A personal injury in Dallas can leave you with a lot of pain and stress about how to pay for expenses related to the accident. But if your injury was caused by someone else’s carelessness, you may be entitled to financial recovery for ALL of your costs. That includes medical bills, vehicle repairs, lost wages, and more. To make sure all expenses are accounted for and that you convince the insurance company of what you deserve, you need a legal professional on your side. To get started, contact an experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer today.
At John Foy & Associates, complete financial recovery is our number one priority for every client. That hasn’t changed in the more than 20 years we’ve been doing this. We know how overwhelming the costs of an accident can be. We understand the responsibilities of life don’t stop after an accident—and you shouldn’t have to bear the added monetary for an injury that wasn’t your fault. Let us help. We’ll give you a FREE consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your case. For your free consultation, call us at 404-400-4000, or fill out the form on this page to get started.
How Do I Prove a Personal Injury Claim?
Under Georgia law, the person responsible for causing an accident is liable for all damages. Or, more accurately, their insurance company is responsible for the costs. That would be an auto insurance company in the case of a Dallas car accident or other vehicle, home insurance for a dog bite, or workers compensation insurance for an injury at work.
No matter the situation or the type of injury, if the at-fault person has insurance, you’ll be submitting your personal injury claim to their insurance company. And insurance companies are notorious for not wanting to pay the full amount a victim deserves. They are for-profit businesses, and that means they care about their bottom line. So in order to prove your personal injury claim, you’ll need to present thorough evidence of your injury and the other person or business’s fault in your accident.
There are Three Important Factors in Proving a Personal Injury
Your personal injury insurance claim will need to demonstrate each of these elements.
1. Duty of Care.
In Dallas and the State of Georgia, everyone has a “duty of care” to avoid causing someone else harm or placing them in harm. Unfortunately, there are no precise laws outlining exactly how duty of care should be followed. So your claim will need to show that you were owed a duty of care in your accident and the scope of that duty.
2. Breached Duty of Care
Next, you’ll need to show the person who owed you a duty of care did not fulfill that duty. In legal terms, this means demonstrating that they were negligent.
In some situations, proving negligence is fairly straightforward. For example, maybe another driver was clearly speeding and ran a red light before they caused a car accident. But in other cases, proving negligent can be more difficult. In either situation, your claim will need to contain as much evidence of negligence as possible. To strengthen your evidence, you’ll want to gather information like:
- Pictures of the accident scene, your injuries, and any vehicle or other property damage
- The police report
- Witness testimony
- Any picture of video recordings of the accident, such as traffic camera footage
A Dallas personal injury lawyer is vital in this area because they will be able to help you get the information needed for a strong case. Plus, they will know exactly what you need to include.
In personal injury law, “damages” are costs and losses suffered by a victim. These can include injuries, property damage, loss of income, and more. Your personal injury claim will need to show all of your damages as the basis for how much money you need to cover your expenses.
You’ll need evidence of your damages, such as:
- Medical bills
- Doctor reports, plans for future treatment, and diagnoses
- Bills or estimates for vehicle repairs
- Records of missed work time
- Pictures of the accident scene, injuries, and damage
Your attorney can help you compile this evidence to show the full extent of your damages. They will also work to negotiate a fair settlement for you if the insurance company denies your claim or tries to offer you less than you deserve.
How Much Money Can I Win for a Personal Injury Claim?
How much a personal injury case is worth varies widely depending on the severity of an accident, the injuries involved, the percentage of fault, and total damages. But compensation amounts can range from $3,000 to $75,000 or more. And you’re likely to have a better outcome if you work with a personal injury lawyer.
The amount of your payout mostly depends on these factors:
Severity of Your Injuries
The more serious your injuries, the higher your medical costs will be. It will also likely affect your lost wages because you’ll need to take more time off work. And serious injuries can affect other damages, as well, which can mean a higher settlement amount.
Insurance Policy Limits
Even if your case is worth more, the insurance company won’t offer compensation that exceeds its policy limits. This will depend on the insurance coverage held by the person at fault for your accident and injuries.
A Personal Injury Lawyer
For the best chance at the highest financial recovery, it’s in your best interest to work with a personal injury lawyer. They have the experience and training needed to fully understand the law and what the insurance company is looking for to pay a claim. And most personal injury lawyers in Georgia, like John Foy & Associates, don’t get paid until after they win you money—so there’s no risk in hiring them.
Talk to a Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer for Free
At John Foy & Associates, we have over 20 years of experience in personal injury law and a strong track record of winning cases. We’re here to help you seek the fullest financial recovery possible—and we always start with a FREE consultation. To get your free consultation today, call us at 404-400-4000, or fill out the form on this page to get started. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience.