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Car Accidents in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the busiest and most bustling cities in America and has a reputation for having terrible traffic congestion; last year alone there were over 7 million registered vehicles on the road. This large quantity of vehicle leads to numerous accidents every day.

Just because accidents are common doesn't you mean you should settle for less than your case is worth. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident that was undoubtedly caused by the negligence of another driver, you need to talk to the husband and wife team at McGee, Lerer & Associates to learn more about your rights.

Our team has recovered millions for our clients. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a Los Angeles car accident lawyer from McGee, Lerer & Associates.

Car Accident Laws in California

The statute of limitations to file a car accident claim is the same as general personal injury suits, two years. This means you have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim. Additionally, California is a fault state, meaning someone must be determined to be at fault for an accident before an insurance company will pay damages.

Along with that rule, the state follows a “pure comparative negligence” rule. This means that even if an accident is partially your fault you are still able to pursue compensation for your injuries from the other at-fault party. Unlike other states, California allows an injury victim to file a claim no matter their degree of shared fault. In this scenario, the percentage you are found at fault to bear for an accident is the percentage that will be reduced from your compensation.

What Damages Are Available?

Generally speaking, there are three main categories of damages available in a car accident claim, economic, non-economic and punitive. Economic damages compensate for quantifiable losses such as missed days at work or medical bills. This type of compensation is also special damages. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, compensate for more abstract losses such as pain and suffering. Non-economic damages are sometimes called general damages since they can be difficult to specify.

Unlike special and general damages who's purpose is to compensate an injury victim for the losses they suffer, the purpose of punitive damages is to punish the negligent party. Since it typically must be proven that the negligent party was aware that their actions could cause harm and did so anyway, punitive damages are not awarded often.

What Damages Can a Car Accident Victim Claim?

  • Property Damage
  • Rental Reimbursement or Loss of Use
  • Diminished Value of your Vehicle
  • Medical Bills:
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Lost Wages
  • Reduced Earning Capacity
  • Loss of Consortium: Your spouse is entitled to compensation for the loss of your assistance around the home, moral support, and physical intimacy.
  • Punitive Damages

Should I Get An Attorney After A Car Accident?

Without an attorney protecting you, the insurance company will take advantage of you and pay you as little as possible. An attorney knows the real value of your claim and will make sure you collect all of the compensation to which you are entitled. Even after the attorney's fee is deducted, you will end up with more money in your pocket than if you didn't hire a lawyer.

The husband and wife team at McGee, Lerer & Associates are available 24/7 for a free consultation. Contact our car accident attorneys in Los Angeles today!

Medical Treatment on a Lien

If you don't have health insurance and don't have money to pay for medical treatment, our car accident lawyers in Los Angeles can refer you to a doctor who will treat you on a lien basis. A "lien" means that the doctor agrees to wait to be paid until your case settles. We can refer you to a doctor in your area, whether you need a chiropractor, an orthopedist, a neurologist, a psychologist, a plastic surgeon, or any type of doctor.

We can even refer you to a Spanish-speaking doctor near you. We are often able to get you a same-day appointment. Do not delay getting treatment. Any delay in getting medical treatment will be used against you by the insurance company, who will contend that if you were really injured, you would have sought treatment sooner.

Without an attorney, the insurance company will string you along, delaying payment to you. The longer they can delay cutting you a check, the more interest they earn for their shareholders.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call a Los Angeles car accident attorney from McGee, Lerer & Associates for a free consultation: (310) 231-9717.

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