If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident in Brookhaven, you’re not alone. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries, and even injuries that appear minor at first can become painful, long-term conditions. In many cases they can leave you with high medical bills and increasing debt. But the law says you don’t have to take on the financial burden of your accident if it was someone else’s fault. You need to talk to a Brookhaven car accident lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we’ve been helping accident victims for more than two decades. We began as a small, local law firm but we have grown into one of the largest and most well regarded personal injury firms in the state—and we work exclusively for the victims of accidents. Our mission is simple: to get you the money you need to recover as completely as possible. We’d like to give you a free consultation to help you get started with your claim. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What can a Brookhaven car accident lawyer do for my case?
Many accident victims mistakenly believe that the insurance company has their best interests at heart and will handle everything. Sadly, that’s not always true. Insurance companies want to make a profit, and they know they can boost their bottom line by paying out as little as possible in claims. They use several tactics:
- They call and sound friendly and concerned, asking you if you feel better. They they use whatever you say against you.
- They offer you money right away. But it can take weeks or months to assess the full extent and cost of your injuries. If you take the quick cash, you will give up your right to ask for more if your injuries are worse than you thought.
- They may do the opposite, delaying for months while your medical bills continue to pile up. They hope you’ll feel enough financial stress to accept the first offer you get.
- They try to blame you so they can deny your claim, or they argue that your injuries aren’t as bad as your doctors say they are.
Insurance companies have plenty of lawyers helping them with these strategies, and they are skilled at outmaneuvering accident victims. Without a lawyer, you’ll have a hard time collecting evidence and building the legal arguments you’ll need to negotiate a better offer. Simply hiring a lawyer can be enough to convince the insurance company to offer more money.
What kinds of costs can I get for my car accident?
If you had a financial loss because of your accident, you can probably recover for it. We commonly see costs awarded for:
- Medical expenses
- The cost of prescribed medicine
- The cost of repairing a car or replacing a totaled one
- Lost wages to make up for time you missed from work because of the accident
If you had a more serious accident, you may recover substantially more money for such things as disability, severe pain or the loss of a close family member. We know that money can never restore the life you had before the accident, but we have found that it does offer accident victims and their families relief from financial stress and a path to building a new life.
How can I tell if my Brookhaven car accident claim is valid?
Get an objective opinion. Victims often tend to blame themselves or view a collision as “just an accident” that was nobody’s fault. But someone is usually legally responsible for the accident and its results. If someone had obeyed traffic laws, or was more attentive, or hadn’t created a dangerous condition, the accident wouldn’t have happened. Legally, that person is “negligent” and they (or their insurance company) must pay for your losses.
We have successfully recovered money for accident victims in just about every type of accident you can think of, including:
- Head on accidents
- Rear end collisions
- T-bone collisions
- Accidents caused by ice, rain, fog and other dangerous driving conditions
- Accidents where a driver was texting or otherwise distracted
- Accidents involving DUI
- Accidents due to defective tires
- Accidents where the victims suffered whiplash
We have even helped people recover money from hit and run accidents and collisions where the driver at fault didn’t have insurance.
Will I have to sue someone?
It’s possible, but unlikely. We do have occasional cases where the insurance company refuses to negotiate, and our clients decide to take their cases to the local courts. We have a top-notch litigation team that is fully capable of pursuing a case all the way to trial, and if this looks like a possibility for you, we will explain the procedure and give you our honest opinion of your chances of winning. Then it’s up to you to decide what to do.
In most of our cases, we never get to that point. We first do everything we can to present a strong case that will convince the insurance company to pay. Our first step in any new case is to investigate the cause of the accident and get you a thorough medical evaluation so we know just what your injuries are going to cost, long-term. We then put together a case using expert medical opinions, police reports and witness accounts. When insurance companies see this, they often increase their offers substantially.
How much does a Brookhaven car accident lawyer cost?
We don’t think you should have to pay anything up front. At John Foy & Associates, we have set up a simple payment system:
- Your consultation with us is free, with no obligation
- You pay nothing out of pocket for our services
- We won’t ask you to pay anything unless we win money for you
If we do get you a financial recovery, we’ll take our fee as a percentage of your recovery, and the rest is yours. We put in the work and take the risk, so you can get the legal help you need.
Is there a deadline for car accident cases in Brookhaven?
Yes. State and federal laws set strict time limits for filing car accident claims in the City of Brookhaven. These deadlines, known as “statutes of limitations,” depend on the exact circumstances of your case.
- Many accident victims have up to two years to file a claim
- Some victims have very short deadlines for making a claim—only a matter of weeks
The only way to be sure of the deadline that applies to you is to consult with a personal injury lawyer. If you wait too long to file your claim, you will probably lose any chance of getting a financial recovery.
Talk to a Brookhaven Car Accident Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we believe that no one should have to pay for a car accident that wasn’t their fault. We have a 20-year track record of helping victims get the money they need, and we’d like to give you a free consultation to show how we can help you. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.