There is no law that requires you to hire a lawyer for an injury case, but you may want to get a lawyer for a car accident in Georgia if:
- You have significant injuries and medical costs.
- You are physically or otherwise unable to handle a case by yourself.
- You want help negotiating a fair settlement.
- You don’t want to deal with insurance companies and other lawyers on your own.
Hiring a lawyer can give you peace of mind while you focus on your personal life. What’s more, hiring a lawyer may be more affordable than you think.
What Will a Lawyer Do for My Car Accident Case?
Essentially, a lawyer’s job is to seek the compensation you deserve after a car accident. Unfortunately, seeking fair compensation can be more complicated than it seems. A lawyer will use their knowledge of car accident cases, personal injury law, and other state and local laws to ensure that you seek the recovery you need.
Here’s how you can expect a lawyer to work for you. They will:
Go After the Best Possible Settlement
Seeking the best possible settlement in an injury case depends on solid evidence. A lawyer will start by investigating your accident to determine how it happened, who is liable, and how much compensation you are eligible to seek. Then, they’ll gather evidence to prove the details of your case.
A lawyer will then handle all the necessary conversations as they seek a settlement with an insurance company. They will negotiate on your behalf and even take your case to civil court if the insurer will not make a fair offer.
Take Your Case to Trial If Necessary
Some injury lawyers have more trial experience than others. You want a lawyer who is confident about going to trial if that’s your best option for seeking compensation.
Filing a lawsuit can motivate the other party’s insurance company to make the offer you deserve. Per the American Bar Association (as well as our law firm’s experience), this is how many car accident cases are resolved.
Handle Any Pushback From Insurance Companies
Some insurance companies will protect their bottom lines and attempt to undervalue your claim. They may push back and challenge the facts of your case, such as the severity of your injuries and the cost of your medical care.
A lawyer can handle these challenges for you. Car accident lawyers are often familiar with the tactics that deny or downplay claims, and they have methods of countering them.
Manage Complicated Cases for You
Some car accident cases seem relatively clear: the other driver may be clearly at fault, and the accident resulted in only moderate expenses. However, other cases can be much trickier. A lawyer can be especially helpful to have on your side in complex cases that involve:
- Multi-party liability
- Rideshare drivers
- Truck drivers
- Government liability
- Catastrophic injuries
- Uninsured or underinsured drivers
- Hit-and-run accidents
Use Their Knowledge of State and Local law to get the Best Possible Outcome
Many important laws can affect a car accident case, and it can be hard to know how these laws apply to you without a lawyer’s help.
A lawyer can tell you more about relevant laws such as the statute of limitations. This is the timeline to file a lawsuit after an injury accident in Georgia. Per O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you generally have two years after an accident to file. However, this deadline could be shorter depending on the liable party involved.
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How Much does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?
Many car accident lawyers work based on contingency fees. This means that you don’t pay any upfront fees to start your case.
Lawyers who work based on contingency will:
- Take a percentage-based fee at the conclusion of your case
- Explain their compensation rate at the outset of your case
- Earn no lawyer’s fees unless they win results for you
This fee structure allows many injury victims to get legal help even amidst the financial challenges of a car accident. Research prospective law firms to determine how their contingency fees may work.
How Should I Choose a Car Accident Lawyer?
You can typically call law firms to get a consultation about your car accident case. Some law firms offer this consultation for free. This case review offers you a chance to get a feel for the firm’s background and how you may work together.
When you make this initial call, you should ask the firm several questions, including:
- Do you think I have a case?
- What types of damages could I seek?
- What is your experience with car accident cases like mine?
- If necessary, will you take my case to trial?
- What types of fees are involved if I hire your firm?
- How long could it take to complete a case?
- How will you keep me updated about my case?
Make a note of how the team member attends to your concerns. If they are attentive and listen carefully, this may be a good sign that the firm will prioritize client service throughout your case.
After all, a lawyer’s job is not only to seek the best compensation possible, but to support you through the confusing process of a claim or lawsuit. How a firm interacts with you in your first call speaks volumes as to how that team will support you.
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You don’t have to be alone in your car accident case any longer. Contact Kaine Law to learn how we can help. Our attorneys have a track record of results for our past car accident clients. We are ready to help you with your Georgia car accident today.
Find out about your options for recovery. Call for your free case review at: (404) 214-2001.