Lawsuit FAQ

Experienced truck accident lawyers who can help you get answers

If you were seriously injured in a truck accident or other accident caused by negligence, you have the right to seek financial compensation. This typically involves filing a lawsuit to recover compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to your injuries, lost wages if you couldn’t work, and other damages you suffered.

At Fried Goldberg LLC, we understand the impact that a serious accident can have on victims and their families. We also realize that the legal process can be intimidating and confusing. You may not be sure how the process works or what to expect once a suit is filed. Our attorneys are ready to guide you through the process every step of the way.

Here are some common questions people have about lawsuits:

Our firm knows what it takes for a lawsuit to be successful. We devote more than 95% of our caseload to truck accident cases and instruct other lawyers across the country in trucking litigation. If you were injured in a truck accident, contact us to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help.

How long after an accident do I have before I need to file a lawsuit?

Each case is different and must be evaluated on the facts of the case. In certain situations, notices or filings must be made with a governmental entity within a few months of the incident to preserve the right to later file a claim. In general, Georgia law has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury actions. Other states may have longer or shorter deadlines. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to make sure that you do not miss any deadlines imposed by the law.

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How much will it cost for your firm to make an initial review of my case?

It will cost you nothing. We understand that you are going through a difficult situation and need legal advice. We also know that another bill to pay is the last thing you need right now. One of our lawyers can meet with you to review the details of your accident, go over your legal options for recovering compensation, and answer your questions, free of charge.

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What are the costs to retain your firm to represent me?

Nothing up front or out of pocket. We work strictly on a contingency fee basis. Our fee agreement specifically states that you owe us nothing unless we make a recovery on your behalf. If there is no recovery, you don’t pay your lawyer a cent. It’s that simple.

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What is the value of my case?

There is no simple answer to that question as it depends on many different factors. These factors include the type and severity of your injuries, the cost of medical expenses, and insurance policy limits. Another deciding factor is the strength of your case – that’s something we put a lot of work into for all of our clients.

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Am I in charge of whether or not to settle a case?

Absolutely. The claim is yours, and you have the ultimate decision in deciding whether to accept an offer. We provide guidance and counsel as to the amount we have seen these kinds of cases go for in the past, but you must make the determination on whether to settle the case. We will not pressure you to take an offer, and if you decide to reject settlement as an option, we will vigorously prepare the case for trial.

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How long will my case take to resolve?

It depends entirely on the defendants. We are always preparing to take a case to trial. In doing so, we often are stopped by the defendants who want to attempt a settlement of the case or take the case to mediation because they know that based on our thorough preparation of the case, we are ready to take the case all the way to trial. We settle over 90% of our cases, but we believe our success rate is so high because the opposing side realizes that we will be ready to try the case if it is not settled.

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Will we have to go to trial on my case?

Chances are that your case will be settled out of court, but we firmly believe that you must be willing to try any case that is filed. We are always preparing each case for trial and tell our clients that they must be willing to go to trial if the defendants are unwilling to make a reasonable offer. Our job is to make the defendants offer the highest amount prior to trial and then you must decide if it is enough.

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Will I be able to speak with you if I have a question about my case?

Absolutely. We are always just one phone call away, and you will have the cell phone number of your attorney. We pride ourselves on being accessible to our clients and strive to return all phone messages the same day.

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Will you keep me updated on the status of my case?

Yes. We try to speak with our clients on a weekly basis about their case. We also send you copies of any relevant documents filed with the court so you can see how your case is progressing.

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What if I have a problem unrelated to my case?

Call us. Our clients are clients for life. We want to help you with any legal problem even if it is unrelated to your injury. If we cannot help you ourselves, we will find someone who can.

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What happens if your firm decides not to take my case?

There are several reasons why we may choose not to take your case. It may be that we do not believe that you will prevail at trial, or it may be that it does not make financial sense for us to represent you. We are always up front and honest with you about your case. We can also refer you to another lawyer for a second opinion.

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