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What is a Personal Injury Settlement?

Personal injury lawyers talk a lot about getting you a settlement in your injury case. For people who are unfamiliar with how the legal system works, they may be unsure what a settlement is exactly. When you are injured in an accident caused by someone else, Georgia law states that you are entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other expenses related to the accident. In order to get that money however, you need to prove that your injuries and medical treatment were directly related to the accident the other party caused. In many cases you also will have to prove that the other party was indeed negligent and is responsible for the accident. In order to prove all these things, many people hire Georgia personal injury lawyers. Personal injury attorneys are helpful because they work for you to collect evidence, get witnesses and work hard to prepare your case for trial.

Generally, when you are injured it is not the negligent party that will be paying you directly. Instead, it is their insurance company that will be paying you. There are many types of insurance companies that can be involved in a personal injury case. For example; a car insurance company in the event of a car accident, homeowners insurance in the event of an animal bite or domestic problem, or professional liability insurance in terms of medical malpractice or even an injury at a store. People have insurance in order to cover them in the event an accident was to occur. Your Georgia personal injury attorney, therefore, will be dealing with the insurance company rather than the actual person. Insurance companies do not like to pay money to people and have professionals whose job it is to disprove your injury claim and fight that their client did not really cause the accident. The personal injury lawyers at The Berry Law Group are experienced in dealing with insurance companies and know what information to give them what information they do not need.

Your personal injury lawyer will work towards building at you a good case by researching the scene of the accident, documenting your injuries, and getting professionals to testify on your behalf. As they research and build up to the trial, the insurance company can offer a settlement. A settlement is when the insurance company offers a set amount of compensation in exchange for dropping the case and therefore avoiding trial. Settlement negotiations can go back and forth. If you're not happy with your original offer, your Georgia personal injury lawyer can negotiate for higher rate. If you are not offered a settlement or if you do not think that the settlement offer is fair and the insurance company is not willing to raise it, you will move forward to trial. At a trial all evidence is produced from either side and it is up to a jury to decide how much compensation you're entitled to. This is very risky for insurance companies because they have no control over what is the ruling will be. That is why it is very important to have a Georgia personal injury lawyer working for you, in many cases we can get you a good settlement a lot quicker than it would take to move to trial. If you have been injured in any type of accident, call the Georgia personal injury attorneys at The Berry Law Group today.

Kimberly A. Berry

Kimberly A. Berry, Esq. is a Dean's Scholar Vanderbilt University law school graduate. She has served as lead counsel in over 100 trials and motions. Ms. Berry is dedicated to fighting hard for her clients.


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