Rancho Cucamonga Personal Injury Attorney
Achieving Justice for the Injured
Accidents happen every day. It is impossible to prepare for an accident,
as it is unknowing when it will occur. However, you can educate yourself
so that if it happens, you and your loved ones will be protected in the
aftermath of this scary situation.
Accidents can vary from:
- Minor auto accidents
- Major auto accidents
- Slip and falls
- Dog bites
- Pedestrian accidents
- Wrongful death
For instance, every day there are on average over 15,000 automobile accidents—many
involving even the most careful and attentive drivers. If you or someone
you love is involved in an accident, it is important to know exactly what
to do and what not to do, so that you can make sure you are protecting
yourself and your right to compensation.
If you have been injured, seek representation as soon as possible.
Contact Chung & Ignacio, LLP.
What to Do After an Accident
No matter how small an accident is, it is important to obtain documentation
of the accident. Many times this will be in the form of contacting the
police department and obtaining a police report. This is essential because
this is the first recording of the accident and it is taken near the time the accident occurred. The law enforcement
officer will take statements from the parties and any witnesses and make
an opinion on who they believe is at fault and why. The officer will also
ask if there are any injuries. It is important to disclose all pains and
complaints you may have sustained, no matter how minor they may seem.
The responsible party’s insurance carrier, if they have insurance,
will also contact you shortly to take a recorded statement from you—be aware that the recorded statement may be used against you. It is important to know that you are not required to give them a statement
if you do not want to.
Many times, the insurance company representative will ask a certain question
with hopes that you will give them the answer they want—the answer
that is beneficial to them and their insured. They will then use this
information to minimize their liability, which means a reduction of the
compensation you are entitled to.
It is advisable that you speak to an attorney who can advise you of your
rights before speaking to any insurance company.
The Most Important Step
The most important aspect of protecting yourself is making sure you
seek proper medical assistance immediately. The at-fault party’s insurance company will use any delay in seeking
treatment against you to imply you are not injured, or not injured to
the extent you are claiming. Getting immediate medical treatment will
not only ensure you are properly being treated, but it will also provide
records of such injuries.
If you are injured in an accident, you are allowed to recover your “medical
specials”—better known as the reasonable amount of your medical
bills, as well as additional damages.
Additional damages can include:
- Loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of vehicle value
Insurance companies will always try to settle the case for the lowest possible
amount—despite the severity of your injuries and how seriously your
life has been affected by the accident. Knowing the realistic value of
your case is essential so that you can know whether any offer is too low.
That is why having a Rancho Cucamonga personal injury lawyer who is experienced
in litigating these cases is so imperative. Our firm can help you assess
a fair value for your case and seek compensation.
Contact Chung & Ignacio, LLP for a Free Consultation
With years of experience serving Southern California, our firm has the
skill and determination to represent you with precision. We fight to ensure
our clients are given compensation to help them move forward with their
lives. Suffering an injury or grieving a wrongful death can be overwhelming—let
an experienced injury lawyer at the firm uphold your rights and see to
it that you receive the resources you deserve.
Contact our firm for a no-cost consultation about your case — (909) 726-7112.