Being involved in a car accident can be stressful and traumatic. If you have never been injured in an accident you may not know what to expect. Suddenly you may be getting advice from everyone you know and from the Internet. Unfortunately, some of what you hear isn’t true. Here are some of the most common myths and facts about car accident lawsuits.
Myth – You Don’t Need a Lawyer After a Car Accident
Fact – You can’t count on your insurance company to protect your rights or to get you the money you deserve. The truth is, nobody is looking out for you except you. That’s why hiring an attorney is a good idea.
Myth – Since I Didn’t File a Lawsuit Right Away I Won’t Be Able to Do So
Fact – Georgia law allows you two years from the date of your injury to file a claim. However, it is still best to begin the legal process as soon as possible so your attorney has the time needed to prepare your case.
Myth – I Have to Accept the Settlement Check the Insurance Company Offers
Fact – You do not have to accept any offer from the insurance company. You have the right to turn down a settlement if you feel it is not sufficient. If the insurance company tells you that you must accept the offer or lose your claim, contact an attorney immediately.
Myth – My Insurance Company Will Give Me Good Advice After an Accident
Fact – Insurance companies are in business to make money and they aren’t lawyers. You should not ask for guidance from your insurance company. Instead, count on an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney for answers to your questions and concerns.
Myth – I Can Get Millions of Dollars If I Sue for My Injuries
Fact – Every case is different. You may be able to get compensation for the injuries and damages that occurred due to the accident. Sometimes it may be millions of dollars, other times it might be less. The law allows you to be compensated for your damages including both economic and non-economic as long as you can prove that they were caused by the accident.
Myth – I Can’t File a Case Because I Was Partly to Blame for the Accident
Fact – Georgia modified comparative negligence law allows you to collect damages even if you are partly at fault. You must be less than 50 percent to blame in order to collect. Your compensation will be reduced by your own percentage of fault.
Myth – I Can’t Afford a Lawyer – It Will Cost Too Much
Fact – Many attorneys will take personal injury cases on contingency. That means that the attorneys will receive most of their payment from the proceeds from your legal case.
Myth – Any Law Firm Can Handle a Personal Injury Case
Fact – The best law firm to handle your case is one that specifically works with car accidents and personal injury claims.
At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers we are highly experienced in handling all types of car accident and personal injury cases. Contact our legal team today to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.