It may not be appropriate for every San Diego car accident claim to go on to court. There are many different reasons why you might want to consider an alternative to heading into litigation. One of the most important things you can do to encourage a proper settlement claim is to work with an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney.
As soon as possible, set up a meeting with this injury attorney to discuss pertinent details about the accident, including whether there were any witnesses, whether any law enforcement officers came to the scene and took the police report, the details of the other driver and his or her insurance company, areas of physical damage on each vehicle, and the injuries you have sustained. You may be eligible to collect various damages associated with your claim, depending on the severity of your injuries. These damages might come in the form of car accident claim resolved in settlement negotiations.
That being said, having a personal injury attorney evaluate your medical records immediately can help give you a better picture of a reasonable settlement amount to accept. Your attorney may begin the settlement conversation by contacting the other party’s attorney or insurance company or the insurance company or other party’s attorney may reach out to your attorney. You may wish to let your personal injury attorney know as soon as possible that you would like to consider all reasonable settlement options.
Discussing this with him or her in advance gives your attorney the opportunity to carefully evaluate claims before bringing them to you. Ultimately, it is your decision whether or not to accept a car accident claim, but having you and your attorney on the same page about the issue and letting him or her know that you are open to receiving fair settlement options can go a long way towards success.
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