Atlanta Car Accident Attorney
Don’t Face This Alone – We’re Here To Help You!
After being injured in an auto accident, time is of the essence. What you do in the days, weeks and months following a car wreck could have a significant impact on your ability to recover financial compensation. For this reason, you should move quickly to discuss your case with an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer at Pratt Clay LLC. Having litigated cases across the country, our firm is confident in our ability to recover compensation on your behalf.
We handle all types of auto accident claims, including those that involve:
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Uninsured motorist accident
Request your free, no-obligation consultation, and find out how we can help you: 404-566-9460.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?
Every state imposes a time limit on how long an injury victim has to file a personal injury claim before they lose their right to pursue compensation. This is referred to as the statute of limitations. In Georgia, the statute of limitations to file a car accident claim is two years from the date of the accident. In cases involving a fatal car accident, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident victim’s death, which may not be the same day as the accident.
What Can I Get Compensation For?
Generally, there are two main types of compensation, also called damages, available after a car accident: economic damages and noneconomic damages.
As the name suggests, economic damages compensate for financial losses an injury victim sustains such as missed days at work and medical expenses. Noneconomic damages compensate for more abstract losses such as pain and suffering.
There is a third type of damages available called punitive damages. Punitive damages are not often awarded since they are usually only granted when the claimant proves the defendant knew their actions would cause harm and did so anyway.
At Pratt Clay LLC, we pride ourselves on doing what is best for our clients, even if it isn’t what’s best for our firm. Our only goal is to ensure that our clients are fairly compensated for their personal injuries and damages, such as:
- Physical pain
- Emotional distresses
- Financial losses
- Ongoing care
- Medical treatment
While some of these damages are difficult to monetize, we use our experience along with the help of specialists to make sure your injuries receive fair compensation.
Car Accident Laws In Georgia
Georgia is a “fault” state, meaning after an accident the negligent party is held responsible for paying damages. However, Georgia is also a “modified comparative negligence” state, which means even if a claimant is partially at fault for the accident that led to their injuries, they are still eligible to pursue compensation, as long as they are less than 50% at fault.
In this scenario, your fault and compensation total would be determined, and in the end, your compensation would be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if an individual is found to be 10% at fault for an accident, their total compensation amount awarded to them will be reduced by 10%.
Do I Need A Lawyer After A Car Accident?
Tens of thousands of drivers are injured and killed in preventable car accidents each year, costing hundreds of billions of dollars in damages. If you have been injured in an accident, you may be wondering if it is worth it to hire an attorney to pursue compensation for these damages or if you should just attempt to handle your case yourself. Here’s why it’s a good idea to hire a lawyer:
It places you on an even playing field with your opposition.
Insurance companies have teams of attorneys whose job it is to defend against liability for paying damages to an injured person. These attorneys are skilled at reducing the value of claims or denying liability completely, and they know how to fight for an outcome that suits their employer. Without
someone of equal legal prowess on your side to defend you, you may run the risk of losing your case. A car accident attorney is familiar with the tactics commonly used by insurance companies and may increase your chances of receiving a fair settlement.
A lawyer can help you determine the true value of your claim.
Many car accident victims are unaware of exactly how much their claims may be worth because they are unfamiliar with their rights. A car accident lawyer can review your case and inform you of the compensation you could expect from your case based on the value of your damages. They will consider things like the present and future cost of your medical care, the amount it will take to repair your vehicle, and the level of pain and suffering that you have endured after the accident.
Proving your case on your own can be difficult.
It can be very tough to properly present a claim without legal knowledge or experience with the claims process. An attorney has the training and resources to prove complex car accident claims, which may require expert witnesses to prove the true extent of your losses.
You run the risk of not receiving any compensation at all.
There are numerous things that a car accident victim can do to harm their case without even realizing it, costing them valuable compensation. Similarly, if the victim waits too long to file their claim, they may pass the statute of limitations and forfeit their right to pursue compensation for their injuries. Ultimately, this means that the victim will be stuck paying for their losses out of their own pockets. Refusing to give a statement to the at-fault driver’s insurance company and calling a lawyer as soon as possible are the best way to avoid these common pitfalls.
The Insurance Company Is Not On Your Side, But We Are
If you suffered a catastrophic injury in an auto accident, it is important to remember that the insurance company is not on your side. Their goal is to protect their bottom line, which means they will attempt to pay you as little money as possible. To do so, insurance adjusters will look for evidence that could help them minimize your claim.
While you may be tempted to accept the first settlement offer you receive, it would be in your best interest to first discuss your options with a car accident attorney in Atlanta. You may be entitled to much more money than the insurance company is willing to offer, and Pratt Clay LLC isn’t afraid to fight for it – even if that means taking your case to trial.
Start Your Case With A Free, No-Obligation Case Evaluation
At Pratt Clay LLC, we know what it takes to stand up to powerful insurance companies and win. In fact, we’ve done it time and time again. As a firm backed by decades of experience and numerous multimillion-dollar victories, we have the skill and resources to fight for the level of compensation you deserve. If you would like to discuss your case, please call us today to arrange your free, no-risk consultation.