Our Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions
At Hilley & Frieder, P.C., our personal injury litigators have been serving the Atlanta community for more than 35 years. If you have been injured in an accident and are contemplating a personal injury lawsuit, they know that you probably have a lot of questions. Here, our attorneys answer some of the most commonly asked questions. But every case is unique. If you still have questions, we offer a free consultation to answer your specific questions.
How much is my case worth?
The value of your claim is important. It can decide how much compensation you are eligible to recover from the defendant for your past and future losses. It is especially critical to determine a fair value for your claim if you have a catastrophic or permanent injury that will require years of future medical care. Otherwise, your family may not be able to afford ongoing necessary medical costs. The value of your claim can depend on many factors, such as:
- The severity of your injuries
- How long it will foreseeably take you to recover
- Whether you have a permanent disability
- The cost of necessary medical treatments
- Whether you can return to work
- Your age, income, health and other characteristics
- The number of defendants and insurance available
- Comparative negligence or other defenses
There is no average settlement value for a personal injury claim in Georgia. Each case is 100% unique. The results that our lawyers have won for past clients vary significantly and are not a guarantee. They do promise, however, to do their best to obtain maximum financial compensation for you and your family. Our lawyers have your best interests in mind and want to maximize – not minimize – your financial recovery.
What types of damages can I recover for a personal injury claim?
Damages refer to the types of compensation you can receive with a successful personal injury claim. Damages are available in two main categories: economic and noneconomic. It is up to you or your attorney to prove your damages as part of your lawsuit. The damages available for a defendant’s fault or negligence depend on your specific losses, such as:
- Medical bills (past and future treatments)
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Disability or disfigurement
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Punitive damages
Work with a personal injury lawyer to create a full list of damages to include on your insurance demand letter. Otherwise, you may miss certain categories for which you can seek financial compensation. A lawyer can help you demand maximum compensation for many types of losses.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
All civil lawsuits in the state of Georgia are subject to a statute of limitations, which is a deadline for filing your lawsuit. The purpose of this rule is to ensure that your evidence does not disappear or suffer damage that would harm your case and that your witnesses’ testimonies remain reliable.
You have two years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury claim. If you do not file your claim by this deadline, the court will likely dismiss your claim, and you will lose your chances at collecting compensation.
There are some exceptions to this rule, but they are not present in all personal injury cases.
Schedule A Free Consultation Today
Our Atlanta accident attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C., offer free consultations to answer any other questions that you may have and provide you with an assessment of your case. To schedule your free appointment, call us at 404-795-6099 or send us an inquiry using our online form.