury complaint. After the complaint is filed, we will have a month or more to locate the defendant and “serve” the complaint on him or her. All this means is that we physically deliver the complaint to the defendant in a way that can be verified, ensuring the defendant cannot later claim to not know about the lawsuit.
Pre-Trial and Discovery
Discovery is a pre-trial procedure where we and the other party, through the law of civil procedure, can obtain evidence from the other party or parties by means of discovery devices such as interrogatories, requests for production of documents, requests for admissions, and depositions. The purpose of discovery is to encourage parties to reach a resolution of disputes on their own, without resort to a full trial by the court. The free flow of information between the parties to a lawsuit is intended to enable each side to better assess the case, including the strengths and weaknesses of both sides, thereby promoting a more realistic view of likely outcomes that will lead to settlement.
It’s possible for a case to go to trial but most personal injury cases will end in a settlement. At any point in the process described above, the parties can settle and end the case, even before the complaint is filed.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle
Our Alpharetta location is staffed and can accommodate your injury case. The types of personal injury cases we handle include:
When Should You Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you have been injured because of another person’s negligence, get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
If you wait to contact an attorney, you may make mistakes when talking to the insurance company, receiving medical treatment, or documenting evidence that could affect the outcome of your case. Consult with an attorney immediately after you sustain your injuries so you know exactly what to do to strengthen your case and improve your chances of recovering compensation.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Many people are under the impression that paying for a personal injury attorney is something that they cannot afford, so they end up never hiring an attorney to represent them after they have been injured. We don’t ask for money upfront and only collect a fee if we successfully recover compensation. Not only does this mean that you won’t have to pay anything right away, but it also means we will be even more motivated to reach a favorable outcome in your case.
Some people in Alpharetta, GA ask this question because they are confident in their ability to work directly with their insurance adjuster or they feel hiring a lawyer might be in bad taste for some reason. The best answer to this question however is no matter how much you like your insurance company or insurance adjuster or even the person(s)/company who caused your accident, one thing is for sure: they have lawyers protecting them for a reason. In the case of insurance companies they have hundreds (if not thousands) of lawyers. The sole purpose of those lawyers is to limit the amount of money they have to pay you. So negotiating directly with an insurance company is the equivalent to bringing a knife to a gunfight. Any way you slice it, however successful you may be without a lawyer, you’re significantly better off with a lawyer.
We scream this from the mountaintop to any and everyone; if you’ve been in accident, call an injury lawyer IMMEDIATELY. There’s no way anyone can know if you have a strong case until you speak with a competent personal injury lawyer who can do an analysis of your situation. The reason time is of the essence is, in the event you have a strong case, a good injury attorney will see to it that you get the medical treatment you deserve and that everything possible is being done from the very beginning to maximize your compensation. Time and time again, we have seen people drag their feet to talk to an injury lawyer and it ends up hurting their case in a significant way. So again, call an attorney IMMEDIATELY if you have been hurt so that you have a paid professional on your side, fighting for you and your family.
It’s impossible to give an accurate number of how much money you might recover in your case given the limitless number of variables but here’s some things that, generally speaking, factor into the compensation injury victims receive:
- Who was at fault in the accident and to what extent?
- The severity of the injuries you or your loved one(s) sustained
- Whether or not there is insurance for your accident
- Is there any third parties how might be responsible for your injuries?
Everyone is different and has unique circumstances but as a general rule of thumb, heres’s some things that should be important to anyone in Alpharetta looking hire an injury lawyer:
- Will I get personal attention from this lawyer or be passed off to someone less knowledgeable and/or less experienced once I hire them?
- Is this lawyer a “trial lawyer”? This is critical because insurance companies will only pay you the maximum amount if they fear that they will actually be taken to trial and lose. If your lawyer’s reputation doesn’t create fear of losing in the courtroom, they will be much less motivated to pay you what you truly deserve.
- What’s the track record for the attorney I am hiring? It’s important that the lawyer your hire is experienced in the type of accident you are dealing with and has a pattern of successful outcomes that demonstrate their competence in cases similar to yours.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer located in Alpharetta Now
If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence, seek legal representation from Spaulding Injury Law at once. Some of our law firm’s practice areas are wrongful death, truck accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and premises liability. Our attorneys used to work for insurance companies, so they know the ins and outs of all aspects of personal injury law.
As a Spaulding Injury Law client, you will receive personal attention throughout the entire legal process so you are always updated on the status of your case. To learn more about what it’s like working with us, take a look at Spaulding Injury Law’s Google reviews.
Schedule a free consultation with one of the experienced personal injury attorneys in our law office by calling 470-509-5772 or sending us a message using the online contact form on our website. Our attorneys will review your case, provide you with legal advice, and explain all of your legal options.