Do I Really Need an Attorney?

Savannah Attorney FAQNeed is a strong word. The honest answer is, legally, no. You do not need a personal injury attorney to handle your case following a car, motorcycle, slip and fall or any other kind of accident. You can, if you so choose, go it alone.

A better question might be

Is a personal injury attorney a good idea?

We think that answer is “Almost always.” I’m an attorney and I do not cut my own hair, replace my own engine, perform my own dental work. It is much more cost effective to leave that up to the folks who are properly trained and do it every day. That person will do a much better job, more efficiently, with more desirable outcomes.

The insurance companies hire and train people whose job it is to do it every day.  Those employees have a singular goal:

Save the company money.

IIf your interests get trampled in process, guess what? That’s not their job!

When you retain me as counsel, it is my job to ensure your interests are protected. We talk the language, understand the process, recognize red flags, and stay current with company tactics. We bring the benefit of doing this just as often as the insurance companies do.

Although it is very difficult to forecast how much compensation will be recovered in any case and no lawyer can guarantee a client a specific amount of compensation, the statistics back this up. While the numbers vary between two and three times more money, studies repeatedly show people involved in personal injury cases recover higher damages awarded than those that choose to go it alone.

Insurance companies are trained in protecting their interests. They know you are emotionally, physically, and financially impacted. That can make negotiations tough for you and easier for them. Hiring an attorney immediately reduces that stress for you and provides a buffer between you and the insurance company.

Whether you proceed with this claim on your own or with a personal injury attorney such as myself, please be aware that a Statute of Limitations may apply to your case. This means that there may be a limited time during which you can seek recovery, so you should start addressing this matter immediately. The Statute of Limitations, in an action for personal injury in Georgia, is ordinarily two (2) years from the date of injury.

There may also be shorter time limits that apply to your case. They include but are not limited to, time limits set in insurance policies, six (6) or twelve (12) month notice requirements for municipal/county/state governments and or shorter time limits found in other jurisdictions (i.e. states). For the bodily injury claims of minors, the Statute of Limitations extinguishes all claims 2 years after the minor turns 18 years old. Medical bills of a minor, however, are the claim of the parents and suit must be filed within two (2) years of the date of injury.

Still not sure what to do? Contact us here, or give us a call at (912) 544-0244 extension 2. It’s a free call – that’s a pretty good price tag for a little peace of mind.

How Much is this going to Cost Me?

Most folks know they need a bit of help. Many have that feeling that a professional word of advice would make a lot of difference. But, if you are like me, you are also wondering…

What is an attorney going to cost me?

First, this answer applies to my personal injury clients. If you are looking for help in the areas of Criminal Defense (i.e DUI, traffic cases, drug offenses), please contact the office directly at (912) 544-0244 ext 2 or head over to the contact page. It’s not that representation in these areas are any more or less affordable – it’s just different.

However, if you have been involved in an car or motorcycle accident or been injured through no fault of your own, help is easier than you think.

We provide clients with a hassle and stress free intake process, with the focus of delivering affordable justice, to all injury victims. Staying true to this commitment means that we offer the following arrangements to all of prospective clients:

  • A Free Initial Consultation – We will meet with and listen to, every prospective client without any kind of charge or obligation. You can get your questions answered, get to know us, and decide if your personal injury matter is best handled by a team of professionals.
  • Contingency Fee Based - In short, you don’t win – you do not pay us a fee. Period. As our client, you do not pay us a fee or retainer at the out-set and that you only pay us after we procure the compensation that you deserve. That payment consists of an pre determined, agreed upon percentage of the damages we recover. To you that means you will not end up owning us money, you won’t pay us out of your pocket, and your settlement is as important to us as it is to you.

At the end of the day, the most important thing to consider is not only what will it cost if you do hire an attorney, but also what will it cost you if you don’t. Insurance companies have folks that do this work all day.  long.  They are looking for ways to protect their interests. It is our belief that you should have someone as well versed in protecting yours.