Car Accident Injury Lawyer Serving Gwinnett County
If you are injured as a result of another driver’s negligence or misconduct, you deserve to be able to claim damages from the at-fault party.
While adequate financial compensation may not help your car accident injuries heal quicker, it can bring a small sense of justice and help you meet the financial costs of your injury.
However, this is unlikely to happen without supporting your personal injury claim with strong evidence and addressing all of the necessary elements of the case.
Car accident injury lawyer Adam D. Brown can help you make a strong case for the maximum compensation possible if you are the victim of an accident in Gwinnett County.
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How can a car accident injury lawyer in Georgia help you?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident and contact the Law Office of Adam D. Brown, we will listen to the facts of the case from your version of events.
You may still be recovering from your injuries and are unlikely to feel like taking the necessary steps to submit a personal injury claim alone. The claims process can be complex and if a lawsuit is necessary, you must prove negligence.
Instead of relying on an insurance company investigation into the car accident, we will conduct our own. We will gather the necessary evidence and if required, work with accident reconstruction experts to determine fault. We will also liaise with nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals about the extent of your injuries and any future medical requirements/expenses.
If the accident involved a commercial driver or a company vehicle, the investigation may extend to the driver and his or her employer and the results of on-the-job drug testing.
We are accustomed to dealing with insurance companies and will conduct all communications and negotiations concerning your claim. This can be challenging without a lawyer as most insurance companies are out to protect their own interests and have powerful legal teams to guide their actions and prevent unnecessary losses.
We will present a strong case for the maximum compensation. We will keep you updated with the progress of your case and will not rest until we either have an agreeable out-of-court settlement in your favor – or prevail at a trial.
As well as the professional and legal advice provided, we also provide support and guidance at a difficult time for you and your family and can help you navigate the complexities of a car accident injury claim in Georgia.
EXPERIENCED AUTO ACCIDENT INJURY LAWYER IN GWINNETT COUNTY, GEORGIA
If you have been hurt in a car accident or due to someone elses negligence, contact the Law Office of Adam D. Brown, LLC today at (404) 883-8893 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
When should you talk with a car accident lawyer?
If you are injured in a car accident on the roads of Gwinnett County and it was at least partly the fault of another road user, it is best to speak to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
There is a two-year statute of limitations for making personal injury claims in Georgia but it is best not to wait. Investigating a car accident is much easier while it is fresh in people’s minds and the scene of the accident is still relatively intact.
Soon after the accident, you may receive a settlement offer from the insurance company of the at-fault party. Do not accept this offer without talking to a lawyer first as it may be nowhere near what you deserve. Insurance companies generally try to pay as little as possible.
If you accept the offer, you forfeit the right to claim fuller compensation for your injuries.
Generally speaking, it is advisable to contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident if any of the following apply:
- The accident resulted in serious injury or a death
- It resulted in property damage
- It is unclear who was at fault for the accident
- The settlement offer seems low
- You are not clear on your legal options
What can a car accident injury lawyer help you prove?
To recover damages for your injuries, you will need to prove that another party acted negligently. This generally involves proving the following four main elements:
Drivers are considered to have a duty of care to other roads users and should follow the traffic laws and not take actions that cause harm to others.
If a road user does not act in a “reasonably prudent” way, he or she can be said to have breached the duty of care to other road users.
To recover damages for your injuries, you need to prove that they were caused by the accident and not some other reason. A common strategy for insurance companies is to try to attribute your injuries to another factor.
To claim compensation, your lawyer will need to show that you suffered real, monetary damages from the accident, usually using medical bills and other financial statements.
What compensation can you get for a car accident injury in Georgia?
Once we determine that you are due compensation for your injuries, we will then be able to estimate the level of compensation you should receive.
Damages are categorized in the following three ways:
Economic damages are those that can be proven relatively easily with the use of invoices, estimates and other monetary statements.
In a car accident injury claim, they usually include the following:
- Medical expenses, e.g., emergency care, surgery, hospital visit costs, etc.
- Lost income or benefits from the inability to work
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage statements
Economic damages vary greatly from case to case but should be relatively easy to ascertain. Consider any accident-related expenses you have paid and how much you may lose in the future from the inability to work.
Non-economic damages refer to intangible losses. These are more challenging to prove because there are no financial statements to support the claim. Insurance companies often contest these types of damages, which include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress (stress, anxiety, etc.)
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of quality of life
These types of payments can range from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands, depending on the effects of your injury on your life.
The courts in Georgia also have the power to award punitive or “exemplary” damages in civil cases. These are intended to punish the defendant for their behavior.
Punitive damages are rare in car accident claims unless a driver has acted in a grossly reckless way or displayed a disregard for the lives of others. Good examples include certain DUI and hit and run cases.
Note that punitive damages are not all paid to the victim of the accident, as explained below.
Are car accident damages capped in Georgia?
Economic and non-economic damages are generally uncapped in car accident settlements in Georgia.
However, punitive damages are capped at $275,000, with 75 percent payable to the state treasury.
How are car accident settlements calculated in Gwinnett County Georgia?
Numerous factors affect what your final car accident settlement will amount to. Settlements range from millions of dollars in the most severe cases to a few thousand dollars for a soft tissue injury that has a minimal impact on your life.
Sometimes, insurance companies in Georgia use a formula to calculate the value of a car accident settlement. This formula is based upon what has been paid out for similar injuries in the past but it may not reflect the true value of your claim.
That’s why it’s best to speak to a lawyer before deciding how to proceed and find out how much your claim should amount to.
We will need to consider the following factors:
- The severity of your car accident injuries
- Whether your injuries are permanent or long-term
- The level of insurance available
- Who was at fault for the accident?
- If you were partly at fault, what proportion of the fault is yours?
- The timing and extent of medical treatment that you undertook
- The type of medical treatment you have received
- Whether you’ve filed prior claims or had similar injuries
- The supporting evidence available to prove injuries/damages
Your car accident attorney will understand how much your claim should be worth based on past experience. The insurance company is unlikely to see it the same way and will try to negotiate.
If no agreeable settlement can be reached, we will be prepared to take the matter to trial and let the court decide whether the amount of compensation claimed is fair.