How long after an accident do I have before I need to file a lawsuit?
Each case is different and must be evaluated on the facts of the case. In certain situations, notices or filings must be made with a governmental entity within a few months of the incident to preserve the right to later file a claim. In general, Georgia law has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury actions. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to make sure that you do not miss any deadlines imposed by the law.
How much will it cost for your firm to make an initial review of my case?
Nothing. When you contact our law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, you incur absolutely no cost to have our lawyers talk with you and make an initial evaluation of your case. We will investigate your case and retain the appropriate medical or other professional experts to determine if you have a viable claim. We are responsible for any costs associated with the initial review of your case regardless of the outcome of our investigation. If we decide to take your case, we will provide you with a written employment agreement outlining the terms of our representation.
What are the costs to retain your firm to represent me?
Nothing. We work strictly on a contingency fee basis. Our fee agreement specifically states that you owe us nothing unless we make a recovery on your behalf. If there is no recovery, you do not owe us anything.
What is the value of my case?
Each case is different and must be evaluated on the specific facts of the case. In order to evaluate your claim, we begin with the amount of past and future medical expenses and the amount of past and future lost wages related to the injuries suffered in the accident. However, there are several intangible elements that make up a claim that can only be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Am I in charge of whether or not to settle a case?
Absolutely. The claim is yours, and you have the ultimate decision in deciding whether to accept an offer. We provide guidance and counsel as to the amount we have seen these kinds of cases go for in the past, but you must make the determination on whether to settle the case. We will not pressure you to take an offer, and if you decide to reject settlement as an option, we will vigorously prepare the case for trial.
How long will my case take to resolve?
It depends entirely on the defendants. We are always preparing to take a case to trial. In doing so, we often are stopped by the defendants who want to attempt a settlement of the case or take the case to mediation because they know that based on our thorough preparation of the case, we are ready to take the case all the way to trial. We usually settle over 90% of our cases and believe our success rate is so high due to the fact that the opposing side realizes that we will be ready to try the case if it is not settled.
Will we have to go to trial on my case?
Chances are that your case will be settled out of court, but we firmly believe that you must be willing to try any case that is filed. We are always preparing each case for trial and tell our clients that they must be willing to go to trial if the defendants are unwilling to make a reasonable offer. Our job is to make the defendants offer the highest amount prior to trial and then you must decide if it is enough.
Will I be able to speak with you if I have a question about my case?
Absolutely. We are always just one phone call away. We pride ourselves on being accessible to our clients and strive to return all phone messages the same day.
Will you keep me updated on the status of my case?
Yes. We try to speak with our clients on a weekly basis about their case. We also send you copies of any relevant documents filed with the court so you can see how your case is progressing.
What if I have a problem unrelated to my case?
Call us. Our clients are clients for life. We want to help you with any legal problem even if it is unrelated to your injury. If we cannot help you, we will find someone who can.
What happens if your firm decides not to take my case?
There are several reasons why we may choose not to take your case. It may be that we do not believe that you will prevail at trial, or it may be that it does not make financial sense for us to represent you. We are always up front and honest with you about your case. We can also refer you to another lawyer for a second opinion.