Pain and Suffering
While your monetary losses can be tallied more directly than your emotional losses, your emotional pain and suffering remains an important component of your personal injury claim. The pain and suffering associated with personal injury claims is very real and should not be overlooked or devalued.
Your Personal Injury Claim
While no two personal injury claims are ever exactly alike, there are several types of personal injury claims that are most commo
Car Accidents and other Types of Traffic Accident
Personal injury claims involving car accidents are based on the at-fault driver’s negligence, which can come in any of the following dangerous forms:
- Excess speed
Every motorist on the road owes every other driver a duty of care that includes adhering to all of the laws of the road and foregoing all of the above forms of driver negligence. Car accidents are as common as they are dangerous and terrifying.
Slip and Falls and Other Premises Liability Claims
Commercial property owners and managers owe their guests – who include customers, clients, and other visitors to their properties – a duty of care that translates to reasonably maintaining their premises in the same manner that the majority of other property owners and managers do in similar situations. Slip and fall accidents are often the results of property owners who know about or should know about dangers on their premises but fail to take the precautions necessary to alleviate the danger.
Dog owners are responsible for protecting others from the vicious bites of their animals. Dog bites are exceptionally dangerous injuries, and dog owners should be held accountable.
Accidents that Lead to Catastrophic Injuries
Some injuries are so serious that they are classified as catastrophic, which means that they have the capacity to alter your life as you know it in the blink of an eye. Examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Amputations or limb loss
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Loss of vision and/or hearing
Catastrophic injuries are obviously some of the most difficult injuries to move forward from.
Wrongful death refers to accident victims who succumb to their injuries. A wrongful death claim is a specific type of personal injury claim that allows family members to recover on their associated losses – as they make the difficult journey toward healing.
Negotiating with the Insurance Company
Once you recognize and accept that the insurance company is a for-profit business that is not on your side, the better prepared to move forward with your claim you will be. The insurance company is very invested in minimizing your claim by whatever means possible, and toward this end, it will be looking for cracks in your armor in the form of the following:
- Statements you make at the scene of the accident or to the insurance company itself
- Pictures and comments you make on social media
- Your actions in relation to your physical injuries (whether or not you
- carefully follow your doctor’s instructions, for example)
Ultimately, the insurance company is looking to take something you do or say – no matter how innocent – and twist it around to use against your claim. The best practice when it comes to personal injury claims is to keep your comments to yourself (and your personal injury attorney), lay low on social media for the duration, and focus on regaining your health and well-being while your dedicated personal injury attorney skillfully negotiates with the insurance company.
Your Claim Is Important
Ultimately, your claim is your opportunity to recover on your full range of losses, which can mean the difference between making your most complete recovery and not. Some of the most important steps you can take to help ensure this happens include:
- Obtaining the medical attention you need
- Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney
- Gathering any evidence and information related to your claim that it is
possible for you to do
- Staying the course and working closely with your personal injury attorney as he or she endeavors to affect your claim’s most positive resolution
- Moving forward to court if the insurance company refuses to negotiate a settlement offer in good faith
Keeping track of your complete medical expenses and addressing them in your personal injury claim is important to the effectiveness of your claim.
It’s Time to Consult with an Experienced Hollywood Personal Injury Attorney
The resourceful Hollywood personal injury attorneys at Los Angeles City Law understand the serious nature of your situation and are committed to zealously advocating for your rights – in pursuit of your just compensation. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 866-522-4895 today.