If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in which the victim has sustained serious injury, the proper step to take is hire a Los Angeles personal injury attorney. The
Los Angeles accident attorney will analyze the details of the case, and will then determine whether or not the accident was caused due to negligence. Once negligence is determined as the cause, the
Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will claim damages from the negligent party's insurance company. If the insurance company deems the amount of damages to be fair, then the personal injury victim will receive total compensation. However, this is not always an automatic transaction. The negligent party's insurance company will always act in the best interests of its client, i.e. the negligent party, and attempt to prevent damages from being awarded to the accident victim. The accident victim, or plaintiff, must act thoroughly in the process of filing a damages claim in order to ensure proper compensation.
If I'm involved in an accident, how do I ensure I'll be properly compensated?
If a victim is involved in an accident, is injured, and has hired a Los Angeles personal injury attorney to represent him or her, the first step toward proper compensation is to visit a doctor and determine the extent of his or her injuries. The sooner that one consults a doctor the better, because if an accident victim procrastinates the negligent party's insurance company can use this as evidence that the accident victim's injuries are not as serious as they may appear. And once the doctor has determined the victim's injuries and offered a treatment plan, the victim should adhere strictly to that plan. If not, the insurance company can also use this against the accident victim in the negotiation stage in an attempt to lessen the amount of damages.
As soon as the personal injury victim meets with the accident attorney after being evaluated by a doctor, it is imperative that the victim records a statement with the attorney regarding the accident and the specific injuries that the accident caused. Revisiting the specific details of the accident can be important for the victim when the time comes for the negligent party's insurance company to question the victim regarding the accident. If the accident victim does not recall certain details of the incident, the insurance company can use this as leverage against the victim.
It is also important for personal injury victims to be completely honest when questioned by the negligent party's insurance company. If the accident victim bends the truth regarding the severity of one's personal injuries or mentions injuries that were not in the medical report provided by the consulted doctor, the insurance company can easily use this against the accident victim and attack the validity of his or her claim.
If you or a loved one has been sustained serious injuries from an accident, contact a personal injury attorney at once. The lawyers of Pacific Attorney Group will work for your rights and help you through the process of reclaiming compensatory damages.