Filing a Car Accident Claim to Recover Damages

One thing that can ruin your day, week or a month is a car accident. It happens when you least expect it, and the consequences can be devastating. But let us assume that you got out of it alive; your have injuries all over your body, your car is totaled and you don’t know what to do. 

You are not alone. There are thousands of individuals just like you, who have been through the same and who experienced the same stress and exhaustion. Luckily, the solution is closer than you would think. Our professional legal experts are just one phone call away. Contact our Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyers and schedule your initial consultation in order to learn how you can receive the compensation you deserve.

Here is how you can file a car accident claim in California.

Contact The Police

While still on the scene of the accident, if you are able to, contact the police and let them file a report. You will use it later as a supporting evidence, and base your case on it. Once the officers finish their job, your next step is contacting an attorney (in case you haven’t done it already). Only with a skilled attorney by your side will you be able to receive the maximum compensation possible in a timely manner. 

Keep in mind that visiting the doctor’s office (or calling the ambulance) is mandatory, as your health comes first. Don’t worry about the medical bills; even if you pay them now, you will get compensated for it (in most cases, you are not responsible for covering your medical costs).

Speak With The Insurance Adjusters

Soon after, you will get contacted by insurance adjusters. These are professionals whose one purpose is to negotiate a settlement with you. But, they don’t simply give you what you want. As their name states, their job is to “adjust” the deal, so that it benefits the insurance company. 

In 95 percent of situations, the initial offer is not good enough. No matter how great it may seem, don’t rush and accept it without consulting with your attorney first. If you don’t have one, contact one of our Personal Injury Attorneys in Los Angeles as quickly as possible. After you give them a call, they will do everything they can to help you understand your case’s full worth and know what to look for in the offers made by the insurance company.

What To Expect

Once you filed a claim, you should know what and when to expect it. A case can be closed within 12 to 18 months, and that is when you will start receiving payments. These payments will involve:

  • Medical coverage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damages (compensation)

Use these tips to maximize the outcome of your car accident claim, and receive the highest compensation possible. Getting a good attorney ahead of time is the only method that increases your chances of success by up to 50 percent. Don’t hesitate, or risk losing it all and getting trapped under a pile of medical bills.

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