As we write this, it’s the holiday season. A sense of joy in the air, surrounded by loved ones; this is a great time of year. We hope that you’re surrounded by loved ones during the holiday season, too. We wish everyone a great holiday season. Of course, unfortunately, accidents and injuries don’t take holiday seasons off. They can strike during even the best, most festive times of year. When they do, the insurance companies will continue their same tactics to try and get you to settle for less money than your claim is worth. In this blog, we’ll go over still more ways that the insurance company goes about their business of getting you to accept less money, as well as how a Los Angeles Injury Attorneys can stop it from happening.
Los Angeles Injury Attorneys in Insurance Company Tactics
We could write all of these blogs about what the insurance companies do to keep you from getting the compensation that you deserve. Indeed, we could do that every day and not run out of material. There are a lot of reasons for that, but the main reason is that they have a lot of tactics at their disposal. Insurance companies are some of the largest corporations in the world. To get that big and stay that big, they have to keep making money. one of the main (if not the main) way that these insurance companies make money is by making sure that injured people get less money than they deserve for their claims. We can stop that from happening.
While we’re always glad to sit down with people and talk about their cases, we do recommend that you contact us as soon as possible after the accident. That makes it easier for us to start on the case quickly. When you contact us and schedule that initial consultation in short order after the accident, it means we can hit the ground running. There’s less time that we have to play “catch up” with the insurance company. We can send our investigators out there quick to get all of the relevant information. Instead of letting their investigators look at the evidence while ours can’t, we get there in time to give you the most compelling case. Of course, you can hire us at any time and we can still get you the compensation you deserve. It’s just easier when you do it from the beginning.
Delay, Delay and… Delay
That’s one of the major insurance company tactics. They know how much money they have. They know they have more money than you. They also know that you need their money far more than they need yours. So, they do everything in their power to bring this pressure to bear upon you. By delaying everything as long as possible, they’re hoping that you’ll give up. They want you to be desperate to take something, take anything, that you’ll take far more money than your claim is worth. It’s their goal to make sure that you take as little as possible in compensation, so they’ll do everything they can to keep that from happening. If it helps, they’ll delay.
This is one more reason that you should never take the first offer that the insurance company offers you. That first offer is almost assuredly going to be so much less than your claim is worth. So, if they get you to take it, it’s win-win for them: they make the insurance company money without having to wait at all. Of course, if you hire our attorneys, and we look over their settlement and advise you not to sign it, then they might try to delay the case as much as possible. We can help that to keep from happening.
The Importance of Courtroom Experience
Despite what you might see on TV and in the movies, not that many personal injury cases end up going to trial. Most are settled through negotiations. That’s the way it’s always been with us: most of our cases end when we get our clients the compensation they deserve before seeing a courtroom. However, should our case go to court, we have a proven track record of success in the courtroom. It’s a true joy to walk into a courtroom with a client and walk out with the compensation they deserve for everything that they’ve been through. Our track record in court speaks for itself. Our clients know that and so do insurance companies. Indeed, they negotiate with us like they know our record in court.
See, if you hire a law firm that doesn’t have a great track record in the courtroom, insurance companies negotiate with them differently. When an insurance company doesn’t want to pay a claim, and they know that the injured party’s lawyers are substandard in the courtroom, the insurance company gets to do what it loves to do: delay. They can delay in the negotiations. They can just keep delaying because they know the longer it goes, the more they’ll eventually win. In this instance, the insurance company knows that if the case does go to court, they won’t lose, as the injured party’s attorneys are inexperienced at best. So, they have no real motivation to actually make a good offer.
But, when the insurance companies have to deal with us, they’re far more likely to make a good offer during negotiation. They know that they don’t want to go into a courtroom with us. They’re far more likely to lose, and lose more significantly. On top of that, they’ll be out the legal fees it takes to go up against us in court. So, the insurance company has ever impetus in the world to negotiate with us fairly. We make sure that they give you a good deal. The case only ends for us when we get you the compensation you deserve for everything that you’ve had to go through.
A Word about Settlements
Far too many law firms in this town tell their personal injury clients that “they’ll fight for them.” Then, when the insurance company makes an offer, they’ll take the first deal. It may not be a good deal (in fact, the attorneys almost always know that it’s bad) but they’ll take it anyway. Worse, they may tell their clients something like “that’s the best we could do.” The lawyers take that first offer because it gives them an easy payday, they don’t have to do extra work, and they can clear the case off of their books. We would never do that at our firm.
Instead, we fight for you every step of the way. When the insurance company or anyone else makes an offer, we let our clients know. We strongly believe that the more informed and educated our clients are, the better decisions they can make for their needs. So, when the other side makes an offer, we’ll tell you about it. We will let you know. On top of that, we’ll also tell you what we think of that offer. We’ll let you know how that compares to what we believe your claim is worth. Remember, we’ve been doing this for a very long time. We know what a claim is worth. While every case is different, we have the experience to know what you should get for your injury claim.
That’s just one way that we can help our clients. Another is that we can put you in touch with our medical experts. Should you require it, we’ve amassed a team of true medical pros that work on contingency. That way, you don’t have to pay for your medical care. It will come out of the eventual settlement. The same goes for our fees. To see how the process works, call us at (818) 240-1800 or head to our site to put together a free consultation.