Personal injury practitioners are lawyers who provide legal representation to persons who are alleged suffering from a personal injury due to the negligent acts or omissions of another. Having one by your side after an accident is the best way to make sure that you’ll be justly compensated for the physical, mental, or emotional troubles you went through or are going through.
We at Council & Associates work on a contingency fee basis – meaning we only get paid if we secure a win for you. Because we finance the development of your case, we take great care in screening potential clients and evaluating the merits of your case. Before we can win for you, we help you through a process that only personal injury practitioners are specially skilled to do.
Aside from and before seeking compensation on your behalf, personal injury attorneys can expertly explain to you your rights, how they were violated by the other person’s negligent act or omission, and what you can gain out of the situation. We help you understand complicated procedures, simplify medical, legal, and insurance concepts to your understanding, and get you through intimidating amounts of paperwork required in personal injury cases.
Gathering of evidence
As a personal injury firm, we have our own investigators who document and reconstruct the incidents, interview witnesses, track and identify unknown witnesses, and assist us attorneys in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
Outside experts may also be procured if the cause of the accident or circumstances surrounding it are disputed.
Better recovery assessment
Many accident victims think compensation only includes loss of earning capacity and actual expenses incurred for medical bills. They fail to consider the mental and emotional toll brought by the stressfulness of the situation, the added effort and cost to take public transportation while their car is under repair or the persistent or permanent pain they feel.
A personal injury lawyer can help identify a more accurate estimate of the real and long-term effects of injuries sustained. Still, they also must tell you if your idea of the recoverable amount is unrealistic.
Before filing a recovery suit, a personal injury lawyer usually starts by sending a demand letter to an insurance company first after thoroughly investigating the claim. This letter states the facts of the accident and demands a certain amount of compensation for the injuries caused by the defendant.
The insurance industry is notoriously uptight when it comes to parting with money. To be honest, you by yourself will have very little to no chance of ever striking a deal with them to expedite your claims. In contrast, personal injury attorneys are trained to find loopholes in insurance policies and spin the circumstances in your favor.
We can handle all communications with insurance companies to prevent you from doing anything that may jeopardize your claim.
Arbitration may be required if the victim’s own insurance company is involved. This involves presenting a case before a neutral arbitrator who makes a decision that will bind the parties. On the other hand, mediation consists of the victim and the person responsible for the injury or his insurance provider working together to reach a solution.
Even though lawyers are not indispensable in both out-of-court proceedings, having one with you is highly recommended. Suppose you agree to a settlement at the arbitration or mediation level without consulting a personal injury attorney. In that case, chances are you will miss out on a much better deal since we are skilled with techniques to get insurance companies and defendants to pay the maximum amount on a claim.
Preparation of pleadings
If the person responsible for the injury or his insurance provider refuses to offer an agreeable settlement, what follows is our preparation of your complaint, where we lay down our causes of action. A cause of action is the act or omission by which a party violates a right of another. This is where we allege the facts that justify our filing of a suit to recover compensation. The complaint is also where you will state the amount you seek to recover.
Most personal injury cases never see the light of a trial since most are settled even before a lawsuit is filed. However, if an insurance company denies your third-party claim, your only way for compensation recovery is by going through a full trial in a civil court.
Collection of damages
In case of a successful claim, the court will also award you money for damages. Aside from actual expenses like medical expenses and lost wages, damages for personal injury cases may include compensation for your mental and emotional distress, household assistance, and travel expenses.
Personal injury incidents are usually challenging to prove and win without a personal injury attorney’s assistance. Although they seem like the sue-and-win kind of cases, they follow complicated procedures and require significant effort in evidence collection. Without an effective strategy and when the proof needed is not available, a claim may never be realized.
This area of legal practice is so complex and specialized that lawyers and firms tend to specialize in niche areas of interest or expertise. Since we have plenty of competent lawyers at Council & Associates, we have managed to specialize in auto accidents, daycare injuries, child neglect, motorcycle accidents, negligent security, truck accidents, and wrongful deaths.
Personal injury attorneys do it better than general-service practitioners when recovering compensation. And, when it comes to personal injury firms in Atlanta, East Point, College Park, Riverdale, Lithonia and other cities in Georgia, the Council & Associates team are among those who do it best.