If you have been hurt in a car accident in East Point, a good lawyer can make a big difference. You may think you only had a minor accident, only to have your injuries develop into a serious condition. More severe injuries can leave you struggling with mountains of medical debt, lost time from work, and an uncertain future. But you don’t have to bear the financial burden of an accident—you have a right to recover all your costs. You need to talk to an East Point car accident lawyer.
At John Foy & Associates, we have spent the past 20-plus years helping people who have been injured in car accidents. We made this our mission when we opened our first small law office, and to this day we focus exclusively on accident victims. We are now one of the largest and most successful law firms in Georgia. Our aim is to get you the best financial recovery possible, so you can achieve the best possible health. Let us give you a free consultation to discuss you case and explain how we can help. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
How can a car accident lawyer help me?
Insurance companies want us to think they’ll be there for us in a crisis. But that’s not really how insurance works. Insurance is a profit-making business. To keep profits high, insurance companies will offer you the smallest amount they can get away with, hoping you’ll take the offer and sign away your right to recover a larger amount in the future. We see insurance companies using these tricks, among others:
- Calling you to ask friendly-sounding questions that are really designed to trap you into saying something that will hurt your claim. For example, they might ask if you are feeling better. If you say yes, they might use this later to argue that your injuries aren’t as serious as you say they are.
- Offering you money right away, before you have any idea what your injuries will really cost. Taking this money means giving up your right to get any more.
- Blaming you or disputing the seriousness of your injuries.
Insurance company representatives are highly skilled and trained in these tactics. It’s hard for most accident victims to recognize them, let alone know how to respond. And most accident victims don’t have the legal background to prove a complicated claim. Hiring a lawyer puts you on an even footing with the insurance company and its teams of lawyers. Often, simply getting a lawyer means you will be offered more money.
How much money can I recover in a car accident case?
In the State of Georgia, you are allowed to recover ALL of the costs resulting from the accident. This means that in a typical case you may be able to recover the following:
- Medical expenses such as doctors, hospitals, surgery and tests
- Car repair or replacement costs
- Lost wages to make up for time you missed from work
In more serious accident cases, you may be able to recover much more. You may be eligible for damages for a disability or for the pain and suffering the accident has caused you. We know all too well that this money can never bring back your health or the life you had before the accident. But we also know that the money you receive can go a long way toward ensuring your care and providing for your family.
What counts as a valid car accident claim in East Point?
The best way to know if you have a valid car accident claim is to schedule a consultation with a lawyer. It’s too easy to blame yourself or second-guess what you might have done differently. A lawyer can look at your claim with a professional, objective eye. In most car accidents, someone is legally at fault because they acted “negligently.” This simply means that someone was careless or broke a law, and as a result, their insurance company must pay for your injuries.
Some of the most common types of car accident claims we have handled include:
- Head on collisions
- Rear end collisions
- “T-bone” accidents
- Accidents involving hazardous road conditions such as fog and rain
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Defective tire accidents
- Accidents that cause whiplash
You may have a valid claim and be able to recover money even if the other driver didn’t have insurance or fled the scene.
Will I need go to court?
It’s unlikely. We occasionally handle cases where the insurance company simply refuses to negotiate a fair offer. If this happens, we will explain the situation and tell you whether you have a strong case that you may be able to win in a trial in the local courts. If you do decide to take your case to court, our lawyers are prepared to take care of you through the whole process.
But lawsuits are the exception, not the rule. At John Foy & Associates, we start every case with an investigation into the accident and your injuries. We look at police reports, witness statements and expert medical opinions to find out what happened and what your injuries will cost. When we present our evidence to the insurance company, it usually leads to a much better offer.
What will a car accident lawyer in East Point cost me?
We don’t think it’s right to ask you to pay out of pocket for a lawyer. So, at John Foy & Associates:
- Your first consultation is 100% free
- You pay nothing while we are taking care of your case
- You pay nothing ever if we don’t win money for you
If we get you a financial recovery, we’ll take a percentage out at the end to cover our fee. That’s it. Everything else is yours to keep. We take the risk so you can get legal help when you need it most.
Is there a time limit for filing an East Point car accident claim?
The City of East Point follows strict deadlines. If you file a claim after the deadline has passed, you can’t recover anything at all. The deadline that applies to you will depend on your situation, but in general:
- Most car accident victims must file their claims within two years of the date of the accident
- Some accident victims have far less time—sometimes only a few weeks
To avoid losing your rights because of a missed deadline, it is important to see a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
Talk to an East Point Car Accident Lawyer for Free
Car accidents can cause painful, life-changing injuries, but you don’t have to pay the financial cost. Let the lawyers of John Foy & Associates put their winning strategy to work for you. We will give you a free consultation to talk about your case and help you decide what you should do. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.