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You’ve been injured because someone else was negligent in their responsibilities, and the path forward may look grim. You’re facing increased expenses and decreased earnings, and the thought of also taking on the cost of a personal injury lawyer may feel completely out of reach. While your reaction is natural, the fact is that you can afford to hire an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney, and doing so can greatly increase your chance of obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled and that you need to pursue a full recovery. 

The Financial Losses Your Face

After being injured by someone else’s negligence, you can expect to face considerable losses, which the law refers to as damages. These can include your medical expenses – both current and ongoing. Consider the following common examples:

clipboard with checklist attachedMost injury victims do not have experience in handling personal injury claims. Insurance companies know this, and they sometimes take advantage of that fact. Injury victims have the right to hire their own accident lawyers to protect their legal rights. Below are four essential steps to follow when negotiating a personal injury settlement. To learn more, call our office today to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta.

Do not discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney. 

Anything you say about the accident can be used against you by the insurance company. This includes anything you blurt out in the confusion of the accident scene or say to another driver involved in the accident or even something you later confide to a friend. Only the conversations you have with your attorney are “privileged” (meaning they cannot be used as evidence in court). 

a forklift operator in a warehouseIt goes without saying that some jobs are more dangerous than others — particularly construction jobs and jobs that involve dangerous equipment and machinery. However, injuries could also occur while working in an office or almost any other work environment.

If you have been injured while working on the job and while working within the scope of your employment, you might be entitled to pursue various benefits for workers’ compensation from your employer. Work injuries can not only bring about high medical bills, but also pain, suffering, and inconvenience. In some instances, the work injury is so serious that the worker is forced to miss significant time from work — and in some cases, change professions altogether.

The Georgia work injury lawyers at Slappey & Sadd, LLC understand the inconvenience often

a series of interlinked cogs depicting medical symbolsA common question we hear is why someone would need to hire a personal injury attorney if they have health insurance. This question naturally arises if you have been in an accident but your injuries don’t seem very serious. However, you could suddenly find yourself with thousands of dollars in uncovered expenses if your injuries turn out to be more serious than you initially thought. Understanding what your health insurance will and will not cover is critical to deciding whether or not you should hire an attorney. 

What Your Health Insurance Will Cover

It probably goes without saying, but health insurance only covers your medical expenses. You should also keep in mind that it may not cover all of your expenses – you need to understand how your deductible works, what co-pays you will be responsible for, and what treatments will be covered. 

clipboard with checklist attached Pursuing a claim for compensation is not easy unless you plan to accept the insurance company’s low-ball offer. Even if you don’t plan to go to court, you will need evidence to prove your claim no matter how obvious it seems to you that the other party should be held accountable for your injuries. Unfortunately, this can be overwhelming for many people who have suffered a serious injury. An experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney can help. 

The Basics of a Personal Injury Case

In any personal injury case, you will have to prove to the insurance company or the court that you deserve compensation. To put it another way, you will have to prove the following elements in order to successfully bring a claim: 

the deck of a cruise shipCruises are a popular vacation option and a great way to get a change of scenery. Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen on cruise ships, perhaps more often than many people think. In addition, pursuing a claim for injuries suffered while on a cruise ship can be more complicated than in many other situations. If you’ve suffered a serious injury while on a cruise, we recommend that you speak with an experienced cruise ship injury lawyer as soon as possible. 

Cruise Ship Injuries Can Be Serious

The most common accidents on cruise ships are the same as accidents that can happen anywhere else. Due to the nature of the environment (a moving ship, with narrow passageways and confined quarters), your injuries may be more severe due to the nature of the environment. Limited options for medical treatment can make an already bad situation even worse.  

Social Media App IconsSocial media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat – and many more – have become so prevalent in our lives that we rarely give them much thought. If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence and have a personal injury claim, however, you’re going to want to reevaluate your relationship with social media – at least for the time being. The fact is that the insurance company handling your claim is very likely to be paying close attention to your posts and other social media activity, so proceed with caution. If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured, seek the professional legal counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney serving the Atlanta area.

Bypass Social Media

There’s never a better time to give social media a hard pass than when you have a personal injury claim. Many of us have come to rely upon our posts as a way to connect with the world at large, but now really isn’t the time. The insurance company involved may well be combing your accounts for any hints or clues that you suffered fewer damages than you claim and/or that you share greater responsibility for the accident in question than you have admitted to.

A chalkboard with a question mark drawn on itThere is no obligation to hire a lawyer in order to pursue a personal injury claim. However, most non-lawyers wind up settling their claims for far less than they are worth. This can result in uncovered losses that can pace significant limitations on your recovery and your future. 

At Slappey & Sadd, we fight for our clients’ right to be fully compensated for their injuries. If you’ve been injured and don’t know where to call, we can help. Call us at 888-474-9616 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation. One of our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you understand your options and what your claim is worth. 

Medical Expenses

A dictionaryWe’re continuing our discussion of common terms we use in a personal injury case. If you haven’t already read it, the first part can be found here (LINK). Our goal is to make our services more accessible and understandable for our clients so that you always know what is going on with your case and can make well-informed decisions. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call us at 888-474-9616 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. 

Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations is the deadline by which you must file your lawsuit or you will lose your right to pursue compensation. In general, the statute of limitations in the state of Georgia for personal injury claims is two years from the date you are injured. If you do not file your lawsuit within that time period, your claim will be “time-barred.” 

Every legal claim consists of certain components that the plaintiff needs to prove. This includes personal injury cases. If you cannot prove these components, or elements, you will not be successful. Understanding the elements of your case is critical to getting the compensation you need to put your life back together.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Slappey & Sadd can help you build a strong claim. From car accidents to medical practice cases, we work with people who have been injured in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia. Call us today at 888-474-9616 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation. 

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