Case Type: Car & Auto Accidents
Call the car accident lawyers at the Molina Law Firm to learn your rights if you have been injured in a car crash. For example, if you feel any pain, tingling, stiffness or soreness following a car crash, make sure you see a doctor as soon as possible. Any delay in seeking treatment for your injuries can result in the worsening of your injury, and can also be used by the at-fault driver’s insurance company to infer that you were not really injured in the first place.
Injuries and damages
Most car and truck accident injuries involve injuries with significant expenses:
- medical treatment
- loss of employment and earnings
- long-term or Lifetime Medical Care
- pain and suffering
Long term and lifetime medical expenses for serious injury or disability can sometimes by themselves run into tens of millions of dollars. Unfortunately, liability insurance companies will almost never offer an adequate settlement amount to an injured car or truck accident victim who does not have an attorney. We fight for the rights of car accident victims and would ensure that they are fairly compensated for their injuries.
Car Accident Injuries
Serious auto accidents result in a range of injuries, from soft tissue sprains to broken bones and spinal cord injuries. Even minor injuries sustained in a car wreck can result in symptoms with lasting impact. Many people who are involved in what they initially thought were minor fender-benders, end up developing pain symptoms of entry in the days and weeks following the collision.
Dealing With The Insurance Company
Usually, the opposing insurance adjuster will offer a small amount of money in an effort to convince you that you won’t be able to recover anything more. This is almost always false. Many insurance companies eagerly offer to settle claims for inadequate, lump-sum payments to free themselves from further Financial liability. In order to receive full compensation for your injuries and expenses, you need an experience car accident attorney who can examine the language of the applicable policy and ensure that the insurance company is properly compensating you for your losses.
A few tips for filing your insurance claim:
- Immediately following an accident, if possible, document vehicle damage and personal injuries with a camera.
- Be sure to contact your insurance company as soon as possible to inform them of the accident and any injuries.
- Contact an experienced accident attorney so that they can begin obtaining the evidence needed to establish liability and prove your damages .
- Keep a detailed record of any conversations with your insurance company. Be sure to include names, phone numbers, and job titles of the people you speak with.
- Keep a detailed record of any expenses related to your claim because many policies will allow you to be reimbursed.
- Do not accept any money offered as a final payment unless it is an amount that your confidently believe covers all of your medical expenses and damages. Do not accept anything below the amount you need to cover your damages.
- Be aware of any deadlines or time limits for filing a claim that are contained within your policy. Failure to follow these dates could result in you being unable to file your claim.
- Be wary of the insurance company’s initial estimate of damage to your vehicle. If the amount seems low compared to the “Blue Book” value, see a second opinion.
Finally, do not say anything unless you have consulted with an experienced auto accident lawyer first. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to try and trick someone into signing a release or waiver that could severely limit your ability to recover damages.