Q: Is there a way for me to know if a settlement for my Georgia personal injury claim is fair?
The only way to really know that you've been given a fair settlement offer for your Georgia personal injury claim is to estimate your current expenses, your future expenses and to know your legal rights. Because of the complexity of estimating the potential value of an injury claim, the process is much easier with the help of an experienced attorney.
It will be difficult to identify a fair settlement offer if you choose to work on your own. As someone who is likely unfamiliar with Georgia negligence laws, the types of compensation to which you may be entitled and how to prove and negotiate those costs with an insurance adjuster, it is very easy to find yourself being taken advantage of by the insurance company.
A Fayette County personal injury lawyer, on the other hand, understands what types of damages should be covered in your insurance settlement. A Fayette County personal injury lawyer can look at all the damages related to your accident, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other injury-related expenses to see if they are adequately addressed in the settlement offer.
If necessary, your Fayette County personal injury lawyer may even call in specialists to help calculate your potential future medical treatment costs or lost future earnings should you be disabled from your injuries, which will also impact the fairness of your settlement offer.
Often, insurance companies fail to include these costs in an initial settlement offer and will bar you from seeking additional compensation for those costs in the future. This is why you need to ensure that those costs are accounted for in any settlement offer you accept.
Depending on the type of claim you file and the circumstances surrounding your accident, a Fayette County personal injury lawyer can also help you determine if non-economic costs such as a reduced quality of life or emotional trauma may be included in your settlement offer.
If not, your attorney can help you determine how much to ask for during the settlement negotiation process. While an insurance company looks out for its own interests, a Fayette County personal injury lawyer can look out for your best interests.
Contacting a Fayette County Personal Injury Lawyer
As the victim of a Georgia 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, contact the Law Offices of Jason Schultz to schedule a FREE consultation on your case - 404-474-0804.