As a victim of an accident or negligence, you may feel alone and unsure of what to do next. But let me assure you, you're not alone. In fact, seeking the help of a personal injury attorney can make all the difference in the world.
Do's and Dont's After an Injury
In California, personal injury claims are more common than you might think. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, in 2019 alone, there were over 269,000 reported injuries from motor vehicle collisions. That's a staggering number, and it doesn't even include injuries from other types of accidents like slips and falls, dog bites, or medical malpractice. I've handled cases of all kinds in my years of practice.
Many clients come to me after an accident unsure of what to do, which is why I've compiled a list of do's and don'ts to keep in mind should you or a loved one ever find yourself in a similar situation.
Don't hesitate to reach out to me at Antaramian Law, APC. Let's work together to secure your future. Whether you're in Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Orange County, Ventura County, or Kern County, I'm ready to help you seek justice. Contact me today to schedule a consultation.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim in California
Before I get into the meat of this article, first I want to discuss some need-to-know information about personal injury law in California. First, it's important to understand that California is an at-fault state. This means that the party responsible for causing an accident or injury is also responsible for compensating the injured party. So if you've been injured due to someone else's negligence, the negligent party should be the one who will be held accountable.
The next crucial point is the statute of limitations. In California, you typically have two years from the date of the accident or injury to file a personal injury claim. It's essential to act quickly and decisively to ensure your claim is filed within this time frame.
One more key concept is what we call "pure comparative negligence." This rule means that even if you're partially at fault for the accident, you can still seek compensation. However, the total damages you receive might be reduced based on your percentage of fault. For example, if you're found to be 30% at fault for your accident, your compensation would be reduced by that same percentage.
Do's and Don'ts After an Injury
Now, let's dive into some helpful tips for what to do and not to do after a car accident or any personal injury.
Don't leave the scene of the accident until you've exchanged information with the other party involved.
This is a crucial step after getting in a car accident, as it helps establish liability and ensures that you have all the necessary information for your claim. Make sure to exchange names, contact information, insurance details, and any other relevant information with the other party. Sticking around after a car accident also helps you avoid any potential hit-and-run accusations.
Don't discuss the details of your case, even with your closest friends or family.
And certainly, resist the temptation to post anything on social media. You might be surprised how much your words can be twisted and used against you. Instead, reach out to a lawyer like myself before you speak to the insurance adjuster. That way, we help make sure your statements cannot be misconstrued.
Don't accept the insurance company's first offer.
While dealing with insurance companies, remember not to accept the first deal you're offered. Insurance companies, like all businesses, aim to minimize costs — in this case, your compensation. Allow a seasoned attorney to negotiate on your behalf and help you secure a fair settlement that meets your needs.
Don’t neglect your injuries.
Regardless of your insurance status, the importance of seeking medical attention after an accident cannot be overstated. Even if you're uninsured or underinsured, do not neglect your injuries. Your health is paramount, and seeking medical attention not only ensures your well-being, but also strengthens your personal injury claim.
Do keep records of everything
In the aftermath of an accident, it's key to keep records of everything related to your accident and injuries. Write down every detail you can remember leading up to the incident, during the accident, and afterward while the information is fresh in your mind. This documentation will serve as valuable evidence to support your claim and ensure that no important details are overlooked.
Moreover, make sure to keep track of all medical bills, doctor visits, and other expenses related to your injuries. This includes keeping a calendar of all appointments and treatments. These records can help establish the financial impact of your injuries and thus ensure that you are properly compensated for your medical expenses.
Do document work and daily life impacts.
It's essential to record how your injuries are affecting your work and ability to draw a paycheck, as well as your daily life. This could include missed workdays, decreased productivity, or even changes in your ability to participate in hobbies or spend time with your loved ones. This information will be crucial in demonstrating the full extent of your damages and ensuring that you receive fair compensation for all aspects of your injury.
Do contact a personal injury attorney.
After an injury, you need someone on your side who knows the ins and outs of the system. You need someone who can evaluate every detail of your situation and enlighten you about your possible legal options to recover damages. That's why one of the most crucial steps you can take is to contact a personal injury attorney. I'm Attorney Andrew Antaramian, and I'm here to help you. I can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Explore Your Legal Options
As someone who has spent almost a decade working with insurance companies, I understand the tactics they use to devalue injuries and damages. I've seen how these institutions target average folks who have been injured, and I couldn't stand by and watch any longer. That's why I switched my focus to advocating for the plaintiffs in personal injury cases.
My law firm, Antaramian Law, APC, is based in Los Angeles, California, and I serve clients throughout Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Orange County, Ventura County, and Kern County. While I handle your worries and fight for you, you can focus on your family, mental wellness, and health. I'm relentless in my pursuit of justice, and I won't rest until you get the compensation you deserve. Contact me today to get started.
In California, personal injury claims are more common than you might think. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, in 2019 alone, there were over 269,000 reported injuries from motor vehicle collisions.
According to the most recent report from the California Highway Patrol, there were 187,211 total injury crashes statewide in 2019. While this number is down from the previous year (191,971 injury crashes in 2018), consider this startling statistic: on average, 1 person was injured every 1 minute and 57 seconds as a result of a traffic incident in California in 2019. Traffic wrecks are far too common on California roads.