If you’ve been hurt in a car accident in Athens, it’s important for you to get legal counsel. It’s all too easy to think that a “minor” injury will heal on its own, or to trust that your insurance company will treat you fairly if it becomes more serious. But the medical costs for even a minor car accident can easily run over $10,000, and in many cases we see hospital bills that run $100,000 or higher. Faced with these costs, the insurance company will do everything possible to pay less than its share and you can be left holding the bill. You need to speak to a lawyer.
John Foy & Associates is here to help. We have built a reputation as one of the most effective, most experienced car accident law firms in Athens-Clarke County. We have spent more than 20 years helping the victims of car accidents and we are a trusted name for a reason. At John Foy & Associates, we believe that you have a right to recover as fully as possible from your injury. Your insurance company has a duty to you during this painful time, and we believe you should emerge from your injury completely free of hospital bills. Let us sit down with you and discuss your case. Call John Foy & Associates at 706-400-4000 and get a free consultation today.
How Can an Athens Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?
You pay your insurance company to protect you. According to your policy, they are supposed to step in and cover medical costs in the event of a car accident. But no insurance company wants to pay a penny more than they have to—and they have an army of lawyers helping them find ways out of their contract with you. We have seen insurance companies use every trick in the book:
- Accuse you of lying or exaggerating your injury
- Call to see “how you’re doing” only to use anything positive you said against you
- Steer you toward a doctor who will claim your injury is not severe
- Offer you quick cash today, to fool you into signing away the rest of what you’re owed
- Record conversations on the phone with you
- Pressure you to sign papers before you know how serious your injury is
- Delay payments for weeks or months so that you face financial pressure to sign
The reason insurers can get away with this is because they know that most people won’t get a lawyer. They assume that you will get frustrated and sign whatever they want, even if it means you’re left with medical bills or a lifelong injury. The one thing they don’t want you to do is talk to a lawyer, because a good lawyer knows how to get you the full amount you deserve.
This amount can include:
- All of your current medical expenses related to the injury
- The estimated total of all future medical care the injury will still need
- The cost of seeing a specialist
- Physical therapy or other rehabilitative therapy
- Medicine costs
- The total amount of all wages you lost because you couldn’t go to work
- Payment to offset any disability or life-altering injury
- The cost of repairing your car or getting a new car
Never settle for less than the true amount you’re owed.
How do I know if I have a case?
Car accident cases are complex. The best way to get a definitive answer is to talk to an attorney. You should be able to sit down, explain what happened, and discuss your case for free, with no obligation. All it takes is 30-60 minutes to get a professional opinion on whether you might have a case.
Broadly speaking, anyone injured in a car accident may have a case. It doesn’t matter how the accident happened or whether the injury seems major or minor. The bottom line is, if you need medical attention after an accident, there’s a good chance you will have ongoing problems that will cost far more than the insurance company offers.
We have seen defendants win their cases for all kinds of car accident claims, including:
- Slippery/ foggy roads
- Brain injury
- Distracted driving
- Faulty tires
- Head on collisions and rear end collisions
- Hit and run accidents
- Hit by an uninsured motorist
Will I have to go to court?
No, in many cases a car accident claim can be resolved with no lawsuit and no trial. The first thing we will do when you contact us is gather as much information about your accident as possible. We will send an investigator to interview you, we will look at the scene of the accident, and we will help you see a doctor who specializes in your type of injury so you can get a realistic sense of how much treatment is needed. All of this helps us build the strongest possible case when we speak to the insurance company. Often, this is all it takes to get them to change their position and pay you a fair amount.
In other cases the insurance company may hold out. We are known as the “Strong Arm” law firm of Georgia and we will put hard pressure on the insurer during negotiation. As a last resort, you have the option of filing a lawsuit with the local courts. This is always your choice. If your case does go to court, we will handle everything for you from start to finish.
How much does a car accident lawyer cost in Athens?
At John Foy & Associates we keep to a simple promise:
- You pay nothing for your initial consultation or any consultation
- You pay nothing up front
- You pay nothing if we don’t win you money
The only way we take a fee at all is if we get you a financial recovery. Our fee comes out of the money you’ve won, so you never spend a cent out of pocket. We structure our fees this way to ensure that you face no risk in hiring us.
Talk to an Athens, Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer for Free
Car accident cases have tight deadlines. If you wait too long to file your claim, you could lose your right forever. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call John Foy & Associates and let us help you. Contact us at 706-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.