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Maximizing Your Case Value

When you decide to file a personal injury claim after a car accident, a premises liability accident, or any other type of accident, you should immediately begin taking steps to maximize the value of your case. All too often, personal injury victims fail to realize the significant effect their actions after an accident may have on their claim—don’t let this be you! The award-winning team of more than a dozen lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm has the experience and the resources you need to guide you to the compensation you’re entitled to. With more than $350 million recovered on behalf of our clients since 2007, contact Wilshire Law Firm today at (800) 522-7274 and find out how we can get results for you.

Get Medical Treatment

As the claim-filer, the court will place the onus on you to prove your injuries as well as the liability of the other party. If you fail to seek medical attention following a personal injury accident, your injuries may worsen, and your claim will likely be weakened—victims are required to reasonably work towards minimizing the financial impact of their injuries. In addition to immediately receiving medical treatment (no later than 7-10 days following your accident), personal injury victims should take notes on each doctor visit they make, along with gathering all relevant medical records. Wilshire Law Firm’s nationally-recognized personal injury attorneys will help you with this process to ensure your claim is as strong as possible.

File a Police Report

Record-gathering is an important part of strengthening your personal injury case—if you are found to be even partially at fault in the accident that caused your injuries, the amount in damages you can recover may be greatly reduced. States such as California adhere to a standard of Comparative Negligence, wherein the amount of damages awarded to a victim is directly reduced according to their degree of fault in a personal injury case. Additionally, a small number of states follow a doctrine of Contributory Negligence, in which victims may not be able to recover any compensation if they are deemed even partially at fault for their injuries.

In looking to avoid this, a police report will serve as your number one resource in documenting your case and establishing liability. All police reports should be filed within 24 hours of an accident—even seemingly minor accidents—a fact that is particularly crucial for hit-and-run accident victims looking to make a recovery. If you fail to file a police report within 24 hours of your accident, you may inadvertently limit the amount in damages you recover.

Valuing Your Case

When filing your personal injury claim with Wilshire Law Firm, how much you recover will largely depend on what damages you are able to claim compensation for:

  • Specific Damages are awarded for quantifiable damages such as lost income, past and future medical treatment, property loss, and diminished earning capacity.
  • General Damages cannot be easily assigned a monetary value. They include emotional distress, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.
  • Punitive Damages, or extra monetary punishment inflicted to deter future actions, may also be awarded in particularly egregious instances of misconduct.

Overall, the ultimate value of your claim will hinge on who is found to be at fault for the accident. If it is deemed that you were partially at fault for the accident, the compensation you recover may be diminished—even outright eliminated.

Because each case is different, it is best to seek the counsel of an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney to properly assess your claim. Contact the award-winning legal team at Wilshire Law Firm today at (800) 522-7274 to get started with your FREE case consultation.

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