Georgia auto accident costs rank among the highest nationally according to a study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Georgia auto accident costs are fourth highest in the United States, totaling approximately $1.5 billion each year. The measured costs include medical expenses and lost wages associated with Georgia auto accidents.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
An insurance adjuster's goal is to minimize the amount the insurance company must pay. Adjusters know that a victim may be overwhelmed by an accident's financial impact. This includes medical costs, lost wages and vehicle repairs or replacement. It is at that point when a victim seems most helpless that an adjuster has the best chance of making a settlement offer for less than the accident is worth.
Insurance companies understand that there is no objective way to evaluate the financial value of an auto accident's legal claim. A payment should not be negotiated and made until the conclusion of accident-related medical treatment and after a physician determines future medical needs. The victim is able to calculate actual medical expenses and future therapy or costs by waiting until the doctor issues a release.
Victims who quickly agree on a settlement figure may later discover that they did not receive compensation for long-term health issues. Georgia auto accident victims may need expensive rehabilitative therapy or they may suffer permanent disabilities that impact their earning capacity. Victims should see a physician for a full medical exam before considering any settlement offer.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.