PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS SERVING WOODSTOCK
If you need a highly rated personal injury attorney that serves Woodstock, the attorneys at Williams Elleby have you covered. Our attorneys have dedicated their lives to helping personal injury victims. Personal injury is all we do. If you live in Woodstock or anywhere in Cherokee County, Your Case Deserves Us.
After you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, you need a trustworthy law firm that will provide you with the personal attention you deserve. We believe that every personal injury victim should have their attorney readily available by phone, email, and for in-person meetings. That is precisely why we offer free attorney consultations for citizens of Woodstock. Just give us a call at 833-LEGALGA (833-534-2542) to speak with one of our lawyers. If you aren’t ready for a face to face meeting, you can always check out our YouTube Channel for videos that provide helpful information for victims of personal injury.
HOW MUCH DOES A WOODSTOCK PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY COST?
Woodstock personal injury attorneys are usually paid on a contingency fee basis. That means the attorneys are paid a percentage of the settlement obtained in the personal injury case. There are no down payments or retainers fees that must be paid if you choose to hire Williams Elleby. You should be aware that the contingency fee percentage may vary depending on the firm you hire and the complexity of your case.
In addition to the contingency fee, we also advance all expenses and costs that must be incurred in order to pursue your personal injury case. Unlike some firms, we do not charge interest on the expenses we advance in your case. Be sure and ask any firm you call whether they charge interest on expenses they advance. The advanced expenses and costs are paid back out of any recovery.
If our attorneys are not able to obtain a recovery for you, you do not owe us anything. No Recovery = No Fee.
HOW DO I FIND THE BEST ATTORNEY FOR MY WOODSTOCK INJURY CASE?
If you are reading this webpage, you are on the right track to finding the best attorney for your Woodstock personal injury case. You are doing the right thing by researching and evaluating law firms before you make any calls.
Sometimes online research can lead you astray because a lot of very bad lawyers make false promises in their online advertisements. Many of the attorneys you see on television and billboards are even worse because they spend more time filming commercials than trying cases. Do you really want to call a lawyer from a television commercial and end up being one of thousands of cases he or she handles? We doubt it.
How do you know which lawyers will provide the personal attention you deserve? The best lawyer for your Woodstock personal injury case is one you can trust.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I CAN TRUST A WOODSTOCK LAWYER?
First, check out the lawyer’s online reviews from past clients and review their social media accounts. Steer clear of lawyers with too many negative online reviews as well as those who act crazy on social media. The Better Business Bureau is another good place to check on the law firm’s reputation.
The best barometer of a lawyer is your intuition during a face to face meeting. Our attorneys never agree to accept a case without having a face to face meeting with every potential client. Why? Because we have to know that we are comfortable with our clients and that our clients are comfortable with us.
A lawyer that oversells their firm during meetings instead of listening and understanding your issue may not be the best fit for your Woodstock personal injury case.
TOP 5 QUESTIONS TO ASK A WOODSTOCK PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
Here are a few questions you can ask any Woodstock personal injury attorney to find out if you can trust them to handle your case:
- Have you tried these types of personal injury cases before? Ask for specific examples of cases similar to yours that the lawyer handled in the past year.
- How many cases do you handle at one time? The most effective Woodstock personal injury attorneys do not take on too many cases at once. Lawyers that have too many cases will not have the time or energy to properly handle your Woodstock case.
- How many cases have you tried before a jury? Insurance companies know which lawyers will take a case to trial if the insurer does not make a fair offer of settlement. Trial lawyers routinely get better results than settlement mill lawyers.
- Will you personally handle my case? Make sure you know a lawyer’s true intentions before you hire his or her firm. For example, we sometimes get calls related to workers compensation issues. Williams Elleby does not handle workers compensation cases so we usually try to refer those cases to other lawyers that we trust.
- Can I have your cell phone number? Unfortunately, some lawyers avoid their clients. This is sad and unprofessional. If a lawyer is willing to give you his or her cell phone number, you know there is a good chance the lawyer has a sincere desire to stay in touch with you about your case.
WHAT IS MY WOODSTOCK PERSONAL INJURY CASE WORTH?
Our Woodstock clients usually want to know what their personal injury case is worth. The answer to this question depends on many different things that are unique to each case. Some Woodstock cases involving serious and permanent injuries may be worth millions of dollars but most are not. Reasonable value estimates for Woodstock personal injury cases usually begin with an analysis of the following topics:
- The extent of your injuries;
- Whether your injuries are permanent;
- Whether you have any similar pre-existing conditions;
- The amount of your special damages (e.g. medical bills, lost wages, etc.);
- Whether you bear any fault in causing your injuries;
- The county or venue where your case will be tried;
- The legal abilities of your lawyer.
Our firm’s primary goal is to maximize the recovery in every case and we have the track record to prove it. Whether you case is worth millions or a few thousand, we can help you determine a reasonable settlement range for your case. Just give us a call at 833-LEGALGA to set up a free initial meeting with a member of our team.
WILL I HAVE TO FILE A LAWSUIT TO RECOVER FOR MY INJURIES?
Williams Elleby attorneys always work hard to obtain fair settlements for our Woodstock personal injury clients prior to filing a lawsuit.
For example, a tool that we use after a Woodstock car accident, is a pre-suit settlement demand that forces the at-fault person’s insurance company to evaluate the merits of your case. O.C.G.A. § 9-11-67.1 In the settlement demands, our attorneys explain why the other party bears fault and we detail the nature and extent of your injuries to substantiate the amount of the demand.
If a fair settlement offer is not made during pre-suit negotiations, our personal injury attorneys will file a lawsuit on your behalf and begin the necessary court proceedings.
HOW LONG DO WOODSTOCK PERSONAL INJURY CASES TAKE AFTER A LAWSUIT IS FILED?
On average, a Woodstock personal injury case takes between 1-2 years to reach trial after the lawsuit is filed. Complicated cases involving medical malpractice or product liability may take even longer.
Here is how the lawsuit process works: First, your attorney will file a Complaint in the appropriate Court. The Complaint is the initial pleading that starts the formal lawsuit process. Then, the Defendant is served with a copy of the Complaint.
In most cases, the defendant will provide a copy of the lawsuit to his or her insurance company and the insurer will hire a lawyer to defend the case. The defense lawyer will file a response to the Complaint in a document called the Answer. The Answer will admit or deny the allegations of the Complaint.
THE DISCOVERY PHASE AND TRIAL OF A WOODSTOCK PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT
Once an Answer is filed, the parties begin conducting “discovery.” Discovery is the time period where both sides will exchange written answers to questions, exchange documents, take depositions, and investigate all aspects of the case. Under Uniform Superior Court Rule 5.1, the discovery period will last for at least six months.
After discovery ends, most Georgia judges will order the case to mediation. A mediation is a formal settlement conference where a neutral (“the mediator”) will try and help the parties agree on an amount that will settle the case. Many cases settle at mediation.
If your case does not settle, your attorney may have to oppose motions the defense files asking the Court to dismiss your case. If you defeat the Defendant’s motions (often called Motions for Summary Judgment), the parties will inform the Court that they are ready for trial. The Court will then place the case on a trial calendar and you will have to wait for any older cases to be tried before you have a jury trial. Some cases are specially set for trial if the Court expects the trial to last for an extended period of time.
Of course, cases can settle at any time during the litigation process. Other cases may be tried to verdict and appealed by the losing party. Obviously, appeals take time and delay the final resolution of any case.
CALL US AT 833-LEGALGA TO SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION FOR YOUR WOODSTOCK PERSONAL INJURY CASE
If you have suffered a personal injury, contact one of our personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation by calling 833-LEGALGA. Our office is in Kennesaw less than 5 miles from Woodstock. If you are unable to travel to our office, let us know and we will come to you!