Accidents can be traumatic, so it’s nice to know who has your back and will fight for justice. The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at John Foy & Associates are here for you. We will demand fair compensation after an injury or wrongful death that was caused by negligence.
As you focus your efforts on healing from your injuries, we will explain your case and any relevant laws and develop a legal strategy. From negotiating with insurers to calling in expert witnesses, we do it all for you so you can make your health the first priority.
Types of Cases Our Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers Represent
Our personal injury lawyers have years of experience helping individuals in the Atlanta area get compensation for their accident that resulted from another party’s negligence. The most common practice areas we work with include:
- Car accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Uninsured motorist accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Truck accidents
- Birth injuries
- Product liability
- Dog bites
- Slip and falls
- Social Security Disability
- Workers compensation
Your attorney will help determine if your case constitutes a personal injury and will therefore be filed through the civil court system. A consultation will also help us get a better understanding of who may be liable in your case.
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Steps for Filing a Personal Injury Claim
It’s important to have a general idea of each step of the legal process. These steps can be altered, depending on the specifics of your case. Your personal injury lawyer can address any concerns you may have along the way.
When you contact one of our compassionate personal injury lawyers in Atlanta, we are able to help you decide whether or not to go forward with legal action. During this case evaluation, your attorney will look at the details of your accident and begin to determine negligence.
File Your Personal Injury Claim
Once it’s established that you have a valid case, your attorney will begin by drafting and filing your personal injury claim to be submitted to the Georgia civil court system.
You, the plaintiff, and your personal injury lawyer will exchange information about the events of the case with the defendant and their insurance company. This helps us see what information the other side has.
Our personal injury lawyers will hire and consult with accident reconstructionists and medical experts to evaluate the facts of your case and possibly identify liable parties.
Mediation, also known as settlement negotiations, in personal injury cases are when both parties and their respective insurance companies meet outside of court to reach an agreement. It’s ideal, and cost-effective if the case settles out of court in mediation.
Go to Trial
If an agreement is not met through settlement negotiations, your case will go to trial. Your personal injury lawyer will present your case to a judge or a jury in a civil court and call experts and witnesses to testify.
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Damages You Can Recover From a Personal Injury
Your Atlanta personal injury attorney will try to prove negligence as well as recover compensation for your damages from the responsible party. Depending on the details of case, your damages may include:
- Medical costs from your injuries
- The estimated future costs of all medical care
- Property damage, such as car repair or replacement costs
- Lost wages for the time you were not at work and recovering
- Reduced earning capacity if your ability to work has been permanently diminished
- Pain and suffering
It is also possible to receive compensation for funeral expenses, medical bills, and lost wages if you are a family member of an individual who passed away due to an injury. In this situation, you will need to file a wrongful death claim with a personal injury lawyer.
Georgia Statute of Limitations
According to Georgia Code §9-3-33, you have two years from the date of your injuries, or your family member’s death, to file your personal injury claim. These statutes of limitations are relevant for civil cases such as car accidents, wrongful death, and other personal injury claims.
This is a strict deadline. If you fail to report it by this time, your case will be dismissed by the judge. There are certain exceptions, however, so it’s always worth speaking to us in a free consultation, no matter how much time has passed.
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How a Personal Injury Lawyer in Georgia Can Help
There are many reasons it’s worth getting a personal injury attorney in Atlanta after an accident. There are some of the things we will do for you to make this time easier:
- Give legal advice, and keep you updated on the progress of your lawsuit
- Engage the responsible party’s insurance company in settlement negotiations
- Bring your case to trial if the insurance company refuses to make you a fair offer
- Hire professionals such as accident reconstructionist or medical experts to put together the accident and testify negligence transpired
- Represent you in the trial, if your case goes requires it
Costs for a Personal Injury Lawyer
Our Atlanta personal injury lawyers work on a contingency-fee-basis. You do not owe any money upfront, and you will not be required to pay unless we win you compensation. We cover the costs up front, because we believe you should be able to seek justice, even if you’re out of work because you’re injured.
After receiving a sum of money for your accident and injuries, contingency legal fees typically range between 30% to 40% of your winnings. Specifics on legal fees will be outlined in our retainer agreement. We can also address your concerns in a free consultation.
What if You Are Partly at Fault?
According to Georgia’s modified comparative negligence rule, Code §51-12-33, if you, the plaintiff, are found guilty by the courts to be more than 50% at fault for the accident, you will lose the right to any recovery. However, you are still eligible for compensation if you are less than 49% responsible.
The judge will reduce the amount you are awarded damages in proportion to the percentage of fault. For example, a plaintiff the courts find 10% responsible for the accident would receive $90,000 of a $100,000 award or 90% of the total award amount.
Get Help From an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer
If you, or a loved one, are facing injuries and financial difficulties as a result of your accident, you are not alone. An Atlanta personal injury lawyer from John Foy & Associates may be able to help you recover from your damages and get justice.
When you contact us for a free consultation with a member of our team, we can discuss how we can help you strengthen your case.