Question

Should I get a lawyer after a car accident in California?

Scott J. Corwin - Personal Injury - General - Super Lawyers

Answered by: Scott J. Corwin

Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 310-207-4030
Fax: 310-207-1917

View Profile
Answer

While you may not need to retain a car accident attorney for a small property damage only claim, many car accidents result in personal injuries to the driver or passengers that would be best managed by an experienced auto accident lawyer. Many of the factors that contribute to the value of a motor vehicle personal injury case are not readily quantifiable and can be greatly diminished by an insurance adjuster looking to save some money. Insurance companies are looking to minimize claims paid out to victims of motor vehicle accidents, and insurance adjusters can easily dismiss pain and suffering, the major component of your General Damages.

Unless you have experience and expertise in handling an auto accident claim, you can spend significant time and effort and still end up with a mediocre settlement for your damages that does not represent reasonable compensation for your injuries. In the case of a wrongful death claim following a car accident, you should absolutely retain a top-notch car accident lawyer who specializes in wrongful death claims. These types of claims are very emotional for the claimants involved who are the survivors of the decedent, and require serious attention that only an experienced wrongful death personal injury attorney can handle properly.

Without the legal representation of an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney, you may miss important deadlines and statutes of limitation that may waive your right to pursue a claim. The statute of limitations for a California Car accident personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident. If you were injured by the reckless or negligent behavior of a government entity, then you have six months from the date of the motor vehicle accident to file your claim. Allowing a statute of limitations to expire on a personal injury claim without filing a lawsuit or other proper claim prohibits you from collecting compensation for your injuries, forcing you to pay for your own damages out of pocket, even though they were caused through the fault of another.

Finding the right lawyer can be difficult, but retaining the best auto accident attorney is worth the effort. Be wary of lawyers who give you answers you want to hear or promise you how much money you will receive before they even know anything about you or your damages. Reading reviews from an attorney’s former clients is an extremely useful resource. There are many internet sites that provide access to client reviews. Additionally, retain a car accident attorney who specializes in motor vehicle injury accidents exclusively. General practice attorneys do not have the expertise to maximize your damages, leaving you with inadequate compensation for your injuries.

If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, feel free to contact Scott J. Corwin, A Professional Law Corporation, to review your case and advise you further. With over 20 years of experience fighting for more than 2,000 motor vehicle accident clients, we have the knowledge and expertise to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries. For more information, contact Scott J. Corwin at (800) 946-9440 or visit our website at www.sjclaw.com.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

Other Answers By Scott J. Corwin

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Can I Sue After A Car Accident In California?

         Following a Car Accident, you can sue the responsible party for all damages as result of the accident. To pursue a …

Answered by: Scott J. Corwin

Other Answers About Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accidents

How do Florida courts determine who is liable in a multicar accident?

Florida is a comparative liability state. This means a jury decides the percentage of liability attributed to an injured person after a multicar …

Answered by: Heidi A. Hillyer

Motor Vehicle Accidents

What Compensation Can I Recover After A Vehicle Accident In Pennsylvania?

No one expects to be in a car accident — and few are truly prepared to deal with the aftermath of a car accident. The most pressing need is …

Answered by: Christopher J. Marzzacco

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Why should I hire a Georgia attorney after a car accident?

After a car accident in Georgia, an attorney can help you understand the claims process and your rights. A skilled attorney can investigate your …

Answered by: C. Jeffrey Kaufman

Disclaimer:

If you send a lawyer or law firm email through this service, your email will not create an attorney-client relationship and will not necessarily be treated as privileged or confidential. You should not send sensitive or confidential information via this email service. The lawyer or law firm to whom you are writing may not choose to accept you as a client. Moreover, as the Internet is not necessarily a secure environment it is possible that your email sent via the Internet might be intercepted and read by third parties. Super Lawyers will not retain a copy of this message.

Page Generated: 0.69163918495178 sec