San Diego Car Accident Lawyer
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San Diego, California 92101
Automobile collisions take place for a wide variety of reasons, and can occur virtually anywhere, including the following:
- City streets
- Parking lots
Such accidents may be the result of numerous things, such as the scenarios listed below:
- Careless drivers
- People who have given in to road rage
- Distractions such as calling or texting on a cell phone when behind the wheel
- Poor visibility due to inclement weather
Additionally, another driver may have alcohol or drugs in his or her system and for this reason, exercise poor judgment and cause another driver to sustain injuries. Regardless of location or the specific reason for the accident, if you were a victim in such an event, it is likely that you are eligible for some type of compensation. For this reason, it is in your best interest to consult an experienced San Diego car accident lawyer to help you file a claim.
Money and other types of compensation for damages may include payment of your medical bills, a lump sum of money for emotional and mental pain, or a specific amount of cash that is awarded to you in a structured settlement. Fortunately, qualified legal professionals can offer invaluable advice concerning the various options and the best way to proceed with your case.
Seeking Medical and Legal Advice
Although you should call a San Diego car accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident, it is also imperative to obtain proper medical care as well, and this should not be put off. Even if you think your injuries are mild, it is vital to seek medical evaluation as soon as possible. This is because the sooner you begin documenting the incident, the more information you will have for the attorney who will be handling your case. It will also ensure that any underlying injuries are discovered and treated.
After receiving appropriate medical care, you may find yourself a bit confused concerning where to begin with regard to filing your lawsuit. Not surprisingly, car accident lawsuits can quickly become complicated, which is why you need advice from a qualified professional.
For example, sometimes statutory deadlines are in place regarding the length of time you have to file for compensation following an automobile accident. This is why it is never wise to procrastinate seeking legal advice. Many people end up forfeiting the compensation they deserve because they failed to set things in motion immediately after the accident took place. To avoid being caught in this trap, you should get in touch with a reputable legal firm, such as the Doan Law Firm, as soon as you have been evaluated by a medical professional.
Experienced, legal professionals are qualified to handle complicated negotiations with the opposing side's lawyer. You will also be pleased to learn that in most cases, car accident lawsuits are settled before a hearing is scheduled.
Nevertheless, negotiating a settlement is not a task that should be placed in unqualified hands. Even if you think your lawsuit is “cut and dried” you may inadvertently say or do something to hurt your case and ultimately reduce the settlement amount you could have won if the process was handled by a lawyer.
Additionally, if for some reason your case does go to trial, it is never in your best interest to represent yourself during a hearing. This is true even if you had no responsibility for the accident.
Fees and Retainers
You may be hesitant to seek legal advice because you do not have a large lump sum of money available for a retainer. If this is the case, you will be pleased to find that personal injury cases are typically handled on a contingency basis. This refers to the way your attorney is paid. Contingency means that you do not have to provide a monetary retainer in advance. Rather, the attorney's fee is deducted from the total amount of your settlement. This can only benefit you, particularly if you have a strong case, but cannot afford costly upfront payments. For this reason, you should never allow a lack of funds to stop you from seeking the advice of a San Diego car accident lawyer.
Greater Peace of Mind
You will enjoy significantly less stress when you place your injury lawsuit in the hands of a qualified legal professional, and taking such action may also greatly reduce the negative impact the accident has had on your life. If you believe you deserve compensation for your injuries, you should not hesitate to contact a San Diego attorney who specializes in car accident lawsuits.
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