Frequently Asked Questions About Georgia Accidents

  1. What should I do if I don’t think I can afford an attorney?
  2. What should I do after I am in a car, truck or motorcycle accident?
  3. Should I speak with an insurance company representative?
  4. Will I need an attorney to help me recover compensation for my injuries?
  5. Can we still be compensated if the other driver didn’t have any car insurance?
  6. If my loved one died as the result of a medical error, can I sue the doctor and hospital?
  7. How long can I wait before filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit?
  8. Can I still recover compensation if I’m partially at fault for causing the accident?
  9. If I need to get medical treatment right away and need Medicaid assistance, will I have to pay Medicaid back?
  10. If the jury rules against us or doesn’t provide enough compensation in its verdict, what should we do next?

1. What should I do if I don’t think I can afford an attorney?

Because we realize that not all personal injury victims can afford legal assistance, we offer representation on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay for our legal services unless we obtain a verdict or settlement on your behalf. We want you and your family to focus on recovery instead of worrying about how you will pay your legal bills.

Since 1984, the law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., has assisted victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits from across Georgia in the cities of Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Brunswick and Savannah, as well as Athens, Greensboro, Eatonton, Winder, Commerce, Covington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Elberton, Hartwell, Homer, Lexington, Crawford, Gainesville, Milledgeville, Winterville, Hull, Danielsville, Comer, Colbert, Watkinsville and Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Banks, Franklin, Hall, Habersham, Stephens, Jasper, Jones, Baldwin, Hart, Elbert, Greene, Putnam, Columbia, Richmond, Newton, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties.  Our lawyers have also been involved in significant, complex nationwide litigation, and we have represented clients and tried cases in many other states across the country.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in an accident, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation.

2. What should I do after I am in a car, truck or motorcycle accident?

The most important thing you should do after a motor vehicle accident is to get medical evaluation and treatment. However, if you or a passenger is able to stay on the scene, then there are several important things you can do that will help your efforts later on to obtain compensation. These steps include:

Get the name of the other driver as well as their address, phone number, license number and insurance information.

Get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses before they leave the scene. To help you remember, jot down a brief note about what each witness saw or heard at the time of the accident, such as whether the other car ran through a red light or its tires screeched.

Take photos if possible. With a cell phone camera, for instance, you can take shots of the vehicles involved, skid marks, debris, foliage, stop signs, traffic lights – all of it potentially useful in recreating the accident at a later stage in your case.

Get the police report number and the name of the officer preparing this report.

You can bring all of this evidence and information to your initial meeting with us to discuss and analyze your legal options.

Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., represents car, truck and motorcycle accident victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits throughout Georgia, including Athens, Lake Oconee, Wintersville, Hull, Watkinsville, Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties. We also represent injury clients in Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Bainbridge, Brunswick and Savannah. Our vehicle accident attorneys are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have earned statewide and national recognition for our legal skill and professional service.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a vehicle accident, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation.

3. Should I speak with an insurance company representative?

We strongly advise against speaking with any insurance company representative, such as a claims adjustor or attorney, before you have obtained legal representation. This includes the at-fault party’s insurance company and your own insurance company.

Unfortunately, insurance companies tend to contact car, truck and motorcycle accident victims within days or even hours of the crash, when these victims are still recovering from shock. The same goes for insurers and hospitals dealing with the fallout from a medical error.

They usually are seeking an admission of fault or a statement regarding the extent of your injuries, or else they are pursuing a quick and easy settlement of your claim. You don’t want to say anything that will cost you your right to a full and faire recovery for your injuries.

Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., represents negligence victims and their families in a wide variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including: car, truck and motorcycle accidents; drunk driving accidents, reckless driving accidents; aviation crashes; medical malpractice; nursing home abuse and neglect; and defective medical implants.

We work with clients throughout Georgia, including Athens, Lake Oconee, Wintersville, Hull, Watkinsville, Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties. We also handle injury cases from from across Georgia and accept accident clients from Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Bainbridge, Brunswick and Savannah. Our personal injury attorneys are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have received statewide and national recognition for our legal skill and professional service.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in an car, truck and motorcycle accident, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation.

4. Will I need an attorney to help me recover compensation for my injuries?

In order to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the maximum compensation that you and your family are entitled to receive, it is important to contact an experienced Georgia accident and injury attorney. An attorney is uniquely qualified to direct an investigation into your motor vehicle accident, aviation crash, product liability or medical malpractice case in order to determine how your injuries occurred and who is responsible. An attorney can also work with insurance companies to negotiate a fair and full settlement of your claims, advocate on your behalf in the courtroom and work with healthcare providers on providing reimbursement from your recovery.

Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., represents negligence victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits throughout Georgia, including Athens, Lake Oconee, Wintersville, Hull, Watkinsville, Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties. We also handle injury cases from across Georgia and accept accident clients from Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Bainbridge, Brunswick and Savannah. Our personal injury attorneys are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have received statewide and national recognition for our legal skill and professional service.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one as the result of the carelessness of another person, professional or corporation, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation.

5. Can we still be compensated if the other driver didn’t have any car insurance?

Yes, you can recover if you have uninsured / underinsured motorist coverage. When another driver damages your vehicle or causes you or a family member to suffer serious personal injury in a crash, that driver’s auto insurance liability policy should pay for your damages. However, when the other driver has no liability insurance or lacks insurance to fully pay for your damages, then you can turn to your UM / UIM policy for assistance. Under Georgia law, all insurance companies must offer this coverage in the same minimum amounts as your liability coverage. The only way you can reject it is in writing.

Even though you have been paying your insurance premiums for years, your insurance company may challenge your UM / UIM claim. It’s an important to have experienced legal assistance to protect your rights and interests when dealing with these insurers.

At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., we have helped countless personal injury victims and their families with UM / UIM claims throughout Georgia, including Athens, Lake Oconee, Wintersville, Hull, Watkinsville, Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties. We also handle injury cases from across Georgia and accept accident clients from Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Bainbridge, Brunswick and Savannah. Our personal injury attorneys are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have received statewide and national recognition for our legal skill and professional service.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation.

6. If my loved one died as the result of a medical error, can I sue the doctor and hospital?

If your loved one has died as the result of medical malpractice or any other negligent act committed by a person, professional or corporation, your family may be entitled to bring an action under Georgia’s survival and wrongful death statutes.

A survival action allows you to seek damages that your family member could have sought if they had survived. This means that that you can seek damages for the medical expenses, pain and suffering that a loved one endured from the time of the accident until the time of death.

A wrongful death action allows you to seek damages for the full value of the life of the family member and for the economic loss that your family has suffered as the result of another’s negligence or recklessness.

At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., we know the tremendous emotional and financial impact that a family endures as the result of a medical error, motor vehicle accident or other careless act by a person, professional or corporation, and we are determined to secure the compensation you need to carry on with life.

We represent families in wrongful death lawsuits throughout Georgia, including Athens, Lake Oconee, Wintersville, Hull, Watkinsville, Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties. We also handle injury cases from across Georgia and accept accident clients from Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Bainbridge, Brunswick and Savannah. Our wrongful death attorneys are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have received statewide and national recognition for our legal skill and professional service.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of another, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation.

7. How long can I wait before filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit?

Generally speaking, in most cases a person has two years from the date of injury – or from the date they reasonably should have discovered the injury – to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. In a wrongful death action, the party must file a claim within two years after the death. This is called the statute of limitations.

It’s important not to delay taking legal action when you have been injured as the result of another party’s negligence or recklessness. You don’t want to lose your right to recover compensation you need and deserve for medical expenses.

Contact Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., today to learn about your legal options. We represent victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits throughout Georgia, including Athens, Lake Oconee, Wintersville, Hull, Watkinsville, Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties. We also handle injury cases from across Georgia and accept accident clients from Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Bainbridge, Brunswick and Savannah. Our accident and injury lawyers are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have received statewide and national recognition for our legal skill and professional service.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one due to another’s carelessness, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation.

8. Can I still recover compensation if I’m partially at fault for causing the accident?

You can still recover for your economic and non-economic damages in an accident even if you are partially at fault. Under the comparative negligence or comparative fault doctrine, you are not barred from being compensated unless you are found to be 50 percent or more at fault. However, your amount of recovery may be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault. For instance, if your total losses are $100,000, and you are found to be 25 percent at fault, the most you could recover under Georgia law is $75,000.

Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., represents accident victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits throughout Georgia, including Athens, Lake Oconee, Wintersville, Hull, Watkinsville, Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties. We also handle injury cases from across Georgia and accept accident clients from Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Bainbridge, Brunswick and Savannah. Our accident and injury lawyers are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have received statewide and national recognition for our legal skill and professional service.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in an accident, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation.

9. If I need to get medical treatment right away and need Medicaid assistance, will I have to pay Medicaid back?

Because they lack funds to pay for medical treatment, personal injury victims will frequently turn to Medicaid, Medicare, Tri-Care or some other government program for assistance while their accident or injury claim is pending. When a verdict or settlement is reached, then, yes, these programs can assert a lien in order to ensure that they are repaid.

At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., we will work with you on finding the best options for your medical assistance while resolution of your claim is pending, and we will work with your healthcare providers on a fair and reasonable reimbursement of their liens. By law, these agencies are not entitled to receive any more than the amount they have provided for your medical treatment.

We represent victims and families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits throughout Georgia, including Athens, Lake Oconee, Wintersville, Hull, Watkinsville, Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties. We also handle injury cases from across Georgia and accept accident clients from Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Bainbridge, Brunswick and Savannah. Our accident and injury lawyers are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have received statewide and national recognition for our legal skill and professional service.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of another persona, professional or corporation, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation.

10. If the jury rules against us or doesn’t provide enough compensation in its verdict, what should we do next?

When you are denied fair and full compensation at the trial level, you may have the right to appeal to a higher court. At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., our attorneys are skilled at handling cases from pre-trial investigation through settlement negotiations and trial. We also represent clients in appeals, and we have secured several important decisions on behalf of our clients.

Since 1984, the law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., has assisted victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits from across Georgia in the cities of Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Brunswick and Savannah, as well as Athens, Greensboro, Eatonton, Winder, Commerce, Covington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Elberton, Hartwell, Homer, Lexington, Crawford, Gainesville, Milledgeville, Winterville, Hull, Danielsville, Comer, Colbert, Watkinsville and Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Banks, Franklin, Hall, Habersham, Stephens, Jasper, Jones, Baldwin, Hart, Elbert, Greene, Putnam, Columbia, Richmond, Newton, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties.  Our lawyers have also been involved in significant, complex nationwide litigation, and we have represented clients and tried cases in many other states across the country.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in an accident, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation.