Five Things You Didn’t Know About Your Personal Injury Claim
1. You don’t have to go to court to get compensation.
Many people think the only way to get compensation is to go to trial. This is a myth. The truth is, most cases settle before trial. However, sometimes settlement is either not in your best interests or is not an option at all, and you need an attorney who is not afraid to go to court. Having an attorney assures that your strongest case is presented and your rights are protected. Insurance companies will do everything in their power to get you to settle your claim for less than its worth. An experienced lawyer who knows the law and knows how much compensation you deserve will provide strength at the bargaining table. The result? A better recovery.
2. You need to file your claim within two years.
Don’t wait too long. In Georgia, you generally only have two years from the time of the accident to file your personal injury claim in the appropriate court. Once that time has elapsed, you will no longer be able to pursue compensation for your injuries.
3. Insurance companies are not on your side (even your own insurance company).
Claims adjusters work for the insurance company — not for you. They are protecting their bottom line. Their job is to look for any reason to withhold or reduce your compensation. It is important to remember this if/when you speak with them. Are you saying something that may jeopardize the value of your claim?
Sometimes the person or company who caused your injury does not have enough liability insurance to adequately cover your claim. When this happens, you must turn to Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage from your own insurance company. This coverage is meant to protect you if the person who caused your damage does not have any insurance (is uninsured) or does not have enough insurance (is underinsured). However, do not be fooled. Even your own insurance company will be looking for reasons to withhold or reduce the amount of compensation you receive from your injuries.
4. You can recover compensation in a hit-and-run accident.
If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident and can’t locate the party who injured you, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries from your own insurance carrier. We will help you through the process.
5. It won’t cost you anything to bring your claim.
At Barr Law Offices LLC, we provide free case evaluations. We will review your case and discuss your options for free. If you decide to pursue your claim, you won’t pay us until we’ve recovered compensation for you *. Contact us today to discuss your personal injury claim.
Located in Statesboro, Georgia, our firm represents injury victims throughout the region.