Learn the Three Stages Involved in Settling a Personal Injury Claim in California

If you have been involved in an accident then you may be wondering: How simple is it to settle a personal injury claim? The answer depends on the specifics of your case. How much evidence is there? Does the other party admit that they were at fault? Do you have a personal injury attorney who can negotiate the best possible settlement? Keep reading to learn about the three basic stages of an average personal injury claim. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.

  1. Submitting the Claim
  2. First and foremost, the claim will be submitted to an insurance company. It is likely that the insurance company is going to try to get you to immediately settle for less than you are likely entitled to. This is just one of the reasons you need an attorney on your side – we can assure you that your claim is carefully considered and the best possible options are available to you.

  3. Submitting Evidence
  4. In the vast majority of cases, it is not enough to simply submit a claim – evidence will also need to be submitted. The good news is that your personal injury attorney can handle this for you. We can locate your necessary medical reports and police reports. We can help you document your expenses and can gather photos and other types of evidence from the scene. We can question and get statements from witnesses.

    We also work with a number of experts whom we may ask to make a statement on your behalf. For example, we may have an accident reconstructionist show how the accident occurred, or a medical professional explain the need for treatments we’ve allotted for in your claim.

  5. Negotiating and Settling on an Offer
  6. After we have submitted your claim and evidence to the insurance company, they are likely to provide a counteroffer. This will generally be less than we are asking and not as much as they are willing to give with the right negotiating tactics. When you work with an experienced attorney, we know how much your case is worth and how to negotiate to get it.

You Do Not Want to Take This Process on Your Own

The facts are simple: If an insurance company offers you a settlement for your injuries, you should request a free legal consultation. Talking to an attorney can give you the peace of mind you need when determining if you should fight for a bigger settlement or accept what is offered. You can reach The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation.