Q. Do I have a case?
We need to speak to you to find out. Each case is fact specific. We are trained to analyze and evaluate fact patterns and look to establish liability of those who injure you through carelessness. Call us at 770-832-0300 for a free phone evaluation. We will also meet with you face to face free of charge. If you cannot make it in, we will be happy to come to you. Or you can email us and we will answer questions.
Q. How does having a lawyer help?
We advise consulting with a lawyer in any car wreck or incident involving the failure of another to exercise reasonable care. Even a minor accident with injuries can involve complex issues of negligence and insurance law and these issues are multiplied in more serious cases where the stakes are higher. Because of our experience, we can help you know what to expect from your injuries and attempt to minimize their impact on your family. We can help you evaluate the full value of your claim before an insurance company talks you into any kind of settlement.
Q. Can I just settle my claims with the insurance company? Insurance adjusters handling your claim are trained and skilled at minimizing the claims facing their employers, the insurance company. No matter how nice and fair they seem they do not represent your best interests. Having a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer to protect your best interests can help you understand and develop the true nature of your injuries and value of your claims. We have had adjusters attempt to trick injured clients into cashing a check for a small amount in exchange for a release. Adjusters may even send you a check unsolicited in hopes that you will cash it. Entering into a settlement with an adjuster before knowing the true value of your claim means you likely will not be able to collect additional compensation for your claim, even if you later discover your injuries are more serious than you believed. Retaining an experienced personal injury lawyer with a proven track record is always the best way to protect your rights and receive the maximum value compensation for your injuries. Settling with the insurance company may also interfere with your rights to collect from your own uninsured motorist coverage.
Q. I was injured, but like many, I am not sure about making a claim. Will I have to go to court? Most claims are settled out-of-court. We settle the majority of our cases. But if we don’t, we will file suit. If suit has to be filed and your claim still does not settle, you want an experienced litigator on your side.
Q. How do I pay my lawyer? We will be glad to talk to you on the phone or in person at no charge. You owe us nothing until you hire us by signing a contract. Then you only pay us out of the money we recover for you. This is what is called a contingent fee.
Q. The insurance adjuster for the other party is asking me for information. Should I give it to them? Our experience teaches us not to give recorded statement or medical information releases to adjusters. There may be exceptions in special circumstances. Generally, we want to gather all your medical records and information and provide them as a package to the insurance company or the lawyer for the other party.
Q. How long will my case take to resolve? It is not possible to accurately state a time in advance. The length of time depends on many factors such as whether a dispute exists as to who was a fault, the extent of your injuries, the length of your medical treatment, the speed with which the court hears trials. We know that any incident that causes injury often causes financial hardship. But if you resolve your claims too quickly, you may not discover the full extent of your injuries nor the proofs to maximize your recover. We will use our experience to expeditiously resolve your claim without jeopardizing your recovery.
Q. How much is my case worth? Lawyers cannot guarantee a result. We can use our 27 years of experience to evaluate the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident and the injured party. To evaluate your claim, we must investigate how the incident occurred and how much proof of liability we have. Then we evaluate your treatment and cost of treatment both past and future. There are many additional factors that may affect the value of the case such as prior injuries, prior claims, among many other factors. We focus our practice on serious claims so our experience and success in these cases also impacts the value.
A Note about Medical Treatment: The first priority in every injury case is getting the injured party better. Always seek medical attention for injuries. It is not unusual for the adrenaline from the incident to mask the injury. Many of our clients began suffering from their injuries later. What may seem like minor aches and pains often times indicate more serious injuries. Use your health or automobile Med pay insurance to pay for your treatment. In some situations, we may be able to use our relationships with medical providers to assist you in obtaining treatment on a lien.