Have you been injured in an accident or incident caused by someone or something else, and will you experience costly and long-term consequences? You might be wondering how to begin your claim to collect compensation for the costs and damages linked to your injuries. How will you pay for your present and future medical bills? If your injuries have impacted your ability to earn, how will your household make up for the reduction in your available budget?
These are questions that your experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer from Spaulding Injury Law is standing by to answer through your risk-free, cost-free case assessment.
Being injured in an accident or incident that was caused by the negligence of another party can entitle you to collect compensation for the costs and damages linked to your injuries. The rules of evidence and civil procedure will often determine whether or not you are able to file a claim with the court to collect damages that you might be entitled to. It is important to hire an attorney who is capable of drafting a viable claim and navigating your local courts if that claim does not result in a fair outcome on your behalf.
The most important aspect to consider before hiring an injury attorney is their overall experience. The personal injury attorneys from Spaulding Injury Law have years of combined experience helping clients recover the best possible damages for their injuries from accidents, including:
The process of determining whether or not you have a case begins with a thorough review of the accident or incident that led to your injuries, the parties involved, and the long-term implications of your injuries. Below is a more complete explanation of the process to help frame your case. Reach out to a local personal injury attorney to learn how the process applies to your case.
Knowing the way in which a personal injury claim works is helpful in framing the way in which damages for your personal injury will be pursued and ideally recovered. While it is possible to pursue compensation for your injuries on your own, it is often difficult to do so while recovering from your injury, and the knowledge and experience of a Johns Creek personal injury attorney can substantially increase the amount of damages that you are ultimately awarded.
When you do not recover complete damages to cover the costs linked to your injuries, you and your family are left to cover the difference. The following process will be put to work on your behalf once Spaulding Injury Law gets started on your claim.
While it would be ideal if you could pursue a claim or case to receive complete compensation for all damages linked to your injuries after all accidents or incidents, this is not the case. When the accident or incident that caused your injuries was caused by your own negligence, then your own insurance company and finances would be the source of coverage. When the accident or incident that caused your injuries was due to the negligence of another party, then you may have a claim or case to recover damages.
The benefit of receiving a free consultation from a local Georgia personal injury attorney is to determine if you might have a case and, if so, for help through the entire process if they take your case.
Once you hire a personal injury attorney for your case, the process of collecting evidence begins. Evidence must be gathered in relation to the accident or incident itself, which can include the use of legal instruments like requests for production or depositions. Once liability is proven and the party liable has the capacity to cover damages, generally through an insurance company, your attorney will gather evidence to measure your damages.
Your damages are measured by considering both the short and long-term costs of your injury, including:
Evidence to measure your present and future medical and occupational costs is provided by assessments from experts. While experts capable of measuring these types of damages and testifying to them in court are often difficult to find and book, your trustworthy personal injury lawyer from Spaulding Injury Law has a network of professionals to refer you to and will even help schedule your appointments. We cover all costs during the process and only get paid if we win at the end of the case.
Payment is not automatic when a party is liable for your injuries, but instead, you must collect evidence and draft a claim that proves you are entitled to the damages. The evidence gathered is incorporated into a properly drafted claim that is first generally filed with the insurance company of the party liable for the accident or incident. Damages may only be collected based upon evidence that would be admissible in court, and as we’ll discuss, when settlement negotiations do not produce a fair outcome, filing a lawsuit and taking the liable party to court is the next step.
In order to be able to collect compensation for the damages linked to your injuries, you must file your claim within the statute of limitations, as defined by Georgia Code Sec. 9-3-33 (2019). For personal injuries, that is generally two years, which means that if your claim is not brought within two years from the time of your injury or the discovery that your injury was linked to a particular accident or incident, you lose your right to do so forever.
The benefit of working with an experienced personal injury lawyer is ensuring that your claim is filed within the time allowed under Georgia law and in line with the policies and procedures of the appropriate court. The statute of limitations applies to the filing of a lawsuit; however, it is possible for your attorney to negotiate a pre-trial settlement that covers your damages and saves the time of a trial.
When you have been injured, the last thing you want to do is learn how to draft an insurance claim in line with Georgia statute, then draft, file, and ultimately negotiate that claim with the liable party and often their insurance company. Insurance companies are for-profit organizations. They earn their revenue by collecting premiums from their customers and minimize costs by denying whatever claims they can and paying as little as possible on those that are paid out.
Your Atlantic Station personal injury attorney steps into your shoes and takes over all negotiations with the liable party and their insurance company. If pre-trial settlement negotiations don’t work, we take them to trial and argue on your behalf in court if it comes to that. Often, insurance companies will settle prior to a trial. Whatever course you decide to take, your Spaulding Injury Law attorney has the experience you need to win on your case.
Some injured parties decide to gather evidence on their own to negotiate with the insurance company, which can put them at a disadvantage as the insurance company employs full-time teams of attorneys and claim analysts to combat claims. When a settlement cannot be reached outside of court, your seasoned personal injury lawyer will file a lawsuit against them and use legally admissible evidence in support of your case.
The sooner you connect with a personal injury attorney after receiving emergency medical attention for your injuries, the better we will be able to assist on your case. The priority is ensuring your immediate safety; then, it is time to reach out to Spaulding Injury Law. We will get started by gathering evidence in support of your case, which can include an evaluation of the scene of the accident or incident to collect evidence that might not be available for long.
Our team is standing by to provide your risk-free, cost-free consultation to determine if we can help with your case. Reach out to us with a call, or visit our site to schedule your free consultation.
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