Before opening my law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, I was an insurance adjuster. This experience gave me an inside view into the insurance industry. Insurance companies will attempt to give you as little money as possible after a car accident. Their defense team will do its best to discredit you and minimize your injuries, even if your injuries are severe and require continuing medical care.
You want an experienced car accident lawyer in Atlanta, one with a track record of success and the advantage of insider knowledge of how insurance companies think and act.
I am this lawyer. My years as an insurance adjuster taught me how to build claims that get approved. I know the excuses and tactics insurance companies use to deny or reduce compensation. More importantly, I know how to respond to those excuses and tactics, so you get the money you need to pay your medical bills and make up for lost wages. I use my knowledge of personal injury law to resolve car accident cases.
Our dedicated team fights for your compensation with compassion. Set up a free consultation to discuss your case with S. Burke Law. Call 404-647-4111.
Do Not Accept an Offer Without Speaking to S. Burke Law
A car accident turns your life upside down. Suddenly you are in the hospital or going to doctors’ appointments. You might not be working as you recover from your injuries. And you probably have insurance adjusters calling you.
But you need to be cautious. Do not give the insurance company a recorded statement until you speak with us. The insurance company uses that recorded statement as a tool to reduce compensation or deny your claim. Adjusters might intentionally misrepresent your description of the accident or your injuries, arguing you are at fault or that your injuries are not severe.
Likewise, do not accept a settlement without first speaking with us. You might settle for an amount that will not cover your medical bills or car repairs. Insurance companies count on you not knowing the full extent of your injuries or their long-term effects so soon after your accident. They hope you will accept their settlement offer to get quick cash to pay your current bills.
Do not be tempted by the insurance company’s initial settlement offer.
Accepting an early settlement would probably leave you without the compensation you need to cover all your current and future damages, and early settlement offers usually do not include compensation for your pain and suffering.
We Can Help You Get a Fair Car Accident Settlement
We analyze the insurance company’s offer to make sure it includes compensation for all your damages, including:
My law firm understands that you may be struggling to pay for your healthcare expenses in the wake of a serious car accident. S. Burke Law can calculate the cost of your medical bills so that you walk away with a settlement that leaves you with no outstanding expenses. Compensation for your medical bills can include things like hospitalization, doctors’ copays, emergency transportation services, medications, and surgical procedures.
We understand that some medical conditions (like traumatic brain injuries, for example) require ongoing care. Do not let the insurance company convince you that their initial offer will cover these evolving expenses. S. Burke Law can help you receive compensation that accounts for your past, present, and future medical expenses.
Lost Wages, Pension, and Benefits
A serious car accident injury can put you out of work for an indefinite period. During this time, you may be struggling with making ends meet as you miss out on the income you and your family relied on. With our team's help, we can work to have the cost of your income, pension, and employee benefits included in your claim. By allowing our team to review your employment records and pay stubs, we can arrive at an accurate estimate.
Reduced Earning Capacity
We understand that you may have exited your vehicle on the day of your Atlanta car accident in a different way than you entered it. With this information in mind, you may have been unable to continue working in your current position. Your physical and mental condition may not allow you to work at the same level as you did before the car accident. Never fear, because S. Burke Law can evaluate your case to determine how much you are owed in lost future wages. We believe that compensation should pay you for the past, present, and future ramifications of your accident.
Property Damage Costs
You need your vehicle to travel to and from work, pick up your kids from school, and run personal errands. Without one, you may be unable to fulfill basic day-to-day obligations. When you become a part of the S. Burke Law family, you can breathe easy knowing that we will work to get you compensated for your property damage costs.
We can speak with your car’s mechanic to determine the extent of the damage. If your car needs repairs, we can include those costs in your claim. If your car was totaled, we can look up your car’s Kelley Blue Book value to determine what monetary value could make up for your loss.
Pain and Suffering
Understandably, a car accident may leave you in severe pain. It may also take a toll on your mental health, as well. Our law firm can calculate the cost of your pain and suffering, accounting for the nature of your injuries and the cost of your economic losses.
Wrongful Death-Related Damages
Car accidents claim the lives of thousands of people each year. In addition to mourning the loss of a close loved one, you may be feeling financial pressures associated with their passing. We can assess your relationship with the decedent to determine if you can file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.
If so, our team can help you recover compensation for the following damages:
Cremation or burial
Your loved one’s healthcare expenses
Loss of consortium
Loss of parental guidance
Loss of household assistance
Loss of income
Other damages may be recoverable, as each accident and injury are different. You want an attorney who will help you calculate your claim’s actual value and who will provide aggressive representation with compassion. To learn more about the amount of compensation you can recover, contact us today at 404-647-4111. Together, we can go over your auto accident case.
Our Team Can Determine the Cause of Your Accident
After getting into an accident in Fulton County, you may be unsure of what caused your accident. The force of impact, the emergency medical attention you needed, and the car accident’s aftermath may have clouded your memory. An Atlanta car accident lawyer from our team can determine what caused your accident.
Some contributing factors in your collision may have involved:
Poor roadway conditions
Inclement weather conditions, like rain or fog
Once we determine what caused your Atlanta car accident, our legal team can get to work pursuing compensation from the liable party.
The Resources To Build a Successful Car Accident Case
The insurance company might tell you it needs more documentation of your injuries or evidence of fault for the car accident. This might be an effort to discredit your claim or reduce its value, but any car accident claim needs sufficient proof of damages and fault.
Photographs, eyewitness statements, the police or accident report, and video surveillance footage are common types of evidence that show how the wreck happened. Your medical records (including your x-rays) can also provide evidence of your injuries.
But beyond that, some cases require even more evidence to establish fault or case value. When necessary, we call upon expert witnesses who can testify about fault or case value.
Some of the types of expert witnesses your Atlanta car accident lawyer may work with include:
Accident Reconstruction Experts
These experts use a scientific approach to determine the causes of traffic accidents. Using a combination of physics, computer simulation technology, and engineering, these experts are able to recreate collisions with remarkable accuracy.
When determining the cause of your Atlanta car accident, an accident reconstruction specialist will take into consideration the following elements:
The types of vehicles involved
Environmental factors, such as inclement weather conditions
Some vehicles are equipped with recordable airbag modules, also known as “black boxes.” These devices record certain pieces of information while a vehicle is in motion, including its speed and the force of impact. By utilizing the knowledge offered by these experts, we can get a better picture of how your accident happened.
Your Healthcare Team
In order to recover compensation for your losses, your Atlanta car accident lawyer will need to establish that:
You were injured as a result of the car accident.
Your injuries required (and may continue to require) medical attention.
Your injuries resulted in financial losses, like medical bills.
We will need to speak with your healthcare team to learn more about your condition. If you release your medical records, we may be able to identify other conditions exacerbated by the car accident. The results of your imaging scans and lab tests could show the insurance company that you were seriously injured because of another party’s actions.
We are legal professionals who understand the inner workings of the personal injury world. We are not financial experts. However, when calculating the true value of your losses, we may consult with economists to achieve this goal. As part of our mission to help you receive fair compensation for your damages, we want to account for not only how the accident has affected you now but will in the future.
A financial expert can look at your economic damages (like your medical bills and lost income) to arrive at a monetary value. Together, we will calculate the cost of your non-economic damages, like pain and suffering. We want you to walk away from your legal battle without having to pay anything out of pocket for your accident-related losses.
We want to put ourselves in your shoes to better understand your situation. While this is not possible, we will do the next best thing: consult with your occupational therapist. The information they give us could be crucial in demonstrating the extent of your condition. We will ask them about the progress you are making in your sessions. We will also ask whether you can expect to return to the same physical state you were in before the car accident. The answers to these questions will allow us to present your personal injury case accurately.
Your Vehicle’s Mechanic
Earlier, we talked about how we will discuss the extent of your vehicle’s damage with your mechanic. However, we can also talk with them about the types of damages your car sustained. For instance, if the passenger side door was crushed, we can conclude that you were involved in a side-impact collision. If the back of your car caved in, we can assume that you were involved in a rear-end collision.
S. Burke Law secures the resources we need to ensure you get the compensation you need and deserve. If you or a loved one was injured in a car wreck, do not hesitate to reach out to our team.
An Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer Can Manage the Statute of Limitations
Every state has its own set of rules when it comes to personal injury cases, including vehicle accidents. Georgia is no exception. Our team will do everything in our power to settle your case out of court because we understand that you want a speedy resolution to your legal matters. However, if the insurance company employs unfair tactics or tries to derail your claim, we can file a lawsuit.
That timeline is typically two years from the date of your accident. Yet, some exceptions may apply. For example, if you were injured in an Atlanta car accident as a minor, you may be given additional time from the date of your eighteenth birthday to pursue compensation. Additionally, if the at-fault party left the state or tried to hide their identity, you could be granted more time to act as well.
We want to do everything in our power to file your lawsuit within the state’s timeline. But the first step lies with you. We cannot get started on your case until you get in touch with us. We encourage you to call S. Burke Law as soon as possible.
What To Look for in an Atlanta, GA, Car Accident Attorney
When looking for legal representation, you may be looking at a handful of Atlanta car accident lawyers. In your mind’s eye, you may picture a team of super lawyers who perform miracles with injury victims’ cases. In reality, you want an attorney who truly understands the stressors of your situation. You want a lawyer with a detailed understanding of personal injury law who can then apply that knowledge to meet the needs of your case. You want an attorney from S. Burke Law.
We know that in Atlanta, car accident cases can quickly become time-consuming and overwhelming. During your search, consider what you want in a lawyer. Do you want a lawyer with experience handling accidents in Atlanta? Do you want someone who understands how to help injury victims? Then look no further. If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in an Atlanta, Ga, car accident, S. Burke Law is ready to help you. You can learn more about working with an attorney when you call us today.
Your Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer Works on a Contingency Fee Basis
With each medical bill that comes in the mail, you may feel more and more stressed out. Every day you miss from work may only compound an already challenging situation. Yet, with a car accident attorney on your side, you do not need to be worried––especially about the cost of legal representation. This is because the team at S. Burke Law works on a contingency fee basis.
What does this mean for you and your family? It means that we do not render help on an hourly or per diem basis. We do not require any upfront payments, either. We only request compensation for our help if we secure financial recovery on your behalf. If we successfully resolve your case, we will take payment from your settlement or court award. The details of our arrangement will be mutually decided upon at the beginning of our partnership so that there are no surprises.
We do not want you to view our help as just another added expense. We want you to view us as part of your support network. A lawyer with an understanding of Atlanta personal injury law can start setting the groundwork for your case today.
We Take Care of You After a Car Accident in Atlanta
At S. Burke Law, we offer legal advice and representation with a personal touch. When you choose Sheryl L. Burke as your attorney, you are not only choosing one of the most capable lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia, but also you are becoming part of our family. You are in pain, suffering both mentally and physically. We want to help ensure that you are able to heal. To do so, we will assign you a client relations coordinator.
This coordinator will ensure that our law firm answers all your questions and meets your legal needs. You will have full access to your coordinator, who will assist you in finding local resources like medical care or rental vehicles. We want you to focus on healing while we work to get you the compensation you deserve. No stress. Just quality, compassionate legal representation.
We have also written several books that we offer free of charge. These books can help you better understand your rights as an accident victim in Georgia. If you were in an auto accident, please request your free copy of Buying Car Insurance in Georgia - An Insider’s Guide to Getting Maximum Protection.
The Expertise You Want and the Compensation You Deserve for Your Georgia Car Accident
To the staff and attorneys at S. Burke Law, you are not a face in the crowd. You are not just another personal injury victim, either. You are an important part of our circle of friends. Sheryl has dedicated her career to defending the rights of accident victims in Atlanta. With extensive experience and a record of success, you can be sure that you have the right attorney on your side. The insurance company will come prepared and will only be looking out for their best interests. Who is looking out for yours?
Whether you were in a car accident on a major interstate (I-85, I-20, I-75, I-285 (the Beltway), a highway (401, 403, 407), or a side street, the time to act is now. Contact S. Burke Law today for your free consultation about working with a car accident attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. Your life is waiting. To discuss your motor vehicle accident in more detail, please contact us today at 404-647-4111. If you were injured in a car wreck in Georgia, an auto accident lawyer can help if you suffered serious injuries and related financial damages. Your first consultation is free, and we encourage you to ask us about our other practice areas.