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After a serious accident, you will likely have many questions. How much is treatment going to cost? How will you pay your medical bills? Who is responsible for your losses? What will your life look like going forward?
Here at Torem & Associates, we understand just how overwhelming it is to suffer an unexpected accident and the resulting, life-altering injuries. Our personal injury attorneys are prepared to help you navigate every stage of the legal process. Here, we’ve provided answers to some of the most common personal injury questions to help you get informed about your rights and legal options. Because every case is different, we understand that some questions cannot be answered without a personal consultation. We invite you to contact us if you have further questions about your case.
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What do I do after an accident?
The exact steps you should take following an accident will vary slightly depending on the type of accident you were involved in. However, regardless of the type of accident you suffered, if you were injured, you should seek medical attention right away. Even if you believe that your injuries are not that serious, it is still important that you are properly treated by a medical professional.
If applicable, you should also fill out an official police report and take down the contact information of anyone else involved in the accident. If possible, try to take pictures of the scene of the accident and your injuries. Write down the names and statements of any witnesses. Alert your own insurance company if you are involved in a car or motor vehicle accident, but refrain from speaking with the liable insurance party until you have contacted an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Who should I speak with after an accident?
As mentioned in the previous answer, do not speak to the other person’s insurance company or an adjuster from the liable insurance company after an accident. The liable insurance company will most likely try to pressure you into accepting a low settlement when you are really entitled to much more for your losses. Instead, contact a personal injury lawyer who can help you build a case aimed at recovering the full amount of compensation you are owed.
At Torem & Associates, we have over 100 years of collective experience. Our personal injury attorneys assist clients throughout the state; we can help you fight for the fair compensation you deserve.
How much is my case worth?
This is a very common question—and an understandable one. You are likely facing mounting medical bills, lost income, and other economic and non-economic damages and need to know how you are going to be able to afford these unexpected expenses. Unfortunately, it is not possible to say how much your claim is worth without in-depth investigation and case preparation. However, that being said, you have nothing to lose by calling our firm. At Torem & Associates, we offer free consultations and we do not charge any upfront fees. Instead, we provide our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no cost for you unless we win your case.
Will I have to go to court if I file a personal injury lawsuit?
Not necessarily; many personal injury claims are resolved through settlement. If we are able to procure a just settlement on your behalf, there will be no need to go to trial. However, this is not always possible. In some cases, it is necessary to take the liable party to court if they refuse to settle. That being said, while we counsel our clients on all of their rights and options, we ultimately respect the wishes of our clients.
Do I have to pay for my medical bills while I’m waiting for my case to be resolved?
Yes, you will need to pay for medical bills and other expense until the point at which your case is resolved. Depending on applicable laws and the type of insurance you have, some or all of your incurred expenses, including lost wages, might be covered by your insurance.
Do I need to go to the doctor if I don’t feel hurt at the scene of the accident?
It is always best to seek medical attention following an accident, even if you do not believe you have suffered any injuries or if you just feel “sore.” Many people involved in serious accidents go into shock, and may not realize they are hurt right away. In other instances, your injuries may take hours, days, or even weeks to surface. For your own health and safety, you should always have yourself checked by a doctor after an accident in order to rule out or diagnose any serious injuries.
Additionally, if you do not seek medical treatment and it turns out that you areinjured, you may have a very difficult time recovering compensation for your injuries. The liable insurance company will be able to dispute your claim by showing that you did not see a doctor after the accident and, therefore, claim that you were not injured.
If you need assistance finding a doctor, Torem & Associates can help. Our attorneys are happy to help you locate a physician to get medical treatment.
How long will it take to resolve my claim?
Again, this is another question that cannot be answered without investigation into the specifics of your case. The length of time it will take to resolve your claim depends on many factors, including the complexity of your situation, the extent of your injuries, whether or not the liable party will settle, or if litigation is necessary. However, in every instance, we strive to resolve claims as quickly as possible while still working to recover the full, fair compensation you are owed. To learn more, contact one of our personal injury attorneys in Fresno, Stockton, Bakersfield, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, or San Jose.
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