AK Injury Law Firm‘s Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do immediately after an accident?
The very first thing you should do immediately after an accident is to seek medical attention. This is extremely important for two reasons. First, you need to be evaluated by a physician who can determine the extent of your injuries, no matter how small. Second, it is highly important to begin documenting your injuries so you have a strong case against the person who was the cause of your injuries. These evidentiary documents are vital to both your claim with the insurance company and the court, should the claim need to eventually go to litigation.
After receiving your initial medical treatment, contact our office for your FREE consultation to ensure your rights are protected.
How much will it cost me to hire an attorney?
Our firm has a NO WIN NO FEE GUARANTEE, which means we work exclusively on a contingency basis. There are no upfront costs to you, and you pay us absolutely nothing until we win your case for you and procure a settlement or recovery on your behalf. This way, you will not have to worry about any costs and can focus on your healing and recovery.
How long do I have to file a claim?
There are certain statutory time limits placed on personal injury claims, which means that once the time limit expires, you can no longer seek damages through a personal injury claim and are barred forever from bringing such claim against the at-fault party or parties. Typically, California has a two year statute on these claims; however, the statute is different for claims against a government entity, as well as medical malpractice claims.
For this reason, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to make sure you don’t lose your right to bring such claims. Our firm offers FREE, no-obligation consultations and case evaluations.
What documents do I need to keep and bring to my FREE consultation appointment with the attorney?
The more information and documents you have with you during your consultation, the better the attorney can evaluate your case. The most important documents to bring with you are the following:
- Photographs of the damage to your vehicle, the other parties’ vehicles, the area where accident took place, and your injuries.
- Police report or at least the information for where to obtain the report.
- Repair estimates for your vehicle
- Name and contact information of any one contacting you from ANY insurance companies, including your own, with the claim numbers provided to you by each.
- Name and contact information of any medical providers you have received treatment after the accident.
Please note that these documents are very helpful but not mandatory for obtaining your FREE case evaluation. Further, if you are too injured to come to our office, we will be happy to come to your home, or the hospital at a convenient time for you to discuss your case in more detail and make sure your are fully aware of all your options.
How much can I expect to recover for my injuries?
The amount of compensation expected to recover in these type of claims is very dependent upon the details of your case and the type of injuries sustained. An experienced attorney should never put a value on your case until every single detail is thoroughly reviewed; however, there are certain factors that do have some bearing on the value of your case. Those factors include:
- The severity of the impact during collision as demonstrated by the damage to your vehicle
- The total amount of medical bills incurred for treatment related to your injuries from the accident
- The type of injuries suffered; the more severe and life impacting the injuries, the higher the value of the case
- The nature of treatments received; i.e., invasive vs. conservative
- Any permanent conditions that were not resolved with treatment
- Any loss of earnings from having to miss work due to your doctor placing you on disability
The insurance companies are calling me. Do I have to talk to them?
If you are not yet represented by an attorney, the insurance company will call you and try to lock you into a statement by take a recorded statement from you. During this conversation you will be asked about the details of the accident and your injuries. Your responses may determine the outcome of your claim. So you want to be extremely cautious when you speak with the insurance companies, because these statements can and will later be used against you.
It’s best to have an attorney represent you so you don’t have to deal with these issues. An experienced attorney will know if a recorded statement is even necessary, and if so, they will be present during questioning to make sure your not forced into an improper response.
We offer FREE case evaluations so you don’t have to guess what your rights are. Call our office for a no obligation free consultation with our experienced attorney to make sure your claim is protected.
Does the at-fault party’s insurance company have a duty to pay for my damages?
Insurance companies are in the business of making money, not paying out money. When you make a claim, it is immediately assigned to an adjuster who will determine the validity and value of your claim. Under the California Insurance Code, they have certain duties to abide by such as conducting a fair and prompt investigation into your claim. They are, however, not required to tell you your rights. In fact, most of the time, they will misstate the law or state regulations in an effort to reduce the value of your claim.
The best way to protect your claim and your rights and avoid having to deal with these tactics, is to hire an experienced attorney in personal injury claims. We are here to help. You can call our office to schedule a FREE consultation.