Our San Simeon personal injury attorneys represent accident victims in San Luis Obispo County and surrounding communities. We understand the challenges of coping with a serious injury or wrongful death in the family, and we will tirelessly fight for the compensation you need to get your life back. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to prospective clients. Our lawyers work on contingency fee contracts, so if we don’t win your claim through a settlement or trial verdict, you won’t have to pay any attorney’s fees. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS today to set up a case review.
Accident Injury Cases We Handle in San Simeon, California
- 18-Wheeler Accidents
- Bike Accidents
- Accidents Involving Turo Vehicles
- Car Crashes
- Public, Tour, and Other Bus Accidents
- Motorcycle Collisions
- Aircraft Accidents
- Accidents Involving Rideshare Vehicles
- Dog Bites
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Severe Burns
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Pedestrian Injuries
- Train Accidents
- Scooter Accidents
- Boating Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Other Personal Injuries
We’ll Help You Avoid Critical Mistakes
One of the biggest mistakes you can make after a serious accident is putting off your consultation with an attorney. Our San Simeon personal injury lawyers are available 24/7 to take your call. We will get to work immediately to compile any time-sensitive evidence, and we’ll take over all correspondence with the insurance company so you don’t provide any recorded statements that can be used against you. During your free consultation, we will answer your questions, explain the steps you should take to strengthen your claim, and discuss the mistakes that could derail your case, which include:
- Failing to Seek Medical Care: If you haven’t visited a doctor yet, we will recommend that you do so right away so you’ll have an official diagnosis that can be used to prove the existence of your injuries and their severity, and to tie them to the accident. The longer you wait to undergo a medical assessment, the more likely the insurance company may be to dispute the cause of your injuries or to argue that you’ve failed to mitigate your damages and, therefore, you shouldn’t be compensated for 100 percent of your damages.
- Using Social Media: Even if you’re careful about what you post on social networking sites and you never discuss your injuries online, it may still be possible for the insurance company to use social media content to dispute your claim. For instance, the claims adjuster might find out who your closest friends are and review their profiles for photos taken of you after the accident. Such photos might be used to challenge the severity of your injuries. And if you discuss the details of your accident, those posts might be used to dispute liability. As such, it’s wise to deactivate your accounts until your case has been resolved.
- Failing to Mitigate Your Damages: As a personal injury claimant, you have a duty to take reasonable steps to minimize the cost of your medical bills, lost income, and other damages. If you fail to mitigate your damages, the insurance company might argue that you shouldn’t receive compensation for 100 percent of your losses. For example, if the insurer finds out that you’ve missed doctor’s appointments or participated in a physical activity that could aggravate your injuries, any evidence of such behaviors might be used to dispute your claim.
- Talking to the Insurance Company: If you’re ever contacted by anyone affiliated with the insurance company for any reason whatsoever, that correspondence should be directed to your attorney.
Will I Have to Go to Trial?
It’s impossible to determine the likelihood that your case will end up in court until we’ve reviewed the relevant facts and performed a thorough investigation. There are, however, some general factors that might influence whether a settlement will be reached or your case will proceed to litigation. Such factors include:
- The Amount of Compensation You’re Seeking: The more compensation you’re seeking, the more incentive the insurer will have to challenge your claim. If you only suffered a minor injury, you didn’t miss any work, and there’s clear evidence of liability and damages, there might be a high likelihood of reaching a settlement. But if you sustained catastrophic injuries such as brain trauma or spinal cord damage, the insurer might devote a considerable amount of time and resources to disputing your claim, which may increase the chances of having to go to trial.
- The Strength of Your Evidence: If the liable party admitted fault at the scene, the police report corroborates your version of events, and there’s other evidence to prove liability such as surveillance recordings and eyewitness testimony, it might be likely that a settlement will be reached. But if police didn’t attend the scene, you put off your medical evaluation, the opposing party blamed you for the accident, and your evidence is weak in general, the insurer might be less cooperative.
- Whether You’ve Made Any Critical Mistakes: If you didn’t visit a doctor right away, provided recorded statements to the insurance company, or posted about your accident on social media, these mistakes might lead to a dispute and thus increase the likelihood of having to go to trial.
Discuss Your Claim with Our San Simeon Personal Injury Lawyers
Call us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS or use our contact form to set up a free case review. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.