Do not discuss your case with anyone. The reason for this is what you may consider to be an innocent remark on your part, could be distorted or changed by others, especially the other party’s insurance company. If anyone calls you regarding the accident, obtain their name and phone number and advise them that you are consulting with an attorney, who will eventually contact them. Provide their information to any attorney you may retain so that they can monitor the process.
Do not sign any papers. Do not sign any statements, forms, reports or any other documents. Insurance companies often try to settle your case prior to your ascertaining the full extent of your injuries and therefore the full value of your case.
Do not wait to seek medical care if you are injured! Not only will you impede your recovery and potentially aggravate your injuries, but the insurance company will use this against you. They can argue and argue that you are not really injured because alleging that otherwise you would have sought immediate medical attention.
If you don’t have medical insurance, our office can refer you to a qualified doctor who will treat you and who will not request to be compensated for their services until your case has been settled.
It is impossible to evaluate the value of a claim until ALL the factors have been compiled and analyzed. Even then, we can’t always be certain, because each insurance company is different. Sometimes even the time of the year will affect the value of a claim.
You will NOT have to go to court! However, it is really up to you. All settlement offers offers of settlement will be referred to you, and you alone will decide whether to accept or reject an offer. If you do not wish to go to court, you can always accept the latest best offer, if it is still available
No one can predict when your claim will be concluded. However, generally speaking, most claims settle (if they settle at all) between 1 month and 2 years after medical treatment is completed. How soon a claim can be settled is based on several factors, including: the type of injury, the issues of liability, the position and attitude of the insurance company, etc.
If you have been injured in California, from Los Angeles to San Diego to San Francisco, request a free consultation using the contact form on this page, or call us right away at (310) 273-2211 to speak to Omid Khorshidi, California’s trusted personal injury attorney.