Every year 2.35 million people are injured in automotive accidents in the United States alone. Annually, these accidents cost taxpayers over $230.6 billion, or $820.00 a person. Although staggering, these statistics do not begin to shed light on the physical and emotional toll experienced by an individual after they have been in an accident.
The process of healing and recovery is often lengthy and strenuous, during this period the last thing anyone needs is to be alone. The first thing you should do if you or somebody you know has been injured in an accident is contact a Personal Injury Attorney to be by your side. From there you will have a knowledgeable partner to help you get back on you on your feet and assist you in getting you the compensation you deserve.
Often, the first thing that will occur after an accident is that you will hear from a representative of the at-fault person’s insurance company. Insurance companies make their money by paying out as little as possible on claims. Thus, they are going to try to get a jump on your claim and pay you as little as they can—to them, your claim is just like anyone else’s. The insurance company will try to capitalize on your compromised position, they understand you may be injured and unable to work, you may have mounting medical bills, the insurance company knows this and will make you a low offer hoping you accept in the midst of your current situation.
Should I Accept?
There is no clear-cut answer to this question without a complete understanding of your situation. However, it should be known that settlement with an insurance company may not always produce the most optimal result for your situation. In certain cases, ligation may be necessary, if this is the case for you, your attorney and the insurance company’s attorney will have to meet in order to go over necessary documentation and discuss matters relevant to your case.
At this point, your case will either go to mediation or trial. During mediation, you and your representatives will meet with the at-fault party and their representatives in an attempt to reach a settlement. If an agreement is reached your case has been resolved, if it is not then your case may go to trial.
If your case goes to trial you will have an opportunity to present your case in front of a jury. During this time, you will be able to relay the personal toll the accident has taken on you, and you will be able to detail your account of how the injury and medical bills have adversely affected your life. You will be able to tell your story and depict how your life is different following the accident. Once this is finished the jury will have an opportunity to conclude in your case.
Do You Need Help?
This process can often take several years, and insurance companies know that case longevity can be very taxing on an accident victim. Thus, they will use this leverage to get you to accept a lower settlement than you are entitled to. Therefore, having an attorney on your side can help you through this process and guide you to the outcome you deserve. If you or somebody you know has been injured in an accident, do not fight this battle alone, call (404) 551-2428 or stop by Van Johnson Law Firm in Atlanta to get back on your feet and down the road of recovery. We collect no fees unless we settle your case or win at trial!