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Auto Accidents
Work Injuries
Wrongful Death

We’re Here to Help Your Family Recover Financially from a Serious Georgia Auto Accident, Work Injury, or Fatal Accident.

Your Family Deserves a Fair Settlement After a Serious Georgia Accident!

WARNING! Insurance companies don’t want to pay you fairly! This is true whether you were hurt in an auto accident, or hurt on the job (workers’ compensation). Learn the truth by downloading our FREE 15 Minute GUIDES

Attorney James Murphy of Douglasville, GA, has worked hard to help families just like yours recover from the devastating effects of being injured after a car accident, work injury, or losing a loved one in an auto accident. Call for a FREE CONSULTATION 770-577-3020, or fill out the form on the “Contact Us” page.

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Top 5 Auto Accident Questions

The answer is yes, depending on the type of car accident.

If you were NOT injured: You probably don’t need an attorney because your case is “property damage only”. That means the only thing you’ll be discussing with the insurance company is getting your car fixed or getting a check to replace your car. Getting an attorney to deal with the insurance company for just your car would probably not be worth it for you in the end.

If you are an Injured Driver: If you were hurt, and the accident WAS NOT your fault, you probably have a valid claim and will want to talk to an attorney (consultations are free) to help protect your from the insurance company. (If the accident was your fault, a personal injury attorney wouldn’t be the right fit for your case).

If you are an Injured Passenger: If you were hurt in the accident, and you were a passenger, it doesn’t matter whether the driver of the vehicle you were in was at fault, or if it was another driver’s fault, you may still have a valid claim, and talking to an attorney would be wise (consultations are free).

You can, but talking to them without knowing your rights first is a sure-fire way to ruin your case, and get an unfair case settlement. You should read our free auto accident guide BEFORE you talk to them.

We get this question a lot. While there are some monetary factors that can be taken into consideration, like medical bills from a hospital visit and time you missed at work, there is just no way to give a client an accurate ballpark estimate right off the bat. Why? Because an attorney cannot determine how bad your injury is, and what kind of treatment will be needed down the line. A settlement should include all related bills. Plus, insurance company offers vary, as do jury verdicts from county to county.

Therefore, an attorney should not be making you any promises for certain dollar amounts, and you probably shouldn’t hire an attorney that does.

There are a number of forms the insurance company will send you. Be very careful signing anything.

Property Damage Check: Some people think they are signing a check just for their car, but in fine print they are signing away their rights to a personal injury case as well. Your property damage case and your personal injury case should be separate. You should bring with you any insurance documents you’ve received to your free consultation with an auto accident attorney, so he or she can look over the document to be sure you aren’t signing away your rights to a personal injury case.

Medical Release Form: Unless you want your entire medical history available to the insurance company, you may not want to sign this.

Recorded Phone Call: Though this technically isn’t a “form”, it is considered documented evidence that can be used against you later. Watch the video on the “auto accidents” tab above to learn more about the “biggest mistake to avoid after a car accident”.

If no one was hurt in your vehicle, we are very glad you are okay! However, dealing with the insurance company even for property damage can be an exhausting process.

But do you really need an attorney for just property damage? Not generally. If your car is totaled, you will get a check to cover the car. If they don’t offer you the fair value of the car, you may be able to get more by checking the value of cars with the same make and model on websites like, and submitting your findings to the insurance company. Hiring an attorney when there are no injuries would probably not be in your best interest, and you will typically find most car accident attorneys won’t take property-damage-only cases.

Top 5 Work Injury Questions

Georgia is consider an “at will” state. This means an employer can fire you for any reason. However, in terms of your workers’ compensation claim status, this could be beneficial for you. One tactic the insurance company uses is to return you to work as soon as possible, despite your injury. If you have been returned to work under “light duty” status, your employer may create a job for you that fits under the light duty description. You generally have a specific number of days to try out the light duty work.

If you can’t perform the light duty job, and come out of work during the specific number of days, your insurance adjuster may be required to reinstate your weekly check benefits even if you have been terminated.

However, if the physician returns you to work under “full duty”, with no restrictions, and you are terminated, then workers’ compensation may not be liable for sending you a weekly check.

It is possible that if you file a workers’ compensation claim, your employer may put you under surveillance. To learn more about your rights, get our FREE book “The Ultimate Guide to Georgia Workers’ Compensation” sent to your email right away!

  1. Report your injury right away to your supervisor or employer. Make sure it is documented accurately.
  2. Seek medical treatment for your injury.
  3. Should you get legal help? Hiring an attorney may seem like a grand step, especially if you’ve never needed one before. How do you know when you need one? Well, if your injury is very minor, you may not need an attorney. However, if your injury is significant, you might consider just getting a FREE CONSULTATION with Georgia Workers’ Compensation attorney. It can’t hurt to learn more about your rights.
If your employer doesn’t have a “Panel of Physicians” (it’s typically a pink piece of paper with a list of doctors on it) posted and visible to all employees, you may have the right to choose your own doctor.

If the panel doesn’t follow the State Board of Workers’ Compensation guidelines (you can have a Workers’ Comp lawyer look over it during your free consultation), then the panel is deemed “invalid”. If so, you have the right to choose your own doctor who is not on the Panel of Physicians. HOWEVER, takes adequate photos of the Panel of Physicians at the job site as soon as possible, so that the insurance company cannot later argue that the panel was valid.

Suddenly being unable to work can be detrimental to a family’s finances and paying bills. However, workers’ compensation may provide certain benefits to qualified injured workers. It’s important to know what types of monetary and medical benefits you may qualify for.

The Ultimate Guide to Georgia Workers’ Compensation: Order this FREE guide. It gives a general overview of the benefits available for injured employees in Georgia.

Top Wrongful Death Questions

There is not an easy way to determine whether or not your family has a wrongful death claim without an attorney knowing specifics about your case (each case is different). If your family member(s) died in a car accident, it would be wise NOT to discuss the matter with the insurance company until you have spoken to a lawyer who has experience in wrongful death cases.

In Georgia, one thing that must be established to see if you have a case, is to prove that the other party’s actions is connected to the victim’s death or injuries.

Example: You are sitting at a red light, and the driver behind you fails to use the breaks, and rear-ends your vehicle. There is an obvious connection between the driver’s actions (failing to use the breaks and rear-ending you) and the injuries that result from that accident. Once a “casual connection” between the driver’s negligence and your injury is established, you then may be able to pursue a claim against the other driver for your injuries.

For many people who have suffered the loss in a fatal car accident, contacting an attorney is probably the furthest thing from their mind. The shock and overwhelming feelings of grief can be paralyzing for a family, and rightly so.

But after the initial shock, a family will realize there are needs that must be fulfilled, such as:

  • How will you pay for funeral expenses or medical bills?
  • Who will care for the children while you’re at work, or grieving?
  • How will you make ends meet after the financial loss?

Some people fear that pursuing a wrongful death claim will mean they are focusing on the wrong things rather than focusing on the memories of a loved one. In reality, delegating to an attorney to focus on your case and legal needs allows you to focus on healing.

Everyone copes with painful experiences differently, but some recommendations may help you through your pain as you treasure the memory of your loved ones while receiving help from others who truly care and support you after a tragedy.

Attorney James Murphy has published a book called “Counseling Loved Ones of Fatal Accidents – Dealing with the Grief of Wrongful Death“, which adapts a list of ideas and recommendations from the University of Texas at Austin’s Counseling and Mental Health Care website. You can order the book above for FREE.

No amount of money could ever replace the loss of a loved one, or truly compensate for the pain and suffering experienced after a fatal accident. Yet, certain actions often need to be taken in order to ease the financial situation of surviving family members, so they can focus on healing.

Specific Ways a Fatal Accident/Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help: Getting Compensation for:

  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of Companionship
  • Loss of Earnings
  • Financial Losses Incurred Due to Loss (Present and Future)
  • Medical Bills / Expenses
  • Funeral and Burial Expenses
  • Other Expenses Related to Loss

A wrongful death lawsuit can be files by a personal representative of the surviving family members, meaning that a selected person may file a claim on the behalf of a fatal accident victim’s estate.

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