A couple scenarios...
You've been in a serious car accident and quickly received an offer from the other party's insurance company. Or the converse happened and your attempts at resolving the issue on your own have resulted in unanswered demands and frustratingly expensive medical bills piling up on your end. If either scenario sounds like you, please keep reading. As California personal injury attorneys for over four decades, we have seen it all which is why we can say that it is always in your best interest to work with an attorney.
Here's a look at some things you should (but probably don't) know about car accident settlements:
- Your injuries may be worse than you think: The soreness and exhaustion you are feeling the most may not be what your biggest injuries are. For this reason and your own health you should always see a doctor following an accident. Take it easy and take care of yourself. Seeing a doctor and other medical professionals will not only help with your physical recovery but this documentation will also help with your financial recovery by providing a realistic picture of your medical needs and the changes the accident has forced on your lifestyle.
- The first offer from insurance is likely less than you deserve: Unless the insurance company is openly offering the full amount of the policy, you do not want to take it. Insurance companies have a common approach you should be aware of-- they want to offer you something quickly before you get an attorney to tell you how low it really is. Don't let insurance companies take advantage of you and be sure to give us a call before you accept anything.
- Deadlines are strict: Time is unfortunately of the essence when it comes to car accidents. Whether there were serious injuries or deaths, it is very easy to let this time pass quickly an when it does you lose this very important opportunity to file a lawsuit. Read more about the California statute of limitations here.
Filing a claim following a car accident is confusing and overwhelming and what you should be focusing on is your recovery. Give Walch Law a call to discuss things further. We are here to get you the money you deserve as quickly as possible. We take a personal approach to all of our cases which is why we are always available, even late at night over the weekends. We know questions and concerns come up and it is this open door policy that makes our clients love us. Want to learn more about how we can help? Fill out our contact us form and we will be in touch.