Motorists injured in car accidents in Columbus and across Georgia know that the days, weeks and months that follow a serious car accident are not easy ones. The injuries can be very serious, and the road to recovery can be long.
But there is help you can turn to get back on the right track. The car accident attorneys at The Casto Law Firm are proud to advocate for car accident victims.
Instead of worrying about piles of medical bills, we can fight to get you compensated for them to ease your burden. Instead of haggling with frustrating insurance companies, let us deal with them on your behalf and make sure you don’t get short-changed.
In a free consultation, we’ll review your case and let you know how we may be able to help. You should speak with a car accident attorney at The Casto Law Firm today.
It’s time to stop this suffering.
How an Attorney Can Help Your Car Accident Case
After a serious accident, you’ll have to deal with more than recovering from your injuries. You’ll have the hassle of dealing with insurance companies, which can be a frustrating experience.
There’s something you need to know about insurance companies. They are only interested in their bottom line. They want to pay you as little as possible. That’s why the biggest insurance companies post tens of billions of dollars in revenue each year. Insurance is a business driven by profit, not your health.
That’s why you should get someone working for you – someone who is truly on your side. When you hire an attorney, you attorney becomes your voice and your advocate. We deal with insurance companies on your behalf. Every action we take is done with your best interests in mind. That’s the job of an attorney.
The car accident attorneys at The Casto Law Firm don’t stop until they have pursued all possible angles to get you the fullest compensation possible under the law.
Georgia Car Accident Lawsuit Process
If you become our client, we will get to work investigating your accident so we can bring the strongest lawsuit possible. We’ll look at the circumstances of the crash, review police records, photographs and witness statements, and more. If necessary, we’ll go to the scene and look for ourselves. We will interview witnesses. We’ll consult with experts about the evidence if it will help boost your case.
You may have a strong case for compensation of the driver responsible for the crash was:
• Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Not following traffic signals
• Driving with a suspended license, or no license at all
Once we file your case in court, you can rest assured that we’ll be fighting hard to get the best results possible for you and your family. The compensation we may seek depends on the specifics of each case. It starts with calculating the value of your claim, which can include many things, such as:
• Medical expenses – ambulance rides, hospital stays, medical procedures
• Rehabilitation and future treatments
• Property damage
• The pain and suffering you and your family endured
• Wages you lost, or will lose, because you were unable to work
There is no upfront cost to you. Our clients don’t pay unless we get them compensated.
We know that compensation can’t take away physical and emotional pain. But it can provide for a better future. It can help ensure you get the best medical treatment so you don’t have to worry about the financial impact of the accident as you move on in life.
Time Limits for Bringing a Car Accident Lawsuit in Georgia
Under Georgia law, car accident victims have two years from the date of the accident to begin legal action. If you wait too long, you will forfeit your right to seek justice.
Don’t let that happen. Get an attorney working on your case now.
Comparative Fault Rules in Georgia
In Georgia, “comparative negligence” or “comparative fault” applies to car accidents. That means that fault may lie with more than one driver, and this can influence the outcome of a lawsuit.
For example, it could be determined that you were 10% responsible and another driver was 90% responsible. This would mean that you could only collect 90% of the available compensation after filing a lawsuit.
The law is complicated, and it’s important that you speak with an experienced car accident attorney if you’ve been seriously injured. We handle the technicalities of the law so our clients don’t have to. We would rather they focus on their recovery.
I Have Insurance. Why Do I Need an Attorney?
Your car insurance may be able to help cover your medical expenses if you are injured. If you do have this coverage, you may be eligible for some compensation after a serious crash. However, this compensation would only cover your direct medical expenses. With an attorney’s help, you may be able to seek additional compensation to cover future costs and compensate you for your suffering.
Car insurance companies are not looking out for you. They want you to take a low-ball payout so they make more money. If you accept their offer, you may lose your right to seek the fullest amount of compensation you could receive.
You shouldn’t accept any offer until talking to a car accident attorney about your rights and options. That’s why you should call the lawyer at The Casto Law Firm today if you’ve been injured in a car accident in Columbus or elsewhere in Georgia.
Types of Automobile Accident Cases We Handle
Car accidents: Many factors can contribute to a car crash, and building a strong case for an injured victim requires a thorough understanding of personal injury law and a close look at the evidence.
Trucking accidents: No passenger car can hold its own in a collision with a tractor-trailer. The damage can be extensive and the injuries can be deadly. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, it’s important that you understand truck accident law is different from the laws that typically apply to accident lawsuits. There are specific laws and regulations that govern trucking industry safety, and you need an attorney who knows them.
Motorcycle accidents: When a motorcycle accident occurs, the biker is very prone to serious and possibly fatal injuries. If another driver was responsible for the crash, he or she should be held accountable.
Bicycle accidents: Some drivers have little regard for bicyclists, and this can pose a serious danger. Even with a helmet, a bicyclist is very vulnerable in a collision with a car or truck. If you’ve been hit while biking, you need to know your rights under Georgia law.
Pedestrian accidents: A driver who strikes and seriously injures a pedestrian can be held accountable in a lawsuit, especially if the driver was speeding, ignoring traffic signals or was driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Hit-and-run accidents: Drivers who injure other motorists and then flee the scene are reckless, irresponsible and unacceptable. If this has happened to you, you need to send a message that this will not be tolerated.
DUI and DWI cases: Drunk driving is a reckless, selfish and entirely preventable crime. The Casto Law Firm has no tolerance for drunk drivers whose actions hurt innocent people like you and the people you care about. We’ll push for the stiffest justice possible and the maximum compensation for your family.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Car Accidents
How soon following a car accident should I speak to an attorney?
It’s best to speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident. There are many pieces of information necessary to put together a successful claim and the sooner we can gather these documents, the better since there is a statute of limitations. Also, if there were witnesses to the scene, it’s best to gather their statements while the details are still fresh in their mind.
There is no obligation to schedule a consultation with our law firm. We offer free case evaluations.
Should I allow for the release of my medical records to another driver’s insurance company?
No. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, your medical records and hospital bills are important to have on file for your own personal injury attorney. When you decide to hire an attorney, you can release this information to be collected by our law firm, but it’s not in your best interest to allow this information to be reviewed by an insurance adjuster without being legally represented.
Is it a good idea to still see a doctor after my accident even I don’t feel injured?
There are times when car accident injuries do not appear until hours or days after an accident has occurred. Injuries such as whiplash, migraines, or neck pain may not be immediately apparent at the time of your accident. A doctor can identify injuries that may not be immediately visible to you. This treatment is important to include for your personal injury claim.
The other driver’s insurance company has offered a settlement. Should I take it?
It’s never a good idea to take a settlement offer without speaking to an attorney first. Insurance adjusters want to pay out the minimum amount possible to the benefit of their own policy holders. They often do not take into account the total amount of property damage and medical care you’ve sustained as a result of the accident. You want an attorney who has your best interest in mind and who will fight for the maximum amount of compensation owed to you.
How much is my claim worth?
No two claims are the same. The amount of money you might be entitled to depends on the details of your accident, including the severity of injuries sustained, the duration of treatment, and loss of wages and quality of life. That is why it’s important to have a thorough investigation and evaluation of each case.
What if I can’t afford to retain an attorney?
Our law firm takes personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not collect attorney fees unless there is a successful settlement of your case. Our initial consultation is free and there is no obligation. If you decide to hire our law firm, there will be a pre-determined amount or percentage discussed with you in order to pay any legal fees.
If you or a loved one has been seriously hurt in a car accident, we sympathize with your suffering. We want to tell you how we may be able to help you and your family get back on track.
There is no cost and no obligation to speak with a car accident attorney at The Casto Law Firm. We have helped car accident victims like yourself in Columbus and across GA get the compensation they deserve for their suffering. We want to help put your suffering to an end.