Whether your personal injury lawyer decides to take your case or turn it down when you present them with your accident details is up to them, but what are the factors that influence this decision?
Is there anything you can do to make your case more favorable to a Georgia Personal Injury Attorney?
Well, of course, there is!
Some cases are far more appealing, and valuable, than others.
If you want a PI attorney to take your case, take these five facts into consideration before you make a call to schedule your free consultation.
The top five facts a personal injury attorney takes into account when determining whether to take your case:
- The first and most important determination in whether a lawyer will take on your case is who is liable for the accident. The term liability refers to the party at fault. If the police report and witnesses both say you caused the accident, a judge or jury would likely think the same thing. Therefore, most lawyers will not take your case because you were liable for your injuries. If this is the case, your biggest chance would be to beat your ticket and have the fault over-turned in traffic court. If you need more depth about what information you need to collect to help your case and ensure an attorney will take your case, click here.
- If you were injured in the collision. A case with clear liability, but little to no injuries or damages is almost worthless to an attorney. Most Personal Injury Attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means they do not get paid until your case is settled. Therefore, they cannot afford to take on a case that they know will pay out next to nothing. If significant damages were not incurred and no injuries were suffered, the likelihood of receiving a decent settlement offer is extremely low and not worth an attorney's time.
- How long the gap was between when your accident occurred and when you received medical treatment. Most professionals recommend seeing an Accident Doctor or Chiropractor no longer than 72 hours after an accident takes place, although same day treatment is always recommended. 72 hours is regarded as a reasonable amount of time to see a medical professional after an accident happens according to most insurance companies.
- How much medical treatment you require and if you are consistently going to your doctor's appointments. For example, in addition to seeing a doctor right after the accident, your attorney will also need to make sure you have attended all of your follow up appointments and are continuing your treatment. If you neglect your doctor's orders or think you are well enough to stop visiting your doctor, against your doctor's advisement, the insurance company will use this against you and potentially invalidate your accident injury claim.
- Whether you have talked to any insurance adjusters yet, and if so, what you disclosed and if you provided a recorded or written statement about the accident and extent of your injuries. If you have done this, it is a giant red flag to your potential attorney. Insurance adjusters often try to get accident victims to give a written or recorded statement about the accident and how it happened. They will also want to know about your injuries. They will attempt to engage you in conversation, during which they will subtly try to get you to tell them about the accident and the extent of your injuries. At this time it is crucial to politely refuse to discuss any of the facts. If you want to win your case, it is essential to give no details about the accident or your injuries. This is because you may leave something out, discover an injury later, or your injury may turn out to be worse than you originally thought, and providing an incomplete or inaccurate statement to the insurance company will result in them invalidating your claim later on.
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