Report this accident to your insurance company ASAP. If its the other driver's fault, which it seems like it is, his/her insurance should cover your damages. If you are injured, seek medical attention and an experienced personal injury attorney in your area ASAP. Good luck.
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Short answer: yes. You should hire, or at least consult with, a personal injury attorney such as myself. In the meantime, get treatment for your injuries and keep copies of all paperwork. Good luck!
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Yes. You may receive compensation for your damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, out of pocket expenses, loss of wages, property damage, loss of use of your vehicle and more. However don't handle your case by yourself. Hire a personal injury lawyer who will obtain maximum compensation for your damages. Most personal injury lawyers and my firm handle cases like this on contingency, i.e, no charge for fees unless there is recovery. Please feel free to contact my office for a free consultation. We handle cases throughout California.
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Short answer is yes: I am sure there are many attorneys who are going to tell you that you have a good case. The main thing right now is to get good medical care: hopefully you have medical insurance or medical payments coverage on your own auto policy, either of which you can use to get good treatment.
A rear-end accident where you suffered serious injuries; you absolutely should get compensated. Your damages can include medical care, property loss, pain and suffering, and past and future wages lost. Based on the facts you listed here, it's definitely in your best interest to contact myself or another California personal injury attorney on Avvo to start working for you right away. We handle cases on contingency, so you don't pay anything unless we get you money. You can seek medical treatment while we handle all the negotiations to pursue the maximum settlement amount on your behalf.
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Yes. You should seek medical care for your injuries. You should consult an attorney. You should NOT give any statements to the insurance company without an attorney or your behalf. You should also NOT give the insurance company authorizations to obtain your medical records and bills. Your medical records and bills should be submitted to the insurance company by you or your attorney.
You definitely can! However in order to get a good dollar amount for pain and suffering you have to have a strategy to properly show the insurance company why you deserve the pain and suffering dollar amount that you are demanding. They don't just write checks like they used to! I've handled many cases against insurance companies and wouldn't mind speaking to you about it.
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Get a copy of the police report. Make sure you see your doctor to see what is causing your pain and suffering. If it does not resolve itself you may need to have x-rays or an MRI to determine what the nature of the problem is. Keep notes and records of how these injuries are affecting your daily lilfe. You really need to handle the claim through a
law firm and let them deal exclusively with the insurance carrier. Insurance employees are highly trained to pay little or nothing on claims. The experienced personal injury attorneys will be able to figure out the true value of your case when you are permanent and stationary.
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Yes.You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. The Guides can be accessed through my profile page on Avvo.com.
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When someone is injured in a motor vehicle accident (especially a "rear ender" which means liability is pretty much a given... And it is not the one who gets rear ended), he or she should get immediate medical attention. Then, hire a personal injury attorney. If the accident was not a rear ender, the attorney will advise on fault and liability.
When someone is injured, he or she should only be concerned with getting better, attending doctor visits, attending physical therapy, etc. The lawyer will handle the rest... Figuring out who to sue, whether insurance covers the accident, whose insurance should cover, etc.
Fortunately, most of us personal injury types offer free consultations and take such cases on contingency, so there is nothing to fear in calling us.
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It sounds like the accident was not your fault. You are then entitled to money damages for the negligent act of the other driver. Their insurance or your uninsured motorist coverage should pay for your damages.
You need to get medical care to document your injuries and get them taken care of. In most instances the amount of your medical expenses dictates the amount of pain and suffering. Exceptions might be broken bones which are cheap to fix but have much more pain and suffering.
Make sure that you get an attorney who only handles personal injury claims. Too many attorneys try to handle too many types of cases. Stick with someone who specializes in personal injury.
You need to also find an attorney who offers you a discounted attorney fee if the attorney can settle the case without having to file a lawsuit. As an example, our firm charges a 29% fee for cases that don't require a lawsuit. This discounted fee puts more money in your pocket.
You should also look for an attorney with years of experience handling personal injury and car accident claims. Look at web sites for more information than you can get from a 30 second television advertisement.
My Blog (see below) has a great article i wrote about "Pain and Suffering" and another one on "why attorneys should only charge a 29% fee". You might find it useful to read before you hire an attorney. Good luck.
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