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Mar 21, 2017

Consulting with an attorney early on is critical, as the attorney will help gather and preserve evidence, assess and file your claims, and much more.  Learn more today. Reasons to Consult With an Attorney Soon After an Accident If you have been injured in an accident due to the fault of another, you may have a claim for damages from the defendant(s) to compensate you for your injuries. Given a potential injury claim, however, it’s important that you consult with a skilled California attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your claims are preserved, that all relevant evidence is acquired, and that all defendants, witnesses, and other relevant parties are identified.   It can be difficult to understand just how valuable the services of an attorney soon after an accident, so to help clarify, let’s take a look at some of the ways in which consulting with an attorney early on can benefit your claim.  

Meeting the Statute of Limitations Deadline

If you’ve been involved in an accident, it’s absolutely critical to keep in mind that California has a two-year statute of limitations deadline for standard personal injury claims.  If the two-year deadline passes before you file your claims, then you will be prevented from recovering damages for those claims through California court processes (absent very specific, limited exceptions). Further, it’s worth noting that California has an even shorter 6-month deadline for filing an injury claim against a public entity defendant — making it quite easy to miss.   By consulting with an attorney early on after an accident, you can rest easy knowing that your claims will be assessed and submitted before the particular statute of limitations deadlines relevant to your claims pass.  

Evidence Gathering

Attorneys work hard — on their own and in conjunction with expert investigators and accident reconstruction professionals — to gather evidence on the accident.  A skilled injury attorney will also work quickly to ensure that evidence gathering is conducted before the evidence is lost forever (i.e., taking pictures of a premises before the dangers are fixed by the owner-operator, or having your car assessed by a crash reconstruction expert).  When you’ve been injured, evidence gathering may be less of a priority, and reasonably so.  You are likely focused on recovering from your injuries.  Consulting with an attorney early on will ensure that evidence gathering is not ignored.  

Identifying Witnesses and Defendants

Your attorney will also work to identify all relevant witnesses and defendants for your case.  The police report, for example, might reveal the possibility of multiple defendants, which can improve your chances for success at trial and enable you to recover from additional parties.  Your attorney will be well-equipped to assess the circumstances of the case and determine the potentially liable parties.  As the potentially liable parties are identified, your attorney will file claims accordingly.  

Legal Guidance Can Resolve Concerns

Your attorney can provide useful guidance — not just advocacy.  After a serious accident, many plaintiffs find themselves beset with anxiety about a number of different legal issues relating to their case.  For example, a plaintiff may feel uncomfortable booking a surgery because he or she is not sure whether the cost of surgery can be included in the damages claim.  Skilled attorneys will ensure that their clients are apprised of the law and what conduct is “okay.” In the wake of an accident, you may be confused about how to proceed with the process of recovery and litigation.  Call West Coast Trial Lawyers at (888) 539-9582 for a free consultation with an experienced Los Angeles accident attorney today.

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