Many people injured in car accidents have never had to deal with the legal system a day in their lives. Because of this, it is not uncommon for those seeking damages to wonder what exactly is going to happen when they file their California auto accident personal injury claim.
Once you're injured in a car accident and you realize you need legal representation, here's a basic outline of what you can usually expect:
- You'll probably meet with a few different lawyers and then ultimately choose the one that you feel is best for your case. Nearly every lawyer offers a free initial consultation, so beware if you encounter one who wants to charge you money just to meet with you.
- Once you've entered into an agreement with a Los Angeles auto accident attorney that you trust, your lawyer will go to work for you. He will look into the details of your accident, obtain medical records related to your injuries, speak with witnesses, and negotiate with the negligent party's insurance company. Your attorney should keep the lines of communication open with you and keep you updated about everything he is doing and how your case is progressing.
- Ideally, your attorney will be able to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company. He will let you know what the offer is and whether or not he thinks this is fair for you. If you both agree, your case will be settled outside of court. If you cannot reach an agreement, a lawsuit will need to be filed and your case will go to court. This isn't very common for auto accident cases unless it is impossible for all parties involved to reach an agreement.
Every auto accident case is different, so it's important to schedule a free consultation with the Law Office of John P. Rosenberg to discuss your options. Call us today at 818-716-6400 and feel free to request a copy of our complimentary book, The 5 Worst Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Injury Claim.