Right after you’ve been injured, you know to make sure that you’re safe. You know that the next order on the agenda is to call for appropriate medical professionals. Then, you want to gather evidence and contact our Los Angeles personal injury law firm. Of course, you also know not to sign anything from anyone connected to the insurance company without contacting us first. Those are the basics. We get questions about what happens after you hire us. These are some of the steps of what occurs after we’ve decided to take your case.
One of the first things our Los Angeles personal injury law firm does is get all of your necessary records. That often includes your medical records. This can be a critical part of your case. Knowing the fullest extent of your injuries can help us to get you the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. We understand that it can seem a little invasive to get your medical records. We maintain complete confidentiality, and would never share your medical info.
We also ask you if you’ve made any written or recorded statements or interviews about your injury. We hope that you haven’t, as they can make things a little more difficult further down the line. Remember: if someone from the insurance company asks you to give a statement about your injury, either don’t do it, or give them as little as possible. “I don’t know the extent of my injuries yet” could work. It has the benefit of being completely true.
Keep in mind: you have nothing to gain by saying “I’m fine” or “everything’s OK” after an accident. Hopefully, that’s the case, and you are fine. However, you probably aren’t. Many injuries can take days, weeks, months or even longer to appear. You certainly can’t know that in the period just after you suffered an injury. To be as honest and forthright as possible, say as little as possible. Giving them the slightest facts as you understand them is fine. You’ll be glad you did later.
“Discovery” is a portion of the process that is exactly what it sounds like: attorneys from both sides gather information that will be used throughout the case. That includes examinations of where the injury took place, depositions of witnesses, and a lot more. As with everything, remember to be as honest as possible. You have nothing to gain and everything to lose by telling even a slight exaggeration or so.
Discovery is one more portion of the process where our law firm can come in handy. We have the resources to do a complete and thorough investigation. When necessary, we can send professional, experienced investigators to go over the crash site. They know what to look for that will help your case and weaken the case of the opposition. The LA Injury Group has the backing to bring in pros that really know what they’re doing.
The insurance company has all the resources in the world. They can bring in the best attorneys as well as the best investigators. They’ll have their investigators making their case; you deserve to have some on your side who can help to find the evidence that will impact your case in a positive way. Many people who get injured in an accident reach out to a law firm that doesn’t have the resources to match an insurance company. So, they get swamped. That won’t happen here.
Beyond the resources of our Los Angeles personal injury law firm, there are some positive steps you can take to help your own case. For example, if physically possible, get as many pictures of your initial injuries as you can. That way, you have a record of what your injuries looked like at their very first. This evidence can be incredibly compelling, as it takes the consequences of an injury and makes it real. Instead of simply talking about the recklessness and negligence of the other party (or worse) the consequences of their actions will be highly visible.
It’s perfectly understandable if you don’t feel like taking pictures of your injuries. You’ve been through a lot. The pain and suffering can be awful. What we can say is that your injuries will change in look, even if they don’t ever heal. Taking pictures of them can go a long way towards getting you the compensation you deserve for everything that you’ve been through. If you can’t take your own pictures, a family member or friend would also be an excellent choice to do so.
Usually, the first offer the insurance company makes (before you hire our law firm) is an extreme “low ball” number. They aren’t looking to give you compensation for your injuries: they’re looking to give you as little money as possible. That way, they don’t have to pay you everything you deserve for what you’ve gone through. Of course, this is why you should never sign something from an insurance company until we see it first.
However, during the period of time in which we can negotiate and try to get a settlement with the insurance company, they often try the same tactic with us, too. They’ll give us an offer that’s far too small, just to have said that they made us offer. It’s almost the exact same thing: they want to give us a tiny amount of what the case would be worth, just in an effort to be over with everything already.
Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous personal injury lawyers who take this first deal during negotiation. Instead of fighting for their clients, they take the first deal offered. They do this because they want to get paid. At that point, it isn’t about the client and them getting what they deserve; it’s about the firm trying to make a buck. We would never do that to you.
As a Los Angeles personal injury law, communication is so important to us. We keep our clients informed every step of the process. We won’t take the first offer from the insurance company unless you really want us to. Even then, we’ll sit down with you to let you know what they offered and what we think you would really be able to get. As an experienced law firm, we’ve been doing this a long time. However, no two cases are the same. We stay in contact with you so that you can make the best, most informed decision for yourself and your family.
Not that many cases go to trial. Most end in settlements, and that’s one place where our Los Angeles personal injury law firm really shines. Over the years, we’ve gotten big settlements for our clients. We understand how difficult life can be right after you’ve had a terrible accident. When we get you the money you deserve for everything you’ve been through, that can make things just a little bit easier. Better still, they can make it easier on yourself as well as your loved ones and those around you.
Unfortunately, there are many different ways that you can suffer through a personal injury. It can happen in a crash, it can happen when you slip and fall – there are seemingly endless that ways that you can be injured through someone else’s negligence. When it happens, you have to do something to help yourself as well as the people in your life. Your due compensation from being injured can help with that quite a bit. Discover everything that our Los Angeles personal injury law firm can do by going to our website here or calling us at (818)210-4558.