Must Know Personal Injury Claim Information
At Banafshe Law Firm, P.C., we understand how stressful and life-altering a personal injury can be to you and your family. In addition to the physical injury itself, there are concerns regarding missed work, loss of income, and medical care. It is our goal to provide you with superior legal representation that alleviates the worries associated with pursuing the compensation you are owed. Results matter, and we believe our track record as skilled personal injury lawyers speaks for itself.
When you have suffered a personal injury, there are steps you can take to ensure your rights are protected and you are able to recover maximum compensation.
Hire an experienced personal injury lawyer that has a proven record of providing zealous advocacy for their clients as soon as you can after your injury occurs. It is the goal of insurance companies to limit or even eliminate the compensation you receive. At Banafshe Law Firm, PC, it is our goal to prevent the insurance companies from succeeding at their goal and obtain the maximum compensation our clients’ deserve. In order to successfully do this, we ask our clients to cease communication with the insurance company and allow our firm to handle all communications on their behalf.
In order to recover damages, it is imperative that you seek medical care. Even if your injuries are not significant, they will need to be documented by medical professionals in order to later prove their severity and a connection between the injury and the accident that caused it. It is best to receive the medical care as soon as possible after the injury occurs. It is also important that you adhere to your doctor or medical professional’s prescribed protocol. Failure to do so may cause the insurance company to argue that you are not entitled to collect as much in monetary damages as you would otherwise receive. If you don’t have health insurance, our team of attorneys and legal professionals will assist you with obtaining the medical care you need to make a full recovery or reach maximum medical improvement.
Never underestimate the importance even a small piece of evidence may hold in proving fault and/or damages. Doctor’s orders, witness names and statements, and photographs should all be preserved, as they may be needed to prove damages and/or liability.
Although a post to your Facebook page, Instagram account or twitter may seem harmless, It is not uncommon for an insurance company to use a claimant’s social media posts as evidence against them. Our advice is to terminate your social media accounts until the personal injury case has concluded.
Whether you use a calendar, notebook, journal, or other method, it is very advantageous to keep a record of any way in which the accident has impacted your daily living. From symptoms to missed family vacations, showing how the injury has interrupted your life can be very beneficial when proving damages.
While we sympathize with the demands made on your time in the aftermath of a personal injury, it is of utmost importance that you retain counsel and receive medical care as soon as possible. Failing to do so can lead to difficulties in obtaining the full benefits to which you are entitled. Below are just a few benefits for seeking legal assistance quickly.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can prevent you from unknowingly committing an error that could negatively affect your case by providing guidance on what you should and should not do to preserve the issues in your case. For example, there are rules of law that regulate the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney can advise you on how long you have to file suit as the deadline varies according to the facts and circumstances of each personal injury case.
Preservation of evidence is extremely important in every case. This not only includes your evidence, but evidence the adverse party may also have. When you retain our office, we put all parties on notice that all evidence must be preserved for our investigation and our experts' inspection. If they destroy the evidence after receipt of our letter, we can argue before a jury that the evidence was destroyed because it was bad for the adverse party.
When filing a personal injury claim, it is important that your attorney speak as soon as possible to any witnesses to the accident. Even the best eyewitnesses forget details and it is possible that as time passes, their memory as to what actually happened will begin to distort.
In almost all personal injury cases, the better your evidence, the stronger your claim to compensation. Therefore, it is crucial that all evidence be preserved. For example, a car that was involved in the wreck which caused your personal injury may be repaired or demolished, eliminating evidence that is crucial to your case. In yet another example, in a case where you fall down a set of stairs, a loose step may be repaired thereby eliminating proof of liability.
Many claimants mistakenly believe that the insurance company is on their side and see no harm in speaking with them about what happened to them prior to, during, and after the accident that caused the injury. They are trained to make you believe they are on your side, but this could not be farther from the truth. The insurance companies’ duty is only to their insured and their shareholders. It is the job of the insurance company to reduce or even eliminate their liability in order to pay you less than the amount you are legally entitled to receive. Because of this, it is best to allow your attorney to handle all communication with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured and seek counsel from a personal injury lawyer, contact us at 310-273-7300 or on our contact page for a free consultation. We are available 24/7 and se habla espanol. Our injury attorneys are skilled and experienced litigators who pride themselves on being zealous advocates for their clients. Let us put our years of experience and legal know-how to work for you.
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