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Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries in the Sacramento area. Unfortunately, individuals can have trouble recovering compensation after these incidents. At Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi, we are here to help if you need a Sacramento car accident attorney by your side. Our team will not hesitate to stand up to aggressive auto insurance in order to help our clients recover total compensation for their losses.
Why Choose Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi for a Car Accident Claim?
- At Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi, we are founded by attorneys with extensive litigation experience, which means our team has no problem taking a claim to trial.
- We have extensive experience handling complex vehicle accident and injury claims throughout California, and we will bring this experience to your case.
- We never back down from aggressive insurance carriers, and our team will not hesitate to take a case to trial if needed for our clients.
How an Attorney Can Help Your Car Accident Claim
Vehicle accident claims in Sacramento are often challenging, particularly if liability is in dispute or if the other party refuses to offer a fair settlement. When you have an attorney by your side, you have an added layer of protection, someone who will handle all communication and negotiations with other parties involved.
Before negotiating a settlement, a lawyer will investigate every aspect of the accident and help gather evidence to determine liability. This evidence, along with estimates of your total losses, will be put forth to the insurance carriers, and negotiation will begin. An attorney will not settle for anything less than you are entitled to, and they will fully prepare the claim for trial if that is what is necessary.
You can focus on recovering while your attorney focuses on you and your settlement.
Car Accidents in Sacramento Often Lead to Severe Injuries
According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were more than 15,300 total serious injuries across the state caused by vehicle accidents during the latest reporting year. Unfortunately, more than 3,800 individuals lost their lives as a result of these incidents. This data does not even include the moderate to minor injuries that occurred, which number in the tens of thousands.
Unfortunately, severe injuries can lead to major setbacks for those involved. When a person sustains an injury in a vehicle accident, this affects not only their immediate day-to-day lives but also their ability to work and provide an income for their families. These injuries can have a profound impact on a person’s mental and emotional well-being.
Some of the most common injuries that we help Sacramento car accident victims secure compensation for include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe sprains or strains
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Internal bleeding
- Lacerations or puncture wounds
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Insurance Settlements Versus a Lawsuit
Individuals often wonder whether they will secure compensation through an insurance settlement or as a result of a lawsuit filed against the at-fault driver. The vast majority of car accidents in Sacramento are handled through settlements with insurance carriers. The settlement could take a few weeks or a few months, or even longer if there is a dispute over liability or the severity of the injuries.
However, if the at-fault party or the insurance carrier refuses to offer a fair settlement, it may be necessary to file a civil personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver. This must be done within two years from the date the accident occurred, and this will move the case into the civil court system in California. The time frame for how long a lawsuit will take will extend beyond the time that it would take a case to settle if it was only handled by insurance carriers. However, this may be the best route towards recovering full compensation.
Types of Compensation for a Sacramento Car Accident Claim
Individuals who sustain injuries caused by the negligence of other drivers in Sacramento will likely be able to recover various types of compensation.
First, it is imperative that individuals recover total compensation for their medical bills related to the incident. This includes emergency medical expenses as well as all ongoing care, such as prescription medications, physical therapy or rehabilitation, medical devices, and more.
Crash victims should also receive property damage compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier or assets to pay for their damaged vehicle. Additionally, if an individual is unable to work due to their injuries, they should be able to receive wage replacement for the time frame they are unable to perform their job duties.
In addition to these calculable losses, Sacramento car accident victims should be able to recover compensation for their physical and emotional pain and suffering losses. This physical and emotional pain and suffering can result from the initial incident, the injuries, and the ongoing recovery process.
How Much Will the Final Settlement Be?
The attorneys at Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi handle these claims on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients will not have to pay any legal fees until we successfully recover the compensation they are entitled to. If we do not win a Sacramento car accident case, our client will not pay any legal fees.
Call a Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you or somebody you love has sustained injuries or property damage in a car accident caused by another driver in Sacramento, let the team at Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi help today. We know what it takes to stand up to progressive insurance carriers, and our team will not back down when it comes to recovering the compensation you need. If necessary, we will take your case all the way to a jury to fight for fair treatment on your behalf. When you need a Sacramento car accident attorney, you can contact us by filling out our contact form or calling (310) 477-1700.