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 our firm for a no-cost consultation about your case — (909) 726-7112.
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