If you have been injured in a car accident, slip-and-fall accident, or dog attack, you have a right to financial recovery. You can recover for things like medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
At John Foy & Associates, we founded our law firm with a vision: to champion for those who have been injured. And for over 20 years, we’ve been doing just that by winning cases, helping families, and building a reputation that even insurance companies can respect. Call us at 404-400-4000 for a free consultation today.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Serve
If you’ve been involved in any of the following personal injury cases, we can help you seek compensation:
- Dog bite
- Slip-and-fall accident
- Car accident
- Bus accident
- Truck accident
This list is not all-inclusive, so if you have a personal injury case not listed here, reach out to us for more information.
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What Are Your Rights in a Personal Injury Case in Roswell?
You have three basic rights in a personal injury case:
- If your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, that person is liable, and you have a right to recover money from them or their insurance company.
- You can recover money for all of your costs, such as medical bills or missed work time.
- You can also recover money for personal losses you suffered, like pain and suffering.
In most cases, the money will be paid from an insurance policy—not out of anyone’s pocket. And most of the time, it can be resolved without even filing a lawsuit.
Never Accept the First Settlement Offer You Get
One thing you can do to protect your rights in a personal injury case is to hold out for a fair settlement. Never accept the first amount the insurance company throws at you because 90% of the time, it will be a lowball offer. You may want to just close the book on the whole thing and take the settlement, but let us review it first. Chances are good that we can help you fight for more.
The insurance company hopes you’ll take their offer right out of the gate because they don’t want to pay more than the minimum, but you deserve more, especially if you were severely injured and/or suffered serious damages. Don’t sign or accept anything until you talk to your lawyer first.
What Is Negligence?
In Georgia, negligence is defined as being careless with the safety of others. For example:
- If a vehicle passes too close to a bicyclist and hits them, the vehicle driver was careless and was “negligent.”
- If juice gets spilled at a grocery store, and the manager doesn’t ask anyone to clean it up—or takes hours to do so—the manager is negligent. If someone slips on the juice and gets hurt, the business is liable.
- If a dog owner lets their dog off-leash in a public street, and the dog bites someone, the dog owner was negligent.
Under the law, we all have a duty to exercise basic care so that our actions (or inaction) don’t cause injury to anyone. Negligence means that someone failed to live up to that duty. They are liable for it and you are entitled to a recovery.
What is Pain and Suffering?
In a personal injury claim, you can recover money for more than medical bills and other hard costs. You are entitled to a financial recovery for your more personal losses as well—such as severe pain (or “pain and suffering”). Obviously, pain and suffering can be difficult to put a monetary value on, but the suffering is real and it has an impact on your life.
Money is the only way our legal system has to try to make things right. And in many cases, it can help you put your life back together after a severe injury.
Pain and suffering includes physical pain as well as things like suffering the loss of enjoyment of life. For example, if you used to enjoy riding your bicycle on weekends but cannot ride it due to your injuries, you have suffered a loss. The amount of recovery for pain and suffering varies significantly from case to case, but can often exceed the medical bills and lost income. It is a major part of your claim.
Who Pays a Personal Injury Claim?
The person or business that was negligent is considered liable. But your financial recovery will often be paid by an insurance company. This is one of the reasons why you need a lawyer to represent you. Insurance companies have vast experience negotiating claims and will try to keep the settlement low. You need an experienced lawyer who knows how to deal with insurance companies.
How Soon do You Need to Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney?
You should always talk to a lawyer sooner rather than later. There are two reasons for this:
- The longer you go without representation, the more you will have to deal with the insurance company on your own—and the more likely it is that they’ll find a way to deny or minimize your claim.
- Every personal injury case in Roswell is subject to the state’s statute of limitations.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on a Personal Injury Claim in Roswell, GA?
A statute of limitations is a law that puts a time limit on your claim. In Georgia, the statute for many personal injury actions is two years—but not always. This means that you cannot take your claim to the Fulton County courts more than two years after the date of your injury. And in some cases, the statute of limitations is much shorter—as short as six months depending on what happened.
Of course, in most cases lawsuits are not filed at all. Instead, your lawyer resolves the case by negotiating with the insurance company. But one of the reasons these negotiations are successful is because of the threat of a lawsuit if the insurer won’t negotiate. The sooner you talk to a lawyer, the more time and leverage they have to win your case.
How Much Will a Lawyer Cost?
John Foy & Associates handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we take a percentage of the money we recover for you. If we can’t get you money, you pay nothing—not a single cent. And we never charge for your consultation, so you can get the legal advice you need without any obligation.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer Today for Free
Let the personal injury attorneys at John Foy & Associates put over 20 years of experience into your case. We know how to win cases and we won’t charge you a penny unless we win you money. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.