Rear-End Accident Lawyer Northridge, CA
Barry P. Goldberg Talks About Money
Following a rear-end accident, or any other accident for that matter, you might have a number of questions like “What should my next steps be?”, and “Do I need a legal advocate, or “What is my claim worth?” Each day, lawyer Barry P. Goldberg helps prospective clients to understand more about their potential case. As a rear-end accident lawyer in Northridge, CA, we know you may feel overwhelmed and confused about what is happening. We also know you want answers which is one reason we encourage you to give us a call for a personalized consultation. In the meantime, please consider the following information relating to the financial side of car accident claims.
What is the Value of My Case?
There are a number of factors that may go into the potential value of your case. No two cases are alike, and there is no magic formula that can provide you with an accurate estimate or value. A rear-end accident lawyer in Northridge, CA may consider the following:
- The insurance policy limits of the at-fault driver
- The insurance policy limits of your own policy (including uninsured and under-insured)
- The total amount of damage to your vehicle
- The type and extent of your injuries
- Your treatment needs
- The pain you felt, and are still feeling
- Whether the injury stopped you from working, and for how long
In general, the more severe your injuries are, the more compensation will be available. If you are interested in knowing what may be available for your own case, please call a car accident lawyer Northridge, CA residents know and respect.
Is It Possible to Recover Damages for Pain and Suffering?
As long as the defendant was at least 50% responsible for your rear end accident, and your injuries are serious and have caused an impairment, it may be possible to seek damages for pain and suffering. To recover this type of compensation, a Northridge, CA rear-end accident lawyer will likely need to consider:
- The actual pain and suffering endured
- The mental anguish suffered
- The total fright and shock
- The denial of the ability to enjoy activities or pleasures
- The humiliation or embarrassment that may be felt
- The overall mental pain, shame, and anxiety
How Long Will it Take to Get My Settlement?
First and foremost, the amount of time it might take to recover your settlement will largely depend on the type of case. Some cases, especially those that are straightforward, settle quickly. When the payout is low, or the insurance policy limits are not that big, the adjuster may be ready to payout quickly (also with a lawyer on your side). For more than half of all cases, it will likely take one to two years to receive a check. The reason for this is not only related to the insurance policy, but also the fact that you may still be recovering from your injuries. A lawyer will need to have an understanding of the full extent of your injuries, your prospective treatment needs, and your overall future.
If a lawyer is promising you an exact amount or a quick turnaround, you may want to be wary. These practices could hinder your ability to get maximum damages. Once a settlement has been reached, you will likely receive a check within 30 days. If children or a death are involved, it may take longer. Your lawyer will help you to understand this in further detail during your consultation.
For a consultation with a rear-end accident lawyer in Northridge, CA, please call Barry B. Goldberg.