How do I know if I need an attorney?
If you or a family experiences a serious injury, you can benefit from speaking to a lawyer. Often the insurance company for the person who caused the accident will try to settle with you before you have an opportunity to retain an attorney because they know they can probably settle the case for less money. If you have legal representation, your lawyer, who is experienced in all aspects of personal injury, will investigate your case by obtaining statements from witnesses, taking photos of the accident scene and vehicles involved and doing everything he or she can to make sure you receive an appropriate settlement, or prepare your case to go to trial.
Is there a charge for our first meeting?
How is my lawyer paid? What if I can't afford a lawyer?
Unlike many other lawyers, our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. That means the lawyer gets paid only if he or she helps collect money for you. If the lawyer is successful, a percentage of the settlement will go to the lawyer as a fee. The percentage fee is computed before deducting expenses.
If I have an accident, do I always have to bring suit against the other party to receive a settlement?
No. If either party has liability insurance and if the insurance company is willing to volunteer a fair settlement, you do not have to bring a lawsuit. If they are not willing to make a settlement, or if they are not willing to pay you the worth of your claim, then you would have to bring a lawsuit.
How much money am I entitled to for my injuries?
There is no set amount. The primary reason you need an attorney is to help you evaluate your case. Most attorneys who handle personal injury cases are familiar with how juries react in similar cases. This gives the attorney guidance as to how to advise you regarding a fair settlement. The amount of your medical expenses, as well as your other elements of damage, will help the attorney decide what your case is worth.
In Georgia, how long do I have to file a lawsuit?
You have at least two years from the date of the accident to get your suit filed and served on the at fault party. The time limit may be longer under certain circumstances.
Who may bring action for damages in a personal injury case?
If you are a competent adult, over the age of 18, and are injured, you must bring the lawsuit in your own name. If you are a minor, under the age of 18, or an incompetent adult, then suit must be brought by either your parents or guardian.