Another driver’s negligence can cause a significant situation for you. Now you’re looking at getting your car fixed, finding someone to look at your neck, and calling out of work for a few days. After a car accident, you may find yourself dealing with more stress and confusion than usual.
Here’s what to do after you’ve been involved in or injured in a car accident:
Take a few deep breaths slowly and steadily. Try focusing your attention on your breath and in the present moment to relax your nervous system and build a sense of calmness.
Examine both your mental and physical health. If you’ve been harmed, seek medical attention as soon as possible. The depth of your injury may not be immediately apparent because specific soft tissue and brain injuries have no symptoms. If you’re still in agony a day or two later, don’t be surprised; the shock of the accident can sometimes obscure the discomfort you’re feeling. Make an appointment to see a doctor. If you’re not sure where to go, give us a call. We’ll connect you with a doctor who can help you.
The collision should be reported to the police. If there are any injuries, dial 911. If not, call the Athens Police Department’s non-emergency line at (706) 613-3345. If you’re on a Georgia state road, call the Georgia State Patrol.
Find out who the players are. What is the other driver’s name? What is the license number on their hand? What type of vehicle were they driving? What is their insurance company’s name? Who was present at the time of the collision? Obtain as much information on the other parties as possible. They’re going to be useful.
Make a call to work and inform them of the situation. “Hey, I was in a vehicle accident, and I’m going to the doctor. I’ll phone you at the end of the day to update you on my progress. I’m not going to come in today.”
Contact Athens’ car accident lawyers Issa & Castro before contacting your insurance carrier. Why? Because insurance companies, including your own, care more about protecting their profits than about protecting your health. You will be asked to make a written statement since investigators are trained to employ queries that do not expose the complete story. As a result, your statement will be invalidated.
How much is your case worth?
We’re all aware that lawyers are notorious for leaking multimillion-dollar deals. We’ve witnessed firsthand how such folks will gladly trade their health and mobility for money on any given week. Despite this, accident expenses are significant, and you are entitled to compensation for an event that was not your responsibility.
So, what is the true value of your lawsuit? “It depends,” is the standard response from a car accident lawyer. We’re not trying to avoid answering your inquiry in any way. It is entirely your choice. Depending on the circumstances, insurance policy limits and crash conditions change. You may get a different response depending on the lawyer you consult.
Our client was told that his lawsuit wasn’t worth a penny. In the same complaint, we were able to reach a $1,000,000.00 settlement. Is this something that frequently occurs? Is this going to be the case for you? It is entirely dependent on the circumstances. Speaking with a car accident lawyer is the only way to know for sure.
We use Zoom to give free case evaluations, so you don’t have to leave your house to meet with us. We’ll listen to your narrative and offer our opinion based on nearly two decades of experience and competence in almost every Georgia county courtroom.
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Ok, but after the free consultation, how much do you charge?
We provide contingency-based services, meaning we don’t get paid until you do.
We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if you are compensated. So we can focus on what matters most to you: managing your case and maximizing your recovery. We’ll immediately put our knowledge, talents, and experience to work for you, providing free documentation, investigation, and negotiation services.
To arrange your free case consultation and to discover more about what aggressive, compassionate representation can accomplish for you after an automobile accident, call or text 770-LAWSUIT immediately.
Couldn’t I just handle this on my own?
You can, of course, file a claim with your insurance provider. You can phone your doctor to schedule an appointment with him or her. Any offer you get has the option of being accepted or rejected. You do not require the services of a lawyer. That’s not to argue that hiring one isn’t a good idea.
Here’s how lawyers like us can help.
After a car accident, what happens to your automobile and your body is merely the tip of the iceberg. One of our customers was in a small vehicle accident and escaped with no visible injuries, but his condition developed over time into significant neck pain that limited his mobility. While things may appear to be fine for the time being, we are concerned about the long-term effects of this incident. We’ll keep in touch with your doctors to ensure that your health is safeguarded today and in the future.
You’ll also need money set aside for things like maintenance and doctor’s visits. If you miss work, you will lose money. Any therapy or medication that is prescribed to you must be paid for. So that your financial situation is not threatened, we can aid you in tracking down and reclaiming these expenses.
We’ll even handle the insurance companies for you, so you don’t have to. You’ll be stress-free, which will allow you to heal as we protect your short- and long-term objectives. We’ll assist you in building a stronger case by preparing it as though we’re going to trial. Don’t get worked up over it; most problems can be resolved without having to go to court.
However, we will not treat your case as if it has already been handled. We’ll prepare your case as though it were going to court. This means you have a powerful advocate on your side who is always ready to fight the insurance company on your behalf.
We’ll take care of assuaging your fears. Personal injury lawsuits are difficult, and there are many decisions to be made along the way, each with its own set of consequences. We’ll provide you with strategic advice on whether you should accept or reject any offers you get, as well as whether you should settle or go to trial.
I’m interested. What kinds of cases do you handle?
We specialize in the strategic resolution of the following issues:
In the event of a collision between two cars or light trucks, one or both of the following generally happens:
– Hit and run
A range of factors, including vehicle weight, speed, and direction of movement, influence the intensity of each of these. Minor property damage might occasionally result in major health issues.
A commercial vehicle, such as an 18-wheeler, a bus, or a vehicle delivering hazardous commodities, is involved in the majority of these collisions. Commercial drivers are expected to adhere to rigorous guidelines, and liability for a collision could be shared among several parties. These are complex issues that will require vigorous advocacy to ensure that the proper people are held accountable.
Motorcycle accidents are a common occurrence. Because the majority of cars on the road are larger and heavier, riding a motorcycle exposes you to a multitude of dangers.
Bicycling is a great way to get some exercise or go to the shop quickly, but it can be risky on a busy road. Even if they broke a traffic safety law, a negligent motorist might be held accountable for your injuries.
Isn’t it true that writing about these incidents puts our own safety in jeopardy? Walking can be more dangerous than it should be when it comes to autos and traffic.
When it comes to your health, you have every right to expect a certain amount of attention. Your life may be severely harmed if your provider does you harm.
Nursing Home Abuse
We understand the agony of watching a loved one become a victim of abuse, as difficult as it is for us to discuss. If your elderly relative shows signs of distress, has new physical markings, or is missing money after being in nursing care, please contact us. Abuse of any kind should not be condoned.
A run-down property could be a trip and fall hazard. Shattered railings, narrow passages, and worn carpeting can all contribute to a fatal slip and fall.
A neglected property can be a trip and fall hazard. Shattered rails, congested passages, and worn flooring can all contribute to a dangerous slip and fall.
If you were hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about your rights and how much your lawsuit is worth, contact Issa & Castro now for a free case consultation.
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Ok, what kinds of expenses could I recover?
It’s sensible to proceed with caution: it’s questionable. Policy limits, property damage, the severity of your injuries, and what the future holds for you based on medical assessments are all issues to consider in each situation. Here are some of the general expenses we’ll consider:
- Doctor’s office visits
- Diagnostic tests (X-ray, MRI, CT scan, etc.)
- Physical therapy
- Medical devices (crutches, neck braces, scooters, etc.)
- Prescriptions and over-the-counter medication
- Lost wages
- Potential future income lost
- Caretakers or help getting around
- Emotional and physical pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Of course, each one must be legal, so looking into your specific circumstance could reveal something important or explain something that the law doesn’t. In either instance, it’s a good idea to have a case review to see how much money your claim is worth.
Wait. What do you mean pain and suffering can be compensated?
When you’re injured, it takes a toll on your energy and mental health. You’re grieving the loss of what was and the anguish of what you can’t do because so much of your life is dependent on the injury. The impact of your injuries on your sleep, anxiety, and depression should not be overlooked. That is the core of pain and suffering.
The insurance company will look into your case and use a set of averages to determine the value of your claim. We’re not going to do it, though. We will evaluate your narrative and circumstances as we fight for the compensation and restitution you deserve.
The insurance company offered a settlement.
It seems pretty good. Should we take it?
You can probably guess that we’ll say something along the lines of, “it depends on the specifics of your circumstance.”
Personal injury claims are a one-and-done event, and we can safely assert. If you accept an offer and then need more medical attention for your injuries, you won’t be able to go back and ask for more money. So, before you accept an offer, double-check that it covers the present as well as the future.
If you employ us, we’ll provide you with advice, negotiate on your behalf, and do everything we can to protect your legal rights. If the insurance company continues to mistreat you, we will take your case to court and fight on your side.
Alright, what can I do to help my case?
Food is to a gathering what paperwork is to a claim: It isn’t required, but if it weren’t, it would be a waste of time. To put it another way, keep a detailed record of everything.
Put these at the top of your list:
- Take out your smartphone and take pictures and/or videos of everything. And by everything, we mean damage to your vehicle, the other vehicle, the roadways, signage, and any other shattered items on the scene. You can’t get enough of this stuff, just like you can’t get enough potato chips.
- Look for dashcams, security cameras, or cameras on the side of the road. You must act quickly on this one, though, because the recording could be wiped at any time. Please get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can help you get these recordings.
- Personal information for anyone who witnessed the incident. Record a statement if possible
- The other driver’s info, including their name, phone number, and insurance details
- How to get ahold of your insurance company
- Your medical provider’s information and all charges
- Any extra expenses, such as emergency transportation; time off work (including sick and vacation time), the time you couldn’t get to work, and so on; alterations to your living space; and any gadgets you needed to buy, such as walking boots, crutches, or walkers.
Maintain a detailed record of your health; you’ll need it. Changes in your attitude, sleep, or appetite is generally noticed first by those closest to you.
- Assume you’re forgetful as a result of your injuries. You have no idea where your keys are, who your coworker is, or what someone said just a few moments ago. On its own, any of those things is an expected part of being an adult. On the other hand, taking all of these factors into consideration over time could imply a brain injury. So, get your phone out and scribble or dictate a note describing what happened.
- Pay attention to how you’re feeling. Expect some ups and downs during the day because few of us are completely balanced all of the time. Simply note any excesses or replies that do not appear to be appropriate for the scenario.
- Keep your balance, your five senses, and your coordination in mind. Do you seem to be dropping things at a faster rate than usual? Do you have trouble writing or typing? Do you find it difficult to tie your shoes or button your pants? Is walking more difficult than it used to be for you? Keep your eyes peeled for these particulars.
This type of information can help us have a better understanding of your injuries and what you’ve been through, which could be critical in obtaining just compensation for you.
What should I say to my insurance company?
Even if it appears that your insurance company is on your side, it is almost certainly a profit-driven company. You want to submit a police report, but you don’t want to reveal anything about your health, fault, or history. After consulting with legal advice, make a recorded statement.
Here are the dos and don’ts of talking to your insurance company:
- Don’t give a recorded statement without consulting an attorney
- Don’t offer details about your health
- Don’t say you’re “fine” or “ok” or “feeling great today.”
- Don’t tell your story
- Don’t say anything like “I wasn’t paying attention” or “I don’t know what happened”
- Don’t accept any offers without consulting an attorney
- Don’t post on social media
To preserve your rights, please contact Athens personal injury lawyers Issa & Castro.
Do mention: “Around 5:00 p.m., I was traveling 54 miles per hour east, when Mr. Smith’s vehicle collided with my vehicle on the driver’s side.”
How soon should I file a claim?
In Georgia, you have two years to make a personal injury claim and four years to file a property damage claim. Why should you, on the other hand, wait? The further away an event is from you, the less likely you are to remember it. It raises some suspicions when a claim is filed years after an incident!
What should I look for when I want to hire a personal injury lawyer?
Aside from our degrees and awards, it’s important to remember that you can’t have a successful transaction with a bad partner. Keep the following in mind when looking for solid representation:
- Do you get the idea that this lawyer genuinely cares about your case? When it comes to picking an attorney, we understand you have a lot of options, so trust your gut. If you feel important and your tale is meaningful when you’re with your lawyer, you’ve taken care of the most vital aspect: trustworthiness and safety.
- Are you paying attention to what your lawyer has to say? Although it may seem strange to ask such a question, we recognize that many people use legal jargon. You’ve mastered the next phase if your lawyer can communicate with you in a clear and direct manner that you understand: The importance of clear and direct communication cannot be overstated.
- Is your lawyer bringing you into the discussion? At the end of the day, it’s your case and your life; therefore, it’s all about you. Is your lawyer questioning you about your health and experience? Is it likely that they will be interested in what you have to say? If your lawyer keeps the conversation focused on you, you have a third reason to engage with them: they are invested in your case.
Our goal is to deliver a finished product that fulfills your requirements. We’ll provide you with strategy and empathy while working to restore your health. Call or text 770-LAWSUIT to schedule a free case review.