Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
Got a question? We have answers about personal injury cases, insurance companies, and the process of a typical case—written by Savannah personal injury attorney Scott Kraeuter.
The insurance company told me I don’t need an attorney. Is that true?
An insurance company’s primary goal is to make money for itself and shareholders. That might not always match your goal of receiving compensation so you can pay medical bills and other expenses so you get on with your life. Since we deal with insurance companies every day, a personal injury attorney may be able to build a case for more compensation. Why not give us a call? We’ll review your case for free, and you won’t pay us until we collect for you.
My case seems small. Is it worth contacting you?
We handle all kinds of cases: small, medium, and large. In fact, we often complete some smaller cases very quickly. Give us a call if you’re in doubt—we’ll always offer you a free consultation.
What is a contingency fee and how does it work?
In a contingency fee arrangement, the attorneys agree to accept a certain percentage of the recovery as attorney fees. Georgia law requires contingency fee contracts to be in writing. We enter into written contingency fee contracts in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Attorney fees are first deducted from the gross award based on an agreed upon percentage, then expenses advanced on the client’s behalf are deducted next. Valid medical liens may have to be paid next. The net settlement proceeds owed to the client are disbursed to the client after a written settlement statement explaining the calculation of all fees and expenses is reviewed and signed by the client.
The statement “no fee unless you win or collect” refers only to fees charged by the attorneys. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client. Contingent fees are not permitted in all types of cases.
Do I need to pay for my initial meeting with you?
No. There’s no charge for our initial consultation about your personal injury case.
What should I bring to my meeting with you?
If possible for your specific situation, bring:
- The police report
- A copy of your insurance policy
- Any photos of the accident scene and injuries
- Copies of your medical bills and records
- Any documentation from other insurance companies involved in your case
How much is my case worth?
Every case is different and the amount that could be awarded to you will vary greatly depending on the details of the case. It’s important for you to contact us to review your particular facts and circumstances to evaluate your case. Be skeptical of attorneys who promise you huge awards and settlements.
What do I do if I’m involved in a motor vehicle accident?
- Call the police and make sure they write up a report.
- Get medical treatment immediately.
- Call us next. Refrain from giving statements to any insurance companies until you speak with an attorney.
- Follow our guidance when contacting any insurance companies.