Car Accident Damages
Financial Compensation for a San Bernardino Car Accident
In a car accident claim, "damages" may be defined as money paid to a victim for injuries he or she has suffered. Also referred to as compensatory damages, monetary damages or financial compensation, this may include money to compensate the victim for economic and non-economic losses or injuries he or she has experienced as a result of the accident. Medical care, wages and other earnings, ongoing treatment, property damage and emotional trauma may be covered.
No amount of money can truly compensate a victim for serious injuries or the loss of a loved one in an auto accident. It can, however, ease the burden a victim and his or her family face while working to rebuild and recover. When a San Bernardino car accident lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group takes on a claim for a client, the primary goal will be to seek maximum financial compensation from the party (or parties) responsible for
causing the accident. This may be another
driver, an auto manufacturer, a trucking company or perhaps another individual or company – depending on the circumstances. We want to do everything we can to help our clients move on.
Recovering fair compensation after a car accident is not always a straightforward process. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and this means they will not be eager to hand out large sums of money to settle claims. Some insurance providers even act against the best interests of policyholders and claimants, denying valid claims, delaying payment, retroactively canceling policies and offering unfairly low settlements. When this happens, the insurance company could be said to be acting in bad faith.
Having a competent legal professional to negotiate with the insurance company shows you are not a person to be taken advantage of. An attorney can put pressure on the insurer to speed up the payment process and negotiate for a higher settlement. An attorney can even take your case to court if you have been the victim of insurance bad faith, in which case you may be able to seek the full value of your claim, plus damages.
What is my case worth?
This is one of the most important questions to address after a San Bernardino car accident. There are various factors that will influence the answer, and a lawyer who is experienced with auto accident claims will be able to take all of these into account to accurately determine your case's worth. This may include the severity of the collision, the medical bills associated with your injuries, the impact your injuries have had and will have on all areas of your life, any lost earnings or other benefits you have suffered, any ongoing losses you may experience if unable to work in the same field or unable to return to work at all, the emotional impact of your injuries, and more.
Because every case is different, it takes a thorough investigation and often the involvement of economists, medical professionals, accident reconstruction professionals, psychologists and other expert witnesses to testify regarding the value of a claim.
Seek Justice with a San Bernardino Car Accident Attorney
If you want to make sure you and your family have the best chance at rebuilding after a car accident, do not hesitate to involve an attorney. Even if you are unsure of whether you need legal counsel at this point, during a free case review at Pacific Attorney Group you can get your questions answered so you can make an informed choice. Contact our San Bernardino law firm today to find out how we can help you.