Do I Really Need To Hire An Attorney For My Car Wreck Injury Or Personal Injury?

So many Chattanooga personal injury lawyers love to take your case whether or not your case needs an attorney or not. Yes, that’s right — sometimes you don’t need an attorney to get a fair car wreck settlement. Big TV ‘settlement mill” attorneys never tell you that people with small car accidents can settle their case without an attorney.

So, how can you know if your case needs an attorney? What should you do if you don’t need an attorney?

Dennis and King will never try to talk you into hiring us if we don’t believe we can put more money in your pocket with us than without us. When you call us about your Tennessee or Georgia car wreck case, we think one of our most important jobs is to educate you so you can decide the best option for your car wreck. For the car accidents that we know the victim doesn’t need an attorney, we will give you some ideas on how to handle your car wreck yourself.

How does Dennis and King determine a case needs an attorney?

Some attorneys, particularly settlement mill attorneys, are happy to take your personal injury case. What they don’t tell you is that most small car accidents can be settled without an attorney. How can you know that your case requires a Chattanooga car wreck attorney? What should you do if you don’t need a Chattanooga car wreck attorney?

Whether you need an attorney for your Georgia or Tennessee car wreck injury or personal injury case depends on the answer to the following questions:

Did your actions contribute to the Tennessee or Georgia car accident or personal injury?

Both Tennessee and Georgia are modified comparative fault states. This means that if you were 50% or more responsible for your collision, you cannot recover for your car wreck injuries or other accident injuries. Often, insurance companies use this to reject personal injury claims, even when the victim contributed little or nothing to the accident. If this is the case, you need to hire a qualified Chattanooga car accident lawyer or Chattanooga personal injury lawyers like Dennis and King.

How bad is your current injury?

The worse your car wreck injury or personal injury, the more it makes sense to hire a lawyer for your car wreck injury or personal injury. Accident victims with serious injuries, like broken bones, back & neck injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and torn ligaments, should consult with a Chattanooga car wreck lawyer BEFORE making any recorded statements with the insurance company and certainly before taking a settlement.

You can’t get medical care because either you lack health insurance or your doctor doesn’t treat car wreck cases or personal injury victims.

Medical records and medical treatments are the building blocks of a car wreck case or personal injury case. Appropriate medical care gives your case value. This means it is not enough just to go to the ER for your car wreck injury. In the least, you need follow-up care from a physician and physical therapy (no chiropractors please). If you lack health insurance or otherwise cannot get in to see a physician, you need Chattanooga car wreck lawyers like Dennis and King to arrange for your to get the medical treatment you need, with no upfront cost on your part. Whether you were injured in Catoosa County or Walker County in Georgia or Polk County or Hamilton County in Tennessee, Dennis and King can help you get the medical care you deserve.

Have you had a previous injury to the same body part you injured in your Tennessee or Georgia car wreck or personal injury case?

Insurance companies love to use previous injuries as a reason to fight car accident claims. They will point to your previous injuries and claim your car accident injuries are “pre-existing”. You need a lawyer to show the accident either worsened your pre-existing condition or it is a new injury altogether. We will review with you your past medical history to see what impact your health history will have on your settlement and devise a strategy to lessen its impact.

How much medical treatment do you need?

Insurance companies have “a length of treatment algorithm” that they use to determine how long you should be treating. If your medical treatment takes longer than the insurance company deems normal, they will not give you a fair offer for your medical bills. You need a lawyer to show the insurance company that a judge or jury would find your medical treatment usual and customary in light of your symptoms.

Does the person who injured you or do you have car insurance?

“You can’t get blood from a stone.” It is shocking how many Georgia and Tennessee drivers drive our roads without insurance. If the person who caused the accident is uninsured or underinsured, you may need a law firm like Dennis and King to look at your car insurance policy to see if we can find coverage to pay for your damages.

Is your health insurance trying to recover money from you for what it spent on your accident related injures?

Many health insurance companies will seek the repayment of accident related bills they paid on your behalf. We will make sure they don’t get more than they deserve (which is sometime zero).

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In almost all personal injury claims, insurance companies will offer you significantly less than what you deserve. It’s tempting to accept the first offer, especially if you are in a great deal of pain and unable to return to work. But if you’ve already taken a devalued settlement from the insurance company and your medical bills start to pile up, there’s little legal recourse to ask for more. That’s why it’s crucial to involve a Chattanooga personal injury lawyer before you even file a claim.

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Chattanooga car accident lawyers Tricia Dennis and Russell King have recovered millions of dollars in Georgia and Tennessee for car and motor vehicle accident victims like you.  If you or a loved one has been injured and need help with your medical bills, then you have come to the right place.   Auto accident victims and their family members in East Tennessee and North Georgia can confidently rely on the experienced auto accident attorneys at Dennis and King. We are the law firm that has compassionately, yet effectively, helped victims and their loved ones navigate the aftermath of difficult situations.

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Truck accidents in the United States are on the rise. Recent statistics show that almost 150,000 people are injured in truck accidents each year, and 6,000 people are killed. The regional area of Georgia and Tennessee is a crossroads and a center for car manufacturing, river traffic, and other industries. Large trucks, semi-trucks, 18-wheelers, and other commercial vehicles are constantly on the road. This has a downside as frequent truck accidents occur on I-75, I-24, I-59, Highway 153, U.S. 27, Amnicola Highway, Corridor J, and other roadways. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Georgia or Tennessee truck accident, you may be eligible for substantial compensation.

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Experienced Chattanooga motorcycle accident lawyers Tricia Dennis and Russell King are avid fans of motorcycles, but they also realize how serious motorcycle accidents can be. With over 75 years of combined experience, Dennis and King Injury Law knows the legal process to achieve fair compensation for motorcycle crash victims. Contact one of our lawyers today to learn more about how to start your motorcycle accident claim.

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ATV Accidents

Under both Tennessee and Georgia law, ATVs are not authorized for use on paved road, but children continue to bring ATVs on to our roads and highways. Georgia and Tennessee laws also prohibit the carrying of passengers on most ATVs, require children below the age of 16 to take approved ATV training courses, and require kids younger than 16 to wear helmets, eye protection, and over-the-ankle boots when operating ATVs. However, these requirements apply only when ATVs are operated on public lands, leaving kids essentially without protection when riding ATVs on private property.

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Bicycle Accidents

The most tragic type of bicycle crash is a bike-car collision. Cyclists are completely defenseless traveling on 30-pound bikes when they’re surrounded by 3,000-pound cars and trucks racing by them. Pedestrians, defective bike parts, recalled bike helmets, and other ineffective bicycle safety equipment can also cause bicycle accidents. Bike accidents can result in wrongful death or serious injuries such as broken bones, amputation, traumatic brain injury, neck, back, and spinal cord injuries.

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Boating Accidents

One of three factors usually cause boat accidents: an inexperienced boater, an intoxicated operator, or a boat malfunction. More than a third of both fatal and non-fatal boat accidents are alcohol-related. It is estimated that boat operators with a blood alcohol content of .10 or higher are 10 times more likely to be injured or killed in a boat accident than sober operators.

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No one ever expects a family member or friend to be the victim of abuse or neglect in a nursing home. However, abuse and neglect do occur every day and in many ways.

Dennis and King are Chattanooga nursing home abuse attorneys who will fight to recover all that you and your loved one deserve. With our experience in nursing home negligence matters, we thoroughly and carefully assess each individual case. We prepare each case for either settlement or trial in order to obtain compensation for injury, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. We help victims and their families hold these facilities accountable.

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Premises liability is a vital facet of personal injury law, placing responsibility on property owners for maintaining a safe environment. When accidents occur due to negligence or hazardous conditions on someone’s property, victims have the right to seek compensation. This encompasses incidents like slip and falls or inadequate security leading to assaults. Dennis and King excel in handling these complex cases, tirelessly pursuing justice for our clients.

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During your initial strategy session, we will assist you in creating a strategy in how to best pursue your claim, whether it be the result of a car accident claim, 18 wheeler injury, or, other kind of personal injury claim.

There are 5 points to your free claim strategy session:

  • First, we will listen to your story. You will have a chance to tell everything to someone who wants to hear what happened to you.
  • Based on the information you provide, we will give you our best advice on both what claims you have and the next steps you should consider to go forward with your claim.
  • If you claim is something that we think we can help you with, we will explain the services that we can provide for you, and what the next steps are that we should take. We will start working immediately.
  • If your matter is something that we do not think we can help you with, then we will attempt to put you in contact with another lawyer that might be able to help you.
  • Either way, what should happen is we will put to rest some of the unknowns that you may be experiencing. We will start to shed light on what you can expect and how to best pursue the benefits you deserve.