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Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury

Answers from Unparalleled Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys

  1. How do I know if I have grounds for a personal injury suit?
  2. Do I need a lawyer to pursue compensation?
  3. What questions should I ask before I hire my personal injury lawyer?
  4. How much is my personal injury claim worth?
  5. What type of compensation can an injury claim cover?
  6. How long do I have to file a personal injury case?
  7. Will the insurance company cover my costs?
  8. I am ready to file a personal injury case. What should I do next?

1. How do I know if I have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit?

Not all injuries are eligible for compensation. Generally speaking, for there to be a cause of action for negligence, requires the following: (1) a legal duty; (2) a breach of the duty; (3) a causal relationship between the conduct and the injury; and (4) damages. Georgia case law states if there is no legal duty, there can be no breach, and consequently no negligence.

2. Do I need a lawyer to pursue compensation?

Technically, no—you do not. However, it is strongly recommended that you seek legal counsel to pursue compensation for your injury. Not only can a competent Atlanta personal injury lawyer provide you with key insight and guidance to successfully navigate your case, they will know what pitfalls and minefields to be cognizant of and to avoid. Pursuing compensation without legal experience or expertise could invalidate your suit and make the recovery of proceeds impossible.

3. What questions should I ask before I hire my personal injury lawyer?

Often times, people do not know what to ask a lawyer or may be intimidated at asking an attorney questions. Do not be. Following are several questions you should keep in mind when interviewing a personal injury lawyer:

  1. What types of cases does your law firm handle?
  2. Have you ever handled a personal injury case like mine before?
  3. Does your law firm actually go to court and try cases before a jury?
  4. How often should I expect to hear from you about my case?
  5. What is your fee?
  6. What costs will I be responsible for?
  7. Who is responsible for my medical expenses?
  8. What is expected of me?
  9. What happens if we lose the case?
  10. Will you provide me with a list of client references?

4. How much is my personal injury claim worth?

All personal injury cases are different and it is difficult to value an individual claim without fully investigating the liability issues, causation issues and damages.

5. What type of compensation can I include in my case personal injury case?

In Georgia, personal injury suits may claim damages, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of the ability to labor and earn money
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental suffering and anxiety
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Funeral costs (in the case of a wrongful death)
  • Attorney’s fees (if appropriate)
  • Punitive damages (if applicable)

6. How long do I have to file personal injury case?

The statute of limitations for filing personal injury or wrongful death suits in Georgia is generally two years from the time of the accident. This may seem like a long time to take legal action, but following an injury, victims and their loved ones often have other urgent matters to attend to—and this window to file could quickly pass. There are also circumstances where the statute of limitations period is tolled (extended).

That is why it is critical that you speak to an attorney as soon as you suspect that your injury could have been caused by someone else. Our team at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. can help you determine your legal options.

7. Won't insurance cover me?

In some cases, yes, insurance companies may cover the cost of your injuries. However, for every settlement that these companies pay out, they must subtract from their bottom line. Because of this, many will try to impose small settlements, minimize your injuries, or even blame the victim for the injuries they sustained.

At Goldstein & Hayes, P.C., you can leave it to us to handle the insurance companies for you. We are well-versed in the tactics they will use to avoid paying what is owed to an injury victim and will fight to make sure a proper sum is arrived at—even if it requires litigation.

8. I want to file. What should I do next?

If you are interested in pursuing a personal injury claim, then your next step should be to contact our team at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. Our personal injury law firm and attorneys have recovered more than $200 million dollars for our clients and continually strive to bring the highest level of legal representation to each and every case that comes through our doors

Your injuries deserve to be answered for. Contact us today.