Mar 23, 2022
Car accidents happen every day in and around Los Angeles. Many car crashes lead to injuries and, in tragic cases, even fatalities. As the Los Angeles Times reported in January, “soaring” deaths from car accidents in 2021 have caused lawmakers at both the state and federal levels to take action in an effort to improve roadway safety.
City officials have confirmed that traffic collisions killed 294 people in Los Angeles in 2021, a 24% increase from the previous year. Furthermore, the number of bicyclists and pedestrians killed by drivers also rose in 2021 when compared with 2020.
With the number of serious car accidents increasing in Southern California, it’s important for drivers, pedestrians, and even bicyclists to be aware of how important it can be to seek medical attention after suffering a traffic-related injury. Below we will take a look at why obtaining medical care after a California car accident is so important, review some of the common damages that may be recoverable after an injury, and discuss how to file a claim with an experienced lawyer from Dordulian Law Group.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your car accident injury, you may be able to file a civil claim in pursuit of financial compensation against various parties. Some common defendants in California civil car accident lawsuits include:
The Los Angeles Car Accident Division lawyers at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) strongly recommend seeking medical attention after a car accident. Regardless of whether you have a noticeable injury after a car accident, undergoing a thorough medical examination can be extremely important, particularly if you need to eventually file a civil claim for compensation.
Some of the most important reasons why you should seek medical care after a California car accident include:
At DLG, one of the most common reasons we have to regrettably decline cases is because injured victims do not seek medical treatment immediately after an accident. If you’ve suffered a car accident injury, be sure to get the medical treatment you need and ensure your case isn’t jeopardized.
Even if you don’t have health insurance, it’s important to seek medical care after a car accident injury. If you have questions regarding how to get care without having to pay out-of-pocket or be hit with upfront expenses, contact a DLG car accident lawyer today at 818-322-4056.
California is a comparative fault (negligence) state, which means that the party liable for causing your car accident injuries must compensate you for any financial losses. In other words, the defendant (the person or entity liable for causing the car crash that led to your injuries) is responsible for covering the medical bills and other types of damages (which we’ll cover in greater detail below).
Under California law, the injured victim must prove that the at-fault party’s negligence caused the car accident and resulting injuries. All drivers have a duty of care under California law, which means that a person can be found negligent when he or she fails to act with care in a way that a reasonable person would in the given situation.
Examples of medical bills that may result after a California car accident injury include:
The most common examples of car accident injury damages in civil lawsuits are broken down below according to type.
Common California Car Accident Injury Economic Damages:
Common California Car Accident Injury Non-Economic Damages:
Hiring a DLG car accident injury lawyer can help ensure your civil claim is maximized, and that you recover all applicable damages after an incident due to negligence. Our Personal Injury Division is led by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with more than 25 years of experience helping injured victims secure the maximum financial compensation they deserve.
To learn more about how important it can be to have an experienced DLG California car accident injury lawyer handling your case, please visit our recent blog on how pain and suffering damages are calculated in personal injury civil claims.
Medicare covers its subscribers when they are injured car accidents. Medicare *typically follows the following coverage plan:
*Medicare coverage is subject to co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance payments.
However, it’s important to note that Medicare will only pay for medical care and expenses after an auto insurance company refuses to do so. In some cases, Medicare will pay any remaining expenses insurance policy limits are exhausted. To learn more, contact a DLG car accident lawyer at 818-322-4056.
How Long Do I Have to File a Los Angeles, California, Car Accident Lawsuit?
California car accident injury claims are typically bound by a two-year statute of limitations. This means that, unless you’re filing a claim against a government or public entity, you most likely have two years from the date of the incident to file a civil claim.
For government or public entity defendants (often applicable in roadway design or defect claims), the California car accident statute of limitations may be much shorter – sometimes only six months from the date of the incident.
Regardless, injured victims are encouraged to contact a skilled and qualified DLG car accident lawyer as soon as possible after an incident to ensure evidence is preserved and the chances of reaching a successful resolution (either via a settlement or verdict) are not diminished.
Hiring a DLG car accident lawyer to handle your injury claim can be a wise decision for a number of reasons. In fact, injured car accident victims who hire private attorneys often secure greater financial compensation for their claims.
For example, the Insurance Research Council (IRC) recently conducted a study which confirmed the following:
Injured Los Angeles, California, car accident victims are encouraged to always consult with an experienced, trusted, and proven attorney before:
With DLG, your car accident injury consultation is always free, confidential, and without any obligation. We’ll review the facts of your case and provide you with all available legal options to ensure your rights are protected and the maximum financial damages award you deserve is pursued. We serve car accident clients throughout California as well as the United States.
Some of the local areas we serve include:
Ready to file a claim and pursue justice through a financial damages award? Our expert attorneys are available online or by phone now.
DLG’s car accident lawyers provide the best available legal representation based on a contingency fee basis. This means that, as an injured victim, you never have to worry about any upfront fees or out-of-pocket expenses. Moreover, we only collect a fee after successfully securing a maximum financial damages award for your car accident injury claim.
Contact us today at 818-322-4056 for a free consultation. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by ensuring that the insurance company or at-fault party does not take advantage of your rights after a car accident injury. You owe it to yourself to take every step towards avoiding financial loss after an unfortunate car accident injury that occurred through no fault of your own.
DLG’s Los Angeles, California, car accident injury lawyers have secured more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for clients while maintaining a 98% success record. Don’t miss the deadline for filing your car accident injury lawsuit. Car, truck, motorcycle, and pedestrian accident injury victims who fail to file claims within the standard two-year statute of limitations typically waive their right to seek critical financial compensation for damages.
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