Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in side impact crashes throughout the US. These crashes are the second-most deadly type of collision, behind head-on accidents.
There are many factors that contribute to the severity of a side-impact crash, including angle, speed, and the types of vehicles that are involved in the accident. One fact remains constant, though: even minor side-impact crashes can be dangerous.
If you’ve been hit broadside by another vehicle, you could face hefty medical bills, disruptions to your daily routine, and other challenges that impact your ability to function and enjoy life. Attorney Ali Awad has built his practice around aiding people whose lives have been changed by injuries. He’ll help you seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering from all liable parties.
Attorney Awad has won tens of millions of dollars in settlements and jury awards for his clients. Schedule a free, no-obligation case review with an experienced attorney near you when you call
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What an Atlanta Side-Impact Accident Attorney Can Do for You
If you’ve recently been in a car accident, you may be struggling to navigate your new reality. Getting medical care, working with your insurance company, getting help with your day-to-day responsibilities, processing the trauma of being hit, or grieving for injured or killed loved ones — it all takes a heavy toll. Further, it may feel at times like you’re alone on your journey. Others may not understand or appreciate the frightening events that you’ve endured.
An attorney can’t alleviate your pain or reverse the clock, but they can help you move forward by seeking compensation on your behalf. When you have been hit, you have the option of filing a claim using the liability insurance of the at-fault driver. Sadly, insurance companies often try to get away with paying the minimum to accident victims. They will use the opaque claims process and the claimant’s unfamiliarity to their advantage, often using any justification to deny claims or reduce the benefits offered in an eventual settlement.
The settlement you’re offered may not even make a dent in the expenses you’ve incurred as a result of the at-fault party’s negligence. You attorney can use their experience, however, along with their knowledge of injury law and the claims process to help you fight for the highest level of compensation possible.
Common Damages Claimable in a Side-Impact Injury Case
When you work with a personal injury attorney, they can help you claim fair compensation for all of the damages you have suffered, including the following.
It’s no secret that medical expenses are astronomical. A quick trip to the emergency room could end with a bill for tens of thousands of dollars. If you have complex medical procedures, surgeries, or a prolonged hospital stay, you could be on the hook for a 7-figure sum.
You shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket or be forced to use your own medical insurance to pay for these costs, which would cause a rise in premiums. A bodily injury liability policy claim can help you retrieve the costs of all reasonable and necessary medical care stemming from your accident, including emergency transport, diagnostics, testing, specialist consults, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and more. Your claim should also compensate you for anticipated future costs, such as for any long-term physical rehabilitation, medication, or follow-up procedures and appointments.
A side-impact crash is disruptive to your life. If you’re injured, traumatized, or grieving, you may need to take time off of work to recover. Without adequate PTO or some type of leave arrangement, you’ll lose out on pay during that period.
Additionally, an accident can diminish your future earning potential. This scenario is especially common in cases where a victim is left mentally or physically disabled after a crash. An attorney can advocate for compensation for current and future lost earnings, including for not just missed work hours but also for any likely commissions, bonuses, benefits, performance-based pay, or other income and perks they would have earned, based on their average earnings from the previous 6-12 months.
Pain and Suffering
It is difficult to assign a dollar figure to the pain and suffering that accident victims face after a crash. Thankfully, though, it is possible for people to receive payment for mental anguish. The funds can lessen your financial burden and help you move forward from the accident.
Steps in Working With an Atlanta Side-Impact Accident Law Firm
During an initial consultation, you’ll provide an attorney with an overview of what happened. They’ll ask questions about how the accident occurred, who was involved, the effects of the collision, medical treatments you’ve had following the accident, and what treatments you anticipate needing in the future.
They’ll use these details to construct a picture of what happened and to determine if you may be eligible for compensation.
Next, your attorney will do an in-depth investigation into what happened. They may visit the scene of the accident, inspect your vehicle, speak with witnesses, and consult with medical professionals.
They’ll also initiate insurance claims with the at-fault party or parties.
Your lawyer will draft a demand package, which is a comprehensive set of documentation that supports your claim for compensation. The package could include police reports, medical documentation, receipts, pictures or videos of damages, and other materials that demonstrate the need for compensation.
Your attorney will review the demand package with you to ensure it’s complete.
Generally, your attorney will send the demand package to the at-fault party’s insurance company. From there, the insurance company will review and respond with a settlement offer — or a denial of benefits.
Your attorney will discuss your options with you, and you can decide to either accept the package, counter-offer, or file a lawsuit.
Oftentimes, you and your attorney will reach an agreement with the insurance company. You’ll decide on a settlement that includes the payout amount and instructions for disbursement.
Your attorney will prepare the documents to formalize the settlement so that you can receive your funds from the insurer.
Further Legal Action
If you reach an impasse with the at-fault party of their insurance company — or if you are unable to obtain the needed evidence or prove standing to file your claim — you may have to move forward with filing a civil complain, otherwise known as a lawsuit. If a lawsuit is filed, the case may go to trial in front of a jury, and they’ll decide whether or not you’re entitled to compensation.
Of course, your attorney will represent your interests in this process and attempt to reach an out-of-court settlement. At the same time, they will continue to prepare your case for trial, assembling evidence and legal justifications that may pressure the other side into conceding a reasonable settlement amount. You may be asked to provide further documentation to get ready for the courtroom and eventually appear before a jury to seek an appropriate award for your damages.
How Long Does a Personal Injury Claim Typically Take?
There is no set answer to how long it will take you to complete the personal injury claim process. Some claims are resolved in a matter of months, while others can continue on for years.
Even if your attorney works as efficiently as they can, your claim can only move as fast as the system allows. You may experience delays from the insurance company, as well as from agencies that need to supply vital records related to the accident, the courts, or other entities. Delays are especially common in complex cases that involve multiple parties and their insurance agencies.
With so much back-and-forth communication, it’s typical to occasionally experience lapses in progression during your claim. Do your part to avoid them by answering questions or supplying documentation as soon as you can.
Don’t hesitate to check in with your attorney if you are concerned about speed or efficiency. A client-focused attorney will communicate and provide regular updates so that you know what’s happening at any given time.
Contact an Atlanta Side-Impact Collision Law Firm That’s Ready to Fight for You
In Georgia, personal injury claims have a two-year statute of limitations. In other words, in order to pursue a claim (and be eligible for compensation), you need to initiate your claim within two years of the accident date.
It’s essential to work quickly. You’ll also benefit from filing sooner rather than later since the details of the accident will be fresh on your mind.
If you’re ready to talk about your accident, contact Ali Awad of The CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm. Awad works on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t owe any money for his services unless he secures a monetary award on your behalf.
Attorney Awad has won substantial settlement and jury payouts for his clients since starting his practice in 2016. With a success rate of 99%+, you’re in good hands when you work with the CEO Lawyer.
Call (404) 777-8800 or contact us online to schedule a free, confidential case review with a motivated attorney in your area, and start fighting for the compensation you need to recover from your accident.
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Frequently Asked Questions
After a personal injury, you're bound to have legal questions. The CEO Lawyer Ali Awad can provide you with answers to these questions, just as he's given answers to his millions of curious social media followers. Take a look at some of the most common personal injury law questions for general information, and then reach out to one of our seasoned attorneys for specific guidance on your case!
To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal professionals have the expertise to evaluate your case and determine a strong legal strategy so that you can obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible under the law. We will enlist investigators, assistants, and other specialists to collect accident reports, speak with witnesses to your accident, and put together a plan. While you focus on your physical recovery, we will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Georgia's Personal Injury & Accident Firm
Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Atlanta, it lasts only two years. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only two years to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.
What to Expect From Your Initial Consultation With a Personal Injury Attorney?
During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process.
Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today.
We understand that some accident victims might have already obtained the assistance of an attorney but may be dissatisfied with the services provided. We are standing by and prepared to help you change legal representation, regardless of where you are in the process.
Speak to an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of personal injury accident, you should not hesitate to speak with the experienced attorneys at CEO Lawyer personal injury law firm. Call, email, or fill out our online contact form today so that we can begin helping you pursue the compensation you deserve.