The plethora of cases that fall under the umbrella of personal injury law in Atlanta and in the state of Georgia as a whole involve many facets of our state’s complex legal system. Understanding the various rules and statutes that govern personal injury cases requires years of experience and education. Due to this, you, like many others, will typically have a host of different questions for your personal injury lawyer. So, we have listed the answers to some of the most common questions our clients ask us about personal injury cases.
What Types of Cases do Personal Injury Lawyers in Atlanta Handle?
Every personal injury lawyer in Atlanta handles different types personal injury cases based on their level of expertise. At Cambre and Associates, we handle a wide range of personal injury cases including:
Each type of case requires a different skill set and a different legal approach. For example, a personal injury lawyer has different elements that must be proven in a dog bite case such as a violation of the City of Atlanta’s code of ordinances that apply to pet care than in a car accident case. Although each case might involve a common characteristic such as negligence, they have very different factors that must be proven for the case to be successful.
Do You Offer Free Consultations?
Yes, our personal injury lawyers believe that our clients should not have to pay to have their case evaluated. Personal injury cases usually involve someone who is unsure if they have a case to begin with. Therefore, we use free consultations as a way not only evaluate your claim but also, to inform the public on the different legal factors that apply in their unique situation.
Do I Have to Pay Anything Upfront?
As personal injury lawyers in Atlanta, we are proud to operate under a contingency fee structure. This means that any amount of money we charge in attorney’s fees or costs is contingent upon whether or not you are awarded a recovery for your injuries. If we are unsuccessful in securing a recovery on your behalf, you are not obligated to pay for attorney’s fees or costs.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims?
The statute of limitations is a legal time limit that you have to initiate a legal claim. The purpose of the statute of limitations is to protect individuals from both criminal and civil allegations that have aged to the point that they are impossible to defend against. However, the statute of limitations is different for certain types of civil and criminal cases. In a personal injury case, you generally have two years from the date of injury, which is the point at which your “right of action” has accrued by statute, to initiate a claim against the negligent party, pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33.
However, certain personal injury cases have a different statute of limitations such as wrongful death cases which have a four year statute of limitations. If you wait until after the time limit set by the statute of limitations has expired, you are prohibited from bringing any civil action against the negligent party in most instances. Due to this and the fact that different types claims have different statutes of limitations, you should always speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident or event occurs.
Personal Injury Lawyer in Atlanta
Personal injury law in Atlanta is complex and the answers to these questions only cover a fraction of the information that would be provided to you by a personal injury lawyer during a free consultation. At Cambre and Associates, we pride ourselves on thoroughly explaining your legal rights in a personal injury claim and ensuring that you understand each legal factor that applies in your unique scenario, but time is a critical factor in each claim we handle. So, don’t wait until it’s too late. Call our office today for a free case evaluation.