Personal Injury Attorneys
Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys
Suffering an injury of any kind is frightening. It’s even more exasperating to learn that your injuries could have been prevented had someone else been more careful.
At Hall & Navarro, we have partnered with an excellent personal injury attorney who can help. Call us today to get started with a free consultation.
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Mistakes in a Personal Injury Case
1. Not Going to the Doctor
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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More Personal Injury Info
Personal Injury Settlement Timeline
There is no guarantee or limited amount of time in Georgia to settle a case. You do have a two-year statute of limitations from the time the incident or accident occurred to file it in court. You don’t have to have it settled by then, but, if a lawsuit is required, you’re required to file that lawsuit within two years after the injury or accident occurred.
Avoiding Personal Injury Trial
A lot of our clients wonder if there is something you can do to avoid a trial in a personal injury case. In Georgia, you can settle your personal injury suit by virtue of negotiations between your attorney and the attorney for the insurance company or the individual who is liable for the injury that occurred to you. You can mediate or you can settle just by exchanging offers back and forth. It is not absolutely required that you go to trial if you are able to reach a reasonable settlement that you’re satisfied with.
Pre-Existing Conditions in a Personal Injury Case
In Georgia, if you have a preexisting condition, it will impact the value of your settlement and may very well decrease it to some degree, depending on the specific facts and circumstances of your injury. This is a very technical question, but, as a general rule, if you have a preexisting condition, it may lessen the amount that you are able to receive in the settlement.
Emotional damages are recoverable; however, you would definitely need to prove those up by way of counseling notes and therapist notes to prove the emotional impact of the injury. You can testify to it and journal things, and that will assist your attorney in your case, but ideally you would want to have a therapist or a counselor who can come and testify on your behalf to explain to a judge or jury exactly what you have been through emotionally.