Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. However, many people are unfamiliar with the personal injury claims process and often receive less compensation than they deserve. For this reason, it may be in your best interest to hire an attorney to help represent your claim.
A Savannah personal injury attorney will understand how to handle an insurance claim and guide you through the process. He or she will act as your advocate by negotiating with the insurance company and explaining your right to pursue compensation from the at-fault party.
To find out more about how an attorney may help you after an accident, contact Roden Law to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We have represented numerous personal injury claims and will help you determine if you have a case against the at-fault party.
Handling Insurance Companies
When you file a personal injury claim, you will inevitably be contacted by the at-fault party’s insurance company. Although the insurer may act cooperative, it is important to remember that it does not have your best interest in mind.
Insurance companies can deny your claim or offer settlements much too low for the damages you have suffered. Your lawyer fights to ensure the insurance company offers a fair settlement that accounts for the losses you have experienced.
Your personal injury lawyer will deal with all steps of the insurance claims process. He or she will communicate with the adjuster, advise you on what to say should you need to make a statement, gather evidence to prove your claim and fight for fair compensation.
Explaining Your Rights After an Accident
Unfortunately, many people do not know their rights after an accident. Insurance companies often depend on this to save money by denying victims’ claims or providing less compensation than they deserve.
However, a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer will help you understand your rights during the claims process. This includes the right to deny the insurer’s initial offer, refusing to speak to an insurance adjuster, and pursuing a lawsuit for additional compensation.
Additionally, your attorney will know which legal options may be available to you after the accident. He or she will inform you of which option is in your best interest to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Helping You Build a Case
In order to recover compensation after an accident, you will need to prove the other party is at fault for your injury. This will require you to build a case using evidence to support your claim.
A skilled attorney will understand what you need to prove the other party is liable for the accident that caused your injury. Your attorney will gather the evidence you need to prove your injuries were caused by negligence fairly. This includes:
- Talking to witnesses who saw your accident and can testify on your behalf
- Obtaining police reports and accident reports that detail the events that occurred
- Having your medical records analyzed by medical experts
- Calculating the total damages you suffered
- Hiring expert witnesses, such as accident reconstruction specialists, who will show causation in your claim
Obtaining the Compensation You Deserve
One of the ways insurance companies save money during a personal injury claim is by depending on the victim to not understand how much compensation they may be entitled to receive.
A skilled attorney will understand how to accurately value your claim to reach a fair estimate of the compensation you may be owed. Your lawyer will have experience negotiating with insurance companies and will understand how to get the most compensation from your claim.
To determine your claims value, an attorney will consider several factors, such as:
- The severity of your injuries
- How your injury has affected your life since the accident
- The impact your injury may have on your future
- Any fault you shared in causing the accident, if applicable
- The type of accident that caused your injuries
- Past, current and future medical treatment
- The wages you lost while you recovered from your injury
- The income you would have earned throughout your life had you not been injured, if applicable
Knowledge of Georgia’s Negligence Laws
In Georgia, several state laws dictate the process of a personal injury claim. If you are unaware of these laws, it may have an adverse effect on your claim.
For example, Georgia has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims that begins on the date your accident occurred. If you do not file a lawsuit within this time limit, your case will be dismissed and you cannot recover compensation from the at-fault party.
Additionally, Georgia uses the law of contributory negligence to decide the amount of compensation you may receive from a personal injury claim. This the amount of compensation you may receive will be reduced by an amount in proportion to your level of fault.
A personal injury lawyer will be highly knowledgeable in Georgia’s laws and use them to help you secure your claim. If you have a case, your attorney will make sure it is filed within Georgia’s statute of limitations. He or she will also work to prevent you from being blamed for more than your share of causing the accident.
Contact Our Attorneys Today
If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, Roden Law’s Savannah personal injury attorneys are ready to assist you.
We will examine your claim and help you pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Request a free, no obligation consultation and learn what legal options may be available for pursuing compensation. We charge no upfront fees and you only pay us if we recover compensation for your claim.