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If you have sustained any type of injury in an accident that was not your fault, you will probably have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you are injured unexpectedly, after you’ve been seen by a doctor, see a personal injury lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can review the details of the accident and determine if you have grounds for taking legal action. Most personal injury lawyers offer a free initial consultation, so it won’t cost anything to talk with a lawyer about your case and your rights.
Hiring an experienced lawyer to represent you in a personal injury matter is always the smart decision to make, but as your case progresses, your attorney will sometimes need your help. After you’ve secured a personal injury attorney’s services, that attorney may ask you to locate some medical or insurance records or documents, and you’ll need to keep your attorney up-to-date regarding your medical condition and treatment. Your attorney may ask you to see a particular doctor or appear for a deposition. Always try to cooperate, because your attorney is working for you. Your attorney will keep you updated regarding progress and developments in your case and any impending deadlines.
The monetary value of any particular personal injury claim will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of the victim’s injuries, the way those injuries have affected the victim’s life, and the identity and resources of the party or parties at-fault. After reviewing your claim, your attorney may be able to estimate the amount you should expect in a settlement or verdict, and your attorney will fight aggressively on your behalf for every dollar that you are entitled to under the law.
Legal fees in personal injury cases can vary, but personal injury lawyers typically take cases on what is called a “contingency fee” basis. This means, if you are an injured victim of negligence, you’ll pay no fees “up front,” and you’ll pay nothing until and unless your attorney prevails on your behalf. When your lawyer is paid out of the final compensation award, the fee typically ranges from thirty to fifty percent.
If you’ve been injured, and if you believe that someone else’s negligence is the reason why it’s in your best interests to speak to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Of course, any injury requires that you seek medical attention immediately. But speaking with an attorney is your next absolute priority because the sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner that attorney can resolve your case and recover the compensation you deserve.
The amount of time you have for taking legal action after an accident depends on where you live. Each state has a slightly different statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is a legally-established time limit for taking legal action. If you fail to meet the deadline, you won’t be allowed to file a lawsuit. Georgia’s statute of limitations gives victims two years from the date of the accident to take action. But don’t wait two years to see an attorney. If you’ve been injured, get the advice you need promptly.