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Common Personal Injury Claims FAQ

Have questions about filing an injury claim in Georgia? Here are some of the most common questions we hear in our office and the answers:

How long do I have to file a claim?

In Georgia, you have typically two years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. This is known as the “statute of limitations.” If you miss this deadline, you lose your right to recover compensation. So don’t delay — contact an attorney as soon as possible after your injury.

Do I need a lawyer to file a claim?

While you can file an injury claim yourself, it is highly advisable to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. They can handle all the complex paperwork, deal with insurance companies, determine the value of your claim, and represent you if the case goes to court. We offer free initial consultations and work on contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if you win your case.

What kind of compensation can I recover?

If your claim is successful, you may recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical bills, lost wages, and other costs. In law, this are referred to as “special damages”. An easy way to remember this category of damages is that they are all damages for which you can present a receipt for (we sometimes call them “paper damages”). Non-economic damages refer to pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress. In Georgia, there are caps on non-economic damages depending on the type of claim. These are difficult to determine and are very case-specific. Your attorney can determine what compensation you may be entitled to.

Will my case go to court?

Most injury claims actually settle out of court. Your attorney will attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If a reasonable settlement can’t be reached, however, your case may proceed to court. A trial allows a jury to determine who is at fault and how much compensation you deserve. Although going to court does involve some risk, it can also mean a potentially larger settlement or verdict in your favor. Your lawyer can advise you on the pros and cons of accepting a settlement versus proceeding to trial.

The most important first step is to talk to an experienced Georgia injury lawyer regarding the details of your claim. They can walk you through the process, fight for the maximum compensation allowed under the law, and help you get the justice and financial relief you deserve.

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