We sometimes have potential clients ask us whether their case is large enough to be handled by a personal injury lawyer. They assume that since their car wreck had little damage, or because they were not in immediate pain, or because the other side has already presented an offer, that they can handle the case themselves. The answer: It depends.
Generally, the value of a personal injury car wreck case is determined by the extent of the injuries suffered. So for example, a low impact rear end case in which the injured person treats with over-the-counter medicine is going to be of less value than a head-on collision that results in broken bones and an ER visit.
For car wrecks, do not be fooled by the amount of damage to the vehicles. As we’ve explained in other videos on our website and blog, newer model cars are designed to protect the vehicle, NOT the passengers. This means that the vehicle does not ‘absorb’ the blow, and the momentum and shock is taken out on the passengers.
Whether or not your case is “big enough” to be handled by a personal injury lawyer can often only be determined by a personal injury lawyer. The reason: injury lawyers are experienced at placing values on claims. They are experienced at making sure that clients receive the appropriate treatment. They are experienced at making sure that you recover for time missed from work, and recover for how the wreck has affected your life.
In other words, do not dismiss your car or truck wreck as small potatoes without contacting an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer. You could potentially be leaving money on the table. You will only get one shot at settling with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, so it may not be worth the risk to assume that your case is small.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident and you do not know what you might be entitled to, it is important that you call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers today.