Our firm has handled hundreds of car accident cases throughout Southern California and throughout the State. We know how shocked you might be after a car accident and how it can completely change the course of your life. After a car accident or injury, we tend to hear the same questions from our clients regarding the process of Personal Injury claims when they initially call us. For example, what is the claims process, what can we recover for, will we need to go to trial, and how long will it take. Since you’re probably going through a lot following your car accident, we figured we would make it easy on you and answer as many of these frequently asked questions related to this process:
What is the Personal Injury claim process?
After a car accident, you generally want to make a claim to the at-fault parties’ insurance company. This process generally starts the personal injury case. Generally, we try to resolve the case with the insurance company informally and without going to court. However, some times the insurance company try to low-ball us and refuse to pay what we demand. When that happens, we file a formal complaint in court and force the insurance company to reconsider their unreasonable position. After we file a formal complaint, we continue to try and negotiate a settlement on our clients’ behalf.
What to do immediately after a Personal Injury accident?
After any injury, we always recommend contacting an attorney to walk you through what to do next. Remember, we do free consultations and will be happy to walk you through exactly what to do without any charge. However, if you don’t want free advice, we recommend you immediately gather as much evidence as possible. Take as many photographs, record as much as possible, and get as much information about how you were injured and who caused your injury. Ask for insurance information, driver’s licenses, addresses, phone numbers, of as many people as possible. Not just the defendant, but try to get information on as many witnesses as well. After this, we highly recommend you make an immediate appointment with your primary care doctor. If for some reason they can’t see you immediately, go to an emergency room or urgent care to document what you’re going through and to prescribe you medications you might need.