California Injury Law Firm
- Recovering Damages in a Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuit
- Are Insurance Companies Working on Your Behalf?
- How to Deal with an Insurance Adjuster after Your Car Accident
- I Don’t Have Health Insurance, Can I Still Get Medical Treatment for Car Accident Injuries?
- Valuable Advice When Dealing with Your Claim
- What Personal Injury Damages are Recoverable?
- Should I Hire an Attorney?
- How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
- How Much is Your Case Worth?
California Injury Law Firm with Proven-Results
In today’s society, where we have everything at our fingertips and often instant gratification, being involved in a car accident can be especially troubling. You suddenly realize how little control you have over the situation, the car insurance companies, your injuries and how they heal, how the insurance adjuster wants to portray your claim, and your vehicle’s condition.
However, when you hire a reputable and effective California injury law firm to represent your claim, you can take control of your claim. Too many injured individuals try to represent themselves against large insurance companies after a car accident. While they may receive some compensation, they do not receive what they could if they had hired a California personal injury law firm to handle their claim on their behalf.
Slip and Fall
Settlement in a slip and fall case versus Jiffy Lube; client suffered spinal injuries.– Judd Ross Allen
Recovering Damages in a Motor Vehicle Accident Lawsuit
California law provides compensation for victims of wrongful acts, including motor vehicle accidents, for their physical, financial, and emotional injuries. There are two types of damages in a personal injury plaintiff can request; economic and non-economic.
Los Angeles also has an ideal climate for motorcycle riding. We enjoy sunshine all year long, and our temperate climate means riders don’t face seasonal weather challenges. Without much rain, snow, or ice, motorcyclists can usually ride all year long.
Economic damages are financial losses that have a pre-determined value. These damages include lost wages and medical bills.
Non-economic damages are subjective. They can include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental anguish
Every case is unique, and our personal injury attorneys approach each client as an individual with unique needs. Your damages are likely not the same as those incurred by another party. Our team examines all pieces of evidence to ensure we craft the most compelling case possible. A case that will show the party liable for your injuries or their insurance company the impact their actions have had on you.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries because of another person’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional wrongful act, don’t hesitate to call our seasoned California personal injury lawyers. Your consultation is free, and you will pay us nothing unless and until we settle or win your case in court.
Are Insurance Companies Working on Your Behalf?
Insurance companies have many advantages when it comes to settling your claim. They have highly experienced adjusters as well as attorneys and wealth. To their benefit, they also have a minimum of 67 legal defenses that they use to attempt to minimize the compensation you deserve or withhold it completely.
Unfortunately, there is no legal formula that regulates the compensation personal injury victims should receive.
If an uninsured driver hits you, you might be surprised to learn that your own insurance company is not on your side. However, you are still contractually obligated to cooperate with them.
How to Deal with an Insurance Adjuster after Your Car Accident
Don’t be fooled by insurance adjustors who seemed concerned and sympathetic to your situation after a car accident. They are only accountable to their client (the party who caused your accident), and their shareholders. Too many injured people like yourself mistakenly believe the other party’s insurance company only wants the best for them. Insurance adjusters want the best for their company, which means keeping more money in their pockets and giving less money to you in a settlement.
However, you should still be professional and courteous when you speak to them. Even if the insurance adjuster does not treat you the same, take the high road. They are the ones sitting behind the desk, determining what kind of compensation you are owed.
If they decide they do not personally like you, they will attempt to make the claims process harder on you. Being courteous could act in your favor. Even if you hire an experienced personal injury law firm California to represent your claim, your attorney will still have to deal with, and they will remember how you acted and how they were treated. Be as kind and professional to them as you can from the beginning so that when you hand your claim off to your attorney, it will make your case easier to handle.
I Don’t Have Health Insurance, Can I Still Get Medical Treatment for Car Accident Injuries?
When you hire our firm, we can help you receive the medical care you need, even if you do not have health insurance. We have a network of medical professionals ready to help you no matter your insurance status. This network includes:
- Medical doctors
- Physical Therapists
- Orthopedic Surgeons
We can help you find the right providers for your injuries that will delay the payment of these bills until the closure of your case. Once you receive your settlement or court award, they will get paid from that. This arrangement is known as a medical lien.
Valuable Advice When Dealing with Your Claim
Unfortunately, many big and small things you say and do can significantly impact your case. Consider these tips to make your claim more successful:
- Seek medical care as soon as possible after your injuries
Your injuries might be more severe than you believe they are. You can help decrease the chances of your injuries becoming worse or experiencing complications by seeing a doctor as soon as possible. Doing so will also ensure that your injuries are documented shortly after the accident. If you do not have your own doctor or are unsure where to seek medical care, we can help you.
If an insurance adjuster requests that you see a “company doctor,” do not agree and call us immediately
Never accept a settlement offer until you have received a free second opinion at our Los Angeles personal injury law firm
- Do not provide a statement to anyone
The insurance adjuster may request or even pressure you to provide a recorded statement. Do not give one as you are not legally or contractually obligated to do so. Call us first. Anything you say could be used against you. Adjusters have ways of twisting your words and making you say things that you don’t really mean.
- Do not sign anything without first seeking our advice
You might be asked to sign something that seems required or meaningless. Do not do so without seeking our advice. It could be a release that prevents you from collecting money on your claim in the future. This can be especially problematic if your injuries end up being more severe than you realize. It could also be an authorization to allow them to get your confidential medical records, even older medical records that have no impact on your current claim. If they are able to access this information, it could be used as evidence against you.
- Avoid legal clinics
While they might seem inexpensive or convenient, legal clinics represent all kinds of cases. This includes defending drunk drivers. Not us, we take drunk drivers to court to recover damages for our clients. If you suffer an injury in a car accident, you need a lawyer who will fight tirelessly for you.
- Never hire a lawyer simply because a stranger referred them to you
Even if they were the best lawyer for this person, they might not be the best lawyer for you.
Settlement in slip and fall versus grocery store; client suffered spinal injuries– Judd Ross Allen
What Personal Injury Damages are Recoverable in California?
Damages are the basis for your monetary compensation. They can be bills you receive, inconveniences, or physical suffering. California personal injury law allows recovery for many types of damages, including (without limitation):
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Long-term care
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Negligent infliction of emotional distress
- Injury to reputation
- Wrongful death
Should I Hire an Attorney?
No law or requirement says you have to hire a personal injury attorney after an accident. However, it is highly recommended that you do. Keep in mind that insurance defense law firms have one goal in mind, and that is to pay you as little as possible. For some victims, this means they receive no compensation. The insurance defense firm can better accomplish their goal if you do not have a lawyer on your side.
They will quickly take advantage of your lack of legal knowledge and experience. These firms might try to justify paying you nothing or giving you a low settlement on a technicality that you are sure not to be familiar with. If you have an attorney on your side, they can catch this trick and fight it.
Insurance defense firms typically bill by the hour. This means that they lose nothing by constantly putting procedural hurdles in your way. To their dismay, seasoned personal injury attorneys at the biggest personal injury law firms in California are far too familiar with their stalling and scare tactics, so much so that they are immune to them.
Insurance defense firms are aware of this fact. Because of this, they are more likely to offer larger settlements faster when they know that the victim has an attorney on their side.
In fact, personal injury plaintiffs who hire a California injury lawyer receive 3.5 times more money for their auto accident claim than those who do not, according to a study by the Insurance Research Council (IRC). When you hire an attorney, the defendant’s insurance company knows they are fighting an uphill battle.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
When you retain legal counsel from our San Diego personal injury law firm, we examine every detail of your case to determine what its value might be. Merely looking at pay stubs and medical expenses is not enough to determine the value of a car accident claim. Your attorney should also be looking at the monetary value of your physical and emotional pain and suffering and how your injuries impact your life both now and in the future.
Since every case is different, your personal injury attorney might help you in different ways than they help other clients. For example, your case might go to trial instead of settling, which requires different actions from your attorney. A personal injury attorney can typically help you by doing the following:
- Determine whether you have a valid case
- Identify all parties that could potentially be held liable
- Determine how much your claim should be worth
- Gather and preserve evidence in support of your claim
- Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf
- File a lawsuit on your behalf in the proper court
- Represent you in court
Our priority is reviewing the evidence in your case, using it to prove that you are the victim, and building a strong personal injury claim.
How Much is Your Case Worth?
This is one of the most common questions asked by personal injury plaintiffs, and we understand why. California law provides that you can receive compensation for many different types of damages, as previously discussed. Many car accident plaintiffs make the mistake of assuming that the car insurance company will owe them about three times the amount of economic damages for their non-economic damages. This is untrue.
No matter the insurance company, their goal is to keep their money in their pockets by paying you as little as possible. With a personal injury attorney on your side, you can be assured that you will receive the best outcome possible in your claim. The value of your claim depends on many factors, such as the evidence in your case and your damages.
Call Experienced California Personal Injury Attorneys for Help
When our clients receive the compensation they deserve, we are successful. Our California personal injury lawyers have recovered more than $400 million for previous personal injury clients just like you. We serve clients in San Francisco, Riverside, San Jose, San Diego, Sacramento, Sherman Oaks, and throughout California.
Contact us if you would like to speak to a personal injury attorney about how much your case is worth. We will discuss your damages are and how much you may be eligible to recover free of charge and with no obligations. Call Arash Law and the team led by Arash Khorsandi today at (888) 488-1391 or contact us online to receive your free personal injury case consultation.