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Georgia Injury Attorney Bryce Angell Answers Your Questions

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What is a personal injury case?

“Personal injury” is a general term that refers to a bodily injury that you receive through no fault of your own. There are many types of personal injury cases including but not limited to: car/motorcycle/train/truck accidents, dog bites, brain injuries, slip and falls, wrongful deaths and products liability (defective products).

How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

If you have received an injury that is not your fault then there may be a chance that you have a personal injury lawsuit. A lawyer can advise you whether you have a case or not. Most lawyers offer a free consultation so it won’t hurt to talk to a lawyer about your circumstances.

If a lawyer takes my case, how much will I have to pay?

All fees are determined by the particular lawyer, but lawyers typically take cases on a contingency fee basis, often charging between 30 and 50%. This means that your lawyer will only be paid out of the settlement, provided that your case settles or the judgment if you go to court and win.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit?

It depends on where you live. Each state has a statue of limitations. A statute of limitations is a time frame in which you have to file a lawsuit. If this time has passed, then you will not be able to file a lawsuit. To learn more about your state’s statute of limitations, contact a lawyer.

Can I handle my case without a lawyer?

While you can handle your case without a lawyer, you may not be protecting all of your rights. Lawyers tend to know the ins and outs of insurance companies and will make sure that your rights are protected. Insurance companies are typically biased and may not give you a fair assessment of your case. The insurance company may tell you that they are on your side; however, they work for the company and not for you. Their goal is to save their employer as much money as possible, therefore, paying you the least amount.

If I do hire a lawyer, what are my responsibilities?

Hiring a lawyer to represent you in a personal injury lawsuit is a good idea; however, your part is not done just because you’ve hired a lawyer. You still must keep your lawyer abreast of your situation. Just as the lawyer will give you updates, you will need to update the lawyer as well. You will need to keep your lawyer updated about your medical condition and let him or her know what doctors are treating you.

Opposing counsel may serve your lawyer with written questions regarding your case called discovery. It is your job to help your lawyer answer these questions in a timely manner. Opposing counsel may also require your verbal testimony at what’s called a deposition. Additionally if your case goes to trial, you will need to be present at the trial and cooperate with your lawyer.