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Personal Injury FAQ
What is negligence?
In order to have a successful personal injury claim, you will need to prove that the party that caused your accident was negligent. In other words, you will have to show that the other party had a duty of care and that they failed to uphold that duty by acting as a reasonable person would. For example, if you are struck by a car because the driver failed to stop at a stop sign, the driver’s negligent action would make them liable for your injuries.
Do I need a personal injury attorney or can I handle my claim myself?
Insurance companies are notorious for diminishing the value of claims or searching for ways to deny them outright. When they know an injured person doesn’t have legal help on their side, they know that they likely stand a greater chance of avoiding a payout or getting away with paying a lowball settlement. This is because they know that injured people are often unwilling to fight them in the stressful aftermath of an accident and are often more likely to accept any offer just to get the process over with. Unfortunately, many injured people come to find that the offers they have accepted are nowhere near what they actually need to cover all of their past and future accident-related expenses. An experienced attorney knows how to maximize the value of personal injury cases and can offer you the support, guidance, and legal muscle you need to pursue full and fair compensation.
How much is my personal injury claim worth?
No two personal injury cases are alike, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The value of your case will depend on a myriad of factors, including the total costs of your medical care, property damage, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and more. It also depends on the severity of your injury, the length of your recovery time, your degree of pain and suffering, etc. It is important to discuss all aspects of your case with an Atlanta personal injury attorney who can investigate your accident, determine who can be held liable, and pursue every dollar that you are entitled to.
How long will my case take?
Again, there is no easy answer to this question because each case is different. When you schedule your initial case review with an attorney, you can get a better idea of what you can expect.
Should I give a statement to the insurance company after an accident?
No! Never give an oral or written statement to an insurance company, or accept any settlement offer, without first speaking with an attorney. Insurance companies may try to use your own words against you – and once you make a statement, it’s very difficult to get it changed.
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?
We understand that victims of personal injury already have enough to worry about, especially when it comes to unexpected medical bills and other injury-related costs after an accident. That is why Kaufman Law, P.C. has a contingency fee arrangement, which means that our clients don’t owe us anything unless we win their case. If we win the case, our fee comes as a portion of the settlement, so there are absolutely no out-of-pocket costs and no risk. Consultations are free as well, so there’s no reason not to contact a lawyer!
How soon should I file a lawsuit?
You should speak with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident. There is a statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Georgia, which means that after a certain period of time, you will lose your right to ever pursue compensation.
Do you have more questions? Contact Kaufman Law, P.C. today!