If you or someone you love has been injured in a personal injury case in Atlanta, Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses from the at-fault party. Each situation is different, and you can pursue this compensation on your own. However, you might also find it worth getting a personal injury lawyer to assist you with your claim.
Hiring a lawyer, while not strictly necessary, can provide benefits such as help proving the cause of your accident, its harmful effects on your physical and social life, its financial impact, and determining how much compensation you may be entitled to.
Proving the Cause of the Accident That Caused Your Injuries
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you are able to hold the at-fault driver financially responsible for your injuries and related expenses. First, however, you must prove the other party caused the incident. A lawyer can help prove the cause of an accident by:
- Reviewing police reports
- Interviewing accident witnesses
- Taking photos of the accident scene
These are only a few of the ways to try and determine fault in a car accident. There are other steps a lawyer may be able to take that prove the other driver was at fault for the accident, and should, therefore, be held financially liable.
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Proving the Physical Impact of a Personal Injury Case
Suffering a personal injury can lead to long-term effects for a victim. The severity of the injuries may vary, for instance depending on the point of impact and the role of the victim in something like a car accident. If you were another driver, pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist, your injuries may range from minor cuts and scrapes to severe spinal cord injuries. The severity of your injuries may:
- Prevent you from returning to work
- Temporarily or permanently limit your physical abilities
- Cause long-lasting mental and emotional trauma and anxiety
- Prevent you from engaging in previously enjoyed leisure activities
The physical damage of a personal injury case can take a financial toll on you and on your family. A lawyer can help you assess the financial impact of a personal injury and ensure you fight for the compensation you may be entitled to that covers the full extent of your financial expenses and losses.
Assessing the Financial Impact of a Personal Injury Case
A personal injury can have a societal, workplace, and personal financial impact. For example, considering car accidents again, statistics from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were responsible for:
- Over 100 daily fatalities
- More than 2.5 million emergency room visits
- At least $75 billion in accident-related costs, including medical care and productivity losses
If you or someone you love has suffered a personal injury, a lawyer can help you calculate your specific expenses and losses, including:
- Current and future medical care
- Current and future income loss
- Physical disfigurement and disability
- Pain, suffering, and mental distress
- Repairing or replacing personal property
No two accidents will produce the same results. A lawyer can help you uncover the specific costs of the accident you were involved in.
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Filing Your Compensation Claim
The immediate aftermath of a personal injury case may leave you stressed, anxious, and frustrated. Even if you are not personally injured, if a loved one is injured, especially a child or elderly parent, you may still need time to help them recuperate. If someone you love is killed in an accident, you and your family will also need time to grieve.
Georgia Civil Code § 9-3-33 offers personal injury victims up to two years from the date of the accident to file a claim for financial compensation they may be entitled to. While you focus on your physical and emotional recovery, a lawyer may be able to start building your claim and ensure it is filed before the predetermined timeline if you decide to hire one.
This is one reason hiring a lawyer may be worth it, despite not being necessary. You might not be aware of the statute of limitations, and failing to comply with the time limit could mean putting your claim in jeopardy.
A Lawyer Can Bolster and Support Your Compensation Claim
Fighting for the compensation you deserve after a personal injury can be a long, complex undertaking on your own. If you are debating handling a claim on your own, and wondering whether it is worth getting a personal injury lawyer, know that a lawyer can help you prove the merits of your claim and determine an appropriate monetary. To find out more about how a personal injury lawyer may be able to help, call the team from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers at (404) 888-8888.