Personal Injury FAQ
Need information about your personal injury or accident claim right away? These FAQs can help you learn more about the personal injury process and what to expect when you have been injured. While your case is unique, these questions and answers can give you a good idea of how the process works and provide valuable information about your rights after an accident. As always, if you need assistance or want to talk about your specific situation, contact our office; we’ll be able to set up a confidential and complementary consultation to go over the details and help you learn about your options.
Common Questions about Personal Injury Claims
What should I do if I have been in an accident?
If you have been injured in a car accident, bike accident or any other type of accident, you should take the following steps right away to get the help you need and collect the information you may need for a claim:
- Check yourself and anyone with you for injuries and seek out prompt medical attention
- Call 911 to file a police report
- Take photos and notes to document the accident, including the location, vehicles, people and any other information that would be useful later
- Take the contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident so you can contact them later
- Do not sign anything or accept any settlement offer
- Do not accept even partial blame, apologize or indicate in any way that you could have contributed to the accident.
- Contact an Atlanta personal injury attorney to talk about your specific case and determine the best course of action.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In the state of Georgia, you have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim; if you wait longer than this, you will not be able to seek compensation for your injuries. This statute of limitations sets a clear time period that you can file, so acting quickly is a must. Since your injury likely caused you to need medical treatment, miss work and incur high expenses, it is usually better to speak to an attorney sooner rather than later.
How much compensation can I get for my claim?
Your medical costs, missed wages and other expenses add up fast; the actual amount of compensation you could receive will depending on the circumstances of your accident, your losses and pain and the seriousness of your case. The best way to get a good idea of what to expect is to speak to a personal injury attorney.
What should I do if I am offered a settlement?
An insurance company may rush to offer you a settlement and to close out your claim as quickly as possible, hoping you’ll accept a lower amount. The extent of your injuries and the way they will impact your life may not be immediately apparent. It is important to speak to an attorney before you accept a settlement to avoid settling for far less than you deserve.
I was hit by a distracted, drunk or texting driver, can I get compensated?
It depends on the specific details of your case; you’ll need to speak to a personal injury attorney to go over the details of your accident. The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the circumstances and your injuries and will vary from case to case. Visit our drunk driving page for additional information on a potential claim.
What is negligence – and why does it matter?
When the other party caused your accident by not taking care or caution or by deliberate actions, they can be held responsible for your injuries. Whether you were injured by another person or at a business, if there was negligence involved, you likely have a case and should speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
How can you help me?
We begin with a free consultation to talk about the details of your case and make sure you have a good idea of what to expect from the process. Once we know what is needed, we will fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve and will make sure you have the best possible representation. Best of all, we work on a contingency basis, so you do not pay anything unless and until we win your case.