Being injured in an accident is a scary situation. No matter if the accident was a car accident, a surfing accident, or any other type of accident, if someone else was at fault – even partially – then they should be held accountable. Keep reading to get the facts and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation with a personal injury attorney.
What Do I Do Right After an Accident?
Get medical help. Once you are safe, contact an attorney. We can take the case from here so that you can focus on getting better and taking care of yourself. We will walk you through both your legal obligations and the potential ways you can recover compensation for your damages. If you document the accident, the scene, or other aspects of the accident, please do so. The more information we have, the better chance we will have of winning your case.
If I’m Going to Sue Do I Sue Right Away?
That depends on numerous factors. In California, you generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. However, it can be as short as six months if the defendant is a government entity and as long as three years if you only suffered property damage and no injuries. All of that said, you should get help from an attorney as soon as possible to ensure you are covered.
What Type of Evidence is Required?
You will be required to prove your injury by a “preponderance of the evidence.” This does not mean you have to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt – you only need to prove that it is more likely than not that the defendant caused the injury. Some of the evidence we may use to prove your case includes:
- Medical records
- Expert testimony
- Eyewitness testimony
- Footage from surveillance cameras
Note that you do not have to have all of these types of evidence. Likewise, this is not a comprehensive list of evidence that is useful. If you have more information than this, please collect the evidence so that we can best represent you.
Will I Have to Go to Trial?
That depends. If there is enough evidence, the insurance company may agree to a reasonable settlement and we can avoid the need for a trial. However, if they refuse to offer a fair amount then we may take it to court. You will have the final say.
If you have been injured in an accident then your next step should be contacting The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We are happy to begin with a free consultation and our representation is risk-free – you pay nothing upfront and if we do not win your case then you do not owe us money.