If you are the victim of an automobile accident with injury in Atlanta or have been hurt in a car in the South Atlanta Area or anywhere else in Georgia, you have questions that need answers. Naturally, you want to know how and when your medical bills will get paid and how much somebody else’s negligence will cost you when it’s all said and done. Wondering what you might expect in terms of compensation for your losses is totally normal.
Your brother-in-law or best friend might tell you that if you multiply your medical bills times 3 you will have an estimate of your average potential settlement. In real-life, its not usually that easy or simple.
Your accident is unique. There is nothing average about what’s happened to you, so an average settlement figure – if it did exist – wouldn’t help you much.
Every Georgia Car Accident Claim Must Be Evaluated on Its Own Merit
The truth is, there are many variables in an accident. However, the good news is that certain facts about almost every car accident case will almost always affect how much the case is worth, and can give you some idea of what to expect. Some of those facts are:
- All medical costs past, present, and future
- Whether your injury is permanent
- Lost time from work
- Lost potential for future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- The amount or limit of the available insurance policies – both the at-fault driver’s and your own policy.
- Your past accident and medical history (pre-existing medical conditions or injuries)
Each of these factors may increase or decrease the value of your case, depending on the facts of your accident and the severity of your injuries. Much also depends upon how the accident affects the way in which you make your living. If you are a plumber, chances are you need both hands to do your work. If you lose one of them in a car accident, your future will be impacted differently than, say, somebody who stomps grapes for a living.
We humans recognize that an accident settlement is a very personal matter that cannot be treated in a one-size-fits-all manner.
Proving Your Accident Claim
Of course, what you collect in your accident settlement depends in large part upon what you can actually prove. The process of investigation and evaluation of an injury case typically begins with putting together at least the following information:
- The accident report from the police
- The name and insurance information for the other driver
- Witness names and contact information
- Your own written statement about how the accident happened
- Pictures of the scene of the accident if available
- All relevant medical bills to date
Additionally, you’ll want to keep receipts and details about anything you pay someone else to do because of your injury. (Mowing the lawn or caring for the children while you recover are examples of this.)
Ultimately, the settlement result will depend far more upon the severity and permanency of your injuries, and how well you (yourself, or through the law firm you choose) can present those injuries to the insurance company or in a courtroom, than almost anything else. You can give six people the same five ingredients for a cake, but the pastry result is guaranteed to be different for each baker. Many people are able to achieve a decent result “representing themselves” but chances are an experienced legal team working for you may be most critical ingredient in putting together a winning accident claim.
When it comes to car accident settlements, it’s wise to bring in a specialist. Take the time to find a personal injury lawyer whose experience spans decades, not just years. Ask lots of questions, and choose a firm with a broad range of experience in handling accident claims, a qualified support staff, and a reputation as a hard-ball negotiator because, in the end, you’ll need a proven winner on your side.
When you call the Millar Law Firm, we’ll schedule you for a free case evaluation. We will examine and evaluate the facts in your accident. We will help you to know precisely how to proceed and should be able to give you some idea of how much your accident claim will be worth in the end – based on your special circumstances and your unique situation. The Millar Law Firm will tailor your claim to fit you. That’s part of claiming the justice you deserve, and that’s our specialty. Call us today: 770-400-0000.