Thursday, November 5, 2009

Personal Injury Attorneys - When do I need one?

We often have new clients come in who are nervous about being in an attorney’s office. They are typically getting over injuries, or dealing with the loss of someone they love. They really just can’t believe they’ve been put in the position of having to hire an attorney, and some are even embarrassed. We understand. Some say, “Mr. Stevens, we are religious people and really haven’t ever believed in suing people.” Others will say “We’ve really never considered ourselves to be litigious people, because life is just the luck of the draw.” Remember, if the insurance companies were paying people fairly for their losses, then there would be no need for Injury Attorneys. Period. So the people I have used as an example above, and hundreds of others have come to our firm for the same reason: to get fair compensation for the injuries they have sustained, without having to fight a system full of red tape, dishonesty and frustrations.

When you call The Law Offices of Casey W. Stevens, we will ask you for some details about the accident in which you were involved. These questions include:

1. The and date of the accident.
2. If a vehicle or boating accident, if any of the parties were charged.
3. The nature of the injuries.
4. The types of treatment received or required.
5. Pre-existing conditions.

Generally speaking, if another party was at fault, and if injuries were suffered as the result of the accident, you may need an attorney. Based upon the answers you provide to our practice, we will determine whether our assistance may improve the outcome of your case. We will not take on a case if we feel the client will receive better results on their own. And, we take it one step further. If we feel our services are not the best fit for your case, we’ll offer you a referral to one of a few hand-selected attorneys who all perform at the standard of excellence you expect.

After the initial phone consultation, we will set up an appointment to begin the process of pursing a fair recovery. All clients of Casey W. Stevens are seen by our principal attorney, and never a client intake specialist or junior associate. Our clients are never asked for retainers or for other forms of payment. We are paid for the work that we do out of the recovery we obtain for our clients. This is great for you, because you will have no out-of-pocket expenses while waiting for your case to be resolved. It is also great for you because it incents us to get you the best settlement possible.

What should I do after an accident?

Don’t wait for the insurance adjuster to tell you what to do. The better job you do of securing witnesses and documenting events, the better outcome you can expect with the assistance of an attorney. Dealing with claims adjusters is often where our clients go from trying to handle their own cases, to having us handle it for them. Remember, insurance adjusters are paid to deny or reduce claims….especially if those claims include medical expense, pain, loss of enjoyment of activities, and lost wages.

Do not ever sign off on a settlement with an insurance company unless you have been fairly compensated for all of the items above. Make sure you hire an attorney within the two years statute of limitations (meaning the time limit you are allowed to file a law suit.) Finally, make sure you hire an experienced attorney who will handle your case personally, return calls promptly, and focuses their area of practice on personal injury and wrongful death litigation.

If you live in the Atlanta or surrounding North Georgia areas*, and would like to consult with an attorney regarding your accident, please call for a free consultation:

The Law Offices of Casey W. Stevens
Casey W. Stevens
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*Areas we serve include, but are not limited to: North Georgia, Southern Tennessee, Western North and South Carolina, East Alabama.
**Including, but not limited to: Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Gainesville, Cumming, Gwinnett, Sugar Hill, Buford, Suwanee, John's Creek, Crabapple, Marietta, Cherokee, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Forsyth, Fulton, Hall, Suwanee, East Cobb, Dekalb, Tucker, Peachtree Corners, Norcross, Duluth, and surrounding areas.