Author: Sami Tabbaa
The aftermath of a personal injury accident can be confusing and overwhelming. It can be even more stressful if accident victims do not know how an injury claims process in Georgia works. While each case is different, the steps victims must take after an accident are typically similar.
However, most people do not know the laws and limitations to personal injury claims in Georgia. That is why you must hire an injury attorney. If you sustained injuries because of another party’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact Attorney Sami Tabbaa of Tabbaa Law. He can launch a thorough investigation into the accident and hold responsible parties accountable for their actions.
Seek Medical Attention after a Car Accident
After an accident, you must seek medical attention immediately. Even if you physically feel fine or show no external injuries, schedule a doctor’s appointment. Remember, not all injuries display symptoms right away, and you might be suffering from internal injuries only a doctor can diagnose. Therefore, seeing a medical professional right after an accident may be beneficial to your overall health.
Furthermore, seeing a doctor may aid your injury claim. By not seeking medical care, an insurance company might argue you did not suffer any injuries. If you wait to see a doctor until symptoms show, you run this risk of an insurer arguing that your injuries resulted from a different accident. Both of these actions may allow the insurance company to deny or reduce your claim.
Hire a Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer
Georgia has many state-wide laws you must follow when pursuing a personal injury claim, so you should hire an injury attorney to guide you through the claims process. Additionally, victims only have two years from the accident to file a claim against the other party. While that might sound like plenty of time to file a claim, investigating the accident, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing police reports takes time. Your injuries might also prevent you from filing a claim until you fully recover. Allow a skilled Georgia personal injury attorney to handle your case while you recover.
Start a Post-Accident Journal
A post-accident journal is a valuable part of your recovery and will allow you to see your progress. In this journal, you should document if you feel any pain, the severity of that pain, and its origin. Additionally, you should also keep track of all invoices, medical bills, and copays. Some of these documents will be electronic, while others may be hard copies. Regardless, you should save multiple copies. For example, you should give your attorney a copy of all accident-related bills and expenses, so they can correctly calculate your economic damages.
Draft a Demand Letter and Begin Negotiations
Your lawyer may draft a demand letter for you and send it to the insurance company. Demand letters typically include essential details, such as where and how the accident happened, medical bills, lost wages, receipts, and how much compensation you demand. Most letters will include a time limit within which the insurer must respond.
Once you send the demand letter, negotiations typically begin between you and the insurance company. Remember, the insurance company is not on your side and will want to pay out as little as possible. Therefore, you should let your injury attorney handle the negotiations. Insurers will try to take advantage of you otherwise.
While most cases settle outside of a courtroom, there is a possibility that the insurance company continues to offer low settlements. When that happens, your injury attorney may suggest taking your case to trial. Your attorney will only suggest this if they believe you can receive more from a judge or jury.
Seek Legal Assistance from Tabbaa Law Today
If you were in a personal injury accident in Georgia, reach out to Tabbaa Law today. Attorney Sami Tabbaa has handled thousands of personal injury cases, such as car, truck, and bicycle accidents. Having worked at law firms in the Greater Atlanta area, you can be confident that Attorney Tabbaa has the skill and experience needed to handle these cases.
At Tabbaa Law, we pride ourselves on open communication with our clients. With weekly updates, you will never be left wondering about the status of your case. To schedule a free consultation, call (770) 370-7881 or complete our contact form.Personal Injury