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Personal injury lawyers are a dime a dozen in this city and the one you choose will be handling the largest financial transaction you will ever have, outside of a home purchase. Scary right?
Sorting through the sad cast of characters can be as frustrating as reading a foreign menu because it is just not a world most people ever have to deal with. Do you choose between them based on a nice suit, a good photoshop job, a picture of an impressive building or skyline? Do you read reviews, are they real, what “awards” are phony? We will work through some good criteria here together.
That’s not the view from their office nor is it their building. Just Google the street view of their address and you will see what I mean. Value: 0
The truth is most of those organizations are complete B.S. All you have to do is have a pulse and send in the check and boom, you are in. Super Lawyers is the only one that is actually based on peer voting. Everything else is garbage. Value: 0 Value Super Lawyers: 1
I don’t know about you, but I read reviews on everything I buy from electric toothbrushes to lawnmowers. It is the digital replacement for asking a neighbor. Google has a pretty good list of reviews for most law firms but be sure to read more than ten. Law firms are not beyond having employees, family members, and paid companies post these reviews.
Dig deep. Compare the five-star reviews to the one-star reviews. Yes, there are some perpetually angry people out there who will leave negative reviews but if the five stars seem a little too rosy, they are usually fake. Look for details about the results and the actual people they worked with. Use your gut.
There are no great rules out there but having worked for a large firm at one point I can tell you that if your law firm advertises on television, they are low quality as a general rule. This is the simple test; our lawyers meet in person with every single client in the first meeting. We do not use case managers or investigators. If the firm you signed up with cannot take the time to have the lawyer meet with you in person at their office then you are working with a mill operation and will have assistants screwing up the case from the word “go.”
Chiropractors can be great and they will see you on a lien, but their involvement in a case holds down the value in front of a jury because they are not as respected as medical doctors. Moreover, their pay comes out of your settlement. That’s fine if you have no health insurance, but if you do, bill your insurance and see a real M.D.!
The firm you do choose should:
Our experienced Atlanta injury lawyers are committed to helping you understand the process for filing a civil action after an injury, and will aggressively represent you throughout the process of proving fault, establishing damages, and getting the settlement that you deserve.
Our lawyers understand what it is like to be injured and feel as though there is nowhere to turn. We want to inspire hope for your future by aiding you in the personal injury claims process. Contact us today for your free case consultation.
We are highly skilled at representing members of our community who have been injured in a number of different accident types. While we realize that no two accidents are the same, we apply the same level of skill and dedication to every case we take on. Our personal injury practice areas include:
If you have been injured in an accident type that you do not see listed above, please call our law offices.
In addition to ensuring that evidence for your case is properly collected and preserved, another reason why it is so important to act quickly after being injured in Georgia is because of the state’s statute of limitations. According to Georgia Code Section 9-3-33, a claimant has two years’ time from the date of the cause of action to file a claim for damages. Keep in mind that if the claim is against a government entity, this period of limitations changes. Working with an attorney can help you to understand which statute applies to your case.
Another law of which to be aware when filing a personal injury claim in Atlanta is Georgia’s comparative negligence law. In Georgia, a claimant cannot recover compensation when they are found to be more than 49 percent at fault for an accident. In the event that a claimant is found to be less than 49 percent at fault for a personal injury, they are allowed to recover compensation. However, the defendant named in their suit will only be liable for the defendant’s percentage of damages. For example, in a personal injury slip and fall case in which the owner of a property is found to be 60 percent at fault, the property owner is only liable for 60 percent of the claimant’s damages.
When you are injured and need financial compensation to help you move forward in life, our attorneys at Christopher Simon Attorney at Law will advocate for your full recovery amount. You have the right to seek compensation for all losses, including:
In some cases, punitive damages may also be allowed. Punitive damages are damages that are awarded solely to punish the defendant in the case for willful misconduct, malice, or fraud. Punitive damages in Georgia are capped at $250,000, per Section 51-12-5.1of Georgia Code.