How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help You?
Secure fair and full compensation for your case with the Georgia personal injury attorneys at Bell Law Firm.
Bell Law Firm has extensive trial experience and has recovered hundreds of millions for medical negligence victims and their families.
What is personal injury?
Personal injury encompasses any harm or damage caused to an individual’s body, mind or emotions due to another party’s negligence or intentional actions. Personal injury can result from various incidents, like car accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, misdiagnosis, workplace accidents and more.
How do I know if I have a personal injury case?
When a person suffers a personal injury, they may be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages. This compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other related costs. To pursue a claim, the injured party needs to demonstrate that the responsible party owed them a duty of care, breached that duty through negligence or intentional misconduct, and that the injuries occurred as a direct result of those actions.
Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
Personal injury cases can be complex, involving legal procedures, insurance companies, and negotiations. It’s smart to seek the assistance of personal injury lawyers who specialize in this area of law so you can ensure your rights are protected. At Bell Law Firm, we have experience handling the most egregious personal injury cases, from medical malpractice and negligence to catastrophic injury. We also have the results to back it up.
How do I find a personal injury lawyer in Georgia?
The lawyer you work with is an important decision that will impact the success of your case, ongoing financial stability and rehabilitation options. Here are a few places to start in your decision-making process.
Research and make a list: Look up personal injury lawyers in your area and make a list of potential candidates. You can use online directories or search engines or ask friends, family members, or other attorneys for recommendations. The Atlanta Bar Association can be a helpful resource for people seeking legal counsel in Atlanta. It has a referral program to help you find a qualified lawyer to work on your case.
Check their credentials: Once you have a list of potential candidates, check their credentials, such as their education, experience, and professional memberships. You can usually find this information on their website or by contacting their office. Look for attorneys that specialize in personal injury law and have a track record of taking cases like yours to a jury trial and winning them. It’s also a good idea to look for attorneys that are active in industry associations, like the American Association for Justice, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.
Check that they have case wins in your specific area: Bell Law Firm is a leading personal injury firm in Georgia. While we’re based in Atlanta and have successfully resolved many cases in the metro, we handle cases from all over the state, including Macon, Columbus, Marietta, Athens and more.
Read reviews and testimonials: Look for online reviews and testimonials from past clients to understand their experience working with the lawyer. If these testimonials and reviews aren’t easily found online, you can ask the lawyer for references from past clients or co-counsel legal professionals. You can also check with your state bar association to see if the lawyer has any disciplinary actions or complaints filed against them.
Schedule consultations: After narrowing down your list, schedule consultations with each lawyer or their staff to discuss your case and get a sense of their communication style and approach. During this conversation, you’ll also want to inquire about their specific experience. For medical malpractice and catastrophic injury cases, you want an experienced legal team that has successfully navigated complex medical cases. And because not every case goes to trial, you’ll want to confirm what litigation experience the attorney has so that your case is in the right hands if it makes it into a courtroom.
Consider the fees: Finally, consider the lawyer’s fees and how they are structured. Virtually all personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means they get paid only if you receive a settlement or a jury award. Talk to the lawyer about their fee structure and their expectations for your case.
What can I expect from working with a personal injury lawyer?
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all when it comes to personal injury cases. However, here is a rough timeline that can give you a better picture of what to expect and how your personal injury case may be resolved.
Find the right representation for you and/or your family. You need to work with someone that you feel confident in, and that has a track record of success with personal injury cases. Having an experienced lawyer on your side, guiding you through the litigation process, is crucial.
One of the first things your attorney will likely ask you about is your injury, medical condition and the specific treatment that led to the alleged negligence. Medical records and health care bills all come into play during this time – your lawyer wants to see anything that helps prove your case.
Your attorney will identify the appropriate expert medical witness, ideally someone who specializes in the same practice as the defendant. This expert helps review medical records and offers a professional opinion surrounding the healthcare provider’s conduct as it relates to the medical standard of care.
Once the lawsuit and essential paperwork is filed, discovery can begin. Discovery refers to the process in which each party determines what the adversary’s legal claims and defenses are. Depositions are taken for relevant parties and witnesses.
Mediation and negotiation occur after the discovery period ends. Sometimes, the plaintiff and defendant attorneys can settle a case by discussing it amongst themselves. In other cases, mediation may be required – a process where both clients and both lawyers use a third–party mediator to try to settle the case.
Lastly, if mediation doesn’t work for your particular case, the case is scheduled for trial. At this stage, your attorney will present the intricate facts of the medical malpractice case in front of a jury in hopes of securing a favorable verdict.
Bell Law Firm is ready to help you receive full and fair compensation. If you believe you have a personal injury case, do not delay in contacting Bell Law Firm for a free consultation. Call us today at 404-249-6768 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.