Three Reasons Not to Sign That Accident Settlement Agreement

When you are injured in a traffic-related accident, product liability accident, slip and fall (premises liability case), or another personal injury accident, the personal injury laws in California provide a way for you to recover money for your injuries. The money you recover is intended to compensate you for your financial losses (i.e. property damage, lost wages, medical expenses, travel costs, etc.) and your non-economic losses (i.e. pain and suffering damages). An insurance adjuster for the other party may approach you early in your case to offer a settlement for your claim. You should be careful when agreeing to accept a settlement offer for several reasons. As experienced Fresno personal injury attorneys, we want you to receive a settlement amount that is equal to the full amount of damages you suffered because of another party’s negligence. For this reason, we offer free legal consultations so that you can learn about your options before you accept a settlement offer that is lower than the amount you deserve for your claim.

What Factors Impact an Injury Settlement in California?

Whether you are in a car accident, bicycle crash, pedestrian accident, slip and fall, motorcycle crash, or commercial truck accident, you can seek compensation from the party who is responsible for the accident. The amount you can recover for an injury settlement depends on a variety of factors. The insurance adjuster for the other party will not tell you if you are settling for less than your claim is actually worth. Our Fresno personal injury attorneys can tell you if an injury settlement is fair or if you should decline the offer and demand a higher amount based on the factors of your case.

Pedestrian Safety for Senior Adults in Central California

All pedestrians must take steps to protect themselves from motorists who are driving while distracted, impaired, drowsy, or drugged. Drivers who are reckless and negligent cause thousands of pedestrian accidents each year in the United States. The NHTSA reports that in 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related accidents, a 9.5 percent increase over the previous year. During the same year, traffic-related crashes insured approximately 70,000 pedestrians. During 2015, 13 percent of pedestrian injuries and 19 percent of pedestrian fatalities were people 65 years of age and older.

Tips for Talking to an Insurance Adjuster After an Accident

The days and weeks after an accident can be very confusing and frustrating. As you work to heal physically and emotionally from injuries sustained in the accident, you must also deal with the financial aspects of an injury claim. In many cases, the insurance adjuster for the other party may contact you before you have the chance to consult with an attorney. It is important that you are very careful in how you deal with the adjuster because what you do and say can have a significant impact on your injury claim. We urge you to call our office at 1-800-954-4444 to speak with a Fresno accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident.  If possible, you should consult with an attorney before you talk to the insurance adjuster.

How Can a Witness Help in My Accident Claim?

The role of a witness in an accident claim can be very important, especially in cases where fault is being challenged. If possible, ask for the names and contact information of any witnesses at the accident scene. You should never rely on law enforcement officers to do this for you. It is always in your best interest to obtain this information if at all possible before you are transported to the emergency room or before you leave the accident scene. Remember, some witnesses may only remain at the scene for a few minutes. Once they see that no one is seriously injured and other people are there to help, witnesses may leave. Try to speak to them or having someone ask for their contact information before they can leave. Our Fresno injury attorneys will search for witnesses to your accident, but it helps if you have the information. Call 1-800-954-4444 to schedule a free consultation and no-obligation case evaluation with an experienced attorney.

How Do I Know If I Suffered a Catastrophic Injury?

Any injury can disrupt your life and cause great pain and suffering. However, some injuries are so great in nature they rise to the level of a catastrophic injury. Many accident victims recover fully from the injuries sustained in the accident. However, some victims will suffer lasting and debilitating disabilities because of their injuries. A catastrophic injury is devastating in so many ways. Therefore, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

Why Do You Need To Pay Attention To Time Limits In California Personal Injury Cases?

If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Examples of accidents that often give rise to an accident claim are slip and fall accidents, motorcycle crashes, car accidents, commercial truck crashes, and pedestrian accidents. Any accident that results in an injury or death can result in compensation for the accident victim. To receive compensation, the accident victim must prove that the other party caused the accident and the victim suffered injuries and damages because of the accident. The types of damages and amounts of compensation vary based on the facts and circumstances of each claim. However, at least one thing is the same in all accident claims — time for filing a claim is limited.

Should I Submit To Arbitration To Settle My Car Accident?

Arbitration is becoming a popular method of resolving contested legal matters outside of the courtroom. However, arbitration is not for every case and you need to be sure you understand the rules regarding arbitration before you agree to submit your claim to arbitration. What is Arbitration?

Head Injuries May Lead To Serious Brain Diseases

Scientists from UCLA have found that head injuries can increase the risk of developing certain disorders including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, depression, and schizophrenia. The research has been published by EBioMedicine.

What Is The Formula For Calculating Non-Economic Damages in California?

When you are injured in a personal injury accident, you suffer a variety of damages. In addition to your physical injuries, you also experience a financial loss and emotional stress. If you didn’t cause the accident, you deserve to be compensated for your damages by the person, company, or government entity who caused the accident that resulted in your injury. Because the legal system cannot undo your injuries sustained in the car accident, it can only provide a way for you to receive a monetary award from the responsible party.