How much money will I get in my settlement?
The amount of your compensation for your truck accident or car accident is the result of a couple of different factors. These include the seriousness of the injury, the amount of medical care you receive, the amount of future medical care you may need and the amount of wages you have lost and may lose in the future. The largest component of damages is the pain and suffering caused by the accident and how it affected your life. Together these components add up to a picture; what we as car accident attorneys do is develop that picture to present to the insurance adjuster at the time of settlement. The clearer and more developed the picture the higher potential settlement you may receive for your auto accident injury.
How long is this process going to take?
The length of the settlement process depends mainly upon your medical condition. Our number one concern is your health and that down the road you are not having any more problems arising from your auto accident. That’s better than getting out early, getting out cheap and having problems for many more years. It’s only when you’re better or your condition has stabilized that we can start to talk about settling the case, because that is when the “picture” starts to come into focus.
What should I do if I don’t have a doctor yet?
We receive a lot of referrals from people that are already seeing a medical provider, but if you don’t have a doctor we can refer you to one in your area. That provider may be much more attuned to your car accident injury and to the documentation needed to maximize your recovery.
What should I do to prevent the insurance company from taking advantage of me?
Insurance companies perform a valuable service in our economy but make no mistake about it; in personal injury cases they are only looking out for their financial wellbeing. An insurance adjuster’s sole job is to drive down the amount of money paid to you for your personal injury. Our job is to drive that number up.
So a few things that you can do to protect yourself are:
- Do not talk about the accident or your injuries to anyone. Sometimes insurance companies hire investigators to “interview” you, sometimes an adjuster will call you directly, and in cases with more serious accident injury they will contact friends and family to ask questions about your accident or your injuries. If you do not talk to anybody you will never say anything that will be misconstrued or used against you in the future.
- Preserve all information about the accident including what direction vehicles were traveling at the time of the car crash, how those vehicles collided and the names and contact info for all drivers and witnesses (these items are especially important if no police report is taken). This information will prove to be extremely helpful in prosecuting your personal injury claim.
- Carefully note the effect your injuries have on your daily life. Your inability to drive, work and engage in daily, normal activities, is important in painting the “picture” of your accident injury.
- Consult a personal injury attorney. Speaking to a car accident attorney early about your case is free and you are not charged any money unless there is a settlement or recovery at trial. An attorney can develop your case to maximize your recovery in a settlement or a trial. Remember, precautions not taken are advantages lost!
I hope these FAQs have helped you understand this process better. Please do not hesitate to call me at (415) 456-2566 to discuss your case today.