Attorneys for Auto Accidents in Atlanta, Georgia
What we bring to every case:
- The will to win every case, no matter how small
- We care about our clients – genuinely
- We will apply due diligence to find every legal solution
- We will never be tired of working for you
- We are glad to answer your questions
- Act with aggression when the situation warrants it
- Yet we maintain our calm in the face of adversity
- We will always be respectful of our clients
People often fail to realize that automobiles can cause immense amounts of damage when out of control. They can cause property damage and devastating physical damage to operators, passengers, and pedestrians. If that’s not enough, injuries and property damage can interrupt cash flow, adding financial hardship to other difficulties. Personal damage can include:
Everyone has the right to recover from an auto accident. If you are injured or in any way harmed by an auto accident, you have the legal right to recover the financial loss from the responsible party or parties. This can include medical expenses, lost income, property damages, and even funeral expenses. It can include professional services needed for emotional damages, or loss of future wages and care of a spouse or parent. While none of these things will restore the loss of a loved one, it can smooth the way for the future. An experienced attorney can guide you through the necessary paperwork and other documentation to recover all legal entitlement. At a time when you might not be at your best, our legal counsel can help. Lawyers often say that if they had been called at the beginning of a situation, then everything would go much better. There will be fewer errors in reporting, and less likelihood of people accepting fault when none really exists.
If you or your family has been personally injured in an auto accident, let our Georgia auto accident attorneys fight for your rights.
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Auto Accidents Factors
When to Call a LawyerA personal injury lawyer can help you fill out papers correctly, report the right information, and help steer a situation so that injured parties receive the appropriate counsel and compensation.
Cases of simple liability, such as a simple fender-bender or weather-related incident, might not require legal counsel. However, if there is a question of liability, if you aren’t sure how to evaluate your claim, or if you think the adjuster has not offered you a fair amount for your claim, then it is a good idea to consult a lawyer. An experienced personal injury lawyer can quickly evaluate the situation and will be able to explain what you need to do, and what proofs you need to collect. He or she will be able to tell you whether you have correctly evaluated your situation and whether the amount that you feel you should receive is in line with similar cases. In such cases, you might find a lawyer’s advice invaluable.
Insurance is not a reliable source of legal consultation.While most insurance agents do have your interests in mind, their real position is to pay out as little as is legally allowable on each claim. To this end, they try to avoid accepting responsibility for a few items in an accident as possible. When people are injured in an accident, they often need immediate medical attention and might need several months of ongoing care. This can be a problem when bills are put on hold while the insurance companies wrangle out each company’s responsibility. If there are two vehicles involved, this can be a different company for each vehicle owner involved.
If buildings, roads or other infrastructure are involved, several companies can be involved in discussing and resolving placement of responsibility. In many cases, full responsibility cannot be determined until the full extent of injuries and healing are determined. The state of Georgia allows up to two years to file a suit. Too often, people are pressured into filing before all the costs are understood and they lose out on recovery money that might have been available had they waited a little while.A knowledgeable lawyer can help you hit that sweet spot for filing for an accurate claim. An accurate claim will help you gain the funds that you need.
Other Complications in Filing Auto Accident ClaimsThere can be other complications, as well. If injuries are involved, medical insurance might pay the initial expenses for emergency room visits, necessary surgery or even post-operative therapy. Your health insurance might try to recover some of their expenses from the at-fault person’s insurance. However, there is a limit to how much they can recover in that way, and rules for the way that it is reported, and the claim filed.
Another avenue of recovering expenses can be workman’s compensation if the accident occurs at your workplace or in conjunction with your job. These are some of the kinds of things that need to be ironed out before you accept payment from someone else’s insurance. Accepting too quickly might mean that you will fail to collect money that might be available if you wait and examine all considerations.
The State of Georgia sets Parameters for Auto Accident ClaimsThe State of Georgia has set minimums of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident for insurance coverage. This is in line with minimums set by several other states. However, these minimums can sometimes be too small to cover the expenses from some accidents. When this happens, it might be possible to pursue other avenues of payment, such as an umbrella policy for a rental company. If the accident is caused by a defect in a road or other infrastructure, the city or state might be asked to pay part of the expenses. Your own insurance policy might pick up some of the expenses if the at-fault person’s insurance does not. This depends, in part, on what type of insurance you are carrying on your vehicle. Georgia state lawyers use due diligence to make sure that involved people who are injured in an accident receive appropriate compensation.
Reimbursement in case of auto accident
There are other significant issues that develop for persons injured in a car accident. For instance, if your health insurance company pays for your medical bills they will very often seek to obtain reimbursement from your settlement with the other driver’s insurance company. There are significant limitations on their right to obtain such reimbursement. Likewise, if you were on the job when injured, the worker’s compensation insurance company will try to obtain reimbursement of their payments for medical expenses and lost wages. Again, there are significant limitations on their right to receive reimbursement. These are important issues that you need to understand prior to agreeing to any settlement with the other driver’s insurance company.
State of Georgia takes on auto accident cases
In the State of Georgia, individuals are required to maintain liability insurance coverage for their automobiles. The minimum requirements for bodily injury liability insurance coverage in Georgia are $25,000.00 per person and $50,000.00 per accident. Since these insurance limits may be insufficient to cover the claim of an injured person, very often the injured person must explore what other insurance is available to the responsible driver or the extent of the driver’s personal assets. The responsible driver may have the right to coverage from insurance policies of family members, employers, rental car companies or from “umbrella” policies. In addition, other unknown persons or entities may also have liability for the auto collision. For instance, if the road or a light was defective, a government agency may share responsibility for the collision. In addition, your own insurance policy may provide you with coverage for your injuries. Our Georgia auto accident attorneys are well versed in the law and can help you recover the maximum allowed by all applicable insurance policies.
Economic loses of auto accidents
Determining the appropriate value of a claim for personal injury is complicated. It involves evaluating the nature and extent of the injury, the economic losses that are recoverable, and the liability issues related to the accident. Since insurance companies have vast experience in evaluating personal injury claims and will seek to obtain the lowest settlement possible, it is important to have a person with considerable experience dealing with the insurance company on your behalf. Generally, it is best to retain an Atlanta auto accident lawyer who regularly handles personal injury claims and will be prepared to institute litigation on your behalf if the insurance company is unwilling to settle your claim for a fair value.