Joshua J. Smith is a personal injury attorney here in Dalton, the county seat of Whitfield County, in the northwestern part of Georgia. When folks are injured in the work place or in a car accident or really any situation that is not their fault, the resulting injury and its effect can be devastating to the individual and the family that depend on them. Attorney Smith is a bit unique in his approach to lawyering and in particular personal injury cases. In this blog, Attorney Smith shares his thoughts about compassion for clients.
Compassion is, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” Attorney Smith understands that he has a special ability in compassion – the desire to alleviate the distress. When it comes to personal injury cases, he understands that he is more than a sympathetic ear. He has the role of helping you get fair compensation for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other expenses related to the accident.
Compassion During Difficult Times
Suffering from a serious injury is challenging. Not only do you have pain, but you may not be able to work or do the things that you want to do. It’s easy to grow frustrated and feel overwhelmed after you have been wrongfully injured. These are cases that really need attention and expertise. When folks are injured, Smith feels for them because, probably more than most attorneys, he understands as he has been through it himself. Compassion extends to work ethic. In his case, he says, “I work seven days a week. I don’t work Monday through Friday, 9 to 5. I don’t play golf. I don’t goof off. I work.” For Smith, compassion means turning sympathy into action.
Insurance Companies Don’t Have Your Back
Attorney Smith states, ““The insurance companies are not working for the injured person’s best interest. They’re working for their dime, so they’re trying to squeeze their dime as much as they can.” The insurance company is most interested in protecting itself, even your own insurance company that you have paid premiums for years.
In the state of Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is just two years from the date of the injury. This might seem like a long period of time, but in the aftermath of a serious injury and recovery, this time goes quickly.
Insurance companies, especially ones for large corporations or workplaces, are there to make sure as little is paid out as possible for a claim or to try and get the claim dismissed all together. They are well aware that you only have a two year window, in most cases, to file for compensation so they will stall and delay hoping you will miss the deadline for filing. Once the deadline has passed, it is highly unlikely you can file or receive needed compensations.
According to Smith, “Even with your own insurance company, if you’re using your own coverage, instead of the person who hurt you, there are certain deadlines there that just cut you out if you don’t know about them and you don’t do things in a certain time.”
Insurance companies are less likely to deny payments when dealing with a competent personal injury lawyer who is advocating for you. Your lawyer demonstrates your seriousness about filing a claim.
Personal Injury including Wrongful Death
Smith has done many personal injury cases including wrongful death cases in his experience. He thinks the wrongful death cases are the most traumatic to a family, for the people who survived. His philosophy is you are working with folks to try and get some justice and peace. Although he is working for his fee because he has to pay his employees and himself, he knows bottom line, he is helping the survivors through the process and that matters most.
If you thankfully survive your injuries, Joshua Smith will fight hard to get you financial restitution for you and your family. You will need to focus on recovery and ways to replace your income and savings if you are unable to work due to your injury. As a personal injury lawyer, Smith will diligently pursue your claim while you are recovering.
Contact Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Joshua J. Smith
Joshua J. Smith takes pride in his compassionate focus and being an attorney who cares about his clients, He sees them as “friends” who live nearby and are his neighbors and share and contribute to his community.
“I enjoy helping people. My first job was as a personal injury attorney. I really fell in love with it because though the money is not bad, it’s really to help folks. I mean, you help “friends” that have been hurt badly, lost a limb, need permanent rehab, or lost their career. This is worthwhile.”
Contact Joshua J. Smith Attorney at Law by calling us at (706) 217-2095 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We can also meet you at your home or wherever is mutually convenient.