If you’ve been injured in Johns Creek, you need to know your legal rights. Injury victims have a right to recover money for medical bills and more, if the injury was the fault of someone else. This is true no matter what kind of injury it is or where it happened. Don’t allow yourself to be blamed for your own injury—or to miss out on the money that you are entitled to by law. You need to talk to a Johns Creek personal injury lawyer.
The attorneys of John Foy & Associates can help. We created our law office over 20 years ago with the single goal of helping those who are injured. In that time, we have become one of the most respected personal injury law firms in the state, and we have developed a track record of getting our clients the full settlement they deserve. Let us give you a free consultation about your case. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
How do personal injury claims work?
The idea behind personal injury claims is simple. Every time someone is injured, that injury costs them something. At the very least it causes pain, and it often costs them money for medical bills and other losses. And, in many cases, it will cost them much more—perhaps even lifelong health effects. In other words, they have lost something.
Personal injury law seeks to make up for that loss.
The best way to do that depends on how exactly the injury happened. Often, it could have been prevented. For example, a car accident injury could have been prevented if someone had been more careful driving. And an injury caused by a faulty escalator could have been prevented if someone had built or maintained it properly.
Under the law, the person who caused the accident is liable for it. And the person who was hurt has a right to file a claim to get the money they need. We cal this a financial recovery.
Usually, no money is paid out of pocket. Instead, insurance will usually step in to pay what the liable party owes.
How much money can I recover?
The amount you can recover depends on how severe your injuries are. At a minimum you can recover all of the actual costs you’ve faced—things like medical bills, lost income from missing work, and any other hard costs. These are called “special damages.”
But if your injury was severe, you may also qualify for “general damages.” This is because the law in the City of Johns Creek, under Georgia state law, recognizes that you may have some losses that can never be undone. This is often referred to as “pain and suffering,” but in reality it covers a variety of things:
- Extreme physical pain
- Mental anguish
- The loss of a loved one
- Losing a limb or any part of your body
- Having a permanent, irreversible change like blindness or a limp
- Severe scarring
- Never being able to return to your previous quality of life
Since there is now way to actually put a price on these losses, they simply serve to multiply the total amount you would otherwise have been paid. Your special damages are multiplied by a number between 1 and 5 to represent your general damages. The result is how much you get paid.
This is one reason it’s important to have a lawyer. Insurance offers rarely include much, if any, money for general damages. In other words they may be only a fourth or a fifth of the true amount you are entitled to. And that’s if the insurer makes an offer at all—many will try to blame you for your own injury or say you have no claim.
How do I know if I have a personal injury claim?
The best rule you can follow is to always get a professional opinion. In theory, you know you have a claim if your injury was caused by someone else’s carelessness or bad judgment. But in reality, it’s a lot less clear than that for a few reasons:
- You can’t always tell who, if anyone, was responsible for what happened
- The person responsible may deny responsibility or try to blame you
- As human beings, we have a tendency to blame ourselves for our own injuries—even when we’re not at fault
When you talk to a lawyer, they will take a more objective approach. An experienced lawyer will already have worked on dozens, maybe hundreds of cases similar to yours and knows what to look for. They will often have a sense of whether you have a valid claim after just one consultation. And if there’s anything unclear, they can send out a professional investigator to dig up evidence and get answers.
Never assume you don’t have a claim. Always talk to a lawyer first.
What should I do if I have been injured in Johns Creek?
There are a few things you can do, both to take care of yourself and to strengthen your case:
- See a doctor right away. Many injuries get worse if left untreated. And your claim is stronger when it’s clear you believed you were hurt from the start.
- Gather information. This could include taking pictures of where the accident happened, getting the contact information of witnesses, and simply writing a point-by-point explanation of what happened. Include as many details as possible.
- Get a free consultation. You don’t always have to pay to get an opinion from a lawyer. At John Foy & Associates, we offer a free consultation.
- Don’t accept an insurance offer unless your lawyer tells you to. You may be settling for far less than you could get in the local courts, and signing away your rights.
Talk to a Johns Creek Personal Injury Lawyer for Free
We have one mission at John Foy & Associates: to help you. Let us give you a free consultation, listen to you, and get to the bottom of what happened. We never charge anything unless we win you money—and your consultation is free whether you hire us or not. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.