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, The Millar Law Firm 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.
If you are injured in a Georgia accident, why not just handle your claim or case with an Insurance Adjuster or Company by yourself or without an attorney? In most cases, having legal assistance from a Law Firm that specializes in personal injury will be crucial when it comes to protecting your rights and interests and maximizing your case settlement value. 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 personal injury lawyer can provide many important services, including:
- Making sure the Insurance Company does not low-ball your settlement.
- 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.
- Negotiating and reducing all liens that may be attached to your recovery.
The reality is that you should be focused on your health and your recovery after you have been injured. 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 The Atlanta Georgia Personal Injury Experts at The Millar Law Firm.
What is the Georgia limitation time period for your accident claim? 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. O.C.G.A. 9-3-33. However, we recommend that you take action well before you reach the end of that two-year period.
This two-year period is called the Georgia statute of limitations for personal injury. In some situations, such as those involving minors or where the injury could not have been immediately discovered, or if criminal charges or the traffic ticket are still pending, 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. This is because your lawyer will need to investigate your case, conduct discovery, assess your losses and engage with insurance companies on your behalf. If you wait until shortly before the Statute is going to expire, it may be difficult to get an attorney interested in your case. 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 fair settlement or full recovery in your case. Feel free to contact our Atlanta personal injury lawyers at The Millar Law Firm for a free telephone consultation. We will explain the statute of limitations and any other legal rights you have for your Georgia injury or accident case today, at no charge or obligation.
Know your Legal Rights after an accident or injury in Georgia. 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.
The Millar Law Firm’s personal injury and accident attorneys can review any settlement offer and determine whether it is unfair or legally defective.
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 full and proper recovery.
We are often asked if you are going to meet with a car accident lawyer or personal injury lawyer, what you should I bring to my free initial consultation with an attorney? This 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 at-fault driver’s insurance company and policy number, and their full name, address and phone 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 (or trip)-and-fall incident or accident, a dog attack or dog bite or any other injury case, an attorney may request that you bring other items to your consultation. For example, an incident report, or animal control report, or 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 The Atlanta Personal Injury and Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers of The Millar Law Firm today. We can discuss what you should bring to your free and confidential consultation and explain more about how we can help you.
How long will my Georgia car, truck, motorcycle or other personal injury case take? Many factors go into determining how long it will take to resolve a personal injury or car accident claim or lawsuit, 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 The Millar Law Firm, Atlanta Personal Injury and Car Accident Lawyers, 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 Georgia personal injury cases end up in court. In fact, many are resolved through negotiated settlements.
However, at our Atlanta Georgia personal injury and car accident law firm 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 fair amount in 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 The Millar Law Firm 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.
How much will I need to pay a lawyer for a Georgia Car Accident or Other personal injury case? The answer to this question depends on which law firm you hire to represent you. At The Millar Law Firm for instance, you will pay nothing unless we secure compensation for you.
It starts with our free initial consultation about your case. Then, if our firm and you decide we should 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 The Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers at the Millar Law Firm today.