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How to Maximize Your Compensation After an Auto Accident

An auto accident can result in a variety of damages, including physical injuries and financial losses. When another person is responsible for causing your auto accident, that person may be liable for your damages. Since the damage cannot be undone, the law requires the responsible party to pay compensation to reimburse you for your financial losses and other damages. 

Our California car accident attorneys work diligently to recover full compensation for all damages sustained in an auto accident. However, there are some things that you can do to help our legal team maximize your compensation for a personal injury claim. 

Five Ways to Maximize Your Compensation for an Auto Accident Claim

1. Seek Medical Treatment Immediately 

Delays in medical care can hurt your personal injury claim. Insurance companies argue that victims who do not go to the doctor right after a car crash must not have been injured in the accident. Seeking immediate medical care can help defeat that argument. Also, you need carefully documented proof that you were injured in a car crash. Medical records are essential for documenting car accident injuries.

2. Document Injuries 

Throughout your recovery, document your injuries by taking photographs of the injuries and keeping detailed notes about your recovery. A “pain and suffering” journal can help your attorney convey the severity of your injuries. Make notes about your daily pain levels, your state of mind, activities you could not perform because of your injuries, and how your injuries affected your relationship with family members and friends.

3. Document Financial Losses

Carefully document all financial losses associated with the accident. Financial losses are any expenses or out-of-pocket costs related to the auto accident, your injuries, and your recovery. Examples of financial losses included, but are not limited to:

  • Hospital bills
  • Physician bills
  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Personal care, including help with household chores
  • Travel expenses
  • Loss of income, benefits, and other compensation 
  • Legal costs
  • Counseling and therapy costs

Keep copies of all receipts, invoices, bills, and other documents that prove you incurred an expense or financial loss.

4. Stay Away From Social Media

Give up social media until your personal injury claim is settled. Insurance companies and defense attorneys search for online information they can use to fight your injury claim. Information on social media can be used against you, even if the posts are private. Do not assume anything you post online cannot be accessed during a lawsuit. A talented defense attorney could twist innocent statements or pictures to create doubt about the severity of your accident injuries.

5. Do Not Accept the First Settlement Offer

An insurance adjuster may offer a quick settlement offer in hopes of settling the claim for less than the claim is worth. It is not wise to settle an auto accident claim until after you complete medical treatment so that you know the full extent of your injuries. Also, it is wise to speak with a personal injury attorney to ensure that the amount being offered by the insurance company is fair, given the circumstances and facts of your case. 

Contact Our California Car Accident Attorneys for a Free Case Review

Time is of the essence. Your time to file a claim for an auto accident is limited. Contact our California car accident attorneys now to discuss your case and explore options for maximizing the compensation you can receive for your accident injuries and damages.