If you have been injured due to a car accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice or any other type of negligence or intentional harm, then you should consider whether or not you can recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit. With the skyrocketing prices of healthcare and the cost of an experienced and successful attorney, you want to be sure that you have a strong case before filing your claim.
Factors Affecting How Much Your Case Is Worth
There are a number of factors that affect how much you can potentially receive in compensation for your injuries.
Who is the responsible party for the accident? If there was a defect within a product, then the liable party may be the manufacturer. In a driving under the influence (DUI) case, the liable party is usually the drunk driver.
Pre-Existing Medical Conditions or Injuries
If you had any pre-existing medical conditions prior to the accident, then those may affect how much you receive in compensation. While you cannot receive damages in a car accident claim for pre-existing medical conditions or injuries, if the accident accelerates or worsens a pre-existing condition or injury, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Actions During And After The Accident
It is not wise to get into an altercation with the police or the other driver or to admit fault to the crash at the scene of the accident. If you said anything that ruined your case before it could be heard by a judge, then it may be possible that no lawyer can help you, depending on what you said and did. Remember that the side of the road is not the place to hold a court session. Be polite to the other driver and the officer, and only answer what you need to: name, address, phone number, email address, insurance information, and a retelling of the events as you remember them.
Choosing The Right Attorney
Choosing the right attorney is also important in your personal injury case. A personal injury attorney can assess your case and help you to decide whether or not you want to pursue legal avenues to recover damages. It’s important to look up where an attorney has gone to school, but also what they have done since graduating from law school. Are they a member of any professional organizations? Does their website have substance, or does it feel too much like it’s trying to sell you something? You want your case to be handled by attorneys, not recent grads or aides. While they are highly qualified and have met the standards to practice, they are early in their careers. Some large law firms let their aides handle their cases, but you want to work with an aggressive attorney who will work with you personally.
Another important thing to remember is not to be taken advantage of by attorneys who claim that you’ll be seeing extremely high checks coming your way. If the amount they claim you can receive seems unrealistic, then it probably is.
A free consultation means that you can find the right attorney who will want to take on your case. The Pendergrass Law Firm, for example, offers free consultations in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Questions that are recommended that you ask include:
- Will I be responsible for any costs related to my case if I lose?
- Who will handle my case? Who will I be speaking to when I have questions about my case?
- What are my responsibilities in a lawsuit?