Car Accident Compensation

Every year thousands of drivers are involved in car accidents across Atlanta and its surrounding areas.

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Your car accident will greatly disrupt your life. You will miss work, school, or other activities, and your health might take months or years to recover fully. Many accident victims suffer from injuries that impair them for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, you have the right to pursue a car accident claim to financially compensate you for your losses. However, this process is lengthy and complex. It’s understandable for anyone to be uncertain about how to proceed and how much to expect to receive from a car accident claim. Do not accept any payment from an insurance company before speaking with a dedicated and knowledgeable lawyer in your area. As experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers, we understand that insurance companies are determined to pay you as little as they can, and we know how to recover everything you deserve.

To speak with an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer about your needs after a bad wreck, contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC as soon as possible. Call (404) 419-6674 today or submit the details of your accident online to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.

You Can Receive Compensation For Many Types of Damages

The law authorizes car accident victims to pursue legal action against the negligent parties that caused their injuries. The idea is that you should be able to recover financial damages to help restore you to the condition you were in before your accident. That might sound a little vague, but fortunately, it gives your legal counsel a lot of flexibility to demand everything that you might need to help your recover from your car accident injuries. There is no limit on the amount of damages that you can recover for specific things such as medical bills, or for non-specific things such as pain and suffering. Punitive damages, which are those damages specifically meant to punish the careless driver for any reprehensible conduct, are capped at $250,000 in Georgia.

A skilled car accident lawyer will be able to investigate your entire case and determine all of the compensation that you are eligible to receive from those who caused your injury.

Compensation can help you with things such as:

  • Medical and health-related expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earning capacity due to your injury-related limitations
  • Property damage
  • Rental car bills and injury-related travel expenses
  • Wrongful death
  • Punitive damages

Calculating Damages

Many factors influence the value of your damages after an accident, and that can be confusing for anybody. Your car accident injury compensation should not simply focus on the medical bills you’ve had plus the damage to your car. Rather, the idea is to get everything that you need to get your life back on track. The insurance companies want to pay you pennies for your losses. Their initial offers are ridiculously low because they do not care whether you completely recover from your injures. All they want to do is end your case quickly and painlessly — for their benefit.

When Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC seek compensation for an accident victim, we meticulously evaluate your needs and calculate all of the necessary financial relief you deserve. We will collect all evidence that illustrates your damages and make the insurance companies understand that you will not accept anything less than what is due to you. When it comes to calculating your pain and suffering damages, there are two approaches that we can take with the insurance providers:

A pain and suffering multiplier

This uses your actual damages (car repair costs, medical bills, etc.) and multiplies them to determine what you should get for your pain and suffering. The multiplier number is normally between one and five, and it is determined by the extent of your injuries.

A per diem approach

This method assigns a certain amount of money that you should get for pain and suffering each day for a certain amount of time. For example, we can negotiate that you need $150 per day for pain and suffering until you reach a specific milestone in your physical recovery.

Georgia’s Modified Comparative Negligence Rule

Many car accident victims wonder if they can recover compensation if they might hold some responsibility for the accident that caused their injury. The answer is yes, but your compensation is subject to Georgia’s modified comparative negligence rule. Under this rule, your recovery can be reduced by a percentage that corresponds to your share of liability for the accident. For example, if you receive a jury award of $100,000, but the jury also finds you to be 25 percent liable for the accident that caused your injury, your award would be reduced to $75,000. However, if you are found to have 50 percent or more responsibility for the accident, you might not be able to recover at all.

Insurance companies and their lawyers will use the comparative negligence rule to reduce the amount that they should have to pay you, and they might also decide to use this rule to frighten you into accepting a minimal settlement. Our car accident lawyers have secured compensation for many injured clients in these cases. We understand the state’s negligence laws, and we know how the local courts will realistically apply them to your case. Do not let the fear of partial responsibility keep you from calling and seeking the financial recovery that you deserve.

Negotiating With The Insurance Company And Going To Court

The reckless person that caused your car accident owes you compensation, and their insurance provider can offer you a financial settlement that quickly gives you some relief. However, it’s important that you have skilled legal counsel that is experienced in car accident claims and knows how to negotiate with insurance companies. We build a strong case for our clients immediately which helps us maximize your settlement recovery at the end of your case. Our years of experience successfully taking cases to trial lets the insurance companies know that we are not afraid of going to trial to win compensation. Reaching a satisfactory settlement for you and your family can also help the negligent person’s insurance company since it avoids the costly and time-consuming court process.

Building a winning case requires investigative work by a skilled legal team. Some of the many pieces of evidence that we will collect in your case include:

  • Accident witness statements
  • Any available security photos or video footage
  • Accident debris and tire markings at the scene of the wreck
  • Police reports
  • Toxicology reports
  • Drivers’ background and driving records
  • All pertinent medical information
  • Cell phone records
  • Accident reconstruction data

Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Can Help You Recover Fair Compensation

Your primary goal after a serious car accident should be getting better and moving on with your life. However, you may have huge medical bills, and you might have lost your ability to work during your recovery. Winning the necessary car accident compensation that you need requires hiring an experienced lawyer. Your legal counsel will have to investigate every detail of your accident, negotiate with the opposing side, and go to court if you do not get an acceptable financial settlement offer. Given Georgia’s statute of limitations which typically requires auto accident injury lawsuits to be filed within a short period of time, it’s important to call Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC as soon as possible. Our car accident lawyers understand that each case is unique, and you need to recover financial damages without delay.

To speak with a knowledgeable Atlanta lawyer about your car accident and how we can win the compensation that you and your family need, contact Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. Call us at (404) 419-6674 or through our online form to schedule a free consultation.

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