A Pasadena Car Accident Lawyer Discusses How to Pursue a Car Accident Claim
A Pasadena Car Accident Attorney Discusses The First Stages of an Accident Claim
If you’ve suffered an injury after a car accident, you’ll likely first deal with an insurance company. The adjuster assigned to your case has the task of fully investigating your claim and making a recommendation to his/her supervisor about whether to pay your claim. This can be a daunting time as, in addition to recovering from your injury, you’re faced with multiple requests for documentation and statements. A Pasadena Car Accident Attorney can explain what the adjuster is looking for.
Understanding How Accident Claims Are Viewed
Car accident claims against the driver at fault are considered negligence claims. As such, you need to prove the other driver was at fault, caused the accident, and that you suffered injuries as a result. For each component of your claim, the adjuster may be looking for reasons to deny it. For example, you’ll face questions about whether any of your conduct could have contributed to the accident. If so, this could reduce or even eliminate your claim.
Proving Your Injuries and Lost Wages
The bulk of the insurance adjuster’s investigation then centers on the extent and nature of your injuries and any other economic consequences you suffered (such as lost wages). In many cases, the primary way to show the extent of your injury is through your medical records and bills. The adjuster will thus request documentation of your medical treatment and history. Your attorney can help you compile those documents and organize them to submit to the insurance adjuster. Likewise you’ll need to document your accident-related wage loss.
At The Paul S. Norris Law Firm, a Pasadena car accident lawyer can help you decide the best way to proceed with your injury claim. Call (626) 993-4415 to set up an appointment.