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personal-injury-case-300x150Contingency fees are how most personal injury lawyers ensure that injured victims are able to secure the legal help they need. That’s because you’re only charged for legal services if they recover the damages for a personal injury lawsuit. What you pay your lawyer is contingent upon their winning a settlement.

So, you may still be wondering how much it’s going to cost. Before you hire a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta, both of you will agree upon the fee first. Again, if they don’t receive a jury verdict or settlement, you won’t owe them any money.

How Much Do Personal Injury Lawyers Charge?

images-1Personal injury cases are complex, and victims often suffer personal injuries and extensive property damage. Understanding the various kinds of damages that may be applicable to your case can help you seek financial compensation for your injuries. Damages are generally divided into economic damages and non-economic damages. 

A personal injury lawyer at Slappey & Sadd, LLC in Atlanta can help you determine what types of damages you may be able to claim in your case. Contact Slappey & Sadd, LLC today at 888-474-9616 to learn more about the different kinds of damages in personal injury claims. 

Economic Damages, Non-Economic Damages, and Punitive Damages 

statute-of-limitations-862x575-1-300x200Every cause of action under Georgia law has its own applicable statute of limitations period. In Georgia, personal injury actions must be brought within two years of the date of injury. Many technical rules may affect the statute of limitations period. For example, you may have suffered injuries but not discovered the symptoms until months or years after the date of injury. Under these circumstances, the statute of limitations period may begin to run after you first notice the symptoms associated with your injuries. 

Due to these complex issues regarding the statute of limitations period, it is highly advisable that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Slappey & Sadd, LLC has years of experience helping injured victims seek financial compensation for their injuries. Contact Slappey & Sadd, LLC at 888-474-9616 to learn more about the legal services we offer. 

The Importance of the Statute of Limitations 

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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.

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