If you've suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one, an Atlanta injury lawyer can help answer your questions on how to win your personal injury claim in a Georgia personal injury court!

After an accident resulting in serious or fatal injuries you and your family may have questions about what to do next. Do I have to take my claim to personal injury court? Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company? How much money is in a fair settlement? Who can give qualified advice on how to win your personal injury claim? For answers to these questions and more, an Atlanta injury lawyer can help.

At S. Burke Law we are here to help give answers to these important questions. Our Frequently Asked Question database covers the common questions you may have regarding what to do after a serious accident, how to file a claim in personal injury court, and tips on how to win your personal injury claim. When researching information on the legal process following a serious accident you want legitimate advice from a source you can trust.

When you’ve suffered serious losses and damages from an accident due to the negligence of another you aren’t alone. An Atlanta injury lawyer from our office is always available to answer additional questions not addressed on our page. Contact us for a FREE consultation and get the answers you need to seek compensation for your losses!
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  • I was injured in a serious car accident - who's going to pay my medical bills?


    1.) First, rely on your own health insurance policy. If you have primary health insurance, use it to cover your medical bills. You definitely don't want your doctor to send your account to collections.

    2.) Next, review your auto insurance policy. Some policies include medical payment coverage. If you are unsure if your policy does, contact your auto insurance agent and check the limits of the coverage if you have it.

    3.) The insurance ompany for the at-fault driver ultimately will be responsible for your medical bills. However, because the insurer won't pay until the end of the claim, you need to look on your own insurance first.

  • If I'm Involved in a Georgia Car Accident, Am I Required to Call the Police?

    If you have been involved in a Georgia car accident, you may be required to call the police, depending on the severity of the accident. Even when the law does not require you to report the wreck, you should consider doing so, to protect your right to compensation for your injuries and property damage and to avoid getting blamed for the crash.

    When You Have to Notify the Police

    According to the Georgia Department of Driver Services, if you are physically able, you must notify authorities if your crash involved any of the following: 

    • personal injury;
    • death; and/or
    • property damage that exceeds $500 

    If you do not call the police, someone could claim that you left the scene of the accident illegally. It is possible to face criminal charges, like hit and run, if you do not notify the authorities immediately. Also, it is your word against everyone else involved as to what caused the wreck if the police do not come to the scene.

    When It Is a Good Idea to Notify the Police

    Even when a car accident in Georgia seems minor, such as in the case of a rear-end crash at slow speeds, it is still a good idea to call the police. This is because many times, injuries from a car accident in Georgia, such as whiplash, may not be immediately evident. In addition, it is hard to assign a dollar amount to vehicle damage without getting an official estimate, so it is better to have a report.

    The police report will be essential documentation of when and where the accident happened. Otherwise, the insurance company might refuse to pay for your car repairs or medical bills, claiming that the property damage and injuries occurred elsewhere.

    The at-fault driver might try to lie his way out of liability for the crash if you do not protect yourself and your claim by calling the police to document what caused the wreck. The police report will provide a link between the accident and your injuries. Your lawyer will gather the report and your medical records to build your case for compensation.

    Note: If you did not call police to the scene, you can file your own accident report.

    What to Do at the Scene of the Accident

    Things that happen at the scene of the crash can have lasting consequences on your injury claim. If you are physically able to do so, consider these suggestions.

    Do this:

    • Call the police to come to the scene and write a report.
    • Get the names and contact information of everyone involved in the wreck.
    • Get the names and contact information of bystanders (witnesses).
    • Take photos of the scene to document the area at that time.

    Do not do this:

    • Do not make small talk with anyone at the scene.
    • Do not minimize your injuries.
    • Do not refuse medical treatment.
    • Do not take the blame for the accident.

    How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You

    Whenever injury occurs, whether it is something you can see, such as a broken leg or collar bone, or something that may develop over the period of days or weeks, such as nerve damage, you may want the option of filing a Georgia personal injury claim. A Georgia personal injury claim can be invaluable after an accident, as it allows you to seek compensation to cover the medical costs, lost wages and emotional suffering that resulted from your injuries.

    We will build your case, collect the evidence, and deal directly with the insurance company on your behalf. We can consult with experts like:

    • Accident reconstruction experts to prove who caused the wreck
    • Medical experts to talk about the extent of your injuries
    • Vocational experts to explain how your injuries affect your ability to work 

    How a Police Report Helps Your Injury Compensation Claim

    Aside from the fact that you must call authorities whenever someone has been injured after a Georgia car accident, getting a police accident report may serve to strengthen your Georgia personal injury claim and prevent insurance adjusters from blaming you for the car accident in Georgia. 

    Why You Should Call a Lawyer Right Away

    If you have just recently been injured after an accident, contact an Atlanta car accident attorney as soon as possible. Let your attorney know about your police accident report, so it can be used to bolster your claim.

    Contacting an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney

    If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact S. Burke Law for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.

    Call us today at 404-842-7838 to see how a car accident lawyer can help you.

  • What are some common insurance industry settlement tactics I should know to handle my Georgia injury claim on my own?

    There are a number of insurance industry tactics of which you should be aware when filing a Georgia injury claim. But just being aware of these tactics may not be enough for you to effectively handle your Georgia injury claim on your own, especially considering you may be dealing with a lengthy recovery.

    Consider that an Atlanta personal injury attorney is not only aware of insurance industry tactics that may damage your Georgia injury claim, but has years of experience in communicating with adjusters and can adequately take steps to offset their practices.

    Some common insurance industry tactics that can damage your Georgia injury claim include:
     

    • Delay - this is an extremely common practice that is used to get victims to accept settlement offers for less than what they deserve. The sheer frustration that adjusters cause is enough to make victims want to be through with the process as soon as possible.
    • Excessive requests for information - this can also cause frustration, especially when adjusters ask for documents completely unrelated to the victim's injuries.
    • Undervalued claims - insurance adjusters may offer seemingly arbitrary settlement offers that don't accurately reflect the victim's medical expenses or lost wages.
    • Small talk - beware of casual conversation with an insurance adjuster; often it is just a means to get you to say something that will damage your Georgia injury claim. 


    In addition to some of the above mentioned tactics used to devalue your claim, insurance adjusters may also dispute the extent of your injuries and even misrepresent the policy limits that they can provide.

    An Atlanta personal injury attorney can handle any and every frustrating insurance industry tactic in order to keep your Georgia injury claim on track. While you reserve your energy for recovery, an Atlanta personal injury attorney can deal with the paperwork, legal procedures and negotiations in efforts to fight for the compensation you deserve.

    Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

    If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.

  • If I was in a Georgia car accident while making a left turn, am I automatically at fault?

    If you were in a Georgia car accident while making a left turn, you will most likely be considered at fault. This is because law mandates that the driver making the left turn should only turn when the roadway is clear. The driver making a left turn should always yield to oncoming traffic.

    There are a few exceptions to the rule stating that the driver making the turn is at fault in a left turn accident. If your left turn accident occurred under "special circumstances," you may not be found at fault. Examples of special circumstances include: 

    • the other driver was speeding at the time of the left turn accident;
    • the other driver ran a red light, (which led to the accident); and
    • something unexpected occurred while you were trying to make a left turn that caused your car to slow down or stop. 


    The concept of fault is important when dealing with a left turn accident. If you are found to be at fault for your left turn accident but sustained injuries, any compensation you receive in a Georgia personal injury claim could be reduced.

    If your accident did occur as a result of circumstances beyond your control, you'll want the assistance of an Atlanta car accident lawyer to help with your case.

    An Atlanta car accident lawyer can collect evidence to show the other party's degree of fault, and help strengthen your Georgia personal injury claim.

    Contacting an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer 

    If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.

  • Is there a formula for determining a fair car accident settlement?

    There is no formula for guaranteeing a fair car accident settlement. While some factors can carry a dollar figure, such as medical costs and lost wages, many other expenses after a car accident aren't so tangible.

    There's no specific way to guarantee that you are fairly compensated for your injuries, but in many cases, you may not even know whether a settlement offer will cover your current and future expenses until you consult with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer.

    An Atlanta personal injury lawyer has the resources to map out exactly how your daily life has been impacted from your car accident and resulting injuries. Your Atlanta personal injury lawyer will also take into account the various ways courts assess injuries.

    There are two factors that receive a dollar value, including: 
     

    • repair costs to your vehicle (or other property); and
    • medical costs. 


    Those two areas don't leave much room for interpretation; but the others do. Your Atlanta personal injury lawyer will pay close attention to the following factors when fighting to get you a fair car accident settlement.

    Areas often overlooked when people choose to represent themselves include:
     

    • recovery/rehabilitation time;
    • current/previous health care expenses (related to the accident);
    • future health care expenses;
    • previous/ongoing pain and suffering;
    • future lost wages from missing work;
    • previous/ongoing mental pain and anguish; and
    • permanent disability. 


    An Atlanta personal injury lawyer may advise you to wait until a final diagnosis is made regarding the full extent of your injuries to better your chances for receiving fair car accident settlement. This is because you don't want to accept a settlement offer only to later discover that your recovery or ongoing treatment is a lot more serious and expensive than previously thought. It's necessary to allow you time to recover to the fullest extent possible, to demonstrate the extent the injury has affected your day-to-day routine.

    Often after a car accident, you'll be dealing with insurance companies and their team of adjusters and attorneys. Insurance company representatives are trained to get you to damage your own chances of a fair settlement and without an Atlanta personal injury lawyer, you may be taken advantage of during this often overwhelming time.

    Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

    If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.

  • Are there any tips I should know when deciding how to deal with insurance adjusters after my Georgia accident?

    There are several important tips to know when it comes to dealing with insurance adjusters after your Georgia accident. The best way to make sure that you are treated fairly is to consult with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer. An attorney will not only make sure that your legal rights are protected but will work on your behalf to help you get a fair settlement.

    Dealing with Insurance Adjusters after a Georgia Accident

    There are some things you should and shouldn't do when it comes to dealing with insurance adjusters for your Georgia personal injury claim.

    Some of the things you should do when dealing with an insurance adjuster include:
     

    • get all of the contact information of the insurance adjuster;
    • provide your contact information to the insurance adjuster;
    • keep notes on the conversation you have with the insurance adjuster;
    • provide only a general description of your injuries; and
    • ask the insurance adjuster if there were witnesses to the accident. 


    Some of the things you shouldn't do when dealing with an insurance adjuster include:
     

    • don't provide a detailed description of your injuries;
    • don't not allow your conversation to be recorded;
    • don't provide unnecessary details or veer off topic (stick to the basic, simple facts regarding the accident);
    • don't provide personal, irrelevant information;
    • don't agree to anything or sign anything; and
    • don't provide the name of your doctor.  


    Insurance adjusters will attempt to get you to settle your Georgia personal injury claim quickly and for as little as possible. This is why if you have been seriously injured in an accident that you should get the help of an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer. An attorney will help you to file your Georgia personal injury claim and will fight for your legal rights.

    Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

    If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404.467.0909.

  • What Should I do After Being in a Georgia Car Accident?

    If you have been in a traffic accident in Atlanta, Georgia, there are a few critical first steps you should immediately take.

    These steps can impact the validity of a personal injury claim, and include:
     

    • Remain at the accident scene.
    • Examine the extent of your injuries, as well as others involved in the accident.
    • Call the police.
    • Exchange insurance information.
    • Talk to witnesses.  


    What to Do in the Days Following an Atlanta, Georgia Car Accident

    Sometimes, depending on the extent of possible injuries, the above steps are not feasible at the accident scene. There are other steps you can take shortly after a traffic accident in Georgia that will help ensure your needs are addressed.

    These include:
     

    • Contact your insurance company: You will want to inform your insurance company of your accident as soon as possible. If you plan to offer a statement during this initial call, be sure to have your Atlanta personal injury lawyer with you.
    • Keep your medical records: If you have sought medical attention as a result of the accident, keep all documents. This will help determine the severity of your injuries.
    • Take pictures: Even if you have to take photos the following day, this will help your insurance company pinpoint an accurate dollar figure of the damage.
    • Get a damage assessment: You'll want to meet with your insurance representative to get a valuation for damages to your vehicle. To be sure you are getting the best estimate, you can also seek up to two quotes from outside vendors, either for repairs or replacement costs.
    • Hire an Atlanta personal injury attorney: After a traffic accident in Atlanta, Georgia, it is always best to use caution in regards to settlement offers and discussions with other insurance representatives.  


    An Atlanta personal injury attorney can help advise you after an Atlanta, Georgia car accident to be sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

    Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

    If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no cost consultation on your injury case - 404.467.0909.

  • Can I be found liable if I'm rear-ended in a car accident in Georgia?

    The liability in a Georgia car accident claim where you have been rear-ended usually rests on the driver that hit you. This is because every driver should be able to stop a safe distance from vehicles in front of them. If a driver could not stop and rear-ended your vehicle, they were likely driving at excessive speeds, distracted, or following too closely.

    For you to be held liable for being rear-ended in a Georgia car accident, the defendant would have to provide evidence that your actions while driving caused them to hit you
    even though they were driving undistracted at the proper speed and distance. To do so, they would need very convincing witness testimonials and police reports.

    While it's very uncommon for you as the victim of the Georgia car accident to be found liable when you have been rear-ended, that does not mean it cannot happen. One example where you may be found to share at least part of the fault in a Georgia car accident in which you were rear-ended may include if you had brake lights that failed to work and you were aware of the issue but neglected to address it.

    If you are found to have violated a traffic law, you may be liable for the accident as well. For the best advice on your Georgia car accident and filing a personal injury claim, you should speak to an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer.

    Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

    If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a FREE consultation on your injury claim.

  • Should I hire an attorney to help me with my Georgia truck accident claim?

    You should hire an experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyer to help you with your Georgia truck accident claim if it has resulted in the wrongful death of a loved one or if you have sustained a serious and life changing injury because of the truck crash.

    An Atlanta truck accident lawyer can help protect your legal rights during the often complicated Georgia truck accident claims process. Truck accident cases are more complex than most personal injury claims because of the complexities of federal laws governing interstate truck commerce and safety as well as the distinct possibility that one or more parties may be ultimately liable for your truck accident injuries. 

    There is also a lot of evidence you will need to gather to help substantiate your Georgia truck accident claim that may be difficult for you to obtain on your own. This can include the log books or electronic records from the truck itself as well as the vehicle's maintenance records, information about the driver, and so on.

    An experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyer knows what kind of evidence to look for and what may constitute negligence on behalf of the trucking company itself as well as other potential third parties based on the specifics of your truck accident.

    Because of the complexity of these types of cases, working with an attorney is recommended only in cases of severe injury or the death of a loved one. If your injuries and property damage are minor, you can most likely settle with the insurance company on your own, though it still might be a good idea to at least consult with an Atlanta truck accident lawyer about your options.

    Attempting to settle with the truck company's insurance carrier is not a good idea for severe injuries as they will not take into account the full spectrum of your injuries, including long-term care. If you have an Atlanta truck accident lawyer working on your side, you will have a personal advocate working for a settlement that will address your current and future medical needs as well as quality of life issues.  

    Contacting an Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer

    If you or your loved one has been the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, in a Georgia truck accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law.  To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case.

  • How is liability determined in a Georgia car accident claim?

    The driver that is considered liable in a Georgia car accident claim is the one at fault for causing the accident. Georgia traffic laws will often be cited when determining liability in a car accident.

    For instance, if someone violates the law by running a stop light or making an unauthorized U-turn, that driver would most likely be held liable in a Georgia personal injury case.

    In some cases, certain types of car accidents will result in an almost automatic assumption of liability. For instance, a person who crashes into the back of someone else's car is usually considered to be at fault for the rear-end collision. An exception to this automatic fault rule is if a driver rear ends you, and causes you to hit the car in front of you. In this case, the driver that struck you would be held responsible for initiating the chain reaction.

    In a Georgia personal injury case stemming from a car accident, you will need to provide evidence to support your claim.
    Your documentation may include photographs, witness statements, police reports, expert analysis and other applicable evidence. An Atlanta personal injury attorney can investigate your claim, and help you fight for the compensation to which you may be entitled.

    The insurance companies involved in handling your Georgia personal injury claim will be conducting their own assessment of the accident and damages before agreeing to a settlement. Your Atlanta personal injury attorney can negotiate with an insurance company to fight for a complete and fair settlement. You may be eligible to receive compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering, among other considerations.  

    Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

    If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or any other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation to which you may be entitled, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no cost consultation.