Personal injury law covers a wide spectrum of cases, from a drunk driver causing an accident to a loose dog biting a stranger in the park. The number of specific circumstances are endless. If you have recently been involved in a situation that you believe falls under personal injury law, the first step is becoming educated in the legal process and your rights. An attorney like those at Spooner and Associates can help guide you through the process, beginning with a free legal consultation.
Georgia Personal Injury
On July 1, 2014, new legislation (OCGA 33-24-53) went into effect in Georgia that prohibits attorneys and physicians from using “runners”to obtain prospective clients. A “runner” is someone that solicits business from accident victims or their families on behalf of unethical accident attorneys. “Runners” would obtain personal contact information from police accident reports or approach victims and families in hospital rooms, waiting areas or cafeterias. Runners may have also been unscrupulous employees of wrecker or ambulance companies.
These accident attorneys and their “runners” have given the legal profession a bad reputation, because they are the “ambulance chasers”. While hiring “runners” has been unethical and a violation of Georgia bar rules for some time, It is now a crime in Georgia for attorneys to use “runners” to solicit clients. In addition, the new law provides additional protections for your personal information in police records of car accidents.
Many clients come to our firm after being seriously injured as a result of another driver’s carelessness. Usually these clients are hurt, have lost use of their vehicle, lost time at work and now the at-fault driver’s insurance company is stubbornly refusing to fairly compensate them. Our firm will attempt negotiating with the insurance company on our client’s behalf. If negotiation fails, we will file a suit against the other driver. Settlement and trials are generally successful if the accident is well documented. Learn what to do if you are ever in an accident in order to save time and expenses later.
Assess injuries – Make sure everyone is okay. If someone is injured, call 9-1-1 to request medical treatment. If there is any question as to whether the person in hurt, it is important to have a professional medical assessment.