Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the Top 10 Mistakes NOT to Make after an Accident:
- Don’t leave the scene of the accident.
- Don’t admit fault.
- Don’t forget to document everything.
- Don’t get angry or argue with the other drivers.
- Don’t be disrespectful to the police officer.
- Don’t decline medical treatment.
- Don’t leave personal belongings behind.
- Don’t post about the accident on social media.
- Don’t speak to the other driver’s insurance company without first talking to a lawyer.
- Don't forget to report the accident to your insurance company.
No! Insurance companies can use your own words against you – so, once you make a statement, it’s difficult to change. We tell our clients to never give any oral or written statement to an insurance company or accept any settlement offer, without first speaking with an attorney.
The best thing to tell an insurance adjuster is to contact your Atlanta personal injury lawyer. We tell our clients to never give any oral, recorded, or written statement to an insurance company or accept any settlement offer, without first speaking with an attorney. Insurance adjusters are working to limit liability for claims, and they could take any statement you make out of context.
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- Economic damages are your financial losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income and benefits
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Diminished earning capacity
- Nursing care
- Personal care
- Non-economic damages represent your "pain and suffering" caused by the accident and injury. You can recover compensation for your:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Permanent impairments and disabilities
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Physical pain and discomfort
- Scarring and disfigurement
Punitive damages are not intended to compensate you for your losses. Instead, the award "punishes" the defendant for intentional, grossly negligent, or reckless behavior. Punitive damages are only awarded in a few personal injury cases.
- The severity and type of injuries you sustained
- The duration of your recovery
- The total of your economic damages
- Whether you contributed to the cause of your injury
- The availability of insurance coverage
- The parties involved in the claim
- Whether the insurance company is willing to negotiate a fair settlement amount
The legal proceedings could then take a few months to a year or longer to resolve a personal injury claim. We understand that your accident and injury might have caused financial hardship. Our personal injury lawyer in Atlanta will do everything possible to settle your claim quickly. One benefit of hiring a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta, GA, is that you have someone monitoring your insurance claim to avoid unnecessary delays and bad faith practices by the insurance company that can delay settlement.
The single most important factor in determining how long it will take to settle your claim is your recovery time. Your doctor can’t tell if you’ve sustained permanent impairments or disabling conditions until you have reached the maximum medical improvement. Because victims often suffer financial hardships during recovery, insurance companies can seek to draw out the process, as a tool to force you to settle early, often for less than you deserve. Once you’ve recovered, the legal proceedings can take a months to a few years or even longer. However, most personal injury cases settle without going to trial.
For much more information on verdicts, visit our “Case Results” page.
Most insurance companies include a clause in their settlement agreements that this amount in the settlement will be the only compensation given to the injury victim. So once you sign that agreement, it’s usually not possible to recover any more compensation, even if you discover your injuries are more severe than you initially realized. If you have already signed an agreement, however, there may still be options. Call our firm today to learn more.
If you have ever been involved in a car accident only to discover that the at-fault driver did not have enough insurance to cover your costs or did not have any insurance at all, you may wonder what uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage in Georgia is and what it covers.
Many states in the U.S. make uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage a requirement under the law for all drivers. This type of coverage protects you in case a motorist without insurance is involved in a car accident with you. In the event of an accident with an uninsured driver, uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage steps in to pay your accident-related expenses.
In Georgia, uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage is an option, not a requirement, that gives you additional coverage in the amounts of $25,000 for physical injuries for each person and up to $50,000 for physical injuries for each accident. Optional coverage of this kind can limit or erase your out of pocket expenses for a car accident.