If you’ve found our site because you’ve been in a car accident, chances are you have a lot of questions. At Ladenburg Law, we’re here to help.
And – let’s get this part out of the way – if you end up using our services, you’ll only pay us if we win you a settlement. Over the years, we have helped hundreds of clients in the Tacoma, Lakewood, Puyallup, Olympia, and surrounding areas get the compensation they deserve.
Read on to learn more about how we can help you, too.
Here are the steps we recommend taking after a car accident:
One final note: while you should talk to the other driver to exchange information, avoid discussing who was at fault. Simple statements, such as “I’m sorry,” made in the heat of the moment, may be used against you later.
To be clear, you should alert the insurance company (either yours or the other driver’s) of the accident. It’s important that a claim gets opened as soon as possible.
However, we tell our clients to not provide a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company. The representatives may seem friendly and even concerned about your injuries. But, remember that their job is to reduce their losses. That means they’ll work hard to find ways to discredit your claim. Bottom line: nothing good can come from providing a recorded statement.
Besides this, be wary of your phone interactions with insurance representatives. Avoid answering questions about how you’re feeling or the extent of your injuries. Tell them that your attorney will be in touch. (And if you end up hiring one of our attorneys, we’ll make sure these phone calls end altogether.)
Yes. You should always speak to an attorney after a car collision.
There is no harm to get advice on your rights and options. Here at Ladenburg Law, there is no charge for an initial consultation. Why not take advantage of free legal advice? No matter what, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on how to proceed with your claim.
If we are a fit, here are the benefits of using us to help with your car claim:
Most important, having an attorney on your side sends the message to the insurance company that you are willing to go to trial. This alone increases the value of your claim. Involving us early in the process means we’re able to investigate the facts of the collision while it’s still fresh.
We have experience obtaining compensation for victims of many kinds of vehicle collisions. Here are some of the traffic collision cases we are capable of handling:
This list is not exhaustive. If you’ve been the victim of any kind of collision, please call us.
Even though the law requires drivers carry insurance, it’s estimated that 20% of Washington drivers do not.
If you are the unfortunate victim of one of these drivers, it’s possible that you can file a claim under your own policy. Review your policy or ask your agent if you have uninsured motorists’ coverage. We can assist in these situations, too.
Losses can vary, because everybody’s situation is different. Here are some of the common damages we’ll work to recover:
When we meet, we’ll want to explore all the damages the accident has cost you.
In most cases, you need to complete your medical treatment before we can ask to receive your settlement. It’s only at that time that the full extent of your damages is clear.
From there, we’ll send a demand to the insurance company for the settlement. If the offer is somewhat reasonable, we’re usually able to negotiate a settlement. Often, the offer is so low that we may recommend filing a lawsuit. Cases that go to trial can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.
No matter what, we’ll keep you informed on the progress of your case.
The first step is to call us at 253.272.5226 and schedule a free consultation about your car accident. If you’re unable to come to the office, let us know. We’ll be happy to visit you at your home or hospital.
At Ladenburg Law, we work on a contingency basis. That means that you’ll only pay us if we’re able to win you a settlement. You risk nothing by reaching out and calling us today.
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