Being injured in a car accident can leave you with a lifetime of pain or much worse. Even the most minor car accidents routinely cause muscle and joint injuries, severe whiplash, back pain, and concussions. More severe accidents can leave you with a disability, limited mobility, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
You do not have to face these injuries alone, and you do not have to pay out of pocket. You need to speak to our team of Los Angeles car accident lawyers. At the Simmrin Law Group, we offer a team of experienced car accident lawyers who know how to win cases. We’ll help you understand your situation, your legal rights, and how much compensation you’re likely to recover.
Then we launch our own investigation into the accident and push the insurance company to give you every dollar you need. We have a history of securing six-figure or larger settlements for our clients. We can help you get started with a free consultation. Fill out the form to the right or call us to schedule an appointment today. You don’t pay unless we win you money.
How Much Money Can I Recover for a Car Accident in Los Angeles?
If you were injured through no fault of your own, you are allowed to recover all of your costs. The expenses you can receive compensation for often include:
- The full cost of your medical bills
- Medication, rehabilitation, and physical therapy
- Lost wages if you missed work
- The cost of car damages and other property damages
- Large additional amounts of money for pain, suffering, and mental anguish
If someone you love was killed in an accident, you might also be able to recover wrongful death costs. This compensation may include final expenses, medical bills, and additional money. We don’t believe that this money can even come close to making up for what happened. Nothing will ever do that. But it can help you stay financially stable in the aftermath of a tragedy.
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Who Is Considered “At-Fault” in Los Angeles Car Accidents?
In California, whoever causes an accident is considered to be at fault and is legally liable for all costs. Normally, these costs are paid by their insurance company, not by the driver personally. However, they can be held personally liable if they don’t have insurance or if the insurance money isn’t enough.
A person can be considered “at-fault” for several reasons, including:
- They broke a traffic law which led to the accident
- They were distracted (by a phone, food, or anything else)
- They were intoxicated or on drugs
- They drove in a way that was aggressive or unsafe
- They did not leave enough room between their vehicle and your vehicle
The specific rules for fault depend on how the accident happened. You may not always agree with the insurance companies’ decision on who is at fault. We can help you establish what really happened and who caused the accident.
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Why Do I Need a Lawyer to Talk to the Insurance Company?
Your lawyer is your representative who bargains against the insurance company for you. We all know that insurance companies are run for profit, but you may not know that:
- Insurance companies are allowed to make misleading statements – They can call you up to “nicely” ask how you are feeling and then use what you say against you.
- Insurance companies are allowed to pay less than what you need – The insurance company will have its own adjuster determine the “value” or cost of your claim, and they expect you to live with their answer. Just because you’re covered by a policy does not mean they will pay you the full amount willingly.
- Insurance companies will use strong-arm tactics – One classic move is to delay your claim until your first medical bills are piling up, then swoop in to offer you a small amount of money – just when you need it most. They may try to use fear and financial desperation to get you to accept less than you deserve.
Under the law, you should be able to recover the full long-term cost of all your injuries. However, you usually need to fight for it. Your lawyer is the person who puts the full weight of the law on your case and forces the insurance company to pay up.
What If the Insurance Company Has Already Offered Me Money?
Be careful! This offer is often a trap. Insurers know that injuries take time to heal. Many injuries will also face complications or follow-up treatments months, or even years, after the accident. Insurance companies don’t expect you to consider the long-term costs of your injury. They want you to jump on the chance to get money quickly and then sign away your rights. Do not fall for it.
Always consult with a lawyer and medical team who can help you determine the true, long-term cost of your injury.
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How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Car Accident Attorney in Los Angeles?
We don’t believe you should pay anything out of pocket. The Simmrin Law Group offers a risk-free payment structure:
- Your consultation is free
- You pay nothing while we work on your case
- You will never pay a cent unless we win you money
Unlike many other types of lawyers, car accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that your lawyer only receives payment for their services if they are able to secure you compensation. This payment method ensures that your attorney will do everything in their power to get you the money that you need.
A Car Accident Lawyer Can Help Ease the Burden
After suffering an injury in a car accident, you will have a lot on your plate. Recovering compensation can be critical to helping you recuperate from your injuries. However, the stress of attempting to do so can actually make your physical recovery more difficult.
By hiring an experienced attorney, you can focus on your health with the peace of mind that your lawyer is taking care of everything on the financial side.
Is There a Deadline to File a Car Accident Claim in Los Angeles?
Yes. In most car accidents, you have two years to file a claim for injuries and up to three years to file a claim for property damage. However, there are circumstances where the deadline is shorter. In fact, you may only have a matter of weeks. If you miss the deadline, the court will not consider your case, and you may lose your right to recover any money at all.
Never delay. Speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident, and let them handle your case while you recover.
Settling Your Car Accident Case Out of Court
The majority of car accident cases are settled out of court. While taking a case to trial certainly isn’t uncommon, it is typically in everyone’s best interest to negotiate an out-of-court settlement. A trial can be unpredictable, even if your case seems airtight. If your lawyer can negotiate a fair settlement deal, taking the offer will typically be to your benefit.
Not only does a settlement help both sides to avoid the risk of a trial, but it also speeds the process along. You will likely receive the money you need to cover your costs much quicker if you are able to reach a settlement agreement.
However, you should be cautious about taking a settlement offer. The first deal offered is likely to be a lowball offer that will not come anywhere near the amount you truly need. Your Los Angeles car accident attorney can help advise you on when a deal is fair.
Talk to a Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer for Free
California law gives you the right to recover money for your injuries. Don’t let the insurance companies take that away from you. The attorneys of the Simmrin Law Group will give you a free consultation and help you decide if you have a claim. Fill out our online contact form or call us and get your free consultation today.