At Ozols law firm we pride ourselves in handling a large volume of car accident cases. The most important thing for representation in a car accident case is having an actual attorney handle your case personally. There are so many law firms in San Diego that have paralegal’s or legal assistants negotiate these cases and their clients are getting 50-70% less than they should as a settlement amount. Car insurance companies know that if they are dealing with an actual attorney in the case, there is a greater chance the case will get filed and there is a greater chance that the attorney will not take their first offer. At Ozols Law Firm we know how important this is and that is why we only assign attorneys to work on our car accident cases.
Finding a Car Accident Lawyer near me
With an office located conveniently in Mission Valley, we are able to meet clients from all over San Diego. Just a small list of cities we have handled cases in include:
- El Cajon
- La Mesa
- Chula Vista
- Otay Mesa
- Imperial Beach
- National City
- Lemon Grove
- La Jolla
- Mission Beach
- Ocean Beach
- Pacific Beach
- Del Mar
- Multiple other cities throughout San Diego
The great thing about personal injury is that an attorney does not need to be a specialist in the area the accident occurred. Most car insurance adjusters are on the east coast or are located in other parts of California. They know nothing about the area. Our car accident attorneys often drive out to the area to do research and we have done this in all locations in San Diego.
What to do after an auto accident?
After a car accident one of the most important things you need to do is to get the other party’s information. Another thing that is a great thing to do is to ask if you can take a picture of their driver’s license. That way if the other party ends up not having insurance then your attorney can use that information to still file a claim against your own insurance company.
Another important tip is to call the police if there is a decent amount of damage on your car. The police will take a police report. The insurance company relies on this report to determine fault. That is why it is so important. Always make sure to be polite and courteous to the police officer because they are the ones deciding liability.
The last thing is take some pictures if you can and when you get home write down how it happened. You would be shocked but those details can become very important in your case.
Should I go to the doctor after a car accident?
After a car accident you should always go to the doctor even if you don’t immediately feel pain. The human body is not made to be able to sustain the impact of getting hit by a car. Cars or trucks are thousand-pound machines and they are able to move the body so much that it can cause:
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Fluid in joints
- Shifted disks in your back
There are also situations where a client may see a delayed onset of pain sometimes weeks later. If this is the situation then the insurance companies will value the claim at a lower value because they did not see a doctor right after the accident.
When you see the doctor make sure to let them know:
- The details of the accident
- All the pain that you are feeling
- How this is affecting your daily life
- Make sure to not minimize the pain because they will note that in your medical records.
Should I always talk to a car accident lawyer after an accident?
You should always talk to an auto accident lawyer after you are in an accident. You get a free consultation, you can talk to them about medical treatment and you would be quite surprised at the amount of money you can get just from a small soft tissue injury.
Our firm cannot explain the frustration we encounter when we get a call 6 months down the line after someone’s accident. They tell us that they tried to do everything themselves, they gave several statements to the insurance company because they thought they would “make it right”. If these people would have just hired an attorney from the very beginning that attorney could have done all the work on the case and gotten them 3-5 times the amount of money they would have received. Remember, if you get hit by a car, you have literally nothing to lose by going and talking to an attorney about your case.
Who is going to pay for my medical treatment?
If you are injured in a car accident everyone always panics about getting in debt and all the medical bills adding up. It is a common fear. When you are first injured generally people have health insurance, your health insurance will cover all of the treatment that is related to the injury. You may also be able to get coverage through your own auto insurance if you have something in your policy called “med-pay”. If you use the med-pay in your policy the law in the State of California says that the insurance company cannot raise your rates for using it.
If you do not have health insurance, our firm knows doctors in San Diego that you can see if you chose to select them as your health care provider. They will see you on a lien, which means that you do not pay them anything unless you recover on your case.
Can an attorney in San Diego negotiate medical bills or liens?
After treating for a car accident case, there are weird laws in the State of California that regulate paying medical bills when you recover on a personal injury case. They say that the insurance company can come after you for recovery, if you get a settlement. The reason for this is because the other driver’s insurance company should be paying your medical bills, not your health-care provider. The problem with this theory is that the health care company can come after you for the full value of services as if you did not have insurance. These bills can get high sometimes and that is why your attorney is there to help. It is quite common for attorneys to be able to negotiate those bills 50-60% lower than the original bill you got. This can get you more money in the end for your settlement.
Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Getting in an accident in a motorcycle accident can be tough. It is very common for insurance agents to just blame a motorcycle driver because it is an easy out for them. Motorcycle accidents can be more complicated and that is why it is important to go with a law firm like Ozols Law Firm. We have handled these types of cases before. Common nuances like lane splitting (which is legal in California) and speed limits can make an insurance company say that it was our client’s fault when it was not. It is our job to show them pursuant to the law that they are wrong. After determining that, we tell them their client should be fully liable for the property damage and injuries.
Best Auto Accident Lawyers in San Diego
When you get in a car accident it is important to have the best auto accident lawyers in San Diego representing you. Some important tips to remember when looking for a lawyer are:
- Will your lawyer personally handle the case?
- Is the owner or managing partner going to be directly involved in your case?
- Has this law firm handled a case like this before?
- Does this law firm have relationships with doctors that they can use to get you treatment?
- Do they seem excited about working with you on your case?
If you can find a law firm that ticks a lot of these boxes then it should be the right law firm for you. If you have been in an auto or motorcycle accident, feel free to give us a call for a free consultation.