Q:How Long Will My Personal Injury Lawsuit Take?
A:At The Fry Law Firm, we are not a volume-based firm. We know your case is unique, so we give it the attention it deserves. Therefore, it is hard to determine a timeline. If there is no need for a trial, your personal injury lawsuit may settle in a few months, while others may take years to complete.
Q:Is My Case “Big” Enough for an Attorney?
A:There is no case too small for The Fry Law Firm. Contact us for a free consultation, and we will help you determine your best course of action, no matter the size of your case.
Q:Is It Really Necessary to Hire an Attorney for My Personal Injury Claim?
A:Most definitely! Insurance companies have an army of lawyers to protect their interests. You need someone in your corner to help you navigate the complex legal obstacles put in place by insurance companies. The Fry Law Firm will be your guide and advocate, even if it means taking your case to trial in order to obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
Q:Will The Information I Share with You Be Confidential?
A:Yes. All information is protected by attorney-client privilege and is completely confidential. This protection applies even if you decide not to utilize The Fry Law Firm as your legal representation (although we hope you will give us the privilege of representing you). Our code of confidentiality provides a safe space so you can give us as much information as possible and we may best evaluate your legal options.
Q:How Much Do You Charge for Legal Services?
A:At The Fry Law Firm, we are compensated only if we obtain a recovery from the negligent party on your behalf. Your initial consultation is always free, whether or not you decide to retain us as your attorneys.
Q:Will I Have to Go to Court?
A:Most cases are settled before litigation is necessary. However, we are not a “settlement mill.” While many law firms rarely, if ever, spend time in court, we at The Fry Law Firm forge ahead without fear or hesitation when trying your case in a court of law is in YOUR best interest. The bottom line is we do what is in our clients’ best interest, whether that means settling your legal matter or trying your case in front of a judge or jury.
Q:How Soon After My Personal Injury Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
A:This is an extremely important factor when considering your legal options. The statute of limitations is the timeframe that you must adhere to when filing a lawsuit. Although the statute of limitations can vary from state to state, and by the nature of your claim, the statute of limitations for most personal injury matters in Georgia is two years. That means that your personal injury action must be either settled, or a lawsuit must be filed, within two years from the date of your injury.
Q:Under What Circumstances May I Pursue a Personal Injury Claim?
A:Click here for a list of some of the areas that qualify as a personal injury claim. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.
Q:What Can I Expect to Receive from a Personal Injury Claim?
A:This depends on the specifics of your case and the damages sustained.
• Medical treatment (past and future)
• Past and future lost wages from your job
• Pain and suffering/quality of life
• Emotional distress Inconvenience associated with the injury
• Punitive damages (intended to punish the wrongdoer, when that wrongdoer’s actions were intentional or reckless)
• Any other compensation depending on the circumstances surrounding your case
Q:What Should I Bring with Me for My Initial Meeting with The Fry Law Firm?
A:You should bring all documents related to your injury. However, these documents can be gathered with our assistance following your consultation. Such items may include, if relevant:
• A copy of the police or incident report
• Your vehicle/umbrella/any other insurance declaration page (policy)
• Photographs of your vehicle or scene of the incident
• Photographs of your injuries
• Medical records for treatment related to the accident
• Correspondence from the insurance companies
• Estimates, repair records, and receipts for your vehicle
• Receipts for towing and car rental expenses
• Any wage loss information
During your meeting, we will make copies of your documents so that you may retain a copy for your records. We will also let you know of any other information that we may need from you, and again, we will assist with gathering the needed documents.
Q:Is a Personal Injury Case a Civil or a Criminal Matter?
A:Personal injury cases, upon which money is sought for damages caused by another party, are handled in civil court, not criminal court. Defendants in civil actions for personal injury do not receive jail time or criminal fines as punishment from a personal injury lawsuit. Criminal charges could be filed, however, by the authorities within the criminal court system.