If you have been injured in a Georgia car accident, your family, friends or co-workers may have suggested hiring an Atlanta personal injury attorney to handle your injury claim.
What exactly does an Atlanta personal injury attorney do?
1. An attorney evaluates your claim.
First, contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer to schedule a free consultation.  When you go to the consultation, you will tell your story to the attorney.  He will determine if your injury was caused by the negligence or wrongful behavior of another person or company and whether you have a valid Georgia injury personal claim.  
2. An attorney can put a dollar value on your claim.
A fair Georgia car accident settlement should compensate you for all your losses.  The values of some of losses are easy to figure out; you may know how much your medical expenses, lost wages and car repairs are worth.  But, how much compensation should you receive for your physical and emotional pain, mental distress, disfigurement, and disability?  A personal injury lawyer with experience in Georgia car crash cases will determine the total value of your injury claim.
3. An attorney will find sources of compensation.
Your claim may be worth $50,000.  But, if the person you are suing doesn't have $50,000,  a lawsuit won't help you.  Your Georgia personal injury attorney will determine which assets or insurance policies are available to compensate you.
4. An attorney will investigate your accident and find and protect the evidence to support your claim.
Your Atlanta accident attorney will question you the accident; he'll also interview witnesses and look at police reports, medical records and other information in order to determine who is responsible and how you were injured.  He may take pictures of your injuries, the accident scene or your damaged car. He will use this information to support and prove your claim.
5. An attorney will negotiate with the insurance company and, if necessary, file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Your personal injury attorney will try to get you a fair insurance settlement without a lawsuit. But, if the insurance company is not willing to offer fair compensation, a lawsuit may be necessary.  Your Georgia personal injury lawyer will prepare the necessary documents to file your lawsuit.  He will also gather the evidence needed to prove your claim at trial. 
Not sure that you need an Atlanta personal injury attorney? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith and schedule a free consultation.  We'll let you know if you have a case and how an attorney can help.
For more information about what to do after an Atlanta car crash, download a free copy of Shane Smith's book, 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case.

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