Most Union City residents will go through an injury at some point in life—maybe even at several points. Many injuries happen out of our control, and some are no one’s fault. But if another person or party is legally to blame for the accident or situation that led to your injury, you might have a valid legal claim—and need to help of a Union City personal injury lawyer.
If you have grounds for a personal injury claim, you may be entitled to full compensation for the costs you face because of your injury. This is our goal for you at John Foy & Associates. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers began as a small local law office, and we’ve since grown to be one of the biggest and most respected law firms in Georgia. We can help you with your claim—starting with a FREE consultation.
To discuss your case and your best options moving forward (at NO cost to you), call us for the free consultation at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form on this page.
What Do I Need to Know About the Personal Injury Claim Process?
For most people, a personal injury accident is their first major experience with the legal claims process. If you’re left with extreme injuries or property damage, the process can feel very overwhelming, even hopeless. But as a victim, the law is on your side.
Georgia law states that if you didn’t cause the accident and your injuries, you are not responsible for your costs—the at-fault person is. Filing a personal injury claim is your way of
holding the at-fault person or entity responsible and seeking compensation for expenses that weren’t your fault.
Here’s what you need to know about filing your claim.
1. The Insurance Company is Not on Your Side
In most cases, you’ll file your injury claim with the at-fault person’s insurance company. This should be straightforward: you and your lawyer calculate your damages and make a claim for compensation, then the insurer approves your claim and you get paid.
But it’s often not that easy.
Although insurance companies might make it seem like they’re on your side, they are for-profit businesses looking for ways to cut costs. Insurers have negotiators experienced in talking down to victims and downplaying their injuries. They’d be happy to pay you the smallest amount possible—or even claim you had some blame in the accident to reduce their payout.
But you need and deserve the money to pay for your costs and allow you to move on from the accident as fully as possible.
Before you take any calls from the at-fault person’s insurance company, accept any money, or give any statements to them, contact a Union City personal injury lawyer.
2. You Can Gather Information for Your Case
Evidence is key in any personal injury claim. To receive financial recovery for your damages from an accident, you’ll need to demonstrate the other person or entity’s negligence.
While your attorney will work to gather evidence for your case, there are things you can do too, starting as soon as the moments after the accident.
Here are some ways you can help compile information that might be helpful to your claim:
- Report the accident to police.
- Take pictures of everything, including your injuries, any property damage (such as in a car accident), and the whole accident scene.
- Talk to witnesses and ask for their contact information. Their testimony may be a key piece of evidence in your case.
You’ll also want to see a doctor as soon as possible for your injuries, even if you think they aren’t that bad or you feel okay. Some injuries can manifest or worsen over time, and you don’t want anything to get excluded from your damages.
3. Documentation is Very Important
Keep clear records of every bill you receive or pay, including doctor bills, repair costs for your vehicle or other property, and more. This includes all medical records and doctor reports. Damages like this—with a clear dollar sign—make it easy to calculate their worth for your insurance claim.
4. Be Prepared for Negotiation
Again, insurance companies are not on your side. Chances are high that you’ll get offered a dollar amount that is much less than what you actually deserve. Your claim could even get denied. But don’t give up.
Contact a lawyer who has intimate experience with personal injury cases. They will be able to look at your situation with a legal eye and determine what your claim is actually worth. Then, they can negotiate with the insurer on your behalf and fight for a fair settlement.
Bottom line: You shouldn’t have to pay a cent for damages that aren’t your fault.
5. You Should Take Action as Soon as Possible
The statute of limitations for most injury claims in Georgia is two years from the date of the accident.
This might seem like plenty of time, but it goes fast—and you need time to complete all of the steps along the way. That starts with calling a Union City personal injury lawyer as soon as you can. They can guide you in the best course of action for your situation and work to get you the fullest recovery possible before time runs out.
How Much Money Can I Recover from a Union City Personal Injury Accident?
Since Georgia is an “at-fault state,” the person whose actions led to the accident is responsible for covering all damages resulting from it. That means the money you can recover depends on what you lost because of the accident.
Your settlement amount all comes down to the total of your damages—the costs you face as a result of the accident. Expenses you can claim may include the following.
Common medical expenses from injury accidents include:
- Medical bills for doctor visits, tests, and/or surgeries
- Prescription medications
- Costs of traveling to and from appointments
- Potential future expenses like rehabilitation or physical therapy
Medical costs often make up the biggest portion of personal injury claims.
Property Damage Costs
Property damage is another part of many personal injury claims. That includes the cost of repairing damage to your car—or even the cost of replacing the vehicle—if you were injured in an auto accident.
Property damage losses can also be rental car expenses, towing costs, damage to personal items inside your vehicle, or other damage to your personal property because of the accident.
Many personal injury victims end up having to take time off of work to recover from their accident. This can bring double the stress as you rack up medical bills without being able to keep earning money at work.
Thankfully, time lost from missed work is something you can typically claim as damages. You may also be able to claim “loss of future earnings” if your injury is going to prevent you from working for an extended period of time.
Pain and Suffering
If a physical injury is present, you can seek recovery for mental and emotional losses, as well. These fall under pain and suffering damages, and there is no set way they are calculated for every case.
Examples of pain and suffering include:
- Physical pain you experience, now and in the future
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Anxiety, depression, mood swings, or anger
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Other forms of emotional distress
- Disturbances in sleep, appetite, or daily energy
It’s these types of damages that make it impossible to give an average personal injury accident settlement amount. But a Union City personal injury lawyer can help calculate your unique losses and ensure any settlement you’re offered is fair to you.
Talk to a Union City Personal Injury Lawyer for Free Today
You shouldn’t have to suffer financially after an injury that wasn’t your fault. For a FREE consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys at John Foy & Associates, call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form on page to get started.
We’ll bring our 20+ years of experience (and long track record of success) in personal injury cases to the table and discuss the best options for you. Call now for a free consultation: 404-400-4000.