Getting Started on a Car Damage Claim
A Part of the Georgia Car Damage Manual:
How to Get Your Car Repaired or Paid-as-Totaled after an Accident
When you or a loved one has been involved in a car wreck, there are generally two possible types of claims involved. One is a claim for damage to the car (commonly called “property damage”), and the other is a claim for personal injury or wrongful death (commonly called “bodily injury”). At the Butler Law Firm, we only handle bodily injury cases—in other words, we only represent people who have been involved in car wrecks as to their claims for injuries or death, not just damage to the car.
But over the years, lots of people have called us looking for help dealing with the damage to the car, even if they weren’t hurt in the accident. We put this Georgia Car Damage Manual to help those people. Now we’re putting it on the web for all to use.
Georgia law allows property damage claims to be handled separately from personal injury claims. See O.C.G.A. § 51-1-32. That means that if you’ve been injured, you can settle your claim for the damage to your car and get back on the road while you continue getting the medical treatment you need. While personal injury cases often need a lawyer, sometimes if there are no injuries and the only issue is damage to your car, you may be able to handle the claim yourself. (See Should I Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident). If that’s the route you decide to take, we hope this Georgia Car Damage Manual will help you.
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