The time when you should hire an attorney for a car accident is as soon after the accident occurs as possible. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you in a personal injury claim, the sooner your attorney can get started building your case for compensation. If you or a family member face injuries from a car accident, speak to a team member at our law firm for assistance.
An Attorney Can Help Prove the Elements of Your Compensation Claim
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports cited $1.63 billion in car accident-related fatalities in 2013. When you suffer injuries in a car accident, you should be able to have the at-fault driver accept responsibility and reimburse you for the expenses created by the accident. In most cases, the insurance company that represents the at-fault driver will negotiate with you or with your attorney to reach a financial settlement.
A personal injury claim is based on the negligent, reckless, or careless actions of the at-fault driver. An attorney with our firm can work on your behalf to prove these elements of your personal injury claim:
- The other driver was at-fault for the accident
- The accident caused your injuries and property damage
- The nature and extent of your injuries and property damage
- The financial consequences of the car accident
Proving these elements on your own can be difficult and frustrating. This is especially true if you are simultaneously trying to recover from the physical and emotional impact of the accident.
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Building a Successful Case File
Your attorney can help you compile the documents, records, bills, estimates, and other paperwork the at-fault driver’s insurance company will require. To prove the cause and consequence of the accident, your attorney will:
- Read and review your police report.
- Read and review your medical records.
- Locate and interview accident witnesses.
- Review repair and replacement estimates.
- Request and calculate employment records.
An attorney on our team can help prove the cause and cost of the injuries you or a loved one sustained. If you suffered injuries in a car accident, an attorney can help you fight for the financial compensation you are entitled to.
Documenting the Cost of Treating Your Injuries
Calculating the cost of treating your accident-related injuries can be simple and complex at the same time. Emergency and follow-up medical care has fixed costs that can be simple to tabulate. These costs are only a small portion of your medical expenses.
Ongoing and future medical treatments and physical and occupational therapy can have substantial costs that are more complex to assess. Your attorney can use your medical records, physician-recommended treatment plan, and prognosis to assess the cost of any future treatments your injuries might require.
These are all expenses the at-fault driver should bear, not you or your family. We can also ensure the financial assessment of your claim includes the cost of prescription and over the counter medications and assistive medical devices like crutches, wheelchairs, and casts.
Filing Your Claim Promptly
When you suffer injuries in a car accident, your very first priority should be getting immediate medical attention. Your next priority may be contacting a local law firm that can help you start preparing a financial recovery claim against the at-fault driver before time runs out.
Our team of lawyers can ensure you meet the state-mandated timeline which, according to Georgia Civil Code Section 9-3-33, can be as little as two years. That means if you fail to file your personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date of the collision, you may forfeit your right to file a claim at all.
Your financial recovery after a car accident is important. We work to ensure our clients do not have to pay out of their own pockets for an accident someone else caused. Do not let time run out on filing your claim. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get to work on your claim and ensure it complies with the appropriate timeline.
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Are you considering representing yourself in a personal injury claim against an at-fault driver’s insurance company? If so, you also want to weigh the merits and benefits of hiring an attorney.
The answer to when you should hire an attorney for a car accident is as soon after your initial injuries as possible. Contact the personal injury team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers by calling (404) 888-8888 for a consultation.