It is impossible for any attorney to estimate the value of your case. Even skilled attorneys like those here at Los Angeles Personal Injury Defenders cannot accurately predict how a particular case may resolve. The end result of a case is affected by variables like position taken by the insurance company, the personal stances of both insurance adjusters and opposing counsel, even the area the accident took place. With this in mind, there is no way we can make accurate representations as to eventual recovery and would advise you to be cautions when dealing with any attorney that claims that he or she can give you a value at the onset of the case.
Los Angeles Personal Injury Defenders always strives to keep its clients informed and updated as to the status of their cases. Whenever there is anything important happening in the case, we will update you. However, keep in mind that important things may not happen in your case on a daily basis and we do not believe in wasting your time by calling you to tell you nothing is happening. But rest assured that, when something does happen, you will know about it.
As with estimating the value of the case, predicting the length of time it will take to reach a settlement is a practical impossibility. The length of time for settlement depends almost entirely on things beyond the control of the attorneys like the speed that your doctors process our medical requests or how long a particular insurance adjuster chooses to wait before responding. Our office aggressively pursues settlement and makes every effort to bring claims to settlement as quickly as possible, but we cannot predict how quickly the settlement will occur.
Although you may have contact with an attorney at times during the case, you will be dealing primarily with the staff of our personal injury division. Although the entire process is overseen by our attorneys, it is our staff that deals with the cases on a day to day basis. Our staff members are trained to deal with the preparation of your case and are focused entirely on the preparation process. This direct focus makes them the individuals most able to deal with your concerns.
Absolutely not. The fact of the matter is that an adjuster will not deal with you in the same manner he or she will deal with an attorney. For that reason, we will most likely be able to secure a greater recovery for your property damages than you can. You also have to be careful in discussing your property damage claim with the insurance adjuster directly in that any statements you make will be binding against you when dealing with your personal injury claim.
In such a case, the other driver is an “uninsured motorist”. In the event you have an “uninsured motorist” or “med pay” coverage under your policy, you will be able to seek a recovery for your medical bills and/or pain and suffering by going against that coverage. However, you should be aware that, as with any insurance, your recovery is limited to the coverage limits. With this in mind and with the alarmingly large number of people who do not have insurance, we strongly recommend purchasing both “uninsured motorist” and “med pay” coverage.
No, we cannot. Although we are taking your case on a contingency basis and advancing the costs of the case against a future recover, we are not a lending institution and cannot advance funds to you.
There are various charges which will be accrued as we are preparing your case. Police or sheriff departments typically charge for a copy of the accident report; physicians bill us for preparation of their medical reports; other incidental costs of this kind accrue as well. Other costs may also include bills from court reporters, expert witnesses, and others. We will advance these costs and we are paid only if we win or settle your case.
No, it is absolutely crucial that you refrain from discussing your case with either your own insurance company or the insurance company for the responsible party. Your statements may be used as evidence against you. All communications must go through our firm. If they need to take a statement, it is very important that we are present during the statement and you have been adequately prepared. If you are contacted directly, politely ask them to contact your attorney without giving them any other information.