The first step towards a personal injury legal claim is educating yourself. By now you probably understand what a personal injury claim is and what types of cases that we represent at Jones & Swanson. You may not, however, fully understand the serves that we as a Georgia personal injury law firm offer to our clients.
Below we have provided a list of the main tasks our injury lawyers and support staff perform for our clients. It is important o remember that each personal injury case is different, so not every task will be necessary in each claim.
- Interview the client initially (via telephone and in-person) to get to know them and their specific situation better.
- Provide legal education to clients about personal injury claims.
- Collect all necessary evidence for an injury claim. This includes requesting and organizing documents that may serve as evidence. Examples include police reports, medical bills, medical records, photographs of the accident scene, and more.
- Research the insurance policies of each party involved in an accident, including our client’s. The purpose is to determine whether sufficient coverage exists to handle victims’ medical bills while legal claims are still pending. We will also provide suggestions to insurance coverage options that our clients should have for future use.
- Witness interviews and depositions.
- Determine the legal issues involved in a case, including who is at-fault and whether the victim assumed the risk of accident in a specific claim.
- Discuss medical conditions and reports with our client’s physician(s) to better determine the cause of injuries. Depositions and written statements may be taken from doctors as well.
- Determine whether our client’s medical insurance will be able to pay part-of or all of their medical bills until their legal claim can be resolved.
- Analyze liens in our client’s injury claim from doctors, insurance companies, and more who claim that they are entitled to portions of the client’s recovery amount.
- Alert insurance companies of the existence of the claim.
- Discuss the specifics of a case with the client to determine whether the case should be settled or go to trial.
- If a suit is filed, we will provide client preparation and perform necessary depositions. We also provide defendant with all necessary data for the claim.
- Set a trial date in court.
- Vigorously prepare for trial, while still attempting to settle the claim in the mean time. It is typically more beneficial to our clients to settle before trial because legal fees are much lower when a claim can be settled outside court.
- Prepare witnesses and our client for trial.
- Prepare exhibits and presentations for trial.
- Prepare for medication and/or arbitration.
- In an effort to eliminate surprises in court, we will file briefs and motions with the court as necessary.
- Represent our client(s) in court in front of a judge/jury.
The entire process of a Georgia personal injury case is very in-depth and complex. This is why it is so important to consult with an injury attorney who has experience representing clients both in and out of court. We will do everything we can to make the process as seamless as possible for you.
Jones & Swanson provides free consultations and our staff members will be happy to answer any legal questions that you may have. Give us a call at (770) 427-5498 today or contact us online at www.awjlaw.com for more information.