FAQs of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyers in Georgia
Q. How do I know if I have a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case?
A. A short consultation, at no cost to you, usually is all that is needed in order to determine if you should hire an attorney. In many cases, we can tell you if it is, or is not, in your best interest to hire an attorney. Again, this consultation is free and you should feel no obligation to hire us. We want you to feel comfortable with whatever decision you make.
Q. How can I afford to pay lawyer fees?
A. Attorneys fees and costs of litigation can be overwhelming. Understanding this reality, we handle cases on a contingency basis. That means that you pay our attorneys fees only if there is a recovery in your favor. If we do not recover for you, there will be no charge to you.
Q. Who will work on my case?
A. Our Atlanta, Georgia Attorneys will handle your case. Legal assistants help the lawyers working on your case. They often can answer any question you may have, but our lawyers will always be available to you and be responsible for your case.
Q. How do I pay for the expenses of my case?
A. In many cases, our law firm will advance the expenses and be paid back from your portion of the recovery.
Q. Can you settle my case without me knowing?
A. No, the attorneys at Slappey & Sadd, LLC will not settle your case unless you decide upon it. We will personally consult with you on when and whether to settle.
Q. What is a deposition?
A. A deposition is given under oath in front of a certified court reporter. You will be asked by opposing attorneys a wide range of questions regarding your claim. Your attorney will be present with you during the entire proceeding.
Q. Should I speak with the insurance company?
A. If you have already hired an attorney, you should be able to direct the insurance company to them. If not, it’s best to consult with an attorney if you have any questions. Insurance companies are looking out for their best interests, not yours. Be wary about being asked to give a statement without legal advice. Many times information given in this statement can be used to unfairly minimize your claim.
Q. How can you represent me in Atlanta or Georgia if I am from out of state?
A. If your loss occurred in the state of Georgia you will need to find an attorney here. We are accustomed to working successfully with out of state clients and their local attorneys.
Q. How long will it take to settle my case?
A. We will work diligently to settle your case as soon as possible. For people who are seriously injured, it takes more than one call, and always requires hard work, skill, and experience. There’s no definite time when a personal injury case ought to be settled. It all depends on your unique circumstances. In all matters, the attorneys will regularly inform you of progress toward settlement. You should also know that cases involving serious injury or death do not always settle. If the insurance company insists on not compensating you or unfairly minimizes your losses, lawsuits are required to resolve the case.
Q. How quickly should I file a lawsuit in Atlanta or Georgia?
A. Many cases have a “statute of limitations” which means that you only have a certain amount of time in which to file a claim. You should seek legal counsel as soon as you can in order to determine if you have a valid case, and to learn the strict time limits within which you must file a case to preserve your legal rights.
Speaking With Our Lawyers is Very Important for Your Case
If our regular hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday are inconvenient, we are always willing to talk at other times by appointment. Meetings can be held at any of our firm’s offices or at another location more convenient for you.
Will my Personal Injury or Wrongful Death Case be Kept Confidential?
All information is kept confidential unless granted express permission. We will never discuss your matters with any other person or organization outside the firm except as necessary to win your case.
What Is the Basis of Your Charges and Exactly How Does Contingency Fee Work?
Our attorneys work predominantly on a contingent fee basis, meaning we get paid only if we bring a case to a successful conclusion for you. The percentage to which our firm is entitled as an attorney’s fee is specified in our retainer agreement.