Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers

With Offices in Statesboro and Springfield

Suffering an injury of any kind is frightening, but it’s exasperating to learn that your injuries could have been prevented, had someone else been more careful.

If you’ve searched out this web page, you may have been injured by someone else’s negligence. You may be in pain. You’ve probably had to miss work and are under a lot of stress over finances. You are very likely trying to find the right person to help you with a personal injury claim.

Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers

With Offices in Statesboro and Springfield

Suffering an injury of any kind is frightening, but it’s exasperating to learn that your injuries could have been prevented, had someone else been more careful. If you’ve searched out this web page, you may have been injured by someone else’s negligence. You may be in pain. You’ve probably had to miss work and are under a lot of stress over finances. You are very likely trying to find the right person to help you with a personal injury claim.

Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers

With Offices in Statesboro and Springfield

Suffering an injury of any kind is frightening, but it’s exasperating to learn that your injuries could have been prevented, had someone else been more careful.

If you’ve searched out this web page, you may have been injured by someone else’s negligence. You may be in pain. You’ve probably had to miss work and are under a lot of stress over finances. You are very likely trying to find the right person to help you with a personal injury claim.

Testimonials

“You helped me restore my faith in so much that looked bleak and decrepit. Along this bumpy road, my lovely daughter is safe, and home, and starting to find peace again…Thank you. All the pieces unfolded and fell into place through a progression only the Lord could have planned. But the people who fulfilled his plan did it through greatness and kindness and strength. In my opinion you and Martha have done Gods work and the Judge came through! I am indebted to you both. Please understand, I can be a force and support as well. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. I still have a long way to go…so I hope that statement is true. My commitment to be there for you is equally strong. It will be a tough journey. I Pray. You guys are amazing. Thank you for everything.”

BONNIE GRINGER

“We were referred to Mike Hall by a friend who told us that if they had used him in the beginning, they would have had a lot better result. Using Mike ourselves, we have had the same experience. Mike is very personable and gave us some very wise council. We could tell he was trying to help us. We have used him for several issues that have come up, and he has always handled them in a professional and timely manner. He is quick to answer emails or phone calls, and takes his time answering all of your questions. We are very pleased with his services and would highly recommend him to anyone who has a legal problem.”

LYNN & PAM KELLEY

“After a two and a half year battle, my son and I got the justice we longed for. The only quality that I didn’t like about Paige was that she was patient. Which, is a very good quality to have. However, hindsight being 20/20, I’m glad she was so patient. Paige and Ashley (her paralegal) were always in communication with me, and responded in a timely and appropriate manner. When opposing counsel started her antics and attempted to berate and take Paige’s eye off the prize, she didn’t allow it. I sincerely appreciate all they did for me and my son. I know my circumstances were extreme, but Paige looked out for the two of us. I highly recommend the law group, and will always be indebted to them.”

DUSTIN SHAW

“This review is in regards to how attorney Martha Hall handled my cases. Before Martha Hall, I was taken advantage of in family court in Jefferson County and Effingham County with sub par attorneys that resulted in rulings that were unfair to me and created headaches and financial difficulties. I experienced three attorneys before Martha Hall. I never felt that I had equal representation in the courthouse, until I discovered Martha Hall. Since I have hired Martha Hall, I have had equal or better representation and my cases have closed with fair rulings. This is solely a result of having Martha Hall as my attorney. I will not change thus moving forward if I need any legal services. She is worth every penny.”

KEN GIBSON

“I just have to say the professionalism and conduct of the Hall and Hall attorneys was fantastic from the time we walked in the door. We met Sarah then Mrs. Martha Hall. They were all very attentive and compassionate. Kara, our paralegal, was always there for us. She was always there via email or phone contact. We had a very sensitive legal case and Mrs. Martha Hall walked us through it with compassion and professionalism. I cannot say enough good things about this group or thank them enough for doing what needed to be done.”

MYA AND DEAN CAPE

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The information below will give you an overview of your personal injury claim. We’ll start with the common mistakes people make in their personal injury cases in Georgia. Then we’ll relate a client story to give you additional information about the personal injury claims process. Be sure you read this page all the way through.

Common Personal Injury Claim Mistakes

It’s unfortunate that there are numerous mistakes that commonly slow down or damage personal injury claims. Please read through each of them to help you avoid hurting your own claim.

Not Going to the Doctor

Can I avoid trial for my personal injury case

When people get injured, they often experience an adrenaline rush. This is the body’s way of trying to protect us from harm. It can provide extra energy and even strength for several hours.

Unfortunately, the result of this flood of stress hormones is that many people don’t realize the extent of their injuries until hours later, or even the next day.

Not seeking a medical evaluation immediately after an accident can compound your injuries, and it can also damage your personal injury claim.

A medical exam creates an official record of your injuries, as well as a record of the date and time you were examined. The quicker you get medical treatment, the more closely this record will coincide with the accident or incident in which you were injured. The result is a solid piece of evidence to support your personal injury claim.

If you don’t go to the doctor, your case will lack this evidence. Even waiting a day or two before getting checked weakens the correlation between the accident and your injuries. Such a gap gives the insurance company wiggle room to suggest you may have been injured on a different day, under circumstances completely unrelated to their client.

The insurance company is the only one who benefits when you fail to seek medical attention as quickly as possible after an injury. Protect your health and the value of your case by getting examined as soon as you can.

Not Following the Doctor’s Plan for Your Recovery

After you receive medical treatment and are discharged from the hospital, you will be given instructions on how to help with your continued recovery. This may be prescriptions that must be taken on a certain schedule, or physical therapy. It may be refraining from your normal level of activity so that your body can regain strength. There are many ways you might be asked to help with your recovery through the doctor’s treatment plan.

Adhering to your doctor’s treatment plan is critical to your health and your case, for the same reason getting a medical examination right away is critical. If you don’t, the insurance company is likely to try to blame some of your condition on you.

Allowing the Insurance Company to Record Your Statement

This is another big mistake. After being injured by someone else’s negligence, it’s predictable that the responsible party’s insurance company will call. They will sound sympathetic and encourage you to talk about the accident and your injuries. At some point, they will ask if they can get a recorded statement.

Don’t do it.

The insurance company will probably try to convince you that giving a recorded statement will speed your case along. This may be true, but not in a way that helps you.

If they can get you to say something that can be twisted to their advantage, they may be able to get your case thrown out. It’s a quick resolution that saves them time and money and leaves you out in the cold.

No matter how official the insurance adjuster sounds, remember that you are not obligated to speak with them. You can simply decline to speak to them and hang up.

The best way to handle communications with the insurance company is through your personal injury attorney.

Not Contacting a Lawyer As Soon As Possible

How will a pre-existing condition impact my personal injury case

Two of the biggest reasons people procrastinate in contacting a lawyer for their personal injury claim is fear about what it will cost, and the belief that they have plenty of time to file.

It’s important to know that you do not need money upfront before calling our firm. Our contingency fee model means we pay for all of the expenses for your case. It also means we only get paid at the end of your case, after we’ve brought it to a successful resolution.

And remember, the initial legal consultation is free.

In addition, don’t let a statute of limitations dictate your case timeline.

No matter how long you have to file your claim, you need to know that the strength of your case is going to be greater the sooner you get started. Evidence disappears, witnesses’ memories get foggy. It’s also possible for witnesses to “disappear” after moving and changing their contact information.

The evidence in your case is the foundation upon which it will be built. Don’t jeopardize it by waiting to call a lawyer.

Choosing the Wrong Lawyer

Many people mistakenly believe that lawyers are interchangeable, sharing a common knowledge base across all areas of the law. Like medicine, however, the law has its own specializations.

Just as you wouldn’t call an eye doctor to treat a broken foot, it’s not in your best interest to call a bankruptcy lawyer for a personal injury case.

In addition, it’s important to have an experienced trial lawyer. Most cases will settle before they reach trial. But some go all the way to court.

You can guess that having a skilled trial lawyer will be indispensable in court. Ironically, it may also prevent your case from having to go to court in the first place.

Insurance companies know who the trial attorneys are, and would often rather settle than come up against them in front of a jury.

Either way, you get the strongest case when an experienced personal injury trial lawyer is by your side.

Georgia Personal Injury Client Story

The story that follows is intended to illustrate some additional elements of a personal injury case. Please be sure to read to the end. While names and dates have been changed to protect the privacy of our clients, the helpfulness of the information remains. When you’re done, please take us up on our offer to answer your specific questions in a free legal consultation.

At 9:00 a.m. on a cool morning in late September a few years back, Merry Blane loaded her 80 lb. Sheepadoodle, Banjo, into the back of her old navy hatchback. Time for Banjo to go to work.

Tuesdays were Merry’s favorite day of the week, when her large Old English Sheepdog/Poodle mix accompanied her to a local nursing home as a therapy dog. As Merry drove to the facility, she though back to her decision six years before to sell her dog grooming business and become a certified therapy dog trainer.

She’d gotten to know the staff at the nursing home when she’d had to find a safe place for her mom almost ten years before. Her mom had been near the end of a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Merry knew her mom needed around-the-clock supervision to keep her from wandering. The home was clean and the staff was incredible, but it was still heartbreaking to leave her mom every night. She always wished she could have done more to bring her mom joy.

A year after her mom’s passing, Merry adopted a soft, curly, black and white mop of a puppy and named him Banjo. As he grew in size and maturity, it was clear he was very intelligent and had an exceptionally gentle demeanor.

Merry began training Banjo and searching for some way she could volunteer that allowed her to have her dog by her side. That’s when she discovered the world of therapy dogs.

Merry knew she’d found her calling, and it seemed, so had Banjo. She sold her grooming shop and dove into therapy dog trainer certification. A year later, she opened her own therapy dog training business. As it rapidly grew, Merry set aside one day a week to volunteer at the nursing home.

The residents were delighted. That first visit had been a couple of years ago, and neither she, nor Banjo, nor the nursing home residents seemed to tire of it since. Merry smiled at the stoplight as she reminisced.

The light turned green. Merry pulled into the intersection and was knocked senseless by a bright yellow and black catering van that ran the light and rammed into her side of the car.

Hovering somewhere in space, Merry’s mind registered the van the instant before impact and thought, “bumble bee.”

Merry’s next memory was waking up in the hospital with her partner Celia by her side. She had a broken femur, fractured pelvis, and whiplash.

“Banjo — where’s Banjo?”

“Banjo’s fine, I took him to my condo. How are you feeling?”

“Like I was hit by a bumble bee.”

Celia looked to the nurse as she entered. “Are you sure she doesn’t have a head injury?”

Merry started to shake her head and stopped as pain ricocheted through her neck.

“It was one of those yellow and black catering trucks zipping all over the city.”

“Oh, yeah, I can see the association,” Celia nodded.

Two weeks later, Celia brought Merry to her condo to continue her recovery.

Merry was grateful to have Celia to help with the business for the foreseeable future. Still, money would be tight for several months until she could walk again. Until then, they’d have to reduce the number of weekly classes to what Celia could reasonably handle.

Banjo was beside himself when Merry arrived, completely forgetting his usual dignified bearing and howling with delight. Luckily, he seemed to understand she was fragile and did not pounce on her when Celia rolled her wheelchair in.

We met Merry, Celia, and Banjo the next afternoon at the condo. Merry had called us to arrange a consultation. She said her main concerns were how much it would cost to hire us, what her case was worth, and how long her case might take.

How Much Does A Lawyer Cost?

We sat in the living room, Banjo eyeing us solemnly as he sprawled on a large ottoman in the corner.

Celia passed coffee around as Merry asked, “How much does it cost to hire you? It’s going to be a tough quarter with me off my feet.

“At least I can take the paperwork off your hands, Celia,” Merry offered with a smirk as her partner barely managed not to spit coffee all over her company sweatshirt.

“The good news, Meredith, is that we don’t charge anything upfront. We work on a contingency model, covering all expenses throughout the case. When it’s finished, we only get paid when we resolve your claim successfully.”

“That’s a relief. And call me ‘Merry.’ Nobody calls me ‘Meredith,’ not even Banjo.”

The dog’s fuzzy brows perked at the mention of his name, but he didn’t stir. He was obviously tracking the conversation just fine.

How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

Will my personal injury case go to trial

Merry moved on to her next question.

“So what’s a case like mine worth?”

We explained that it would be tough to know the value of Merry’s case until we’d conducted an investigation and also gotten a clear understanding of her damages.

“The investigation involves gathering evidence and witness statements. We could start immediately, and we’d also want to work up all aspects of your case as if it were going to court.

“The damages can take a while to assess, because we’ll need you to reach what is called ‘maximum medical improvement’ to know what your specific damages are.

“Maximum medical improvement is when you’ve recovered to the level that your doctors consider ‘back to normal’ for you. If your injuries prevent you from reaching this level of health again, then you’ll need to reach the highest level of recovery you can get to in order for us to know your damages.

“Either way, maximum medical improvement is also the point at which you’re finished with any surgeries you may require, and we know what any future medical treatments related to your injuries will look like.

“You can help with this process by closely following your doctor’s treatment plan, including medications and things like physical therapy appointments. Anything the doctor has asked you to do to help keep your recovery on track.”

“So, no more rock climbing?”

“At least for a few months,” our lawyer laughed.

“Don’t worry, even if she’s climbing the walls, I’ll make sure she doesn’t go rock climbing until she gets the okay to go back to her training duties,” Celia assured us, giving Merry the side eye.

“I told you I can do the bookkeeping.”

Celia’s eyes rolled as she got up. “Time for more coffee.”

“Once you reach maximum medical improvement, we’ll know your damages, and then we’ll know what your case is worth.”

“Okay, fine.” Merry said, giving us a good-natured smile. She held her hand out to the dog, who immediately crossed the room and nuzzled it, encouraging Merry to scratch behind his soft ears.

How Long Will My Personal Injury Claim Take?

Merry seemed to visibly relax as she scratched the dog. “So, how long does a case like this take?” she asked.

“Unfortunately, every case is unique. The timeline of your case is going to be determined by two factors.

“The first is how long it takes you to reach maximum medical improvement, so that we can know your economic and non-economic damages.

“Once we know what they are, we’ll send a demand letter to the insurance company. That’s when we’ll find out about the second factor determining the timeline of your case.

“If the insurance company plays nice, your case should proceed smoothly to a successful conclusion.”

“And if they don’t?” Merry’s hand paused on the dog’s head. Banjo whined, bumping her hand with a cold nose.

“If they don’t, we take them to court. Don’t worry, though. Our firm has a long and successful history of bringing cases before juries. But you can see that whether or not we need to factor in time for a trial will affect the timeline of your case.

“Sometimes, ironically, when the insurance company sees who you’ve hired, they decide to settle. They know who we are, and they’re not likely to be in a hurry to meet us in the courtroom again any time soon.

“Either way, we’ll be ready. That’s why choosing a personal injury trial lawyer is always your best move when you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence.”

Merry was satisfied with the answers to her questions and retained our firm. Today we are happy to say we got her nine times the amount the insurance company initially offered.

Call Our Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers Today

We hope this has answered some of your questions about your claim. We understand that every case is unique. Please take advantage of our offer for free legal advice and contact us today. Don’t let your questions worry you another day. Call us to schedule your free consultation.