Most California attorneys offer potential clients a free consultation if they are injured in a traffic accident, but that doesn’t mean they will take your case.
That’s because a personal injury law firm works on a contingency-fee basis. This means the injured person will only pay the lawyer’s fees if they obtain compensation for them. Naturally, an experienced lawyer will only take cases they actually think they can win. There is a substantial investment of time and costs made by the attorney or law firm to pursue a legal claim. That’s also why many attorneys claim to win most of their cases.
Attorney James Johnson of Johnson Attorneys Group offers some steps you can take immediately after a collision that will help ensure you have the best chance of recovering your losses. When you call a lawyer they will likely ask you some of these questions.
First, they will want to know if you called the police? Also, did you admit fault at the scene, take any photographs and did you go to the hospital or the doctor’s office to treat your injuries?
Furthermore, one of the most important questions is when did this happen? That’s because there are statutes of limitations or deadlines for filing a claim under California law. If a person waits to long to make a claim, they will not be able to file it. A person has two years from the date of the accident to file a claim, but if there is a government agency involved they must be notified within six months from the date of the collision.
The 5 most common mistakes people often make after a collision:
- Failing to call police
- Admitting guilt
- Not seeking medical treatment
- Waiting too long to file a claim
- Not consulting an attorney
Do not underestimate the value of an attorney. Our law firm will identify all parties responsible for your injuries including the person driving, their employer if applicable, and the government entity if a road condition contributed to the accident.
Johnson Attorneys Group has handled thousands of California accident claims. Our experienced attorneys are here to answer your legal questions and provide guidance to ensure you get the medical care necessary and recover damages. Please contact us as soon as possible. Our law firm is a proud, longtime supporter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
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