Things can be chaotic immediately after a crash. We recommend following some basic steps to protect your health, preserve your rights, and build your case:
Call the Police
Even if there are no serious injuries, it is a good idea to call the local police and file an auto collision report. When the police arrive, make sure you tell the investigating police officer exactly what happened to the best of your ability. Do not speculate, guess, or misstate any of the facts. If there are any witness, please do not assume the police will collect their information. Ask for their cell phone number. This along is usually enough for us to locate your witness if necessary.
If you have a cell-phone camera, take pictures of the visible damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle(s). If you have visible injuries, take pictures of them when you get home or at the hospital. You should also take pictures or write down all the necessary contact information of the other drivers, including their names, phone numbers, driver’s license information, and insurance carrier.
Obtain Medical Care
If you or anyone else is injured in the auto accident, make sure you obtain medical care promptly. This may include calling an ambulance to take the injured person the emergency room. Also, because injuries may not always be apparent immediately after an accident, it is important to be examined by a doctor even if you experience pain for the first time days after the accident.
Protect Your Rights
One of the most important things you should do after an accident is to consult an attorney. Your attorney will protect your rights by making sure the insurance companies do not harass you, will ensure valuable evidence is not destroyed, and will advise you regarding any statements the at-fault driver’s insurance company will request. Here at Ercolani Law Group, we can advise you on issues ranging from how to ensure you are fully compensated for your vehicle and can arrange for the best medical treatment in the Conejo Valley.
Compensation for your Injury as a result of your Accident
Naturally, after you are in an accident, one of the thoughts you will have is how much your case may be worth. Every situation is different and presents its own circumstances that impact the ultimate value of the auto injury case. These factors include: who was at fault, severity of the injuries, amount of medical bills, whether you missed any work, insurance coverage or assets of the at-fault driver, as well as specifics to your case (how much pain and suffering you endured). Though every case is different, the value of all personal injury cases are built over time as attorneys gather evidence and doctors diagnose injuries. Ultimately, California law permits compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and reduced future earnings if continuing injuries are suffered.
At Ercolani Law Group, we work on a contingency fee basis. You owe us nothing unless we win your case. With our team of attorneys and professional staff, we have the experience necessary to ensure you obtain the best net financial results possible whether through settlements or jury verdict. The reality is that money will never be a sufficient replacement for putting you back in the condition you were in before the accident. However, the only possible alternative available is to ensure you receive the money needed to get you the best medical care possible and to fairly and fully compensate you for the pain you endure and the limitations on your life and activities you may experience.