Protecting your rights as a personal injury victim is difficult enough in usual circumstances. It is even more complex when language barriers prevent you from making yourself clearly understood by an Atlanta personal injury lawyer. But this will not be the case if you bring your case to Diaz & Gaeta Law. You will be able to present your case to a personal injury lawyer who speaks Spanish.
We believe that our law firm culture must reflect the multicultural aspect of the area we serve. America was built by people coming from various backgrounds and speaking different languages. And each of them has the right to receive professional legal representation and seek justice if a negligent person caused them injuries and economic damages.
This is why we offer a free consultation with a Spanish-speaking personal injury lawyer to any client for whom English is the second language.
Georgia Law Protects the Rights of Citizens With Limited English Proficiency
Your right to legal representation and interpretation services is protected by law in our state. Since 2003, the Supreme Court of Georgia stated that non-English speakers have the right to have a certified interpreter present for any court proceedings. This is a constitutional right, and our law firm took it one step further.
We believe that a Spanish-speaking personal injury lawyer who represents you and protects your best interests is the best person to assist you during a claims process or personal injury lawsuit. Our mission is to help all people, but especially the vulnerable ones with English as a second language, seek and obtain justice.
Why Bring Your Case to a Personal Injury Lawyer Who Speaks Spanish?
When you look for a lawyer, you want to make sure that you get the best legal representation and that you can afford to hire a legal counsel. However, you should also consider the fact that you need to make yourself perfectly understood.
These are the most important benefits of seeking legal representation from a Spanish-speaking personal injury lawyer.
1. Give a Clear Description of How Your Accident Happened
Small details can have a major impact on a personal injury claim. For this reason, a lawyer will ask a potential client detailed questions concerning:
- What they were doing moments before the crash
- From what direction the other vehicle came
- Every action they took after the crash, including what they talked to the other driver
- Whether they had consumed alcohol or taken any medications in the last 24 hours.
These are important questions in order to ascertain whether you have a valid case. Thus, it is crucial to be able to understand every question. It is equally crucial to be able to express yourself in the language you are most comfortable with.
This is why you should bring your case to a personal injury lawyer who speaks Spanish.
2. Understand the Laws Applicable to Your Case
In most cases, the accident victim has a small degree of responsibility, as well. In this situation, according to the comparative fault principle applicable in Georgia, their total damages are reduced by their percentage of fault.
A Spanish-speaking personal injury lawyer will explain how this principle works in your native language so that you understand it clearly. This is extremely important, especially because you want to know how much money you can expect to recover from the at-fault party.
3. Avoid the Need to Hire Interpreters During Interviews and Depositions
Even though you have legal representation, at certain moments you will have to answer questions from an insurance adjuster or even an opposing counsel. Of course, your personal injury lawyer will be present and advise you whether you should answer a question or not.
At the same time, a bilingual personal injury lawyer can serve as an interpreter. This is extremely important for you as a plaintiff. First of all, you know that you can trust the lawyer to translate your words accurately from Spanish into English.
Secondly, you do not have to hire an interpreter. Although you are eligible to recover this expense from the negligent party, it is still an upfront cost that would burden your budget for the moment.
4. Be Fully Involved in Your Claim Process
Every claimant wants to know how their case is advancing. They want to understand how long it takes until their case settles and whether the adjuster is ready to reach an agreement or not.
These are aspects that may not be clear to a person for whom English is a second language. This is why it is important to be represented by a personal injury lawyer who speaks Spanish. They will explain to you every relevant aspect of your case and help you understand the insurance adjuster’s attitude. Thus, you can prepare yourself ahead of time for the possibility of taking your case to court.
5. Describe Your Injuries in Detail to Receive the Best Treatment
After the ER visit to be diagnosed and receive initial treatment, a Spanish-speaking personal injury lawyer can direct you to the right type of healthcare unit for your injuries. People with head injuries, back injuries, or fractures need different types of specialists and treatments.
The lawyer will be happy to make sure that you get the best medical care and that your injuries are carefully documented to support your insurance claim.
6. You Won’t Be Taken Advantage of by Unscrupulous Insurance Adjusters
Insurance adjusters are usually unscrupulous when it comes to tricking accident victims into accepting a lowball settlement. They will find it easier to take advantage of a person with limited English. For this reason, you should not say absolutely anything to an adjuster on your own.
Let them know that a Spanish-speaking personal injury lawyer will be representing you and helping you with interpretation at the right moment. The adjuster does not have the right to pressure you into anything, especially if you lie on a hospital bed. Let them know that you are aware of your rights and refuse to be intimidated.
Bring Your Case to a Personal Injury Law Firm Where You Can Be Understood
Diaz & Gaeta law firm is founded by two experienced Spanish-speaking personal injury lawyers. Our team consists of several other skilled attorneys who speak Spanish at a professional or native level.
This is the right place to bring your personal injury case. You will be able to present your case speaking in the language you are most comfortable with and will receive clear legal advice. If your case has merit, we will represent you on a contingency fee basis. This means there are no upfront fees and you pay nothing unless we win.
Call us now at 678-329-9084 and discuss your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer who speaks Spanish.