Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?


Many of our clients call wondering if they even need a car accident lawyer in Georgia to handle their case. The short answer is, the more serious or complex the claim is, the more likely it is that you will need an attorney. Be very wary of lawyers who tell you need a lawyer no matter what or tell that you need a lawyer for a case with medical bills totaling less than $2,000.00. You should also beware of a lawyer telling you to get medical care with their chiropractor. Those cases rarely end well for the client.

In the following circumstances, you are probably going to need an attorney for your car accident claim:

1) If a DUI was involved, you will need a lawyer to effectively present and argue the punitive damages claim to the insurance company;
2) If the car accident resulted in fractures, disc herniations, surgery, or a traumatic brain injury and post concussion syndrom;
3) If your gross medical bills are above $5,000;
4) If the medical condition caused by the car accident is complex or non-standard;
5) If you had a pre-existing medical condition that was made worse by the crash, the insurance carrier will likely fight the claim;
6) Uninsured Motorist claims or Hit and Run claims;
7) Tractor Trailer crashes involve complex federal rules and require an expert trucking lawyer;
8) If there are medical liens filed by doctors or your health insurer is claiming a right of reimbursement for bills they paid you will need a lawyers help to sort through the reimbursement rights.

This is by no means a comprehensive list but it gives you an idea of some of the factors that make it clear you need a car accident lawyer in Georgia. Please read further on our page “do I need a lawyer to handle my car accident case?”

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2 responses to “Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?”

  1. Rob says:

    Georgia now requires a $150 filing fee that MUST accompany all administrative license suspension (ALS) hearing requests related to DUI arrests. In order to protect the accused driver’s ability to continue driving, the fee must accompany all 10-day letters seeking an appeal of the officer’s proposed administrative suspension called for by O.C.G.A. Section 40-5-67.1.

  2. Walt says:

    I’ve heard that upon returning home from an accident one might get a call immediately from the claim adjusters for the other side wanting to ask questions and get a recording of the answers. I’m also told that they are trying to find ways to discredit your story and your case. It would seem a good idea not to answer any questions without speaking with an attorney, especially if the criteria you describe are applicable.

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