A car accident can leave you with a life-altering injury, a disability or chronic pain. You may be unable to work and provide for your family. And yet your medical bills keep growing. But you don’t have to bear the financial stresses of a car accident in Kennesaw. If you aren’t to blame, the law is in your favor. You need to talk to a Kennesaw car accident lawyer.
Our attorneys know how to help you. We have a long history of helping car accident victims get the money they need to pay for medical care and more. We’d like to give you a FREE consultation. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.
Will I need to file a lawsuit for my car accident?
After some accidents, you have to file a lawsuit to get the person who caused your injuries to pay. But this usually isn’t necessary in car accident cases because most car accidents are covered by insurance. Georgia’s laws require car owners to get insurance to cover vehicle damage and any injuries that occur in an accident. This means that insurance money is usually available to pay for your injuries.
If the other driver isn’t insured, or if the costs of the accident exceed what their policy will pay, then it may be necessary to make a claim against them directly. This will usually involve filing a lawsuit. Likewise, sometimes the insurance companies refuse to negotiate, although this is rare. A good lawyer can build a strong case for you and force the insurer to raise their offer—often without going to court.
How much money will I get for my claim?
The rule in Georgia is that you can recover all the costs of a car accident from the driver who was at fault. But the amount you receive will depend on your particular situation. There are two main kinds of costs you can recover:
- Costs you can put a price tag on, like medical bills, medication, car repairs, and missed work time.
- Intangible costs, like pain and suffering. The law allows you to recover money to offset what you went through.
A serious accident may mean you receive far more. People with severe losses often receive large amounts of money for such things as pain and suffering or a disability. Some family members can get wrongful death damages after a fatal accident. This money can never truly compensate you for a devastating loss, but it can ease your financial strain and help you begin to put your life back together.
What kind of injuries will a car accident claim pay for?
Potentially, a car accident claim can pay for almost any kind of injury. The key factor is that it must have been caused by the accident. The most common injury in many car accidents is whiplash, but every kind of injury—no matter how minor or severe—is covered.
Be aware that not all injuries show up right away. Some accident victims know immediately that they have been hurt. But others feel fine until several hours, days or weeks after the accident. Then they notice stiffness, pain or dizziness. We urge you to never ignore your symptoms. Many accident injuries take time to develop, and they grow worse if you don’t get medical care. Seeing a doctor right away helps you recover more quickly, and it shows the insurance company that you took your injuries seriously right from the start.
Why do I need a lawyer?
A lawyer can give you a professional assessment of the insurance offer and help you get all the money you deserve. Almost always, the insurance company will offer far less than your claim is worth. This is because insurance companies operate for profit, and they know that they’ll make more money if they pay out less in claims. And the insurance offer comes with strings attached—if you take it, you’ll have to sign away your right to get any more money for your injuries.
Car accident lawyers in Atlanta Georgia know how to convince the insurance company to pay. A lawyer can refer you to doctors who will diagnose your injuries and estimate what kind of treatment you will need, long term. A lawyer can gather evidence proving the accident was not your fault. With a lawyer fighting for you, you can often get thousands of dollars more than the offer you received at first.
How do I know if I have a valid car accident claim?
We talk to many accident victims who think their claim isn’t valid. They second-guess themselves, figuring they must be to blame or that the accident was “nobody’s fault.” But the law doesn’t look at accidents this way. Someone is almost always at fault, and their insurance company is responsible for paying you. Don’t lose the money you’re legally entitled to. Let a lawyer look at your claim and tell you whether it is valid.
Does it matter who is “at fault” in a car accident in Kennesaw?
Yes. While some states have “no fault” laws, Georgia holds the driver who is “at fault” responsible for all the injuries and damage in a car accident. This means that fault is a major issue in all car accident claims.
Most of the time, drivers are found to be “at fault” because they weren’t as careful as they should have been. If they hadn’t been tailgating, or speeding, or driving drunk, or fiddling with their phones, the accident would never have happened. Legally, these careless behaviors are known as “negligence.” Negligent drivers aren’t necessarily bad people, and they probably are sorry that they hurt you. But the law still holds them responsible and their insurance company must pay.
Talk to a Kennesaw Car Accident Lawyer for Free
Our law office just one mission: to help accident victims. We won’t ask you to pay us anything unless we win you money. Let us give you a FREE consultation to go over your claim and answer your questions—with no obligation. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.