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A hand holding an small image of a carCar accident victims are usually anxious to get their medical bills paid, fix or replace their vehicle, and move on with their lives. Many insurance adjusters will take advantage of this and make a quick and unfair settlement offer. If the goal of the victim is to get their claim settled merely, it is a win-win for both parties. However, most victims not only want their claim settled quickly, but they also want fair compensation for all of their damages, including pain and suffering.

The insurance company usually doesn’t want the latter, which is why many individuals seeking compensation for their motor vehicle enlist a well-versed Georgia personal injury lawyer to help them. What else doesn’t the insurance company want their claimants to know?

Insurance Adjustors Want to Pay as Little as Possible

a model of a human spineIn many accident cases, the people involved feel “fine” immediately afterward. A day or two later, they’re still stiff and sore. Sometime after that, they start experiencing significant pain. In those situations, many people worry that they cannot pursue a claim since they didn’t seem injured at the time of the accident. Fortunately, this is not the case – you can still pursue a claim even if your injuries were not immediately apparent. 

Delayed Injuries Are Very Common

Thanks to the safety features that are standard in modern vehicles, many people are able to literally walk away from a car accident. Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you weren’t injured. The tremendous forces exerted on your body in a car accident can result in serious injuries that aren’t always immediately apparent: 

side mirror of a car showing highwayRear-end accidents are among the most common car accident cases we handle. A rear-end collision can result in serious injuries, leaving you unable to work or take care of your family. If you’ve been injured in a rear-end car accident, a Georgia car accident lawyer can determine whether you are entitled to compensation and help you understand your options. 

Liability in Rear-End Car Accidents

In a rear-end accident, the following driver is almost always at fault. Rear-end accidents typically occur because the following driver was negligent. Below are some common causes of rear-end accidents: 

crashed car with airbags deployedIn some cases, insurers will pressure you to settle your claim as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, these quick cash settlements are lowball offers for far less than what your claim is worth – the primary purpose is to limit the amount of money the insurance company will have to pay on your claim. By accepting the offer, you could find yourself with uncovered medical expenses and other losses that you will need to pay out of pocket. If you stand your ground and build your case, however, you can often get the insurance company to make a fair settlement of your claim. 

There are other cases, however, where the insurance company either refuses to pay more than their lowball offer or refuses to pay anything altogether. If you find yourself in that situation, you need to understand your options. 

Go to Court

emergency worker standing near emergency vehicleCar accidents are catastrophic events. Sometimes it can be difficult just to determine what happened, let alone who may be at fault. Even when you can determine what happened, the other party may deny that it was their fault, or may even say that you caused the accident. If the other driver is trying to blame you for the accident, don’t lose home – there are things you can do to protect yourself and still successfully pursue a claim. 

Get Statements from Witnesses

The people who were involved in the accident aren’t always reliable witnesses. For one, they may not have seen what happened or may have difficulty remembering details. Second, they are sometimes motivated to give a version of events that is biased in their favor. Any third-party witnesses to your accident can be tremendously helpful when it comes to proving liability. Because they are considered to be neutral parties, their statements or testimony can be very persuasive. 

A chalkboard with a question mark drawn on itMany accident victims know that they are entitled to compensation but underestimate the value of their claim. As a result, they wind up accepting the insurance company’s lowball settlement offer and find themselves with uncompensated losses long after their case has settled.

The Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Slappey & Sadd can help you understand the real value of your claim. We then fight to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured and are worried about your unpaid bills, call us at 888-474-9616 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation and claim evaluation. 

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