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Never Accept a Lowball Car Accident Settlement

Our Atlanta car accident lawyers pursue maximum compensation for injured victims

The crash might be quick, but the physical and emotional pain that follows can stick around for weeks, months, or even years. And the financial hit? That can drag on even longer. Dealing with injuries and limitations from a crash can end up costing a ton – tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime. In theory, the at-fault driver's insurance should foot the bill through a car accident settlement.

However, getting a fair settlement from an insurance company can be tough. Insurance adjusters aim to pay as little as possible or deny claims. But remember, their initial offer is rarely the best they can do. You have the right to negotiate for a higher settlement. We can help.

At Gary Martin Hays & Associates, P.C., we understand the long-lasting effects of a car accident on your life. If you were injured, get an experienced Georgia car accident lawyer who will relentlessly pursue the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free case evaluation now.

Georgia car accident injury settlements

Most accident victims are compensated for their damages — like medical expenses and lost wages — by filing an injury claim and negotiating a settlement. Settlements address past, current, and future accident-related costs like:

  • Medical expenses, including ambulance bills, hospital bills, medical procedures such as surgery, physical therapy, medications, and medical devices.
  • Lost wages and lost future income if your injuries affected your ability to work.
  • Replacement services, such as childcare and housework.
  • Modifications to your home or vehicle to accommodate a disability.
  • Pain and suffering, emotional distress, and mental anguish.
  • Damage to your vehicle and other personal property.

Car accident settlement amounts can vary widely

The size of a car accident settlement depends on many factors. Compensation is primarily influenced by injury severity, fault, and available assets, among other costs.

According to the National Safety Council, the average car accident settlement in the U.S. is:

  • $24,000 for a minor injury
  • $40,000 for a serious injury
  • $155,000 for a disabling injury
  • Over $1 million for a fatal injury

But these averages are not guaranteed case results. Every case has unique circumstances that affect settlement amounts. Only an attorney can tell you how much your case might be worth.

If you were injured in a Georgia car accident and want to know more about how much your specific case is worth, contact Gary Martin Hayes & Associates, P.C. for a free evaluation.

How long does a car accident settlement take?

After a bad crash, many injured victims are left wondering: “Why is my car accident settlement taking so long?”

There are many reasons. Some car accident claims settle within weeks, but it’s more common to take several months or even a year or more.

One key factor for how long a car accident claim takes to settle is your medical treatment. It often takes time for the full extent of your injuries – and thus the full cost of your present and future medical expenses – to become known. This is one of the reasons insurance companies try to rush injured victims into accepting lowball settlements before the full cost becomes known.

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Other factors include the circumstances of your injury, the number of at-fault parties, and how difficult the insurance company decides to be. If they can’t get you to accept a settlement quickly, insurance companies often take the opposite stance, dragging things out in order to put pressure on you to just accept something.

Our attorneys are familiar with both tactics, and we know how to fight back. That’s why we’ve recovered meaningful settlements for thousands of families throughout Georgia.

Fight for more compensation with an experienced attorney on your side

Remember, you get one shot at compensation. As soon as you accept a settlement offer from the insurance company, that’s it. You can’t go back for more compensation for your car accident, even if your costs turn out to be much higher.

That’s why you always need an attorney on your side in settlement negotiations. The final decision whether to accept or reject a settlement offer is yours, but your attorney’s job is to review the offer with you and advise whether it’s in your interests to accept it. Moreover, the right attorney can put maximum pressure on the insurance company to offer a bigger settlement.

While most cases don’t go to trial, if you have an attorney who is willing to exhaust all legal options in order to win your case, the insurance company will take that into account when they decide how much to offer.

Getting a fair settlement for a car accident in Georgia can be a long and complicated process, but we’re in it with you every step of the way. If you’ve been hurt in a car wreck, contact Gary Martin Hays & Associates, P.C. today for a free case evaluation. Get a car accident lawyer you can trust on your side.

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