Five Reasons Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer: Advice for anyone who has ever been in an accident

Nobody wants to talk about it because no one ever anticipates being involved in an automobile accident. The fact of the matter istraffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities occur in every county in Georgia. Here are some things that everyone should be aware of if you should have the misfortune of being involved in a car accident.  You NEED representation from an experienced personal injury attorney.  Why is it not an option? The other driver’s insurance company is NOT your friend!  Sure, when they contact you for the first time after your horrific ordeal, they sound very friendly.  They will even inquire about the nature of your injuries, how you are coping, or if they can assist you with anything in the meantime.  Don’t fall for the sweet talk, anything and everything that you say is being recorded and will ultimately be used against you to defend any injury claim that you anticipate making. Chances are, you don’t know the law.  This is not a slight to you, it’s simply a fact, and the insurance company knows it.  In the same way that I wouldn’t attempt to diagnose myself with an injury or ailment because I’m not a doctor, you shouldn’t attempt to embark on your injury claim alone without the guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer, like myself. Appropriate medical treatment is a necessity for success of your claim.  Your personal injury claim is foundationless without the appropriate medical diagnoses and treatment.  Only an experienced injury attorney will ensure that you are seen by the right medical professionals that will document and substantiate your injury clearly and correctly.  Our injury attorneys work daily with top rated medical professionals, often times on a lien basis (which means you pay nothing up front for your treatment), securing the necessary documentation needed to be successful in your injury claim. YOU WANT TO WIN! Simply stated, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney gives you a greater chance, exponentially, of winning your case.  The journey through an injury claim is fraught with pitfalls and valleys that, if unaware of, could wreck your chances of a successful recovery. You want to maximize your recovery (MORE MONEY!) Who doesn’t want the most money they can get from their injury case? If that’s not you, then I’m not your personal injury lawyer!  The bottom line is that money is the only means of compensating you for the pain, agony, and inconvenience that you have endured as a result of being injured by someone else’s negligence.  We don’t have a rewind button where we can wipe away the injuries that you have already suffered so, therefore, our injury lawyers like to show our clients the money.  The more, the better! ...

5 steps every person should take if you find yourself in a car accident

The adrenaline’s pumping, you’re in shock, you’re confused, and you’re injured.  You’ve just found yourself in a car accident. What do you do now? CALL 911 You should always, first and foremost, call for help.  Either the police or ambulance, or both.  It is important that you get help to the scene of your accident as soon as possible as your injuries could require immediate attention.  In addition, a police officer should be summoned as this is the person who will document the official report of the accident, how it occurred, and whom they deem to be at fault. TAKE PICTURES If your injuries allow and only if it is safe to do so, take pictures of the scene of the accident and the placement of the vehicles.  Get pictures of the damage to your vehicle and the damage to any other vehicles involved in the accident.  This evidence is important when it comes to making a determination of who is at fault for causing the collision. SECURE WITNESSES   If available, secure the names, phone numbers, and addresses to any witnesses who may have viewed the accident.  This is critical because, often times, many auto accident claims boil down to a “he says, she says” version of events that are completely opposite of one another.  If you’re able to secure a witness, who has no interest, financial or otherwise, in the outcome of your case, to verify your version of the facts, you have a much better chance of being successful in your personal injury claim.  Without the other driver being found liable, you’re injuries will likely not be compensated by their insurance company. CALL ME At your earliest convenience, call your personal injury lawyer!  We are always available to take your call, accept your email, text, etc.  We will promptly schedule you for an appointment either at our office or at a location that is convenient for you. The sooner you employ us on your behalf, the more time we have to develop your case and preserve all available evidence.  Time is of the essence! SEEK TREATMENT FOR YOUR INJURIES No matter how good of a personal injury attorney that you have, without appropriate documentation of your injuries, your case loses significant value.  I’m a lawyer, not a doctor! But I do know the best doctors, orthopedic surgeons, and chiropractors around and have relationships with many of them that will allow me to have you seen as quickly as possible after your auto accident, often times without you having to pay anything up front for their services. Clear, accurate, and irrefutable medical diagnosis of your injury is the surest way to get you the maximum amount possible for your injury.  Allow me, your personal injury lawyer, to get you the treatment you need, when you need it. Take heed to the forgoing advice if you’re ever in the unfortunate circumstance of being involved in a car accident, and you will ensure that you have preserved your personal injury claim in a manner that will allow me, your personal injury lawyer, to attain the best results possible for you. ...

Accident Claim: Do I have a case?

Just another typical day and suddenly… it happens!  Someone has hit your car and you are in complete disarray.  The emotions of the moment are overwhelming, your adrenaline is pumping, and you simply want to know, WHAT DO I DO NOW?   This is a feeling that hundreds, if not thousands, of Atlanta motorists endure each week.  Don’t fret! Your personal injury attorney is here to walk you through each step of your car accident claim.  But, how do you even know if you have a case that’s worth pursuing?  Call Roberts Personal Injury Attorneys for a free case evaluation!   We will, first, review the facts and circumstances surrounding your car accident.  We will gather all police reports and any witness contacts, if available.  If the other person involved in the collision has been cited with a traffic citation identifying them as the at-fault party, this bodes well for you in establishing liability and therefore starts to clear the path for you to recover for your damages.  Nonetheless, simply because the other party receives a citation does not automatically mean that they will be held liable for causing the collision.  Conversely, if YOU receive the citation for causing the collision, this alone does not mean that you are automatically at fault.  Police officers who write these citations are often times not witnesses to the accident itself and make a determination regarding who is at fault by virtue of the versions of events shared with them by the driver’s, any other witnesses available, and the physical evidence at the scene, i.e. placement of the vehicles, point of impact, etc.  There are many times when police officers are forced to change their version of events based on new or unknown evidence that was unavailable at the time of writing the original citation.   Therefore, it is vitally important to the success of your claim that you allow an experienced car accident injury lawyer evaluate your claim immediately, without delay.  As soon as we are allowed to begin investigating and compiling evidence in your favor, the greater the likelihood of a successful resolution to your injury claims.   Allow our personal injury attorneys to evaluate your claim immediately and determine if you have a claim that has a substantial likelihood of success.  And, remember, don’t try and evaluate your accident injury claim yourself, let the professionals at Roberts Personal Injury Attorneys be your claim evaluator.  After all, it costs you NOTHING for our expert evaluation.  Until next time, safe driving folks! ...

Fireworks: How does the new Georgia law affect you and your safety?

On July 1, 2015, the new Georgia fireworks law (HB110) went into effect.  The new law now allows for companies to sell and individuals to possess fireworks year around. Further, it allows for the detonation of fireworks year around, up to 10p.m. and up to 2 a.m. for the 4th of July and New Year’s holidays. The new law has already been cause for concern for some citizens who say that the excess noise and potential danger in their neighborhoods is affecting their private enjoyment of their property.  The law is very controversial as some people are obviously concerned about the danger of serious injury and fires stemming from the firing off of fireworks. What you should know is that, although Georgia has now made legal the possession and use of fireworks year around, does not make them any less dangerous.  According to the AJC, a local man severely injured his leg on July 4 this year when attempting to set off a firecracker.   Fireworks should always be carefully handled and used in the appropriate manner or otherwise serious injury can occur. Never detonate fireworks directly at or near another person and always ensure that you allow yourself enough space, i.e. a large field, to detonate the fireworks without the possibility of it landing on someone’s property, potentially causing a fire. It does not matter how much experience you have with fireworks, they can and are still very dangerous if not used properly. Sadly, a few NFL football players learned the dangers of fireworks the hard way over the 4th of July weekend when they were seriously injured, one even having his index finger amputated as reported by ESPN. Remember Georgians, safety first! ...

Roberts Personal Injury Attorneys: We evaluate your insurance policies, too!

Waiting until you’re involved in an auto accident is the wrong time to evaluate the details of your auto insurance policy.  You should know what’s in your policy in advance so that you know that you would be protected in the event that you are ever involved in an auto accident.  Good news, Marcus A. Roberts, your personal injury attorney, is willing to evaluate your insurance policy as a courtesy to you. It’s vitally important that you carry enough insurance to be able to cover your injuries in the event that the at-fault driver is either uninsured or underinsured.  Furthermore, it’s also important that you have added to your insurance coverage, medical payments protection.  Medical payments or sometimes referred to as “med pay” can be very useful in the event that you are injured.  Medical payments will step in to handle some, if not all, of your medical expenses while your case is still being pursued by your personal injury lawyer.  Even better, if you’re not “made whole” by virtue of your settlement or verdict, meaning that you have not recouped the value of all of your damages, including pain and suffering, there is a good chance that you will not have to reimburse your insurance company for the value of the medical payments that were made on your behalf.  The bottom line is, for the nominal additional fee each month for including med pay on your insurance policy, it’s simply not worth the risk to not carry it as a part of your policy.  Allow your personal injury attorney, Marcus A. Roberts to review your policy at no charge and to representing you throughout your entire personal injury claim.  I will make your life as painless as possible while you recover from your injuries.   ...