If you have just been involved in an auto-accident and suffered injuries, you are probably trying to work out your options for recovering any damages or losses. You may face an uphill battle when dealing with various parties involved in the processing of your claim, depending on the circumstances of the accident and the responsible party or parties.
You are more than likely going to need an attorney after an auto-accident to represent and support you. Auto-accident cases can become complex and attempting to address the situation alone involves a steep learning curve if you don’t have experience in law. Here are four reasons to get an attorney to help you with your claim.
Finding Out Who is Responsible
Georgia has a shared fault rule which deems multiple parties may share responsibility for an accident. This means you could be held partially or wholly liable for the accident, despite the fact that you were injured and are seeking compensation. The other parties or their representatives (insurance company/attorney) will try to show that you were more than 50% responsible for the accident. According to the law in Georgia, this can mean you are not entitled to compensation for the injuries that you’ve sustained.
Do you know what type of evidence you will need and how to assess the strength of that evidence? Every case is unique and requires careful evidential consideration. When you hire an attorney, he or she will discuss the circumstances surrounding the accident and provide expert guidance on the type and nature of evidence that will best support a claim in your specific case. The alternative is guessing at what you consider is strong evidence and risking falling short of meeting your burden of proof.
Handling Insurance Companies/Attorneys
Speaking to an experienced insurance company or attorney who is representing the at-fault party may damage your case. Everything you say can and will be used against you. You can pass the responsibility of dealing with these parties or entities to an attorney who is an expert in the area of auto-accidents. With a legal professional on your side, you won’t have to carry the burden of discussing the accident, injuries, or any potential compensation claim.
Negotiating or Taking your Claim to Court
In many cases, an opposing insurance company or attorney will play hard ball in order to deny you fair compensation. Your attorney can take over negotiations and fight to win the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering. In the rare instances where an auto-accident claim goes to court, having an attorney by your side throughout the process will take a considerable amount of pressure off the table. To learn more about the process of filing a suit after an auto accident in Georgia, or to schedule a free consultation, call our offices today at 912-764-9616, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.