Car accidents can be shattering to those involved. If you were injured in a car accident caused by another party, you may be struggling to regain your health, pay medical bills, keep up with life’s daily expenses, and pursue an insurance claim for your injuries. You don’t need to handle everything on your own. The Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at OnderLaw, LLC can help.
At OnderLaw, LLC, we are a deeply compassionate, committed group of legal professionals who are ready to fight for everything you are owed. Accidents resulting in serious injury or unexpected death are as deeply personal as they are devastating. As our client, you are our number one priority, and we’ll always take the time to get to know you and your story. Every client is a part of our family, and we handle every case as we would for our own family members.
We will work tirelessly to help you get the positive outcome you deserve. Our mission is to honor your suffering and demand the justice and compensation you need. Contact us for your free, no-obligation consultation. Call us at (314) 963-9000 today.
Why Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer?
Life after a serious injury can be traumatic and overwhelming. Your initial reaction may be to resolve your financial stress as quickly as possible by taking the first offer the at-fault party’s insurance company gives you. Insurance companies, however, have little concern for you or your family, and they will do everything they can to avoid paying you what you are owed. That’s why we’re here.
A seasoned attorney will guide you through the legal process and protect you from the tactics insurance adjusters use to minimize compensation or even deny your claim. An attorney will ensure important deadlines are met, handle all of the communication on your behalf, and fight to recover the lost wages, medical expenses, or other losses you have incurred.
Your attorney will be with you every step of the way to make sure your case progresses as smoothly as possible during this difficult time.
Why Choose OnderLaw, LLC?
There are countless other firms to choose from, but no one prioritizes their clients like we do. Leading with empathy and compassion has been the cornerstone of our work since our founder, Jim Onder, began this practice over 20 years ago.
Since that time, we have accumulated over $3.5 billion dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients, assembled and maintained a fiercely talented, award-winning team of attorneys, and have vastly improved the lives of countless families. We take our work seriously and will not rest until we have secured the maximum recovery possible for you and your family.
We also understand that the idea of hiring an attorney after a car accident may be intimidating. That is why we operate on a contingency-fee-basis, which means that we won’t charge you anything unless and until we secure compensation for you. If we don’t win, you won’t owe us a dime.
We are ready and willing to stand up for you and your family.
Car Accident Cases We Handle
We have the skills and resources to represent you in any type of car accident case. Following are some of the most common types of car accidents we see:
- Drunk driving accidents
- Drugged driving accidents
- Single-vehicle accidents
- Multi-vehicle accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Distracted driving
- Underinsured/uninsured accidents
- T-Bone accidents
- Road defects
- Mechanical defects
Common Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents
While any number of injuries can be sustained in an accident, these are some of the most common injuries we see in car accident cases at OnderLaw, LLC:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken or fractured bones
- Ejection injuries
- Crush injuries
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Lacerations and wounds
- Psychological trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Loss of limb or amputation injury
- Soft tissue injuries
Types of Compensation You May Be Owed
Suffering a serious injury can affect your happiness and well-being, as well as your financial stability. A settlement should cover all of your losses, so before accepting a settlement offer, it’s important you understand the full extent of the compensation you may be owed.
You may be eligible for various types of compensation to cover both your economic and non-economic losses. For example, you may be owed compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Treatment costs
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
If your case goes to court, you can additionally pursue a third type of compensation called punitive damages. Punitive damages are not meant to compensate you for your losses. Instead, they are intended to punish the responsible party for their egregious actions. A jury will only award punitive damages when evidence shows that the responsible party acted with malice, oppression, or fraud. This usually occurs in cases of extreme recklessness or intentional harm.
Steps to Take Following an Accident
The aftermath of an accident is an overwhelming time, and it can be difficult to know what to do first. There are steps you can take, however, to protect your health and your right to compensation.
If you or anyone else is injured in the accident, the single most important thing you need to do is get medical attention. Call 911 and wait for the police and emergency medical services to arrive. The police will write an accident report, and, following the accident, you’ll want to get a copy of that report, as it may provide crucial evidence for your case.
If possible, while waiting for police, get the name of the driver, their contact information, their insurance information, and contact information from anyone who saw the accident.
If you can, also take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, skid marks, the weather, traffic lights, and anything else that may have played a role in the accident.
In the days and weeks that follow your accident, be sure to continue to follow your doctors’ orders and attend all of your medical appointments. Having a gap in treatment or failing to follow your medical treatment plan can give the insurance company the leverage they need to deny your claim.
Also make sure to collect any documentation related to your accident, such as your medical bills, prescription receipts, vehicle repair estimates, and pay stubs. This will provide important evidence that will help to show your losses and the extent of your injuries.
After the accident, you will likely receive a phone call from an insurance company representative. It is important that you speak with a personal injury attorney before you talk to them, or better yet, have a lawyer speak to them on your behalf. An insurance adjuster may try to get you to say something they can use against your case or pressure you into accepting their first offer. A skilled attorney will talk to the insurance adjuster on your behalf to prevent that from happening.
The Injury Claim Process
To seek compensation, your first step will likely be to file an injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If the insurance company fails to offer you a fair settlement, your case may go to court. At OnderLaw, LLC, we will always be prepared to take your case to trial to fight for the full compensation you’re owed. That said, most cases are successfully resolved with an injury claim settlement.
While every case is unique and involves different variables, most injury claims will include these steps:
1: Filing the claim. We will confirm the at-fault party’s insurance policy and file the injury claim on your behalf, ensuring we meet the policy’s deadlines.
2: Investigation. We will leverage our resources to investigate the accident and gather evidence to help prove fault and also to show the extent of your injuries and losses.
3: Demand letter. We will send correspondence to the insurance company stating all of the facts of the case and the proposed settlement amount we feel is appropriate.
4: Negotiations. We will negotiate skillfully and assertively with the insurance company to secure the full compensation you deserve.
5. Go to court. We have skilled trial lawyers on our team. If no agreement can be made with the insurance company, we will have the option to file a civil lawsuit and fight aggressively for your rights in court.
It’s important to be aware of the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in the state of California. If you wish to pursue a lawsuit for your car accident injury, you have two years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit against the responsible party. If you exceed the allotted time for filing a civil claim, you will forfeit your right to seek compensation in the court of law.
Don’t let time run out. When you work with an attorney, they will work efficiently to make sure your case moves forward and that you make every deadline.
Call OnderLaw, LLC Today
If you have been the victim of a serious car accident, the compassionate legal team at OnderLaw, LLC can help you pursue the compensation you need. Our caring, devoted, and highly accomplished team has decades of experience behind them and will explore every avenue to secure a full recovery for you.