A car accident lawyer in Sandy Springs, Georgia from S. Burke Law can investigate your case, determine liability, and file a claim or lawsuit on your behalf. Members of our team are standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assess your case at no cost or obligation to you.
S. Burke Law can handle your lawsuit on your behalf
Car accident cases vary in complexity and severity. No matter how badly you were injured or how long your case takes, S. Burke Law wants to help. Here is a brief outline of what we do for our clients and what we would like to do for you.
Many possible sources of evidence may exist, including:
- The accident report
- Your medical records
- Surveillance footage
- Witness statements, photos, or videos
Combined, such evidence forms a clearer picture of your accident and may persuade an insurance company to pay what you need.
Fighting for your money
Sometimes, the insurance company will offer a fair settlement right away. Other times, they will do whatever they can to discredit your case and minimize the amount they have to pay. We stand ready either way. Depending on your needs and goals, your lawyer can:
- Negotiate hard for the highest possible settlement
- Notify the liable party about your suit
- Review the settlement agreement before you sign
- Address all of your questions and concerns
- Take the liable party to court
A car accident lawyer at our firm, will cost you nothing upfront. Instead, you can pay us a percentage of the compensation we help you recover. We will negotiate and agree on this percentage before we get started.
Recovering compensation after a car accident
What kinds of compensation can a lawyer help you recover? In personal injury cases, you generally have the option to sue for two types of damages: economic and non-economic.
Damages for expenses and financial losses
To collect economic damages, you must show that you lost money because of the car accident. This monetary loss can take many forms, including:
- Loss of income for those who could not go to work or support their families until their injuries had healed
- Loss of employment for those who have had to switch careers or stop working entirely
- Medical expenses for those who sought help from any kind of medical professional
- Legal expenses for those who hired a lawyer to represent them throughout their case
Damages for intangible losses
To collect non-economic damages, you must show that you suffered physically or emotionally because of your accident injuries. Compensable causes of such suffering include:
- Disability for those who have lost the use of any body part or who have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability
- Disfigurement for those who have noticeable or painful scarring
- Loss of consortium for those whose marriage has changed for the worse
- Loss of quality of life for those who need help with or can no longer participate in activities they once performed with ease
Damages for the loss of a loved one
If your loved one passed away in a car accident, you could be eligible for other economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Loss of society or companionship for the comfort and guidance that will no longer be available
- Loss of financial support for those who were dependent on their loved one’s income
Other information to remember after a car accident
If you are thinking of filing a lawsuit, it is important that you consider all of the components. Some important ones are listed below. Sheryl L. Burke, the founder of S. Burke Law, has worked in the insurance industry, so she knows how insurance companies operate and how to build strong, compelling cases.
Seeing a doctor
After an accident, it’s crucial to see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you do not require emergency services. This serves three purposes:
- Ensuring that any injuries with slow-developing symptoms are caught early
- Ensuring that you receive proper treatment as needed
- Creating a medical record that proves the accident occurred and that it had a negative impact on you
The statute of limitations
You have a fixed amount of time to file a lawsuit after an accident. This amount of time, called a statute of limitations, varies depending on several factors. In general, according to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, you have two years.
One of the factors that may influence the statute of limitations is the party you are suing. For example, there are special rules for suing a government entity, including a shorter statute of limitations. Per O.C.G.A. § 50-21-26, you have just one year to begin a lawsuit against the state.
The liable party
You may already know (or believe you know) who to sue in your case. For example, if a drunk or distracted driver hit you, you would sue that driver. However, there may be other contributing factors that you are not aware of, such as:
- A poorly maintained roadway that affected the driver’s actions
- A poorly manufactured auto part that malfunctioned
- Another driver or a pedestrian who affected the driver’s behavior
Our team’s investigation can uncover such factors, allowing you to sue every single party who played a role in your accident. This way, you do not miss out on any of the compensation you deserve.
We are ready to review your case
S. Burke Law is committed to helping people like you fight for your rights and compensation. We have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for car accident victims throughout the state. To hire a car accident lawyer in Sandy Springs, Georgia, call us at (404) 842-7838 to receive a free consultation.