“I got into an accident, why shouldn’t I just deal with the insurance company directly?”
Oftentimes, having an attorney becomes essential because cases become extremely complex. Although insurance companies claim to be on your side, they really put their interests first. When dealing with your own insurance company, it may be easier for them to classify the case as “50/50” liability. Insurance companies benefit for two reasons: 1) They can close the file sooner. 2) If you are found to be partially at fault, they can raise your insurance premiums. If you retain a law firm that specializes in auto accident cases, this will decrease the chances of your insurance finding you “at fault”.
An attorney can get you monetary compensation above and beyond what is paid for doctor bills. Almost every person involved in an auto accident experiences what is called non-economic damages, specifically, “pain & suffering”, inconvenience and the like. Some cases have more non-economic damages than others. However, almost all cases where the client is found not “at fault”, the attorney will be able to recover money non-economic damages.
Another avenue an attorney may attempt recovery from: “ADL” – “affects of daily living”. How the injury may have affected his or her life. For example, a casual tennis player suffers a wrist injury which prevents him from playing tennis. The legal term is “loss of amenity”.
You can also be compensated if, as a result of the injuries, you were unable to work. This is called loss of earnings.
It is essential that you contact our office immediately after an accident so we can preserve your rights and get you the money you deserve!
Make sure you call the Friedman Law Offices to schedule your free consultation.
Ari Friedman, Esq.
Personal Injury Lawyer Los Angeles