If you’ve been hurt in a car accident caused by someone else, you shouldn’t have to pay out of your own pocket for the losses you’ve suffered. Because medical bills and other expenses can quickly pile up – especially if you’ve been forced to miss significant time from work – you’ll naturally want to maximize the amount of compensation you get for your claim.
Make sure that you have the best chances of success for securing maximum compensation by following these tips from the California car accident attorneys at Demas Law Group. Call us or contact us online as soon as you are ready to get started on your case.
How to Calculate the Full Extent of Losses
One of the first steps in an auto accident claim is to calculate your losses so that you can request an appropriate car accident settlement payout amount. This will require thorough documentation of your expenses, including medical bills, property damage and time off work.
It is crucial to keep all of your receipts so that you have written proof of your losses. If you do misplace a receipt, immediately request a replacement copy. Also, keep a detailed log of time you miss from work due to your injuries and related medical appointments.
How to Prove Pain and Suffering
The full calculation of your losses typically requires the assistance of a personal injury attorney because for pain and suffering, dollar values are assigned according to the type and severity of your injuries.
At Demas Law Group, as a part of the comprehensive legal support we offer, we can assist you with assessing the extent of your pain and suffering to make a full valuation of your damages.
Tips to Increase Case Value
- Get examined by a medical professional. This is not the time to act tough. If you are injured, get an exam and treatment from a doctor. If you do not get a diagnosis and treatment, the insurance company may assume that you are not injured.
- Follow all of your doctor’s orders. Stick to your treatment plan to have the best shot at a full medical recovery and to show that your injuries are serious.
- Keep all of your receipts organized. Any time you visit a doctor, get a prescription or do anything associated with your accident, keep written documentation on hand.
- Get a quote for your vehicle damage. If left to the insurance company, reimbursement offered for repairs would be low. Get an estimate from a repair shop that you like so you have written proof of what your repairs will cost.
- Act quickly. You have a limited amount of time to make an accident claim, and the insurance companies all have slightly different rules. Acting fast also makes it less likely to forget about a treatment or misplace documentation.
What to Avoid to Ensure Maximum Case Value
- Do not apologize for the accident. Anything you say at the scene of the accident could be used against you to minimize the amount of compensation you recover.
- Do not assign blame for the accident. When talking to the police at the scene, stick to the facts of what happened. Don’t offer opinions or speculate about things you don’t know.
- Do not procrastinate. Act fast on making your claim. Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after a crash.
- Do not try to resolve your case without a lawyer. It may seem like you can do this alone, but to maximize your case value, an attorney is essential.
How Can Demas Law Group Help Me?
If you have been injured in a car accident in the Sacramento area, Demas Law Group wants to help you seek the compensation that will help you rebuild your life. We have won millions for our clients, and our experienced lawyers are here for you, too. Contact us today for a free consultation.