PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY IN ACWORTH, GA
After you suffer a personal injury in Acworth, you need a personal injury law firm that specializes in representing Acworth personal injury victims. Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a local Acworth personal injury attorney to handle your case? Our personal injury law firm was honored by Around Acworth Magazine with the Readers Choice Award based on votes by Acworth citizens.
We know you are saturated with advertisements from attorneys on commercials and billboards. Don’t be fooled by those advertisements. Our founding partner, Attorney Joel Williams, lives in Acworth with his family. If you live in Acworth, Your Case Deserves Us.
The decision of which attorney to hire will be one of the most important decisions you will ever make. As your search begins, we recommend that you speak to local attorneys that offer free consultations. After narrowing your search, make sure that any attorney you contact has a good working knowledge of personal injury law as well as local ordinances in Acworth.
Here are some questions we often get from our Acworth neighbors after a personal injury:
HOW DO I PAY FOR AN ACWORTH PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER?
Nearly all Acworth personal injury lawyers are paid based on a contingency fee contract. That means there are no hourly billings, retainers, or down payments. Instead, the law firm receives a percentage of any recovery that is obtained on your behalf. The exact percentage may vary from firm to firm so be sure to ask during the interview process.
At Williams Elleby, we advance all expenses for your personal injury case. Our firm is reimbursed from the recovery. If you hire one of our Acworth personal injury attorneys through a contingency fee contract and your personal injury case is lost, you will not be responsible for paying your attorney for their legal services.
WHO IS THE BEST PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY IN ACWORTH?
If you are researching the answer to this question, you are on the right track to finding the best attorney for your personal injury injury case. The time you spend researching lawyers will go a long way in easing the stress of the claims process.
But seriously…who is the best personal injury attorney in Acworth? The State Bar of Georgia Rules prohibit any attorney from claiming to be the best. See Rule 7.1 of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct. So how can you tell who is the best? The best lawyer for your injury case is one you can trust. In most situations, online reviews and social media are good places to start. During an online review, stay away from any firm that has too many negative online reviews or crazy social media posts. Also, dig deeper than the star rating. Unfortunately, some attorneys buy online reviews so read the reviews and try to determine whether they seem legitimate. You can also check the State Bar of Georgia’s member directory to see whether any attorney you are considering has been disciplined by the State Bar.
At our firm, we still believe in the value of a handshake. Face to face meetings are important and it is always a good idea to have an in person meeting with any Acworth lawyer you interview.
PREPARING TO MEET WITH AN ATTORNEY FOR YOUR ACWORTH INJURY CASE
Consider discussing the following topics as you prepare to meet with a lawyer:
- Does the attorney have enough time to devote to your case?
- Ask the attorney how many similar cases he or she handled in the past year. You may want to think twice before hiring a family law or real estate attorney to handle your personal injury case.
- Make sure the lawyer will personally handle your case. Will most of the work be done by the attorney or a staff member?
- Ask about the attorney’s trial experience to make sure he or she is ready, willing, and able to try your case if necessary.
- Find out if the lawyer is willing to give you his or her cell phone number. When you hire a personal injury attorney in Acworth, your lawyer should be accessible to you. You should be able to reach your lawyer by text or phone call during reasonable hours.
- Open and honest conversations are critical to the lawyer/client relationship. Make sure the lawyer is willing to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF MY ACWORTH PERSONAL INJURY CASE?
We are often asked “What is my Acworth personal injury case worth?”
Some Acworth personal injury cases justify very large awards and others settle for small amounts. Depending on your specific situation, the settlement value of your claim may be determined by the nature of your injury, the amount of medical bills and lost wages, the severity and length of suffering, and whether there are any pre-existing conditions. Other factors may include whether the defendant has enough insurance to provide fair compensation, whether a jury will allocate any fault to you, and the legal abilities of the lawyers involved in the case.
The most important thing is that you receive fair compensation for the damages you suffered. At Williams Elleby, we do everything in our power to maximize the value of every Acworth injury case and we have the results to prove it.
WILL I HAVE TO FILE A LAWSUIT AFTER AN ACWORTH PERSONAL INJURY?
Some Acworth personal injury cases will settle before a lawsuit is filed but this is not always possible. Most of our clients do not want to have to sue in order to obtain fair compensation. Therefore, our firm does everything we can to obtain a fair settlement offer prior to filing a lawsuit.
For example, after an Acworth car accident, Georgia statutory law allows an attorney to send a pre-suit settlement demand. O.C.G.A. § 9-11-67.1 These settlement demands give the opposing insurance company the opportunity to make settlement offer prior to formal litigation.
If the at-fault person or their insurance company does not make a fair settlement offer, our Acworth personal injury attorneys will need to file a lawsuit on your behalf.
HOW LONG WILL A LAWSUIT TAKE?
On average, it can take anywhere from one to two years for an Acworth personal injury case to reach a jury trial. Complicated medical malpractice and products liability cases can take even longer.
Personal injury cases for less than $15,000.00 can be filed in magistrate court which allows cases to proceed to trial faster. A useful guide to filing small claims in Cobb County Magistrate Court can be found here.