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You’ve likely seen a television commercial for a personal injury law firm while watching a television program. And if you’ve spent any time in Atlanta traffic, the odds are high that you’ve come across a billboard or two. These ads depict personal injury lawyers in a light that’s more spectacle than substance. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

The many benefits of hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can’t be reduced to a one-note catchphrase. A proficient personal injury attorney navigates the intricacies of the legal system, fights against the strategies of insurance companies, and cares about their client’s well-being. If you’ve sustained injuries due to someone else’s negligence, seeking legal advice and assistance is not just advisable – it’s essential.

In this blog, we’ll help you understand the role and importance of personal injury lawyers.

  • Your personal injury attorney helps with much more than billboards suggest. What does a personal injury lawyer do?
  • Hiring a lawyer can make all the difference in your injury case. What are the benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer
  • It helps to you know your terminology. What are the most common types of personal injury cases?

WHAT DOES A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER DO?

A personal injury lawyer provides legal services to individuals who have been injured physically and/or psychologically due to the negligence of another person, company, or entity. Contrary to what you’ve seen on TV commercials or highway billboards, personal injury cases are more involved than getting hurt, contacting a lawyer, and receiving a payout. Most personal injury lawsuits involve the complexities of medical records and bills, insurance claims and procedures, negotiating with the responsible parties, and securing financial compensation. A skilled personal injury lawyer can make the difference between compensation that aids in long-term recovery and a settlement offer focused only on short-term financial gain.

Below are some typical responsibilities of a personal injury lawyer. (It’s important to note these duties can change based on the particularities of each case and specific legal jurisdictions.)

  • Investigating the case: Every case begins with getting to know the client and then a meticulous investigation, which encompasses gathering evidence, collecting witness statements, and compiling documentation that supports the client’s personal injury claim. 
  • Informing the client: Attorneys guide clients in documenting every facet of their experience. Personal injury lawyers can explain how to record emotional distress and physical suffering, track incidental and medical expenses, and deal with complex aspects of insurance – such as Medicare, Medicaid, traditional health insurance, MedPay, liability insurance, uninsured motorist insurance, and more. 
  • Evaluating the claim: A thorough assessment of the case establishes the extent of damages and liability. This forms the foundation of the legal strategy to determine a realistic claim value, which takes the short- and long-term repercussions of the injury into consideration.
  • Ensuring fair treatment: One often overlooked duty of a personal injury lawyer is they fight for their client’s rights, ensuring fair treatment is received from all parties involved.
  • Negotiating with insurance companies: This includes direct negotiations with insurance adjusters and countering the strategies and tactics insurance companies may employ to minimize compensation to injury victims. 
  • Court representation: If negotiations fail to reach a fair settlement, a lawyer may represent their clients at trial – drafting legal documents, questioning witnesses, and presenting cases before a judge or jury.
  • Conducting appeal processes: After trial, the losing party may choose to contest the outcome of the case in a higher court.  
  • Future care planning: Personal injury attorneys also support clients with advice and guidance in planning for future care related to the injury. This may cover ongoing medical costs, adaptions needed at home, and other considerations to ensure a secure future. 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HIRING A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER?

Insurance companies are for profit entities. They are in the business of selling policies and collecting premiums and not paying fair value to injured people for the harm they have suffered. They know that without representation, a personal injury victim is at a distinct disadvantage and will not offer what the case is worth. Even with an attorney, insurance companies often won’t pay what a case is worth unless they think someone (a jury) will force the to. Without a lawyer, that is next to impossible. In addition, those who have suffered an injury can be overwhelmed by medical bills, lost wages, and physical and emotional suffering. These issues present an enormous challenge, but when they’re coupled with intricate legal procedures, they can feel impossible to handle alone. An experienced personal injury lawyer can relieve you of these stresses, guide you through the legal process, and maximize your claim to help you focus on recovery.

  • Experience and expertise in personal injury law: Personal injury lawyers are experts in their field. They know the ins and outs of personal injury law – from the nuances of negligence law to being familiar with local court operations. Prior experience in similar cases can help guide you through potential pitfalls and improve your chances of fair compensation. A reputable attorney can also offer the support of their professional network of investigators, medical experts, and lawyers in other fields to strengthen your case
  • Maximizing the value of the claim: Personal injury victims may not understand the full impact a serious injury could have on their lives. A personal injury lawyer can help account for all types of damages – medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and future costs like medical treatments, home modifications, prescription drugs, and long-term care, but most importantly the human harms associated with the injuries – inability to care for loved ones, inability to fully engage in life like before, or worse. Outside of settlement negotiations, an attorney can take your case to court to fight for your deserved compensation. 
  • Handling the legal process, allowing the client to focus on recovery: After an injury, your primary focus should be your physical and emotional recovery. A reliable personal injury lawyer handles all legal issues and paperwork associated with your case. An attorney also negotiates with the at-fault party’s insurance company to reduce the chances of an unfair settlement. And they ensure all necessary actions occur within the statute of limitations. Beyond legal representation, a personal injury attorney should serve as an ally that fights for your best interests and your best chances of recovery.

GET TREATED LIKE A PERSON, NOT A PAYDAY

Southside Injury Attorneys is the personal injury division of Smith, Welch, Webb & White – a law firm that’s served Henry County and communities south of Atlanta through a wealth of practice areas for over a century. Every personal injury client is represented by an actual lawyer, not an assembly line, offering personalized, honest guidance through the complexities of medical bills, insurance claims, and legal proceedings. And we keep working for you, even after your case is resolved, to help you move past your injury and get back to living your life.

Southside Injury Attorneys delivers trusted legal guidance, successful outcomes, and end-to-end support you just won’t get from a slogan. We’re proud to serve our community with offices in Stockbridge, McDonough, Jackson, Barnesville, Peachtree City, and Griffin. Contact us for a free case evaluation today or call (866) 533-1646.

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY CASES?

The scope of personal injury cases is broad, covering various incidents where negligence or intentional actions cause physical and/or psychological harm. Personal injury law allows the injured party to seek compensation for the harm caused by the other’s actions. This area of law aims to make the injured party “whole” again and to discourage others from committing the same offense. Understanding these types of cases is the first step towards seeking justice, and having an attorney by your side can make the daunting process a lot easier to manage. 

While not exhaustive, here’s an overview of typical personal injury cases:

  • Car accidents: The most common type of personal injury case, auto accidents typically occur because someone isn’t following the road rules or isn’t driving as carefully as they should be.
  • Tractor trailer collisions: Collisions involving large trucks or commercial vehicles can be devastating, given the vehicles’ size and the complexity of laws governing commercial trucking.
  • Slip and fall incidents: Premises liability cases involve the legal duty of property owners (or renters) to keep their premises safe and free from hazards that could cause someone to slip or trip and fall.
  • Dog bites: In most cases, the owners of a dog can be held liable for bites or other injuries caused by the dog, depending on the jurisdiction.
  • Medical malpractice: Malpractice occurs when healthcare professionals provide treatment that is below the accepted medical standard of practice and causes injury or wrongful death to the patient.
  • Workplace accidents: Injuries that occur at work or because of unsafe workplace conditions often fall under personal injury or worker’s compensation laws.
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