You can sustain a whiplash injury through various accidents, but they are the most common in car accidents. When another driver causes a collision, the resulting force of the crash can rock your body back and forth violently. This can lead to lasting permanent damages.
Don’t suffer and pay out of pocket for damages caused by the at-fault party. Instead, hold them accountable for their actions.
The whiplash injury lawyers at John Foy & Associates can help residents in Savannah file a claim to receive compensation. We have years of experience dealing with insurance companies and can help you get a settlement today. Call us at (404) 400-4000 to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys.
What Will Your Whiplash Injury Lawyers Do for Me?
Filing a claim can be a difficult process. While it seems simple on the outside, you will soon realize that a lot goes into the claims procedure.
Before you even file, you will need to establish a strong case and build evidence. Then after you file, you will need to face the insurance company and the defense during negotiation.
Without proper legal knowledge, you will find yourself out of your depth quickly. This could bar you from receiving fair compensation. Our lawyers can:
- Collect evidence and build a strong case for your claim.
- Find medical treatment and ensure all of your injuries are treated thoroughly.
- Consult with experts to support the merits of your case.
- Help you negotiate for your settlement and take your claim to court if needed.
- Take care of all your communications to ensure privacy.
A lawyer can only benefit you. You are free to file a claim and negotiate without one, but this puts you at a serious disadvantage.
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Insurance Companies Won’t Settle in Your Interest
Insurance companies typically try to get out of paying personal injury victims a proper settlement for their damages. Remember, they are a business first above all else.
You will need to negotiate to get the compensation you need. Be aware that insurance companies will try to use various methods to get you to settle for less. These include:
- Talking to you and trying to get you to admit fault or waive your right to compensation through a recorded conversation.
- Trying to get you to sign documents that give you a meager amount of compensation.
- Though uncommon, following you and using your daily activities against you as signs you weren’t truly injured.
By having proper legal representation for your claim, you can avoid these tactics. Most insurance companies will try to settle out of court as soon as you retain a strong lawyer. This is to prevent any prolonged costly legal battles.
By having a lawyer at your side, you can render yourself immune to the strategies insurance companies use against personal injury victims.
How Will a Lawyer Calculate My Damages?
There are two types of damages that we can calculate for your settlement.
These damages have a fixed value and are usually calculated through receipts, invoices, and bills. Some of the most common economic damages are:
- Lost wages
- Vehicle repairs
- Medical expenses
Don’t lose or throw away any of your financial documents pertaining to your economic damages. They are crucial when it comes time to figure out how much compensation you are entitled to.
Non-economic damages require a formula to calculate. This is because there is no fixed value attached to them. Non-economic damages usually include:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental and emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
Our formulas rely on finding ways to value the non-economic damages you experienced. This can be either through the number of days you spent suffering or through a multiplier.
Regardless, we know that each case is different. We strive to consider all of the circumstances surrounding your accident and what you are going through currently when it comes time to calculate your settlement.
Punitive Damages Are Available for Whiplash Injuries
The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) § 51-12-5.1 defines punitive damages as damages that act as a form of punishment against the at-fault party of an accident. You can receive an award for punitive damages if the accident that caused your whiplash injury was:
- Malicious in nature.
- Caused with intent to cause harm.
- Caused by extremely egregious negligence.
While not all car accidents will fit these criteria, some may. When we evaluate your case, we will try to get an award for punitive damages on your behalf.
John Foy Whiplash Injury Lawyers Are Here to Help
If you’re in Savannah and need help filing a claim for your whiplash injury, please reach out to one of the attorneys at John Foy & Associates as soon as possible.
The longer you wait, the harder it will be to pursue a settlement. We offer free consultations to all of our potential clients. Call our law firm today at (404) 400-4000. There is no risk or obligation when you reach out.