Frequently Asked Questions
How much do you charge for a consultation for a Metro Atlanta personal injury case?
The McCloud Law Firm offers FREE consultations for Stone Mountain/Lawrenceville, Metro Atlanta and Georgia personal injury cases.
What is a contingency fee?
The McCloud Law Firm offers contingency fees on all personal injury cases. With a contingency fee, clients pay nothing for their representation until the case is settled or a jury comes back with a verdict. The fee is a percentage of what’s collected, so both the client and the attorney profit by getting as much money as possible. In the rare event that no money is collected, the client owes us nothing. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action must usually be paid by the client. Contingent fees are not permitted in all types of cases.
What if I am too injured to come into your office for a consultation?
We can consult with you telephonically or via a Zoom for a consultation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have suspended coming to your home or to the hospital for consultations, unless it is your preferred method.
Does The McCloud Law Firm ever represent insurance companies?
No, we only represent injured claimants.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
The statute of limitations, which is the time period for filing a lawsuit, is two years in Georgia for personal injury, fraud and medical malpractice, but can be different for other types of negligence, recklessness or intentional acts. There also may be shorter time limits to file for uninsured motorists coverage and claims against municipalities. That’s why it’s important to call The McCloud Law Firm as soon as possible after an accident or incident occurs.
Will my case go to trial?
Personal injury cases very rarely go all the way through trial to a verdict. That’s because the insurance company prefers to settle rather than risk a huge award by a jury. That said, thorough investigation and meticulous trial preparation is what gets the insurance company to pay top dollar.
How long will my case take?
Most mild to moderate personal injury cases take about a year to settle, but there are many factors that can cause it to take longer including liability disputes and low offers from insurance companies. Severe and catastrophic injury cases will take longer.
What types of compensation can be recovered for a personal injury case?
You can make a claim for both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are the quantifiable amounts for things such as medical expenses, rehabilitations, accommodations, childcare, home health care, prosthetics, lost earnings and lost future earning capacity. Recovery is limited to actual costs and losses for economic damages. Non-economic damages refer to abstract losses to include pain and suffering. Georgia presently has no caps on what can be collected for subjective noneconomic injuries including the following claims for:
Loss of consortium.
Will your firm assist me with handling the repairs to my vehicle or a total loss?
Yes, our team has unique experience with Property Damage and understand how important it is for you to have reliable transportation. We will assist you at NO CHARGE.