Accident FAQ

As an accomplished personal injury law firm in San Diego, West Coast United Law hears often from potential clients who have motor vehicle accident claims. We get a lot of common questions, so we wanted to take a few moments to discuss those frequently asked questions with you and tell you how we can help you with your case.

What should I do after an accident?

The very first thing that you need to go is to seek medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible. This is very important because in your claim, you will need to be able to show that the injuries you suffered resulted from the crash.

After receiving treatment, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The other side has already started discussing what they will do with your claim, and you need someone to stand up for you as your case moves forward.

What do I need to know about insurance companies?

Insurance companies, even your own insurer, are committed to protecting their bottom line. Any time that they call and discuss your case with you, they are trying to get you to say or do something that diminishes their financial responsibility to you. They are recording all of your conversations, and will use anything they can to avoid paying you the compensation you deserve.

You should never discuss your case without speaking to an attorney first. Having an attorney on your side to talk to insurance companies on your behalf can greatly protect the value of your claims. The insurance companies evaluate these claims every single day. They know what to do to get you to settle. Do not trust that they are on your side.

How much is my case worth?

This is one of the questions that many people have after a car accident. They want to know what sort of compensation they can expect to receive. Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with any sort of general answer to this question because the value of an accident claim in California depends on many factors. Questions that we will need to ask include:

  • How serious are your injuries?
  • How much damage has your vehicle sustained?
  • How long did you wait to seek treatment?
  • What doctors did you see?
  • How much insurance is available in the case?
  • Which insurance companies are involved in the claim?

Once our attorneys have had the opportunity to carefully review all of the accident facts, we can give you a much better idea of the potential value of your case.

Is it absolutely necessary to hire an attorney for my case?

You can certainly try to handle your own case, but we would strongly caution against doing that. The insurance companies have substantial resources on their side. They have their opinion about what certain injuries are worth. They know the strengths and weaknesses of your case long before they reach out to you with a settlement offer.

When they make an offer to you, their goal is not to pay you exactly what they feel your case is worth. They want your case to go away, for as little money as possible. Even your own insurance company is primarily concerned with protecting its bottom line.

If you have an attorney working for you, you will have someone fighting for your best interests. You will show the insurance companies that you take your case seriously and that they will have to make a fair offer for you to agree to settle. Your attorney can handle all issues connected to the case, allowing you to focus on getting better.

What makes West Coast United Law different from other law firms?

There are a few reasons why we feel you should trust us with your case. First, our attorneys have extensive experience handling personal injury cases at trial. We have had many substantial verdicts and settlements over the years. Also, we have insight into how the insurance companies act. One of our lawyers, George Arvanitis, worked for the insurance companies before helping people injured in accidents. Finally, we believe in each case that we handle. We work very hard to get maximum compensation for clients who depend upon us for legal representation.

How do I pay for your services?

The No. 1 reason people are afraid to talk to attorneys is that they think they cannot afford to hire one to handle their case. In personal injury cases such as motor vehicle accident claims, attorneys are paid when the case settles or when a successful verdict has been issued. West Coast United Law takes our fees out of the funds that you recover from the opposing parties. You do not have to pay anything upfront.

Can I get more money for my case if I have already settled?

No. Even if your condition worsens after settling your case, you have released the insurance company from paying you any more compensation for your injuries. You really only have one opportunity to get this right, and for that reason, it is important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.

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If you have additional questions that you would like to ask one of our lawyers, please give us toll free at 800-483-1729. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also send us an email to schedule your free consultation. If you are unable to come to our office for your appointment, we would be happy to meet with you at a location more convenient for you.