Car accidents remain one of the most common causes of injuries in Canton. And after a car accident, your injuries may appear minor, but over time they can develop into serious and painful conditions. Many accident victims are left with medical bills rising into the tens of thousands of dollars, or even more. You don’t have to bear the cost of an accident that someone else caused. A Canton car accident lawyer can help you.
At John Foy & Associates, we have been assisting people injured in accidents for more than 20 years. We began as a small, local law practice, but today we are one of the biggest and most well regarded law firms in the Southeast. We have always had just one goal: to get accident victims like you the money they need to pursue the most complete recovery possible, and to remain financially stable while you do it. We’ll give you a free consultation to discuss your case. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What will a Canton car accident lawyer do for me?
Many accident victims think they’ll get a fixed amount of money from the insurance company based on their injuries. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Insurance companies are trying to make a profit, and they don’t want to give you any more money than they have to. They may use a variety of tactics to avoid paying:
- They call to see how you’re doing. They get you into a friendly conversation, and then use whatever you say against you in your claim.
- They offer you money right away, hoping you’ll take it before you find out what your injuries are really going to cost. If you accept the quick cash, you give up your right to ask for any more money.
- They delay processing your claim for months. They hope you’ll then need cash so badly that you’ll accept any offer they make—even if it’s not nearly enough to pay your costs.
- They try to deny your claim by saying the accident was your fault. Or they tell you that your injuries aren’t as bad as you say they are.
It’s hard for most people to fight the insurance companies. Without a lawyer, you may end up getting much less money than you deserve. A lawyer puts you on an even footing with an insurance company that has teams of lawyers on its side. Sometimes, the insurance company will offer more money just because you’ve hired a lawyer.
What costs am I eligible to recover for my car accident?
Under Georgia law, you are entitled to recover ALL the costs and expenses of an accident that wasn’t your fault. This means that in a typical case you might recover for:
- Medical bills
- Repairs to your car, or replacing a totaled car
- Lost wages to make up for time you missed from work because of the accident
If you suffered a more serious loss, such as permanent injury, a disability or the loss of a loved one’s life, you might recover much more money. Of course, money can never make up what you lost in a serious accident. But we have seen the relief it brings many victims who struggle to stay afloat financially as they rebuild their lives after an accident.
What makes a car accident claim valid in Canton?
If you had an accident, you may have a valid claim. Many accident victims are reluctant to blame anyone (other than themselves) for an accident, but the fact is, accidents don’t happen for no reason. Usually, someone wasn’t being careful, wasn’t paying attention, or created a hazard that caused the accident. Legally, this is known as “negligence.” When someone was negligent, you have a valid claim.
We have successfully pursued claims in many types of accidents:
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end accidents
- “T-bone” accidents
- Accidents due to dangerous driving conditions like fog or rain
- Accidents caused by distracted drivers
- Accidents involving driving under the influence
- Accidents caused by defective tires or other defective parts
- Accidents that cause whiplash injuries
We may even be able to pursue a claim if you were in a hit-and-run accident or the driver who caused the accident didn’t have insurance.
Will I need to go to court?
Usually, no. Occasionally, we will have a case where the insurance company refuses to budge. If this happens to you, we will give you our professional opinion about your options and your chances of succeeding in a lawsuit. Then we will let you decide whether to file a case in the local courts. If you do go to court, our litigation team will be with you all the way.
However, most of our cases are resolved without going to court. We show the insurance company that we have a strong case, and they usually will make a much more substantial offer. To do this, at John Foy & Associates, we begin each case with an accident investigation. We use police reports, witness accounts and expert medical evaluations to build a case demonstrating how the accident occurred and how much your injuries will cost. When they see our evidence, most insurance companies will propose a fair settlement.
What will a Canton car accident lawyer cost?
At John Foy & Associates, we don’t think it’s right to ask you for money when you’re struggling with the aftermath of an accident. So we have a simple payment plan:
- Consultations are free
- You pay zero dollarsup front
- We will not charge you anythingif we aren’t able to get you money
If we do recover money for you, we’ll take our fee as a percentage of your recovery—and you’ll keep the rest. We think this is the best way to get you quick access to legal help without asking you to take on any financial risk.
Does Canton have a deadline for car accident claims?
Yes. Deadlines for filing accident claims in the City of Canton are established by state and federal laws. The deadline that applies to your case will depend on your specific situation, but in general:
- Car accident victims often have up to two years to file a claim
- However, a much shorter deadline applies to some types of claims, and you may only have a few weeks
The deadlines are strictly enforced. If you miss your deadline, you will usually not be able to recover any money for your injuries. You can protect yourself by talking to an experienced lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
Talk to a Canton Car Accident Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we want to help you get the money you need to pay for your injuries. We’ve successfully represented accident victims for more than two decades. Let us give you a free consultation and show you 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.