When you are looking for a lawyer who deals with car accidents, you will want to search for a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you fight for the compensation you deserve when you are in a car accident caused by someone else.
According to the American Bar Association (ABA), a car accident can be a personal injury claim if you are injured by a driver who did not exercise reasonable care. Every driver on the road has a duty to uphold the laws and regulations of the road whenever they are driving on public streets. If a driver fails to do so, you have the ability to file a personal injury claim. In this case, a personal injury lawyer can assist you with your claim and help protect your rights.
How a Lawyer Can Help
Filing a personal injury claim for your car accident can be complicated and confusing. A lawyer can help you simplify the process. According to the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §425.10, filing a personal injury claim requires:
- A statement: This includes the facts of the action that caused the damages and injuries and proof as to who is negligent in these actions.
- A specific amount that is being demanded for relief: This includes the amount of compensation being requested based on the amount of damages and injuries you had.
These two requirements can be more difficult to meet, as finding evidence of negligence is not easy. You must be able to prove the other party caused the accident and what they did that put your life at risk.
A personal injury lawyer can also help walk you through the process and help you prove:
- The negligence of the at-fault driver
- What caused the accident
- What injuries and damages you sustained
- How much those injuries and damages cost you
Dealing with Insurance Companies
Some people believe insurance companies will pay you for all of your financial expenses without a fight. However, this is not the case. Insurance companies will often do what they can to pay you less or nothing at all. If you chose to work with the insurance companies on your own, they can use anything you do or say against you.
Insurance companies will look at your claim and investigate the accident. They might try to place some of the blame on you for the accident. Insurance companies could also try to offer you a settlement that is much less than what you should be getting and convince you it is all you can get.
A personal injury lawyer can handle all the communication with insurance companies and other parties on your behalf.
Your Financial Expenses
The financial expenses you have due to your Los Angeles car accident depends on the amount of damage sustained. If you were in a car accident, you may be eligible for compensation that includes:
You could be compensated for the medical expenses you had due to the accident, such as emergency room visits, doctor’s visits, tests, and any treatment you may have needed. These costs could also include any future medical expenses you may need for ongoing treatment.
If your vehicle was damaged in the car accident, you could be compensated for the repairs your vehicle needs or a replacement vehicle if your vehicle was totaled. You could also be compensated for any other property of yours that was damaged in the accident.
Loss of Income
If you had to miss work due to your accident, you could be compensated for the time you had to take off work. This could include the time you had to take off due to the accident itself or the time you had to take off to recover from your injuries.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is any physical or mental pain you have gone through as a result of the accident. While it is hard to put a monetary amount on this, it should still be considered when determining fair compensation in your claim.
Getting Legal Assistance
A personal injury lawyer can fight for your rights in a car accident claim and communicate with insurance companies on your behalf. Dealing with insurance companies can be stressful, and a personal injury lawyer can take this stress off your shoulders. Call the Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices at (888) 522-6291 today to set up a free consultation.