What Is an Accident Lawyer?What Is an Accident Lawyer?

If you were seriously hurt through no fault of your own, an accident lawyer can help you pursue compensation for the damages you incur. These legal professionals are well-versed in tort law, which encompasses most civil actions, including personal injury claims.

Should you enlist help from an accident lawyer, you can expect him or her to perform the following duties over the course of the proceedings:

 

    1. Conduct a Thorough Investigation

If you turn to a reputable firm, your attorney will have access to the resources needed to examine the accident in which you were hurt from all angles. In their efforts to obtain evidence of liability and damages against all responsible parties, your legal team may:

    • Depose eyewitnesses;
    • Interview first responders;
    • Review toxicology reports;
    • Request any available surveillance footage of the incident;
    • Evaluate black box data;
    • Scour the liable party’s social media; and
    • File subpoenas as needed.

 

    1. Consult Relevant Experts

Most personal injury claims call for testimony from various experts. For example, a medical specialist may be called on to discuss the severity of your injuries, while an economist may be needed to calculate the total value of your lost earning capacity. Thankfully, an experienced lawyer should have access to all such experts through his or her vast legal network.

 

    1. Track All Recoverable Damages

Your attorney will ensure you don’t overlook any recoverable damages. In California, such damages include:

    • Medical expenses;
    • Home care;
    • Home and vehicle modifications;
    • Lost wages;
    • Loss of future earnings;
    • Property repairs;
    • Alternative transportation;
    • Replacement services;
    • Domestic help;
    • Pain and suffering;
    • Emotional distress; and
    • Loss of enjoyment in life.

 

    1. Handle All Correspondence with the Claims Adjuster

You have enough to worry about without having to answer calls and emails from the claims adjuster. By letting your accident attorney handle all correspondence for you, you can focus on more important matters, like your health. You can also avoid falling victim to the carrier’s manipulative tactics, which could otherwise lead you to admit fault or accept an unfair settlement.

 

    1. Prepare Your Case for Court

While it’s true that most personal injury claims are settled, a small percentage do proceed to court. And if the claims adjuster disputes liability or refuses to offer a fair settlement, filing a formal lawsuit may be the only way to pursue the compensation you deserve.

Should this be the case, you’ll want exceptional representation along the way, and that’s exactly what an accident lawyer can provide. After gathering evidence that will be admissible in court, your attorney will prepare you to go before the judge or jury so you can testify with confidence.

 

Speak with a California Accident Attorney Today

If you intend to file a personal injury claim in California, you can count on Harris Personal Injury Lawyers for strategic counsel at every stage of the proceedings. Our compassionate team has helped more than 5,000 victims of personal injury and wrongful death. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer in California.

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