Some car accident cases are too small to warrant a lawsuit. Such accidents may include:
- Those that don’t result in any injuries
- Those involving minimal medical care, property repairs, and other damage – perhaps less than the cost of a lawsuit
- Those in which the insurance company offers an adequate settlement, eliminating the motivation to file a lawsuit
You should never assumethat your car accident is too small for a lawsuit, though. Speaking with a law firm like ours will help you decide how to resolve your case.
Many Car Accident Cases Are Worth Bringing a Lawsuit
Not all car accident cases are too small to warrant a lawsuit. You may generally pursue a car accident-related lawsuit if:
- You suffered significant injuries
- Your loved one suffered significant injuries and cannot secure representation for themselves
- Your loved one passed away from accident-related injuries
A lawyer can determine if your case is worthy of legal action. It may be. Some factors that our firm considers when evaluating cases are:
The Type of Injuries
If you avoid injury in a car accident, then we consider you fortunate. Per the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), motor vehicle accidents are the second-leading cause of hospitalizations and ER visits in Georgia. Many injuries can cause significant medical costs and secondary losses, like:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spine injuries
- Internal injuries
- Severe lacerations
While some car accident victims escape with minor bruising or no injuries at all, others suffer debilitating injuries. We’ll work with physicians to determine your specific injuries.
The Severity of Injuries
The type of injury you suffer is important but doesn’t always tell the whole story. A bruise affecting your thigh is generally not as serious as a brain bruise.
Severe injuries may disable you, while less serious injuries may heal with time and treatment. The severity of injuries is a factor we consider in every car accident case.
The Cost of Medical Care
Most insurance policies in Georgia cover two things: medical care and property damage. It’s a given that injured car accident victims will require some amount of medical care. The question is: how much will your medical care cost?
If you face medical bills well beyond insurance coverage, pursuing a lawsuit may be appropriate. If insurance covers all medical costs, then a lawsuit may not make sense.
The Extent of Professional Harm
Injuries and wrongful deaths generally affect a victim professionally. Professional losses can include:
- Temporary loss of income
- Permanent loss of income
- Reduction of working hours
- Forced career change to accommodate disabilities
- Missed bonus opportunities
- Lost promotions
- Lost retirement contributions
A healthy person may have no limits on their production earning power. An injury may limit your cognitive and physical abilities, reducing your earning power as a result. A wrongful death can completely deprive families of financial support.
The Degree of Pain and Suffering
Car accident victims have different psychological and emotional reactions. Some victims may resume life as normal, while others may be devastated. In serious cases, a car accident victim may:
- Develop a fear of riding in motor vehicles
- Develop depression, anxiety, and other diagnosable conditions
- Have difficulty sleeping
- Have traumatic memories
- Require counseling, medication, and other treatment for trauma
A lawsuit may be the only way to get justice for severe pain and suffering.
You don’t have to process these considerations alone. A personal injury attorney can review your case and provide advice.
For a free legal consultation, call 404-214-2001
Liability May Be a Factor in Whether You Bring a Lawsuit
Whenever we review a car accident case, we ask: who is at fault for this accident? We also ask who has legal liability.
Negligent parties are generally liable for car accidents. When someone’s negligence causes serious injury or wrongful death, then the victim may pursue legal action. In Georgia, someone is negligent when:
- They owe another party (like a fellow motorist) a duty of care
- They violate their duty of care
- The violation of the duty of care causes a collision
- The collision produces damages like injuries or death
Motorists who drive dangerously, while intoxicated, or while distracted are generally negligent. Companies who employ dangerous drivers may be negligent. There are virtually endless examples of negligence causing car accidents. Our firm identifies negligence in every case we handle. We can identify anyone who caused your accident, caused you harm, and owes you compensation.
Call Kaine Law Today for a FREE Consultation
The Kaine Law team has multiple decades of collective legal experience. We proudly serve the Atlanta metro area and communities throughout Georgia. We have a deep understanding of how to obtain compensation for injured clients in a variety of accidents. We’re ready to help you after your car accident.
Call Kaine Law today at (404) 214-2001 for a free case review. We’ll answer your questions and address your concerns. We may also explain whether a lawsuit is appropriate in your case.