There 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.
If you have been injured, the first thing you are entitled to receive is payment of any medical expenses you have incurred as a result of your accident. This can include those losses that are covered by your health insurance, but especially your out-of-pocket, uncovered medical expenses such as co-pays and deductibles. Be sure to keep copies of all bills, invoices, and receipts related to your treatment:
- Doctors visits
- Hospital visits
- Medical equipment (crutches, wheelchairs, etc.)
- Physical therapy
These bills will not only help the total cost of your medical expenses but will also help prove the severity of your accident.
You are also entitled to be compensated for any income you lost as a result of your accident. This can include the following:
- Days out of work for recovery
- Time off for follow-up doctors visits and physical therapy
- Lost income due to short-term or long-term disability
You can seek compensation for any lost income that you can prove was caused by your accident.
You can also seek compensation for any damaged property. This is common in car accident cases – if the other driver was at fault, they may be held liable for the repair or replacement value of your vehicle. You are entitled to be compensated for any property that was damaged in an accident – an expensive watch, your smartphone, or valuable property that was in the trunk of your car.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is probably the most controversial portion of a personal injury claim but may be the most valuable. Insurance companies are often reluctant to pay any amount for pain and suffering. Regardless, under the law you are entitled to be made whole, so you are within your rights to pursue compensation for pain and suffering.
Pain and suffering awards are intended to compensate accident victims for their physical pain and mental anguish caused by the accident. Because pain and suffering is subjective in nature, it can be difficult to calculate the value of this portion of your claim. Unlike other states, Georgia does not limit the amount you can seek for pain and suffering and does not require a specific formula for calculating You can learn more about how pain and suffering claims are calculated by visiting our previous posts on the topic.
Contact an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Claim
If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, the personal injury attorneys at Slappey & Sadd can help you get the compensation you deserve. We handle all types of personal injury cases – from medical malpractice to car accidents – and we have the knowledge and experience you need. Let us help you put your life back together. Call us today at 888-474-9616 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation.