Client Frequently Asked Questions
For many people seeking compensation after a car accident, slip and fall or dog bite, it is their first time dealing with insurance companies or the court system. If you are feeling confused or overwhelmed, it is completely understandable.
To help you to understand the process better, Millar & Mixon, LLC presents the following answers to frequently asked questions about personal injury cases.
This is general information for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for discussing the particular facts of your case with an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney.
In most cases, having legal assistance will be crucial when it comes to protecting your rights and interests and maximizing your recovery. This is why it is not advisable to handle a case on your own.
If your accident resulted in serious property damage and severe physical injury or death, a lawyer’s help will be vitally important.
A lawyer can provide many important services, including:
- Conducting a thorough and comprehensive investigation.
- Consulting with experts to determine the cause of your crash.
- Reviewing medical records and work records to determine your past losses.
- Consulting with experts to determine the full amount of your future losses.
- Helping you to get medical treatment while your case is pending.
- Negotiating with insurance companies on your behalf.
- Making sure all documents are timely filed.
- Presenting your case for relief to a judge and jury.
- Resolving all liens that may be attached to your recovery.
The reality is that you should be focused on your health and your recovery after being injured through no fault of your own. While you do that, your attorney can handle the rest for you in an ethical and professional manner.
To learn more, please see our page on 10 Reasons to Contact Millar & Mixon.
Generally speaking, you will have two years from the date of an accident or injury to either settle or file a lawsuit in your personal injury case. However, you will want to take action well before you reach the end of that two-year period.
This two-year period is called the statute of limitations. In some situations, such as those involving minors or where the injury could not have been immediately discovered, the period may extend beyond two years from the actual date of the injury. In other cases, such as those involving a government entity, you may need to take action much sooner.
You should contact a lawyer as soon as you are ready and allow the lawyer to get to work on your case. After all, your lawyer will need to investigate your case, conduct discovery, assess your losses and engage with insurance companies on your behalf. For an example of what can go into the process, please see our page on Proving Your Car Accident Case.
You don’t want to wait too long and risk losing your right to seek a full and fair recovery in your case. So, contact Millar & Mixon, LLC without delay.
Once you sign a release, you lose your right to take any further legal action against that party. This is why you should never accept a settlement offer or sign a release until you have first met with an attorney.
An attorney can review the settlement offer and determine whether it fully and fairly compensates you for your losses. In order to reach this determination, the lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation and consult with experts.
If the settlement offer does not provide just compensation, your attorney can either negotiate with the insurance company or take your case to court.
Please see our page on Insurance Settlements to learn more about this topic.
The bottom line: If you sign a release without an attorney’s advice and representation, you face the very real risk of losing your right to a proper recovery.
What you should bring to your initial consultation with an attorney will depend on your case.
For example, if you have been hurt in a car accident, you should bring:
- A copy of the police accident report.
- Photos from the accident scene and of your injuries.
- The other driver’s contact and insurance information.
- Names and contact information of witnesses.
- Your medical records, bills and receipts.
- Records showing time missed from work.
- A journal you have kept, describing how your injuries have impacted you.
- Your auto insurance policy.
If you have been involved in a slip-and-fall accident, dog bite or other type of case, an attorney may request that you bring other items to your consultation. For example, clothes you were wearing on the day of the animal attack could be brought to the meeting.
Of course, if you do not have some or all of these items, don’t let it stop you from seeking legal help. An attorney can help you to track these items down.
Contact Millar & Mixon, LLC today. We can discuss what you should bring to your free and confidential consultation and explain more about how we can help you.
Many factors go into determining how long it will take to resolve a personal injury case, including the complexity of the case and the other side’s willingness to agree to a full and fair settlement.
The first step in any case will be to conduct a complete investigation. If the case involves multiple parties or out-of-state parties, it can make the investigation more complex and possibly add time to the investigation.
Additionally, the other side may make discovery difficult by refusing to turn over documents or other evidence that has been requested. In fact, this is common in truck accident cases when logbooks, truck maintenance and employment records are sought from trucking companies.
A case will enter settlement negotiations. If liability and the amount of damages that should be recovered are clear, a settlement may be reached in a short amount of time. However, in some cases, the other side’s refusal to reach a reasonable agreement can lead to extended negotiations.
In some cases, no settlement may be reached. A trial may be required. The length of the trial will depend on the number of issues that are contested, the amount of evidence presented by each side and the time it takes a jury to make a decision. (Read our page on Jury Trials to learn more.)
Finally, if a case goes to trial, there is always the possibility that either side may file an appeal, which would add additional time.
At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we cannot provide a definitive answer to how long it will take to resolve your specific case. However, we can promise to move as efficiently as possible. We know time is important to you. We will do everything we can to help you move on as quickly as possible. Contact us today to learn more.
Not all personal injury cases end up in court. In fact, many are resolved through negotiated settlements.
However, at Millar & Mixon, LLC, we prepare each case as if it is going to court. We do this so that the insurance company will know that we have prepared a thorough and compelling case for our client’s relief. This gives us leverage in negotiations and helps us to obtain the settlement that we believe our client is due.
However, if an insurance company refuses to agree to a full and fair settlement, you can expect your case to go into court. Even after a trial begins, however, a settlement can still be reached. In many cases, a settlement is reached after the jury returns a verdict.
At Millar & Mixon, LLC, our goal is to make sure you obtain a maximum recovery in your case – whether it occurs through a settlement or a verdict. Along the way, we will always pay close attention to your objectives and answer all of your questions.
To learn more about our approaching to serving our clients, please review Our Testimonials section.
The answer to this question depends on which law firm you hire to represent you. At Millar & Mixon, LLC, for instance, you will pay nothing unless we secure compensation for you.
It starts with our free initial consultation about your case. Then, if we decide to work together, we will do so through a contingency fee agreement. You will pay no upfront costs, and you will pay nothing for our legal services unless we secure compensation for you.
If you recover nothing, you pay nothing. If you recover compensation, you will pay our agreed-upon attorney fees and the costs of pursuing your case.
To learn more about our services and fees, please contact Millar & Mixon, LLC today.