June 10, 2019
As of the end of March 2019, all school bus drivers in Georgia may need to be vetted twice per year by public safety officials. Georgia lawmakers recently passed a bus driver safety bill in the state Senate and House. The Georgia Senate passed the bill unanimously on March 26. The bill would... continue reading
If you’ve recently been injured as a result of the negligence of another person or entity, you may be wondering what your legal recourse is.If you have accrued any costs as a result of your accident, whether it be medical bills or expenses related to lost wages, then you should file a claim against the responsible party’s insurance company. This is the first step in seeking financial compensation for the costs related to your accident. Have questions about this process? Below are the answers to some of the more common questions we receive about personal injury settlements.
What if I Already Received a Settlement Offer?It’s not uncommon for an insurance company to submit a settlement offer early in the game in an attempt to avoid going through the complex legal process. More than likely, if you have already received a settlement offer, it will be a low-ball offer that the insurance company hopes you’ll take so they can avoid paying you more. Rarely is it a good idea to accept the first settlement offer you receive, especially if you haven’t spoken with an experienced attorney.
Where Does Settlement Money Come From?Usually, the money you receive in settlement will come from the responsible party’s insurance company. For example, if you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident at a local business, it is likely that their business liability insurance will kick in and pay for your compensation. However, in situations where a responsible individual was uninsured or under-insured, you may end up collecting your settlement money directly from them.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me With My Settlement?There are many reasons to have a lawyer on your side when seeking a settlement for a personal injury claim. For starters, an experienced lawyer will be able to assess the specifics of your case and determine what would be a fair amount of compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses incurred. Furthermore, a personal injury lawyer will be familiar with the complex settlement process and will be able to walk you through it with confidence, protecting your rights and representing your best interests throughout.