Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury
Personal injury law covers many types of accidents and injuries that all stem from the same idea: you suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence. That may mean anything from a doctor misdiagnosing your illness to a property owner neglecting to warn you about an icy walkway where you slipped and fell. Because of the wide array of accidents and injuries, we receive many questions about personal injury at Cromartie Law in Rome, including the following:
Why should I hire an attorney?
There are many benefits to having an attorney fighting on your side. A skilled attorney knows how to build a solid case for many different types of personal injury claims. An experienced lawyer can value your case and will often negotiate a higher settlement amount than you could obtain on your own. Insurance companies will try to pay as little as possible for your claim. A lawyer with a reputation as a fighter who is not afraid to go to trial can set the bar higher because the insurance company will not want to spend their money on litigation or take their chances on a large jury verdict in your favor.
Whose fault is it when I fall on someone else’s property?
Property owners in Georgia have a duty to keep their property free from dangerous conditions, or to warn visitors of that condition. If the ground is uneven or slippery, people may slip or trip and fall. Other dangerous conditions could include falling objects and swimming pools. This is known as premises liability. In order to be liable, however, there must be a reasonable expectation that the property owner knew of the condition.
Do I have to accept a settlement offer?
No. The choice to settle is always yours to make. At Cromartie Law, we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our 25-plus years of experience means we know what offer is fair for your situation, and we will always be upfront with you about your case. If the insurance company or other party refuses to offer you a fair settlement, we are not afraid to take your case to trial.
If I think my doctor made a mistake, how do I report it?
Medical professionals are licensed by a professional board that oversees the profession, such as the Georgia Composite Medical Board. If your doctor made a mistake that injured you, contact an attorney right away, as you may have a limited amount of time to file a claim. Your attorney can also help you file a complaint against the doctor with the correct professional board, if appropriate for your case.
Have More Questions? Call Us Today.
We know these are only a few of the many questions people have about personal injury claims. We are happy to meet with you for a free consultation. Call our Rome office at 706-622-4853 or contact us online.