This is the next post in our series on what one should expect after being involved in an Atlanta, Georgia car accident. Our last article provided an overview of topics which this series will be addressing and also stressed the need to contact a personal injury lawyer if you have been in an accident. It is important that you contact counsel sooner, rather than later, in order to ensure that your rights are fully protected. In this article we will discuss another important topic – what one should immediately expect after having been involved in an auto wreck. If you require assistance then contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
Atlanta car accident victims must seek medical treatment before making a settlement demand
Atlanta car accident victims may possibly have suffered serious injuries. Such injuries can require future medical care. This care can include surgeries, doctor visits, medications, rehabilitative therapy, etc. A victim may also be unable to return to work for a significant period of time if, in fact, they are still able to work at all. Any injury settlement must include money for future care, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. If you accept a settlement before these future damages can be reasonably calculated then you would be losing the right to be compensated for such losses.
You do not have to have to be fully completed with all medical care before your future damages can be ascertained. Once your treating physicians or other medical professionals can reach a long-term prognosis then they will be able to generate a report which estimates the extent of your future care needs and the cost of future treatments. Based on those medical opinions, vocational and/or economic professionals will be able to calculate how the injuries are believed to have impacted your earning potential. It is crucial that your attorney be familiar with the process of dealing with such professionals.
An Atlanta car accident lawyer will issue a settlement demand once your damages can be ascertained
Once your future damages can be reasonably ascertained then your representative will issue a “settlement” demand to the insurance carrier. This demand will include records of your injuries, proof of lost income, and evidence of the defendant’s liability (such as accident reports, etc.). Counsel will then negotiate with the carrier and attempt to reach a fair settlement. If an agreement cannot be reached then it will be necessary to file a lawsuit.
If you have been involved in a wreck then contact our Atlanta car accident lawyers for assistance. We understand that this is a stressful time in your life. We will give your case the attention it deserves. We service the greater Metro area including Macon, Savannah, Athens, Kennesaw, Marietta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Gainesville, as well as the counties of Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Richmond.