Recovering from any type of vehicle accident is not easy if you have suffered injuries. But you certainly want to ensure that you receive fair compensation from the at-fault party. Typically, you would need to negotiate with the other party’s insurance company for a good settlement but in California, you may need to negotiate with your own insurance company. Remain proactive, calm and cautious from the outset of your personal injury claim and insurance claim. In some cases, it can be hard to know what the best settlement for your injury is, but it involves calculation of the damages as well as your serious injuries.
Getting the contact information and insurance details of the other party will be crucial. Be careful to watch what you say after the accident. Saying that you are fine could be used in the future to downplay the significance of your injuries. One other critical aspect of your claim is to know what your case is worth. It is important to get yourself checked by a doctor even if you think that your injuries are minor and if you are not experiencing significant symptoms right away.
Only a physician can assess the true extend of your injuries including those that may not immediately be visible. You may have a better idea of how much you could be paid for your injuries after this professional assessment but you should also incorporate other damages like emotional suffering and lost wages. Knowing what your case is worth is a matter of imprecise measurement. However, you should be able to get a sense of the range that your claim is worth and this can be solidified in a settlement demand letter. If an insurance adjuster makes a final offer, you will need to consult with your experienced personal injury lawyer to determine whether this is truly fair given the status of your injuries. Your opinion of the best settlement should always be determined after you reach maximum medical improvement.
SENIOR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY & FIRM FOUNDER
Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1987. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes how insurance companies work and how they decide how much to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael’s inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents. Learn more about Michael Pines