Questions to Ask a Lawyer After a Car Accident
Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be stunning and lead to confusion about what will happen next. Here are a few questions you should be sure to ask your car accident lawyer at Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
From the date the accident occurred, you will have two years to file your claim. If the government will be named as the defendant in your case, you will have just six short months to file your personal injury claim.
Will I Have to Go to Court?
Many personal injury claims can be settled outside of court in negotiations with the at-fault person’s insurance company. You should, however, be prepared for the possibility of a trial if the insurance company is refusing to pay or negotiate a reasonable settlement.
How Much Will This Cost Me?
Up front, working with a Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP car accident lawyer will cost you nothing. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t pay a dime unless we win your case. Once you win, our agreed-upon fee will be deducted from your award.
What Is the Value of My Claim?
The compensation you win in your claim will be largely dependent on the seriousness of your injuries, as well as their impact on your life. Severe injuries that will cause a permanent disability or a dramatic change to your life will have a higher “worth.”
Should I Give the Insurance Company a Statement?
The insurance company is not your friend. We do not suggest giving a statement to your insurer or the insurer of the other driver. Insurance adjusters are notorious for taking the statements you make and using them against you to lessen the amount they are required to pay you. Any statement they may need can be made available in a deposition.
What if the Other Driver Doesn’t Have Insurance?
Most California auto insurance policies have what’s called “uninsured motorist coverage.” This ensures that your insurance company will be responsible for paying for damages incurred as a result of an accident with a driver who doesn’t have insurance.
The insurance company may then sue the other driver for the money it lost while covering your damages. We also have the option of filing a personal injury claim against the other driver for costs your insurer may not be responsible for paying.
Ask a California Car Accident Lawyer
Before speaking with an insurance company or accepting any blame for your crash, consult with a car accident lawyer at Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP.
We will answer any questions you have and advise you on how to proceed so you will be able to recover full compensation for your losses. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys by giving us a call at 1-844-404-2400 or filling out our contact form below.