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What You Should Know

If you've been injured in a car accident, suffered slip and fall injuries, or been harmed by the negligence of a medical professional in a medical malpracticeclaim or in some other way harmed by someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation in an injury settlement for your personal injury, and for associated losses like loss wages, property damage, future care, and even pain and suffering.

If you think that another party may be responsible for your personal injury, consider speaking with us as soon as possible. Our personal injury advocates can help you determine whether or not you should pursue your personal injury claim.

To make that determination, you and your personal injury attorney will have to answer three basic questions:

Injury Claim Information

You can only pursue a personal injury claim if:

  • You and your personal injury lawyer can identify a third party who is responsible for your injury; and
  • Your personal injury attorney believes he or she can prove that the third party was responsible.

 

Sometimes more than one party is liable. In that case, your personal injury attorney may need to include multiple defendants in your claimor if you are one of the parties responsible, you may be barred from recovery, or your recovery may be reduced proportionate to your own fault.

Injury Settlement Information

Even if you can prove that another party was responsible for your personal injuries, you can't recover in a personal injury case unless your personal injury attorney can show compensable damages such as:

  • Medical bills;
  • Lost wages;
  • Property loss or damage;
  • Pain and suffering.

 

If you can prove damages, you and your personal injury lawyer will need to review them together to determine whether or not they are sufficient to justify moving forward. If your personal injuries are slight and your losses small, then you may not be able to recover enough to justify the investment of time, lost work, and evidence collection required to pursue your claim.

Personal Injury Claim: Be Prepared

Personal injury cases require an investment. If you're going to file a claim, you have to be prepared:

  • Personal injury cases can take months, sometimes even years to settle or reach trial;
  • Insurance company representatives, opposing parties and their attorneys, and even some of your friends may try to make you feel guilty for pursuing the personal injury claim, as if you weren't entitled to be compensated for your personal injuries;
  • You may have to appear for depositions, answer written interrogatories with the help of your personal injury attorney, and provide documents and other evidence to the opposing party.

 

With the right perspective, you're ready to move forward and pursue the compensation you deserve, call us today at 770-854-0400.

Injury Lawyers

The legal process can be daunting, and you probably don't have enough knowledge of the law or your options to make clear decisions about your next steps. If you're unsure how to proceed, a free consultation with one of our personal injury advocates may be a good way to figure out your case. You may not discover the strength or weakness of your case or what you might have a right to recover unless you speak with a personal injury lawyer who can explain your personal injury rights. Make sure that you have the information you need to make an educated decision and gather that information before you take any action that might affect your case, like talking to an insurance company.