Car Accident FAQ
Attorney Jon R. Hawk helps you find answers
You’ve been hurt in a car accident in Middle Georgia. Now what? Many people aren’t sure what to do next. All they know for sure is that they are injured, their car is wrecked and they’re not sure who is going to pay for everything. Macon car accident attorney Jon R. Hawk knows how confusing the claims process can be, and he helps injured people recover the compensation they deserve.
Below are some answers to common questions about car accidents we get at Jon R. Hawk, Sr., LLC. Jon is dedicated to making sure his clients the compensation they need to recover from their injuries as much as possible. He knows how to build strong cases that get results. Many times, he is able to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. But he will fight for you in court if necessary.
- What should I do if I’ve been in a car accident?
- Do I need to see a doctor if I feel OK?
- What is my case worth?
- Will my case end up in court?
- How long will it take to resolve my case?
If you have other questions, Jon can answer them in a free consultation. He’ll listen to what happened to you and go over your legal options. Simply contact us to set up a time. And if you can’t come to our office, Jon can meet you in your hospital room, at home, or wherever is convenient for you.
Call the police and remain at the scene until help arrives. If you are seriously hurt, wait for emergency medical personnel to transport you to the hospital. But if you are not seriously hurt and are able to move around, there are some steps you can take.
Collect contact information for other drivers involved in the crash, as well as for any witnesses (including passengers). Exchange insurance information with the other drivers. But don’t talk about who may or may not have been at fault for the accident. Stick to the facts of what happened and keep your comments brief.
Take photos of the crash scene. This includes photos of the damage to vehicles and other property, skid marks on the road, nearby traffic signs or signals and any visible injuries you have.
Allow yourself to be examined by a medical professional. Then call a lawyer as soon as possible. Jon can sit with you and explain your legal options.
Yes. There are different reasons for this. First, you may be injured and not realize it. For example, you could have a concussion, or even a more serious traumatic brain injury. You could have internal injuries that require medical attention. A medical exam can detect any problems before they get worse. At the very least, an exam can make sure you are healthy and not in danger.
Second, getting a medical exam also protects your rights when you seek compensation. The insurance company will question why you didn’t get checked out by a doctor after the accident and will suggest it is evidence that you suffered no injuries. Getting a medical exam after your accident produces documentation that you were hurt.
There is no easy answer to that question, as there is no set formula to determine the value of your claim. When you meet with Jon, he will ask you about your injuries and how they have impacted your life. He will also review all medical records related to your injury. In addition, our registered nurse will assess your injury and the treatment you will need, both now and in the future.
After a thorough review of your case, Jon can determine the true cost of the damages caused by the accident. He will help you recover the financial compensation you deserve. This may include medical expenses, lost wages, emotional trauma, pain and suffering and other damages.
It’s possible. Insurance companies will often make an initial settlement offer, hoping that you will accept it. But they are only interested in disposing of your claim quickly and cheaply. Their offer won’t come anywhere near covering the true damages from your accident. Jon takes the time and does the work to build a strong case that proves negligence caused the accident that led to your injuries. This shows the insurance company he is serious about getting you the compensation you deserve. Most times, this brings the insurance company to the negotiating table, and Jon is able to work out a settlement that meets your needs.
But sometimes, the insurance company won’t budge. In these cases, Jon won’t hesitate to fight for you in court. He is known for his litigation skills, and he has won many substantial awards on behalf of clients.
It depends on the details of your case. Sometimes, a negotiated settlement can be worked out with the insurance company in a matter of months. But in some cases, negotiations can go beyond that. If your case ends up in court, it can take one to two years before it is heard. And if your case involves long-term injuries, it can take even longer to resolve your case.
At times, an initial settlement offer from the insurance company can seem tempting. It gets you money faster, and removes a lot of stress from your life. But Jon is focused on getting you the financial compensation you need and deserve to help you rebuild your life. This can involve future medical expenses related to your injury, or physical therapy, or home modifications. Jon stands by you every step of the way.