If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may need to hire an experienced Augusta personal injury attorney. Williams Elleby Howard & Easter represents clients in Augusta and across the state of Georgia. Whether you are injured at a business on Broad Street or in a car accident on I-20, we are here to help make sure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.

How to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney in Augusta

Hiring a personal injury attorney may seem like a daunting task. The public is bombarded with advertisements for personal injury attorneys on television and billboards along the roadways. These attorneys often have catchy nicknames or gimmicky slogans to draw you in. Do not make the mistake of quickly hiring a personal injury attorney without doing your homework. Make sure you locate an attorney for your Augusta case that has a thorough understanding of personal injury law in Georgia.

We are ready to answer any questions you may have about your chances of recovery. Our initial consultations are always free. If you are not quite ready to speak to an attorney, we have several videos on our YouTube Channel that can help set your mind at ease by answering many of the most common questions we receive about personal injury claims in Georgia. Some of the questions we encounter during our initial consultations and questions that you may ask while trying to decide which personal injury attorney to hire are:

How Will I Pay for an Augusta Injury Attorney?

You will never have to worry about paying any upfront fees, retainers, or down payments when you hire Williams Elleby Howard & Easter for your Augusta injury case. We operate on a contingency basis, which means you will never owe us a fee unless you receive a monetary recovery. Our firm receives a percentage of that recovery. These percentages can vary from firm to firm, and you should ask about fee percentages when interviewing Augusta injury attorneys.

Williams Elleby Howard & Easter also advances all expenses and costs related to pursuing your personal injury claim. Our firm is reimbursed for these expenses and costs when you receive your compensation. You will never have to worry about whether or not you can afford to hire our firm for your Augusta personal injury claim.

If you hire one of our personal injury attorneys and we are unable to recover compensation, you will owe us nothing. In other words, you will not be responsible for paying your attorney for any portion of your representation if your case is lost.

How Do I Find the Best Injury Attorney in Augusta?

Locating the best injury attorney in Augusta involves some research and is not a decision that should be taken lightly. A good place to start is online. Locate the firm’s website and research which types of cases the attorneys handle. Check online reviews and social media posts for positive reviews and feedback on the attorneys. Avoid firms with too many negative reviews. The State Bar of Georgia’s member directory is also a good resource to see if an attorney has ever been disciplined by the State Bar

Our attorneys distinguish themselves because they still believe in keeping things personal. An initial face to face (or virtual) meeting is important to us so we can build a relationship of trust and understanding while we discuss potential cases with clients. You will never feel like just another case with our firm and will receive personalized attention from your initial phone call until the time you receive compensation for your Augusta injury case.

Questions to Ask While Interviewing an Attorney for Your Augusta Injury Case

Before meeting and deciding on which attorney to hire for your Augusta injury case, you should prepare a list of questions to help you hone in on the attorney’s skills and experience. The following questions and topics are a good starting point:

  1. Have you ever handled a case like mine before? How many similar cases have you had in the past year? Make sure the attorney you hire specializes in personal injury rather than family law or real estate.
  2. Do you have enough time to properly handle my case? The best personal injury attorneys in Augusta will limit the number of cases they take to ensure they have the time to give each case the personal attention it deserves.
  3. How much experience do you have in front of a jury? Each case should be prepared as if it is ultimately going to trial. Some attorneys will accept cases with the goal of settling them cheap and quickly. If they can’t settle the case, they refer it to another firm in hopes of receiving a referral fee. Make sure the attorney you hire is capable of seeing your case through.
  4. Do you have a cell phone number that I can call outside of office hours? A dedicated attorney will not hesitate to give you his or her cell phone number and make him or herself as accessible as possible.
  5. What challenges do you foresee arising from my case? An experienced and honest Augusta attorney will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the case with you.
  6. Can you get me the most money for my case? No ethical attorney can promise a positive result or an exact amount of monetary recovery. If one does, it is time to look for a different personal injury attorney for your Augusta injury case.
  7. Can you give me references from other firms in the community? An experienced attorney should be able to provide you with references from other law firms. Attorneys usually know other attorneys that have proven track records and get results for their clients.
How Much Is My Augusta Personal Injury Case Worth?

There are many factors involved in determining the value of your Augusta personal injury case. The type of injury is a factor as well as the severity and length of suffering caused by the injury. Whether you have pre-existing conditions and whether you bear any fault in causing your injuries affect the value of your case. The amount of your damages and whether the defendant has enough insurance or assets to pay for your claim will determine how much your case is worth. The venue, or where your case will be tried, and legal experience of your Augusta attorney will also dictate how much you will recover.

Whether your case involves a catastrophic injury and is worth millions or whether your injuries are less severe and worth thousands, know that Williams Elleby Howard & Easter will put our experience and knowledge to work for you. We will work tirelessly to ensure you receive fair compensation.

Will I Have to File a Lawsuit for My Augusta Personal Injury Case?

Many Augusta lawsuits can be settled before trial, but this is not always the case. Once you finish treatment for your injuries and we have received all of your medical records and expenses, our firm will send the at-fault party a pre-suit settlement demand seeking fair compensation. The demand lays out the injuries and expenses and highlights the strength of your case. In many situations, the at-fault party will agree to an offer to settle your case.

If fair compensation cannot be agreed upon between both parties, your Augusta personal injury attorney should file a lawsuit against the at-fault party on your behalf. If the at-fault party lives in Richmond County, your case will be filed in the State Court of Richmond County or the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

How Long Does an Augusta Personal Injury Trial Take?

Filing a lawsuit for your Augusta injury claim is complicated and is best done by an experienced personal injury attorney. Your attorney will draft a lawsuit; a complaint will be filed and served; and the defendant or at-fault party will have 30 days to answer. In the answer, the defendant will either deny or admit your allegations against them.

The next step in the process is called discovery. Discovery is the time period in which both parties exchange information about the case and answer each other’s questions. At this point in time, depositions may be conducted.

Next, many judges will require both parties to go through mediation in an attempt to resolve the claim before a trial. During mediation, the parties try to resolve their case using an unbiased mediator. If mediation fails, the final step is taking the case to trial. On average, the entire process to bring a case to a jury trial can take between one to two years.

For More Assistance, Contact an Attorney for Your Augusta Injury Case Today

If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, contact one of our experienced personal injury attorneys at Williams Elleby Howard & Easter today by dialing 833-LEGALGA (833-534-2542). Our consultations are free. If you are unable to come to us, we can come to your location or schedule a Zoom meeting. We look forward to serving you.