Every year, countless people in Duluth suffer from injuries caused by car accidents—and the aftermath can last for years. Even a minor accident can leave you with serious injuries. You may be facing pain, lost time from work and growing medical bills. But you don’t have to suffer financially because of an accident that someone else caused. You need to talk to a car accident attorney in Duluth.
At John Foy & Associates, we have built a 20-year track record for helping car accident victims. We began when we were just a small local law firm, and over the years we have continued our mission of getting injured people the money they need. Today we are recognized as one of the leading law firms in the entire state. We’d like to sit down with you for a free consultation to go over your case and help you understand your options. Call John Foy & Associates at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
How can a Duluth car accident attorney help me?
We talk to many accident victims who think they don’t need a lawyer because the insurance companies will handle everything. Unfortunately, we have learned from experience that insurance companies are rarely looking out for your best interests. Insurance companies instead are trying to make a profit. It is in their interest to pay you as little as possible, even if that means you don’t have enough money to pay your medical bills and put food on the table. Some of the most common tactics they use include:
Common Tactics Insurance Companies Use to Make a Profit
- Calling you and sounding concerned. For example, they may ask how you’re feeling, but if you say you are better, they will use this to minimize the amount they pay you in your claim.
- Offering “easy” money right away. If you take this money, you will probably give up your right to get more money later, even if you find out your injuries are much more serious than you originally thought.
- Delaying. The insurance company may take months to do anything, hoping that by the time it finally does offer you money, you’ll be desperate enough to take anything you can get.
- Blaming you. Sometimes, insurance companies will try to avoid paying you by claiming you were totally or partially at fault. Or, they may claim your injuries aren’t as serious as you say they are.
Insurance companies have large teams of trained representatives and lawyers who are highly skilled at these tactics. It can be extremely difficult to fight an insurance company on complex legal issues. But a lawyer’s help can make a big difference, putting you on an even footing with the insurance company. We have seen many instances where victims get a higher offer just because they hired a lawyer.
What costs will a car accident claim pay for in Duluth?
Georgia law allows you to recover just about any expense or loss that results from a car accident that wasn’t your fault. We commonly recover money for the following:
- Medical expenses
- The cost of prescription medication
- Car repair or replacement expenses
- Lost wages to make up for time missed from work
You may be entitled to even more if your injuries are especially severe. For example, a disability, ongoing pain or the tragic loss of a loved one may mean a very large financial recovery. We don’t pretend that money can undo the effects of a life-altering accident, but we have seen money help many people regain their financial footing, continue with treatment, and make plans for life after the accident.
How do I know if I have a valid car accident claim?
Never assume you don’t have a claim. A good rule of thumb is to talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident—even if you aren’t sure how your accident happened or you are worried that you might be partly at fault. Legally, most car accidents are preventable and would not have happened unless someone was careless, or negligent. A lawyer can evaluate whether another party was potentially negligent, meaning you have a valid claim.
We have made valid claims in many types of accidents, including:
- Head on crashes
- Rear end collisions
- T-bone accidents
- Hazardous driving conditions such as fog and rain
- Distracted driving
- Tire defects
- Accidents causing whiplash
The validity of your claim does not depend on whether the other driver had insurance. We may still be able to recover money for you even if the other driver was uninsured or fled the scene of the accident.
Will I have to go to court?
Usually, no. Sometimes, the local courts are your best option, but this is usually only true if the insurance company refuses to negotiate a fair settlement. We will always explain where negotiations stand, and if they are stalled, we will advise you on your chases of success at trial. The decision is yours. If you do go to court, our litigation team is prepared to take are of everything.
Most of our cases never get to court because we resolve them through tough negotiations with the insurance company. We can do this because we begin every case with an investigation. We build a strong argument using witness statements, police reports and expert medical opinions. When we show our case to the insurance companies and they see that we could win at trial, they will usually offer more money.
How much will a Duluth car accident lawyer cost me?
We don’t think it’s fair to ask you to pay for legal services when you already have a lot to contend with. At John Foy & Associates, this is how we handle legal fees:
- Your first consultation is completely free
- We do not ask for any money out of pocket while we handle your case
- If we don’t win money for you, you pay nothing, ever
If we get you a financial recovery, our payment will be a percentage of what you win. Everything else is yours. This makes legal help available to everyone, and we don’t make you take on any financial risk.
Is there a time limit for filing a car accident claim in Duluth?
Yes. The City of Duluth must follow deadlines set by state and federal laws. The deadline that applies to you will depend on your situation, but in general:
- Many car accident victims have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim
- Some victims have much less time—possibly only a few weeks.
If you don’t file your claim before the deadline, you will be unable to recover money for your injuries. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, it’s critical to talk to a personal injury lawyer right away.
Talk to a Duluth Car Accident Lawyer for Free
You may be entitled to a significant amount of money for your car accident injuries. John Foy & Associates has been helping victims for more than two decades. Let us consult with you for free and we will show you how we can help you too. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.