I hear this question a lot. People who have been injured in a Georgia car accident have usually never dealt with an injury claim before, and many are not sure where to begin. We are very selective about the cases we take because we want to make sure that every case we have receives our most careful attention and resources.
Here are a few basic questions you can ask yourself to determine whether or not we might be able to take your case. Of course, every case is different, and this list does not contain every single thing that can determine whether or not you will have a successful claim. But it’s a good place to start.
The Car Accident:
- When did it occur?
At this time, the statute of limitations for car accidents in Georgia is two years. If your accident occurred more than 18 months ago, it will be difficult for us to investigate and pursue a resolution to your claim before that time period is up.
- Was it clearly another person’s fault?
We only take cases where another person caused the accident. If you were at fault for the collision, we cannot take your case.
- How badly is your vehicle damaged?
If your vehicle does not look like it sustained a lot of damage, it will be difficult to convince the insurance company that you were badly hurt.
Your Medical Treatment:
- Are your medical bills and lost wages at least $3,000?
If you were not seriously injured in the wreck, you might be able to handle your claim on your own. Generally, if your medical bills and lost wages are under $3,000, that is not enough for your injuries to be considered serious enough for us to take your case.
- Did you receive initial medical treatment right away?
It is very important that you go to the hospital or see the doctor right away. If you waited longer than three days to seek medical treatment, the insurance company will argue that you weren’t really that hurt.
- Have you been treating consistently since the crash?
Gaps in treatment will kill a case. If you are hurt and actively seeking treatment, do not let too much time pass between doctor visits.
Ty Wilson is a Savannah personal injury lawyer who provides the public with free information about Georgia injury claims. Visit tywilsonlaw.com for more articles, videos, and to download his FREE books so you can be better informed about your claim! Do this BEFORE talking to the insurance company or even hiring an attorney.
If you have questions that you’d like to ask an attorney, give Ty a call Savannah 912-508-4711 or Atlanta 770-948-5454.
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