Los Angeles Car Accident Attorneys
Helping motor vehicle accident victims throughout California
Injuries in auto accidents can result in death, permanent paralysis, loss of function and permanent, severe injuries that can alter a victim’s life and the lives of the people around him or her forever. In 2017, more than 3,600 people in California died in traffic crashes and thousands others severely injured.
If you or a loved one are one of the millions of people injured or killed in auto accidents, you have rights that need to be protected, and the seasoned car accident lawyers at Heimberg Barr LLP are here to help. You may find yourself unable to work, unable to function in your household and day-to-day activities and facing high medical bills or even a lifetime of therapy and additional medical procedures. Contact the firm to learn about your options.
What should I do after a car accident?
The first step is to assess the condition of any person in your vehicle, and call emergency services when injuries require treatment. If you are able, get the insurance information from the other party(ies) involved in the accident, and name, address, and phone numbers of eyewitnesses. Get the badge number of police at the scene. If you are able, take photos of the vehicles, skid marks on the roadway, positions of vehicles, construction on roadways, or anything else that you think may be important. If you are seriously injured, the first step is a full medical assessment. Inform the doctor that you were in a vehicle accident. Then call Heimberg Barr LLP for assistance.
The importance of the medical examination
Evaluation by a medical professional is critical both to preserve your health and to document injuries caused by the accident. Your doctor may recommend further evaluation after a specific period of time so that any delayed injuries are documented. You owe it to yourself and your family to explore your options following a car accident.
Though this is an excruciatingly difficult time for you, please be aware that it is critical that an investigation into the facts of the case be undertaken by one of the top car accident attorneys at Heimberg Barr LLP as soon as possible if you are considering filing a lawsuit. This is necessary to preserve evidence, to get information while memories are fresh, and to avoid losing your right to bring a lawsuit.
The law allows only a limited amount of time in which to file a lawsuit. These time limits are complex and strictly enforced by the courts. It is in your best interest to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
Damages for car crash injuries
The compensation you can recover will be based upon the extent of your injuries, but can include:
- Cost of medical care and treatment, now and future
- Loss of income from work
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Property damage
What is a tort?
A “tort” is defined as an act (or omission) that harms another person, that is deemed to be a civil wrong for which the at-fault party to be held liable. A tort allows the injured person to have the unrestricted right to file a lawsuit against the negligent party after an injury auto accident.
If the insurance company offers a settlement
Car accidents create confusion for those affected, particularly if the accident is severe. This is the time when a veteran accident attorney familiar with Los Angeles and the local legal community can prevent you from making a costly mistake. It is a common tactic for the other driver’s insurance company to offer a settlement in exchange for a release of liability. Faced with decreased income and increased medical bills, it can be tempting to accept the offer. Accident lawyers know that any unsolicited offer to settle usually is a good indication that the other driver’s insurance is attempting to lessen their financial exposure knowing they will have a difficult time defending a personal injury lawsuit.
Why Heimberg Barr LLP is the right choice
Securing compensation for you or a family member’s injuries is often critical to your future. You will need this compensation to ensure that your bills are paid, your family is safe, and your future is secure.
When you or someone you love has been the victim of an automotive injury, you need the help of an experienced and knowledgeable car accident lawyers. The attorneys at Heimberg Barr LLP know how to read medical records, how to understand and communicate your case to courts and juries and how to face down an army of lawyers.
Should I get a lawyer after a car accident?
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an auto accident, it is imperative that you retain legal representation from an experienced car accident lawyer. For a minor accident, there is typically less need for an attorney – but when extensive medical treatment is needed, the injured person is unable to work, or is left with impairments or visible disfiguring scars, compensation for damages should be pursued by an auto accident lawyer who will seek the maximum possible – and who has a track record of success.
When should I call an attorney?
Connect with our firm as soon as possible after the accident, and prior to providing any information, verbally or in writing, to the at-fault party’s insurance company. Unfortunately, what you say in a recorded statement could damage your case. Our firm handles all legal matters to ensure your right to fair compensation is protected.
Contact the car accident attorneys of Heimberg Barr LLP today
Hurt in a car crash? The right lawyer can make all the difference. If you or our loved one was hurt in a car accident, Heimberg Barr LLP can help. To schedule a free consultation at our office, contact us or call (310) 954-2000.