Basic Steps in a Georgia Personal Injury Claim
The steps involved in a Georgia personal injury claim vary according to the specific details of your case, such as the type of accident, severity of the injuries and issues of negligence and liability.
A Fayette injury lawyer can help you protect your legal rights to seek full and fair compensation for your injuries and other damages in a Georgia personal injury claim. An attorney will have you sign waivers so that he or she can obtain and review the documented evidence and merits of your case.
Once you and your Fayette injury lawyer agree to move forward with your claim, a notice of representation will be sent to the defendant and their insurer telling them you have obtained counsel.
At this point, the insurer should contact your lawyer directly on all matters pertaining to the case. If an insurance adjuster contacts you directly, you should instruct them to contact your legal counsel.
Your Fayette injury lawyer will work to gather evidence in order to present your claim in a compelling way. Building your claim around strong evidence is key to obtaining a sufficient settlement. Your lawyer must use the evidence collected to establish negligence by showing that:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care;
- The defendant breached, or broke, this duty;
- The breach caused your injury; and
- You incurred recoverable damages from the injury.
When all of the evidence has been assembled, and/or you have fully recovered from your injuries/received a full prognosis, your attorney will present a settlement package to the insurer which will include the cause of negligence by their client, and the full amount of damages you suffered as a result of the accident.
If the insurer agrees to the amount, you may choose to settle the case and you will receive your compensation. If not, your Fayette injury lawyer will usually file a lawsuit on your behalf.
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Contacting a Fayette Injury Lawyer
As the victim of a Georgia personal injury accident, you have rights that the insurance companies cannot ignore. While they have a team of lawyers working on their side, shouldn't you have experienced legal representation fighting for your best interests? Before accepting any settlement offer, order a FREE copy of our consumer publication, The Ultimate Guide to Accident Cases in Georgia - The Truth About Your Injury Case, and contact the Law Offices of Jason Schultz to schedule a FREE consultation on your case - 404-474-0804.
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